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08 December 2014

A Princess by Christmas by Jennifer Faye

Reviewed by Desere

Prince Alexandro Castanovo arrives in a snowy New York, intent on protecting his royal family from scandal. Down to earth and heart - stoppingly beautiful Reese Harding finds room for him at her inn and the pieces for a perfect twist of fate start to fall into place.

Not so long ago Reese's world crumbled to the ground and shook her foundations, pushed her to her limits and ever since she has been a little of kilter, but she is more than just a little intrigued by this handsome stranger. And when she discovers his true identity , the magic of Christmas might just have enough charm to turn this ordinary American girl into a princess by Christmas.

I have been a huge fan of Jennifer's books for a long time , especially because she manages to take any story and give it such an overpowering life of it's own , it leaves me breathless and in that very happy romantic bubble each and every time.

This time was no different, the author delivered a stunning story of romance and happiness found in the most unexpected places, with a unique twist of it's own.

This was the absolute perfection of romance at Christmas time, Alex the perfect hero that would make any girls knees go weak and Reese the very life and soul of dreams come true.

I loved the idea of an ordinary girl finding her real life prince, and of course I mean a real prince ! It is a dream that many woman all over the world share and for a very lucky few it becomes a reality , but not all of us are destined to be real princesses. And I must tell you had the author made Alexandro an ordinary man and not a prince the read would still have been perfect for this hero knows how to let any woman feel like a princess.

The characters were both written really well, and had loads of wonderful emotion that more than once got the better of me,  tissue alert!

I loved the back and worth range of emotion from both main characters, it put them in a very realistic light, showing that there is always something to think about before acting on anything life presents to us.

I am taking away a message of love comes in all forms, and yes it will change us, even to the point where we no longer know who we really are. But the trick is to stop and take a look and see if what you have become is maybe not better than what you were before. If you try to look the other way you might lose the one person who has filled your heart with that extra special little something that was needed to bring out the real you.

I recommend this read for all fans of romance reads. It had the perfect set up for a stunning little magic of Christmas ! A passionate, sensual and compelling read filled with the miracle of love.

5 star review
" She fills his heart with love, but will she let him have her's ?" 
Reviewed by Nas

A PRINCESS BY CHRISTMAS by author Jennifer Faye is a Harlequin Romance release for October 2014.

Reese Harding struggled to keep her family Inn operating. She had creditors at her back and workers she couldn’t let go as they depended on her. And her mother depended on her after the betrayal and subsequent death of her father.

Prince Alexandro Castanovo arrived incognito at Reese’s Inn. But she had no reservation or room available for him due to an admin error. She had to give up her own room for him. Alex is entranced by this sweet but feisty dynamo of a woman who kept everything operating smoothly. Could he forget duty to his family and live a normal life for once with Reese? What would happen when she finds out his secret?

A PRINCESS BY CHRISTMAS is a lovely romance between a prince and an ordinary girl. Author Jennifer Faye’s latest offering would touch every girl’s heart and make her swoon at Alex. And readers would be glued to the pages to read what ultimately happens to Reese’s love affair with her prince.

Highly recommended to all lovers of romance.

07 December 2014

The Little Shop Of Hopes And Dreams by Fiona Harper

Reviewed by Nas

THE LITTLE SHOP OF HOPES AND DREAMS by author Fiona Harper is a Mills & Boon release for October 2014.

Nicole Harrison launches her new business setting up marriage proposals for clients. She had all positive response for her business so far.

Now the latest client on her list wanted to propose to her boyfriend. But the problem was her boyfriend was Alex, the man Nicole had kissed on New Year’s Eve and haven’t been able to forget. Meeting him again brought all the shimmering chemistry they shared to the surface again. But what will Nicole do now? Could she set up a proposal for her client with the man she had hots for? How would Nicole solve her dilemma now? Her name and reputation was at stake. Could she chose love?

THE LITTLE SHOP OF HOPES AND DREAMS is a fun, fast-paced story. The characters are realistically depicted by the author Fiona Harper.

03 December 2014

The Last Heir of Monterrato by Andie Brock

6 Star Review by TashNz
The Last Heir of Monterrato
by Andie Brock

How much did I love this? Very very very much!

