Tuesday, August 28, 2007

In Bed With The Devil by Susan Mallery


Title: In Bed With The Devil
Author: Susan Mallery
Line: Silhouette Desire
Release month: North America, UK / Australia: August 2007
The S-Factor: Sizzling
Back-Blurb:
Millionaire of the Month: Jack Howington III
Source of Fortune: International Security Corporation
The woman he can never have: Meredith Palmer
When he arrived at Hunter's Landing, Jack got the surprise of his life. His best friend's shy little sister had become a breathtaking young woman—with an ax to grind. Still smarting over Jack's long- ago rejection, Meredith was now intent on luring the mogul into her bed…and her bed was right across the hall. At what cost would Jack keep a decade-old promise?
Review:

Jack Howington III is sexy as sin, handsome as the Devil, and determined not to let any woman get to him let alone the sister of his departed best friend. He has come to Lake Tahoe to stay for a month at Hunter’s Landing. If he stays the entire time, the property along with the home will go to charity and help families.
Jack feels he let his friend down and was the cause of his death. He promised to watch over his sister Meredith upon his death but Jack watches from a far because there are too many memories, memories of a genius young teenager who loved and adored him. Therefore, when he arrives at the Tahoe home and finds Meri there he is speechless.
Meri has an axe to grind, she wants to seduce Jack and then walk away because she felt abandoned when her brother Hunter passed away and was left with no mother, no friends, no family and most of all no Jack. As a teen, Meri was over weight, thought her nose too big, had the IQ of a genius and no one other than her brother so when she sees Hunter she becomes determined to make him pay and seduces him.
At first, Jack is not game but she wears him down. She desires to rid herself of her feelings for Jack so she can move on to her boyfriend Andrew. Therefore, when Andrew appears on the doorstop, she is doubly confused and then becomes irate when Jack has Andrew investigated and exposes the snake for what he is…….a lying and conniving con man.
However, what hurts Meri even more is to find out that Jack never took his promise to her brother Hunter seriously and instead of taking some time to see if she’s was ok after Hunter died, he just had his team and some investigators watch her to make sure she was ok and that men were not using her for her wealth. She expected more of him and he let her down.
Readers will grow to love Meri…..her strength and determination to make a new life, to loose those pounds, have a little surgery to give her some confidence, reach out and make friends and most of all take care of her “nerdy” team of scientists. You’ll also learn to appreciate her “nerdy” team, how she takes care of them and how they respond when Jack spills the beans about Andrew. As for Jack, you’ll want to reach out and love him and make him see the light. Your heart will break for Jack because he can’t let anyone see the “truth about him, not the emptiness of his heart nor the darkness of his soul.”
In Bed with the Devil was the last story in Millionaire of the Month….”bound by the terms of a will, six wealthy bachelors discover the ultimate inheritance”. Again, Susan Mallery delivers an extremely entertaining, sensitive and at times humorous read. Even though I have not read the entire series, I think In Bed with the Devil tied all of the seven “Samuari” brothers into one final and neat package.

Reviewed By: Marilyn

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The Firefighter's Chosen Bride by Trish Wylie



Title: The Firefighter's Chosen Bride

Author: Trish Wylie

Line: Harlequin Presents “The Eligible Bachelors” Series

Release month North America - August 2007 UK /

The S-Factor: Sizzling!

Back-Blurb:


Circumstance has left Finn McNeill without a place to stay. Which means her only option is the spare room of rugged firefighter Shane Dwyer. Soon Finn's burning question is—should she act on the attraction smoldering between them?

The tension's simmering, the chemistry's sizzling and the flames of passion are licking at their heels! Perhaps one secret white-hot night will be enough to put out the fire?

Review:


THE FIREFIGHTER’S CHOSEN BRIDE was amazing, moving, spirited, and the two main characters Finn McNeill and Shane Dwyer just “jumped” off the page and grabbed your attention immediately.

