#Review | The Captain’s Flirty Fireworks (The Captivating Captains) by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead #TheCaptainsFlirtyFireworks #CaptivatingCaptains @MadameGilflurt @eharkstead @PridePublishing
Hellooo, my lovelies! I am so super excited to be sharing my review of the latest Captivating Captains story; The Captains Flirty Fireworks by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead. So, park yourselves in your comfiest chair, grab that cuppa and a toffee apple and enjoy getting to know Rob and Ollie, I can tell you now, that your going to love them.
When a hunky fireman and a gorgeous gold medalist meet on Guy Fawkes Night, sparks are sure to fly!
For fireman Rob Monteagle, this Guy Fawkes Night seems like it’s going to be anything but fun. After all, who wants to spend the noisiest night of the year saving careless cats from trees or rattling a fundraising bucket at Longley Magna’s annual bonfire, the pride of the village’s bad-tempered old retainer?
For Ollie Tresham, the night isn’t looking any better. He might have won gold in the Olympic showjumping ring yet he’s still expected to meet the public at his dad’s charity fireworks extravaganza. But when a rogue rocket heads straight for the showjumper, it takes a quick-thinking fireman like Rob to save the day.
As the flames of the bonfire smolder, Rob and Ollie’s night is just getting started. And it’s sure to go with a bang…
Here it is, the brand new Captivating Captains…..Squeals!! **Dances a happy, if slightly clumsy jig**
There is nothing better then sitting down with a cuppa and diving into another Captivating Captains story, honestly I live for the moment when I get another Captain in my hands, my birthday has definitely come early – uniformed and jodhpur wearing men what more could I want? (Hmm, that sounded a bit perverse, but I don’t think anyone expect anything less from me)
As always this book is apart of the Captivating Captains series, each one are stand-a-lones, they only share the fact that there is a hunky ‘Captain’ in there somewhere to tempt us away from reality….something which isn’t hard to do where I am concerned, I think everyone knows by now that I have a one track mind, I just can’t get enough of these delicious, luscious Captains. Set over the course of a few hours on Guy Fawkes Night, this is a very short story, we go from flirting in a pub, saving a life – and a cat, to romping in the bedroom – phew, I’m exhausted just reading….but our boys have a lot of stamina, I’m pretty sure they can keep up with the pace.
Fireman, Rob Monteagle having recently moved to a quaint little village is about to face one of the busiest nights of a fireman’s schedule; Guy Fawkes Night, before donning his uniform ….and sigh! Do I really need to say more than; dishy fireman saving cats from trees, to tempt you? The night ahead has bucket rattling, fireworks, bad-tempered; but hugely funny old Tresham ranting about clipboard welding firemen and young excitable children – I know sounds like hell on earth, right? Well it would be hell, that is until Rob umps into Jodhpur wearing, Olympic gold medal winning show-jumper; Ollie Tresham, who puts a flame to Rob’s practically dormant libido. Really who wouldn’t feel a flurry of lust when seeing that fine specimen of a man waltzing around in his “leaving little to the imagination” Jodphurs 😉
Ollie isn’t looking forward to the night a head any more then Rob is, he must show his face at his father’s charity fireworks bonanza, he may be the star Olympic athlete but that doesn’t mean he wants to be the poster boy of his fathers grand night, but he is a dutiful if reluctant son and does as is expected of him. He fully thinks that this night is going to go along the same lines as the previous Guy Fawkes, oh how wrong he is, as his night starts with fireworks of a completely different kind when he meets a luscious, tempting fireman who shows that he far more then a handsome face, he is a genuine, bona-fide hero ….yes, there is a bit of swooning moment, when Rob shows us all just how heroic he is!
I adore that first proper meeting between Rob and Ollie; sitting in the pub bonding over a drink, there is a crackle in the atmosphere around them they just gel together like peas in a pod. The banter between them is fabulously fast and witty, I love how incredibly cheesy and funny they are, they seem to bounce off each other and when they finally reach the bedroom you have the customary flirtatious wit and a sizzling ‘steaming up the windows’ sexiness.
These two are a wonderful couple, Ollie is such a good looking chap, he knows it yet he’s not arrogant he is just very aware of how he looks and who he is, he is fun and a little cheeky whereas Rob is such a cutie, handsome, serious, proud and cheeky. There are moments where he reminds of someone, a person who loves a well form male backside in a pair of fitted jodhpurs – oh, ok he reminds me of myself!
The only thing I will say against it; is I did wish it was a little longer as I would have loved to really get to know both Ollie and Rob and to have more of the glorious Tresham senior – honestly he is a real hoot, I was happily giggling away as he ranted about health and safety and clipboard wielding firemen – Nevertheless it is an excellent read, for such a short story we get a real insight of the character’s personalities, I love the transition that they both go through from meeting to the end, which is so lovely.
