The Knight’s Convenient Alliance by Melissa Oliver @melissaoauthor @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #bookreview #HistFic

The Knight’s Convenient Alliance written by Melissa Oliver, publisher Mills and Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

The only man who’s tempted her…Now poses as her husband!

When an injured knight arrives on Brida O’Conaill’s doorstep, the village assumes he’s her long-lost husband. But her only previous connection to Sir Thomas Lovent was an intense shared moment at a tournament years ago. Brida maintains the pretence while she nurses him, yet once he’s back to full, virile health, she cannot reveal Thomas is not her husband—or that she’s unmarried!—when everyone is expecting them to act like husband and wife…

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The Knight’s Convenient Alliance is Book 4 in the Notorious Knights series and it is also Melissa Oliver’s fourth published book in just 17 months. Melissa Oliver has burst onto the Medieval Romance scene and has left her readers wanting more … You can find my reviews of the author’s previous books by following the link:

This is the story of Brida O’Connaill and Thomas Lovent and their rather unconventional tale of love overcoming a history that left a guilty feeling within oneself, of a dramatic heroic mystery and a humorous game of ‘will they, won’t they.’

We briefly met Brida and Thomas in book 3 however, you do not need to have read any of the previous books to enjoy any of the stories in the series as they are easily read as a standalone. But characters from previous stories do crop up in later instalments making it lovely to see progression in their lives and it is also a wonderful series.

Brida and Thomas have a brief history but 3 years have passed and they have seen ‘hide nor hair’ of each other until Thomas is found collapsed in her home nursing a wound. For the last 3 years Brida has kept up a pretence that she’s married and her husband works away so when Thomas turns up the villagers are jubilant for his return leaving Brida with some explaining to do for a very smug knight who finds the whole situation hilarious and he thoroughly laps up all the attention.

Thomas Lovent has a secret double life and he’s brought danger inadvertently to Brida’s door. A dramatic escape ensues with a limited timescale to reach a pivotal event that is imperative to run smoothly for the peace of the kingdom. Danger is afoot and no-one is to be trusted. However, what fears both Brida and Thomas is their own past which has indented a guilt within each other that has shaped the way they live their lives now.

Melissa Oliver has written an entertaining medieval romance with danger around every corner which includes the temptation of each others hearts. Gorgeous!

Author Bio – Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes historical romance novels. She lives with her lovely husband and daughters, who share her passion for decrepit, old castles, palaces and all things historical.

Melissa is the WINNER of The Romantic Novelist Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight. 

When she’s not writing she loves to travel for inspiration, paint, and visit museums & art galleries.

Social Media Links – Twitter @melissaoauthor or Facebook @melissaoliverauthor

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A Runaway Bride for the Highlander (Book 3 The Lochmore Legacy) by Elisabeth Hobbes @ElisabethHobbes @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #HistoricalRomance #LochmoreLegacy


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A Runway Bride for the Highlander written by Elisabeth Hobbes, publisher Mills & Boon Historical/Harlequin Historical is available NOW in the US and available to pre-order ready for publication on 30th May in the UK.

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Lost in the Highlands
Found by the Scottish Earl!
Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Far from her home in France, Marguerite Vallon escapes her arranged marriage to a man she despises. Stowing away in a stranger’s cart, she finds herself headed deep into the Highlands with Ewan Lochmore, new Earl of Glenarris! Ewan vows to protect her. But maybe the freedom Marguerite has been searching for can be found with this rugged warrior…

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We return to the rugged and wild landscape of Scotland to Book 3 in The Lochmore Legacy series. To 1513 were the men were wilder than the land that they were borne from.

From the very first paragraph author Elisabeth Hobbes was setting a scene of a land that bore many battles and although Ewan Lochmore didn’t wear any physical scars from the recent battle at Flodden his heart had been shattered with the deaths of his father and brother. With a heart so leaden and full of grief he’s now on his way to Stirling Castle to learn of his fate now he is next in line to become Laird of the Lochmore Clan.

Ewan wasn’t like his father or brother he’d gone off to study law and was more in tune to using words to voice his opinion than a sword but now knew that he had to step up to the role of Laird.

Whilst at the castle Ewan comes across a young woman who looks very much a stranger in and amongst the other ladies of the court. A vision in her strange clothes but one he cannot forget and Ewan continues to bump into this young woman whilst at court.

Marguerite Vallon was a young Frenchwoman and this was her first visit to Scotland. The temperament of the men was quite startling to her including that of her soon-to-be husband Duncan McCrieff, a man much older than her. Marguerite had noticed the man looking at her earlier and her eyes are drawn to him now, however he appears a little different to most of the other men in the castle. Marguerite soon learns to find her fiancé is not to be trusted with her heart and she fears for her life and comes up with a dangerous plan to escape Duncan McCrieff’s clutches. An escape plan that somehow includes one of her fiancé’s rivals!

