Posted in Book Review, Christmas Read, Contemporary Fiction, Festive Read, Friendship, Medical Romance, New Books, Romance

The Nurse’s Christmas Hero Karin Baine 4*Review @karinbaine1 @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonMedical #HarlequinMedicalRomance #BookReview #festive #Romance

Can he mend the heart he broke?

Widowed nurse Shona, has returned to the safety and familiarity of her Scottish childhood home. Getting roped into playing Chief Elf to lifeboat crew leader Alasdair’s Santa wasn’t part of the plan. But his delicious smile has the power to tempt her… She still hasn’t forgiven the reformed bad boy for once betraying her heart, could he now be the one to rebuild it?

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My Thoughts…

Stories set on Scottish Islands are very popular with their sense of community. Shona returns to her island home, a widow to live with her sister and work at the medical facility. She’s dreaded meeting her first love, who left her heartbroken and humiliated, but when she does, he appears to have changed, but she is still wary. The festive theme is central to this medical romance and introduces the community. It gives the couple a chance to get to know each other again.

Shona undergoes an emotional journey to forgive and understand Alasdair. He is similarly conflicted, wondering if he deserves a chance of happiness with Shona. Thankfully the elf and Santa overcome their emotional barriers, and the story ends happily.

This lovely festive romance is full of laughter and poignancy.

Posted in Book Review, Medical Romance, New Books, Romance

Twins for the Neurosurgeon Louise Heaton 4*#Review @louisaheaton @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonMedical #HarlequinMedicalRomance #Twins #MedicalRomance #Neurosurgeons #London #TwinsfortheNeurosurgeon #ReunitedatStBarnabasHospital

Two tiny heartbeats…

…will change their lives forever!

Top neurosurgeons Samantha Gordon and Yanis Baptiste spend one unforgettable night together in Paris. Their reunion in London proves even more explosive when they discover Sam is pregnant with twins! Neither Sam nor Yanis is prepared for parenthood, but those two tiny heartbeats could help them find the family neither of them believed they would ever have…

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My Thoughts…

For Sam and Yanis working together in Paris leads to an intense attraction. After a traumatic surgery, they enjoy an intimate encounter on Sam’s last night in the city. Sam doesn’t like letting down her guard and doesn’t expect to see Yanis again. When he takes a neurosurgeon’s role at Sam’s hospital, she is surprised, and that’s not her only shock that day.

Sam and Yanis are dedicated professionals who have to learn to adapt to a new lifestyle. Yanis is supportive, and understanding although he has doubts and worries. Sam has many issues, but as they learn to work as a personal team, they find the love they deserve.

An authentic medical setting and a heartwarming romance make this an engaging read.

Posted in Book Review, Medical Romance, New Books

The Vet’s Unexpected Hero Traci Douglass 3* #Review @Traci_Douglass @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonMedical #HarlequinMedicalRomance #Vet #FridayReads #FloridaFirstInResponse #TheVetsUnexpectedHero

Safety in his arms?

In this First Response in Florida story, vet Lucy is happy with her quiet, ordered life. Until a tropical storm threatens her Florida Keys animal sanctuary, and the arrival of gorgeous, yet guarded, emergency medic Jackson Durand brings disorder – and desire!

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My Thoughts…

A story focusing on Lucy, a vet who runs an animal shelter in the Florida Keys. She left her familial home to escape a controlling relationship and a family who don’t offer the support she needs to further her independence. Jackson is an EMT whose commitment issues stem from his childhood. The setting is the build-up of a tropical storm to a hurricane forcing the couple into close physical proximity.

The scenes in the medical setting are atmospheric, but the animal shelter needs a greater focus. Lucy and Jackson are complex characters. The setting ensures that the reader gets to understand them despite the brief time period.

There’s an undeniable attraction with a passionate outcome and the sought after emotional connection.

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

Nurse’s One Night Baby Surprise Louisa George 5*#Review @Louisa_George @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonMedical #HarlequinMedicalRomance #BookReview #FridayReads #NursesOneNightBabySurprise

Doctor Off-Limits:

The father of her baby!