Everyone who reads this will fall in love with Shane……he’s handsome, sensitive, funny, generous and sexy as sin. He considers the men he works with his family and knows that his best friend’s sister, Finn McNeill is off limits. However fate has other ideas for these two and when they are literally thrown together, just sit back and enjoy the ride and their story.

Finn McNeill has a secret….she’s always had a crush on Shane but because of his occupation she shies away from him. You’ll learn she lost her dad at a young age, as a firefighter he passed away in a fire. You heart goes out to her as she struggles with these deep feelings and her love and attraction for Shane. It’s very powerful and moving. As Trish states, “When you love someone it's a risk. It always is. But that's just life. You’re the one who has to make the choice and live it." Personally, I took that risk and married a firefighter and I cherish those memories along with him and our children.

This particular book meant a lot to me as my husband was a firefighter for over twenty years and Trish has portrayed the profession and the brave men who choose it in an honest, honourable and believable way. This author has obviously done her research and it showed in this book especially what it means to the man, to the woman he loves, his family and friends. It is a brotherhood of amazing men and women and I thank this author for this amazing story.

Reviewed By: Marilyn

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Fun gossipy tidbit about author: “I always say that if just ONE PERSON gets something from just ONE BOOK I have written – then I’ve done what I was meant to do.” TWylie (Trish shared the above statement when I recently emailed her and told her how special and meaningful this book was for me.. Marilyn) To find out more visit her Website or her Blog



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The Boss's Demand by Jennifer Lewis


Title: The Boss's Demand
Author: Jennifer Lewis
Line: Silhouette Desire
Release month North America/ & UK: July 2007
The S-Factor: Simmering
Back-Blurb:
“If you’re having my child, you will marry me”.
Powerful oil tycoon Elan Al Mansur never wanted Sara Daly as his new assistant. Her lush curves and alluring scent would only prove a distraction to what mattered most to him: business. But one night in the desert Elan gave in to his desires, seducing the woman he'd sworn never to touch.Four months later, his secretary revealed she was carrying his baby. Suddenly the stern businessman discovered he didn't want Sara gone at all. But would she agree to her boss's demand that she become his wife?
Review:

If you like reading “boardroom” stories with happy endings then this is the book for you. The Boss's Demand is a simmering and at times, painful love story which will take you on a steamy and sensual journey.
The book begins on a sour note as Elan Al Mansur is telling his Human Resource Director that she must fire his newly hired personal assistant. And why one might ask? Because she is young, attractive and he only wants an older PA because the young women he has employed in the past are after him and his millions.

Sara Daly has a lot to prove to herself and her family. She has taken the responsibility to pay off the hospital debt her mother’s illness strapped her family with and she’s determined to become a success in the oil industry. She has worked long a hard to get her degree in business and geology and no stubborn boss is going to take that away from her let alone fire her on her first day of the job.

You will witness this stubborn woman proving herself not only to her boss, but to the entire company. However, she is strongly attracted to Elan and one evening she succumbs to his charm and charisma and becomes intimate with him. They both realize the mistake and try to get back to business on a professional level. Sara pushes herself to “painful” lengths to prove she is worthy and a professional in the industry.

What Sara is not aware of in the beginning is that Elan needs no one due to his past life with his family. At a young age he is cruelly removed from his family by a heartless and cruel father. What Elan does not like are his feelings of protectiveness and lust for Sara.
Jennifer's characters are both strong in similar yet different ways. The Boss’s Demand was a wonderful debut book and a very enjoyable read and yet sad at times as Elan was an extremely lonely man. It took Sara’s gentleness to heal him because she saw the man himself, not the man of wealth and power.

