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Greek Heir to Claim Her Heart Jennifer Faye 5*#Review @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @JenniferFaye34 #MillsandBoonInsiders #romance #heartwarming #MillsandBoonTrueLove #HarlequinRomance #BookReview #weekendreads

From Greek island fling to forever?

In this Greek Paradise Escape story, managing a luxury resort on a Greek island has been a lifeline for Hermione. So when new owner Atlas arrives—gorgeous, brooding, and set on selling the resort—she has just two weeks to change his mind. But as their Valentine’s Day deadline approaches it’s Hermione’s feelings for Atlas that are changing…

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My Thoughts…

This story is a lovely sweet romance set on a Greek Island. The characters are believable and draw the reader into their lives. Hermione thrives in her people orientated role, Atlas is a loner. When he decides to sell his unexpected inheritance, Hermione is determined to change his mind. The romance develops realistically, with many obstacles for the couple to overcome. The setting and cast of characters give the story authenticity and depth. The chemistry between the couple is evident from their first encounter. The story has a Valentine theme, perfect for this time of year.

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Beauty And The Reclusive Millionaire Rachael Stewart 5*#Review @rach_b52 @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #MillsandBoonTrueLove #BookBlitz #BookReview #Romance #BeautyAndTheReclusiveMillionaire #giveaway

An unforgettable Greek escape…

with the man she never forgot! 

A-list actress Catherine Wilde has it all, but behind closed doors, she is fighting personal battles. So the chance to escape to the private Greek island of her best friend’s brother, Alaric, offers the tranquillity she craves. Except seeing Alaric again sets her heart rate soaring. Life might have changed him, but he can still make her feel alive—and when the torch she once held for him reignites, it’s impossible to ignore!

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My Thoughts…

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite fairytales, and this author gives the reader a contemporary slant on the original, brimming with drama, emotion and romance. Catherine and Alaric are both likeable protagonists who are lacking in self-worth. They need each other to realise they seek a love that completes them.

Their emotional connection is strong from the beginning, rooted in childhoods spent together. Both have suffered losses that have left them emotionally bereft. The conflicts between them are numerous, but their chemistry and history make romance inevitable. The passion reflects their emotional commitment, and the ending is romantic.

Rachael Stewart

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories, from heartwarmingly romantic to wildly erotic. She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled-on pages in her loft will attest to. A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her very own hero and three awesome kids, and if she’s not tapping out a story, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors.

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the giveaway link above.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will be passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for the fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for the despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Christmas With His Cinderella Jessica Gilmore @yrosered @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #Festive #MillsandBoonTrueLove #HarlequinRomance #ChristmasWithHisCinderella

Festive fling to a lifetime together?

With a string of luxury hotels to his name, brooding baron Xander needs help to freshen his public image. Reluctantly agreeing to adopt a rescue dog for Christmas, he isn’t expecting free-spirited dog nanny Elfie too. But there’s far more to Elfie than he bargained for, and soon he can’t imagine life without her—or the dog…

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My Thoughts…

This story has believable characters, a festive-inspired plot and forbidden romance. Full of humour and poignancy, it’s lovely. Elfie is a dog nanny, just the person hotelier, Xander, needs to manage his rescue dog, but proximity leads to romance making it, a memorable Christmas. There are plenty of conflicts, lots of vivid festive descriptions and heartwarming romantic moments. Elfie and Xander find they have more in common than they thought. You want them to find happiness, and thankfully after an emotional journey, they get their happy ending.

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The Single Dad’s Christmas Proposal Ella Hayes 5* Review @EllaHayesAuthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #festive #parenting #relationships #Chamonix #Paris #Christmas #MillsandBoonTrueLove #HarlequinRomance #TheSingleDadsChristmasProposal

A life-changing winter escape!

Extreme snowboarder Dax is no stranger to a challenge. Still, nothing could have prepared him for his greatest challenge yet: fatherhood! Six-year-old Yann was kept a secret by his late mother. Now Dax is determined to make up for lost time. But with a work commitment in Chamonix, he needs a step-in nanny…Will Simone say yes to Dax—and a Christmas to remember?

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My Thoughts…

Dax is an extreme snowboarder with a tragic past and a six-year-old son he has just met. Single mother Simone has an understanding of what Dax is experiencing. Their children are friends. Dax needs someone to take care of his son at Christmas in Chamonix. Is Simone willing to be that person?

The Parisian setting for the couple’s first meeting is atmospheric and magical, drawing the reader into the story’s festive ambience. Their first meeting sparks an attraction even though they don’t initially realise the significance of it. Simone and Dax are lovely characters who have to overcome their emotional barriers to find happiness. The romance is gentle, and the conflicts, to their being together, authentic.

This story has everything you want in a festive romance, characters you believe in, heartwarming emotion and a happy conclusion.

