Monday, October 27, 2008



Author: Abby Green

Line: Mills and Boon Modern

Release month UK: Hardcover: August 2008;
Paperback October 2008

The S-Factor: Sizzling

Back in her husband’s bed…

Rowan had discovered two things that would change her life for ever. The first filled her with joy – she was pregnant! The second was something that she felt compelled to keep to herself – even from her husband…

Rowan had been Isandro Salazar’s bride of convenience. But, knowing that he would never love her as she loved him, her choice was to make her unborn child her priority and then, once he was born, make her dark journey by herself…

But in Isandro’s eyes Rowan’s decision rendered her a gold-digger who had committed the worst possible crime. However, he couldn’t stop her seeing her baby son – or deny that the passion between them was as raw and intense as ever…

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Every once in a while a book stands out for a reader and The Spaniard's Marriage Bargain, well let's just say it's brilliant and I personally think it's Abby Green's best! It is about deep, abiding and selfless love.

Rowan Carmichael grew up knowing she was not very important in her parent’s lives; however her mother on her death bed made her father promise to see Rowan married. Her father fulfils that promise and makes arrangements with the handsome businessman from Spain, Isandro Salazar. All Rowan knew was that she was a naive rich girl totally enamoured with this handsome man and she also knew she was out of her league. What she didn't count on was she would consummate her marriage on her wedding night and fall madly in love with her husband.

Isandro Salazar's business was successful. However, he needed acceptance in the London financial community. To do this he needed to accept Mr. Carmichael's offer to marry his daughter in a marriage of convenience. What he didn't anticipate was his attraction to Rowan and he actually enjoyed her company. Months later they found out they were expecting a baby which was not part of the plan. As fate would intervene, Rowan overhears a conversation between her husband and his sister where he declares it's just that, "a marriage of convenience" and confirms their marriage will only be that...........a loveless marriage.

As the story unfolds, Rowan and Isandro's son is born, a beautiful boy named Zac. Rowan realizes that to survive she must leave her husband and son. While reading this story you will need to prepare yourself as it will rip your heart out! To say any anymore would ruin the reader's experience.

Three years later, Rowan shows up at a London hotel where she plans to meet her attorney and as fate would have it, it's the very hotel her husband owns. Of course, who's on the premises, none other than her husband and son! It's an emotional powder keg! Islandro doesn't trust Rowan or her motives and insists they all return to Isandro's estate in Spain to work out parental and custody issues. Of course, there's the fact they both have to deal with the personal side of their relationship. It's extremely painful to read as the emotion is very strong between the two of them and cruel at times, especially what Rowan has to endure.

It's a love story filled with secrets, twists and turns, misunderstandings, intense sizzles! Prepare yourself for an outstanding story and reading experience by contemporary author Ms. Green. I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the Spaniard's Marriage Bargain. It just intensifies how important communication is in a relationship along with truth, honesty and trust.

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Author Tidbit: Abby and Annie West are having a contest on Annie’s website to celebrate their October releases.
Reviewed by: Marilyn




Line: Harlequin Presents

Release month North America/UK: October 2008

The S-Factor: Sizzling and Sexy

Tariq, Crown Prince of Dubaac, had to produce an heir and duty demanded he choose a wife who would obey him—day and night.Then, by an extraordinary twist of fate, Madison Whitney became pregnant with Tariq's child. But outspoken career girl Madison certainly wasn't obedient! Tariq had to claim his defiant bride and their baby—through seduction and even kidnapping….

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Defiant bride doesn’t even describe Madison Whitney. She is the professional Vice President of Marketing for MicroTech, she’s a stunning beauty and she has it all, the job, the New York apartment, the degrees…..well she doesn’t have it all, she wants a child with no husband. At a very young age, Madison learned from her mother’s mistakes not to trust a man so she’s determined never to marry. She’s also planned on having a baby through artificial insemination at New Born who specializes in sperm storage.

As for the handsome and powerful sheikh, I believe Tariq would be at the top of my list. He’s incredibly handsome and his loyalty to his father, his brother’s memory and his country definitely puts him at the top. Tariq is aware that he must rise to the cause of someday being the ruler of his country due to the recent death of his beloved brother. He’s committed to finding a wife so he searches in his own country and neighbouring regions with no luck. He’s determined to return to the US, continuing the search of finding a wife.

