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Forbidden Hawaiian Nights Cathy Williams 5*#Review @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonModern #HarlequinPresents #Romance #Hawaii #BookReview


Once they give into attraction…
…there’s no telling how long it will burn!

For brooding tycoon Max Stowe, Hawaii is no holiday. He must track down his missing sister and take over running his island hotel until she reappears. His first task? Enlisting the help of headstrong landscape gardener Mia Kaiwi…

Max is everything Mia shouldn’t want – commanding and completely off-limits as her temporary boss! But there’s no escape from temptation working so closely together. And when Max declares his desire, it’s up to Mia – dare she explore their connection, even if just for a few, scorching nights?

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My Thoughts…

There’s fantastic chemistry between Mia and Max from their first encounter, but Max is all about work, and Mia isn’t anxious to risk her heart again. Hawaii weaves its magic, the elements and proximity conspire to make sensual encounters inevitable.

This is a conflicted romance Max and Mia have a professional relationship, should they compromise it? Both have to change their outlook on life but are they ready to change enough for a happy ending?

This is a great start to the Secrets of the Stowe family series. It romantic and sensual and has a lovely happy end.

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

Mills and Boon Holiday Reads #Reviewed @MillsandBoon @LouiseRegency @Sophie_Pembroke @AnnieONeilBooks #MarcellaBell #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #MillsandBoon #HolidayReads

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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.

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Confessions of an Italian Marriage Dani Collins 4*#Review @DaniCollinsBook @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonModern #Romance #Spy #BookReview

He’s back to reclaim her…

But where has he been?

What do you do when your husband goes missing? Flush him out by pretending to marry again! Billionaire Giovanni’s dramatic return forces Freja to confront the deep hurt she felt at his desertion…and the sparks that continue to fly between them…

Giovanni had to go into hiding to protect his new bride, but he’s shocked by the consequences his mysterious past had on Freja. Now he’ll have to let her closer than he’s allowed anyone before, if he’s to save the whirlwind marriage he’s suddenly so compelled to fight for!

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My Thoughts…

This is a sizzling second-chance romance with notable originality. Giovanni is not what he appears to be, and this secret means that Freja and Giovanni’s marriage seems doom to fail. Giovanni and Freja’s attraction is immediate and sensual but has tragic results. Freja is intelligent, and senses not everything is at it seems, taking action to confirm her suspicions.

The storyline has exciting uniqueness. The conflicted romance keeps you turning the pages, and the ending is worth the angst.

Posted in Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Christmas in the King’s Bed Caitlin Crews 4* #Review @megancrane @MillsandBoon #Romance #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonModern #BookReview #Festive #MondayBlogs

His royal bride of convenience:
Unwrapped and undone!

Orion is determined to rule his once-dissolute kingdom with integrity and respect. That means honouring his betrothal to Lady Calista Skyros. A woman whose father deals in scandal – and who threatens his unwavering self-control…

Calista knows her royal marriage was brokered by blackmail, but she has her own reasons for accepting Orion’s hand. Yet her husband shocks her with his demand for complete honesty. And as her first Christmas as queen approaches, her unstoppable desire for the king becomes her most dangerous truth of all!

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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 fairytale romance full of passion, villains and happy ever afters. King Orion forced to marry an adversary’s daughter to protect the monarchy from further scandal. Calista agrees to marry Orion to save her sibling from her father’s wrath. Their intense connection is something neither expected but is a blessing or a curse?

This is a story of betrayal scandal and trust. The connection between Calista and Orion is passionate but conflicted. Both need to trust the other with their secrets to move forward. Despite the legacy of despicable parents the two, principled lovers manage to rise above the scandal, to find their fairytale ending but only after, some sensual encounters and personal soul searching.

Posted in Book Review, Romance, Travel

The Maid’s Best Kept Secret Abby Green 4* #Review #TheMarchettiDynasty @abbygreen3 @MillsandBoon #Romance #BookReview #TheMaidsBestKeptSecret #MillsandBoonModern #MillsandBoonInsiders

The secret’s out…
…but the scandal’s still to come!

Shy housekeeper Maggie Taggart considers herself immune to rich, powerful men – her tycoon father’s rejection has taught Maggie to avoid them at all costs. Until she meets enigmatic billionaire Nikos Marchetti, and is totally enthralled by his potent masculinity! The pleasure that virgin Maggie finds in his arms is astonishing – as are the consequences…

Maggie is determined her newborn son won’t want for anything. But when Nikos uncovers her secret, and their sizzling chemistry explosively reignites, it’s clear they have unfinished business…and Nikos is determined to claim them both!