Reviewed By: Marilyn

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Did You Know that Jennifer Lewis
has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and worked in media and the arts before she grew bold enough to put pen to paper? In 2005 she was a finalist in the prestigious Golden Heart contest and in 2006 she sold her first book to Silhouette Desire. Jennifer lives in New York with her family. For more information, visit her website

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Tempting by Susan Mallery


Title: Tempting
Author: Susan Mallery
Line: HQN

Release month: North America, UK and Australia: July
The S-Factor: Sizzling and simmering
Back-Blurb:
After three romantic flame-outs in a year and a restaurant career going nowhere, Dani Buchanan needs a fresh start. She goes looking for her biological father, but never expects to find a senator running for president. As his long-lost "love child," Dani could seriously derail the election—something his handsome campaign manager Alex Canfield isn't going to let happen. Dani isn't about to let Alex run her life, no matter how tempting she finds him—and Alex isn't going to allow Dani to melt his cynicism, no matter how close he has to get. The last thing either of them wants is love, especially with scandals brewing and family trouble on the way. But Dani and Alex are forced to trust each other, and when trust turns to passion, the potential for disaster is only a tabloid scandal away.
Review:

Tempting was just that from the moment Dani Buchanan entered the Senator’s office to find out if he was her biological father. What she didn’t expect was to run head on into the handsome and sexy Alex Canfield, the Senator’s adoptive son. Dani’s luck with men during the past few years was a disaster……a failed marriage, a cheating and lying married man; she was his victim, and then meeting an ex-priest, what a mess. So Dani decided she would swear off men and would concentrate on her new job and finding out if Senator Canfield was her biological father.
The only way to describe this book was an emotional one for me and the end of Susan Mallery’s incredible Buchanan family series. The past books sum up my thoughts, Delicious, Irresistible and Sizzling. In each former book you meet Dani’s strong and callous Grandmother Gloria and her three brothers, Cal, Walker and Reid all of whom are involved in Buchanan Enterprises and run a chain of restaurants, a coffee company and a sports bar.

Dani you’ll learn is the only family member other than her sister-in-law Penny in having a career with Buchanan Enterprises. The others are blackmailed by their “nasty” grandmother Gloria into helping save the business and when Gloria becomes seriously ill, they all rise to the cause and pitch in to help out Cal takes over the Waterfront Restaurant, Walker runs the corporation, Reid moves into to the mansion to help out with Gloria and her recovery. However, Dani is hurt that all of her years trying to impress her Grandmother have been for nothing. In the end when Gloria strikes out and tells Dani, she’s not really a Buchanan and that her mother had an affair and she was the product of it, she’s plain and simply devastated.
Of course, she takes stock in her life, swears off men, begins a new job in a new restaurant and sets out to find out who she is with her brothers and sister-in-laws giving her the love and support she needs. During this “discovery” time, her Grandmother realizes with the help of her nurse that she needs to appreciate her family and Gloria rises to the cause, by making amends with her grandsons, their wives and makes strides to mend her relationship with her granddaughter, Dani. The bond these two women form will make you weep!
Tempting is about family, trust, temptation, healing and the power of love. But most of all about family and discovery! I applaud Susan Mallery on her very powerful series, one I will long remember!
Reviewed By: Marilyn

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Susan's goal with this book was to make you laugh, make you cry and make you want to visit Seattle. (Seattle is also the city where both Susan and I reside. It’s fresh and very beautiful here and I hope you’ll someday come for a visit! Marilyn) To find out more visit her Website
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The Spaniard's Blackmailed Bride by Trish Morey


Title: The Spaniard's Blackmailed Bride

Author: Trish Morey

Line: Presents/Modern

Release month : North America and UK: July

The S-Factor: Sizzling

Back-Blurb:

Blackmailed into marriage to save her family, Briar Davenport aims to remain a virgin bride - for she despises her husband, Diablo Barrentes! But the sexy Spaniard's possessive touch sets her body on fire, making Briar abandon all her resolve and reason!

Despite the pleasure Diablo brings to her in the bedroom, theirs can never be anything but a marriage of convenience born out of revenge - or can it? As secrets are gradually revealed, Briar may come to realize that with Diablo it is better the devil you know...


Review:
Trish Morey amazes me each time I read one of her stories and this time is no exception. The Spaniard’s Blackmailed Bride is full of punch, power and passion and will have you reaching for a box of tissues.