I loved this third instalment of The Lochmore Legacy by Elisabeth Hobbes and it’s my first introduction to her work and to a new period of historical romance. Elisabeth Hobbes words transported me to this rugged landscape of hearty, wild men with ease and I could feel the tension between the clansmen and also the chemistry that was fuelled with earthly desire. My heart was beating as loud as the battle cries as I was captivated by this romance between a young man thrust into the duties of Lairdship and a young woman lost in foreign lands who is afraid for her future.

I’m so looking forward to reading the final instalment in The Lochmore Legacy.  I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order as book one sets the scene to a centuries old mystery.  You can find my reviews for Book One here and Book Two here.

About the Author

Elisabeth grew up in York, where she spent her teenage years looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep her off her feet.

She achieved her dream of becoming an author after finishing third in Harlequin’s SYTYCW contest 2013 and being offered a two-book contract. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time reading and is a pro at cooking while holding a book!

Elisabeth lives in Cheshire with her husband, two children and two cats with ridiculous names.




Falling for the Rebel Princess by Ellie Darkins book review

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Falling for the Rebel Princess written by Ellie Darkins, publisher Mills & Boon Cherish (Harlequin) is available in ebook format from 1st May 2017 and paperback format from 9th May 2017.

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From princess to rock-star royalty!

Self-proclaimed “black sheep” Princess Charlie of Afland has worked long and hard to be taken seriously in the music industry, managing to keep her royal obligations, and her secret heartbreak, under the radar. Until one night in Vegas changes everything…

Rock star Joe Kavanagh gets more from his Vegas gig than he’d bargained for…a princess bride and a PR story to die for! As the initial attraction, which led them down the aisle, turns into something deeper, keeping their marriage strictly business proves increasingly difficult…

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I loved this romantic novel by Ellie Darkins it was full of fun and frolics, gorgeous heartwarming moments and the chemistry between the main characters was sizzling off the pages.

Since she was born Charlie (aka Princess Caroline Mary Beatrice of Afland) has been portrayed as the Poster Princess.  Charlie was fed up of the constraints of Royal life and wanted to make her own way in the world.  After leaving the island of Afland nearly 10 years ago Charlie headed for London to work in the music industry.  She loved her job finding new music talent and her latest assignment was to travel to Vegas to try and persuade an up and coming rock group to sign to their label.  Charlie got more than she bargained for on her business trip to Vegas; she came back with a husband, rock star Joe Kavanagh.

Once the unlikely couple had woken from their eventful night in Vegas they started to recall the monumental incident that had occurred.  What sounded like fun at the time has turned into a big commitment in the morning.  Can Charlie, the princess and rock star Joe turn this mistake into a positive?

The PR wagons have been rolling overnight and the Press are loving this collaboration.  Can the couple pull of this masquerade and make the love story look real?

We follow Charlie and Joe coming to terms with this unexpected marriage.  Both Charlie and Joe have heartache in their past to overcome.  Maybe this unlikely union is just what they need?

A gorgeous story.  The sizzling chemistry between Charlie and Joe was so evident and you were left with thoughts of ‘will they won’t they’ give in to their desires for each other?  Another great read from romantic novelist Ellie Darkins.  5/5*

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Letting You Go by Anouska Knight book review

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Letting You Go by Anouska Knight, publisher Harlequin MIRA, is available in ebook format and paperback from TOMORROW 10th September 2015.

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What if a tragedy occurred and you only had yourself to blame? How do you move on from the past?

Alex Foster lives a quiet life, avoiding the home she hasn’t visited in eight years. Then her sister Jaime calls. Their mother is sick, and Alex must return. Suddenly she’s plunged back into the past she’s been trying to escape.

Returning to her hometown, memories of the tragic accident that has haunted her and her family are impossible to ignore. Alex still blames herself for what happened to her brother and it’s soon clear that her father holds her responsible too. As Alex struggles to cope, can she ever escape the ghosts of the past?

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

This is the third book by Anouska Knight, winner of ITV Lorraine Kelly’s writing competition.  Her debut novel, Since You’ve Been Gone became a bestseller and after finished reading Letting You Go I predict another hit on Anouska’s hands.

A heartbreaking tragedy in the Foster family has, and is still after many years, haunted the lives of Blythe and Ted Foster with their daughters Alex and Jem.  Alex’s way of coping with this terrible event was to move away from home and her family as soon as she could.  After eight years living away from home Alex receives a phone call from her sister informing her that her mother is ill in hospital.  Alex has no option but to face her fears head on and visit her family.

Alex is suddenly hit with reminders of the past and is struggling to cope with this and with the worry of her mother’s illness.  Slowly Alex starts to open up her wounds from years gone by but secrets from all around her are set to explode and change the past she thought she knew.  Can Alex let go of the past and move on with the present?  Can she learn to enjoy what life brings without feeling guilty?

