The Friendship List by Susan Mallery @SusanMallery @MillsandBoon #TheFriendshipList #summerreading

The Friendship List

The Friendship List written by Susan Mallery, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audiobook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers and can be purchased online.  Here are a few to buy links:

Mills & Boon website:  https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/collections/all/products/hqnsingle-08189408

amazon:  https://amzn.to/2DDToVx

hive:  https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Susan-Mallery/The-Friendship-List/24228246

Waterstones:  https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-friendship-list/susan-mallery/9781848458116

Book Blurb

One Summer can change your life…

As a single mum, Ellen Fox missed out on a lot, but she wouldn’t change a thing. Then she overhears her son saying he can’t leave home to go to college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she’s living hers.

To help, Ellen’s best friend Unity creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too. Only to support her friend, not because she needs to change. She’s a perfectly fine thirty four year old widow, who socialises at an old people’s home!

For both women, The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they’re doing just fine. But somewhere between ‘wear a bikini in public’ and ‘have sex with a gorgeous guy’, Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, and filled with humour, heartache and perhaps the odd regrettable tattoo!

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Susan Mallery’s latest novel: The Friendship List.  I’m shocked to admit that this is the first book by Susan Mallery that I’ve read but I’m so pleased that I’ve now discovered this author as I loved this novel and the author’s style of writing; definitely one to add to my ever increasing favourites list!

The Friendship List is a wonderful story of two childhood friends who are now in their mid thirties and are feeling like life is passing them by.  The girls lives were very similar, they’d experienced one relationship and for many reasons they felt like this was enough.  However, as time went by and life’s hurdles blocked some of their intended paths the best friends, Ellen and Unity, were feeling afraid of the future without the loves of their lives.

Ellen fell pregnant at 17, her son is now 17 and she is about to face the next stage in his life with college interviews.  But Ellen is shocked to learn that her son doesn’t want to travel far and leave his mum on her own.  Ellen is frightened that she is holding her son Cooper back and strives to change her life to prove to him that she has plenty in her life to keep her occupied whilst Cooper is away at college.

Unity fell in love quite young and married her sweetheart Stuart.  Stuart was in the military and Unity was happy to follow him with his career.  However, life was to be very cruel for Unity and sadly her husband lost his life whilst serving his country.  It’s been three years since her husband was tragically killed but Unity is still struggling with grief.  When she finds out about Ellen’s list to change her life Unity decides to make her own list in helping her overcome her grief.

Both Ellen and Unity’s lists were filled with items to make them step out of their comfort zone and were a little scary for them.  Unity was very unsure of her list but with Ellen having completed one item off her list she feels a competitive spirit within her and it’s given her the much needed boost she needed to make the first step in tackling her list.

The girls hadn’t envisioned romance on the list but unexpected new acquaintances and seeing an old friend in a new light sparks a heat within the girls that they feared had been left frozen for good.

The Friendship List is such a fun read by Susan Mallery, it’s filled with adventure, it’s sexy and romantic but it also deals with some serious life issues.  I didn’t want this story to end and felt like Ellen and Unity had become part of my very own inner circle of friends.  A gorgeous sun filled read full of fun, love, laughter and tears.

About the Author

SUSAN MALLERY is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations,” and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She’s passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.

Website:  https://susanmallery.com/

Twitter:  @SusanMallery

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SusanMallery

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/susanmallery/

Getting Dirty by Rachael Stewart @rach_b52 @MillsandBoon @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #DARE #ContemporaryRomance #bookpromo

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rachael Stewart’s latest novel: Getting Dirty.  I am pleased to share a promo, here are all the important details:

Getting Dirty UK CoverTitle:  Getting Dirty

Author:  Rachael Stewart

Publisher:  Mills & Boon Dare

Format:  eBook

To buy link: https://mybook.to/gettingdirty

 

Book Blurb

Sometimes digging up the dirt
Means getting deliciously dirty…
I always work for the good guys. My job was simple: get the dirt on Coco Lauren, a princess of a socialite who talks—and plays—dirty. But I kissed her. I tasted her. Uncovered the tantalising woman beneath the polished façade. And she undid me in every way. Now I’m the bad guy. But how do I tell Coco the truth…when coming clean means losing her?

About the Author

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.

