Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Moral Compass

The Moral Compass

Shaking the Tree #1

KA Servian

The Moral Compass by K.A. Servian

Reviewed by Helen

This is a very interesting story it is busy and fast paced there is a lot happening when well bread Florence Thackeray’s life is thrown into turmoil as her father decides that the family should move to New Zealand and this is in 1853 Victorian England. So her father and brother and she set sail but only two arrive in this strange new country.

Florence had left the man that she loved to do her father’s bidding life was not easy for young woman back then and losing her father on the trip made things even harder, and her brother Bertram was not much help when they arrived at the farm that was supposed to be her new life.

Florence is a strong woman even if men tend to be always telling her what to do, when she is forced into a situation that requires her to marry Scotsman Jack she is so naive and innocent but Jack is one man that has her best interests at heart, he is caring and a good man. But sadly life never runs smoothly and she has a few journeys that will change her completely there are so many ups and downs for her.

This is a really good story that I highly recommend I thought Florence was a fabulous heroine who stood her ground and grew into a strong caring woman my heart went out to her with the things that had happened and I look forward to more in this series.

4/5 stars for a great story

Published October 17th 2017 by Sweetpea Publishing

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Christmas Revels IV

Christmas Revels IV

Four Christmas Novellas

Hannah Meredith, Anna D Allen, Kate Parker and
Louisa Cornell

Christmas Revels IV by Hannah Meredith

Reviewed by Helen

I love Christmas stories and set in Regency times fabulous and these four stories were just that fun quick and thoroughly enjoyable, I suggest you make yourself comfortable because you won’t want to put this one down.

The Sergeant’s Christmas Bride
Jacob Burrows is looking for a friend’s sister when he stops in a barn for the night and is awakened by a woman with a gun, this starts a journey to such a wonderful HEA you see Elizabeth FitzWalter is the woman he is looking for and it turns out that she needs this strong kind man what a hero, this one had me sighing and smiling they are perfect for each other.

Home for Christmas
This story throws two people together who are both strong and reluctant to form a relationship the weather is freezing Lord Gilbert Narron has rented a house for the winter before going home to his family after the war but when he arrives there are people in residence and the first meeting of Gil and Charity Fletcher is very unexpected. This story will have you smiling as they discover a secret that brings them very close while unravelling it there are lots of discovery’s, I loved this one.

A Memorable Christmas Season
This one brings together a second chance romance, murder and secrets, Lady Roekirk and Lord Keyminster were very close thirty years before, both went their separate ways but are bought back together at a ball were a body is discovered, who done it? and that love from the past has never faded, a fabulous story.

A Perfectly Unforgettable Christmas
This one had me laughing out loud what an awesome story recluse Lucien Rollinsby is caught out by a child no less but it is when he meets this child’s mother Caroline McAlasdair that his life is turned upside down you see they have a past the he knows nothing about and a secret to be told that will bring them together forever fabulous HEA awesome story.

I do highly recommend this book really four delicious story that give you a few hours of real pleasure all of the great feelings this one ticks all of the boxes for a great romance, thank you Ladies for making me smile.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published October 30th 2017 by Hannah Meredith

Sunday, 8 October 2017

In Pursuit of a Bluestocking

In Pursuit of a Bluestocking

Renee Dahlia

In Pursuit of a Bluestocking by Renée Dahlia

Reviewed by Helen

I was perusing Netgalley a few weeks ago and came across this book I read the blurb and I thought I think I might enjoy this book and I was right what a fabulous story, action packed with a vulnerable and very smart Bluestocking heroine and a hero to die for I loved Gordon Lord Stanmore what a man and their journey to a HEA is filled with mystery and murder as well as being very sensual.

Marie was very bright, smart and just about to graduate as one of the first female Doctors in Europe which makes her father very happy but she is also making her mother extremely happy as well as she is just about to marry and although smart and intelligent she is also a very fine lady keeping up the standards of her mother’s English background in Amsterdam. But things change dramatically when she receives a letter and her fiancé is murdered, but Lord Stanmore is there to get her away, this starts a trek across Europe and into England that will have Marie left a very happy woman.

