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Monday, 20 February 2017

The Currency Lass

The Currency Lass

Tea Cooper

The Currency Lass by Tea Cooper

Reviewed by Helen

Who wants to runaway to the circus Catherine Cottingham does after the death of her beloved father and the push for her to marry the wealthy Sydney business man Henry Bartholomew to save their property in The Hunter Valley Catherine takes a risk with the horseman Sergey Petrov whom she meets at one of the first circus performances held in Sydney in 1851, and what a journey this one turns out to be a journey of finding truths and righting wrongs and of course finding love.

Catherine is determined to save the sprawling property that is home to many and loved by her but marrying Henry even though that was her father’s dying wish is not something that Catherine wants she finds him pompous he makes her skin crawl very unlike her first meeting with equestrian Sergey there is a spark a light that connects them instantly and when Sergey steps in to help Catherine when most needed a friendship begins one that will bring them closer together in more ways than just their love of horses.

Sergey and his sister Valentina and their friend circus owner Rudi have been on a mission for the past five years travelling from Hobart Town to Sydney then onto The Hunter Valley to clear the name of Sergey’s brother and bring the real murderer to justice. But meeting Catherine will change Sergey and unknown at the beginning she will help with his mission. She opens his eyes to love and maybe a life together but first they must bring down a forger and murderer and save the property.

This is a beautiful story a story that takes us from Sydney to The Hunter Valley and then onto the gold fields around Bathurst in the 1850’s a time of struggle and hardship for some and lets us see into the lives of the travelling circus and the people who entertain so well, but it is a story of love and truths with characters so rich and engaging. I loved Sergey he is a hero worth his weight in gold a hero of honour and so good with horses and Catherine what a beautiful caring loving heroine she made the perfect partner for Sergey. I highly recommend this trip back in Australian history it is sure to keep you turning the pages as MS Cooper weaves a magical story that had me turning the pages smiling and sighing thank you MS Cooper for a keeper.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: February 20th 2017 by Harlequin MIRA


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Governess Affair

The Governess Affair

Courtney Milan

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

Reviewed by Helen

This was my first Courtney Milan book and I have no idea why it took so long to get to it and needless to say I have a lot to catch up on what a great story.

Serena Barton has lost her job as governess because of miss-conduct all because of The Duke of Clermont and now Serena is determined to never be walked all over again and not to be quiet so she starts a campaign to be acknowledged and what a journey it starts.

Hugo Marshall is a formidable man he is known as The Wolf of Clermont because he is the Duke's right hand man and makes things happen and is working his way up to being something he wants to be the richest coal miners son there is, so when a young woman arrives outside the Duke's residence and he is told by the Duke to deal with her he does but that did not mean falling in love she kinda melts him in such a good way.

This is such a great story I read it in one sitting didn't want to put it down and will be getting onto more in this series asap, I can highly recommend this one the banter between Hugo and Serena is fabulous it is sure to make you smile don't miss this one.

5/5 stars for a great story
Published April 21st 2012 by Courtney Milan


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Bride From The Sea

Bride From The Sea

Frances Housden


Bride from the Sea by Frances Housden

Reviewed by Helen

WOW this is such a fabulous story one that kept me turning the pages it is sensual and beautiful sit back relax with a nice drink and see what happens when the beautiful Spanish Celi meets the ruggedly handsome Scott Niall you know men in kilts can't go wrong

Niall is widowed with three daughters the keep he calls home came with the dowry when he married but he spends a lot of time fighting as a mercenary to earn coin to keep everything going and he arrives home to find problems but then he discovers a Selkie on the beach will is Sellie change his life because immediately there is a spark a sense of magic and love.

Celestina is travelling on her father's ship with the Spanish Armada when a storm causes havoc and death but Celi is such a strong woman that she survives and is washed up on a beach and is discovered by a Scottish Laird who believes she is a Selkie who will bring magic and love to his family. But will the secret she keeps change all of that.

For Niall and Celi a tale of Selkies will come true for them when true love blossoms between them their journey is a very sensual tale the characters come to life on the pages they kept me smiling and sighing I truly loved this story and cannot recommend this story enough MS Housden never disappoints and this one left me feeling very happy .

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: January 25th 2017 by Escape Publishing

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Love After Waterloo

Love After Waterloo

After Waterloo Series #1

Suzi Love


Love After Waterloo by Suzi Love

Reviewed by Helen

I love a good historical that will keep me smiling throughout and this one does, the banter between our hero Captain Gabe Belling and heroine Lady Anne Melton is just fabulous and of course their journey to a HEA filled with some danger is steamy and beautiful.

Captain Belling has been injured during fighting with Wellington and has been given the task of taken wounded soldiers home to England but amongst his passengers is the beautiful Lady Melton and her son Daniel Gabe is drawn to Anne but he is also a little bit arrogant in his thinking on woman following the drum and working on injured soldiers and that gets them off to a bad start.

