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22 October 2016

Hearts on Ice

Hearts on Ice

Christy McKellen

Hearts on Ice by Christy McKellen

Reviewed by Helen

Loved this one two people who have been through breakups recently neither are looking for love but when in the middle of huge storm Nate Taylor local police officer literally drops on Hettie Sampson's chicken coop things are about to change for them both.

Hettie has been trying to keep her head above water and her little oasis in the North Yorkshire Dales going and in her hands she works hard is a vegetarian and she might get by doing something that might not be so legal but she does love cooking so when this gorgeous guy arrives unannounced there is a definite spark instantly but she worries as well always the caring person but they get trapped on her little farm and her life is going to change.

Nate moved to this part of England for is partner but he is not happy there he wants to go back to the city and he will now that he is single but of course life can change when fate takes over Hettie enters his life she is caring and gets him talking about his past which he never does but there is a connection there a spark that cannot be denied and they decide that a one night stand would be just what they both need but will that be enough.

This is a sensual fun and moving story that had me turning the pages and gave me hours of reading pleasure I didn't want to put this one down till the end the characters are highly entertaining and come to life on the pages, I fell for Nate what a hero and Hettie is awesome I smiled, laughed and felt so good reading this one and can highly recommend it :)

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published September 21st 2016 by Christy McKellen

Greek Tycoon's Mistletoe Proposal

Greek Tycoon's Mistletoe Proposal

Maids Under the Mistletoe #2

Kandy Shepherd

Greek Tycoon's Mistletoe Proposal by Kandy Shepherd

Reviewed by Helen

Fabulous story that I devoured almost in one sitting I loved the setting London at Christmas time two gorgeous people who really deserve love and find it together in such a beautiful way a story that should not be missed.

Ashleigh Murphy has run away from marriage in her home town of Bunderberg Queensland Australia and is in London working for The Maids of Chelsea struggling to keep her head above water but she has made great friends with some of the other maids and has been working in a gorgeous house where the owners are away and when she desperately needs a place to stay she squats in the house never realizing that when she is found by the owner billionaire Greek Lukas Christophedes that her life is going to change forever in such a good way.

Lukas is a determined bachelor no way is he going to marry he is quiet and guarded and his work and company mean everything to him he is not close to his family feeling not a lot of love from them but when he discovers Ashleigh in his house he decides to use her for a business deal that he needs to make never realizing that the spark that ignited his blood when they met will set him on a path of love.

This one ticks all of the boxes for a fabulous romance the setting the characters are amazing and who doesn't love a Greek hero, so much love and emotion coming off the pages as the vibrant and caring Ashleigh gets the staid Lukas to open up and feel his emotions just beautiful. I highly recommend this one sit back and enjoy it is the second book in the Maids Under the Mistletoe series and I am looking forward to the next one :) Thank you MS Shepherd this one is a keeper.

5/5 stars for a great story
Expected publication: November 8th 2016 by Harlequin

18 October 2016

Married for The Italian's Heir

Married for the Italian's Heir

Brides for Billionaires #2

Rachael Thomas

Married for the Italian's Heir by Rachael Thomas

Reviewed by Helen

This one takes us from London to Rome and Tuscany with a gorgeous alpha hero and a heroine who is vulnerable but strong. When a one night stand leaves Australian waitress Piper Riley pregnant she needs to find the father of her child and let him know but when she finds the tough business man her life is about to be turned upside down.

Piper has known the love of a father and wants this for her child but the Dante she meets up again with is so different from the man she spent the night with but she is left with no other choice than to marry him in a business deal and hope that the child will find the love that they deserve and maybe Piper will find love as well.

Dante Mancini is a self made billionaire he lives the high life and at the moment is trying so hard to get his life back on track after a dreadful media release and when the stunning redhead that he has never forgotten ends up in his office he decides that striking a deal and marrying her will be the way to do it but he is not too good with being responsible for anyone, but Piper gets under his skin like no other woman has ever done.