Doctor Fraser is the last man nurse Briana should be attracted to – she’s kept her feelings for him under wraps for years. But when he moves to her Lake District village with his troubled teenage daughter, Bri wants desperately to help them. Yet, after her chemistry with Fraser flares out of control, Bri must tell him the most shocking news of all…

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My Thoughts…

This is my first book in the Oakdale series. Fraser moves to the Lake District to keep his teenage daughter Lily out of trouble. He is a supportive father, which is even more important since her mother’s death. Fraser has a complex backstory involving Bri, a nurse at his new workplace. Initially, antagonist, the couple cannot deny their attraction. Both have trust issues, but an unexpected outcome forces them to think again.

The plot is contemporary and relatable, with believable characters. The well-paced story reveals a heartwarming family drama. The romance is sensual and full of internal and external conflicts which take the couple on an emotional journey to a lovely romantic conclusion.

Posted in Book Review, Friendship, Medical Romance, Romance

Awakening His Shy Vet Shelley Rivers 5* #Review @SRiversAuthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonMedical #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #Vet #SecondChance #BookReview #HarlequinMedicalRomance

They’re looking for a fresh start…

…with each other?

After the tragic death of his wife, horse trainer Kern MacKinley shut himself off from the world – and love. Until the arrival of vet Ruby Day. Ruby may be reserved, but she has an unrivalled way with animals. And it’s not just her patients, Kern discovers, that Ruby has the ability to heal. Once he lets Ruby in, for him there’s no going back – but can he heal her too?

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My Thoughts…

This is an engaging romantic story. The two main characters are easy to like, and you feel their angst. Their emotional pain diminishes as their relationship develops into friends and something more. The animals and Ruby and Kern’s affinity for them give the story its unique quality. There’s a relatable cast of supporting characters most likeable, one notably not.

This is an emotional story with great characters and gentle healing romance.

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

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The Earl’s heir

And the rebel artist

Artist Artemisia Stansfield has four months to prove herself to the Royal Academy of Arts. When she finds out that aristocratic art critic, Darius Rutherford, has been snooping in her studio, she’s furious! Sparks of anger turn into flames of desire, but one lapse in judgement could give Darius all the fuel he needs to ruin her, as a lady and as an artist! Unless she trusts him enough to take the risk…?

My Thoughts… 5*#Review

This story has a fascinating theme. It’s full of pertinent historical detail that illustrates the struggle of female artists at this time. The chemistry between Artemisia and Darius in this slow-burn, but ultimately passionate romance is memorable. The emotional connection deepens as the couple get to know each other, and support the other through the conflicts they face.

The character and story development are notable, and it’s an enjoyable reading experience.

A missed blind date…

…leads to a chance at forever!

After exchanging messages for months via a dating app, Surgeon Ivy Ross is finally ready to meet up with ‘Mr. Right’. But when work calls her away the chance is lost…until fate intervenes and Ivy’s blind date – Travis King – arrives as her new Senior Medical Officer…aka her boss! Travis and Ivy know mixing business and pleasure is a bad idea, but sometimes bad ideas feel so good…

My Thoughts… 4*#Review

An interesting setting focusing on medics in the Navy is the background for Ivy and Travis’ romance. Meeting on a dating app, chemistry sparks and they decide to meet, but duty calls and Ivy doesn’t show. Their first meeting is unexpected and difficult as the logistics of a workplace romance on a ship are difficult and forbidden.

Both of the characters are relatable with conflicted and believably written romance. Ivy’s dedication to her career, and Travis’ struggle with his mental health, add additional conflict and give this story authenticity.

This is an original medical/military romance.

If I kiss you,
there’s no going back…’

Hosting South Africa’s wedding of the year at his exclusive safari lodge is Radd Tempest-Vane’s ticket to restoring his family’s empire. As long as he finds a new florist, fast! Brinley Riddell is the perfect candidate. She’s also an immediate distraction.

For Brin, this lucrative job is her chance to be free of the family who never thought her good enough. Radd may be proud, and strictly off-limits, but he’s the sexiest man she’s ever met! Surely one impossibly steamy encounter won’t upend their simple business deal…?

My Thoughts… 4*#Review

This is an atmospheric story, full of vibrant sensory imagery that immerses the reader in the setting. The story follows one man’s quest to rebuild his family’s legacy and a woman’s need to distance herself from her grasping family.

Both characters, are strong and have trust issues, which mean love and romance are not on their life list. A powerful and instantaneous attraction upsets their carefully laid plans and makes for a heated and passionate love affair. Brin has a secret which threatens their new understanding and is the major conflict in this story.

