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A Paris Fairy Tale Marie Laval 5* #Review @ChocLituk @MarieLaval1 @rararesources #Romance #ModernFairytale #Paris #RomanticSuspense #Mystery #ArtHistorian #InvestigativeJournalist #BlogTour #BookReview #bookbloggers #Giveaway

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Is Paris the city of happily ever afters?

Workaholic art historian Aurora Black doesn’t have time for fairy tales or Prince Charmings, even in the most romantic city in the world. She has recently been hired by a Parisian auction house for a job that could make or break her career. Unfortunately, daredevil journalist Cédric Castel seems intent on disrupting Aurora’s routine. 

As Aurora and Cédric embark on a journey across France, they get more than they bargained for as they find themselves battling rogue antique dealers and personal demons, not to mention a growing attraction to each other.

But with the help of a fairy godmother or two, could they both find their happily ever afters? 


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I received a copy of this book from Choc Lit in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Original, magical and mysterious. This romantic suspense set in contemporary Paris has a complex, fast-paced plot, believably flawed characters, a mystery to solve, and an engaging romance between two unlikely lovers.

Aurora recovers from a childhood tragedy, with emotional and physical scars. Instead of being treasured by her grandparents, they provide material necessities but not emotional succour. Only her innate courage and intelligence saves her from obscurity. She studies hard, and now with a doctorate, is an authority on ancient manuscripts and an Art Historian. Lost in her famous grandfather’s shadow, she receives a prestigious commission. Determined to show she is worthy of the role. Even in this, it appears Aurora is being manipulated.

Investigative journalist Cédric’s barren childhood has left its scars, but a good education, streetwise intelligence, and the love and guidance of an elderly couple foil his criminal inclinations. Now he works for those who cannot protect themselves, his latest investigation draws Aurora’s boss into his sights, but is she involved or an innocent?

The chemistry between the two protagonists is realistic and the verbal sparring amusing. As the mystery deepens and the ethos of menace increases, they are drawn together, unlikely allies, full of mistrust and unwanted sexual attraction. The dynamic between Aurora and Cédric is the basis of a fairy tale style romance played out in the streets of Paris and France.

The plot is complex with good twists, and underscored with danger. It is full of vivid images, which hold the readers’ interest. The cast of characters are well-drawn and complement the plot and protagonists beautifully.

The ending is believable and magical, as every fairy tale should be.

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Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher and in her spare time, she loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance. Her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global Ebook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance), and best-selling Little Pink Taxi was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!

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Untamed Billionaire’s Innocent Bride – Caitlin Crews @MillsandBoon @megancrane #Romance #Insiders #Modern 4*#Review #CombeFamilyScandals2

A long-lost billionaire…

…A virgin to tame him!

Dedicated personal assistant Lauren Clarke always does as she’s asked. Her latest task? To prevent a media scandal, she needs to find reclusive Dominik James—her boss’s estranged brother—and convince him to marry her! But in Hungary’s darkest forests she discovers more than just an untamed billionaire… Dominik’s brooding masculinity awakens Lauren’s long-dormant desire. Once they’ve exchanged their convenient ‘I do’s’, will innocent Lauren accept that their hunger can’t be denied…?

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My Thoughts…

A fairytale inspired billionaire romance with great chemistry between the couple, a refreshing role reversal in the ‘Cinderella’ fairytale storyline, and a sexy yet fun take on ‘Red Riding Hood.

Initially, Lauren is portrayed as someone with little sense of self-worth, who is willing to cede to all her billionaire boss’ demands because she believes herself in love with him. Meeting Dominik in an enchanted Hungarian forest reveals the true woman, intelligent, independent and ingenious. This strength contrast with her innocence in matters of the heart.

Dominik is not what he seems, but everything he has achieved stems from his tragic childhood. He doesn’t want what Lauren has been tasked with achieving, but he does want her and is prepared to barter as only a man with a wolf nature can.

What results is a humorous, sensual adventure for Lauren and Dominik, which reveals why they are so emotionally damaged, and provides the possibility of a happy-ever-after, for them if fairytale magic really exists?

Lighthearted, and fanciful, this a modern fairytale marriage of convenience story, with strong characters and a quirky plot, perfect Summer escapist reading.

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#Festive Read: Cinderella’s New York Christmas – Scarlet Wilson – 4* Review

Anissa Lang was going for gold when an accident ended her skiing dream. Now she’s cleaning chalets. Until brooding millionaire, Leo Baxter whisks her away to New York. But they must confront their pasts before their Christmas wishes can come true!

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My Thoughts…

A 21st-century fairytale romance, with a festive twist.

Anissa is recovering from a devastating sports injury that threatens to end a gold medal career; she is training hard, teaching skiing and working as a part-time chalet maid when she meets billionaire Leo, who is struggling with unexpected family problems. Their passionate encounter affects them both emotionally, and Leo asks Anissa to go to New York with him.

Providing you accept that the storyline is pure fairytale this is enjoyable; there are lovely descriptions of New York sites and events and many tender moments between the couple. There are plenty of ‘Cinderella similarities, but this isn’t the deep, emotional read you expect from this series. However, it is festive, romantic and easy to read and the ending is heartwarming.

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

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5* Review: To Catch a Star – Romy Sommer

23008226Teresa Adler is the ultimate Ice Princess, with a heart as frozen as the winter landscape of her beloved home, Westerwald. All her life, she’s belonged to the ‘inner circle’ of wealth, privilege and position.

Christian Taylor: Heartthrob. Movie Star. Bad boy. The mischievous actor sets temperatures soaring in the picturesque baroque principality – and with a wicked glint in his eye and a chip on his shoulder he sets his sights on the one thing he’s told he can’t have. Teresa.

While Tessa holds the ultimate clue to the secret of Christian’s parentage, it is the heat of his touch that will make this Ice Princess feel more alive than she ever has before…

My Review

To Catch a StarLike all good fairy-tales ‘To Catch a Star’ starts gently, with heroine Teresa and hero Christian keeping their emotional distance from each other. This romantic modern fairytale full of secrets and emotion explores misunderstandings, pride and passion.
Christian is an A’ list actor making a film on location in Westerwald. His meeting with Teresa is suitably dramatic for the start of any film but it is their delicate and slow burning relationship that keeps readers turning the pages.

The fatalistic elements in this story make it heart warming and satisfying. The underlying connection with the other books in this series adds mystery to this tale but the story is also a delightful stand alone read.

Emotionally stunted by their traumatic pasts Christian and Teresa help each other to embrace their fears and achieve the lives they both deserve.  When Christian and Teresa finally give in to their desires the result is steamy and sensual.

I loved the ending; fairytale and full of drama with a delightful twist.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4* Review: Waking Up In Vegas Romy Sommer

Waking up in VegasWaking up in Vegas is a delightful romantic Cinderella style fairytale with a contemporary edge. The fairytale theme isn’t apparent at the beginning but once revealed the story becomes a charming read full of humour, romance and angst.

Phoenix at first glance appears the antithesis of Cinderella. She is forceful, streetwise and cynical. Her father like Cinderella’s is a man who loses his way when his soul mate dies, his emotional withdrawal coupled with a nomadic lifestyle unsuited to a teenage girl scar Phoenix and make her distrust the life and love Max is offering.

Max is sexy, handsome and arrogant but as his secret’s are revealed he is also a romantic, idealistic loyal man who accepts his duty without complaint.

The plot has many 21st century twists and conflicts for Max and Phoenix to overcome before they enjoy their timeless happy ever after.

Waking up in Vegas by Romy Sommer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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