Sit back and enjoy this fabulous story it is so well written the emotion and angst that sparks between these too flies off the pages it is so very sensual and moving I loved it from page one and cannot recommend it enough thank you MS Thomas for another great story that had me smiling and sighing throughout.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published October 18th 2016 by Harlequin

17 October 2016

Hold Me Cowboy by Maisey Yates - Cooper Ridge: Desire #2

Review by TashNz
4.5 Stars

I really liked the beginning of the story, what a fantastic concept and I loved how I gelled with the two characters instantly.  Agreeing to 12 days together with no strings attached i thought Sam and Madison had a fantastic journey together and it was really enjoyable watching them travel the rocky path of love.

I liked Sam and Madison had irritably danced around each other for so long when ever their paths crossed, i thought the author did a fantastic job capturing that, setting the scene bringing them together.  I liked their back stories and how both had made their own stories to be part of who their character was and I liked how the author got each character to believe in the other and see the best in the other despite their own view of the world.

Another reason I enjoy Maisey's writing is becasue she's fantastic at capturing emotion and when Sam told Madison he didn't love her, my heart literally dropped - because the scene was set up so well.

I found Hold Me, Cowboy to be a lovely Christmas themed read which didn't have a wasted word or conversation, it was filled with just the right amount of everything one needs in a good book.  This book is my second visit to Cooper Ridge and I will visiting more often for sure!

13 October 2016

Kidnapped by the Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden

Kidnapped by the Billionaire

Nine Circles #4

Jackie Ashenden

Kidnapped by the Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden

Reviewed by Helen

OMG Loved this one this is the first book in this series that I have read and I need to catch up on them all MS Ashenden has never disappointed me in one of her stories and truly this one is a beauty a powerful emotional story of revenge and love and saving people.

Violet Fitzgerald is thought of as a daughter to a rich society family but there is a lot more to this woman who travels the world living of her trust fund the girl with the dreadlocks and the hippy nature but when she is kidnapped and her world is turned upside down you might think for the worst but maybe not.

Elijah Hunt is a billionaire turned mercenary his life was snatched away from him seven years earlier and he becomes someone else he is determined to take revenge on his new boss and he is doing this slowly but when his plans are turned around he kidnaps his bosses daughter but boy does that not turn out the way he planned she is a lot more feisty than he thinks and has him doing things he never thought he would.

WOW this book is amazing the strength that Violet shows as she stands up to Elijah and they fall in love along the way will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and cheering her on and as for Elijah he has so many secrets locked away never to be released but Violet brings them out he needs her so much. This journey is fast paced the emotion is jumping of the pages truly you are not going to want to put this one down I highly recommend reading this one it is powerfully emotional and so very sensual and moving.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published March 1st 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks

Fighting to Dream

Fighting to Dream

The Elite #2

Nicole Flockton

Fighting to Dream by Nicole Flockton

Reviewed by Helen

I really enjoyed this one it is fast paced the setting is fabulous The Rio Olympic games this one shows the struggle that 1500m runner Drake Roberts is going through to make a dream come true but who's dream is it and then we have one of the team physical therapists Tamara York who has her rules that she is determined to follow.

I loved the connection that was instant between Drake and Tamara and the mind struggle that Drake was going through and the way Tamara handles the athlete that was known as a player and that of course was one thing that Tamara was determined to stay away from, but you know sparks cannot be denied and when the electricity sparks then hearts will follow.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and thoroughly enjoyed this one as well Tamara is just the heroine that Drake needs she is strong and there for him I can't imagine the pressure that Olympic athletes are under and this is a well written story that makes you feel like you are there at the Olympics and I am very much looking forward to the next one in the series, thank you MS Flockton for a great story of love and a dream.

4/5 stars for a great story

11 October 2016

Saved by the Single Dad

Saved by the Single Dad

Stranded in his Arms #2

Annie Claydon

Saved by the Single Dad by Annie Claydon

Reviewed by Helen

I am back in the little Somerset Village of Holmes in England the weather has been dreadful and flooding is causing a lot of heartache for some but it is also causing love to blossom for two of the most deserving people paramedic Jack Halliday who we met in the first story in this duo and fire fighter Cassandra Clarke grab a drink sit back and enjoy you will not want to be disturbed.