Social Media Links –
Website: http://www.rachaelstewartauthor.com
Twitter: @rach_b52
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rachaelstewartauthor/

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Lilian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #HistoricalRomance #bookreview

Lilian and the Irresistible Duke

Lilian and the Irresistible Duke written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The book can also be purchased direct from Mills & Boon website.

To buy links:

Lilian And The Irresistible Duke (Mills & Boon Historical) (Secrets of a Victorian Household, Book 4)

https://amzn.to/2tE1k4H

Book Blurb

A reunion in Rome…Sparks an affair to remember!
Responsible widow Lilian Fairclough is persuaded to travel to Rome for a hard-earned break and to let down her hair! She’s surprised to be reunited with passionate, cynical Italian duke, Pietro Venturi. He reawakens her sensual side and intrigues her with glimpses of pain beneath his rakish surface. Enticed into a secret and temporary affair – what will happen once she returns home?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes

Ohh I was totally swept away with this story by Virginia Heath, it was utterly sublime and I didn’t want it to end; a beautiful romance taking the characters on a journey of self-discovery and of new beginnings. Virginia Heath has written with such intricate detail with this novel I felt myself totally transported to Rome viewing for the first time the splendour and the majestic sights of the city just like our leading lady, Lilian. I was mesmerised by the atmospheric words then the beauty of the developing friendship between two people who were almost strangers but the love of the arts helped cement a blossoming alliance. A friendship that has had to overcome different cultures and beliefs and the grief of the past.

This is the first romance the author has written with the leading lady and gent being of a more mature age and it’s also her first romance were the leading gent is a sexy, charismatic, debonair Italian. It was refreshing to read a romance with characters facing different milestones and concerns in their lives than those of a younger generation; the characters had lived and lost and were learning to love again.

The book is one of a four part series of individual stories written by four different historical romance authors. The stories are all centred around a Victorian household. I’ve not read any of the other stories in the series but now I’ve met Lilian, the mother and matriarch of the family I’m keen to see how life for Lilian’s children faired.

A gorgeous, refreshing historical romance about letting yourself be you again. It was beautifully atmospheric, sexy and full of desire.

About the Author

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

Social Media Links –
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor
Twitter: @VirginiaHeath_
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/virginia-heath
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/virginiaheathwrites/

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The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow by Lara Temple @laratemple1 @MillsandBoon @rararesources #blogtour #bookpromo #RegencyRomance #HistoricalRomance

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour with a promo celebrating and promoting Lara Temple’s latest novel in The Sinful Sinclairs series: The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow.  Here are all the details:

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Title:  The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow

Author:  Lara Temple

Publisher:  Mills & Boon

Format:  ebook and paperback

Purchase Links

General: https://books2read.com/samsinclair
Amazon: http://bit.ly/SamSinclair
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/the-lord-s-inconvenient-vow
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lords-inconvenient-vow-lara-temple/1131793376?ean=9781488047633

Book Blurb

‘I have a favour to ask…
I want you to marry me.’
Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. Samantha Sinclair was always Lord Edgerton’s complete opposite. But as Edge meets Sam again in Egypt, it’s clear the years have changed her as much as him. So when she blurts out an impulsive, convenient proposal, Edge’s protective urge compels him to accept. Is it possible for two such different people to be together and find the happiness they both deserve?

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About the Author

The Lords Inconvenient Vow - Lara_temple-1 (2)Lara Temple writes regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion.
After moving around the world as a financial analyst she returned to her childhood love of making up stories, and was surprised to discover that other people don’t mind reading them.
She lives with her husband, two children, and Lord Oscar the pooch who are all very forgiving about her taking over the kitchen table when she’s writing.

Social Media Links –
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/LaraTempleAuthor
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LaraTemple1
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/laratemple1
Amazon author page US: http://bit.ly/LaraTemple
Amazon author page UK: http://bit.ly/LaraTempleUK
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LaraTemple
Website: http://www.laratemple.com

Giveaway to Win all 3 e-books of the Sinful Sinclair series by Lara Temple (Open Internationally)
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I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Abbey Clancy @OfficialClancy @MillsandBoon #HomeForChristmas #blogtour #bookextract #festiveread

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas written by Abbey Clancy, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook format and is due for release in audiobook and paperback format on 14th November 2019.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2NPEqNL

The paperback can also be purchased direct from Mills & Boon website:

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Book Blurb

Even stars have Christmas dreams…
Popstar Jessika Malone can’t believe her luck! Not only has she signed a major record deal and is topping the charts with her latest single, she’s just been offered the chance of a lifetime: a tour with gorgeous megastar Cooper Black…
It’s everything she’s ever dreamed of – except that it means travelling thousands of miles from her boyfriend, Daniel, just when he’s finally got down on one knee and popped the question!
Far from home and followed by the paparazzi, her relationship is tested more than Jessika ever imagined – will she make it home for Christmas before it’s too late?
A glittering festive romance for fans of Sarah Morgan, Holly Martin and Lindsay Kelk. Perfect to curl up with this Christmas! 