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From Wedding Fling To Baby Surprise Nina Singh 4*#Review @ninasinghauthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #Romance #MillsandBoonTrueLove #HarlequinRomance #MillsandBoonInsiders #BookReview

Their spontaneous fling…Will have unexpected consequences

Unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, Laney desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding. When sexy stranger Gianni Martino steps in as her plus-one, Laney can’t help herself from exploring the explosive chemistry between them! But soon, she discovers who Gianni really is! Escaping to Italy to protect her heart, Laney finds that Gianni is not so easily forgotten…and neither is their fling!

 

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My Thoughts…

This story is a fusion of romance tropes, notably fake romance, enemy to lover and pregnancy surprise. I like Laney, even though she is brittle at times. Her family’s critical comparisons make her this way. It’s difficult for her to believe that Gianni likes her the way she is, particularly when she discovers his secret. Their relationship is slow to develop, but the attraction intensifies, accompanied by emotional commitment.

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Second Chance to Wear His Ring Hana Sheik 4*#Review #guestpost @HanaSoChic @HarlequinBooks @MillsandBoon @rararesources #MillsandBoonTrueLove #HarlequinRomance #BlogBlitz #BookReview #SecondChance #Romance #SecondChancetoWearHisRing #MondayBlogs

A forgotten past…

Could pave the way to forever!

When millionaire Mansur Ali is called urgently home to Somaliland, he’s shocked to find that the woman who broke his heart needs his help. After an accident, Amal has lost many memories…including Manny’s marriage proposal and her rejection! Manny will help her seek treatment in Addis Ababa, but he’s resolved to keep his heart firmly off-limits. A promise that is tested when their journey brings them closer than ever before…

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My Thoughts…

Second chance romance is always a favourite, and this one has the added dimension of an amnesia trope, which introduces additional conflicts and endless possibilities for Amal and Manny’s romance. The setting in Somaliland and Ethiopia allows the reader to explore a lesser-known region of Africa through the author’s insightful and vivid descriptions.

This romance has many layers, which draw the reader into the story. Amal and Manny are both successful entrepreneurs. Amal in Africa and Manny globally. They are both visionary and want to help rebuild and sustain their homeland, even though Manny never thought to return until his fate decreed otherwise. They both have romantic souls and deserve their second chance. It reflects cultural differences and issues faced by people of colour, which makes it contemporary and relevant.

The romance is gentle despite its many conflicts, and the ending is satisfying.

Guest PostFinally Seeing Myself In Books By Hana Sheik

There’s a reason I call SECOND CHANCE TO WEAR HIS RING the book of my heart. I have written dozens of manuscripts before it, though none are likely going to see the light of day. When I sat down to write my first chapter of SECOND CHANCE TO WEAR HIS RING more than three years ago today, I knew I wanted to write characters who looked more like me. I wanted to wax poetic about beautiful brown skin, and I wanted to set my story in Somaliland—my other home.

So when Harlequin announced their Harlequin Romance Blitz I never thought the story I’d set in Somaliland and Ethiopia would stand a chance. I kept telling myself it wasn’t “glamourous” enough for the jet-set sparkling love stories in Harlequin Romance. But, of course, I was dead wrong! And I’m happy I was or else I wouldn’t be able to share my book with the world today.

In SECOND CHANCE TO WEAR HIS RING, I lightly touch on how looking different has placed barriers for my black Muslim hero, Mansur to achieving his success. The rest of the book celebrates the beauty of Africa, the history and the people living there today. It also shines a light on some of the continent’s problems, its progresses, and the possibility of its bright future. This last part is why I made my heroine, Amal an architect. I literally wanted her helping build on Africa.

I will pivot now and talk book covers.

More and more I’m seeing romance books with covers of black models, black couples, and black families. It’s also thrilling to see more authors from marginalized backgrounds and communities telling their stories.

Speaking of covers, when I saw the cover of SECOND CHANCE TO WEAR HIS RING, I just about nearly cried. I was happily stunned for the first few minutes after seeing it, and then I showed my sister, and I remember her saying that the model on the cover was gorgeous. I wholeheartedly agree! I still thank the cover gods every day.

Seeing the cover also reminds why I am building a brand writing black love stories, black Muslim romances, and diverse happy-for-nows and happily ever afters. I dying to build a library of romances for the next generation of black, Muslim and POC romance readers, one book at a time. Being a part of this movement to diversify bookshelves is both humbling and triumphant.

I will close this guest post off by sharing four fun facts about SECOND CHANCE TO WEAR HIS RING:

  • It features a black Muslim hero and heroine.
  • It’s set in Hargeisa, Somaliland and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (though mostly Ethiopia).
  • I have only visited Somaliland—but I’m planning a trip to Addis Ababa soon!
  • I love the amnesia trope, even though it was a tricky one to write!

It’s been lovely visiting your blog, Jane! Thank you for having me.