Jack is a single father and he is happy in life Ellie means everything to him and he has no plans to fall in love or obtain a mummy for Ellie but when he is separated from his work partner in the floods and is rescued by fire fighter Cass maybe things will change Jack has not felt a spark like this for a long time and as they get to know each other better while working to rescue and keep people safe thoughts are running through his mind but there are a few things he must come to terms with first.

Cass has been left heartbroken and is now decidedly married to her job but when her pregnant sister needs help Jack steps up to the mark and Cass is thinking that there maybe a way that she can have a relationship with Jack and get to know Ellie without anything being permanent but will that be enough?

I highly recommend this one it is beautifully written, moving and thoughtful I loved the setting and the strength that Jack and Cass showed throughout the story. To see Jack and Cass get their HEA will bring such joy and heartfelt thanks from readers thank you MS Claydon for a story that had me hooked from page one another for the keeper shelf. 

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

    Published September 1st 2016 by Harlequin Medical Romance      

From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey

Review by TashNz
5 Stars

An incredibly written and spellbinding book which keeps you entertained and enthralled through the whole mesmerizing read.

I have had the absolute pleasure of reading the two previous books written by Ella and I have to say, that although you don't think the writing could possibly get any better, it does!

Again alternating between the now and then Ella has again created two strong and beautiful women and written with such an element of magic I felt I was right there with Sarah and Louisa. I love the French authenticity and I love the drama and sweeping story.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy a damn good story with all the feels.

Review by Hina
5 Stars

I started this book without expectations as such as I had only read one book by this author previously. Nonetheless, I was looking forward to the stories as I enjoyed the previous one I read by Ms Carey.

And yes, you read that right. Stories. You need to read her books to know what I mean by that.

While I read this book, I felt acutely the emotions that were experienced by the protagonists. The flow of the story would not let the situation be otherwise for me.

The characterisation and scenarios of both past and present makes for an enjoyable read.

I won’t go into discussion of everything about the book however I may wish to because I want to keep the review to a length people will consider reading and there are points that I would definitely like to talk about.

Firstly, this talks about the struggle women have been to for us to breathe in a relatively very free atmosphere. his novel set in past and present talks about the struggles of women in the late 19th century. How one decision after another is forced on them. How they are given to believe they have power while they are nothing but mere puppets of society. Not just that, it also brings to light the taboo surrounding divorce (at least in my part of the world). It talks about how life doesn’t end after a divorce. Unlike society thinking it ruining a woman’s life, divorce actually helps a woman better her life once she is no more in a stifling relationship.

Secondly, one thing that I must say that intrigued me so much about the ending of the novel was how it refuted an old saying that history is written by the winners. This book shows how people think they are winners and try changing the course of history but they are in fact the ones who have lost. The truth comes to fore however deep it be hid.

I loved it and will recommend it to anyone who is reading this.

Review by Nas
5 stars

FROM A PARIS BALCONY by author Ella Carey is a Lake Union Publishing Ltd release for October 2016.

Sarah West finds about her ancestor Louisa’s death by accident from a letter from Marthe de Florian. And she is intrigued and wants to find out more. How did Louisa really die? Was it a suicide? She goes to Paris and moves in with artist Laurent Chartier. And starts seeing life in a new way.
Then we follow Louisa’s story and find out about her remarkable life and love as Sarah delves in her ancestor’s story. Now Sarah knows what path to follow for her own life.

FROM A PARIS BALCONY is an intriguing story following the lives of two remarkable ladies centuries apart. Both their stories are interesting and will take a reader on a journey of self-exploration. Author Ella Carey pens these spell-binding tales with her books that hooks readers and keeps them engrossed till the very last page. And still keep them in the story world long after they close the book.

Highly recommended for all readers.

Review by Helen
5 Stars

MS Carey has done it again taken me on a journey back in time with heartfelt emotion, romance and drama I felt like I was back in these times, times of courtesans wild living before wars came and changed the world where people had to be what was expected of them and there were the few that could let themselves be who they wanted to for a short time and struggling females could become famous.

