The Duke’s Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple book review

the duke's unexpected bride

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!


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*

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Falling for the Rebel Princess by Ellie Darkins book review

falling for the rebel princess

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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A Warriner to Protect Her by Virginia Heath book review

a warriner to protect her

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*

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


turning into your mother

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.

vintage mother and daughter image

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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Holiday with the Mystery Italian by Ellie Darkins author guest post


I’m so pleased to welcome author Ellie Darkins to my blog today. Ellie has a new book due for release on 1st December titled Holiday with the Mystery Italian.

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Winning the ultimate prize…

Since the accident that paralyzed him, Italian tycoon Mauro Evans vowed to embrace life. So when he stars in a dating show for charity, picking prickly journalist Amber Harris as the winner to take on holiday is a challenge he can’t resist!

In Amber’s experience, relationships equal pain, so she’s determined to ignore her attraction to charismatic Mauro. But his bravery and strength threaten to tear down her defences, giving her a new Christmas dream – ringing in the New Year with wedding bells!

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Over to you Ellie …

How learning to write is like learning to knit

I’ve been a writer and a knitter both since before I can remember, and have had triumphs and disasters in both arenas. But what I’ve learnt along the way is that the two have an awful lot in common. Think about the first piece of knitting you ever did. If you’re anything like me, it probably looked like a sorry dishcloth, with stitches appearing and disappearing at will, wobbly edges and plenty of holes. This sounds an awful lot like my first attempt at a novel. The one that has sat in a drawer for years, and which I hope will never be rescued from there.

If you’re starting out as a writer, chances are your first draft of your first chapter of your very first novel will look equally bedraggled, with holes and diversions and a strange mess in the middle: you’ve no idea how it started and no clue how to fix it. So what do you do? You keep going, keep writing, keep knitting, because by the time you’ve knitted or written for long enough, your stitches and your words will be even and you won’t have dropped a stitch for days (OK, maybe hours).

You might not want to wear what you’ve knitted, or share what you’ve written. But this doesn’t mean that your time was wasted. Because when you start your next piece, you’ll have all that practice under your belt. Because, like writing, knitting is addictive, right? So the second attempt was a little better, a little more even. You think, ‘Hey, I’m getting the hang of this. Maybe I’ll try something a bit more complicated.’

And that’s where you can dive in, experiment, stretch yourself and your craft. Write in a different POV; tackle a fisherman’s rib. Try a new genre; attempt a popcorn bobble. Because once you’ve got the basics mastered, what’s the worst that can happen? Sure, it might not look exactly like you hoped. You might have to rip it back a couple of times and try again. But eventually, you’ll get it. And as you pull on your aran cabled tunic, or run your fingers down the spine of your very own novel, you’ll know that all the days of aching fingers and tired eyes were worth it.

Brilliant, inspirational advice Ellie, thank you.

About Ellie
Ellie Darkins writes heart-warming stories about falling in love, finding your soul mate and fighting hard to make real relationships work. The HEA is guaranteed, but nothing else along the way is. Expect to see surprise babies, breath-taking settings and alpha heroes by the bucketload. Plus steamy kisses, heaps of sensual tension, and fireworks just audible from behind a closed bedroom door.








Her Enemy at the Altar by Virginia Heath book review

her enemy at the altar

Her Enemy at the Altar written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Scandal broke last night when Lady Constance Stuart was discovered in the arms of Aaron Wincanton, the son of her family’s greatest enemy! But now we can reveal an even more shocking development. Our sources say a special licence was obtained and the two were married before sunrise!

It’s been confirmed that Aaron has stolen his new bride away to the country to begin their unexpected marriage. We’ll be watching closely to see exactly what happens when a gentleman invites his enemy into his bed …

elegant regency horsewoman

I do love a regency romance and was thoroughly surprised and captivated by this tale by Virginia Heath.  This is the first book I’ve read by Virginia Heath and I’m already considering downloading her debut novel ‘That Despicable Rogue’.

