Posted in Book Review, Historical Romance, New Books, Regency Romance

The Return of Her Long-Lost Husband Joanna Johnson 5*#Review @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @JoannaJoJohnson #BookReview #MillsandBoonInsiders #HarlequinHistorical #MillsandBoonHistoricalRomance #Romance #SecondChance #TheReturnofHerLongLostHusband

A husband’s redemption…

A second chance at love?

Nathaniel Honeywell returns from being presumed dead expecting to be welcomed home with open arms, but is shocked when his wife, Hester, isn’t pleased to see him! Nathaniel can’t blame Hester for believing he abandoned her when she needed him most. During their marriage, he’d foolishly valued money over his wife. But his experiences have left him a changed man, and as the simmering attraction between them grows, Nathaniel is determined to prove it!

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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…

Hester is a widow whose short marriage gave her little to recommend it. When her husband, Nathaniel, returns unexpectedly, she is confused about her feelings. Nathaniel’s physical injuries belie deeper mental scars. Finally aware of his father’s manipulation, Nathaniel tries to win back his wife, but will she trust him again?

This engaging second chance historical romance is complex and immersive. Determined not to be ignored in her marriage, Hester cannot deny this new version of the man she married intrigues her. Nathaniel’s experiences have changed him, and he wants to make amends and reclaim the woman he cannot forget. The couple has emotional barriers and Nathaniel’s father’s malicious interference to overcome to achieve their happy marriage.

The angst, likeable protagonists and passionate attraction make this a rewarding historical romantic read.

Posted in Book Review, Romance

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, Romance, Travel

Marrying His Runaway Heiress Therese Beharrie 5*#Review @ThereseBeharrie @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonTrueLove #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #Italy #Family#Drama #BookReview

A diamond isn’t forever…
until it’s from the right man!

For journalist Elena John, heading to Italy on assignment is her chance to avoid her impending arranged marriage. But Micah Williams, the star of her article, is nothing like the uptight tycoon she expected. Alone in Italy she falls under his charming spell. But can Micah offer a counter-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…

From their first meeting, Elena and Micah’s attraction clashes with their shared hostility. Both lack familial love growing up. They have a distorted view of relationships. Fear of rejection makes their romance conflicted.

The settings are glamorous and add romance to the story. Elena and Micah are complex, flawed characters. Their likeability makes you want them to be happy with each other. Circumstances conspire and finally, they find the courage, to achieve their happy ever after.

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.

Posted in Book Review, Medical Romance, Romance

Awakened By Her Brooding Brazilian Ann McIntosh 4*#Review @AuthorAnnMc @MillsandBoon #A Summer in São Paulo #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonMedical #BookReview #MedicalRomance

The playboy surgeon –
and the shy workaholic!

Dr. Krysta Simpson feels a connection with brooding Francisco Carvalho immediately. The ex-model turned surgeon is nothing like the cruel rumors would have her believe. And if she’s determined to use this temporary placement in stunning São Paulo to reset her priorities, she’s running out of time… Leaving one important question: will Francisco show her the pleasure she’s never experienced?

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

My Thoughts…

A diverse location complex characters and well researched medical detail make this romance worth reading. The well-described setting and two easy to empathise main protagonists draw the reader into their story.

Krysta is a brilliant surgeon whose work is her life. Franciso is also a talented surgeon. His background looks and past attract more attention than his medical skills. Their attraction intensifies naturally in this gently paced romance. The cast of characters is believable and enhances the main romantic story.

The gentle romance overcomes the external and internal conflicts realistically to achieve the happy ever after the couple deserves.

Posted in Book Review, Romance, Travel

Falling For Her French Tycoon Rebecca Winters 3*#Review #RebeccaWinters @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonTrueLove #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #France #EscapetoProvence #BookReview

Could a temporary job…
…lead to forever with her boss?

Before adopting her nephew, Nathalie Fournier decides to try and find his father, leading her to a temporary job in a picturesque Provencal vineyard. Her new boss, billionaire Dominic Fontesquieu is the man of Nathalie’s dreams, but can temporary job lead to a more permanent love…

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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…

Whilst this is a lovely story, with characters you can empathise, the storyline is improbable, and lacks contemporary dialogue. If you accept this, the story is enjoyable and has a delightful old fashioned quality about it. Full of emotion, romance, and seemingly insurmountable conflicts, to Nathalie and Dominic’s happy ever after, most of which are internal. The story flows well, has a well-described setting and engaging characters.

Posted in Book Review, Christmas Read, Festive Read, Historical Romance, Romance, Victorian Romance

Miss Lottie’s Christmas Protector Sophia James 4* #Review @MillsandBoon @sophiajamesnz #SecretsofaVictorianHousehold #Romance #VictorianRomance #HistoricalFiction #MillsandBoonInsiders #MillsandBoonHistorical

A Christmas mission

…with the scarred and brooding gentleman!

