Tuesday, 8 January 2019

The Widow of Ballarat

The Widow of Ballarat

Darry Fraser

The Widow of Ballarat by Darry Fraser

Reviewed by Helen

This is a book that takes us back to some hard times in Australia’s history the gold fields of Ballarat, where woman struggled to be treated well, this one shows us the hardships that they went through but it also shows that love is always there as well, this is a book that will keep you turning the pages as you get to know Nell and Finn.

Nell Amberton is forced into a marriage to a very cruel man by her father, life is hard for her but her strength and courage shine though and when the riots start in the gold fields and her husband rushes her out of Ballarat, they are accosted by a bushranger and her husband is shot, although shocked she is very relieved as well and when the bushranger turns out to be a gentleman to her, Nell can feel that her life might change as they have a few mysterious meetings.

Finn Seymour lost his wife and went to England to fight in the war only to return when his sister dies, her death was caused by her cruel husband and Finn vows to end Andrew Amberton’s life this brings him in contact with the beautiful and strong Nell and his feelings are coming back with the meeting, but life is hard in these times and there is a lot to uncover and sort out before there may be a chance of happiness.

This is a moving story, with many ups and downs as the struggles come to life that Nell’s dead husband has been a party too and they need to be set straight and with people after Nell and Finn trying to keep his identity a secret for as long as he can the feelings they have for each other are growing, and when Nell is in danger Finn opens up and a beautiful HEA is enjoyed by them and me, this is a story that I recommend, there is a lot going on and I loved Nell and Finn, their courage and strength shine through and there are many more characters that add a lot to this story, some nasty, some lovely, I hope you pick this book up and enjoy it as I did.

4/5 stars for a great story


Published December 1st 2018 by Mira Books

Sunday, 9 December 2018

The Pirate's Secret Stowaway

The Pirate's Secret Stowaway

Erin Grace

The Pirate's Secret Stowaway by Erin Grace

Reviewed by Helen

It is a long time since I have read a pirate story and this one is really good, what a pirate Marcus is and what a stubborn heroine Grace is, she certainly gives him a run for his love. This one will keep you turning the pages as together they sail the high seas, fight real pirates and discover secrets and true love.

Grace Hathaway is on a mission to find her benefactor Mr Bailey who is in charge of her inheritance before she is forced into marrying her horrid cousin, her and her cousin Victoria have been kept tightly under control by her Uncle Horace, but to find Mr Bailey she must get to Spain, this she does by stowing away on the ship The Serenade, but when she is discovered by the very handsome Captain James, her life is about to change in many ways and she will lose her heart to this man in a very sensual way.

Marcus James has very few memories from his past the only life he has known is the sea she is his mistress, but often he is plagued by short memories from his childhood. He loves being captain of his ship and mostly what he does is legal but there is often some illegal trading going on, but when he finds the beautiful stowaway Grace he is about to lose his heart to her in a spectacular way.

This is a fabulous fast paced story it is sensual and moving as well, I did love Grace, feisty and not afraid to say what she thinks, I loved seeing her stand up to pirates and Marcus what a hero, and Grace was just who he needed. Their journey to a HEA is pretty up and down especially when they get back to London and discover a few things about Marcus, I do highly recommend that you pick this one up, a good pirate story is a must read.

4 stars for a great story


Published September 26th 2018

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The Laird's Christmas Kiss

The Laird's Christmas Kiss

The Lairds Most Likely #2

Anna Campbell

The Laird’s Christmas Kiss by Anna Campbell

Reviewed by Helen

Anna Campbell writes the best stories and she never fails to make me smile and leave me feeling wonderful after reading one of her them and this one is a beauty, what more could a romance reader want than a gorgeous Scottish hero a heroine finding her daring and her love finally at Christmas time in Scotland, I suggest you make yourself very comfortable to read this one because you won’t want to put it down.