Sarah West is struggling to get her life back on track after the death of her parents and the breakdown of her marriage but a letter found among her father's possessions from the famous Parisian Courtesan Marthe de Florian dated 1895 is about to change her life send her to Paris to investigate a long lost relative Louisa West and actually stay in the Paris apartment that belonged to Marthe herself and to meet the artist Laurent Chartier and then delve back in time to the age of the Belle Epoque and the mystery surrounding her great great aunt how did she die?

This is a fabulously written story that delves back in time and brings Sarah's life full circle there is such a blossoming romance between Laurent and Sarah and the settings both in the 1890's and the present are amazing I honestly felt that MS Carey was transporting me to these places. So much history and romance the characters come to life and of course we got to meet up with Cat and Loic from The Paris Time Capsule and to see how woman struggled back then and the courage that Louisa West showed during her life. I hope I have done justice with this review truly I loved this one from page one and can't recommend it enough do yourself a favour and spend a few hours engrossed in this book. Thank you MS Carey for another keeper

Review by Amanda
4.5 Stars

From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey is a riveting, engrossing tale about two women from different eras…a book where discovery, intrigue, drama and self-realization transport you through a portal of time.

Sarah West discovers about the death of an ancestor named Louisa, through a letter. This letter intrigues her and she wants to know more about this woman, so she travels to Paris to dig further. Her discoveries fascinate her. The story then shifts and we are enlightened about Louisa's history and what Sarah learns changes her perspective on life. She discovers herself through her ancestor's story...and the ending shows how much she has changed compared to the beginning. 

Overall, From a Paris Balcony makes for a pleasant and fulfilling read. So kudos to author Ella Carey for writing yet another fascinating tale that intertwines the past and the present. 


Review by Alexia
5 Stars

"From a Paris Balcony" by Ella Carey is one of the BEST books that I've read this year, and I've read quite a few. Sarah West is trying to find strength with the death of her parents. When she is going through her parents possessions she finds a letter that tells about previous time in the life of her family. We are taken into the past to the 1890's and back to the present with such a flow that it is easy to follow and enjoyable to read.

Review by Alexandra
5 Stars

After reading the description of this book. I was intrigued, i just had to find out what happened to Louisa.
The story alternates between the present and the past, so we can see events from the point of view of Sarah and Louisa. Sarah is feeling lost in life, having recently lost both her parents and divorcing her husband. She just doesnt know what to do with herself.
While going through her parents belongings, she comes across a letter from Marthe de Florian, a famous Parisian courtesan. The letter mentions the death of her great great aunt Louisa. Who supposedly died by commiting suicide. It also implies it wasnt suicide. Feeling the need for a connection with her family. Sarah flies off to Paris, determined to find out what really happened.
Staying in Marthe's apartment, Sarah hopes to find some letters from Louisa or Henry. Unfortunately the apartment is already occupied by Laurant a Parisian artist. Desperate to escape her life, Sarah agrees to share the apartment. 
I really felt for Louisa, she wasnt a typical woman for her time period. Marrying and giving birth didnt appeal to her. She was all for womens rights, and idolised Emmeline Pankhurst. Something her mother abhorred.
When she meets Henry she thinks he is different from other men. And when he proposes she accepts. Believing her husbands station in life will help her spread the word about womens rights.
Instead she gets a disinterested husband who is only interested in his needs
Luckily Louisa has her brother in law who actually thinks her views are important. To be trapped in a loveless marriage must be awful. And in those days divorce wasnt the done thing. 
Sarah doesnt have much luck in finding anything about her ancestor. Only one other letter is found, from Henry to Marthe. On the advice of Laurent she goes to England , to see if the Duvals will tell her anything else.
At first they are reluctant to help Sarah .Eventually Jeremy admits that the part of the house Louisa Henry and Charlie lived in, had been shut up and left how it was. Here Sarah finds one more letter between Henry and Marthe. Nothing to tell her about Louisa.
As she is about to leave the house she asks a member of staff if he knew anything.
Telling Sarah to go to his house away from prying eyes. He finally reveals all.
I wont say anymore, i hope i have peaked your interest into picking up a copy.