If you love a quick romp around the bonfire, with two sinfully attraction and sexy men (yes, I do realise how that sounds) then this is the book you, just like a firework; it’s sparkly, explosive and glittery and ends with a bang.
This was an Arc from the authors, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Catherine and Eleanor! Xx
The Captain’s Flirty Fireworks is to be released on non-other than 5th November, and can be pre-ordered now and I definitely say go and grab it.
#Review | The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow (The Sinful Sinclairs #3) by Lara Temple #TheLordsInconvenientVow #TheSinfulSinclairs @laratemple1 @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hellooo my lovelies! I am so excited to be sharing my review of the latest – and last **Blubbers a little** Sinful Sinclair story; The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow by Lara Temple. So grab your cuppa, and cake – you will definitely need cake and tissues, and enjoy.
“I have a favor to ask…
I want you to marry me.”
Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. Samantha Sinclair was always Lord Edgerton’s complete opposite. But when Edge encounters Sam again in Egypt, it’s clear the years have changed her as much as him. So after she blurts out an impulsive, convenient proposal, Edge’s protective urge compels him to accept. Is it possible for two such different people to be together and find the happiness they both deserve?
Here it is the extremely long awaited next – and final **Sniffles and grabs a box of Jaffa cakes, for comfort** Sinful Sinclair book **Sobs** I can’t do it, I cannot write this review because If I do that will be it – no more!! **Sobs again, while munching through the Jaffa Cakes**
So, we are here the third and final Sinful Sinclair’s, this time we have the Sam and Edge’s story, if you have been following this series then I am presuming you all have been looking forward to finally meeting Samantha, which I am so pleased to say she does not disappoint, I think she could be one of my favourite heroines. But, no worries if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the Sinclair’s as this is very much a stand-a-lone.
Firstly, I have to say that Lara Temple has taken my childhood love of Egypt and placed it on the page in such a way that I have fallen in love with this mysterious and golden place all over again. She has woven a glittery, magical story around me and made me love Egypt even more then I did before, she has made me appreciate and see this country with fresh eyes, something which I will be eternal thankful to Lara for; Thank you! I have never set foot in that golden, sun baked country in my life and most likely may never set foot there, but because Lara is a master of capturing the essence of the setting, right down to the most obscure and little known detail her stories are always vividly stunning. Yet this book caught my imagination far more then any other I have read, each and every scene is breath-takingly vivid, I was devouring every moment. I was soaking up every sight, every smell, this book is a blatant assault on the senses, I could see the sandy dunes and star lit sky in my mind with so much clarity it was as though I was standing right beside Edge and Sam.
For as long as they can remember, Samantha Sinclair and Edward Edgerton have been friends/enemies, they are like chalk and cheese, she has always been the more compulsive and passionate, a bit of a dare devil she has always wanted to tag along with the boys, she has climbed statues and basically made a bit of a nuisance of herself, making her brothers and their close friend Edward – or Edge/ stay-away-from-the-edge as Sam nicknamed him – roll their eyes and groan at her exploits. At Eighteen Sam and Edge meet again in Egypt, there is a frisson of something in the air around them but they are again heading in different directions and make choices that will change their lives.
Fast forward eight years and out insipid duo are back in Egypt and are back at tormenting one and other, it is here that Sam realises that all she has been through this is the moment that she will grab hold of the one thing that she has always wanted; Edge! Yes he drives her crazy with his staid and very sensible persona but she has seen the man beneath the glacial exterior, even now he is so changed from the man she knew, she can see what many can’t and she wants her green eyed god and so being the spontaneous, free-thinking woman she is, she takes the bull by it’s horns and proposes…..I know, scandalous! She knows that if they can both put their past behind them and move forward past each of their own hurt and painful personal memories they can be happy, they can be the adventure loving twosome she has always dreamed them to be.
But with so much – namely Edge – standing in their way, can they really make it through the storm and find their much yearned for and so deserved happiness? Well, I’m not going to tell you, am I? You’re going to have to out and read it for your selves 😉
I absolutely adore Sam, she is exactly how I imagined her to be from what we have learned about her from the previous books, literally how she is written is how I have been imagining her to be. She reminds me of Evie out of ‘The Mummy’ (Which really is the highest compliment I can ever give for her as that film is one of my absolute favourites, I always wanted to be Evie when I was little) she is smart, savvy, a little careless and clumsy when she is having one of spontaneous moments, she thrives in dusty mystical Egypt. She is a girl after my own heart never happier then when she’s knee deep in the mud, uncomfortable in social circles and much prefers the company of true friends and family who see her for the slightly eccentric woman she is – plus she has a fondness for green eyed men 😉
Edge as much as he really makes Sam (and the reader) go through the mill for him, is a wonderfully complicated and complex man, he certainly has his issues, he has his inner demons that do cling on to him for dear life – even the strength that Sam holds has trouble expelling them, he reminds me of a career soldier who has left the military after many years and now he is trying to adjust to civilian life again – if that makes any sense? He can’t dispel his pain, he can’t move forward and he can’t allow anyone close to help mend his wounds, he both infuriated me and made me weep.
My only word against this glorious book – and I do hate to say any less than perfect words about Lara Temple’s books, but I vowed to write unbiased and honest reviews, even though it doesn’t make me feel less horrible for what I have to say, don’t worry I will hang my head in shame – I did think that there was a little too much “will they every have their HEA?/ Will they ever actually get past all this tension/ The hero is being a bit of a pillock” thing that was going on, don’t get me wrong I love tension and emotional turmoil within romance and anyone who knows me, knows that I love a damaged hero, but -and this is my personal opinion – I think this time it did somewhat slow down the pace of the book, which took the shine of my overall experience of it, it was fine to begin with but it did wear a wee bit thin. Sorry! I’ll go and hide now!
Apart from what I said above, I did really love this book, the story is an emotional ride, you will go through a whole host of emotions with this; laughter, giddiness and excitement, sadness and heart-break, annoyance, the entirety of human emotional depth is right here under the microscope for us all to see and feel. For me personally what holds this above all others is the exquisite and rich setting and historic detail of Egypt, I genuinely felt the authors passion for the country, the culture, the history, the people coming through the words, I was completely enchanted by it, this book has taken me on a mesmerising adventure which will stay close to my heart forever.
Just one more thing, I sooooo need Rafe’s story, he is fabulous! He reminds me a little of Chase Sinclair (Everyone knows how much I love that guy…#DoubleSigh!!!) Rafe is a mystery; charismatic, charming, fun but I also sensed there was a little darkness behind that scarred smile, I felt he was haunted – or maybe I am reading too much into it, either way I loved him as much as I was fascinated by him.
Over all this is a wonderful end to what has been an gorgeous series, I am sad that there won’t be any more Sinful Sinclair’s, but I can see that this is the perfect ending for them, it closes one door while others stand ajar making us readers wonder as to whether those doors will open and what is behind them.
This was an Arc cop from the author, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you so much Lara! Xx
The Lords Inconvenient Vow is to be released on 28th October and can be pre-ordered now, and I definitely recommend that you do!
#Blog Tour | Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans #SnowflakesAtTheLittleChristmasTreeFarm #Review @be_the_spark @HQDigitalUK
Hello my lovelies, I have the huge pleasure to be todays stop on this wonderful blog tour for Snowflakes At The Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans, so as ever sit back grab some hot chocolate and maybe a piece of pumpkin pie – read the book and you will understand my reference to Pumpkin 😉 and enjoy!
Snowflakes At The Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans
All she wants for Christmas…
Leah Griffiths has woken up after a few too many glasses of Prosecco with a hangover – and discovers she’s accidentally bought a little Christmas tree farm in Scotland!
At first she’s horrified, but perhaps it’s the perfect way to forget all about her cheating ex.
And when she meets grumpy (but ridiculously gorgeous) pumpkin farmer Noel underneath the mistletoe, Leah begins to believe that at Christmas time, anything can happen…
I absolutely adore this book! I do have a real love for Christmas stories, they are like chocolate to me, I can read my fill of them and still want more and this wonderful. It is such a fabulously fun, joyful, very festive and romantic tale with all the hilarity and adorable moments that you love to see in romantic comedies – I could definitely see this made into a film. I loved the whole concept of this story, it’s completely out there original, but brings home the, message that if you truly want something then go out there and get it – yes, easier said then done, i know but if anything this book will inspire and make you feel all cosy warm.
Written first person through Leah’s eyes, we are taken on a laugh-out-loud, engrossing and marvellous festive journey, I can guarantee that you will be charmed from the start and you will be giggling away throughout.
After catching her boyfriend/boss having a fumble with another colleague at work, Leah Griffiths walks out after making quite the spectacle of her self and that of her amorous boss, she drowns her sorrows in three bottles of Prosecco and while under the influence she does what we all do when a wee bit intoxicated, she opens the computer, grabs the credit card and starts to buy. Only difference here is Leah doesn’t just buy shoes, storage boxes and garden ornaments (we’ve all done that right? Leah doesn’t do the ordinary binge buying trash she buys a Christmas Tree Farm in the middle of Scotland – as you do!
As much as spontaneously buying a Christmas Tree Farm sounds mad, Leah believes that this is exactly the thing she needs. Leah has been through the mill over the last few years, not only with walking out on her dead end job but she has had to cope with the death of her parents, having to sort everything out has been a weight on Leah’s shoulders and now she needs something else, for the first time in many years Leah feels free – that is until she actually sees what she has spent all of her savings on.
The pictures online didn’t exactly portray the whole truth, the farm has been abandoned these last four year and most of the trees are dead, the farmhouse is falling down around her ears, plus there is her neighbour; grumpy, moody, brooding ridiculously sexy in a rough around the edges sort of way, pumpkin farmer; Noel. To say he is a little put out by the city lass next door is an understatement, he firmly believes that she will give up and run off back to where she came from with her tail between her legs, but she surprises him by staying.
Oh be still be thundering heart, I have completely fallen head over heals for Noel, sigh!! He comes across as brusque and a bit of a group but he does have a real kind and soft heart, he is the sterotypical romantic comedy guy brooding with a lot of hidden virtues, he is as sexy as hell – but then again I have always had a love for the rougher heroes, add into that his Scottish accent and his love of dogs then you have my perfect man…even when he is baring a pain in the arse.
I have to comment on the dedication, Oh my word that tore at my heart, for anyone who has lost a dog will know exactly what I mean. Those few words alone with have you a bit teary and which made the whole having a dog in centre stage rather poignant.
This is a fast paced quick read, the story started off with great humour which carried on through out. From the first page ou will instantly feel a real kinship with Leah, she is fabulously down-to-earth and fun, you will be cheering her on as she negotiates her path from drunken stupor of chapter one to getting the Christmas Tree farm on its feet. This is the first I have read by Jaimie Admans, and I can certainly say without a doubt that it will not be the last, I really liked her engaging and witty writing, she grabs the readers attention and keeps a firm hold until the very last word.
Overall, this is a fantastic book, if you love your sweet rom-com’s with a gorgeous festive feel and some brilliant characters then this is the book for you.
This was a Arc via Netgalley, which I voluntarily reviewed as apart of this blog tour.
About the Author
Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.
She has been writing for years but has only just plucked up the courage to tell people.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies Kismetology and The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, and young adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.
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#Review | A Midsummer Knight’s Kiss by Elisabeth Hobbes #AMidsummerKnightsKiss @ElisabethHobbes @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my wonderful followers, I am so excited to be sharing my review of this amazing book; A Midsummer Knights Kiss by Elisabeth Hobbes….In fact excited may be an understatement, I may need sedating with copious amounts of tea, you can be sure there will be a gif involved in this review….anyway, enough of the waffling grab that cuppa and enjoy.
A stolen moment…
…to reunite them!
Since her mischief-making childhood with Robbie Danby, Rowenna has curbed her impetuous nature and become a lady. When she meets Robbie again in York he’s close to claiming his knighthood, and their newly awakened affection inspires in Rowenna a decidedly adult impulsiveness! Yet Robbie’s heart appears to belong to another…unless a Midsummer kiss can change everything…?
My, oh my!! I have become swooning, melting, besotted mess on the floor because of this beautiful book….if ever there was a need for a #DoubleSigh then this is. It seems like an age since I read the Rogue Knight and was first introduced to the Danby brother’s (Yes, I have missed the first book; the Blacksmiths Wife, something that will be rectified).
The starts of when Rowenna and Robbie are children with the best opening scene concerning Geese – yes, you read rightly; Geese, something which did bring back childhood memories of being chased by the wretched things; honestly you all may laugh, but it was horrific…but, you don’t to read about my issue with Geese, you want to hear about this gorgeous book. From that first fun and enlightening chapter you can easily see that there is a very strong bond between them but there is also a spark, a hint of what will be a fabulous romance – even if at first they don’t realise it themselves. It’s lovely to see them as children, not understanding those little feelings and twinges they were feeling around each other, then when Robbie founds out something which will change his whole life and he leaves to start his Knight training, Rowenna is left behind it is these years apart that Rowenna especially knows that what she is feeling for Robbie is far more then just friendship and cousinly love.
We then fast forward years later when our hero and heroine are grown and finally reunited, Robbie is the brave, loyal and devilishly handsome Knight in training, he is full of idea’s of what his future will hold and dreams to be a great Knight, dreams which also happen to involve him marrying pretty lady-in-waiting; Mary. When they stop off at York, Robbie soon reunites with childhood best friend, Rowenna who he soon realises is as different from the little sprite he had left behind she is now a beautiful very lady-like young woman who posses far more charm and grace then he ever remembers and an even more wilful then he remembered. Now he is back and he now not only must figure out exactly what he wants but there is another dark secret that is lurking in the shadows , the secret that changed his whole perspective on his life all those years ago. There are obstacle in their way throughout, does one follow ones heart, or do as one is dutifully bound to? This question does appear throughout and it is a joy to watch as Rowenna and Robbie orchestrate their way through the trials that they must face.
Rowenna and Robbie are perfect for each other, they both have issues and their difference in character compliment the other perfectly; such as Rowenna and is bright, sparky, feisty and full of energy (that does at times get her into trouble) and Robbie is far quieter, he is charming, brave, brooding, thoughtful – at times – he definitely over thinks everything apart I think they just about manage adult life but together they are a strong force, they have an unbreakable bond that connects them, which has lasted the test of time since they were children.
This is a mesmerising and atmospheric, romantic adventure through a beautiful city in a time of unrest and upheaval which also happens to he the highly anticipated return of the Danby’s this time we have moved to the next generation in the form of Rowenna and Robbie. What I particularly loved about this, was watching Rowenna and Robbie discover themselves, they grow into the fabulously complex individuals right before your eyes.
I just loved it…
I have got to mention Robbie’s friend; Cecil, he is a fabulous character, personally speaking as much as I adore Robbie, I thought that Cecil stole every scene away, even though they are very different, their personalities are a little like chalk and cheese there is a underlying friendship and respect between them that makes for great reading and I really do hope that one day Cecil will get his own story…not that I’m hinting…oh, OK I am!
This has everything that we have come to expect from an Elisabeth Hobbes book; danger and unease, tension both from certain aspects of the story and crackling tension between Rowenna and Robbie. Humour, intrigue, romance, gorgeous settings, flawless historical detail, but there was more to this book then just a stunning back drop of York and a brilliantly portrayed romance, i felt that Ms Hobbes had really put her all into this book, there is an unmistakable passion for the story and the history that comes through the writing. Something else I did picked up from this is that I really need to read the Blacksmith’s Wife, that book has been sitting on my kindle for way too long, after reading and loving Rogue Knight and this I need to know Hal and Joanna’s story
This is a stunning book, enthralling and thrilling story which does take the reader on a marvellous journey, the character’s have more hurdles then in an Olympic sport which keeps the reader completely engrossed you are willing Rowenna and Robbie on, you become desperate for them to find their happiness, as there are few characters who deserve it as much as these two do. There is nothing that can say against Elisabeth Hobbes writing, she really is a master in her own right, she will grab your attention and never let you go until the last word and even then the story will stay with you a lot longer.
It’s a richly textured in emotional depth, excellently detailed so much so the story comes alive with sparkling clarity.
This was an Arc copy via the author, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Elisabeth. x
A Midsummer Knight’s Kiss is to be released on 3rd October and can be pre-ordered now, and I definitely say go and grab a copy as soon as you can.
#Review | Once Upon a Christmas Past by Regan Walker, Paula Quinn, Catherine Kean & Brenda Jernigan #OnceUponAChristmasPast #ChristmasAnthology
Hello everyone, I have the great pleasure to be sharing my review of this wonderfully festive anthology; Once Upon a Christmas Past by Regan Walker, Paula Quinn, Catherine Kean & Brenda Jernigan. So take a seat, grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy a little bit of Christmas in September.
Christmas in Scotland or Christmas in England – it is the best time of the year.
NY Times & USA Today & Bestselling Authors present Once Upon a Christmas Past – 4 full books of Christmas and Love
A Secret Scottish Christmas by Regan Walker
Spies, Scots, and Shipmasters celebrate a very secret Christmas in Scotland as identical twins, Robbie and Nash Powell, spies for the Crown, compete for the love of the daughter of an Aberdeen shipbuilder.
A Highlander for Christmas by Paula Quinn
As the bard of the MacGregor clan, Finlay Grant is a natural-born charmer. He can easily win the heart of any lass . . . but somehow, the right words to express his love for stunning Leslie Harrison have eluded him. Yet as Christmastide approaches, Finn knows he must find a way to propose to the raven-haired beauty who has stolen his heart.
A Knight’s Redemption by Catherine Kean
Six Christmases ago, after refusing his kiss, Lady Mary Westbrook was locked in the dungeon by Lord Holden Kendall, a squire at Branton Keep. When an attempted child abduction days before Christmas brings Holden back to the castle, Mary must confront again what happened between them.
Holden is a grown warrior now, and he resolves to not only make matters right with Mary but finally win her kiss. Yet, as peril ensues, Mary must risk far more than a chance at true love.
Christmas in Camelot by Brenda Jernigan
Sir Nicholas the Dragon’s orders are clear. He is to fend off the enemy besieging Noelle’s castle and bring the lady safely back to Camelot for her wedding day to Sir Gavin. But spending time with the proud beauty awakens an irresistible hunger in Nicholas. Now, as desire does battle with duty, Nicholas has only two choices — to surrender the woman he loves to another man or fight to the end to make her his own.
Is there a better way to get into the festive spirit then reading four gorgeous Christmassy historical romances? I can’t think of anything, this anthology is a real treat, there is something for every historical romance reader, whether it is handsome spies, devastating highlanders, sinful Knights or the Knights of the round table, I can guarantee no matter what you love about romance, you will find a whole new love somewhere in this anthology. I must admit that I did start this anthology a little biased as I had read A Secret Scottish Christmas Last year, I adore this book when I first read it and I loved it so much I was more then happy to read it again and I knew with having Ms Walker amongst this anthology I would be in for a treat – but then again Regan Walker could write a bus timetable and I would be in heaven. What I love about anthology’s is that you are introduced to author’s whom you have not read before and by the end your TBR pile has just tripled in size as you start adding all the authors past work to it.
So as you would have gathered this anthology is all historical romance, I have decided to review the anthology as a whole with little nod to each book, instead of my usual full individual book review, only because if I did this post would go on and on – really no one wants to fall asleep mid way through as I waffle on.
A Secret Scottish Christmas is just as I remember; a gorgeous, festive and beautifully written Christmassy romance. I love Regan Walker’s work, this was a favourite of mine the first time I read it, re-reading it has just confirmed what I new already; that Ms Walker has a beautiful eye for detail, her grasp at language that can take the reader to another time and place is stunning.
A Highlander For Christmas by Paula Quinn is a very loving and heart-warming story, the characters are so charming and well defined that they instantly make you cheer them on as they find their way to a happily ever after. The story is a real winner, it’s charming and very easy to read.
A Knight’s Redemption by Catherine Kean is such a fun and very witty romance, it’s a proper enemies to lovers (well that’s how I saw it) the story starts when they are very young and when they don’t exactly see eye to eye, then we fast forward to them as adults there is a lot for them to move past before they reach their happy ending.
Christmas In Camelot by Brenda Jernigan what a fabulous story this is, who doesn’t love the stories about Arthur and his Knights of the round table? This is just as compelling and engrossing as the Arthurian stories themselves, full of action and romance a real winner.
I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology, I liked how the stories complimented one and other, even though they are full length novels on their own the four stories seem to fit really well as they sit side by side. Each of the four authors are all so different in writing style, they each have their own way with words which will grab your attention and take you off on a festive adventure into the past – or should that be four festive adventure’s? You have rich detail, gorgeous settings, amazing and wonderfully crafted characters and four brilliantly engaging, romantic and atmospheric stories.
Overall an immensely romantic and utterly charming anthology that will make you feel warm and festive, this is like opening a Christmas gift, there is excitement for what is to come then when you have read each of the beautiful stories you feel a sense of serenity and joy.
This was a Arc copy via the author’s, which I voluntarily reviewed, Thank you Regan.
Once Upon A Christmas Past is to be released on 1st October and can be pre-ordered now.
#Review | Stolen Kiss With The Hollywood Starlet (Brides Of The Roaring Twenties #2) by Lauri Robinson #StolenKissWithTheHollywoodStarlet #BridesOfTheRoaringTwenties @LauriR @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovely friends, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the gorgeous twenties set romance; Stolen Kiss With The Hollywood Starlet by Lauri Robinson with you all today. So grab a cuppa and enjoy.
An innocent country girl…
With stars in her eyes!
In this Brides of the Roaring Twenties story, hotshot lawyer Walter Russell knows an innocent country girl like Shirley Burnette is going to find it tough in cutthroat Hollywood. A stolen kiss with this bright, young singer may be worthy of the silver screen—but Walter hates show business and has sworn off starlets. He knows he should steer well clear…if only he wasn’t so compelled to help her!
Well, this is a gorgeous book, one which I cannot recommend enough, but first full discloser, that I haven’t read a 20’s set romance before this – I know, it’s unbelievable, I can’t think why this era has eluded me before now, but I do know that I will be rectifying that – bring me the 20’s romances, I want gangsters, flappers and bootleggers.
This is the second book in the Bride of the Roaring Twenties, I can guarantee that you can read this as a stand-a-lone, I have read them out of order, don’t ask why, I have them both and yet chose to read this one first I tend to work in odd ways, but I just finished the first book; Baby on his Hollywood Doorstep (review to come soon) and really except for a few mentions of shared character’s the stories are very much separate to one and other. Which I do like this kind of series, where you can literally just pick any of the books up and start to read without worrying if your missing out on something from previous books.
I’m babbling again, aren’t I?
The story as you may have gathered is set in the roaring twenties, singer Shirley Burnette has just arrived in Hollywood, after being forced from her home, she has nothing but what she has in his suitcase and a dream of stardom. She has always been told she sings like an angel and now she wants to take the city of angels by storm. She is your stereotypical country girl who sets her eyes on the big lights. Yet, alas her first day doesn’t exactly go to plan when she is nearly run down by high and mighty lawyer; Walter Russell. Let us just say that Walter and Shirley don’t get off at the best starts, he in no uncertain terms without even knowing her name tells her to get on the bus and go back to where she came from. Well our Shirley maybe classed as a country-bumpkin, but she has got spirit, she wants to be a singer more then anything she wants to live the dream her mother didn’t have the chance to live.
Walter knows that a country girl like Shirley (or Blondie as he nicknames her) won’t survive in the tough, backstabbing and at times deadly Hollywood, that the sparkle will soon be banished from her wide eyes, there is a reason why he knows this and why he wants to protect her, a reason that comes clear as the story moves along and one that I ain’t going to tell you, let me just say that Walter’ isn’t the hard, arrogant powerful man that Shirley first thinks him to be, there are cracks in his hardened armour. Walter dislikes everything about Hollywood, he hates how false it all can be, how innocent people can be changed over night, apart from his clients he tries to stay as far away from starlets and the lights of Hollywood as he can – yet ‘Blondie’ gets under his skin.
Oh, Walter!!! Sigh, Who says that the twenties were full of sexy Gangsters and Bootleggers? This man is a marvel, I don’t usually swoon over the pristine suited lawyers but phew, this guy is gorgeous…I may need to commit a crime just so he can defend me 😉
I have always loved Enemies to Lovers and even though these two aren’t so much ‘enemies’ there is a mutual dislike between them at first, but soon both of their icy exteriors melt away and they see that the other isn’t too bad at all. I love how they get to know each other, they both have to work past their own personal past and issues, I adore how Walter is so protective of her and yet at the same time treats her as an equal, such as when h gives her a driving lesson. The chemistry is sensual and smouldering, it’s not wham, bam straight into to bed, their romance builds up over the course of the book, to a seductive and highly anticipated ending.
I loved this book, everything about it; the setting, the era, the clothes, the dialogue…everything. I was hooked with Shirley and Walter’s story, there is an underlying sadness that runs through their story which makes you completely engrossed, they both have heart-break in their past and that comes through and makes the story so much stronger and relatable, that human emotion and hardship kept me transfixed to the page, I was willing them to have a bit of happiness.
Overall this is an enticing, mesmerising and rich in emotion love story. You really get a sense of the times Shirley and Walter are living in, Ms Robinson has a marvellous eye for detail everything is so clear and vibrant and she knows this era like the back of her hand.
This is what I have come to really love about Lauri Robinson, she dives into the era’s that are so rare in romance, she brings them to your attention and makes you fall in love with a whole new era. I love that Mills and Boon/Harlequin are so open to these new stories and new era’s, keep them coming!
This was an Arc from the author, which I voluntarily reviewed, Thank you Lauri. X
Stolen Kiss With The Hollywood Starlet is available from Amazon.
#Review | Longing for Her Forbidden Viking (To Wed a Viking #2) by Harper St. George #LongingForHerForbiddenViking #ToWedAViking @HarperStGeorge @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello my lovely friends, I have the massive pleasure to be sharing my review of; Longing for her Forbidden Viking, which is the second book in the To wed a Viking series by Harper St. George. To say I have been excited about this book doesn’t really describe it; think waiting for this book, think young child in a candy shop and you have an inkling, anyway grab a cuppa and enjoy.
“Become my concubine.”
But never his wife?
Part of To Wed a Viking: Saxon maiden Ellan would rather wed a Dane than be forced into marriage by her father. In fact, she has one Dane in mind. But strong warrior Aevir has been ordered to marry for duty—all he can offer Ellan is a place as his concubine! She may be bold, but Ellan can never accept that! Even if his burning kisses make it incredibly tempting…
“The best of the viking romance sub-genre I’ve ever read.” Goodreads on Marrying Her Viking Enemy
“Marrying Her Viking Enemy by Harper St. George is a mesmerizing and tantalizing story … A must read.” Goodreads on Marrying Her Viking Enemy
Oh, boy!! Harper you have gone and done it again, I am a melting swooning mess, I am bowing down to you, this is stunning!! To say I have been excited about this book is an understatement, I have been looking forward to Ellen and Aevir’s story since we met them in the previous book, I was instantly intrigued by them, and oh my did they live up to expectations.
This is it second book in the To Wed a Viking series, yes it can very easily be read as a stand-a-lone, it has it’s own central story and characters – one that you will instantly fall in love with, even though I do recommend that you read the previous book; Marrying her Viking Warrior as this book follows on from where the previous left off, but only so you don’t miss a moment of this fabulous series.
Saxon Ellen is left in shock when her father – who is supposed up to no good, you will have to read it to know what I am on about with that 😉 – turns up and tells her in no uncertain terms that she is to marry a Saxon of his choosing, she will not follow her sister and becoming a traitor to their Saxon blood by marrying a Dane, Godric has plans for the daughter he has detested most of her life. Ellen, unlike her father doesn’t hate the Dame’s she knows that not all of her people have been accepting of the invading Viking’s but she see’s them a different light, she enjoys the peace that they have brought to her world and she is undeniable attracted to them -or one in particular; Aevir, she is enthralled by him, he is the most handsome man she has ever seen, he captured her attention – not surprising really, Aevir is….well, if ever there was a time for a #DoubleSigh and a swooning gif then now is the time….sigh!!
**Pulls herself from daydreaming about blonde Vikings**
Ellen is adamant that she won’t be forced into a marriage, she wants to stay with the Danes but to do that she must marry one – but not any, she wants Aevir! Alas, poor Ellen has a struggle on her hands as Aevir is very power hungry, he thinks that a lowly farmers daughter and a possible spy will do him no good career wise, even though he find her intoxicating, he can’t keep his mind or eyes from her, his body and heart or in a constant battle with her stubborn mind. Jarl Vidar has already negotiated a bride for Aevir that will propel him to great heights so when he refuses to take Ellen as a wife, he does offer her something else; to be his mistress…Ouh la la!! Will Ellen accept is scandalous proposition?
For me it has to be our leading couple that really steal the show, they are mesmerising. I always say how much I love each of these stories and their characters and it is very true, I do love them all, these Viking’s are some of my favourite character’s out of all the historical romances I have read (and believe me I have read a fair few historical’s). But there is something about Ellen and Aevir’s road to their happily ever after that really struck me, I felt a real kinship with both of them, which is a little odd, usually as a reader I tend to connect with one character and then hold on to them not wanting to let go, yet here, both Ellen and Aevir really connected with me both in their own ways. Ellen is so resilient, she is a natural carer, she tries to please she tries to do her best for everyone, even if people don’t want it. She has a sensitive heart beneath her determined and capable exterior, I felt that she wounds easily. She is also very strong, in an emergency she instantly knows what to do, she is no wallflower this gal knows what’s she doing.
Whereas Aevir there is times when he looks back on his past, on where he came from that he came from very humble beginnings, there is a lot of shame at there way he came into the world, and pride at how he worked his way up through the ranks. He has worked hard for what he has and yet there is a vulnerability in him that still sees himself as not worthy – when really he is the most worthy of men – even if at times he can appear to be a little arrogant and selfish and a little mercenary, but I can look past that as he has stolen my heart. He has a heart of pure warrior gold no matter where his roots began. I love each of them, they are a couple anyone can really get behind and support, their way to their happiness isn’t a straight forward one, there are a lot of hurdles in the road and that has made them a strong, adorable and resilient couple who will face whatever comes their way with strength and dignity, something we can all aspire to
There is no doubting that Harper St George has a gift, her writing is some of the best I’ve read, she grasp’s hold of your attention and doesn’t let you go not even when the book has finished. Her attention to detail is flawless you feel as though your in the midst of the perilous Viking era, I could smell the fires, the woods, I could sense the unease in the atmosphere, the danger that is forever lurking around the corner and the sexual undercurrent that is swirling around Ellen and Aevir is so palpable you feel the tingles – and this is just with the merest heated glance.
This is a deeply sensual, evocative, mesmerising and fabulously intriguing story that captures the readers imagination. This not the stereotypical warrior meets girl and they get hitched, oh no, at times I did wonder if Ellen and Aevir would ever find their happiness – there was a lot of me muttering; “Come on Aevir/Ellen’s” while reading this as it is as clear as a bell that they are perfect for each other but things don’t run smoothly for our couple, there are twists in the tale that have you hooked, add in politics, danger and many, many lusty, meaningful glances and you really are on to a winner with this beauty.
I hand on heart cannot recommend this book and this series enough, I am hoping for more Vikings – honestly, I need more Vikings in my life, not that I’m hinting or anything.. OK, I am! 😉
This was an Arc copy via the author, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you so much Harper. x
Longing For her Forbidden Viking is out Today and can be purchased from Amazon.