Briar Davenport has no choice but to marry Diablo Barrentes to save her parents dignity, status and fortune. For if she does not marry Diablo, they will all be living on the streets, no longer living in Sydney’s elite society and the life they’ve been accustom to having for generations.

At times, this was a difficult book to read as you could not miss the attraction Briar felt for Diablo, how he could with just one look or slight touch ignite and melt her heart. But even more so was the inner fight Diablo felt each time he was near Briar and how he tried to shield himself from the emotion she stirred in him.

Briar’s feelings and honour bound behaviour for family was extremely moving. However, as she gets to truly know Diablo those feelings and conflicting emotions for her new husband and then her feelings for her family……well let’s just say you will feel the power of it all!

A marriage of convenience through blackmail? You’ll just have to read it to find out! Lust, attraction, all rolled into one and two unforgettable personalities….the devil himself, Diablo and the proud and stubborn Briar. Thanks Trish Morey for this story so full of attraction and passion.

Reviewed By: Marilyn

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For The Sheikh's Pleasure by Annie West


Title: For The Sheikh's Pleasure
Author: Annie West
Line: Modern/Presents
Release month: / UK /July 2007 and North America August 2007

The S-Factor: Sizzling!
Back-Blurb:
Will she surrender to the Sheikh? Rosalie Winters is a challenge: beautiful and aloof, she doesn't engage in the games of flirtation and seduction that Sheikh Arik Kareem Ben Hassan expects from women, and she lacks their sophistication and guile. Which makes him want her all the more? But Arik knows that to get her he has to take things slowly. Rosalie is shy, even withdrawn, as though something has changed her.
However, Arik also knows that once she's at his command Rosalie will open up to receive the loving that only he can give her...
Review:

Annie West has yet again written another powerful love story. This is Annie’s second sheikh book and is set on a beautiful desert coast.

In the Sheikh’s Ransomed Bride (Annie’s first sheikh book) the reader learns that she has a sister Belle who is now the reigning queen of Q’roum and this book focuses on her sister, Rosalie Winter’s visit, along with her niece and mother. Rosalie one learns has come to Q’roum to celebrate her nephew’s birthday. Rosalie has a past, one she cannot escape and while on this visit her family offers to watch her daughter so she can relax and try her hand in a talent lost to her……drawing and painting.

Each day, Rosalie goes to the beach to swim and draw and while there reflects on her past of why she can no longer paint. For years, she has been haunted by an event which happened in college where her drink was “doctored” and she was raped and the incident resulted in a pregnancy and the birth of her lovely daughter. On one particular morning, she sees this handsome man riding on the beach along with his Arabian horses. She is mesmerized by their beauty and power along with their handsome and virile rider. Their owner is Arik, who is bored and frustrated from a leg injury, and has been watching Rosalie from afar. It is his plan to meet her and in the end, begin an affair. After days of letting her draw the horses and the man himself, he realizes that Rosalie is timid and a little shy and that he will have to be patient to win her in the end. He proposes that he show her the sights of his city. In the end, for Rosalie it is a loosing battle and she surrenders to his charms trying to guard her heart. What she fears happens and she falls deeply for Arik full well knowing that he will never commit. He is a man who’s proud, arrogant and always gets his own way. In order to protect herself from further heartbreak, she leaves without a goodbye. Arik is furious when he can’t find her and he doesn’t count on how deeply he feels for her until she’s gone.

What Rosalie does not know is that Arik and the King (her brother-in-law) are related so when he shows up at the birthday celebration for the young Prince it’s a shock to say the least and tensions rise!

For the Sheikh’s Pleasure is truly a magical story full of passion, tenderness and discovery for both Rosalie and Arik.

Reviewed By: Marilyn

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The Italian Prince's Pregnant Bride by Sandra Marton



Title: The Italian Prince's Pregnant Bride

Author: Sandra Marton

Line: Harlequin Presents

Release month; North America: April 2007 UK: June 2007

The S-Factor: Sizzling, Simmering and very Sexy!

Back-Blurb:

He had to have her, from the moment he saw her. No names, no strings, no seeing her ever again…….