Summonsed to her ex husband's Palazzo, Lottie is expecting divorce papers to be slapped down in front of her, instead she's completely stunned sideways when Rafael suggests they use their last embryo from their IVF trials two years ago!  A nasty skydiving accident has left Rafael likely to be unable to father any children in the future.  He really does want a family and knowing that Lottie cant conceive naturally anymore, he hopes she'll agree they are each others last hope.  What neither of them realise is this seeming clinical transaction is going to reopen old wounds and awaken feelings that have been hidden and buried and pushed away.  Feelings for each other and feelings for the loss they suffered together years ago.

I'm a total sucker for reunion stories and with this one Andie Brock gets five stars from me - 6 stars even - for many reasons.

Firstly, I felt the whole spectrum of emotions when I read The Last Heir of Monterrato.  I laughed and laughed at Lottie and Rafael's witty exchanges.  I cried on the inside as their loss was described throughout the story.  I was gripped by suspense with my heart beating double-time at each page turn when Lottie and Rafael had their out-with-it-all moments.  I felt Lottie's pain at Rafael's rejection when she lays her heart on the line.  I felt Rafael's pain at his memories of what happened.  I seriously didn't want to reach the last page.  As I read this the outside the weather was thundering and pouring with rain but I was totally swept away with Lottie and Rafael's story.

Secondly If I did not know this was a debut novel I would never have guessed.  The story flowed perfectly, I was totally by their side along for every bumpy second of the incredible ride.  I appreciated the witty humour.  When I say witty humor I don't mean chick lit witty I mean just the little touches that were added (examples to come). I thought Rafael was the perfect alpha! He was perfect because he made me so mad at him but always managed to smooth it out when I read his point of view. Lottie was lovely, wasn't phased by her growly bear ex husband, and wore her heart on her sleeve.  I really enjoyed that they both desperately loved each other, always had, but just didn't know how to move past their shared tragedy.

The third reason The Last Heir of Monterrato gets five stars from me is because when I pick up this book to read again, it'll be for the third time.

I always feel that when I love love love a story I don't do it justice with my words so I'll just say, give this one a go if you love the angst reunion stories have, if you love fantastic alpha's, if you love it when the lil guys win and if you want to be whisked away to another place for a while, away from the daily grind and if you love the emotions only Harlequin Presents/Sexy can bring.

What a stunning debut Andie Brock, I absolutely loved The Last Heir of Monterrato and I will be eagerly waiting for more!

Meet Andie:

The Last Heir of Monterrato

Reviewed by Desere

I have personally always been a major fan of daredevils, the pure thrill and excitement of these badboys is addictive. So of course I was thrilled when I learned that this read had such a hero, and my oh my what a hero he was!

The read introduces us to Rafael Revaldi, he has always lived for the moment, then his whole life changes when he cheats death. This leads him to know exactly what he wants, and that is an heir. But to make it happen he has to focus all his attention on winning back the heart of his estranged wife Lottie.

Lottie returns to the castle she once called home, but with her she brings a newfound strength , she's not the same woman she use to be and she 'll be darned if she goes down without a fight again, if only she can carry her strength to full.

The intense sensual connection between her and Rafe is still there and it's hotter then ever, but the emotional scars from their marriage still lingers. Can she stand her ground and walk away from heartache and pain or will she once again lose her heart when if she fails to give them both the child they both so desperately want?

I adored this read to pieces, the raw emotional hurt from the characters had me in tears for the best part of the book, which of course is always a definite sign that an author knows what she or he is doing! The characters of Rafe and Lottie both pulled my hearstrings to the point where  I honestly wished I could climb inside the book and just fix it all, the author let the hurt, anger and pain play out perfectly, it was truly as if I was right there watching the characters tear each other to pieces.

Through both characters the author showed , that we all react differently when life fails us, some of us lash out, others simply go into a little cocoon of self defense. But at the end of the day which ever action we take hurts our changes of being able to really get back up again, stand our ground and let the world know we are stronger then what ever life trows at us.

The cold hearted method taken by Rafe to inform Lottie of his decision was one written so well it sent chills down my spine, and of course I thought " What a bastard! " and then I wondered what really lurks behind the cold man of steel? And let me tell you when the author began digging into the past of these characters and the cold hearted methods they both take, I was an absolute mess, I bawled like a baby, I shouted in outrage and I yelled with frustration, so many various emotions ran through me and without a doubt this author got to my heart and soul!