Gordon has been chasing a family heirloom that means stability and luck for his family for a long time and finally he has located the conman in a church in Amsterdam but all hell breaks loose when the conman is shot and Gordon accused of being the killer, there is another woman in the church who comes to his defence and they escape together and in a very short time Gordon is married to Marie and finds that he is falling in love with this most beautiful and intelligent woman.

Oh what a trek across Europe these two have as they search for heirlooms and find truths this makes Marie realize a lot more about herself and there is such a sensual pull between them that they cannot deny for long, Gordon is strong caring and did make me smile. There was laughter and sighs as I turned the pages on the sensual journey it is witty, exciting and such a fabulous story, I do highly recommend this one it is the second book in a series although I had not read the first but will be very soon. I love discovering new to me authors and I highly recommend this one.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: October 12th 2017 by Escape Publishing

Friday, 22 September 2017

Warrior King

Warrior King

Jennifer Brassel

Warrior King by Jennifer Brassel

Reviewed By Helen

WOW what an epic compelling story this one is, truly it is a story that you will not want to put down once you pick it up it is a fabulous love story a love that lasts forever a love that has many hurdles a story you won’t want to miss.

Alia is a Princess but times are very hard in Egypt there is cruelty and war constantly and Alia is taken prisoner after her family is killed at first she is with one the great Pharaoh Tuthmosis Concubines who is a very hard woman a very jealous, but Alia is a quiet beautiful woman and is soon noticed by the pharaoh himself and is sent to live with Tuthmosis’s great wife and all of a sudden Alia’s life is changing although there are people who are doing their best to hurt her.

Tuthmosis is the Pharaoh and a God, a great ruler he is fair and honest and has many wives and children as is what happened back then but he has never really loved until he finds Alia but with treachery and treason happening their life together is short lived when she is kidnapped but he never gives up hope of finding her and continues to morn her.

I don’t want to give any spoilers away but just let me highly recommend this book it is fast paced there is a lot going on as you would expect in this era there is murder, danger and conspirators around every corner with countries trying to gain more countries but above all else there really is this great fabulous love story it bought me to tears and had me smiling. MS Brassel writes so beautifully she has taken me back in time and although I loved reading about it, it would have been hard living there, thank you for a fabulous story.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published September 11th 2017 by Trifecta Publishing House

Friday, 25 August 2017

Secret Shores by Ella Carey

Secret Shores

Ella Carey

Secret Shores by Ella Carey

Reviewed by Helen

MS Carey has done it again written a story that is moving, compelling and not put down-able I savoured every word, this one takes us from 1946 to 1987 and where we learn about life after the war and the people who believe in the modernist movement, their lives then and for some now, the loves the loses and the strength that is shown as they journey through ups and downs.

In 1946 Rebecca Swift dreams of being an artist her work is complex and modern her views are very forward and she belongs to a group of likeminded people famous artists and writers of the day, there she meets writer Edward Russell part of one of the big Australian families but Edward is also a different thinker and it is love at first sight for these two, but don’t ever think that true love runs smoothly family tragedy takes its toll on both Rebecca and Edward and Rebecca disappears and Edward does the right thing by his family but never forgets his Rebecca.

In 1987 Edward now widowed decides that it is time to write again and he must write about Rebecca and their lives and her fabulous art work, hence he comes in contact with editor Tess Miller who is not happy about this to start with but Tess falls for the story a true love story as far as she is concerned but Tess is struggling with her own dreams and there are complications between Edward and Tess regarding the story so another editor steps in James and their meetings are filled with sparks not always the good ones their relationship is a very complicated one at best they have a lot to overcome.

Tess feels this tragic story so deeply there is a mystery in it that she needs to uncover, there are so many similarities between Rebecca and Edward and Tess and James has fate bought them together and as the past and present intertwine can love be found again and then open up for Tess and James? This story unravels secrets, heart-ache and a love so deep it lasts through time. I highly recommend this story it is multifaceted, enthralling and just so darn good I didn’t want to put it down thank you MS Carey for another book that is going to stay with me for a long time.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

Reviewed by Nas Dean

SECRET SHORES  by author Ella Carey is a September 2017 release by Lake Union Publishing.