This was such a beautiful, gripping story with so many unspoken secrets that spun the story in a different direction.  What the family had to cope with during this tragic event years ago was utterly heartbreaking.  I could feel the emotions in the words on the page and my heart was breaking.  I loved the sound of the village that the story was set in and enjoyed the celebrated history of the area.  The book was quite a lengthy read, over 490 pages, but I was engrossed so much in the storyline I didn’t want it to end, I would have been quite happy for another hundred pages.  The story was written with such ease, the characters were identifiable and came across as warm and well liked individuals.  The storyline was very moving at times and my heart was breaking for them all but also my heart was aching as I wanted them to let love heal their hearts.

A beautiful, heartfelt, family saga 5/5*.

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It’s Got To Be Perfect by Haley Hill book review

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It’s Got To Be Perfect by Haley Hill, published by Mills & Boon (an imprint of Harlequin UK) is available in ebook format and paperback on 27th August 2015.

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Ellie Rigby isn’t holding out for a hero; she just wants a decent guy

But the promise of meeting thousands of ‘likeminded singles’ has come to nothing and she is fed up negotiating the minefield of one online dating disaster after another.

In a moment of clarity, Ellie realises that she must take matters into her own hands. Her mission? Reclaim.

Cupid’s bow from soulless software and become a matchmaker. As her client list grows, Ellie becomes an expert. She knows twenty eight is the most eligible age for a women, that most relationships fail and, most of all, that it’s got to be perfect.

Until a match with one of her clients changes everything…

cupid-bow-and-arrow-clip-artI’d like to thank the publishers for an arc of this novel in return for an honest review.

Unlucky in love Ellie has resorted to online dating after her engagement with Robert ended.  Online dating wasn’t like the glossy images portrayed on the numerous dating sites.  After countless disastrous dates Ellie decides to become a matchmaker and discover the formula for love.  Ellie with the help of her friends soon starts headhunting for the most eligible men and women, interviewing and profiling them, discovering what men want and what women would love.

What follows is a fun filled read with often hilarious moments and omgee really(?) moments.  I loved the characters the author, Haley Hill, created especially Steve and Mandi and the charming Nick sounded utterly gorgeous.  I loved the idea of Ellies’ name (Elleanor Rigby) and how it fitted so well with her character and the storyline, very clever.

The matchmaking business became a busy 24/7 job for Ellie and she was left wondering whether there was a perfect one for others and even herself …

The storyline flowed really well and I was left entertained with witty lines, glamorous and sexy characters, warm hearted characters, funny quirky characters, a beautiful love story that kept you guessing till the very end.  I am hoping for a sequel to follow up with the characters we learned and loved from this novel.

A fun, flirty debut novel 4.5/5*.  I look forward to more stories from Haley Hill as I believe she has plenty more in her and is one to watch for future bestselling novels.

I’d like to share a particular paragraph from the novel which made be smile …

“You’re the only girl I’ve met online who isn’t a fatty,” he said, getting up from his chair and sitting down next to me.  “But I’d say you’re more a size ten than an eight.”  I forced a smile.  “I don’t mind a bit of meat though” he said, his fingers creeping onto my thigh tongue edging out in anticipation.  His breath smelled of coffee and pickled onions.  I glanced at my watch and then downed my mojito.  This date hadn’t even made it to eight pm.

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The Girl from Cobb Street by Merryn Allingham book review

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The Girl from Cobb Street by Merryn Allingham, publisher: MIRA (an imprint of Harlequin), is available now in ebook format and paperback.

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She longed for a family of her own…

Growing up in an orphanage on East London’s Cobb Street, Daisy Driscoll never felt the warm heart of home. Forging her own way in the world, determined Daisy struggles to make ends meet as the country finds itself on the brink of the Second World War.

Her fortunes change when she finds solace in the arms of Gerald Mortimer, a handsome cavalry subaltern in the Indian army. Finally, Daisy has found someone to love of her very own. But soon she discovers she’s pregnant and fate was never going to give her an easy ride.

Gerald is not all he claims to be and, as he leads her along a path of danger and scandal, Daisy must find the strength within herself to get through her darkest hour.

For fans of Nadine Dorries, Katie Flynn and Maureen Lee.


This is the first book by Merryn Allingham that I have had the pleasure to read.  The Girl from Cobb Street is the first story in the Daisy’s War trilogy, The Nurses War is the second story and Daisy’s Long Road Home is the third final instalment.  However, each story can be read as a standalone novel however, to enjoy and appreciate Daisy’s journey I would recommend reading all 3 books.