Virginia transported me back in time to when courtships were taken place in ballrooms and ladies were like a commodity to suitable suitors to help bring wealth to estates.  I was soon transfixed to this romantic tale that was filled with obligations and responsibilities, to feuds and entitlement, to respect and honour, to innocent wanting’s and raw longings.  I loved how the author dealt so sensitively with difficult subject matters.  Emotional bullying was quite common place many years ago and women especially felt first hand the taunting effects of this.  Virginia also broached the subject of PTSD, which is quite a relatively new recognised condition however, as humans the shock and trauma of terrible ordeals will not have been felt differently decades ago to what they are now.  I loved how the male and female characters had certain strengths dealing with these two unpleasant experiences.  I was completely romanticised by this historical read and at times wished the shy and stubborn characters would just open up to each other … but then there wouldn’t be much of a story.  A mesmerising regency romp to fall in love with 5/5*.

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The Chic Boutique on Baker Street by Rachel Dove book review

chic boutique on baker st

The Chic Boutique on Baker Street by Rachel Dove, publisher Mills & Boon, is available in ebook and paperback format from THIS THURSDAY 21st April 2016.

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The perfect escape to the country…

Recently single and tired of the London rat race Amanda is determined to make her dreams of setting up an idyllic countryside boutique come true, and the picturesque village of Westfield is the perfect place to
make a fresh start.

Local vet Ben is the golden boy of Westfield, especially to resident gossip Agatha Mayweather, who is determined to help Ben get his life back together after his wife left.

When a chance encounter outside the ‘chic boutique’ sets sparks flying between Amanda and Ben, Agatha is itching to set them up. But are Amanda and Ben really ready for romance?

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

I really enjoyed this lovely story from Rachel Dove.  Rachel Dove was the winner of the Prima Flirty Fiction competition in 2015 and this is her debut and winning novel.

Amanda is a top class London lawyer with a secret weakness for all things crafty.  When her love life and her career take an unexpected stumble Amanda decides to pack her bags and move to Yorkshire.  Amanda has dreamt of owning her own craft/shabby chic boutique for a long time and finds the perfect place in the idyllic village of Westfield, Yorkshire.  Her little shop, New Lease of Life, with the flat above, has been open just a week and trade is very slow.  After noticing the Pet Parlour next door had left their sign outside she offers to take it back in for them.  This act of kindness reaps consequences that will change her outlook on life and love.

The owner of the Pet Parlour happens to be local vet and unlucky in love Ben Evans.  This first encounter of his new neighbour for Ben leaves him infuriated about a city girl wishing to bring her arty ways into his beloved village.  However, even though he’s furious about the outsider he can’t get Amanda out of his mind.  Amanda also cannot stop thinking about the handsome and at times arrogant vet.

Agatha Mayweather is the resident gossip and chief organiser of all things in the village. When she spots Ben daydreaming outside his shop with his eyes in the direction of Amanda and her shop Agatha’s mind starts whirring and with the help of her friends; Dotty, Hetty, Grace and Marlene a secret matchmaking quest is devised.

We follow the journey of Amanda settling into her new life in this gorgeous, sleep village in the Yorkshire countryside.  Making new friends with the wonderful ladies of the  village who appear to have adopted Amanda as one of their own.  Will New Lease of Life be enough for Amanda’s new life or will the bright lights of the city draw her back?

This story had so much warmth and charm to it.  I instantly liked Amanda’s character and felt for her being forced into a career that her heart is not fully into it.  You could almost feel her relaxing as soon as she moves into Baker Street.  Rachel had described the location of the story; this pretty, sleepy village in the Yorkshire countryside as idyllic.  I felt like I wanted to visit the area and browse in all the quaint shops of Baker Street.  Ben’s character was very likeable, he was handsome and rugged and loved animals and the area.  He was quite protective of his beloved Westfield, which was very endearing.  I loved the ‘silver ladies’ and would love to be a member of their gang.

A lovely, warm hearted story.  I look forward to more from Rachel Dove and wish her well with her new career.  4.5/5*

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