#Review | Invitation To A Cornish Christmas by Marguerite Kaye & Bronwyn Scott #InvitationToACornishChristmas @MargueriteKaye @Bronwynscott @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hello Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the beautiful Invitation To A Cornish Christmas by Marguerite Kaye and Bronwyn Scott. I have been very excited about this book, it is the perfect Christmassy read to enjoy through these colder nights. So grab your hot chocolate and enjoy!
Welcome to a Regency Christmas…
…in these two festive short stories!
Captain Treeve Penhaligon must return to Cornwall when he inherits his family’s grand estate. But could his meeting with Emily Faulkner on the wild beaches be even more life changing? Find out in Marguerite Kaye’s The Captain’s Christmas Proposal.
Then, discover what happens when Treeve invites composer Cador Kitto to complete the celebrations, and Cade clashes with local girl Rosenwyn Treleven in Unwrapping His Festive Temptation by Bronwyn Scott…
I adore this book and it is exactly what we need for Christmas, the two stories work alongside each other beautifully, the character’s all blend together to create a real community in their little town, it’s unique and I don’t know any other authors who can write together with such clear passion and solidity to create something as charming and enjoyable as this.
The Kaye and Scott Christmas stories will always have a special place in my heart, as it was through one of their past Christmas books where I was introduced to both of these fine ladies work and I haven’t looked back, I was hooked and have hugely enjoyed both their work since, so I was so happy to hear that again they were writing another Christmas book.
The Captain’s Christmas Proposal by Marguerite Kaye
Emily Faulkner is happily living her quiet isolated life, in her little cottage by the sea. She would far rather life quietly away from prying eyes, away from the scandal that she is running from, and away from those who know about her fall from grace, which is why she chose the tiny fishing village of Porth Karreck, it is the perfect place to shrink into the background and start a new life. A life away from society and away from men, she is happily settled into her little cottage, taking daily walks and swims while designing and making her jewellery her family are famed for, she is happy with her peaceful existence.
Well that is what she fully intended, but she didn’t bargain on falling in love with the newly returned prodigal son of Porth Karreck; Captain Treeve Penhaligon who has returned on leave from the Navy to sort out the estate after his brother’s death.
Treeve can think of other places he would rather be than back in his home village, his heart has always been at sea and now after so many years away he feels like an outsider and knows that because he is in the Navy and not a regular fisherman like so many in the village he is looked upon with distrust and wariness.
I adore these two even though at times I felt like banging their heads together, can’t they see that they are made for each other? But there are factors on both sides which prevents them from moving forward with their relationship, Emily has a secret that she is very unwilling to share and Treeve will be returning to the Navy after Christmas, can their love at first sight meeting really go the long haul?
At times I did wonder if they would find the courage to give their blossoming romance a go, but I understand why they were both so reluctant to tale the chance, they both must find their way through their own personal issues and only once they and loved the way that their romance was written, if loved their chemistry and how from that very first meeting on the beach they instantly clicked, it’s like at that moment something shifted for them both with the presence of this other person.
Ms Kaye’s writing is as ever; flawless, she has a real gift at spinning an emotionally wrenching and beautifully orchestrated romance, I loved every moment of Treeve’s and Emily’s story.
Unwrapping His Festive Temptation by Bronwyn Scott
Porth Karreck born; Cador Kitto is reluctantly back in town after being asked by Captain Penhaligon to produce a special Christmas Cantata for their grand celebration, Cador isn’t exactly infused to be back in his birthplace, but unfortunately for Cador his needs the money he will earn. He is in financial bother, yet he hasn’t produced anything new for a while, he has the musicians equivalent of writer’s block. So when he got asked to produce the cantata for the Captain he couldn’t exactly turn it down, it would be like smacking a gift horse in the mouth (as my gran used to say) but he wouldn’t be staying in that infernal place longer than was absolutely necessary.
Well, that is his plan, until he spots the most beautiful and enchanting woman he has ever seen, in the village church’s congregation. Rosenwyn Treleven; whom we met in the first story, is trying to distance herself from all men, trying to protect herself and her heart. She is not going to have her heart broken again by a cad. As much as the twinkly-eyed Cador is appealing she is still very reluctant to take their mutual attraction any further.
Cador soon woos Rosenwyn, not by his illustrious and shining reputation and career but by being himself, but they both know that he is leaving so obviously this relationship is going to go nowhere or is it? I love that initial spark of interest from each other, one single glance and boom they were unwittingly hooked by the other, I loved watching as these two lonely and untrusting people learn to love and to trust. They are made for each other, their personalities as different as very similar and they fit together like two-pieces of a jigsaw, their journey to happily ever after so beautiful.
Ms Scott woos the reader with her passionate and exquisitely written love story, I simply loved getting know Cador and Rosenwyn, this is a wonderfully engaging and richly detailed story.
These two fine ladies have done it again, they have created two perfectly in sync stories with a catalogue of the most beautifully written and engaging character’s that the reader instantly falls in love with. They have shown again that they are the master’s of the historical romance genre, they never fail to enchant you. Their difference in writing complements the others perfectly.
Two beautiful and heart-warming stories of second chances and finding true love at Christmas, they are simply splendid!
This was a complimentary copy via the authors, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you Marguerite and Bronwyn, apologies for how late this review is. Xx
Invitation to a Cornish Christmas is available now.
#Review | Christmas With His Wallflower Wife (Beauchamp Heirs #3) by Janice Preston #ChristmasWithHisWallflowerWife #BeauchampHeirs @JaniceGPreston @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks
Hellooo sunshine’s, have I got an amazing book to share with you all today! I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this utterly beautiful and very emotional; Christmas With His Wallflower Wager, which is the finale **sobs** book in the Beauchamp series by Janice Preston. So grab that cuppa and a huge slice of creamy, chocolatey cake (you’re going to need it, plus tissues) and enjoy….while I hop off to devour my own weight in, yet more Jaffa Cakes!
A convenient bride
Can he be the groom she deserves?
Part of The Beauchamp Heirs. Lord Alexander Beauchamp has protected Lady Jane Colebrooke since childhood. So seeing she’s about to be forced to wed, he steps in with a proposal of his own! But Alex underestimated the closeness that taking Jane as his bride demands—something he expected never to give. As Christmas approaches, he knows he must confront the dark secrets that shadow their marriage…
Oh my goodness, Alex what have you done to me? There I was minding my own business, happily swooning over Vernon, Dominic and Zach and boom; fragile, vulnerable, tragically lost, secretive Alex comes along and ruins me and breaks my heart, he does really does need a huge hug – something which I am more than happy to provide 😉 honestly though, I thought I was completely lost when Zach exploded into my life, but oh boy has Alex got to me or what. I may never recover from this, I may never be able to look at another hero again.
This is the third and final book in the Beauchamp Heirs series, and it is very sad that this beautiful series has come to an end, but I am hoping that there will be more books that at least feature the glorious Beauchamp’s in some way, yes I am blatantly hinting there that I want more Beauchamp’s in my life…no not want, I need them!! Over the course of this series and the previous, it has been a real joy getting to know each couple and their adorable pooches – by the way; thank you Janice for putting a bull terrier into your books and in such a fabulously central way, you wouldn’t believe how that tiny thing made me happy.
So, book three means; Alex, the one Beauchamp heir that I have been looking forward to meeting, Alex has always felt like the outsider, the black sheep of the Beauchamp family, he has never felt at ease or himself with them, the only person he has ever really felt comfortable around is his childhood best friend Jane. So when she needs rescuing from the unsuitable clutches of the dastardly Sir Pikeford, he does as he has always done with her; stand in and protect her. Once married he thinks that his personal scar’s and ghosts from his troubled past may finally leave him now he has to put all his focus on to equally vulnerable Jane. Oh, how wrong he is! Let us say, that Alex soon realises that burring your problems isn’t the answer and that the woman by his side could very well be just what he is looking for. That’s, of course, they both can move forward and past their issues.
If you have been following the series, you may know that Alex was the one who found his mother murdered as a child and that has weighed heavily on him for the rest of his life. I won’t say too much about that aspect of the story, but it is a huge part of why he is as troubled as he is and why there is animosity between him and his Ducal father. For me, t was that side of the story that captured my attention the most, the journey Alex must go on from rescuing and marrying Jane to facing some exceedingly difficult moments to finally reach that happily ever after, he so deserves and yearns for, that journey is one which is fraught with heartache, not just for Alex and Jane but for the reader too. It is expertly written, the emotion ripples and crackles right off the page.
I have been through the mill with this one, I have laughed, sighed, swooned, groaned in frustration, cried; basically, I have had some sort of little meltdown on the course of this book and, you know what I would happily do it all again. Then to top it all off, I ended up clinging to my kindle as I perched at the edge of my chair, terrified for my hero and hoping he comes through and gets his much deserved happily ever after (just a small hint at the turmoil which our characters go through) …Janice Preston, what are you doing to me?
I am an emotional mess, and loving it!
I have to mention the ending, no spoilers…just a nod to Ms Preston’s impressive gift at cementing a scene into the reader’s mind forever, it is perfect for the story, for the series and for the Beauchamp’s. Just one thing though, from the title you would think that this is a Christmas story, I personally wouldn’t say it is, but what I will say is; that this is a beautiful, illuminating and heartfelt romance with one of the most troubled and fragile heroes I have come across since Jamie Warriner from Virginia Heath’s Wild Warriner’s and dare I say it; Heathcliffe?! As you may except I was all over Alex…that doesn’t sound right, but I think you get the idea of how much I adored him.
Christmas with his Wallflower wife is a gorgeous love story, yet it is far more than your stereotypical; friends to lovers romance, with it’s an entertaining, intriguing and suspenseful subplot, rich details and outstanding emotional conflict between two incredible characters this is an engaging and enchanting page-turner that will captivate you right to the last page.
A beautiful and emotional finale to what has been a perfect series!
This was an Arc via the author, which I voluntarily reviewed, thank you, Janice. x
Christmas With His Wallflower Wife is to be released on 28 November and can be pre-ordered now.
#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!
Hello my lovely readers, and Happy October 1st, I hope everyone is doing well. So, now we are in another month that can only mean one thing; ‘Book Of The Month’. You will probably be wondering where ‘September’s’ book is, to be perfectly honest, I am a tardy blogger and I forgot to post last month, honestly it’s laughable how un-organised I am when it comes to posting anything other then scheduled reviews.
Anyhow, you want to know which book I have chosen for October’s Book Of The Month, so without further ado here it is….
The book I have chosen for October is amazing – even if I do say so myself!! I am going to go into full disclosure mode here and say that this book isn’t just the first book I read by this author, but it is also the first book I read from Mills and Boon/Harlequin it is this book that grabbed me and made me see that these books aren’t just all virgin’s and riding breeches – Saying that, I do have a love for a well shaped…ermmm….rear end in a pair of fitted breeches ;-).
(Who doesn’t love a bit of Darcy? ;-))
Anyway from this book I fell in love with Mills and Boon/Harlequin, but more importantly this authors work, from this one book I was completely hooked with her writing and I have devoured every book of hers since, but this one will always be special for me.
I love everything about this book, it has a brilliant storyline which will grab your attention and your imagination. The details are so stunning and accurate that it will transport you from your cushy armchair to the glittery and glamourous Regency world which holds a host of full of hot blooded men and feisty women. As well as being hugely heart-warming and romantic, but also it is very engaging with amazing character’s which will ruin you for all other characters for life, it will make you weep and swoon and fall head over heals in love again and again.
Plus the guy on the cover is pretty darn hot! #DoubleSigh
But, what book am I talking about? Ok, I will put you out of your misery…
Book Of The Month
A lady’s mission of revenge…
Lady Hannah Steers has three reasons to loathe and despise Ross Jameson. He’s a scandalous libertine, he stole her home and he was responsible for the death of her brother!
Determined to expose Ross for the rogue he is, Hannah dons a disguise and infiltrates his home as his new housekeeper. Unfortunately, this scoundrel proves himself to be the epitome of temptation and, instead of building a case against him, Hannah finds herself in a position she never expected…falling head over heels in love with him!
What people are saying about That Despicable Rogue
“But all in all, That Despicable Rogue is a thoroughly enjoyable read and one I’d definitely recommend to others.” – Caz; Goodreads/All About Romance
“Heath does a great job building a character-driven story and I appreciate how well she has her characters explain themselves. Even when they do stupid things, I still understand why, and that is awesome.” – Becca; Goodreads
“This book has it all. A likeable heroine, a gorgeous hero and a pace that will keep you reading and putting off everything else. The conversations that bounce back and forth between the hero and heroine are filled with humour and emotion. Ross is more of a gentlemen than most of the ton and as such it was a great twist.” – Sarah Snowdon
“I really loved this story! ….The writing is fun and light. It was a fast read, but I will add this to my re-read list! Great characters always bring me back. I’m going to look for more by this author as well!” – Angela Withrow; The Ardent Reader
“Historical romance fans have got such a marvellous treat ahead of them with That Despicable Rogue. Poignant, hilarious and absolutely impossible to put down, That Despicable Rogue is a wonderful story of wrong impressions, scandalous secrets and red-hot sensuality that readers will find themselves unable to resist. Virginia Heath’s characters are wonderfully vivid and engaging. I absolutely adored plucky, resilient and strong Hannah and Ross Jameson will have readers reaching for the smelling salts with his brooding charm, wicked sense of humour and kind soul.”– Julie; Goodreads
“That Despicable Rogue is definitely more than meets the eye and it is a must read for all Historical Romance fans. It is interesting and loving the whole boy meets girl, and girl hates boy premise when it starts is adorable. Virginia Heath is such a clever, witty and intelligent writer and an all round lovely person and she is in my opinion right up there with the greats like Gaelan Foley, Elizabeth Hoyt and Lisa Kleypas, I can see many, many good thing’s happening in this talented lady’s future.” – Chicks, Rogues and Scandals.
Quick Cheeky Quote
(You know I had to sneak Tom in somewhere ;-))
‘Don’t be,’ he whispered into her hair, and then he absently kissed the top of it. ‘My mother always says that women cry in the same way that men punch things. She says that it is better out than in. Is it all out yet? If it’s not then the back of my shirt is still dry. You can grizzle on that. Or you could use Dog. He is quite clean now.’
He felt her laugh a little between hiccoughs and tightened his arms around her possessively. There was something about her that made him want to protect her.
It was odd.
He had only ever experienced that emotion when it concerned either his mother or his sister before now—but he had never before yearned to kiss away another’s pain.
‘Now you are being to kind. I cannot destroy all of your shirts. Especially as your handkerchief is now quite ruined.’
About The Author
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling.
As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down.
Fortunately, Harlequin Mills and Boon saw some potential in her stories and decided they would publish them. So far, she has been commissioned to write ten books for their Harlequin Historical series. Her first Regency Romance, That Despicable Rogue, was published in May 2016, and since then she hasn’t stopped writing. Her 3rd book, The Discerning Gentleman’s Guide was shortlisted for a RONA (Romantic Novel of the Year Award).
After the success of her Wild Warriners quartet, she is currently working on her second series for Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical- The Kings Elite- which should hit the shelves in the Summer of 2018.
She would love to hear from you on either Facebook or Twitter, especially if you love history as much as she does, and promises to try to remember to Blog about something interesting every month.
A former history teacher and enthusiastic tea drinker, Virginia lives near London with her wonderful husband and two teenagers. When she is not making up stories of her own, Virginia likes to travel to far off places, shop for things she doesn’t need, walk her beloved Labrador Trevor and read other peoples’ stories.
Despite all of that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
#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 | 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.