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The Billionaire’s One-Night Baby Joss Wood 5*#Review #ScandalsofLeRouxWedding @JossWoodbooks @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #Romance #MillsandBoonModern #HarlequinPresents #SouthAfrica

Bound forever…by one night!

South African billionaire Jago doesn’t believe in happily ever after. But a single breath-taking encounter with Dodi…that he believes in. Only now Dodi’s pregnant! And suddenly Jago can’t picture a future without their child – or her…

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

My Thoughts…

The emotion and the passion match the sizzling hot climate of South Africa, the setting for this billionaire romance. Jago and Elodie Kate (Dodi) have always been in each other’s lives, as she is his sister’s best friend, but they have hardly talked, although they did share a passionate kiss years before.

Emotional and sensual, the chemistry between Jago and Elodie intensifies in her high-end wedding boutique. Wary of commitment after traumatic childhoods and past relationships, the unexpected pregnancy forces them to be honest about their true feelings and face their fears. Their conflicted romance takes them on an emotional rollercoaster with a romantic and satisfying conclusion.

I like the believable characters, family dynamics and passionate romance.

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Banished Prince to Desert Boss Heidi Rice 5*#Review @HeidiRomRice @millsandboon @harlequinbooks #millsandboonmodern #harlequinpresents #Romance #millsanbooninsiders #BanishedPrincetoDesertBoss


Will she be his Cinderella?

Exiled prince Dane’s declaration that he’ll only attend an important royal ball with her as his date sends by-the-book diplomatic aide Jamilla’s pulse skyrocketing. Ignoring protocol for once feels amazing, until their stolen moment of freedom becomes a sizzling scandal…

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My Thoughts…

Ambitious and loyal, Jamilla hopes guiding the King of Zafar’s half brother through a vital trade mission will further her career. Dane doesn’t want to be in Zafar but would do anything for his older brother. Sizzling chemistry and misunderstandings define Jamilla and Dane’s first meeting, and Jamilla needs all her diplomatic skills to deal with Dane.

I like the gradual emotional commitment and trust between Jamilla and Dane. The beautifully flawed characters, both with emotional damage from childhood, have a conflicted but deepening relationship.

Vivid settings and vibrant characters make this glamorous romance engaging to read.

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Desert Prince’s Defiant Bride Julieanne Howells 4*#Review @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @julieannehowel#MillsandBoonModern #HarlequinPresents #Romance #BookReview #MillsandBoonInsiders #weekendreads

A royal ruse…or a royal wedding?

A pretend engagement to Crown Prince Khaled wasn’t part of Lily’s plan to prove her brother’s innocence, but the brooding sheikh is quite insistent. Their simmering chemistry makes playing his fiancée in public easy—and resisting temptation in private impossible!

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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 engaging contemporary romance has humour, mystery and passionate attraction. The physical attraction between Kahled and Lily has increasingly emotional commitment as they are drawn together in a fake engagement. The simple plot allows the romance to be the story’s focus. The couple’s interactions are often humorous and easy to imagine.

Posted in Book Review, Christmas Read, Festive Read, New Books, Romance

Crowned for his Christmas Baby Maisey Yates 5* #Review @maiseyyates @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonModern HarlequinPresents #BookReview #Festive #CrownedforhisChristmasBaby

Romance

Is her royal baby his redemption?

After being swept up in Prince Vincenzo’s revenge plans, Eloise is carrying his surprise heir. And the man who vowed never to marry is claiming her – as his royal Christmas bride

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

 

My Thoughts…

Prince Vincenzo is determined to rescue his country from his father’s excesses and vows to end the monarchy by refusing to marry and father an heir. Avenging his mother, he enlists the help of Eloise, the daughter of his father’s mistress. Eloise is a positive, strong character who has moved on from her destructive past. She has always loved Vincenzo despite his reputation and agrees to help him.

There is an intense passion between Eloise and Vincenzo despite her innocence. The emotional connection between the couple deepens as they realise they have misjudged each other. The story has many festive touches and ends happily after much angst. Believable characters and an appealing fairytale quality make this a lovely holiday read.

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

Unwrapped by Her Italian Boss Michelle Smart 5*#Review @chellebellwrite @MillsandBoon @HarelquinBooks #MillsandBoonModern #HarlequinPresents #festive #romance #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #UnwrappedbyHerItalianBoss

Can she resist his snowbound seduction?

After a rocky first impression, innocent Meredith’s got a lot to prove to her new billionaire boss Giovanni! He’s trusting her to make his opulent train’s maiden voyage a success. Trusting herself around him? That’s another challenge entirely…

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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 is a festive story set in Switzerland, Paris and across the Alps. Part of the story takes place on a luxury train, and this well-described setting makes this a vivid read. Merry is innocent and career-driven, running away from her dysfunctional family. Giovanni is a self-made billionaire, Merry’s temporary boss who hates Christmas because of a personal tragedy. There are elements of humour and poignant moments which draw the reader’s empathy.

The chemistry between the two is well-written with sparkly romance. Giovanni has old fashioned manners and speech that fit perfectly with the festive old-world setting. There is angst, reconciliation, self-realisation and a lovely romantic conclusion.

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Redeemed by His New York Cinderella Jadesola James 4*#Review @jadesolajames @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance

She can save him – if he’ll let her…

Kitty will do anything for the foundation inspired by her tumultuous childhood. Even agree to a fake relationship to help Laurence, the impossibly guarded man from her past, land his next deal. Only their chemistry is anything but make-believe!