Review by Lynn Brooks
4 Stars

An intriguing story! We come across a bit of familiarity from her last novel THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE in this story as answers from the past are sought once again.

Boston art curator Sarah West is newly divorced and trying to find her place in the world alone after also recently losing both parents. While sorting through her father's belongings, she stumbles across a letter that mentions the 1895 death of her great-great-aunt Louisa in Paris. Family legend had always stated that she committed suicide, but some things stated in this letter lead Sarah to wonder if that is actually the case. She sets out on the adventure of a lifetime to see if she can find out the true story.

Sharing an apartment with artist Laurent Chartier in Paris, she visits various locations looking for info. Laurent encourages her not to give up when she hits road blocks, and she eventually finds a source that will be invaluable to finding the answer she seeks.

Unwrapping His Convenient Fiancee by Melanie Milburne

review by TashNz
4 stars

Fate had a hand in placing Violet and Cameron in the same coffee shop, after chatting they learn they both have events they have to go but don't want to for various reasons.  Cameron is her brother's childhood best friend and Violet feels safe in his company, but things get out of control for other reasons I can't share without giving away the story and next thing Cameron has a convenient fiancee.

A lovely story which is reminiscent of the Heartwarming category.  I like how the two have always been friends and I like how their relationship bloomed.  There was drama in among it all and lots going on that kept my attention.

Highly recommended for book lovers who dont always want to read about angst and revenge and just want a lovely book to settle down with to take some time out!

Well enjoyed!

Unwrapping His Convenient Fiancee

Melanie Milburne

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Reviewed by Helen

MS Milburne has a way with words that will draw the reader into a world of love happiness and of course some ups and downs along the way and this one is fabulous.

Violet Drummond is Scottish and comes from such a loving family her siblings are happily married and her parents still so much in love but sadly Violet is still single and she would love nothing more than to find the one, the one man that will melt her heart and give her what she has always wanted and maybe that person has been there for a long time and now things may change when family friend Cameron steps up to escort her to her office Christmas party.

Cameron McKinnon has come from a family that is hopeless with commitment and showing love so he has decided that staying single will be for him he is a very talented yacht designer and spends a lot of his time with his best friend's family the Drummonds but when he meets Violet in a coffee shop and after chatting suddenly offers to help her out with a date if she in turn helps him things are about to change in such a good way.

This is a beautifully written story about friends to lovers who step up to help each other and then end up engaged temporarily the spark between them grows till neither can deny it anymore but of course the road to a HEA has its ups and downs and I loved the banter between Violet and Cameron and the caring that both showed for each other and the family members. Truly this is such a great story sensual and moving and of course the setting is awesome Christmas Scotland and London do yourself a favour pick this one up and make yourself comfortable because you won't want to put it down.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story
Published October 18th 2016 by Harlequin

10 October 2016

Husband Rollover

Husband Rollover

Husband Series #4

Louise Cusack

Husband Rollover by Louise Cusack

Reviewed by Helen

This is the fourth book in this series about four best friends who would do anything for each other they grew up in a small country town and Jill Angela and Louella have had their HEA (beautifully if I may say so) and now we come to Fritha's story and for me Fritha is the wilder one of the four and she has her reasons for being the way she is I mean her life has been a Men are Bastards party and there is one man that will help her get over this and he is about to enter her teahouse on the coast sit back for a wild steamy romp that will have you fanning yourself and never thinking of pancakes and strawberries the same again but smiling you will be.

British restaurant critic Max Banks is about to turn wild child Fritha Wynde's life upside down when he walks into the teahouse she manages for best friend Jill the electricity that sparks between them could light up the town and there are vibes flowing freely with the banchee tea that Fritha loves to brew but is Max the right person for Fritha? He is so British and very determined but after one night together they are lost in such an up and down way that will have you turning the pages.

I really did enjoy this story lots of emotions flowing off the pages and I loved seeing them open up and show that love to each other, I do highly recommend this one but be warned it really is hot and steamy but thoroughly riveting sit back and enjoy, of course it was fab catching up with the other girls as well.

4/5 stars for a great story