It was payday for Prince Nicolo Barbieri. The Italian aristocrat's negotiations to take over Manhattan's SCB bank were about to bear fruit. But he wasn't expecting Aimee Black, granddaughter of the bank's current owner—who was pregnant with Nicolo's baby!

Nicolo felt duty bound to marry Aimee and give his child his name. But Aimee had other ideas about surrendering herself to this arrogant foreigner, who surely didn't love her!

Review:

Amazing is the only way to describe The Italian’s Pregnant Bride. From the very moment, I began reading Nicolo and Aimee’s story I knew I was in for an exceptional read. The emotion, passion and attraction these two people feel for each other will have you burning the midnight hours away as I promise you will not be able to put this book down.

This is the first book in Sandra’s Billionaire Brides trilogy and if every male character is as charismatic as Nicolo, then the reader is in for sensational entertainment. You get a glance of each of this European princes’ and find they are old school friends, all wealthy, talented, sinfully handsome and have no interest in marriage.

Both of these characters so very dynamic, especially Aimee Black, who one learns later is the granddaughter to James Black the very man Nicolo is to meet later that week.


Nicolo is on a mission to add a New York bank to his empire, which he felt, would be his crown jewel. Therefore, he has travelled to Manhattan to meet with James Black. On his way his hotel, he literally bumps into a stunning woman who is so “prickly” and bad tempered that he kisses her in order to silence her…..had he gone mad? Later, he runs into her at a “private club” owned by a friend and shares an evening of passion with this mystery woman. She flees in the morning and he has absolutely no idea of her identity. Aimee has haunted him because of her insults and not accepting his apology. As he gets to know her he admires her defiance, her passion, her determination, fire and courage.

As luck would have it, he sees her again at the bank meeting and a bomb is dropped on both of them……James Black wants a union, a marriage if the sale is to go though. On top of everything else, Aimee learns she is carrying Nicolo’s child, a result of their night of passion. Of course being the strong alpha male he demands that they marry to give his heir the

Aimee lost her parents at a young age, had never felt loved by her grandfather who raised her upon her parents death. She had always tried to prove herself and was in hopes of someday being promoted to the top to replace her grandfather at the helm of the privately owned and prestigious bank Stafford-Coleridge-Black. Aimee appears to be a strong person but underneath she was lonely and my heart ached for her especially when she realized she had left herself behind and began to ponder what she might have been……

This is where their journey begins….it’s such an unbelievable rollercoaster ride it will have you crying, your heart thumping and anxious to learn more about these two wonderful people. Sandra Marton has yet again, written a beautiful and entertaining story and for me, it will go on my top ten list for 2007.


Reviewed By: Marilyn

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The Italian's Defiant Mistress by India Grey


Title: The Italian's Defiant Mistress
Author: India Grey
Line: M&B Modern/Harlequin Presents
Release Date: North America October 2007 UK / Australia July 2007
The S-Factor: Simmering
Back-Blurb:
The Italian billionaire's inexperienced mistress Eve Middlemiss has come to Florence desperate for information. And only darkly good-looking multimillionaire Raphael di Lazaro, heir to the Lazaro Fashion House, holds the answers she's searching for. Surrounded by glamour and decadence, Eve is totally out of her depth - until she realizes she is the one Raphael wants!
If becoming the Italian's mistress is what it takes to find out the truth about her family, Eve realizes she must feign the sophistication and experience she's sure Raphael is accustomed to - but that means making herself available to his every desire...
Review:

The Italian’s Defiant Mistress is India Grey’s debut book and it is smashing! Set in Florence and Venice it is full of fashion, glitz, glamour, celebrities and it is very exciting and alluring. Eve Middlemiss was on an assignment for a fashion magazine but more than that, she is on a mission to find out and expose the person who provided her twin sister with drugs and caused her death. Her assignment is to follow a supermodel and in doing so ends up on the runway herself. As she’s nervous and inexperienced she’s told to focus on something while she traverses the runway and she sees a tall, dark and handsome man who she’s immediately drawn to who ends up being Raphael.
Raphael di Lazaro and his half brother Luca are heirs to the di Lazaro fashion house. Raphael’s mission is to expose his brother Luca for what he is…..a “user” and supplier of drugs to models. Raphael has an axe to grind with Luca as his one time girlfriend left him, went to Luca, ended up an addict, and almost died. He is determined not to let his brother ruin or end another model’s life.