Elspeth Douglas the after- thought in the family the little mouse who doesn’t say a lot but loves to get lost in a book, but she is very stubborn as her brother will agree with and she has had a major crush on one of her brother Hamish’s friends Brody Girvan since she was sixteen and there is a Christmas party going on and where they are both attending and Elspeth decides that her crush is just that and it is time to get over Brody, and get on with her life, but sometimes things can change beautifully.

Brody is a rake and has been living the good life for some time now but he has been feeling kinda different and thinking more about the future and being with his friends for Christmas he starts to notice the beautiful Elspeth and sets his sights on her, which seems to shock a few people at the party including Elspeth, but there is no denying the pull he has to his little wren.

I loved this story from start to finish, with such witty banter, I loved Brody and Elspeth what a gorgeous couple, and this one is sensual, exciting and fun as they have a few ups and downs to get to the place they should be, married and looking forward to a wonderful future. This is a story that I highly recommend MS Campbell writes beautifully, she has such a fabulous voice for her stories, and I never miss one, thank you MS Campbell another story for the keeper shelf and I am really looking forward to Hamish and Diarmid’s stories.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Published October 27th 2018

Sunday, 7 October 2018

The Heart of a Bluestocking

The Heart of a Bluestocking

Bluestockings #3

Renee Dahlia

The Heart of a Bluestocking by Renée Dahlia

Reviewed by Helen

I love a good historical with a strong heroine and this is what you get in this story, Claire Carlingford is Doctor not common in 1888 and she is sassy, witty and I loved her she was smart and knew what was going on in life, bring in Ravi Howick lawyer extraordinaire, a man who has had to push to get where he is today because he is half Indian, his father was an Earl and his mother an Indian Princess, put these two together and you have an exciting, sensual story that will keep you turning the pages, as they work together.

Claire is working hard as a doctor but her father wants her to take over the Carlingford company and soon, this is something that she does not want to do but when her father is arrested for a gambling scam she jumps into action to prove his innocence, she needs a new lawyer and goes to a prestigious firm and is sent in to meet Mr Howick and she is most impressed with him and they decide that working together maybe a good idea but she will need to keep her sensual feelings to herself.

Ravi has always wanted his own practice and when he is asked to work for the Carlingford’s he strikes a deal that will finally get him what he wants, but he has other pressures as well concerning is brother who is a lord, will Claire be the answer to that one as well. He has never felt this way about a woman before but there are a lot of hurdles to cross if they are to be a loving couple, but as they work to prove her father innocent the spark between them gets stronger and one kiss needs to be more.

This story is filled with witty banter and very strong sensual spark that I loved, it is fast paced and the ending was so thrilling as a few very well kept secrets were revealed and a rescue was needed, both Ravi and Claire were different in this time in history but both were strong enough to conquer what other people thought, I loved that Claire and Ravi worked in the hope that one day there would a world where everyone is equal regardless of their colour or who they loved. I loved catching up with Josephine and also hearing about Marie in this story, thank you MS Dahlia for a fabulous story and series, I do highly recommend this one.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published October 1st 2018 by Escape Publishing

Sunday, 30 September 2018

The Elusive Earl

The Elusive Earl

Saints and Scoundrels #2

Maddison Michaels

The Elusive Earl by Maddison Michaels

Reviewed by Helen

This is a fabulous story, a story filled with witty banter, a romance that will have you smiling and laughing as Brianna and Daniel go after a treasure that has already been the cause of many deaths, there is danger and lots going on in this fast paced story, a story I loved from start to finish, this is one that you are not going to want to put down once you pick it up.

Brianna Penderley has grown up with her aunt and uncle in England after being orphaned as a toddler, talking about her parents murder is not something that she likes and she is always chasing after some sort of antiquity and forever getting herself in scrapes that her uncle needs to send someone to get her out of and that is The Earl of Thornton Daniel Wolcott and their relationship is pretty fiery, she thinks he is stuffy, but he has shown up in Italy to rescue her again and this time the stakes are high her life in is danger and Daniel is in full protection mode and Brianna is not too keen on it, talk about clash of strong personalities.