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the paperback launch of Abbey Clancy’s festive novel: I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

I have the pleasure of sharing an extract from the novel:

There are many aspects to the world of social media that I find confusing. Embarrassing. Overwhelming, even.
Like when someone snaps a picture of me the morning after the night before, and sticks it up on Instagram without even a measly Willow filter. I mean, we’ve all been there, right? Your mouth feels like it’s been vacuum packed with a decomposing ferret, and your hair has gone full-on Walking Dead, and you know you’re just going to die unless you get immediate access to a paper bag full of McDonald’s hash browns?

Yeah. Well, imagine in that precise moment, someone incredibly chipper bounces over, grinning from ear to ear at the sight of you, and wants nothing more than to snap a picture of you together, no matter how grey your skin is or how far down your face your mascara’s slipped. Not good.

But – and I get this, I really do – it’s all part of my job. My job isn’t an ordinary job. It’s being a pop star – Jessika – to the world at large. Not very long ago at all I was the person who would have been bouncing over and asking for the pic, so I can’t complain. Not very long ago, I was scraping a living singing Disney covers at kids’ birthday parties, working as an intern at a record label, and filling in my lonely nights waitressing at glamorous showbiz events I wasn’t good enough to actually get invited to.

So I get it. I understand that it’s all part of my brave, weird new world – and that I have a responsibility to suck it up, smile for the camera, even if I really, really don’t want to.

I also understand that people will comment about me, and to me – posting everything from sweet compliments on my music through to borderline-stalker psycho abuse. I know everything I say and do will be analysed, twisted, churned up, chewed up, and spat back out by the media. I have help with that, in the form of my scary PR manager Patty, and I’m sensible enough not to take the nasty stuff seriously. I’ve worked hard on developing a thick skin, and coping with the demands of being famous.

One thing, though, I don’t think I will ever get used to is this: my mother is currently trending on Twitter.

To put this in context, my mother is a tiny Scouse power-house in her fifties, with dyed black hair, strong opinions and endless energy. I’d say she has zero per cent body fat, 200 per cent work ethic, and loves nothing more than her family, which includes my nan, who is officially ancient, my dad Phil, my older sister Becky, me and my little brother Luke (or The Knobhead, as he’s known to everyone who’s ever met him).

She is also totally in love with her first ever grandchild – Becky’s baby Ollie, who is now four months old and rules the world from his bouncy chair like a benign Jabba the Hutt. He’s one of those fat babies with rolls of flesh everywhere, and his eyes completely disappear every time he laughs. Which is a lot. So, Mum is a family woman. Her life isn’t glamorous, or that interesting. She spends every spare minute looking after us lot, and still works on the tills at the local Tesco, even though she doesn’t really need to any more. She’s extraordinary, but ordinary, if you know what I mean – one of those salt-of-the-earth-women you could build an empire on the back of.

All of which begs the question: why is she trending on Twitter?

When did she even join Twitter? Why did she join Twitter?

I scroll down the pages – literally endless pages – and see that every pic on there has the hashtag #jessikasmum. It looks like the whole of Liverpool has popped into the supermarket to pick up a packet of crumpets, a bottle of Prosecco, and a selfie with my mother. There are hundreds of them – all featuring complete strangers, gurning like idiots, and my mum, happily posing alongside them.

My mum has described herself as ‘daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of all things Michael Bublé’. I suppose I should be grateful that the great crooner himself hasn’t also called in with a selfie stick in his hand.

‘Fab time at Tesco with mummy diva’, says one tweet. ‘Jessika’s mum is awesome’, says another. ‘Forget Jessika – her mum needs her own reality show!’ on one more. ‘Why’s she still working?’ asks a random girl who, according to her profile, loves knitting, cats and visiting S&M clubs. Hopefully not all at the same time.

