Tempted by the Bridesmaid by Annie O’Neil book review

Tempted by the Bridesmaid written by Annie O’Neil, publisher Mills & Boon Medical, is available in ebook format from 1st August 2017.

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A woman to unlock his heart?

The last time brooding Italian surgeon Luca Montovano saw bubbly heiress Francesca Martinelli was at his best friend’s failed wedding. Sparks flew then, and now she’s made a surprise appearance at his mountaintop clinic, bringing a much-needed whirlwind of laughter!

Aristocratic Luca just wants to be left alone to care for his orphaned niece. The scars on his face reach right to his heart, and he’s learned to push people away. Until Fran forces him to see the world through her eyes!

A gorgeous romance to set your heart a flutter in the beautiful Italian hillsides.

Fran was currently over in Italy as one of the bridesmaids for her best friends society wedding. Fran was left with a dilemma after seeing the groom-to-be in a very friendly embrace with one of the other bridesmaids. Does she reveal the truth and break the heart of her best friend?

Not only was Fran in Italy for the wedding but she was also due to spend the summer at a new Medical Clinic hoping to introduce her Canny Canine dogs to a teenage paraplegic girl.

Luca Montovana was pounding all his energy and money into building the clinic in Mont di Mare. He wanted to build a rehab place of respite and care for severely disabled teenagers. Following the terrible tragedy in his family that caused the death of four members of his family he is now the sole carer of his niece Pia, who had been left paralyzed from the waist down. Luca was still left physically and mentally scarred from this tragedy and was tirelessly working 24/7 to bring any help he can to his niece and others in a similar situation.

When Fran arrived at the Medical Clinic at Mont di Mare she didn’t expect to see one of the wedding guests and for him to be the proprietor of the clinic and now her new boss. Tempers and personalities flared on arrival at the clinic and Luca was very dubious as to how Fran’s dogs could help his niece. As a trained physiotherapist and dog handler Fran knew she had a difficult task ahead but she had full faith in her dogs’ abilities.

Canny Canines were not only helping the disabled but were also bringing a brightness and lightness to the temperament of Luca who at times felt like he had the world upon his shoulders.

Chemistry soon started sizzling between Fran and Luca but as her time at the clinic was only a temporary situation can the pair let love in even for a short time?

A gorgeous romance with a story giving hope, belief and warmth.

To find out more about Annie O’Neil and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.annieoneilbooks.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/AnnieONeilBooks

A Warriner to Rescue Her (The Wild Warriners, book 2) by Virginia Heath

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A Warriner to Rescue Her written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Tempted by the damsel in distress!
Captain James Warriner is startled to find a curvaceous beauty caught up a tree in his orchard! Despite his shattered leg, he rescues Miss Cassandra Reeves, then is determined to have nothing more to do with the enticing vicar’s daughter.
Except when Cassie seeks Jamie out to apologize, they find themselves persuaded to work together on her storybook. Secret liaisons with the dashing soldier make Cassie wish Jamie would rescue her once more…by making her his wife!

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As the song goes … “Holding out for a Hero …” and along comes Captain James Warriner and all our wishes have been granted.  Virginia Heath has created the most unpretentious hero I’ve ever read about and I was swooning over Captain James, Jamie, with every page.  Captain James was a wounded soul, a young man of 27 not long since returning home after fighting in the Napoleanic war and then being held captive for months and during his escape he was shot several times leaving devastating injuries to his thigh.  Through sheer arrogance and stubbornness Jamie managed to save his leg but he is left with scars, deformity and a painful limp.  His physical scars have spread deep and his mind is left unsettled and the strong, courageous young man now fears of the dark and of his own sanity.  He cannot see past his imperfections and feels he is completely useless to anyone.  His only joy at the moment is his painting.  His view of the beauty and wonder of nature kept him strong through a turbulent childhood and now he fills his days with artwork.

Cassandra Reeves is the daughter of the new parish vicar.  Cassandra, Cassie, is a loner especially with the lifestyle of constantly moving due to her father’s job and his disposition.  Cassie has been brought up by her father for many years since her mother fled the shackles of her controlling marriage.  Sadly, Cassie is now left to cook, clean and obey her father and his beliefs.  When Cassie can get away she loves nothing more that riding out in the countryside on her pretty pony called Orange Blossom and also her love of writing stories gives her escape to another world.  On one of her rides this is when Cassie and Jamie meet under funny and embarrassing circumstances.

Since this unexpected acquaintance with Cassie Jamie has been fighting with his feelings.  An instant attraction was felt but due to his self confidence in his imperfections Jamie makes a complete hash and his demeanour is quite obtuse.  Cassie was also struggling with these new feelings from her brief encounter with the former soldier.

Can the young couples love of nature and creativity guide them though tough times that lay ahead?  Can they each rescue each other from their own personal darkness?