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Hana Sheik falls in love every day reading her favourite romances and writing her own happy-ever-afters. She’s worked as a data entry operator, customer service rep, telemarketer, and ghostwriter—but being a romance author is without a doubt the best job ever! Born in Somalia, she moved to the beautiful capital of Canada as a toddler, and still lives there happily with her family.

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Surprise Reunion with his Cinderella Rachael Stewart 5*#Review @rach_b52 @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #MillsandBoonTrueLove #BookBlitz #BookReview #Romance #BillionDollarMatches #SurpriseReunionwithhisCinderella #giveaway #SundayRead #WeekendReads

Can one week in paradise…
…heal ten years of heartache?

When the elite M dating agency sends wealthy Freddie Highgrove to the Seychelles for a weeklong “date,” the last person he’s expecting to be matched with is Jasmine Walker, his first love and ex-fiancée! Ten years ago, his family’s expectations for a high-society marriage sent housekeeper’s daughter Jasmine running. Can one week in paradise bring them back together?Purchase Link –

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My Thoughts…

This second chance romance is set in the romantic Seychelles isles, full of reflection, romance, and passionate reunion.

Freddie is heir to Highgrove, and all that, being Laird entails. Now a successful app developer, Jasmine is the daughter of his family’s housekeeper and his ex-fiancee. Matched by M, the exclusive dating agency, they are both surprised, but Jasmine left him, Cinderella-style, and he doesn’t want his heart stolen again. Jasmine ran away for her mother and his family, but seeing him again, she realises this time she’s here to stay.

Their rekindled romance is sensual, seductive and sentimental. The descriptions of the idyllic honeymoon style setting are lovely, and heartfelt emotion colours their every action.

A lovely fairytale ending for this second chance romance with two characters who deserve their happiness.

Rachael Stewart

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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  • – Lip balm
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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the giveaway link above.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will be passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for the fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Billionaire’s Road Trip to Forever Michelle Douglas 4*#Review #MichelleDouglas @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #BookReview #MillsandBoonTrueLove #HarlequinRomance #Romance #RoadTrip #Friendship #Parenting #BillionairesRoadTriptoForever

Running from a wedding…
… to a whole new future!
Bree Allenby’s first stop on her road trip across Australia is to attend the society wedding of her brother’s best friend. When Noah Fitzgerald is dramatically jilted, he needs a quick getaway—so Bree suggests he come with her! Spending her days with a billionaire is not what she was expecting… Not only is their spark of attraction completely new, but it has them both rethinking where they’re going in life!

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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 well-written friend to lover romance where Bree and newly jilted Noah go on a life-changing road trip. Bree’s original reason for the road trip leads to some poignant, thought-provoking moments. The road trip setting is a bonus with great descriptions.

Bree and Noah are likeable characters with emotional baggage, which they open and discard as the journey progresses. A sweet romance about friendship, parenting, and taking a chance on love.

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From Best Friend To Fiancée Ellie Darkins 5*#Review @EllieDarkins @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonTrueLove #HarlequinRomance #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #FridayReads #FromBestFriendToFiancée

She’s strictly off-limits…
Isn’t she?

Jannes is a professional yachtsman with a playboy reputation. The tabloids devote more columns to his romantic entanglements than his round-the-world races! But scandals spook sponsors, so Jannes makes a proposal of mutual convenience to his commitment-phobe best friend Lara: pose as his girlfriend for PR purposes only and he’ll help keep her chaotic family at bay. It’s perfect… Until the paparazzi leak photos of Lara with a diamond ring on her finger!

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My Thoughts…

Friends to lovers romance always put the protagonists in a quandary. Will the physical attraction damage the emotional connection they have as friends? This is the question for Lara and Jannes as they embark on a fake relationship to help Jannes’ career risking their friendship for a PR stunt.

Jannes and Lara have trust issues which make their friendship precious. Their emotional connectivity and the glamorous setting allow their physical attraction to develop. It makes the couple face their emotional issues together in a bid to be both friends and lovers.

The characters are flawed and likeable, the dialogue is witty, and the story explores contemporary issues.

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Bound by a Ring and a Secret Jennifer Faye 5*Review @JenniferFaye34 @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonTrueLove #HarlequinRomance #BookReview #BoundbyaRingandaSecret #Romance #LakeComo #Italy

Photographer Gianna is done with men. Retreating to her villa on the shore of Lake Como… she is stunned to find gorgeous Dario renting her house! When Dario is mistaken for her long-gone fiancé, they realise a fake engagement could solve problems for them both. Pretending to be in love should be easy, but what happens when very real feelings start to grow?

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My Thoughts…

A lovely romantic story where the couple’s slow-burn attraction deepens into an emotional commitment. The fake engagement trope is well-written with plenty of internal conflicts. The family interference which affects the couple is believable and adds additional external conflicts for their happy ever after.

Gianna and Dario are easy to like you empathise with their problems, which are convincingly written. Tito, the dog, is an engaging character who initiates their first encounter and proves to be a redoubtable matchmaker.

This is a gentle romantic story full of emotion and humour.