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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…

I enjoyed this Cinderella-style romance. The protagonists both had difficult and emotionally bereft childhoods. Kitty is self-reliant. She created a charitable foundation to help young people forgotten by the welfare system to realise their potential. Laurence is rich but emotionally distant.

Both flawed characters have unlikeable traits, but they have a powerful chemistry that catalyses a sensual romance. It’s easy reading, and the main characters develop as individuals and deserve their happy ending.

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Married for One Reason Only Dani Collins 4*#Review @DaniCollinsBook @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #BookReview #MarriedforOneReasonOnly

Convenient vows…
…for their baby’s sake!

His brief was simple: confirm whether model Oriel Cuvier is the secret daughter of a Bollywood legend. But when billionaire security specialist Vijay Sahir locks eyes with Oriel, all thoughts of work disappear—leading to a few stolen hours where all rules are broken…

Weeks later, Oriel gets two life-changing surprises. First, the truth about her birth mother. Second, she’s pregnant with Vijay’s child! He demands marriage, but can she really promise to honor and cherish him when, until now, all they’ve shared is one extraordinary encounter? 

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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 lot is going on in this story. It’s full of emotion, mystery and passionate romance between a couple who have self-esteem issues and unanswered questions in their past. It is glamorous, but beneath the glitz are two people who long for a partner who values them.

Their first meeting leads to unexpected passion, which draws them together. There’s a mystery to solve and many conflicts before they can achieve the happiness they deserve. The two main protagonists are likeable, and the plot has interesting twists to keep the reader engaged.

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Stolen in Her Wedding Gown Amanda Cinelli 4*#Review @AcinelliAuthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonModern #HarlequinPresents #BookReview #Romance #Preorder #StoleninHerWeddingGown

When the something borrowed…
Is the bride!

About to walk down the aisle of her Manhattan wedding, determined Priya realises it’s impossible. After the news Greek playboy Eros has just shared about her convenient groom, she can’t go through with it. To save her father’s business she flees in her white dress…and weds Eros instead!

To beat his brother to the family inheritance, Eros must stay married for one year. Stealing Priya as his wife was the first step. Then, he discovers her deepest secrets – and a burning mutual desire. What started as convenient suddenly got very complicated…

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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…

Eros is aptly named with a playboy reputation that lives up to his name. His meeting with his mother after the death of his estranged father gives the reader all the necessary clues to understand his commitment issues and need for Greek-style revenge. Priya is an heiress who refused to conform to the marriage of convenience expected of her. Succeeding on her own is important to her, so why is marrying someone she doesn’t love. Eros’ revenge and Priya marriage of convenience collide on her wedding day with life-changing results for them both.

Their dramatic meeting paves the way for sizzling chemistry that is slow to ignite due to Priya’s innocence and Eros’ unwillingness to push against her boundaries. They begin to form an emotional attachment before the physical attraction takes over, and whilst this a little unexpected in this romance category, it does make the story romantic.

This is an emotional love story with glamorous protagonists who are vulnerable under their outward facades.

Posted in Book Review, Holiday Romance, New Books, Romance, Travel

Stranded For One Scandalous Week Natalie Anderson 4* #Review @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @MillsandInsiders #HarlequinPresents #MillsandBoonModern #StrandedForOneScandalousWeek #Romance #Island #HolidayRomance

The innocent, the playboy…
And their seven-night passion!

Archivist Merle’s dream job in an abandoned mansion on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island gives her the isolation she craves and the freedom to delight in its extravagance. Then infamous owner Ash arrives, without warning…

Used to women falling at his feet, Ash is ever so intrigued when he interrupts virginal siren Merle in his bath – and she tries to conceal her shock…then her red-hot reaction! He’s back for one week only to lay his tarnished past to rest. Might he find solace in the intriguing Merle instead…?

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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 sizzling romance, set on a private island, a fast-paced, physical attraction, catalyses gradual emotional commitment.

This story is full of introspection and internal conflict. Merle’s teenage years were lonely and starved of affection. Ash has regrets from his youth that he can’t let go. The romance is passionate and the dialogue vibrant. Merle’s character development is good. Ash’s self-realisation is not as significant, but he gets there in the end.

The conclusion is romantic and satisfying.

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The Greek Wedding She Never Had Chantelle Shaw 4*#Review @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonModern #HarlequinPresents #Romance #Revenge #Forgiveness #Greece #InnocentSummerBrides #BookReview #TheGreekWeddingSheNeverHad

Eleanor Buchanan broke off her engagement to Jace Zagorakis a year ago. She discovered he only wanted to marry her to gain control of her family’s luxury Greek hotel – on their wedding day! Now the devastatingly handsome tycoon is back with a second proposal…

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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 passionate romantic story has echoes Greek tragedy. Jace is driven to revenge his father’s death after Eleanor’s grandfather’s betrayal. Eleanor discovers Jace’s plans and runs, but one year on, her hotel is on the brink of bankruptcy, and Jace is the only way out.

There is undeniable chemistry between innocent Eleanor and Jace, which she thought was love. As they get to know each other, their growing emotional commitment deepens into love. Eleanor is a strong woman who values family and loyalty, something she shares with Jace. She understands his motives, and when he shares his past, she forgives him. Jace is a sexy but troubled man driven by revenge. His attraction and admiration of Eleanor let him learn to trust and realise he deserves to be happy.

This is a lovely sensual romance with likeable characters.