Daniel is determined to never turn out like his father a scoundrel and is not going to get married till it is absolutely necessary and when his mentor asks him again to go and rescue his niece Brianna after getting herself engaged to two Italians no less, he is far from happy this woman does his head in. But this time the situation turns ugly and Daniel is hard pressed to keep her safe and his heart safe as well.

This story has everything in it that a romance should there is emotion a plenty there is humour in such dangerous situations a sensual pull and kisses to make a reader swoon and honestly the banter is awesome MS Michaels you rock this story is awesome, I loved Daniel and Brianna so much, this is an exhilarating story that ticks all of the boxes for a romance that I highly recommend it, the ending is just so gorgeous I was smiling so much, and I look forward to many more thank you so much.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published August 27th 2018 by Entangled: Amara

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

To Charm a Bluestocking

To Charm a Bluestocking

The Bluestockings Series #1

Renee Dahlia

To Charm A Bluestocking by Renée Dahlia

Reviewed by Helen

I read the second book in this series when it came out and loved it, so when I realized it was the second one I bought this one, the first and it waited a while for me to get to it, and now I have the third one waiting for me I decided it was time to read Josephine’s story, I love these girls all aiming to be Doctors in a world that was not easy for them back in 1887. A rocky journey Josephine has not only in her studies but with the man that is sent to protect her.

Josephine is a shy bluestocking and feels so out of place in England socializing is not one of her favourite things and she wants to be a Doctor and Holland is the better place to study, so she starts her four years of training makes friends with Marie and Claire, and does well but when she is being harassed by one of the professors it is time to ask her father for help, and this brings Lord Nicholas St George to the rescue, and Josephine is hard pressed to keep her feelings under control.

Nicholas has worked with Josephine’s father as a spy for many years and is happy to arrive and pretend to be her fiancé to keep her safe, he is also investigating another matter, except when he first meets Josephine his blood heats up like it never has with any other woman, and instant attraction makes him want her for real not pretend. When he realizes that the other matter he is working is linked to the professor, things get very dangerous and he is determined to protect this strong willed woman all the more.

This one was a little slow to start but then wow it moved fast and the heat that sparks between them could melt the snow that is falling, there is a lot happening with riots and danger and Josephine is so stubborn about being told what to do, when Nicholas is badly injured the three girls who are now Doctors work to save him and love blooms brightly in such a sensual way, I do highly recommend this book and I am looking forward the next book in this series, thank you MS Dahlia for a fabulous story.

4/5 stars for a great story

Published March 1st 2017 by Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty

Saturday, 1 September 2018

An Italian Count for Christmas

An Italian Count for Christmas

London Lords #1

Sasha Cottman

An Italian Count for Christmas by Sasha Cottman

Reviewed by Helen

This story swept me of to London for a journey of sensual romance and a bit of intrigue as Italian Count Nico de Luca arrives in London to check out the family shipping company’s accounts, here he meets Isabell Collins who is one of his tenants and he has been invited to stay for Christmas, and their meeting is like a bolt of lightning strikes them, let this exciting journey begin.

When Isabelle’s husband dies and leaves her and his mother in law in dire straits, together they do what they can, they rent the house that was theirs, when they are asked by the man of business who rents them the house to have the owner stay for Christmas with a bonus to them she eagerly accepts not knowing that this gesture will uncover some secrets from the past and will change her life forever, as she gets closer to the handsome and gentlemanly Nico.

Nico has been jilted by his fiancé and takes off to London after all his mother was English, he has a couple of things to do while in London and falling in love is not one of them but when he meets the delectable Isabelle there is no use fighting the connection between them and with him uncovering the theft from his business and the truth about the death of Isabelle’s husband things between them heat up in a sizzling affair.

This is a beautiful story so very sensual and heart-warming, both Nico and Isabelle have been through a lot and finding true love brings a lot of joy to them both and us readers, Isabelle is so strong and I loved that she stood up for herself and was not going to be walked over and Nico what a hero what a heart he has, I loved him I want him. Thankyou MS Cottman for another fabulous story one that will stay with me and is sure to bring a smile to any reader and yes it is one that I highly recommend.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story


Published August 31st 2018