I am taking away a message of life can knock us down so badly it feels as if there is simply no way back up again. But the trick is to find the right balance to get back up again, you can pretend all is fine and make everyone believe you 're having a high old time, but when you are alone the darkness overcomes you.  There is a thin line between getting back up to the point where you are able to move on without regrets and accept life for what it is, and getting back up but still leaving a part of you on the ground begging for help. Never give up, always fight and most importantly communicate and tell the truth to those that matter, if you don't there simply is really no way you will ever fully get back up again and be able to face life.

I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance reads with amazing twists and turns, pure raw emotional heartache , stunning passion and a wonderful message of love conquering all.

A brilliant debut Andie!

5/5 star review
" Death tore them apart, can a new life will bring them together? " 

Reviewed by Nas

THE LAST HEIR OF MONTERRATO by author Andie Brock is a Harlequin Presents release for January 2015.

Charlotte had walked away from her marriage and husband the Conte di Monterrato when his coldness towards her became too much. But he needs an heir now and he has no one else to ask but his estranged wife, Lottie.

Would she come back? Could she risk her heart yet once again? Though she also yearned for the child, would she say yes to Rafael’s proposal?

THE LAST HEIR OF MONTERRATO is an emotional roller-coaster of a story. Reading this book brought me to tears many times. This story is about moving from past hurts and sacrifices. Author Andie Brock did a fabulous job with Lottie and Rafael’s characters. Readers would cry with Lottie, yet would find it in their hearts to forgive Rafael as well.

Highly recommended for all readers of romance.  


02 December 2014

The Russian's Ultimatum by Michelle Smart

The Russian's Ultimatum

Reviewed by Desere

Who doesn't love a good " He'll make her an offer " read, I for darn sure do, but when it's written by the super talented Michelle Smart it's a masterpiece that will never leave my mind.

We meet Pascha Virshilas , he's on the brink of securing personal redemption when Emily Richardson breaks into office and steals private company documents. But she does not stop there, oh no this spitfire has the gall to blackmail him into clearing her father's name!

But Pascha is ruthless and definitely not a pushover, so he sets his own terms. He will do as she asks but the enticing Emily must accompany him to his private island , for there he can ensure her silence.  A tropical storm hits, and as the storm rages so does the wind as it blows aside the suspicions and secrets to reveal something much more dangerous, and not Pascha nor Emily is prepared for any of it!

I fell in love with this author's work from book one, and I have never been happier then when I find out she has conjured up something new for me to devour!

I adored the character of Emily, always trying to fix everyone. It does seem like an annoying personality trait , and in real life it can be. But it showed Emily in a very likable " This woman fights to make the world  better place" light and I simply loved it. The push till she wins attitude made her the type of heroine every woman really wants to be, or at least one that I would not mind being. But in real life it can get very tricky to try and give someone a push whilst still trying to not meddle. The author did a fantastic job at showing just when the right time is to push a person and just when you need to back off is there in order for the person to still love you afterwards.

The character of Pascha was not the kind of hero am use to , yes he was strong and independent, ruthless and gorgeous , but he was different from the normal everyday hero's I come across in books. He had a certain flair, that believe it or not am finding difficult to describe. There was just something about him that makes him stand out from the crowd. I adored his strength and guts to push away others simply because of his secret( which by the way Michelle I did not see coming, at all), Through this character the author showed there is always light at even the darkest of tunnels in life, all one needs to do is chip open tiny little bit of love to let that little slitter of light shine and guide our way.

I am taking away a message of love is what makes the world go round, without it there really is no point. Of course if we push away every single person that tries to show us love, simply because we think our secrets of life does not allow us to have what everyone else has, we never will find the real meaning of life. So the next time you come across love on the road, don't run , don't panic and don't push the person away, embrace the possibilities of a bright and happy future.

I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance and Michelle Smart books, it was passionate, fire meets ice, romance written with perfection and an exquisite story of love conquering all.

Michelle keep them coming, I for darn sure cannot live without my MS reading fix , your books lift my heart and nurture my soul.

5/5 star review
" Bought together by an ultimatum, bound by love" 

26 November 2014

How to find a man in five dates by Tina Beckett

How to Find a Man in Five Dates (Mills & Boon Medical) (New Year’s Resolutions! - Book 1)

Reviewed by Desere 

Dr Miranda Dupris is fed up with men, aren't most woman? So for her New Year's resolution she's banning them all, there will be no relationships, just going on first dates, end of story!