A love that is as decadent, deadly and desirable as the story’ setting is the perfect escapist read.

She’s definitely not invited…
But that won’t stop her

Heiress Asha Patel just crashed a party without knowing that the decadent masquerade ball is for exclusive members. The moment she sees gorgeous, delectably sexy French host Mathis Durand, Asha knows she wants membership more than anything. But Durand has something else in mind for the desi bombshell… Is Asha willing to pay the dangerously high price?

My Thoughts… 3*#Review

This story has potential, but the characters are not as relatable as they could be and the mystique and sensuality of the secret club and masquerade ball is not fulfilled. The love scenes are well-written but the emotional connection is lacking for me.

Posted in Book Review, Christmas Read, Historical Romance, Medical Romance, Romance

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A Marquis in Want of a WifeLouise Allen

Ross Vincent, Marquis of Cranford, with his scarred face and formidable disposition knows he’s hardly a catch. But he needs a wife to take care of his motherless son. Shy, scholarly Prudence Scott seems ideal: she has no expectation of love or passion. She’ll care for his baby in return for the protection of his name. Yet seeing Prudence on their wedding day tests Ross’s willpower to not take his new wife to bed…

My Thoughts … 4*

A marriage of convenience against the backdrop of Waterloo makes this an exciting read. Prue is an intelligent woman who makes a youthful mistake. Ross, a widower, gives her way of preserving her reputation. Their relationship becomes convivial and then romantic, but Waterloo intervenes with near-disastrous results for their life together. Prue is a strong character who matures in the face of adversity and her growing love for Ross and his son. Ross has to learn to trust, something which takes him a while and almost loses him everything. The emotional connection in this story is believable, and Prue’s relationship with her friends is relatable.

Awakening His Shy CinderellaSophie Pembroke

Damon knows Rachel’s always prioritised her family’s needs above her own and it’s time for her to step out of her comfort zone! Damon usually steers clear of commitment, but neither can resist indulging in a very temporary affair! Only when the time comes, can he walk away…?

My Thoughts … 5*

I love modern fairytales, especially at this time of year and this one is magical and romantic and has a contemporary edge. It’s easy to recognise the characters, there’s the wicked stepmother, and the two ugly sisters who despite being outwardly glamorous are mean spirited inside. Rachel doesn’t want to cause her father extra stress, but that doesn’t stop her having dreams, including her longtime crush on her best friend’s brother Damon. Damon doesn’t fit in with his family either, and never feels good enough. The attraction, between Rachel and Damon, simmers gently but grows as they acknowledge their emotional response to each other. There’s a fairy godmother who sees what they could be and plenty of evil and magic occurrences as the story plays out. Sensory imagery immerses the reader in this magical tale, and the multi-layered characters are believable. A lovely story to escape with during the festive holidays.

Christmas Under the Northern Lights – Annie O’Neil

After her fiancé’s shocking betrayal, District Nurse Audrey Walsh hopes to escape Christmas on remote Bourtree Island! Instead, she’s met by a gorgeous man in a Santa suit… Dr. Cooper MacAskill! They’re stuck working (and living) together ‘til New Year, both with their demons to face. Except their inconvenient attraction, and the warmth of this island community offers them healing and happiness – if they have the courage to take it!

My Thoughts … 4*

This is an atmospheric festive romance set on a remote Scottish isle. Christmas cheer is the last thing Audrey feels when she discovers her fiance with another woman, weeks before the wedding she paid for. Heartbroken and in need of cash, she takes a District Nurse locum role as she reassesses her life goals. Cooper grew up on the island. Grieving over his grandmother’s death, he feels guilty and wary of the islanders’ reception. The author believably creates the island world with a relatable cast of characters within the community. The romance and spectacle of the Northern Lights engage the readers’ senses and immerse them in the setting. Audrey and Cooper learn more about themselves and each other in this gentle romance with a well researched medical theme. This is a heartwarming, festive medical romance.

Stolen to Wear His Crown – Marcella Bell

Mina has finally achieved her dream of becoming chief scientific advisor of Cyrano when she’s stolen from the interview room! She’s taken directly to the palace chapel where the terms of a secret betrothal mean she must marry the King – immediately.

