His Makeshift Wife

 IS HE A RAKE TO TRUST?

Spirited Briony Winters can’t believe her ears! Her beloved godmother’s will pushes her into marriage – with notorious rake Luke Kingsley. But when her wickedly handsome husband-to-be promises not to claim his rights, Briony takes a deep breath and says, ‘I do…’ Luke is used to having secrets, and he’s keeping his true reasons for marrying Briony hidden.

Let her believe him merely another spoilt, indebted rakehell. Yet it’s increasingly hard to hide his real self from his ever more inquisitive wife…

A Mills & Boon regency romance involving a marriage of convenience in name only while both parties have their reasons for agreeing to it things never turn out quite as planned.

Romance, deception and intrigue all perfect elements of a regency romance along with  a spirited heroine and a super sexy male counterpart. One thing noticeably absent from this book is sex, the protagonists don’t even touch each other until the end and even then that is behind closed doors. Not really a problem though, it  just allows you to leave it up to your imagination but I do like a bit of romantic tension build up though and that was lacking a bit in this one.

I really enjoy reading Mills and Boon romances, regency ones in particular. You know how it will end, it is the getting there that is unknown and this one does not disappoint. I am just a sappy romantic at heart.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Anne Ashley
  • Format: Kindle
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon
  • Genre: Regency Romance
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Maybe this Christmas

Christmas is a great time for romance and I love it. If you love romance too, you will love this book – read it snuggled up in a duvet on a cold winters night and prepare to be transported to the snowy mountains of Vermont.

 Brenna Daniels has been in love with Tyler O’Neil forever. After an accident ended his champion downhill skiing career he returned to Snow Crystal, and Brenna finds it harder and harder to work alongside him. Tyler is focusing on bringing up his teenage daughter Jess and coping with the loss of his career, but when circumstances force Brenna to move into his home he finds himself  thinking thoughts about his best friend that could ruin their friendship.

This is the final book in the O’Neil trilogy and I must say I think it is the best one. While all three books are stand alone, one of the reasons I enjoyed this so much is the way we have grown to know and love Tyler through the previous two books. I would therefore recommend reading the previous ones to develop that deeper connection with the characters but it isn’t essential!

I love the setting of Snow Crystal and can very easily imagine myself there – although I would definitely be in a cabin with a log fire rather than skiing. The imagery through the writing was really well done.

Tyler feels he is struggling with his teenage daughter and I loved the way their relationship developed. I also had a good chuckle at the embarrassment he felt when he realised why Jess needed to go to the store urgently. Tyler is also struggling with the loss of his skiing career, which in turn has an impact on his relationship with his daughter who wants to do nothing but ski.

Brenna is a character who comes across as confident in some situations but in actuality has very low self esteem and issues dating back to high school. Tyler being a man of course is oblivious to all this, and never thinks to compliment her on what she is wearing to boost her confidence. She is also very passive and allows people to rail-road her even when the situation makes her uncomfortable. Fortunately she does start to grow a set after she downed tequilas with the girls.

Of course the rest of the Snow Crystal family are in the book as well (including the dogs), and it was great to catch up and to see the resort doing so well after nearly closing the year before (I know it’s just a story but still…)

The ending for this book is so romantic, one of the more romantic ones I have read and a very fitting end for this couple. I loved the ending, loved it 🙂

Christmas is a great time for romance and I love it. If you love romance too, you will love this book – read it snuggled up in a duvet on a cold winters night and prepare to be transported to the snowy mountains of Vermont.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Book Information
  • Author: Sarah Morgan
  • Series: O'Neil Brothers (3)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Truly, Madly, Deeply

 From wedding days to special anniversaries, steamy one night encounters to everlasting loves, Truly, Madly, Deeply takes you on an unforgettable romantic adventure where love really is all you need.

This is a collection of 24 new stories from some of today’s best romantic authors including Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Miranda Dickinson. There really is something for everyone here, but I must confess I did not like all the stories, and some authors that were new to me and I will not look to read again. However, there were also a number of authors who I had never read before that will definitely have me looking for more of their work – Nikki Moore (she made me cry!), Alison May and Heidi Rice to name but three.

I have to say I’m not a big fan of short stories like this, as there is not enough time to really develop characters or a story. Having said that, I am amazed at how well some authors could drag me into their story in only a few pages.

I am also an extremely quick reader so short stories like these can take only a matter of a couple of minutes to read. Probably why I prefer a longer story I can get my teeth into. I do like a drawn out romance 🙂

This is however a great collection of stories and if you are the sort of person who likes to read in bite sized chunks this is perfect. Romance abounds and as mentioned you may discover some new authors to add to your reading shelf.

Please note this is a review of the paperback version, the e-book contains a number of bonus stories which I have not read.

Book Information
  • Author: Sue Moorcroft
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Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Sleigh Bells in the Snow

 Workaholic Kayla Green hates Christmas and just wants to hide until it’s all over, so when she needs to go to snowy Vermont to woo a potential new client over the holidays, she jumps at the chance.  Jackson O’Neill is desperate to save the family business and hopes marketing hotshot Kayla is just the person to do it. Kayla soon realises that far from avoiding Christmas and families, she is about to face her biggest challenge both personally and professionally.