Eve is determined as well that she will expose a di Lazaro and make him pay for ending her sister’s life. She believes the responsible person is Raphael because she learns he has been spending some time in Columbia. Later that evening Eve meets up with both men at a party. When Raphael sees Eve with his brother, he feels honour bound to protect her so he grabs and kisses her senseless and boy do the sparks fly. Later he tries to send her home but the spirited and determined Eve refuses.
Eve and Raphael’s journey is passionate, painful and in the end full of sorrow. When Eve discovers she is in love with him and by chance sees Raphael meeting with his ex-girlfriend she misunderstands and flees. The pain she endures upon returning home and then having to reappear in Italy to testify against Luca di Lazaro will break your heart.
This story was an amazing look into the lives of celebrities and fashion models and reminds me so much of what’s now going on in the lives of young actors and in the music industry all over the world. It is certainly a lesson as to how destructive drugs can be in a person life. Then there is the important lesson of how things are not always as they look and how misunderstood and untrusting we can be of those, we love.
I sincerely and thoroughly enjoyed India Grey’s first romance book The Italian’s Defiant Mistress and I personally look forward to reading many more of her entertaining stories.

Reviewed By: Marilyn

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From India’s website: “The Story Behind the Story”: I guess I also wanted to show that as women it is our flaws which make us attractive and interesting. That's certainly what hits Raphael as he first sets eyes on Eve. To find out more visit her Website.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

One Special Night by Margaret McDonagh


Title: One Special Night…

Author: Margaret McDonagh

Line: Mills and Boon Medical Romance

Release month: August 2007

The S-Factor:Sweet

Back-Blurb:

A brief encounter…

Dr Cameron Kincaid is captivated by the beautiful woman he meets on a train – and this chance encounter leads to one tender, passionate night.

The day after the night before, Dr Ginger O’Neill cannot believe she let her emotions rule her head. She has discovered that the reason for their journey will tear them apart. Ginger desperately needs funding to continue helping her patients – the very same funding that Cameron wants for his…

At odds professionally, in lust personally, can these two dedicated doctors find a way to follow their hearts…?

Strathlochan Hospital Sexy Scottish doctors, dedicated to working in a remote and rugged landscape

Review:

Margaret McDonagh is an outstanding writer of romantic fiction whose wonderful Medical Romances are all on my keeper shelf and her fourth release, One Special Night…, set in the Scottish hospital of Strathlochan, is an engrossing tale that will have you eagerly anticipating the next release by this talented author!

Dr Cameron Kincaid was instantly drawn to a beautiful blonde woman he met on the train to London, but when he found out that the woman he cannot get out of his head is none other than his direct competition for funding which he desperately needs for his patients, Cameron decides to try his best to get her out of his mind.

Dr Ginger O Neill cannot believe that the first man she’s been attracted to for a long time is the one man who could cost her the project which means the world to her. Yet, despite knowing that she should give Cameron a wide berth, she finds herself unable to resist him…

Margaret McDonagh will make her readers cry with this intensely emotional romantic tale that sparkles with richly drawn characters, vivid medical scenarios and poignant romance which will tug at your heartstrings!

Reviewed by: Julie

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Italian GP's Bride - Kate Hardy



Title: The Italian GP's Bride


Author: Kate Hardy



Line: Medical



Release month: August 2007

The S-Factor: Simmering

Back-Blurb:

Dr de Luca's proposal


Orlando de Luca is the archetypal Italian - smooth, handsome and charming! His dedicated professionalism is only matched by his playboy bachelor ways...until he meets his new colleague Eleanor Forrest. Ellie is only in Italy to find her family, not to embark on an affair, yet the chemistry between them is hard to deny. So when Ellie becomes a patient herself, she finds the only person she wants to rely on is the dashing Dr de Luca.

