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14 September 2014

The Chatsfield Book Six: Rival's Challenge by Abby Green

Reviewed by Desere

Orla Kennedy is in control and always ensures everything goes her way, and most importantly she never takes risks. It's just not her style.

But on the eve of a business deal she's tired, stressed out and in desperate need of blowing off some steam, this leads her to sharing a drink with an attractive stranger and also a night of unbridled passion. It's the best night of her life and she'll never forget it.

But work looms on the horizon and she places the super hot memories in the back of her mind. Easy as relive, day dream a little and then get all hot and dirty minded and then back to work, yeah right ! This is a Abby Green book so we know that will never happen.

And it doesn't, soon she discovers her one night stand is her rival, the fearless Antonio Chatsfield. He has pretty much everything he wants  and is known as a war hero, so fame, fortune the whole set up is there, but his life feels as empty as his recently vacated bed.

Yet he still drags himself over to The Chatsfield, London to aid his sister. But when he comes face to face with the woman who came apart in his arms just hours before he starts forming a new merger of a entirely different kind.

This was a brilliant book in true Abby Green fashion, from the very start till the very end! The author weaved a tale of secrets, passion and rivalry with exquisite detail and with her unique slightly dark almost mysterious bordering on sweet writing style she created characters I will never forget.

The character of Orla was wonderful, I loved her spirit and fun I handle it all attitude, it did show her as a little too much self involved, but only slightly for as we all know we always think at some stage in life we can handle everything and anything that comes our way, without so much as a drop of help from anyone, so the character did still have that realistic feel I adore so much in romance reads.

The character of Antonio, was super hotness combined with just a smidgen of darkness that every now and then breaks through the barrier of being fair, kind and sweet but not too sweet that he doesn't go all out in getting who and what he wants.

Through both characters the author showed that in life there is the past and there is the present. What we think of the past is what will hold us back, what we do with the present is what will ultimately set us free from the past. Of course that's is a message us readers have seen in many other books, yet this author brought it home in a different manner , slightly familiar but with a new kind of flare, that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I highly recommend this read for all who love a good can do anything my way war hero meets head strong heroine and is brought to his knees story.

4.5 star review
" The ultimate rivals become trapped in the ultimate game, but who will win?"

Loving You Is Easy by Wendy S Marcus

Loving You Is Easy

Reviewed by Desere

The super talented Wendy S Marcus is back!!! And I could not be happier, I have been a huge fan of her work form her very first mesmerizing release and ever since I have devoured everything she has written so of course I squealed with pure delight when this new release landed in my very happy hands.

The read tells the story of Brooke Elstein,a politician's daughter and always quiet, in control and thus the perfect image of dutiful always do what makes dad look good gal. All that comes crashing down when a the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and sadly also gets away with it. But Brook is no sissy and gets up and moves on as best she can.

One stroke of luck that allows her to easily get out there again is the perk of heading up the governor's " Support out Troops" pen-pal initiative, and thus she's able to get first pick on the smoking-hot sergeant , whose picture sends Brook's heart racing and shakes her right out of her always perfect shoes.

They correspond back and forth, but sexy Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue collar roots, he knows Brooke is also hiding something, he's not too sure what but he knows there is definitely something there. None the less he knows he has gained her trust when she sends him a off the charts blisteringly sexy photo. But as fate will have it, Shane is injured in an ambush and a fellow solider posts the sexy shot online for all to see.

And so once again Brooke's perfect image turns to ashes in the blink of an eye. Then Shane turns up at her doorstep determined to set things right and discovers the that right or wrong for each other has gone nothing on the chemistry they share, but will Brooke believer him when he tells her the truth or will she again retreat to her always perfect shell in order to protect what little dignity she has left?

I have always been a huge fan or romance books, but when it comes to military related romance books I go absolutely gaga! As in I fall head over heals to dive right into the book, and with this author being one of my ultimate favorites I was in absolute heaven from the first page right through till the very end.

I adored Brooke's vulnerability , but what stood out was her strength among all the vulnerability. I of course could completely understand her being so very vulnerable after what happened to her in the past, but getting back up and fighting to overcome it, especially when you are in the public eye, now that takes a lot more guts! The author beautifully pained Brooke as a strong fighter heroine that just as us all only every now and then lets the armor drop.

