Thursday, 15 October 2020

Devoted to the Spanish Duke

 Devoted to the Spanish Duke

 London Lords #3

Sasha Cottman



Reviewed by Helen


I just love a good regency story with heroes to die for and strong and independent heroines who make me smile and Sasha Cottman does this so well, I fell into this one with a trip from Spain to London and back again and loved every minute of it, even though it is part of a series it can be read as a stand- alone, it is one to pick up and fall into.

King Ferdinand has just been returned to Spain and there is trouble brewing, Maria de Elizondo Garza is the daughter of a wealthy Duke and when she is kidnapped and held for a King’s ransom her brother Diego goes to the one person he knows can find his sister and that is Duke of Tolosa, Lisandro de Aguirre their sworn enemy because of a feud between the families, that started many, many years ago.

Lisandro is more than happy to go and find Maria and sets sail to England, he enlists the help from a group of friends he knew form the war and together they search and plan to rescue Maria, she is not convinced that Lisandro is not behind the kidnapping at first and before long a battle of wills starts to keep their heart and feelings intact.

I loved this one from page one filled with lots of action and emotional ups and downs as Lisandro and Maria lose their hearts to each other with danger following close on their tails, Lisandro is a true hero, honourable, protective and very loving and Maria oh she is so lovable she speaks her mind and pushes for what she wants. When they arrive home they must discover the true kidnaper and convince her father that they should marry even if the families have been sworn enemies for over one hundred years. Love always finds a way.

Thank you to the author for my copy to read it is another keeper and I do look forward to more about the RR heroes.


5 star

Published October 1st 2020

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Have Yourself a Merry Little Scandal

 Have Yourself a Merry Little Scandal

An anthology

Anna Campbell, Sasha Cottman, Emma V Leech, Ellie St Clair, Nicola Davidson, Laura Trentham, Amanda Mariel, April Moran



Reviewed by Helen


The Highlander’s Christmas Lassie
Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell has a way with words, they bring out the best in her characters as we get to know them in her beautiful stories, this one is part of a Christmas anthology and it is just the most heartwarming Christmas story. A second chance at love for Malcom Innes, Laird of Dun Carron and Rhona two people who were torn apart, eighteen years ago and now Malcom has found the love of his life who he has been searching for all of those years and he finds his son, can this Christmas bring the love and joy that should be theirs.
This is a must read story sure to bring a lot of warmth and smiles to any reader, so beautifully written, it shows how determined Malcom was to find Rhona and their child through many hard times and lots of countries he kept his faith and Rhona well she had a lot of hurt to get over oh but her heart still flutters around him.
If you are looking for a quick fabulous read with lots of Christmas joy and magic and a wonderful romance, then I highly recommend this one, and of course I am very much looking forward to all of the other stories in this anthology.

Rogue for Hire

Sasha Cottman
This is a sizzling sensual story, and Sasha Cottman writes them so well, I was turning the pages with this one, come along and meet rogue Lord Harry Steele and the woman who would win his heart Alice North as they journey to a well- deserved HEA, with a few ups and downs.

Harry is the black sheep of the family son to a duke and he always seems to be caught up in one scandal after another, his father finally has had enough and throws him on Christmas Eve, Now he has to come up with a way to make a living, his idea is very good he will now get paid to manage other people’s scandals, which is how he met Alice, things will really change now.

Alice is the daughter of a business man new money as the ton calls them and her and her sister Patience have quite big dowries, so when her sister gets hooked up with a man that Alice is sure he after her dowry, she calls in Lord Harry Steele to help get her sister out of this scandal.

Their first meeting sets them both just about on fire Harry can be such a dandy with the way he dresses, but Alice has been bought up to have an open mind and it is not long before the two of them can barely keep their hands off each, and they find true love and happiness. Another fabulous story.

I have read two books from this anthology so far I do look forward to reading the others, I was lucky I saw it through an early eyes opportunity and got the chance to read them and I truly can recommend them so much Anna Campbell and Sasha Cottman write such awesome stories.