But then sun-kissed doc Jack Perry arrives in a spray of perfect snow and soon it looks as if Mira might be destined to lose her $100 bet , and her heart.

I never knew this author's books existed until the day I discovered her work by accident in my local library, and since then I thank my lucky stars every single day for that an accident that changed my life.

She has the ability to take me on a journey of romances so strong and so mind blowing , it feels like am floating on a cloud nine for weeks afterward. This time she has certainly done it again!

 The character of Jack was all red hot fire, and I fell for this man straight from the start. Mira was a character I really connected with because we have all hit that " this is it I never want to do this again" " I hate men" point in our lives.

The entire read has a nice and even flow , but was not without a few twists and turns , which certainly proved my previous statements about this author's work, she just has a way of taking a story that seems like an everyday kind of thing and bringing it to life in such a manner it just seems like it's a bucket of cold water hitting you and suddenly revealing to you that this type of story is everywhere , you just never stopped to think about it.

I am taking away a message of sometimes we need to let go of a little something special to us in order to gain something that is more special than what we had.

I recommend this read for all fans of romance reads, it was fun, fresh and very entertaining!

5/5 star review
" Will she make it to date number five, or head for the hills or is that stay in the hills? " 

** Check out  the duet read Breaking her no dating rule by Amalie Berlin 

25 November 2014

Breaking her no dating rule by Amalie Berlin

Breaking Her No-Dating Rule (Mills & Boon Medical) (New Year’s Resolutions! - Book 2)

Reviewed by Desere

Massage therapist Ellory Star needs a fresh start, and to make it happen she brings into play her New Year resolution, there will be no dating, until she's ready. But then again she did not count on getting snowed in with the super delicious ER Dr Anson Graves.

It's not long before Ellory must face the music and the fact that charming Anson might just be the one man she needs to break her no-dating rule for. New Year resolutions are meant to be broken, right ?

This author always writes stories that are somehow just as upbeat and fun to read as they are emotionally heartbreaking, I realize that does not sound like the best of combinations because when most readers sit down to read, they either want to cry their eyes out with joy or sorrow( yep those readers that crave heartache do exist) , or laugh their heads off. This author combines both and believe you me it. totally. works, each and every time!

When I read this author's debut not so long ago I was amazed by her creativity and the way she manages to take something totally wacky and turn it into something so beautiful there is simply no way you can forget it afterwards. This time she has done it again, and I could not have been more delighted to again step back into her mind and learn all there was to learn about Ellory and Anson.

Both characters were written with intensity and flair, the kind that pops from the pages and in some instances makes you do a double take. I loved Ellory's no dating resolution rule, it was something that happens every day in the lives of woman but something that most of us does not stop to think about, or  just what the outcome will be if it had to be us.

The author did an amazing job at putting me front and center for all the various emotions and questions running through the characters minds , and at one point I could so self involved in the character of Ellory it completely threw be for a loop when I realized suddenly sat up and realized I had been living the characters life so intensely I had forgotten about the world around me, just proved how brilliant this author is!

I am taking away a message of just when we think it's time to back away from love , it;s in fact the time to start looking around because love is waiting around the corner. It might not happen the way you imagined it, but if you blink it will be gone quicker than the strike of midnight.

I recommend this read for any and all romance readers. Intense, passionate, compelling and one heck of a ride!

4.5 star review
" When midnight comes, it's either a go or a no, which will she choose? " 

23 November 2014

The Prince She Never Forgot by Scarlet Wilson

Reviewed by Nas

THE PRINCE SHE NEVER FORGOT by author Scarlet Wilson is a January 2015 release by Harlequin Presents series.

Ten years ago Ruby Wetherspoon met and kissed a mystery man, Alex. But she could never forget him. She did find out that he was Crown Prince Alexander of Euronia. And then he married, had a daughter then became a widower. Now he needed Ruby. Would Ruby take this chance? Dare she risk her heart once again?

But Alex wanted Ruby to work with his small daughter to help her speak. And Ruby’s heart melted when she met the little princess. Could she leave them now after doing her job?

THE PRINCE SHE NEVER FORGOT was a heart-warming story. Author Scarlet Wilson brought the emotions to the page in a way that would move readers to tears numerous times. A reader would stay hooked to the book till the last page and this story would stay with the reader long after the book ends.

Highly recommended for all readers of romance.

Delucca's Marriage Contract by Abby Green

Reviewed by Nas  

DELUCCA’S MARRIAGE CONTRACT by author Abby Green is a January 2015 release by Harlequin Presents.

