Wednesday, 4 December 2019

The Highlander's Christmas Quest

The Highlander's Christmas Quest

The Lairds Most Likely #5

Anna Campbell

The Highlander’s Christmas Quest by Anna Campbell

Reviewed by Helen

If you are looking for a quick, Christmas story filled with lots of witty banter, a hero who is determined to play Sir Galahad and a strong beautiful determined heroine to win his heart then this is the book you should pick up, loved it from page one.

Dougal Drummond sets of on a quest to save a damsel in distress that he has heard of and make her his wife and no even foul weather just on Christmas will stop his quest that is until his boat is blown of course and he lands on the Isle of Askaval and he meets the lairds daughter Kirsty Macbain, but even this woman is not going to stop him going after his goal of being a knight in shining armour or maybe not when she is all he can think of.

Kirsty Macbain and the people of Askaval don’t stand on ceremony on this Isle and when on her morning ride she discovers a boat on the shore damaged by the storm and brings to the isle a man who wins her heart on first sight, they get on well as he does with the people of the isle, but Kirsty will do what she can to keep this man here even if he is so determined to complete his quest, not seeing what he could have here, or does he?

Another fabulous tale from Anna Campbell, I loved Dougal and Kirsty and the lengths that Kirsty went too, to keep the man that she fell for, for Dougal it took some time to get past the need to save the damsel in distress even though the he could only see the beautiful Kirsty, when he returns on Christmas Day there is joy all around, the love shines and a sensual future is ahead, a sigh worthy story with lots of smiles This is one that I highly recommend, you can’t go wrong with a Scottish hero on an Isle at Christmas time, thank you Anna Campbell.

5 stars


Published November 26th 2019

Saturday, 30 November 2019

The Dragon Sleeps

The Dragon Sleeps

The Thornton Mysteries #1

Ellen Read

The Dragon Sleeps by Ellen Read

Reviewed by Helen

This is the first book that I have read from this author and I look forward to more, this book has a great mystery surrounding mythical dragons and a lovely romance to go with it and the setting is so good 1927 Melbourne, fabulous fashions and a beautiful estate, I really enjoyed getting to know the Thornton family and their friends.

Thomas Thornton runs an antique store he is widowed with a beautiful twenty one year old daughter Alexandra, they are popular socialites and weekend parties are held often, this particular party Alexandra is hoping to let her farther know that she wants to be an antique dealer and carry on in the family business, the shop’s manager Benedict Archer has been teaching her and getting to know her well.

This weekend is small with some visiting guests, a Chinese father and son who have delivered a rather unique Ming dragon statue and another couple the Buckleys and Edith Blackburn Alexandra’s best friend. When a request is made to Thomas to show the guests some artefacts from a very secure room and an offer to purchase these is denied things get a bit dangerous when a body is found on the estate.

This is a story that pulled me in there is a lot going on, I do love the era this is written in the 1920’s they were glamourous and there were lots of changes coming through especially for woman and Alexandra was one very strong heroine and the beautiful romance that grew between her and Benedict was so loving the need to protect was formidable. This story is intriguing and a page turner, one that I do very much recommend and I do look forward to more in the series and getting to know more about the wonderful characters, thank you MS Read.

4 stars


Published November 10th 2019 by Crimson Cloak Publishing

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Winter Wishes: A Regency Holiday Romance Anthology

Winter Wishes: A Regency Holiday Romance Anthology

Cheryl Bolen, Heather Boyd, Sasha Cottman

Winter Wishes by Cheryl Bolen

Reviewed by Helen

There are thirteen short stories in this Christmas anthology, and I have so far read three and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed them, I do love a good regency tale and one set at Christmas time, when England and Scotland are being hit with the coldest time, and with fabulous heroes to warm the heroines up, this is a page turner.

One Room at the Inn
Cheryl Bolen
Widowed Charlotte Hale will do anything to protect her two children, and she must travel a distance to reach someone that will help, when she is approached by a very dashing hero Philip Fenton who rescues them and wins her heart in the process. A beautiful story that was filled with warmth and love.

One Enchanted Christmas
Heather Boyd
Lady Margaret is in morning for her parents when her brother whisks her away to a family friend’s estate, feeling like a burden to her brother and not at all happy when she finds out the truth of his trip, but when she meets Lord Clement Otis her heart moves in leaps, it is years since they have seen each other. Otis is in a wager with his cruel father and when the beautiful Meg arrives he falls for her at first sights his wishes are met. A beautiful Christmas story one that is sure to warm your heart.

Mistletoe and Kisses
Sasha Cottman
A magical story set in a Scottish Castle it is Christmas time, mistletoe and magic and a hero and heroine that have really been in love for some time now, but just need that push from some very loving family, will have you filled with happiness and sighing as Hugh and Mary get their HEA. Loved this story, Hugh has always been a favourite of mine.

I can highly recommend this book and I am really looking forward to reading the others in the anthology.


Published October 15th 2019 by Heather Boyd

Friday, 1 November 2019

The Bushranger's Wife

The Bushranger's Wife

Cheryl Adnams

The Bushranger's Wife by Cheryl Adnams

Reviewed by Helen

This book is set in the colonial days of Australia in Ballarat Victoria, it is a fabulous page turner, exciting, filled with witty banter and a beautiful romance between Jack the Devil, bushranger and the lovely Prudence Stanforth newly arrived from England, as Jack holds up Pru’s carriage a connection is made that will see them forge a future.

Pru has come to live in Australia with her grandmother, as granddaughter to an Earl she has been bought up with all of the luxuries that a lady could want, but Pru needs more she loves the thought of adventure. She loses a special locket in the holdup that has a lot of meaning to her, and when she meets respectable businessman Jack Fairweather at a race meeting she recognizes him and a kiss for her locket opens up a whole new world for Pru of adventure and love when she runs from her family and into the arms of Jack.