Mum’s still working, of course, because she wants to. Not because she’s skint, or because I haven’t offered to give her anything she needs – but because she is who she is. She’s my mum, and she’ll probably be going into Tesco when she’s eighty, popping her false teeth back in for photo calls.

I close down the screen, and take a breath. Tell myself there’s no harm done. That it could be worse – my dad could be on Twitter, and then the world as we know it would collapse in on itself.

My life is insane. Nobody warned me being a pop star would be quite this crazy.

#passmetheproseccoplease

To connect with the author please visit:

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Facebook and Instagram: @abbeyclancyofficial

 

Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke @NicoleLockeNews @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #HistoricalRomance #blogtour #bookreview #giveaway

 

Lochmore Legacy book 4

Secrets of a Highland Warrior written by Nicole Locke, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Highland-Warrior-Historical-Lochmore-ebook/dp/B07L6SY32Y
http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Highland-Warrior-Historical-Lochmore-ebook/dp/B07L6SY32Y
Secrets Of A Highland Warrior (Mills & Boon Historical) (The Lochmore Legacy, Book 4)
https://books.harlequin.com/search?lbc=harlequin&method=and&p=Q&ts=custom&uid=305872130&w=Secrets%20of%20a%20Highland%20warrior&af=author%3anicolelocke
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Book Blurb

The key to his past…

…lies with the enemy sharing his bed!

Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Rory Lochmore had expected to wage battle, to claim land and finally secure his standing within his clan… Instead he won a wife. A McCrieff wife. Their convenient marriage could unite the two long-feuding clans forever. But can a political alliance give way to a passion strong enough to stand the secrets of the past?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the mini blog blitz celebrating and promoting Nicole Locke’s latest historical romance novel: Secrets of a Highland Warrior.  I reviewed this novel on my blog back in June so I’m excited to share it again with the blog blitz.

Secrets of a Highland Warrior is book four in the unique Scottish Highland historical romance series that is written by four different authors set in the same Scottish Highlands but in four different time periods. If you’ve never read any historical romance before this series would be a good starting point with it visiting different periods of time; you can then decide which period you prefer or if like me you’ve discovered a new era and have fallen in love with new historical time zones.

I would strongly recommend reading the books in the order they were published as you can then get a sense of the storyline, the secrets, the mystery and the rugged landscape.  The books in the series are :

His Convenient Highland Wedding by Janice Preston
Unlaced by the Highland Duke by Lara Temple
A Runaway Bride for the Highlander by Elisabeth Hobbes
Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke

Secrets of a Highland Warrior is my first introduction to the work of Nicole Locke and her writing style drew me into a tale full of secrets, deceit, danger and love in the Scottish hills in the year of 1293.

The landscape of the highlands was strategically owned by different clans and the Chief of Clans were very protective of their land. However, when the King had granted some of the adjoining land to the Lochmore estate it was to cause a change of events for the future for many. As this adjoining land was currently owned by the McCleish clan and they were not to give up the land too easy.

Rory, son of the Chief of the Lochmore clan, was on his way to claim this new land. With his best friend Paiden and a few of his clansmen, he anticipated a fight would be forthcoming. What he didn’t anticipate was the daughter of the Tanish of the McCleish clan being part of the bargain.

Ailsa was the healer for the McCleish clan and was currently treating Hamish, Chief of the McCleish clan, who was gravely ill. Ailsa had been trained well by her predecessor and had been privy to secrets, which at first Ailsa thought were folklore between clans but when she meets Rory and notices certain traits about him Ailsa begins to wonder whether the words she heard in secret were actually true.

When danger reaches Rory’s party a race against time to save lives is at stake and Rory has to put his trust in someone he has only just met and that they are from an opposing clan.

With age old secrets and bitter feuds between clansmen slowly revealing themselves Nicole Locke has given us an historical mystery that is soon filled with a chemistry that sparks between opposing clans folk.

I have completely fallen in love with The Lochmore Legacy series with each story unearthing new facts surrounding mysteries of long ago with a clash of clans and a clash of hearts within each instalment. The epilogue rounds off the series beautifully which left me feeling quite emotional and bereft. Hats off to all four authors for a great concept for a historical romance series.

About the Author
Nicole is the author of Harlequin’s #LoversandLegends series and co-author of the #LochmoreLegacy series. Currently, she lives in Seattle and can be reached via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. If you don’t hear from her, she’s eating Haribos and drinking copious amounts of tea while frantically trying to find a happily ever after.