I loved Jamie’s character and could sympathise with his self-doubts.  This chivalrous man with toned physique wasn’t afraid of showing his gentler side but I think this combination of his personality traits was perfect for Cassie.  With her own troubled upbringing and feeling very vulnerable Cassie needed a strong man to help her overcome her obstacles but Jamie’s tender side gently healed Cassie’s mental torment.

Virginia Heath’s wonderful wit wound beautifully throughout the storyline creating a gorgeous romance that made you smile, made your heart beat, made you sigh with pleasure but then the tempo of the story grew and you were left gripped with tension.  Loved it!  5/5*

To find out more about Virginia Heath and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/VirginiaHeath_

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor/

Cinderella and The Duke by Janice Preston book review

 

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Cinderella and the Duke written by Janice Preston, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Never welcomed into society circles, Rosalind Allen gave up her marriage prospects long ago―life has taught her she’ll only get hurt. So she’s shocked when an encounter with a mysterious stranger makes her long to reconsider…
Little does Rosalind know that her mystery man is Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, travelling in disguise to evade the ladies of the ton! Impoverished Rosalind is the first woman to captivate Leo―but can he persuade this wary Cinderella to trust him with her heart?

regency couple silhouetteWhat more could you want from a Regency Romance? Country settings with grand houses, a damsel forsaking her own happiness looking after her younger siblings, a handsome stranger with chiselled features, society’s scripted choreography of courtship and a scoundrel/villain to despise?!  Cinderella and the Duke had all this and it was a treat to read.

I’m getting quite a taste for this genre, the authors, including Janice Preston, have transported me to a time of hardship for many but also to a time of pomp and ceremony.  A time when young ladies were chaperoned and introduced to society.  A time when wearing your best for a walk in the park was a necessity.  This era is so fascinating to read about and fictional stories do bring it to life.

In Cinderella and the Duke we meet 30 year old Rosalind Allen who with her brother have fled to the country in Buckinghamshire to get away from Sir Peter Tadlow, who had been recently appointed guardian to their stepsister Nell.  Sir Peter was a rogue and was helping himself to Nell’s inheritance and had set his sights on marrying Nell off to a very unsuitable suitor.  Nell, thankfully, had fled to London to visit her aunt in readiness of her debut into society with a view to finding a more savoury husband.

During one of Rosalind’s many walks in the country she happens across a group of gentlemen including one very smarmy character whom unsettles Rosalind.  However, one of the other gentlemen unsettles her in a very different way; a beautifully chiselled man with the darkest of hair.

For the last fourteen years Rosalind has taken the roll of mother to her brother Freddie, her stepsister Nell and stepbrother Jack.  Rosalind has forsaken her own chance of finding love to raise her siblings.  Now at 30 years of age she fears her courting times have gone but her heart is betraying her with feelings she has not felt before after this brief encounter with this handsome stranger.

Leo Beauchamp is the sixth Duke of Cheriton, since the death of his wife over 10 years ago he has singlehandedly brought up his three children.  Whilst away from the city he likes to take on a different persona, away from the ladies vying for his attention wishing to become the next Duchess.  Leo too feels a little unsettled following the encounter with Rosalind Allen, he cannot get the woman out of his mind.  Rosalind is very different to the ladies that parade around him.  Further chance encounters bring Rosalind and Leo together and the chemistry is almost magnetic and quite enticing.

This was a gorgeous tale of love, family, ownership and courtship.

To find out more about Janice Preston and her books please do visit the following links:

Website:  https://janicepreston.co.uk/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/JaniceGPreston

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/janice.preston.author/

 

The Duke’s Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple book review

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The Duke’s Unexpected Bride written by Lara Temple, publisher Mills & Boon Historical is available NOW in ebook and in paperback format from 4th May 2017.

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From country miss…to London duchess!

Sophie Trevelyan has been enjoying her visit to London, even if her closest companion is an overweight pug! Then she encounters the dashing Duke of Harcourt, who intrigues her more than is strictly proper…

Max knows he must marry. He’s looking for the opposite of his high-spirited fiancée, who died some years ago, so he tries to keep his distance from bubbly Sophie. But when her life is endangered, Max feels compelled to rescue her…with a very unexpected proposal!

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This was my first introduction to the words of Lara Temple and it was such a treat.  A ravishing Regency romp with wonderful charm, characters, gripping dramatic storyline, a history that was tied to 3 men that left each one damaged, a sensual desirable coupling with so much chemistry they can’t help but be drawn to each other and not forgetting a podgy, stubborn little dog called Marmaduke.

Sophie Trevelyan was staying at her Aunt’s house in London.  Her country ways from her home in Devon wasn’t enough to prepare her for society in London but Sophie held a compassion in her heart and her openness with people soon charmed them.  Sophie’s first hurdle though was to try and gain trust in her Aunt’s favourite pet, a podgy little pug that was stubborn and lazy called Marmaduke.

I loved how the author, Lara Temple, fitted this wonderful furry friend in this story.  Marmaduke’s personality in a way reflected in Max’s (Duke of Harcourt).