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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…

Who doesn’t love a little romance? This story has a fairytale quality about it. Recently bereaved Maggie is working in her mother’s former role as a housekeeper for an absentee owner. The remote estate is the perfect place to come to terms with her grief. Then she meets Nikos, and the romance begins.

I love the first meeting, so romantic if a little unlikely, but isn’t that why we read these stories?
Sensual writing portrays their attraction beautifully, but is this just one night?

The conflict and uncertainty of the inevitable consequences of their passionate night are enjoyable reading. Nikos is vulnerable despite his money and power, and this endears him to the reader. Maggie is courageous and kind you want them to find, the love they deserve.

This is a lovely romantic story with a magical ending. Perfect for those of us who believe in the fairytales.

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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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, Romance

Cinderella’s Royal Secret Lynne Graham 5*#Review @lynne__graham @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonModern #Romance #Cinderella #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview #OnceUponATemptation

His until midnight…
Bound by her nine-month surprise!

Izzy Campbell has no time for love – she’s too busy cleaning houses to support her family. Accidentally interrupting her most exclusive client, sheikh Rafiq, coming out of the shower is mortifying…yet their instantaneous attraction leads to the most amazing night of innocent Izzy’s life! But then she does a pregnancy test…

Crown Prince Rafiq’s world changes the instant Izzy arrives in his desert kingdom and reveals her royal secret. He always thought he could never have children, so he’s determined to make this pregnant Cinderella his queen!

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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…

Izzy’s life is full of studying and working, she feels like Cinderella, especially when she inadvertently meets the VIP, whose room she’s supposed to clean. One magical night in a life governed by duty is all Rafiq allows himself. Fate intervenes, forcing another unexpected meeting with life-changing consequences.

Izzy is impulsive and wants to live life in the present and escape for a little while. Attraction overcomes naivety where Rafiq is concerned. Emotionally damaged, Rafiq doesn’t fit the royal stereotype but is determined to honour his heritage.

Izzy’s character develops positively in difficult and unfamiliar circumstances. Rafiq hides painful childhood memories to protect Izzy. Like all good fairytales, this has a happy ending.

Posted in Book Review, Romance

A Hidden Heir to Redeem Him Dani Collins 4*#Review @DaniCollinsBook @MillsandBoon #FeudingBillionaireBrothers #MillsandBoonModern #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance

She kept their child hidden…

Now the secret’s out!

Valentino Casale is outraged to find Kiara kept their daughter a secret from him for two years! Forever branded by his own illegitimacy, the hardened billionaire wants to do things differently…

Kiara could never regret the consequence of her one delicious night with Val. Even if he turned out to be every bit as cold hearted as their night was hot! Yet behind Val’s reputation is another man – revealed only in their passionate moments alone. Could she give that man a second chance?

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

My Thoughts…

This emotional and passionate romance explores family issues sensitively, through the two main characters Valentino and Kiara. Emotionally barren Valentino is hard to empathise. Defined by her art Kiara is a paradox of strength and emotional vulnerability.

The romantic conflicts are predominately internal.

Realistic and raw this passionate romance takes you on an emotional rollercoaster before its satisfactory conclusion.

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A Scandal Made in London Lucy King 5*#Review @lucy_king @MillsandBoon #Romance #MillsandBoonModern #PassionInParadise #BookReview #MillsandBoonInsiders

Name: Kate Cassidy. Location: London.Sexual experience: none.

Kate’s virginity is not something billionaire Theo Knight ever wanted to know about. He swore to protect her after her brother’s death, but when he discovers Kate’s dating profile, all he can think about is how much he’s tempted to unravel her…

Kate is mortified when Theo discovers her secret. Yet she can’t resist his tantalizing offer to introduce her to pleasure beyond her wildest imagination! Their chemistry is as unstoppable as it is off-limits, but the biggest scandal of all is yet to happen…

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

My Thoughts…

This is a surprisingly engaging story. Theo and Kate both have secrets, troubled pasts, with the consequent emotional damage. The chemistry between the unlikely couple is intense and the sexy romance, hot and passionate.

Theo is not the misogynist you may suspect, he is tough to survive, and his big heart reveals itself, where Kate and her sister are concerned. Kate is courageous. Naive in some respects, her tragic past has forced her to be independent and resourceful. The internal conflicts often seem insurmountable. The ending is passionate and thankfully happy.