5 stars

Expected publication: October 10th 2020 by Historical Harlots



Friday, 2 October 2020

Wild Chicory

 Wild Chicory

Kim Kelly



Reviewed by Helen


This is the first book from Kim Kelly that I have read, and it won’t be the last and lucky for me I have a few to catch up on, this is a story about families the struggles they go through, we go from Ireland to Australia, there are world wars to go through, famine and depression but families are families not perfect but love is always there.

We meet a young girl Brigid in her grandmother’s home in Marrickville and her grandmother is very sad and Brigid is doing what she can to make her happy, it won’t be easy as she has just lost the man that she has loved for many, many years. Grandma Nell tells the best stories and Brigid has learnt a lot about her family through these beautiful stories.

This is a beautifully written story, it comes from the heart of MS Kelly, I was pulled in from page one, it is poignant and heart wrenching at times as we learn about The Kennedy family and their families before them through different time lines, Grandma Nell opens Brigid’s mind and heart to the lives of her family past and present.

I had a lot of memories from my past surface while reading this one suburbs that I know so well being at my Nanna’s place a lot and having tank loaf bread which is the best, this family called them pipe loaves, I can see my Nanna slicing the loaf up for sandwiches and home- made fig jam on them, so good to remember.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish, yes I cried and I smiled as my emotions flowed with the story, thank you MS Kelly for a fabulous story.

4 stars

Published January 26th 2016 by The Author People (first published 2015)

Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Promised to the Swedish Prince

 Promised to the Swedish Prince

London Lords #2

Sasha Cottman



Reviewed by Helen


I really enjoy taking a trip to regency London and this time I got to go to Sweden first I do love travelling the world while reading and Sasha Cottman has again written a story that is sure to pull a reader in with characters that are real very lovable, I do hope that you pick this one up and get to know Prince Christian and Countess Erika, I do love a royal story.

Prince Christian is a younger son and as such has spent a lot of time enjoying life while his older brother Gustav is steadfast, they have been friends with Erica for many years and Gustav is going to make her his bride as she will be best at being a princess, but Christian has his eyes on Erika. Erika and her father move to England and Christian throws himself into work and study to become a diplomat so as he can go to England and be with Erika.

Countess Erica knows that the plans by her father and Gustav’s father is that they will marry in time it will be a good match but Erika is more inclined to spend time with Christian he is much more fun, but England calls and she goes to help her father in the diplomatic roll, but when Christian arrives two years later and needs her help to get a trade agreement going between their countries he suggests they have a fake engagement, will she be able to keep her heart from being broken.

I really did enjoy this story, beautifully written with heartfelt emotions and a very beautiful romance that has a few ups and downs before they finally get the much deserved HEA and sensually and wonderfully so. I do highly recommend this story and any of Sasha Cottman’s stories she has never disappointed me with one of them, I loved this one.

5 stars

Published July 31st 2020

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Carry A Crusading Spirit

 Carry a Crusading Spirit

Eleri Grace


Reviewed by Helen


I have been looking forward to this book since reading and loving the first one in the series, and this is just as good meeting new Red Cross girls helping to make the servicemen’s lives a bit better while they are fighting the enemy and this time this one is set in my neck of the woods, Australia and Papua New Guinea, I do hope that you pick this one up especially if you are a fan of World War 2 stories.

Hadley Claverie is working as a journalist in New Orleans and she desperately wants to be a war correspondent but her boss says no because she is a woman so never to sit still Hadley decides to get closer to the front line another way and becomes a Red Cross girl and starts a new adventure to Australia on a ship filled with servicemen and nurses, here she meets Lieutenant Dreamboat he helps her out of a sticky situation and then he is ordered to be her helper, and that doesn’t sit well with him but there is a pull between them that both don’t want.

Skip Masterton has been through a lot, he was at Pearl Harbour and lost his brother there, he is now flying B-25 planes, he commits himself to avenge his brother’s death and stay out of everything else. That is until he meets Red Cross girl Hadley finding love is not what he wants here but eventually he wants to settle down and have a family and Hadley is determined to be a journalist and travel not a good match but love always finds a way.