My Thoughts … 4*

A fictional kingdom, an unusual heroine, and a determined king make this an interesting romance. The world created is pure fantasy but with some realistic elements. Mina is an intelligent but unworldly woman, fixated on her career and just about to achieve her objective. Zayn knows his duty and will never let his personal feelings get in the way of it. There are elements in this story that defy belief, but if you accept them and Zayn’s often autocratic behaviour, this is a good romance with strong characters full of conflict, glamour and the chance of love.

Posted in Book Review, Festive Read, Medical Romance

Falling For The Secret Prince Alison Roberts 3*#Review @MillsandBoon #AlisonRoberts #MillsandBoonMedical #MillsandBoonInsiders #Secrets #Royalty #ER #Romance #MedicalRomance #Festive #RoyalChristmasatSeattleGeneral #FallingForTheSecretPrince

Dr. Dom Di Rossi’s world literally crashes through the ER doors when his father, the King of Isola Verde, is involved in a car crash. Until now, Dom’s royal connection has been carefully guarded. But when Dr. Emilia Featherstone, his old medical school rival, recognizes a previously unseen vulnerability behind his delicious eyes, she unintentionally becomes the keeper of his secret – and his heart!

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My Thoughts...

This story will appeal to those who like lots of medical detail in their medical romance. A standalone book in the Royal Christmas at Seattle General series, Dr Dom Di Rossi is the chief ER consultant at Seattle General with a secret which allows him to pursue his medical vocation. An unexpected patient in his ER threatens his secret life. Dr Emilia Featherstone is a long time rival of the ER chief they have mutual respect, but nothing more until she senses he is hiding something.

The romance between Dom and Emilia is slow, built out of mutual respect which accepts the secrets they both have. The medical ethos is well written, but at times the medical moments obscure the romantic ones.

This is Grey’s Anatomy style romance with likeable characters and a positive ending. There are three other books in this series written by different authors.

Posted in Book Review, Medical Romance, Romance

Christmas With Her Lost-And-Found Lover Ann McIntosh 5*#Review @AuthorAnnMc @MillsandBoon #Romance #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonMedical #Festive #BookReview #weekendreads #Vet #ChristmasWithHerLostAndFoundLover

He’s walked back into her life –
After half a lifetime…

It’s years since Rohan Khan promised Dr. Elise van Hagen that he would be back for Christmas. He never returned and Elise raised their son alone. So, when the veterinarian reappears during a rescue in snowy Banff, Elise can’t believe her eyes! But Rohan has no memory of their past. Can these long-ago lovers make up for all the Christmases they have missed?

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My Thoughts…

This is a poignant but positive story that focuses on family, forgiveness and the future. Despite losing nearly three decades, the connection between Elise and Rohan is still passionate. Elise is a likeable character, a dedicated doctor and selfless mother. Meeting Rohan again is unexpected.

There’s a mystery surrounding their break-up which is devastating but gives hope for a future together. Neither are the same people who fell in love in their twenties, but this later life love story has more than memories to bind it.

The characters are believable and easy to like. The external conflicts are predominately historic. The internal conflicts are harder to overcome when they meet for a second time, but the chance of happiness and family life is a worthy goal.

There are some delightful animal characters in this festive story and a well-deserved happy ending.

Posted in Book Review, Friendship, Medical Romance, Romance

The Vet’s Secret Son Annie O’Neil 4* #Review @AnnieONeilBooks @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonMedical #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #DolphinCoveVets #Cornwall #MondayBlogs

Returning for forgiveness…
Staying as a father

When Lucas Williams was forced to walk away from Ellie Stone, he knew he was giving up on their dreams of opening a veterinary practice together. Now he’s back and hoping to make amends. But he’s not surprised by how successful Ellie’s become, or that their powerful connection has endured. The surprise is that when he left six years ago, Ellie was pregnant – with his son!

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My Thoughts…

A sweet second chance romance, for two vets, dedicated to animals but torn apart by family drama which leaves a big secret between them.

The characters in this romance are relatable. Ellie is clever and courageous, but so scared of losing the son who means everything to her. Lucas is loyal to his family even when it means destroying what he has with Ellie. His motivations are understandable but flawed. The supporting cast, including many animals, give this story an authentic ethos and add humour and poignancy to a lovely romantic tale full of angst but thankfully happily resolved.