This is part of the miniseries The Chatsfield.

Giancarlo Delucca does a deal with Keelin O’Connor’s father to take his company global. Only hitch was O’Connor put Keelin in the deal. Gianni had to marry the heiress in the bargain. But he was determined to take his company global so was prepared to go all the way.

Keelin wanted to be part of her father’s company but she had no intention to marry. She wanted her place but on her own merits. So she embarked on a hilarious journey to make Gianni reject the proposal, yet he saw through her and they ended up married.
Would their marriage last? This was a marriage done by contract but sparks were flying.

DELUCCA’S MARRIAGE CONTRACT is an emotional roller-coaster of a read. Author Abby Green brought this tale shimmering with sensuality and emotions.

Recommended for all readers.

Reviewed by Desere

Abby Green has done it again, and with a major bang! Her latest read tells the story of Giancarlo Delucca , he has one aim in life and one only , to go global! Even if it means marring the O'Connor heiress to secure the contract that will change his life forever.

Keeling O'Connor wants a place on the board and no part in the business arrangements, ti's all power-play and no hard work. Gianni may have vowed to seduce his wayward bride but Keelin is not a laid back kind of gal, she fights him all the way to the altar.

Happily ever after was never part of this deal, but Gianni finds himself intrigued by Keelin and suddenly he's after a whole new goal, he's determined to turn this beautiful Irish redhead's I don't into I do.

This was such a fun read, I laughed over and over at Keelin's attempts to get Gianni to back down from the deal, it was a really nice different play on the usual very emotional stories I have come to love from this author.

But don't get me wrong, the read still had all that intense emotional buildup and heartbreaking romance needed to make it one of the best HP reads ever.

I adored the characters, both were very well crafted and from page one seemed to jump out at me. As I said I loved Keelin's foil this little marriage deal attempts and I could not get enough of it, nor could I wait for Gianni to be knocked down from his power throne.

I am taking away a message of life is all about give and take, but if you take it all and never give a little , you will end up losing all that you have gained.

I recommend this read for all fans of Abby Green's books, a passionate, realistic, compelling , take me away on an escape of romance and never let me return read.

5/5 star review
" Just how far will he go to seal the deal of a lifetime?" 

21 November 2014

A Diamond In Her Stocking by Kandy Shepherd

Reviewed by Nas

A DIAMOND IN HER STOCKING by author Kandy Shepherd is a December 2014 release by Harlequin Romance series.

Single mom, Lizzie Dumont moved to Dolphin Bay with her daughter when her sister offered her a job to operate the restaurant. She wanted her restaurant to be a success and to create a stable home for her daughter. She didn’t really have time for romance, did she? So why couldn’t she forget the kiss at her sister’s wedding? Which she shared with her sister’s handsome brother-in-law.

Jesse Morgan was attracted to the lovely Lizzie but got disappointed after she walked away without saying goodbye. Now six months later she was back and he was forced to help her set up the restaurant. Could he keep away from her? The attraction they felt for each other was explosive and just shimmered beneath the surface. Could they take a chance on it?

A DIAMOND IN HER STOCKING is a romance packed with emotions. Readers would get hooked in the story and would want to know how it all ends. Author Kandy Shepherd charmingly brought to live this story about recovering from past hurts and moving forward. The premise was wonderful and story moved along very fast.

Recommended for all readers of romance.

Snowbound Surprise For The Billionaire by Michelle Douglas

Reviewed by Nas

SNOWBOUND SURPRISE FOR THE BILLIONAIRE by author Michelle Douglas is a December 2014 release by Harlequin Romance series.

Flynn Mather overhears Adelaide Ramsey crying in her farm’s prize bull’s shoulder. And pouring her out to him so he offers her trip to Munich to work as his temporary PA. Addie welcomes the trip as she will be away from her farm during Christmas as it was the first Christmas without her father.

The festive season in Munich with Flynn makes her see her boss in a different light. But would Flynn ever see her as more than an employee? Because with Addie, she would want it all. Marriage and a family. Dare he risk it? Could he make it work?

SNOWBOUND SURPRISE FOR THE BILLIONAIRE is a sensational romance with unique settings. I loved reading how Addie and Flynn spent the festive season together. Author Michelle Douglas blended a perfect mix of romance, holiday spirit and charm in this story.

Recommended for all readers of romance.