Everyone thinks he's a gorgeous bachelor - really, he's a husband in the making!



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This story begins with the drama of an external conflict on an airborne flight. It's through this medical emergency that Ellie and Orlando meet for the first time in their professional capacitie

Kate Hardy swiftly emerges the reader into the lives of both the hero and heroine in this powerful and emotional story. Her story telling skills will have you on the edge of your seat as the subsequent personal and medical dramas of Ellie and Orlando unfold.



This is another well researched book that serves to be informative without being overpowering - both within the story's historical setting of Pompeii and the medical scenarios that arise. Kate Hardy creates an evocative sense of empathy with all the issues she addresses in this, another fab read from one of Harlequin Mills & Boon's most prolific authors.



Reviewed by: Sue

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His Cinderella Bride - Annie Burrows



Title: His Cinderella Bride

Author: Annie Burrows

Line: Historical

Release month: September 2007

The S-Factor: Sizzling

Back-Blurb:


Beggar maid...

Jasper Challinor, Marquis of Lensborough, was appalled! Who was this redheaded, badly dressed waif in his aristocratic host’s dining room? And why in the world was the proud Marquis so drawn to her?

Wealthy lady!

Lord Lensborough was a man well used to getting exactly what he wanted – and he wanted Hester! Convinced that she was a poor relation, the noble lord was about to receive the shock of his life...from a lady who would break all his very proper rules!

Review:

Annie Burrows’ debut historical novel for Harlequin Mills & Boon is a lusty and enthralling tale of love and life in Regency England. The hero of His Cinderella Bride is a wealthy aristocrat on the look-out for a wife – and, in shades of Jane Eyre, he meets her in a country lane in inclement weather, although I don’t remember a scene where Jane fell into a ditch full of muddy water!

After this inauspicious opening, we meet the book’s heroine, Hester, a similarly wealthy woman who hides under the disguise of a poor servant. Soon enough Annie Burrows transports us into a world of mistaken identities, evil, would-be rapists, illegitimate gypsy children, carriage rides, tavern brawls and London society. It’s all utterly charming and engaging, and the author’s conjuring up of an early 19th century atmosphere is very well done.

The book’s strength lies in the characterisation of the hero and heroine. Annie Burrows wisely keeps the focus on these two characters throughout and there’s never any unnecessary diversion to take away from the central romance plot. The dialogue is rich and full of passion and the romantic scenes are understated and heart-warming, everything you could wish from a category romance.

His Cinderella Bride is a brilliant piece of writing and a story I enjoyed and identified with from beginning to end. Annie Burrows is an accomplished writer and I look forward to seeing more of her work on the strength of this book.

Reviewed by: Gray

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The Italian Prince's Pregnant Bride by Sandra Marton



Title: The Italian Prince’s Pregnant Bride

Author: Sandra Marton

Line: Harlequin Presents

Release month:August 2007

The S-Factor:Simmering

Back-Blurb:

It was payday for Prince Nicolo Barbieri. The Italian aristocrat's negotiations to take over Manhattan's SCB bank were about to bear fruit. But he wasn't expecting Aimee Black, granddaughter of the bank's current owner—who was pregnant with Nicolo's baby! Nicolo felt duty bound to marry Aimee and give his child his name. But Aimee had other ideas about surrendering herself to this arrogant foreigner, who surely didn't love her!

Review:
The inimitable Sandra Marton is back with a fabulous new trilogy featuring three gorgeous European princes who find themselves doing the unthinkable – falling in love. The first title in the new Billionaire’s Brides mini-series, The Italian Prince’s Pregnant Bride, is an intense romantic tale that will keep you riveted until the final page.

Aimee Black is absolutely furious when her grandfather refuses to hand over the reins of his beloved Stafford Coleridge Bank for the simple reason that she’s a female. She’s so angry that on leaving his office, she can’t see for her rage and walks straight into the arms of a gorgeous Italian prince who cannot get the feisty American out of his mind.