Shane was so awesome! Hotter than the Iraqi sun and more lethal to any woman's peace of mind than a Glock 17! I adored this man from the start, yes he does withhold his true and completely honest identity but not in that " I am going to strangle this hero, lying jerk!" kind of manner but more in a knows this is not the time for it all to be revealed manner. In real life of course most woman would fly off the handle when the truth get's revealed but the author did such an amazing job at painting Shane as a true hero of hearts, that if the man was standing in front of me ( of course I would have to be blind folded , because believe me ladies this man is super hot, and yes the author's description is that good so no pictures needed), I would not even think of yelling at him for not telling me from the start who and what he really is.

So with a really hotter than hot remarkably sweet and kind hero and a strong always fight back slightly damaged heroine,  one heck of a picture mix up and a off the charts chemistry that simply cannot be denied, all set within the military and political world,  got one pretty dang awesome read!

The descriptions of surroundings and characters were absolutely perfect, I was right there with Brook for the hurt and the pain of betrayal, I felt Shane go down and blood drain from my veins when he is injured, I could taste the angst and smelt the passion burning up the sheets as these two get down and dirty, outstanding writing Wendy!

I am taking away a message of there is a way and reason for everyone to come together, in this case two smoking hot pictures intertwined two lives of two people who both had a little piece of their hearts missing and needed each other to be healed. The trick would be to be able to send the healer away when you mistakenly think him or her to be the enemy and then to run off back to your own special created camp of doom and glum telling yourself you're safe. Always stay two steps ahead, it's one of the hardest things in life to do, but in the long run you will walk out on the other side , definitely not in tact but with the knowledge that you gave it your all.

I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance, with drama, passion, intrigue and one of the most beautifully written endings I have read in a long time.

5/5 star review
" He aims for her heart and makes a direct hit, but will she trust him enough to give it to him forever?" 

10 September 2014

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

Reviewed by Desere

Emily Coleman has what most woman want, okay so I lie she has what every woman wants, a happy marriage, a beautiful son and a lovely home. So what on earth makes her wake up one morning and simply walk away from it all? It's a mystery that plays out till almost the very end of this book.

All though there is not a lot of major romance in this book there is some, and it's enough to make your heart soar and of course make you wish for someone to love you in that special over the top, we can get through anything kind of way.

The bulk of the book does of course focus on Emily who takes on a new identity and starts a whole new life for herself. The book drifts in and out of flashbacks and current events taking place, but not really in that annoying,  this is just too much past , present, past , present manner. In fact it's completely the opposite, the author drags you in on the secrets and lies of this book just enough with one flashback to make you think " Eureka!" now I have this all figured out, and then she trows you back to the present day and Emily acting almost completely different in such a manner you immediately come back to thinking, " nope, thought I had it but simply just can't be".

Through a series of lies and secrets being exposed, various romances taking off and being destroyed and many twists and turns this book is an attention keeper all the way.

Of course I cannot tell you the secret and you will need to read the book to find out, but I will say from my side as a reviewer and a believer in always trying simply everything I can think of before giving up on anything in life, I will say this, when the Emily's secret is finally revealed I felt a little let down.

Not because the secret was not juicy enough, but because it just did not sound like the kind of thing that would make a woman just walk away and completely disappear by taking on a new identity. For this kind of problem there are other ways to handle it, but simply just taking off .

None the less the secrets are good, the lies are thrilling and the various relationships are very interesting.A real roller-coaster of a read!

4.5 star review

" Reality takes the past one step too far back" 

** Now available at Penguin Books South Africa 

Breaking All Her Rules by Maisey Yates

Reviewed by Nas
BREAKING ALL HER RULES by author Maisey Yates is a Cosmo Red Hot Read from Harlequin, releasing August 2014.
Grace Song had a set lifestyle but the accidental meeting with Zack Camden threw the wrenches in her life. Dare she break her rule for once and spend a passion filled night with Zack? But when one night turned to more she realized she had broken all her rules and the biggest of them by falling for Zack.
Would Zack return her love?
BREAKING ALL HER RULES is a fast-paced, hot and sultry read. Filled with angst and passion in equal measures, a perfect combination of a super read!