Social Media Links –
https://www.instagram.com/nicolelockeauthor
https://www.facebook.com/NicoleLockeAuthor
https://twitter.com/NicoleLockeNews

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Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke @NicoleLockeNews @MillsandBoon #bookreview #LochmoreLegacy #HistoricalRomance

 

Lochmore Legacy book 4

Secrets of a Highland Warrior written by Nicole Locke, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2NeZ38Q

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  It can also be purchased direct from Mills & Boon website: https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/p58025/secrets-of-a-highland-warrior.htm

Book Blurb

The key to his past…
…lies with the enemy sharing his bed!
Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Rory Lochmore had expected to wage battle, to claim land and finally secure his standing within his clan… Instead he won a wife. A McCrieff wife. Their convenient marriage could unite the two long-feuding clans forever. But can a political alliance give way to a passion strong enough to stand the secrets of the past?

scottish highland castle

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

Secrets of a Highland Warrior is book four in the unique Scottish Highland historical romance series that is written by four different authors set in the same Scottish Highlands but in four different time periods.  If you’ve never read any historical romance before this series would be a good starting point with it visiting different periods of time; you can then decide which period you prefer or if like me you’ve discovered a new era and have fallen in love with new historical time zones.

I would strongly recommend reading the books in the order they were published as you can then get a sense of the storyline, the secrets, the mystery and the rugged landscape.

The books in the series are (my reviews are available by clicking the title of the book):

Secrets of a Highland Warrior is my first introduction to the work of Nicole Locke and her writing style drew me into a tale full of secrets, deceit, danger and love in the Scottish hills in the year of 1293.

The landscape of the highlands was strategically owned by different clans and the Chief of Clans were very protective of their land.  However, when the King had granted some of the adjoining land to the Lochmore estate it was to cause a change of events for the future for many.  As this adjoining land was currently owned by the McCleish clan and they were not to give up the land too easy.

Rory, son of the Chief of the Lochmore clan, was on his way to claim this new land.  With his best friend Paiden and a few of his clansmen, he anticipated a fight would be forthcoming.  What he didn’t anticipate was the daughter of the Tanish of the McCleish clan being part of the bargain.

Ailsa was the healer for the McCleish clan and was currently treating Hamish, Chief of the McCleish clan, who was gravely ill.  Ailsa had been trained well by her predecessor and had been privy to secrets, which at first Ailsa thought were folklore between clans but when she meets Rory and notices certain traits about him Ailsa begins to wonder whether the words she heard in secret were actually true.

When danger reaches Rory’s party a race against time to save lives is at stake and Rory has to put his trust in someone he has only just met and that they are from an opposing clan.

With age old secrets and bitter feuds between clansmen slowly revealing themselves Nicole Locke has given us an historical mystery that is soon filled with a chemistry that sparks between opposing clans folk.

I have completely fallen in love with The Lochmore Legacy series with each story unearthing new facts surrounding mysteries of long ago with a clash of clans and a clash of hearts within each instalment.  The epilogue rounds off the series beautifully which left me feeling quite emotional and bereft.  Hats off to all four authors for a great concept for a historical romance series.

About the Author

Nicole first discovered romance novels hidden in her grandmother’s closet. Convinced hidden books must be better, Nicole greedily read them. It was only natural she should start writing them (but now not so secretly).

Website: https://www.nicolelocke.com/

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The Disgraceful Lord Gray by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #bookreview #RegencyRomance #MillsandBoon #TheKingsElite #HistFic

 

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The Disgraceful Lord Gray written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, amazon and direct from the Mills and Boon website.

To buy link (Mills & Boon UK): https://bit.ly/2OtePtW

To buy link (amazon UK): https://amzn.to/2WoF5s5

To buy link (amazon US): https://amzn.to/2TuMqV5

Book Blurb

A spy on a mission…Until he meets this heiress!
Miss Theodora Cranford’s learned to keep her impetuous nature locked away. She won’t be deceived by another man who can’t see past her fortune. She wants an honourable, sensible sort – not a self-assured scoundrel like her new neighbour, Lord Gray. Although she’s sure there’s more to him than meets the eye… But after that first captivating kiss, she’s certainly left wanting more!

The Disgraceful Lord Gray

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push for Virginia Heath’s latest novel: The Disgraceful Lord Gray.