One evening he watches a television broadcast featuring Future Born and Madison Whitney is speaking about sperm storage and its use for the future. Just watching her stirs a need in him, and as fate would have it, they meet at his lawyer’s cocktail party. Madison seeks him out in an effort to get rid of an unwanted guest. Immediately Tariq realizes who she is, and he acts on his attraction later that night in the garden. Things get out of control and when they are interrupted, he believes himself to be a fool; she’s as consumed by lust as he is but in the end she resists and denies all. Tariq realizes he is no closer in finding a wife or producing an heir. And the woman, who spent some time in his arms, can’t be trusted. He contacts his lawyer to arrange to have his sperm stored for future use.

Fate steps in again. Madison has arranged to be inseminated and becomes pregnant with the donor she chose? Did she really? No! For some reason which is not known to Madison, she receives the wrong sperm. Tariq has been informed of the mistake and that he’s going to be a father and Madison is the mother. There is only one thing to do, marry this feisty woman for the sake of their unborn child and he realizes is will be hard to convince her! When the news is dropped like a bomb, Madison bristles, no way will she marry this proud sheikh. However, Tariq has other ideas. Their journey is an incredible one; from their getting to know each other, to their marriage and what fate delivers them. The Sheikh’s Defiant Bride is just another wonderful Sandra Marton love story.

Sincerely, there is so much I want to share but that would be unfair to the reader. You’re just going to have to trust that this first book in The Sheikh's Tycoon series is so worth reading. Sometimes when you least expect it an incredible story unfolds with so many lessons and this is no exception. Their journey and the love they both realize, just wonderful!

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Boss's Bedroom Agenda by Nicola Marsh

Title: The Boss’s Bedroom Agenda
Author: Nicola Marsh
Line: M&B Modern Heat
Release month: October 2008
The S-Factor: Simmering

Hired for the boss’s pleasure!

The instant Beth Walker comes face to face with her new boss, tall, tanned and incredibly toned Aidan Voss, they can’t take their eyes off one another…
Beth is well aware that CEO Aidan has one rule of business: to keep his personal life out of the boardroom! But he has decided that Beth is the exception that proves the rule… He may not be able to offer her any more than a hot and steamy fling, but he’s a master of seduction – and he’s moved Beth to the top of his ‘To Do’ list…


Sexy, funny and oh so engrossing, Nicola Marsh has truly outdone herself with The Boss’s Bedroom Agenda! Featuring a gorgeous Alpha hero, a fun and feisty heroine, scorching sex scenes and plenty of laugh out loud moments, The Boss’s Bedroom Agenda is a must-read for glam city girls everywhere!

Beth Walker is a talented metal sculptor who would dearly love to have her own space to exhibit her creations – her only problem lies in the fact that she’s got no money, no job and a fetish for very expensive shoes! When her cousin Lara tells her that there’s a job going at the museum where she works, laid back Beth realizes that she must start swotting up on her Australian history, find a pair of sensible flats and get this job, or kiss goodbye to her dreams.

When she gets the job at the museum, Beth vows to be the past tour guide she could possibly be; it’s just a shame that she got on the wrong side of her new boss, Aidan Voss, on her very first day!

As an archaeologist who would much rather get his hands dirty than wear a stuffy suit, the museum is that last place Aidan wants to be in, but with his father out of action, he realizes that he must put his father’s needs before his own for a little while. A confirmed bachelor married to his work, Aidan would rather die than be saddled with a mortgage, a wife and a couple of children, but when he claps eyes on Beth, he finds himself unable to stop thinking about the flirty city girl!

Beth may always be up for a laugh, but beneath her fun-loving exterior lies the broken heart of a little girl who has never recovered from her mother’s death and her father’s constant search for happiness. Beth had vowed that she’d only marry a man who was sensible, compassionate and who put her before his own career - and Aidan might be drop dead gorgeous, but a home bird he certainly isn’t.

When a stolen kiss leads to a night of sizzling passion, Aidan and Beth begin to wonder whether there might be a future for them on the cards. Will they ever manage to reconcile their differences and realize that happiness is staring at them in the face?

Nicola Marsh is simply superb! Her books are witty, funny, feel-good, escapist, but tender, moving and emotional. Satisfying, intense and passionate, The Boss’s Bedroom Agenda is the latest must-read romance from one of Modern Heat’s most talented writers!

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