Anne has been widowed for some time and has followed the drum with her twin brothers she nurses the injured soldiers and helps her physician brother, she has danced with Captain Bellows at balls but knows his feelings on woman and nursing but when they are together in close quarters the pull between them is too strong to deny and she realizes how much she has missed a man.

This really is a great quick read as Gabe and Anne spend a few days travelling across a dangerous France to get back to England but they do very much enjoy each others company in and out of bed. Anne is such a strong heroine and I loved her banter with Gabe. I loved their journey to a HEA between two people who very much deserved it loved their sensuality and young Daniel is such a character thank you MS Love for a great story.

4/5 stars for a great story

Published November 28th 2016 by Smashwords Edition

Sunday, 25 December 2016

And Then Mine Enemy

And Then Mine Enemy

Feathers in the Wind #1

Alison Stuart


And Then Mine Enemy by Alison  Stuart

Reviewed Helen

I love stories with historical history in them and MS Stuart knows her history and she has such a way with words that the characters and happenings of the time come to life and take you back in time to journey with them and this one is so moving and fabulous.

Adam Coulter returns to England at a time of unrest with the start of civil war where friends family and neighbours fight against each other for what they believe in but Adam is hardened he has led a life that has seen suffering and injustice but he as everyone choses his side and does what needs to be done.

Perdita Gray has been married widowed and now lives with distant family her marriage was loveless and her husband cruel she is now betrothed to Simon a good man but planning their wedding with a civil war is not easy and things don't go to plan. But when Adam Coulter arrives on the doorstep she as always helps and her life is about to change.

I loved this one from start to finish the written words pull you into the story the characters are like friends and the struggles that these people had to go through back then must have been so hard but wow the strength that is shown by Perdita and Adam is amazing, the good news this is the first book in the series and I cannot wait to find out more about their lives and their love. Thank you MS Stuart for another keep love your stories.

5/5 fabulous story

Published December 25th 2016 by Oportet Publishing      
        

Saturday, 10 December 2016

The Lovely Duckling

The Lovely Duckling

Fiery Tales #8

Lila DiPasqua

The Lovely Duckling by Lila DiPasqua

Reviewed by Helen

MS DiPasqua knows how to engage her readers in stories that will have you warming up they are very sexy and sensual and so very moving and who doesn't love a good fairy tale come to life on the pages and I can highly recommend this one the scared Emilie de Sarron finally gets the sensual awaking she has been wanting for so long and by the handsome and strong Joseph dÁlumbert.

Emilie was burned when a young girl and also hurt badly years before some men are just so uncaring of the names they call people but after reading some very erotic books Emilie has decided that it is her time to finally feel all that she desires and attends her aunts masquerade and to finally meet the man she has been writing to for some time but all is not what it seems for Emilie.

Joseph is the son of a Duc and can be arrogant he is a twin and has always enjoyed the pleasures of any woman but years earlier he had played a part in hurting a young woman and it has played badly on his conscience so he is determined to help Emilie enjoy her time at the masquerade and loses his heart in the process.

Make sure you have a fan and a cool drink because this one is going to warm you up in so many ways beautifully written the setting is amazing the clothes the people of this era have all be bought to life but the journey to a HEA is so emotional and moving as we see Emilie finally feel the love and joy that she had taken away from her before and to see Joseph stand up for her oh such a beautiful story thank you MS DiPasqua for another fabulous fairy tale. 

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

   Published December 9th 2016              
    

Monday, 5 December 2016

A Match Made in Mistletoe: A Regency Novella

A Match Made in Mistletoe: A Regency Novella

Anna Campbell

A Match Made in Mistletoe by Anna Campbell

Reviewed by Helen

MS Campbell's stories are a must read for me and I am never let down by one, she has a way with words that are magical they open up a whole new world for me they take me back to the times of manners and rules that are made to be broken by the rakes of London and this one is no exception.

Serena Talbot has had her heart and mind fixed on one of her brother's best friends Sir Paul Garside forever and she is determined that this Christmas with the help of mistletoe she is going to get her man but the dream she has is not what she expected and there is another man to watch out for another close friend of the family Lord Hallam what does this magic hold for Serena.

Giles Farraday The Marquess of Hallam has visited the Talbot family at Christmas for many years and has always been made welcome and he has had his dreams of the beautiful Serena but she has only ever had eyes for his friend Paul, so when Serena agrees to let him help her in the art of kissing the mind runs amuck with sensual thoughts from them both after that first kiss.

This is such a fun and enjoyable story that will keep you turning the pages as Giles wakes Serena up to the emotions and feelings that come with kissing could Serena have been wrong about the person she truly wants what has the mistletoe done to her, her mind is aflutter with thoughts and emotions. I can highly recommend this story do yourself a favour and sit back and relax with this fabulous story it is a beautiful Christmas one and yes you will be smiling very much when you get to the HEA. Thank you MS Campbell for another fabulous story.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: December 14th 2016 by Smashwords Edition