When Sophie met Max she was astonished with him and was left almost speechless with his supreme statuesque handsome features.  One of my favourite quotes by Lara was about Max with Sophie stating he was

so unfairly male

A friendship of sorts blossomed between the pair but Sophie was so different to the ladies that were paraded in front of him with the hope of becoming his Duchess.

The storyline held a darkness within it and a stunning seductress had three men at her beck and call but her greed was to be her downfall.  Years later these men were still beholden to this temptress and walls were built around their heart and soul.  It had to be a special woman to break down the wall that Max had built around himself.  However, Sophie’s life became in peril bringing a whole new twist to the darkness that has surrounded these three men.

A very delectable romance that oozed chemistry with class 5/5*

To find out more about Lara Temple and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.laratemple.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/laratemple1

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/LaraTempleAuthor/

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*

To find out more about Ellie Darkins and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.elliedarkins.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/EllieDarkins

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A Warriner to Protect Her by Virginia Heath book review

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A Warriner to Protect Her written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available soon in ebook and paperback format.

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An heiress in distress and an earl in disgrace…
When heiress Violet Dunston escapes from an abduction, she finds an unlikely protector in Jack Warriner — a member of one of England’s most infamous families. Ensconced with mysterious Jack behind his manor’s walls, soon escape is the last thing on Letty’s mind!
Jack may be an earl, but his father’s exploits have left him with nothing to offer except a tarnished name. He’s turned his back on the ton
, but with Letty tempting him day and night, he finds himself contemplating the unthinkable–a society marriage!

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A Warriner to Protect Her is the first book in a new series by Virginia Heath.  The series is called The Wild Warriners and is set around four brothers Jack, Jamie, Joe and Jacob.  The Warriner boys live on a remote farm in Nottinghamshire and life on a farm was tough in 1813.  They are trying to rebuild the reputation of the family that has been sullied with gambling, drinking, cheating and tragedy.

The story begins with a terrifying ordeal for young heiress Violet Dunston.  She finds herself drugged and bound in a carriage heading for Gretna Green and her fate from thereon is fraught with danger.  Violet sadly lost her parents a few years ago, she has been left a huge inheritance which is due to be released on her 21st birthday, just over a month away.  She has become quite the catch in society with this inheritance looming.  Violet manages to escape from the carriage and runs scared for her life.  She stumbles across a lone horseman, Jack Warriner.  Jack can see the fear in Violet’s eyes and can also see that she is badly hurt.  Without any further hesitation he picks her up and caries her back to his farmhouse.

Jack’s brothers are shocked by this unexpected visitor but soon rally round caring for the forlorn young woman.  Jack can sense fear still in the young woman and realises whoever she is afraid of could be closeby searching for her.  He vows to protect her.  Can Jack protect Violet from her kidnappers and keep her safe till she can collect her rightful inheritance?

I loved this story.  It was deliciously moreish!  The Warriner brothers had grown up under a cloud and were doing all they could to break free from this tarnish in their family history.  The boys had grown up into strong handsome men and reminded me a little of The Musketeers, the bond they shared was unbreakable.  A young beautiful woman suddenly in their household brought new challenges to Jack.  He was struggling with his desire but his responsibility for the young woman was at the forefront of his mind.

A gorgeous Regency romance with swoon worthy male characters, all four brother would set your heart a flutter.  A daring, dramatic historical romance that is deliciously moreish 5/5*

To find out more about Virginia Heath please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/VirginiaHeath_

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor/

The Mills & Boon Modern Girl’s Guide to Turning Into Your Mother by Ada Adverse book review

 

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The Mills & Boon Modern Girl’s Guide to Turning Into Your Mother written by Ada Averse, publisher Mills & Boon is available NOW in ebook and hardcover format.

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Have you ever…?

A) Opened your mouth and heard your mother come out?

B) Wondered whether a bunch of flowers and breakfast in bed once a year really makes up for the 37 hours your mum spent in St Agnes’ Maternity Ward?

C) Voiced a heartfelt opinion on the weather?

If so, the Mills & Boon Modern Girl’s Guide to Turning Into Your Mother is for you: a guide to the joys of motherhood – with a feminist twist.

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This was such a fun read and I loved and laughed at every single page.  This is my first introduction to The Mills & Boon Modern Girl’s Guide books and what little books of wit and wonder they are.

Turning Into Your Mother is the 5th book in the Modern Girl’s Guide series.  The book is an A-Z of Motherhood told from the horses/mother’s mouth!  Forget the advice from so-called professionals and peers Mothers know best!  I loved the nostalgic images befitting the quotes and advice opposite; I particularly liked the story behind Passwords, this got me laughing out loud.

It’s a book that would be ideal coffee table material, a great conversation starter and a great mood lifter.  The book would make an ideal present for Mother’s Day but also a great present for a mother to give their daughter, maybe on her wedding day.  Feisty and fabulous!  Off to check out the rest of the books in the Modern Girl’s Guide series …

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