Virginia Heath has become one of my favourite Regency romance authors. She has a winning style with her novels and that is of creating characters that are humble, have a vulnerability about them, strong willed women, ruggedly handsome men but most of all she creates the perfect duo act. With The Disgraceful Lord Gray our duo is Lord Graham (Gray) Chadwick, one of The King’s Elite secret agents and Miss Thea Cranford, a wealthy heiress and niece to one of the latest suspects in the smuggling ring.

Lord Gray had fled his home and his shattered heart ten years ago, he was betrayed by his family and found solace gambling and then working for the Merchant Navy, this then led to working for the King and country as one of a secret group of men protecting the country. Gray’s latest assignment was to infiltrate the Boss of the smuggling ring that had brought treason, danger and death to the shores of England. His mission was to gain more information about Viscount Gislingham who resided in a country house in Sussex. Intelligence had been received that Gislingham was involved in the smuggling.

With reconnaissance set up in a neighbouring country house Lord Gray and his superior Lord Fennimore were playing the part of country gents perfectly, so perfectly that Gray stumbles across the Viscount’s niece, Thea Cranford. His first thought was that Thea would be a great opening to gain access to her Uncle. But this instant reaction to Thea shook him, she was like a vision with striking auburn locks that were wild and difficult to tame, which he later found out was very similar to the young lady herself. Gray had left matters of the heart with his shattered pieces ten years ago so to feel his heart thumping that little bit more when he first meets Thea he is unsure of his next move however, he does realise he has a job to do and nothing must get in his way.

However, the author Virginia Heath, has snook in an adorable character in this story. Trefor is a gorgeous black labrador that is playful and loving and is always by his master’s side, Lord Gray, until Thea appeared and Trefor then transfers his love and adoration to her much to Gray’s disgust!

I absolutely loved Gray and Thea’s double act there was plenty of sparring and playful, flirtatious banter but there was also alot of mutual understanding of heartaches. Virginia Heath has given us another great instalment in The King’s Elite series, I’ve been enthralled with the drama, the secrecy, the camaraderie between the men and the dalliances with the women. There is always an underlying warmth with Virginia Heath’s novels which rounds off the stories perfectly.

About the Author 
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin Mills & Boon took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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His Convenient Highland Wedding (The Lochmore Legacy, Book 1) by Janice Preston @JaniceGPreston @MillsandBoon #historicalromance #LochmoreLegacy

 

HIs convenient HIghland Wedding

His Convenient Highland Wedding (The Lochmore Legacy, Book 1) written by Janice Preston, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available in ebook and paperback format from Thursday 21st March 2019.

To pre-order/buy link (amazon UK): https://amzn.to/2TJvQ8X

To buy direct from Mills & Boon: https://bit.ly/2Hte8Qn

Book Blurb

Bought by her husband…
Bound by secrets of their past!
The start of The Lochmore Legacy – A Scottish castle through the ages! Earl’s daughter Flora McCrieff brought shame on her family once, now she discovers she must wed impossibly rich but low born Lachlan McNeill. He’s undeniably handsome, but a man of few words. Despite the attraction that burns between them, can she reach beyond his impeccable clothing to find the emotions he’s locked away for so long…?

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What is The Lochmore Legacy series?

The Lochmore Legacy is a captivating 4 book series with a difference; it’s four individual stories written by four top-selling Mills & Boon historical authors: Janice Preston, Lara Temple, Elisabeth Hobbes and Nicole Locke.  The stories are standalone novels but are linked by the setting of a castle in the Scottish Highlands and by a feud between two clans that has spanned centuries. 

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

Book 1: His Convenient Highland Wedding by Janice Preston starts in 1841 in Castle McCrief were twelve year old Flora, one of the Earl’s daughters is feeling abit miffed with her father’s attitude towards her.  Flora is a high spirited young girl and is full of ideas to help with the upkeep of the castle that is rapidly eating up the family’s wealth.  Her suggestions have been rebuked so many times she feels dispirited.  With her temper still seething Flora goes off for a wander in the castle to work off her steam but during this time she makes a startling discover that frightens her to her core.

Seven years on and the discovery that Flora found still leaves Flora with a chilled fear and questions she’s been afraid to ask.  But now the castle is in bad disrepair and her father has virtually sold her off to a stranger and she is set to marry a wealthy gentleman.  A man she’s never seen or heard of before but his money is good for the family home.