When Prince Nicolo Barbieri tracks her down, their attraction is so intense that they end up making love – and before long, Aimee is pregnant with the Italian prince’s baby.

Nicolo proposes a marriage of convenience for the sake of their baby – even though Aimee cannot help wishing that their marriage was the real thing.

The always fabulous Sandra Marton will enchant and captivate her readers with The Italian Prince’s Pregnant Bride. Her two characters leap off the pages and the novel’s intoxicating blend of passion, drama and emotion make this book another classic read by this hugely talented author.

Reviewed: Julie

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Friday, August 03, 2007

The Return of the Rebel by Trish Wylie


Title: The Return of the Rebel

Author: Trish Wylie

Line: Mills and Boon Modern Romance Extra

Release month: July 2007

The S-Factor: Simmering

Back-Blurb:

The bad-boy billionaire is back!

Connor Flanaghan had always been out of her league. He was strong, gorgeous, and his charm was legendary! As a na├»ve teenager Shannon could only gaze from the sidelines…as the love of her life stared straight past her.

Now Shannon is all grown up, in control of her life, and she’s left the past and her crush behind…or so she thinks.

Connor has just walked in through her door, but the lazy smile is gone, replaced by a ruthless glint in his eye – the bad-boy billionaire is back, and he’s better than ever!

Review:

Trish Wylie’s latest Modern Romance Extra, The Return of the Rebel, is a sexy, sassy and sophisticated tale that is vintage Trish Wylie!

When Shannon was a teenager she had given her virginity – and her heart – to gorgeous bad boy Connor Flanaghan, but after that one night of passion she fled Ireland and went to America to try and heal her broken heart – and hide a painful secret from all of her friends. On her return to Ireland, Shannon was gave her heart and soul to a group of elderly people she looked after whilst trying her best to forget about Connor – until he turns up and threatens to close the building which means so much to Shannon and the elderly residents who have come to regard the building as a home.

Connor is still as gorgeous as ever and the attraction between him and Shannon still sizzles, but is she willing to risk getting her heart broken all over again?

Feel-good romance does not get any better than this! Trish Wylie blends humour, passion, romance, emotion and drama in an unforgettable tale which will steal readers’ hearts and make them laugh and cry.

The Return of the Rebel is an unmissable romance written by a wonderful storyteller whose novels are in a class of their own!

Reviewed By: Julie


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Bride of the Emerald Isle by Trish Wylie


Title: Bride of the Emerald Isle
Author: Trish Wylie
Line: Mills and Boon Romance
Release month ( North America/ UK - Australia): July - September 2007

The S-Factor: Sweet
Back-Blurb:

On the Irish Isle of Valentia wisps of cloud hang low in the air, and a rugged figure appears through the hazy mist – the man that Keelin O’Donnell has been searching for without ever realising it.

Garrett Kincaid can help beautiful stranger Keelin unlock the secrets of her past. But he can’t give her his heart – he knows Keelin’s life lies elsewhere.
Only the essence of the Emerald Isle is capturing Keelin, drawing her in and giving her the courage to claim a future. A future that belongs to this man.

Review:

Set in the beautiful Irish isle of Valentia, Bride of the Emerald Isle is a spellbinding romance that will tug at your heartstrings and keep you enthralled from the first page till the final full stop.

City girl Keelin has left Dublin behind for the rural island of Valentia to find answers to questions which have haunted her for her entire life. She’s certainly not expecting to fall in love or to have her heart stolen, but one glance at Garrett Kincaid walking through the mist and Keelin finds herself unable to get the gorgeous Irishman out of her mind.

But a relationship with Garrett is out of the question for not only is Garrett tied to the countryside and to his teenage daughter and elderly father, but he also may hold the key to her past – which could jeopardize her future…

Poignant, tender, moving, engrossing and wonderfully romantic, Bride of the Emerald Isle is category romance at its absolute best!

Reviewed By: Julie

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