Romance and Christmas – two of my favourite things, so what could be a better combination in a book, and this story does not disappoint. Kayla and Jackson are great characters, complete opposites in their outlooks on life and work which leads to sparks flying both sexual and emotional.

It was good to see how much Kayla developed as a character, as Jackson and his family started to get under her skin and breaking down her barriers. I think her changing emotions were well written. She could also be a bit clueless at times which led to some humorous moments – I mean heels in snow!

Jackson is gorgeous, my kind of guy and if I could have him wrapped up for Christmas I would be happy (but don’t tell my husband!).

There are some truly romantic moments in this book and at the end I had a smile and a satisfied sigh. The setting is perfect for a Christmas story and the imagery created by the author’s writing is so good, I felt like I should have a log fire and snow boots!

I defy anyone to not be feeling christmassy at the end of this book, probably not so good in June, but at this time of year – perfect.

The rest of the O’Neill family are introduced and there are some real characters in there. I’m looking forward to finding out more about them in future books

The author has created a cast of characters I cannot wait to find more about and a setting that I cannot wait to return to. I have always enjoyed Sarah Morgan’s books and this longer novel is a real treat, a must for fans of romance and Christmas and at 99p for the UK Kindle edition (November 2013) what are you waiting for?

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Sarah Morgan
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Our Week in Books – Week 22, 2013

 Tracey

Been a busier reading week this week, primarily my good old favourite, the historical romance.

I seem to have been on a bit of a Mills and Boon kick this week, starting with His lady Mistress by Elizabeth Rolls.  I really enjoyed this one and if you are a fan of regency romance definitely worth a read – 4 stars.

I also read A Very Unusual Governess by Sylvia Andrew, another regency romance involving a gentleman and a supposed governess. This book made me laugh a lot in places – 4.5 stars.

How to sin Successfully by Bronwyn Scott is also an historical romance and quite coincidentally involves a governess. No, I haven’t suddenly gone on a mission to find all the books involving governesses but they seem to have found me! This had a bit of a mystery plot surrounding it and a truly despicable villain, overall a good story – 3.5 stars.

My last Mills and Boon book this week was The replacement Wife by Caitlin Crews – shock horror, not a historical romance! I was not overly keen on this one. I would have liked a bit more background information about the hero and the ending seemed too quick and convenient. However I did finish it – 2 stars.

I then read the first two books in a series by Liz Carlyle – One Little Sin and Two Little Lies. Watch out for full reviews coming soon.

In between all this I also read Forever by Jacquelyn Frank – again look for a full review coming soon.

So seven books this week, wow possibly a record, even for me.

Grete

Well Tracey puts me to shame this week (and the last couple!).  Back flare ups, visitors, and MCM London Comic-Con (not in that order!) put paid to a lot of reading I’ve been wanting to do.  Strong pain medication also makes what I have read a little fuzzy!  Fingers crossed I will be back in action soon or I may go a little (more) nuts!


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.

Our Week in Books – Week 16, 2013

 Tracey

I started the week off with Dark Demon by Christine Feehan. I’d read the first few books in the Carpathian series a while back but had to take a break after those. I really enjoyed Dark Demon in comparison to some of the earlier ones though – this Carpathian male was not as controlling or bullying and it was a much more enjoyable book as a result – 4 stars.

Having been reintroduced to the Carpathians I thought I would try another one that was even later in the series – Dark Predator. Oh dear, what a mistake. Zacarias was brutal, overpowering and a total twat! I felt his behaviour was actually the worst of any of the males in the previous books I had read and I actually felt quite uncomfortable at times. Having said that I did finish it but am now trying to decide whether to keep hold of the books I haven’t read and try them at a later date, or just get rid of them without reading! 1.5 stars – my lowest rating ever!

After that I fancied some good old fashioned sweet romance and picked up Mistletoe and Marriages – a Mills and Boon Regency double bill with stories from Annie Burrows (A Countess by Christmas) and Joanna Maitland (The Earl’s Mistletoe Bride). This definitely hit the spot and was just what I needed. Both books were very romantic with two brooding but very sexy heroes! – 4 stars.

In the historical mood again I picked up another Mills and Boon called “The Captain and the Wallflower” by Lyn Stone which was  another winner. The storyline running alongside the romance was very good and I did not want to put it down (in fact I read it in one sitting!) I love my romance anyway and this was no exception – 4 stars.

The final book of the week was Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts, one of her earlier ones from 1987, and I found it really hard to get past the fact that the hero smoked everywhere and they used a typewriter to type up police reports!!!! Having said that the story was engaging and interesting so 3 stars.

 Grete

I’ve continued my Darynda Jones kick this week and I had all good intentions of pausing between books and writing the reviews.  The trouble is, I loved them so much and Charley is such a fantastic character that I couldn’t stop and ended up reading all four books one after the other *blush*  The reviews are coming though!  I blame Darynda Jones for writing such an amazing series 😉

Next up will be Full Blooded and Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson – I read Full Blooded at the start of the year and didn’t write the review straight after (for which I am now kicking myself) so the first will be a refresher read (and since it was really good, that’s not a hardship!).

Happy Reading!


Our Week in Books is a regular blog post from Tracey and Grete, catching up on everything they’ve read recently.