Part of Secrets of a Victorian Household: Working in her family’s charity foundation for destitute women, caring but impulsive Miss Lottie Fairclough is desperately trying to find a missing woman. She’s roped in family acquaintance Mr Jasper King to help her, equally impressed and annoyed when he rescues her from perilous danger! As she gets to know the injured entrepreneur, it seems he needs her just as much…

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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 Victorian romance set in the poorer side of London,with an intelligent,improverished heroine, and a tortured, socially sensitive hero.

The historical detail brings the Victorian era alive. The characters are authentic and complex,and the romance between Lottie and Jasper is slow burning,rife with conflicts and ultimately passionate.

An emotional Victorian romance,which highlights poverty,vice and the Victorian’s attitude to women.

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

Friends With Benefits Margot Radcliffe 3*#Review @MargotRadcliffe @MillsandBoon #Dare #MillsandBoonDare #Romance #MillsandBoonInsiders

#FriendsWithBenefits

‘You made the rules…
But you forgot I’m really good at games.’

Casino mogul Alexa Lawson always keeps the lines between her and drop-dead gorgeous bestie Carter Hayes firmly drawn. That is until Alexa’s solution to all her problems is to make Carter her super-hot, fake fiancé! Now Carter’s changing the game—into one that’s white-hot and deliciously dirty. But what happens on one wild night in Vegas might just cost them their friendship… and their hearts.

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

My Thoughts…

Friends to lovers trope romance with the added spice of the #Dare series.

Set in Las Vegas, the setting didn’t endear itself, neither did the gambling references. Similarly, the characters are hard to like because of their preoccupation with money, and one night stands.

Alexa, runs a casino and enjoys gambling and playing the romantic field, serially. Carter, her longtime best friend, is a technical genius, but again has made serious money by providing security devices for casinos and other organisations.

The chemistry between them is what makes this story readable. I like friends to lovers romances, but the fake engagement isn’t believable because it goes against both of the character’s independent, don’t care what anybody else thinks characteristics.

The romance is hot and sensual, but awkward in parts, maybe to illustrate the difficulties the characters had with their new relationship? The ending is happy.

Posted in Blog Blitz, Book Review, Christmas Read, Festive Read, Holiday Romance, Romance, Romance -Dark and Steamy

Naughty or Nice Rachael Stewart 5*#Review @rach_b52 @MillsandBoon #Dare @rararesources #MillsandBoonDare #Festive #Christmas #Romance #BlogBlitz #BookReview #RachelsRandomResources #Giveaway

#NaughtyOrNice

She’s setting the terms… In business and pleasure!

Lucas Waring was my brother’s best friend—before he broke my heart and betrayed my family. Yet one glance from those dark, intense eyes, and that bolt of aching need returns. Now Lucas wants my business. But the nice Eva he knew is gone forever and naughty Eva wants her cake, and a taste of deliciously hot Lucas, too. Only my heart’s about to pull the biggest betrayal of all…

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I received copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

A seductive festive treat with heartfelt emotion, sensual romance, and a strong female protagonist. There is real character development in this story, which reflects on the event when Eva was eighteen, and how much she has changed ten years on. Yet her passion for Lucas remains stronger than ever. External conflict is strong in this romance, but Eva wants the truth and is determined that this time, everything will be on her terms.

The romance is sizzling and sensual, hotly pursued by the couple’s emotional attachment, which makes this romance endearing, even though, on one level, it is all about the physical attraction. The plot is well- written and the writing style in the first-person point of view, from both protagonists, makes it immediate and believable.

The perfect stocking filler this Christmas.

#RachaelStewart

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

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now 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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Posted in Book Review, Romance, Romance -Dark and Steamy

The Debt – Jackie Ashenden 5* #Review @MillsandBoon @Jackie Ashenden #Dare #MillsandBoonInsiders #Romance #BookReview

She owes me a debt…

And I’m ready to collect!

I didn’t go from street fighter to billionaire by being a nice guy. Yet my fresh-faced chauffeur asks me to forgive a debt. Ellie Little needs to learn: nothing comes without a price. So I’ll offer her a deal—pretend to be my girlfriend to secure a business deal and I’ll delay calling in my investment. It’s strictly business. Sleeping with her? Forbidden! But Ellie tempts me to break the rules…

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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 author brings her originality to this #Dare novel and makes it a sexy, glamorous, romantic story, full of conflict. Self-made billionaire Ash and car designer Ellie are both emotionally scarred, but they’re survivors and see enough similarity in each other to learn to trust. What starts off as a purely sexual adventure, becomes something more dangerous and potentially life-changing.

The story told from alternative points of view is amusing, intense, sensual, and fast-paced. The emotional journey is tortuous, but worth the pain, the romance is lovely and the ending perfect, for this sexy story.