This is such a great story so well researched and there are lots of emotions as we see what everyone went through, I felt as if I was there with these people, the horrors and danger that they went through and the love and support they all give each other was amazing. Both Skip and Hadley had things from their past they needed to let go off before they could move on and find happiness, love was always there between them and they have the best HEA. I loved the part that the Clubmobile Girls played during war time making donuts and coffee for the guys organizing dances all about caring for each other, this is a story that I highly recommend I loved it from start to finish and look forward to the next one.

5 stars

Published May 22nd 2020

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Finding Eadie

 Finding Eadie


Caroline Beecham



Reviewed by Helen


I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I have not read one of MS Beecham’s stories before but I will be reading more, beautifully written with lots of heartfelt emotion, It is 1943 World War 11 London and times are hard as we meet Alice Cotton and journey with her through ups and downs.

Alice is working at Partridge Press she is a young and rising star in the publishing business as Partridge are doing their best with rationing to gets books out there for the servicemen and people to take their minds of what is going on. Alice has a secret that she is keeping from her workmates and leaves her job and no one knows where she is, her secret is to have her baby she refuses to tell her mother who the father is but her mother says she will help her raise her child but that ends up not being the case and Alice’s mother does the worst thing she can to her daughter after baby Eadie is born.

Theo Bloom is working for the American office for Partridge Press he is engaged to the boss’s daughter and is very enthusiastic about getting books out to everyone, when he is asked to go to London to see if he can help them, he does but would rather stay in New York. He arrives and it is not long before he is feeling very comfortable with the London branch becoming friends with the staff, Alice is found although she seems a different person but she agrees to come back to work and get the book published that she started.

This story is heartbreaking at times but also heartwarming as Alice shows what strength she has to find her baby and the close friendships that she has with her workmates as they discover her secret and join in the search, she becomes very close to Theo and there is of course a fiancé to think of, but Theo has fallen head over heels for Alice and England is where he wants to stay.

This story is one of love and friendship of doing what you need to do to get what you want, it is a story too of how important books are especially in times of war and disasters, it is poignant with so many emotions such a great story one that I highly recommend, MS Beecham has bought up things that happened during the war and done it so very well.

Thank you Allen & Unwin for my copy to read.

4 stars

Published July 2nd 2020 by Allen & Unwin

Friday, 18 September 2020

The Healer

 The Healer


Allison Butler



Reviewed by Helen


I do love a trip back to the Scottish Highlands in the 1400’s, a man in a kilt and a laird yes please and this one was a beauty, beautifully written, fabulous characters and a story of born enemies finding a love so strong, I loved getting to know Lynelle Fenwick and Laird William Kirkpatrick, I hope you do as well.

Lynelle has lived as an outsider in her own home, shunned by her father and everyone who lives there she has lived with the healer for as long as she can remember cursed they say, but Lynelle learnt a lot living here and she would do anything to get her father’s respect and when the chance comes before she even thinks she takes off only to be captured by the enemy. She convinces the laird that she is a healer and will accompany his injured brother back to their home Closeburn for two weeks, and a lot changes in these two weeks Lynelle shows her strength and her healing skills.

William has only one brother left and he is determined to keep him safe, living under a curse that has troubled his clan for many years, even if he doesn’t believe in it they all do, so when his brother is injured he needs a healer to help with his journey home William has an aversion to healers but when he meets Lynelle although not happy he needs her but there is a pull that he feels towards her and the next two weeks changes him very much as he loses his heart.

I loved this story from page one what a page turner, there is a lot going on and Lynelle finds a way to get William to open up and her healing skills become very real and she becomes very popular with the clan, but their journey to a beautiful HEA is fraught with ups and downs and their trust needs to get better. I do highly recommend this story, it really is fabulous, thank you Allison Butler for such a great story.

Thanks you to Harlequin HQ and Harper Collins for my copy to read.

5 stars


October 5th 2020 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd