Posted in Book Review, Romance, Romance -Dark and Steamy

A Baby To Bind His Innocent Michelle Smart 5*#Review @chellebellwrite @MillsandBoon #TheSicilianMarriagePact #ABabyToBindHisInnocent #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonModern #Romance #Revenge #Sicily

A marriage built on a lie…
Until her pregnancy test confirms the truth!

Claudia Buscetta is swept off her feet by Ciro Trapani. Their wedding night is everything she dreamed of – but then she overhears Ciro’s confession: the marriage was his way of avenging his father. Heartbroken Claudia prepares to walk away from him forever…only to discover she’s pregnant!

Driven Ciro is suddenly bound irrevocably to his enemy’s daughter! Claudia is far from the pampered ‘princess’ he imagined. And living with her sparks a fierce battle…between his quest for revenge and his burning desire for his wife!

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley.

My Thoughts…

Revenge and vendetta are the only things on Ciro’s mind when he sets out to trap Claudia into a marriage of convenience. Claudia wants to escape from her father’s constraints. Ciro and Claudia learn to trust, and their character development is positive. The sensual romance leads to emotional commitment, and the ending is happy, as reflected by a lovely epilogue.

Posted in Book Review, Historical Romance

The Earl With The Secret Past Janice Preston 5* #Review @JaniceGPreston @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonInsiders #TheEarlWithTheSecretPast #MillsandBoonHistorical #BookReview

An unexpected inheritance

An explosive reunion

Hardworking architect Adam Monroe’s world is shaken when he inherits an Earldom! Thrust into the ton, he bumps into widow, Kitty Fenton – his lost love. Years before, he’d refused to elope with Kitty to save her from ruin, and was heartbroken she’d married so soon after he left. Perhaps fate has given him a chance to discover the truth – after all beneath the hurt the sparks of attraction are as strong as ever…

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

There is so much going on in this historical romance. Adam and Kitty’s love story ends before it begins Adam knows an apprentice can’t wed an Earl’s daughter and pretends their love meant nothing to him. Fifteen years later, anger and surprise dominate their early encounters, but passion simmers just out of reach. Misunderstandings and well-meant interference, complicate their relationship putting the reader through a gamut of emotions.

This story has engaging characters everyone adds to the story’s ambience. The plot brings originality to the rags to riches and second chance romantic tropes.

Posted in Book Review, Family Drama, Romance

Summer At Lake Haven RaeAnne Thayne 5*#Review @MillsandBoon @raeannethayne #HavenPoint #Romance #Family #Relationships #SecondChances #SummerAtLakeHaven #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview

Sometimes what you don’t want, might be exactly what you need

Aspiring fashion designer, Samantha Fremont, has put her love life on hold to focus on herself. She certainly doesn’t need a complication, like her new neighbour, turning out to be a sexy, brooding English Professor. He might be dreamy but he’s also rude. But keeping her distance proves difficult when his two children wind themselves into Sam’s heart. Combined with a litter of cute puppies Sam might just have found what she was looking for…

Ian is actually Lord Ian Summerhill, grateful for the chance to spend the summer away from his responsibilities in England, studying the unique habitat around Lake Haven. When Ian meets Sam he is determined to keep a distance but soon he is drawn to her charm and the fact that his children adore her. But he is only in Lake Haven for the summer, then he must return to England. But sometimes one summer can change everything…

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Against a lakeside setting, a heartwarming romance begins. Ian and Samantha are both recovering from loss. They’re not looking for love but when it finds them can they make it work? Complex characters and a lovely setting make this an enjoyable gentle romance. There are numerous barriers to a happy ever, but the uplifting ending is worth the angst.

This is a lovely Summer romance for lovers of happy endings.

Posted in Book Review, Romance

Cinderella’s New York Fling Cara Colter 4*#Review @MillsandBoon @CaraColter #MillsandBoonTrueLove #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #Romance #CaraColter #AFairytaleSummer #Cinderella #NewYork

She’s a breath of fresh country air…
…in his big-city life!

When Jessica Winton’s dream job falls into her lap, she’s thrust from a small-town into bustling Manhattan – and faced with new hard to please boss, tycoon Jamie Gilbert-Cooper. But when Jamie takes her under his wing Jessica must wonder how much of the big city appeal is because of Jamie?

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

A modern fairytale, the prologue sets the scene for a fairytale romance for Jessica. I like the Cinderella aspect of this romance and the gentle love story against the edgy urban setting of New York.
Jessica is kind and intelligent with a skill for innovation in business. Emotionally she is wary of trusting her heart after her fiance dies. This is a lovely mix of humour, poignancy and romance.

Posted in Book Review, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

From Cinderella To Countess Annie Burrows 4*#Review @NovelistaAnnie @MillsandBoon #RegencyRomance #historicalromance #BookReview #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonHistorical #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation #FromCinderellaToCountess

From Cinderella in the shadows

To Countess in the spotlight?

Lady’s companion Eleanor Mitcham longs to escape her unhappy life. Having been told she’s too lowly to speak to Lord Lavenham, Eleanor defiantly accepts his challenge to teach her employer a lesson—by marrying him! He is an eligible earl after all! However, his determinedly cynical view of marriage makes her dissolve their convenient betrothal and flee—leaving the drama of the household behind and Lord Lavenham hot on her heels!

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Eleanor sadly fits the role of Cinderella in her life of drudgery as a paid companion. Peter Earl of Lavenham owns the house where her employer lives and often visits. Eleanor and Peter become friends of sorts until her employer warns Eleanor off and forbids her to see him at the house. What follows involves a Cinderella escape into the night where she meets her fairy godmother, of sorts.
Meeting the Dowager Duchess from ‘The Scandal of the season adds plenty of humour and intrigue.

An enjoyable gently paced, Regency romance full of vivid characters and vibrant settings.

Posted in Book Review, Romance

At Your Service A.C.Arthur 4*#Review #TheFabulousGolds @ACArthur @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonDare #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #PublicationDay #ThursdayMotivation #AtYourService

‘You know what I’m doing…
Are you going to stop me?’

Tech entrepreneur Nina Fuller’s new app is on the verge of a major breakthrough. But there’s a string attached—or rather, a ring. An engagement ring. And it’s attached to tall, dark, and delicious fashion exec Major Gold. All Nina has to do is play her part as his fiancée. Not want him too much. And absolutely, positively not fall in love with him…

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

The second book in The Fabulous Golds series reads well as a standalone. I like the characters and the family dynamic, so I hope to read the first book too. The fashion and app technology industry provide an original setting for this romantic, sensual story.

Nina and Major’s physical attraction is immediate. The chance of their feelings deepening is complicated by their business arrangement and fake engagement. The passionate love scenes show their emotional connection, as both realise this may be the real thing.

There are no surprises, but the well-paced plot and engaging characters make this an enjoyable, romantic read.

Posted in Book Review, Historical Romance, Victorian Romance

A Royal Kiss and Tell Julia London 4*# Review @JuliaFLondon @MillsandBoon #ARoyalWedding #HistoricalRomance #MillsandBoonHistorical #MillsandBoonInsiders #ARoyalKissandTell #BookReview #FridayReads

Every prince has his secrets. And she’s determined to unravel his…

Every dashing young man in London’s ton is vying for Lady Caroline Hawke’s hand – except one.The handsome, delectable, rogue, Prince Leopold of Alucia can’t quite remember who Caroline is and the insult is not to be tolerated. So Caroline does what any clever, resourceful lady of means would do to make sure a prince remembers her: sees that amusingly risqué morsels about Leo’s reputation are printed in a ladies’ gossip gazette…all the while secretly setting her cap for the rakish royal.

Someone has been painting Leo as a blackguard, but who? Socially, it could ruin him. More important, it jeopardises his investigation into a contemptible scheme that reaches the highest levels of government in London. Now Leo needs Lady Caroline’s help to regain access to society. But this charming prince is about to discover that enlisting the deceptively sweet and sexy Lady Caroline might just cost him his heart, his soul and both their reputations…

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This book gives an astute insight into Victorian royalty and society, but there is also a fairytale quality about it. Caroline is not a typical romantic protagonist, but she has redeeming qualities that emerge as the story progresses. Prince Leopold’s outrageous behaviour hides his innate sense of justice. However, it draws Caroline to him, which is both a blessing and a curse.

The banter between the couple is witty and keeps the story’s momentum. The story is a balance of historical issues and fairytale romance. The love scenes are passionate and the ending in keeping with the story’s ethos.

Posted in Book Review, Family Drama, Friendship, Romance, Travel

The Summer Villa Melissa Hill 4*#Review @melissahillbks @MillsandBoon @HQStories #Italy #Travel #Friendship #Reunion #Summer #Food #Secrets #Book Review #MillsandBoonInsiders

Three women. One summer reunion. Secrets will be revealed…

Villa Dolce Vita, a rambling stone house on the Amalfi Coast, sits high above the Gulf of Naples amidst dappled lemon groves and the fragrant, tumbling bougainvillea. Kim, Colette and Annie all came to the villa in need of escape and in the process forged an unlikely friendship.

Now, years later, Kim has transformed the crumbling house into a luxury retreat and has invited her friends back for the summer to celebrate.

But as friendships are rekindled under the Italian sun, secrets buried in the past will come to light, and not everyone is happy that the three friends are reuniting… Each woman will have things to face up to if they are all to find true happiness and fully embrace the sweet life.

An epic summer read about food, friendship and the magic of Italy.

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon HQ in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

The bright sunny cover reflects the perfect summer escapism this novel provides. A story of angst friendship and secrets plays out over two-time frames. Despite their different background and lives, a lifelong friendship is formed at the Villa Dolce Vita in Italy between three women.

The Italian location is vibrant and the perfect contrast to the deceit and secrets. Complex, flawed protagonists draw the reader into their stories. The plot has surprises, and it’s pace intensifies, as it reveals its secrets.

An escapist summer read.

Posted in Book Review, Romance -Dark and Steamy

Driving Him Wild Zara Cox 4*#Review @ZCoxBooks @mayablake @MillsandBoon The Mortimers:Wealthy and Wicked #MillsandBoonInsider #MillsandBoonDare #Romance #BookReview #DrivingHimWild

He loves it when she takes charge…

but can he take the heat?

Graciela Mortimer is famously rich, entitled and far too beautiful—just like the woman who broke my heart—so I’m not thrilled about working with her on a remote Alaskan photoshoot. But when Graciela sends away her entourage and a blizzard locks us both in our cabin, I know it’s time to thaw this dominant ice queen’s heart…

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I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This story is undeniably hot despite its frozen Alaska setting. Graciela and Jensen’s initial antagonism rapidly changes to sexual heat. Opposites attract and the couple find they are two sides to the same coin. Can their sexual compatibility translate into forever love?

This is an emotional and explicit story. Graciela and Jensen’s are vulnerable and have trust issues which make their intense romance full of internal conflict.

Full of angst and passion the reader is left exhausted but satisfied when Graciela and Jensen finally achieve their happy ending.

Posted in Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Friendship, Romance

Stealing Home / A Slice of Heaven Sherryl Woods 5*#Reviews @SherrylWoodsAuthor @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonInsiders #Netflix #SweetMagnolias #Serenity #Romance #FamilyDrama #SmallTown #Friendship #Women #StealingHome #ASliceofHeaven

Maddie Townsend might live in a town called Serenity, but there’s been nothing calm or peaceful about her life since her marriage broke up.

This stay-at-home mum has no job skills, an out-of-control sixteen-year-old son, a talkative fourteen-year-old who’s suddenly gone silent, a six-year-old daughter whose heart is broken, an ex-husband whose younger girlfriend is expecting their baby and two best friends who think she’s somehow qualified to help them open a fitness spa for women.

But if Maddie is a tad on edge with all that on her plate, it’s nothing compared to the chaos that ensues when she discovers that her son’s baseball coach has feelings for her and the whole town disapproves. Maddie’s faced a lot of challenges lately with strength and resolve, but Cal Maddox may turn out to be more than she can handle.

Then again, he could just be the one man in all of South Carolina who can help her find serenity.

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Dana Sue might run the best little restaurant in Serenity, but when you’re feeding a small town things can get a bit hot in the kitchen.

Never mind that she’s putting on too many pounds (an occupational hazard for a chef)-she’s worried about her too-skinny teenage daughter, Annie.

But sometimes life picks strange ways to mend fences. When Annie lands in the hospital, Dana Sue reaches out to the man she loves to hate: Ron, the husband who took her heart when she threw him out. Ron is still Annie’s white knight, even if he’s decidedly more tarnished in Dana Sue’s eyes. But he still looks good enough to eat, and maybe, just maybe, to forgive.

Once, Ron made the mistake of letting go without a proper fight. But now Dana Sue is about to get another taste of sweet devotion from a man tired of feeling like a fool, hungry for that slice of heaven he found with her.

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I received copies of these books from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Stealing Home

Currently, a NetFlix series this story set in Serenity South Carolina is a heartwarming mix of family drama friendship and small-town romance. Focusing on the Sweet Magnolias, best friends Maddie, Dana Sue and Helen have a lifelong friendship. Maddie is the focus of Stealing Home.

Family drama when Maddie’s marriage ends unexpectedly, a new career and forbidden romance all contribute to this story’s addictive quality. There’s a believable dynamic between the three women, as they unite against double standards and malicious gossip. Maddie’s emotional journey is realistic and uplifting. Her gentle romance with Cal is the spice in the story, but her doubts are authentic and keep you guessing.

A Slice of Heaven

A Slice of Heaven the second book of the Sweet Magnolias’ series focuses on Dana Sue. This story has the same small town ethos and heartwarming friendship but explores eating disorders and their effect on families and friendships. Annie Dana Sue’s daughter has Anorexia. Annie’s story is complex and poignant.

There is a second chance romance between Dana Sue and Ronnie to balance the emotional drama. Ronnie is not easy to empathise but does have redeeming qualities.

This story is engaging and sensitive.