Lachlan McNeill is a ruggedly handsome man that has worked hard the last few years earning his wealth.  He’s now bought himself a castle, a distillery and now a wife.  His life is looking almost complete but there’s a hidden sorrow within Lachlan that he’s desperate to remedy.  Life in the past was very difficult for Lachlan and his family and a tragedy has left him with a guilt he’s struggling to overcome.  Outwardly Lachlan looks the perfect husband but he’s so overcome with the strain from the emotions brought on by his past that it’s placing a barrier against any future happiness with his wife.

I loved this story set in the Scottish Highlands, Janice Preston described the setting perfectly and you could feel a sense of ruggedness of the land and the remoteness to the nearby city of Glasgow.  Flora had two different personalities in the story, she was so vibrant as a young girl but by the time she was due to wed her father had knocked the spirit out of her.  Once wed she was quite shy and reserved but her spirit from long ago was still there slowly simmering in the background.

With secrets in both Flora and Lachlan’s past can the newlyweds help each other to overcome them?  Will the feud from long ago lift it’s ugly head and what is the startling find that Flora discovered?

His Convenient Highland Wedding is gorgeously romantic with a storyline that is filled with secrets, drama and charm.

The Lochmore Legacy looks set to be a fantastic, exciting series with romance firmly at the heart of the stories.  I can’t wait to read each story.

To connect and learn more about Janice Preston please visit the following pages:

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

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

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

 

What’s to come in The Lochmore Legacy series:

Lochmore Legacy book 2Book 2:  Unlaced by The Highland Duke by Lara Temple

Published Date:  18th April 2019

To pre-order: https://amzn.to/2FayMkN

 

 

lochmore legacy book 3Book 3:  A Runaway Bride for The Highlander by Elisabeth Hobbes

Published Date:  30th May 2019

To pre-order: https://amzn.to/2Cru5mb

 

 

Lochmore Legacy book 4Book 4:  Secrets of A Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke

Published Date:  27th June 2019

To pre-order: https://amzn.to/2FgHHBc

 

 

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Smooth Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates blogtour book review @maiseyyates @MillsandBoon

 

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Smooth Talking Cowboy written by Maisey Yates, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook, paperback, audiobook and audio CD format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The book is also available direct from Mills & Boon website.

To buy link (amazon UK): https://amzn.to/2SO049K

To buy link (Mills & Boon): https://bit.ly/2thdLPO

Book Blurb

Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing!
First she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero―but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.
Good girl Olivia has always been off limits to Luke.So why does she get to him like no one else? Luke ‘s supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he wants to let go.

Smooth Talking Cowboy Blog Tour Schedule

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Maisey Yates novel: Smooth Talking Cowboy.  Smooth Talking Cowboy is a standalone novel and is book one in the Gold Valley Novel series.

This is my first introduction to the work of Maisey Yates and it sizzled in all the right places.  Don’t most girls dream of living on a ranch with their own cowboy?  Well, Olivia Logan had dreamed of this picture for the last few years.  She’d got the perfect candidate for the role but after a year of dating Bennett Dodge Olivia was no closer to receiving the illusive marriage proposal so she ended the relationship.  However, Olivia wants to prove to Bennett what he’s missing and hatches up a plan with smooth talking cowboy, Luke Hollister to win back Bennett’s heart.

Luke Hollister is your Instagram image of a cowboy with his ruggedly handsome good looks and a cheeky, charming persona to go with it.  Luke was happy to oblige Olivia with her madcap plan.  Olivia Logan was known as the good girl of the town, the girl that was serious and reliable and Luke thought it would be fun to play his part in her plan.

However, the plan was not fool-proof and Olivia and Luke were soon to realise they had a chemistry between themselves, one that had been lain dormant for nine years.  One that as soon as it started fizzing was difficult to keep under control.

Olivia and Luke had known each other for quite a while but they had both felt like the other was out of bounds or untouchable and they had to witness them getting close and personal to others.  All through these years the pent up feelings the pair had successfully kept hidden have now been let loose and control is soon forgotten.

Can Olivia and Luke trust their self-control and the new fire in their hearts?  Will hurt from their past that held the key to their fear of love deny them of any future happiness?

A story of a sweet love that soon simmered with desire.

About the Author (taken from author’s website)

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.
In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

Website: http://www.maiseyyates.com

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