London 1938 Daisy is working in a department store in London on the perfumery counter when she first sees Gerald Mortimer, a handsome cavalry man in the Indian Army.  She is soon charmed by Gerald and after Gerald returns to India Daisy discovers she is pregnant.  Daisy takes an eventual and difficult journey to India to become Gerald’s wife.  We follow Daisy on her journey as she becomes Gerald’s wife and starts her new life in India.  However, Daisy soon realises Gerald is not all he claims to be and soon Daisy’s life becomes embroiled in danger with political and emotional turmoil.

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance.  Romance however, was not the main storyline although it was always simmering in the background.  I found the story fascinating with regards to the English Army based in India pre WWII.  It was also interesting how the wives were treated and how they were mean’t to behave.  A lot of unwritten rules for the women were made and it was confusing for a newcomer to understand.  The storyline was gripping discovering the truth behind Gerald.  The author, Merryn Allingham, kept me enthralled all throughout the book. I am now eager to continue with Daisy’s journey and catch up with her in The Nurses War and the forthcoming final instalment Daisy’s Long Road Home.

A gripping, historical romantic 5/5* read.

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The Last Embrace by Pam Jenoff book review


The Last Embrace by Pam Jenoff, Publisher: MIRA, is out in ebook format 30th July and out in paperback on 13th August 2015.

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Forbidden love in the time of war, this is essential reading for fans of emotional historical romance, perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Maureen Lee.

August 1940 and 16-year-old refugee Addie escapes Fascist Italy to live with her aunt and uncle in Atlantic City. As WW2 breaks, she finds acceptance and love with Charlie Connelly and his family.

But war changes everything: secrets and passions abound, and when one brother’s destructive choices lead to the tragic death of another, the Connelly family is decimated, and Addie along with them.

Now 18, she flees, first to Washington and then to war-torn London where she is swept up with life as a correspondent. But when Charlie, now a paratrooper, re-appears, Addie discovers that the past is impossible to outrun. Now she must make one last desperate attempt to find within herself the answers that will lead the way home.

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This is the first book I’ve read by Pam Jenoff and I’d like to thank the publishers and netgalley for an arc in return for an honest review.

This story was so heart wrenching and tragic but also romantic and sensual.  I was gripped with the story from start finish.

It was the summer of 1940 and a young girl was forced on a ship by her parents to escape the war in Europe to find safety thousands of miles away in America under the naïve watchful eyes of her Aunt and Uncle.  Adelia was just 16 when she fled Italy.  She was all alone on the ship that took days to travel to the states.  Her fears of what lies ahead were almost overshadowed of her fears for her parents and what was left behind for them to survive.  Adelia arrived in the states as an outsider and struggled to make friends until her aunt, uncle and herself went to stay at their summer apartment by the sea.  Adelia became curious of the family that had moved into the adjoining house, a mother with four boys.  Charlie the eldest was a little older than Adelia, Jack and Liam (twins) were about the same age as her and little Robbie was a few years younger.  The boys soon included Addie, the name they preferred to call Adelia, in their games and she soon became a regular visitor to their household.

Life was pretty sweet for Addie and the Connally boys but with the war escalating in Europe and America gearing up to get involved the boys, with Charlie most keen, were eager to learn more and be prepared to join up and do their bit.

Addie had built up wonderful, individual friendships with all the boys however, one of the boys held a special place in her heart.  An utterly tragic incident changed the course of events for the Connallys and Addie.  This tragedy was of such a magnitude its unimaginable to think of how they will all recover from it.  Lives are turned into different directions and war beckons both directly and behind the scenes for a few of the characters.  Addie and the boys have to grow up very quickly.

What follows is a wonderful, poignant, heart wrenching, gripping, love story that spans across America and Europe. The author, Pam Jenoff, takes you on a journey which leaves you gasping for air during the air raids and makes you feel like you have time warped into WWII war torn London.  I’ve read many books so far this year but this story has moved to one of my top 3 favourites.  A beautiful cover that leaves you swooning for old fashioned courtship.  I will definitely check out Pam Jenoff’s back catalogue.

A heart wrenching, poignant, gripping 5/5* love story.

I’d like to share a couple of paragraphs from the novel that I particularly liked …

“Twenty minutes later I boarded a bus bound for London and paid the driver my fare.  We pulled away from the devastation of the coast.  Sheep grazed the withered hills, the landscape nearly untouched.  But as we neared the city, I could understand why the immigration officer had been incredulous at my coming here.  At home the war had been big posters in the train stations exhorting people to buy war bonds, grainy newsrools at the cinema.  Aside from Todd Dennison getting killed, it had been almost unreal.

But here the war was everywhere, inescapable.  In London’s outer boroughs like Richmond and Twickenham, the devastation was more sporadic, a house crushed here or there, as though perhaps a tree had fallen on it.  Amidst the wreckage, people were doing strangely ordinary things, going to work and putting out the garbage and hanging wash on the line.”

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