Frozen Heart, Melting Kiss by Emmie Darkins

Reviewed by Nas
FROZEN HEART, MELTING KISSES by debut author Ellie Darkins is a Harlequin Romance release for September 2014.

Maya Hartney signs Will Thomas for one of her cooking classes as he finds nothing good in her cooking! But she hadn’t counted on the closeness and the chemistry which would spark up between them.

Could Will ever be agreeable? Why was he so prickly anyway? Peel the layers by reading FROZEN HEART, MELTING KISSES and see for yourself why. Debut author Ellie Darkins brought out angst and scorching chemistry between Maya and Will which would keep a reader glued to the pages till the last pages.

01 September 2014

The Valquez Bride by Melanie Milburne

Reviewed by Nas

THE VALQUEZ  BRIDE by USA Bestselling author Melanie Milburne is Harlequin Presents release for September 2014.

Theodore Marlstone agreed to a marriage of convenience, hadn’t she? Then why was the sexy Argentinean Alejandro Valquez shifting the goalpost on their arrangement? He was changing the rules!

Alejandro hadn’t wanted to marry but now he couldn’t resist his wife. What if the marriage was in name only? He had the right to break the rules, hadn’t he?

THE VALQUEZ BRIDE is a sizzling romance with breathtaking sensuality between the pages. Author Melanie Milburne brought this mesmerizing tale with a gorgeous hero and a plain but feisty heroine and the result sparkles on the pages.

Highly recommended for all readers of romance.

Reviewed by Desere 

Untouched Theodora Malrstone has always wanted what pretty much every woman wants, a fairy tale wedding, a stunning white dress and a groom who adores her! What she ends up with is walking down the aisle toward a marriage of convenience to an outrageously attractive Argentinian Alejandro Valquez

He promises overwhelming raw sensuality, but not devotion, this is all thanks to her father's will and Theodora has no choice but to forget about her fairy tale dreams and say I do!

Alejandro never wanted a wife, but his buttoned up bride is a delicious present he simply cannot wait to unwrap. Beneath the white silk lies a woman who exceeds his wildest imagination and it's very clear that this union will burn the very paper it's written on. Is Theodora bound to end up fairy tale -less and heartbroken ?

I really enjoyed this read, it was full of life and mystery and of course in true Melanie Milburne style loads of sizzling hot passion!

The storyline itself has been done before but it was not just the old fashioned forced into marriage, both are lost and lonely souls, betrayed and hurt in the past and now we find each other and voila all comes to an end kind of read.

Those are the bare facts but what made the read unique is the author's writing style. She did not just take two characters and mesh them together she really layered them both with such exquisite perfection that I more than cried my eyes out for Theodora , I used an entire box of fifty tissues!

As for our hero in this read, boy oh boy was this man arrogant, I wanted to honestly stuff him inside a whole, cover it with sand so he would never be found again! Yes this character made me that mad!

But as we all know there are always reasons for everyone's actions and in this case for both characters it links back to their past and as a very nice added twist it also leads back to Theodora's father and the hurt he caused her and Alejandro's family.

I am taking away a message of all fairy tale drams come true, sure they show up looking nothing like we expect but is that reason to run away from it? Of course not! Hang in there and just change the picture in your mind a little , eventually you will be able to form a whole new kind of fairy tale and it will be so much better than anything you could ever dream up!

I highly recommend this read for all fans of Melanie Milburne books and for any fans of romance reads!  If you need passion, intrigue, drama , dreams coming true and the perfect pick me up read this is it!

5/5 star review
" Marriage or no marriage this is the coming together of the year! " 

Once Upon A Bride by Helen Lacey

Reviewed by Nas

ONCE UPON A BRIDE by author Helen Lacey is a Harlequin Special Edition series release for September 2014.

Gabe Vitali escaped from his troubled past to a small town in Australia but was he ready for commitment?
Lauren Jakowski is ready for marriage. And she shares an attraction for Gabe, but would Gabe be the one to give her happy ever after? After all he is incapable of happy ever afters, isn’t he?
ONCE UPON A BRIDE is a heartwarming tale of two opposites falling for each other. I loved the drama among all the shimmering emotions as well as revisiting Crystal Point. Author Helen Lacey has a way with words which is incomparable.