Jack has two lives one as bushranger and one a respectable businessman, he came to Australia for the gold rush but found his living holding up carriages he is known as the gentleman bushranger, and has no intention of ever having a wife, but when he meets the lovely Prudence on a heist he is smitten good and proper, and when he finds her riding through the bush very upset he takes her home, and a marriage is arranged and quickly, he has totally lost his heart to this beautiful feisty and adventurous woman.

I loved the setting for this story I always enjoy our colonial days and MS Adnams’s has bought the era to life with her fabulous descriptions of the time, but she has also had me falling for the cheeky gentleman bushranger Jack he truly is a lovable character even if he is on the wrong side of the law he was the perfect hero for Pru, her grandmother had never been able to take away that need for adventure from her and Jack was the man to give her that and the love that would bring joy and happiness. This is a fast paced story with all of the feels that a fabulous romance should have, I do highly recommend this one. 

4 stars


Published August 1st 2019 by Escape Publishing

Thursday, 31 October 2019

The Good Woman of Renmark

The Good Woman of Renmark

Darry Fraser

The Good Woman of Renmark by Darry Fraser

Reviewed by Helen

I love this cover and the setting Darry Fraser has taken us back to the days of paddle steamers along a river system that could be hard work at times with drought and snags in the river, but she also bought to life the woman of the time, not having the vote yet becoming housewives and mothers with not much say in their lives. I loved meeting Maggie O’Rourke with the strength she showed through some tough times even when she was a wee bit vulnerable, and the man Sam Taylor who had her heart.

Maggie is working at Olivewood in Renmark earning money, she wanted to be independent, she didn’t want marriage and children even if Sam had wormed his way into her heart, but when she and a friend are attacked by a local man and Maggie defends them and then needs to get away running downriver, this was such a dangerous path to take, she has plenty of time to think about her life, and that maybe marriage to Sam might be what she needs.

Sam is asked by Maggie’s mother to find her missing daughter, there has been an accident at their property in Eucha, Sam is unsure the last time he was with Maggie it ended badly and all of his letters returned, but he goes with the intention of finding her and bringing her home and not doing what his heart thinks he should, that is harder than he thinks with his stubborn Maggie.

This one is a real page turner, fast paced, exciting and moving there are some very nasty characters, and of course the fabulous Sam and Maggie with a cast of characters that we have met in previous books, this one is beautifully written MS Fraser has made this era come to life, made me feel like I was there with her descriptions, but of course the beautiful romance between the ever strong willed Maggie and Sam the hero loveable, handsome and just who Maggie needed was so good, thank you MS Fraser for another keeper.

5 stars


Expected publication: November 18th 2019 by HarperCollins

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

The Highlander's Defiant Captive

The Highlander's Defiant Captive

The Lairds Most Likely #4

Anna Campbell

The Highlander’s Defiant Captive by Anna Campbell

Reviewed by Helen

Fancy a trip to the highlands with a brawny highlander who knows how to wear a kilt well, then this is one to read, although part of a series it can be read as a stand- alone and you can see how this highlander meets his match in a bonny Scottish beauty.

Callum McKinnon Laird of Achnasheen has decided that it is time for peace in the glen years of feuding with The Drummonds over a forgotten reason and the loss of so many lives must come to an end and he is going to change that by kidnapping the Drummond daughter and making her his wife, this starts a battle of wills and patience, as well as huge sensual pull as Callum gets to know the feisty redhead Mhairi.

Mhairi Drummond is beautiful and been allowed to run free by her father she is known as the Rose of Bruard, so she is also a very strong willed woman and still not betrothed, when she is snatched by the bloody McKinnon and taken hostage and told that he will make her is wife, Mhairi will do what she can to escape, but all the time her heart is changing, there is a very fine line between hate and love.

This story is so very good, I loved the setting the sensual pull the love that blooms with danger and risk abounding Mhairi was nothing like Callum thought when he first took her, her spirit, strength and honesty had Callum falling for her so hard and fast I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, and Callum he is the best hero I want him for myself. MS Campbell you have penned another fantastic tale that is sure to warm the hearts of many readers, woohoo thank you so much for my trip to the highlands with Callum and Mhairi, a story not to be missed.

5 stars


Published September 27th 2019

Friday, 4 October 2019

Mistletoe Mistress

Mistletoe Mistress

Part of Once Upon a Christmas Wedding

Maddison Michaels 

Once Upon a Christmas Wedding by Scarlett Scott

Reviewed by Helen

This is sensual, quick and fabulous read, MS Michaels knows how to bring her characters to life on the pages of her stories they are very easy to fall for. I loved meeting Michale Drake Viscount Blackthorn and the irresistible and strong heroine Holly Jenkins.

A ball, three rakes, a wager and some famed mistletoe that legend has it will determine a man’s matrimonial fate, and Michael appears to be the one who will seduce the lady or will it be the other way around? Michael and Holly have always had a spirited relationship with Holly being the sister of his best friend Edward, but a lot has happened in the last two years since Michael has returned from Crimea.

Holly Jenkins is not overly impressed when she is found doing something she shouldn’t be doing by Michael Drake, it is an age since she has seen him and now he is being his usual overbearing self, but he does help save the situation with a very sensual kiss. Holly finds out about the wager and decides that at her age it might be well time to become a mistress and try the delights of passion.

This really is a fantastic story I loved Michael and Holly oh they clashed in such a great way you could feel the passion and desire coming from them, there are lots of smiles and sighs reading this one, if you love strong heroines and heroes that are to die for then this is one that you should pick up I highly recommend it. Thank you MS Maddison for another fabulous read.

5 stars


Published October 2019 by Historical Harlots