I loved this story right from the beginning to the end. It is fast-paced and makes you keep on reading or listening as in my case I had the audio version of it.

Tess Miller as an editor at a big publishing house is stuck with a new writer as the writer she mentored to the top was taken away from her. She was bitter at her boss and the editor, James, who took away her author.

But she decided to work with her new writer and make him a bestseller. The story is engrossing and interesting to read as it takes as back to 1946 then to 1987. And lives and loves in these decades.

Author Ella Carey once again wrote a well-woven story with compelling characters and a moving tale.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Knight's Scarred Maiden

The Knight's Scarred Maiden

Lovers and Legends #5

Nicole Locke

The Knight's Scarred Maiden by Nicole Locke

Reviewed by Helen

This is a beauty and the beast troupe and one that had me turning the pages, this is the first time I have read one of MS Locke’s stories and I look forward to more she really knows how to pack some emotion and sensuality with her words. Sit back and enjoy Rhain and Helissent’s journey to a HEA that will leave you smiling.

Helissent is scarred badly by fire when she was a young girl, it took her family and nearly her life but the inn keepers in the village had her cared for and got her through the pain with love and caring and this has made Helissent the kind and caring woman she is now. Her love of cooking in the inn brings her in contact with mercenary Rhain and he is beautiful in many ways and saves her from a dangerous situation, and now she is travelling with him and his men.

Rhain is a mercenary and a knight he is handsome like no other and keeps himself hidden as much as he can because of his looks but because he has someone very dangerous after him, but when he meets Helissent and tastes her honey cakes even though she is so badly scarred he sees the good in her and cannot help the attraction he immediately feels for her, but he must do what he can to ignore this temptation, he has too much going on in his past and current life but she is strong willed and it is not long before he cannot deny this pull between them.

I really did enjoy this story it is so well told that the characters come to life on the pages there is so much emotion it is so very moving as two people who are bought together in a loving way, yes for me there were tears and so many smiles Helissent is so very strong most people would have given up after what she had been through and Rhain well he is just the most fabulous hero he is so caring and understanding and yes gorgeous. Thank you MS Locke for a fabulous story that I highly recommend.

4/5 stars for a great story

Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Harlequin

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Catching Captain Nash

Catching Captain Nash

Dashing Widows #6

Anna Campbell

Catching Captain Nash by Anna Campbell

Reviewed by Helen

This is another awesome story in this series and boy it really did bring me to tears so beautifully written with such a joyous ending and one that I can highly recommend. We have met Morwenna in the other stories and we knew that her husband the dashing Captain Robert Nash was missing and declared dead. Morwenna has mourned him for 5 years they have a beautiful daughter that sadly Robert did not know about and now Morwenna has finally returned to London and become a dashing widow and is about to be engaged to another and try to start her life again, that is until the love of her life walks back into the ballroom.

Robert has escaped finally after 5 years of torture and being held captive by pirates but he is a different man than the one that went away scarred physically and mentally and to walk in on the enouncement of an engagement rocks him further. Thinking of Morwenna was the thing that had gotten him through and he has never stopped loving her but is he good enough for her now? He has come back a very different man.

A miracle has come true when Robert walks into that ballroom for Morwenna the emotion that electrifies her body at the sight could light up London oh but she can see the scarring and almost feel the internal hurt that is going on in his mind, but she has done a lot of growing up over the past five years and will do anything to help him back to where they were.

WOW this is a very heart-warming story that will certainly bring out a lot of emotions in the reader the suffering that Robert has gone through and then the strength and such deep love that Morwenna shows him and when he meets his daughter oh the tears of joy. And the spark that they had five years ago has only warmed up a lot in that time they sizzle together. What can I say I loved this story it is an amazing story that shows how strong love is and the joy that that love brings to so many people sigh. Of course it was great seeing Robert back with not only his wife and child but his family and as well. Thank you MS Campbell for another keeper.

5/5 stars for a great story

Published June 30th 2017 by Anna Campbell