Recommended for all lovers of romance.

Crown Prince, Pregnant Bride by Kate Hardy

Reviewed by Nas

CROWN PRINCE, PREGNANT BRIDE by author Kate Hardy is August 2014 release by Harlequin Presents series.

Indigo Moran met Lorenzo Torelli at a friend’s house and they decided to have a fling as they knew their relationship couldn’t go long as Lorenzo was a king in waiting.

But getting back to his kingdom Lorenzo decided to bring Indigo as he loved her and couldn’t live without her. Would Indigo let Lorenzo make that decision for her? And what of Indigo’s secret? What would Lorenzo say to a baby out of wedlock?

CROWN PRINCE, PREGNANT BRIDE is a sweet royal romance. I loved the tender feelings portrayed by author Kate Hardy. It is a heartwarming tale of two opposites falling for each other. Kate Hardy’s expert penmanship would keep a reader reverted to the story till the last page.

Recommended for all lovers of romance.

31 August 2014

The Heat Of The Night by Amy Andrews

Reviewed by Nas

THE NANNY PROPOSITION by USAToday Bestselling author Rachel Bailey is August 2014 release by Harlequin Desire.

Liam Hawke finds out that he became a father. And he has no idea what to do with a little baby. He needs a nanny for his baby urgently. He ropes in his brother’s housekeeper Jenna Peters as his daughter’s nanny.

Jenna is happy as she also gets to spend more time with her own baby daughter. Soon they have a small family unit all their own. But could it really last? What about the explosive secret Jenna is hiding from everybody?

Will Liam be happy when he finds Jenna’s secret?

THE NANNY PROPOSITION is a full on emotional roller-coaster of a read. The author Rachel Bailey once again brought a fast-paced and feel-good romance that sparkles with red-hot sensuality, mesmerizing emotion and intense passion.

29 August 2014

To Catch a Star by Romy Sommer

To Catch a Star

Reviewed by Desere 

Ever hear about those types of princesses that are all ice and no fire at all? Yep me neither, for you see in real life the layers of ice are always hidden and in front of the public they are always sweet and kind and make us all wish we could be her.

In the latest read from Romy Sommer we meet Teresa Adler she is the ultimate Ice Princess, with a heart as frozen as the winter landscape of her beloved home, Westerwald, BTW don't you just love that name? It sounds so magical, and fits right in with this book, because magical it was !

Teresa has belonged to a inner circle of wealth, privilege and position all her life, and could definitely do with a little magic to unfreeze her ice cold heart. The magic comes in the form of Christian Taylor, heartthrob, movie star and bad boy! Always going against the rules he sets his sights on Teresa, the one thing he was told he cannot have.

But whilst Christian tries to get the woman he can't have , Teresa on the other side of the setup holds the ultimate clue to the secret of Christian's parentage, and with every touch she's comes closer and closer to melting at his feet and telling him all.

The main characters were both written very well and pretty darn close to realistic! Christian was as bad boy actors go written with perfection, bad-*ss, a little rude, too confident and strong and leading the pack, it was as infuriating as it was entertaining.

Teresa was a bit of a " am going to slap this woman over the head " character. I did not at all times agree with her decisions, yes I realized that this is probably the way it goes when one has a ice cold heart and then suddenly it starts to fill with feelings of joy and all the warm fuzziness, but more than once I just could not bring myself to agree with her down right stupid decisions , of course knowing this author always has a trick to it, I was eager to see just what she was up to and thus I was kept on the edge of my seat to discover what exactly lies beneath the ice princess's cold exterior, and when the moment does emerge it was just WOW did not see that one coming !

The backdrop settings were as magical as they were simply screaming romance and without a doubt more than once I felt as if I was right there seeing it all. I am taking away a special message of everyone has a reason for being bad or even frozen to the core, but there will always be someone that is able to crack through the layer of ice or even see the good hiding behind the bad, it's a matter of trust and understanding.

I recommend this read for all fans of fairy tale romance reads, a truly lovely afternoon escape into a world of princess find her prince which I know every woman out there dreams about every now and then, Romy Sommer has brought it life for us and believe me you don't want to miss this one!

5 star review

" He's determined to melt her heart, she's afraid to break his wide open"