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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Charming Sir Charles

Charming Sir Charles

Dashing Widows #5

Anna Campbell

Charming Sir Charles by Anna Campbell

Reviewed by Helen

MS Campbell you have done it again what a story I love your writing voice the sensuality you bring out on the pages the depth of personality from your hero and heroine had me turning the pages sighing, smiling and really cheering them both one because they did need a little push to fund that awesome HEA.

Sally Cowan Countess of Norwood is widowed and has decided that it is time to have some fun so she has come to town to chaperone her niece Meg. Sally’s marriage was not a good one and she has no intention of marrying again she is convinced she is way too old but when the suitor that she has decided would be great for Meg has her falling for his charms what is she to do, someone needs to make her see the truth and a few of her friends the other widows and the wonderful Meg start the ball rolling.

Sir Charles Kinglake has fallen for the beautiful Sally Cowan at first sight and ensures that he is around as much as possible but Sally seems to have her wires crossed on who he is trying to court what is he to do pounce perhaps and with a little help from Meg he has a wonderful sensual afternoon with Sally, but it doesn’t end as he planned.

This one has all the boxes ticked for a fabulous historical romance the setting, the characters I loved Charles he is so good and Sally is as well but she has been hurt before and needs to build that confidence and Charles is perfect for her. Thank you MS Campbell for another story that had me smiling and sighing.

5/5 stars for a great story

Published February 27th 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

A Letter from Italy

A Letter from Italy

Pamela Hart

A Letter from Italy by Pamela Hart

Reviewed by Helen

This is a moving story, a story of courage and strength the story of an Australian female journalist who arrives in Italy during World War 1 with her journalist husband and takes on the men and makes a mark in the world for herself and for females it shows how love can grow to such strength during times of intrigue and espionage of rations and hurt and heartbreak.

When journalist Rebecca Quinn is left alone in an Italian village while her husband is off chasing a story she now sees her chance to get off the woman’s pages of the paper and become a war correspondent, this takes a lot of courage to stand up to the men and the ways of the world. Rebecca is alone but knows the other journalists there and having meals at Nonna Rosa’s Trattoria brings her into contact with photographer Alessandro Panucci which starts a journey through some very rough paths and feelings that must be kept close to her heart.

Alessandro Panucci is an American born Italian he has come to Italy to try and do his bit for the war seeing as he can’t enlist in either countries he does what he knows best photographs and with a little push from his Nonna and Rebecca they join together as a team to make a couple of war correspondents who become very close in so many ways friends first but love grows as well, but this is a forbidden love.

This is my first story by MS Hart and won’t be my last beautifully written it pulled me in from the first page so much happening the setting is gorgeous the hardships of wartime and the tragedies that people go through and the descriptions of Sandro’s photos were so real it was like I was looking at them. And of course the moving love story that bought me to tears and then tears of joy at the end wartime brings so much heartache but there is always a shining light. Thank you for a fabulous story.

5/5 stars fro a fabulous story

Published March 14th 2017 by Hachette Australia

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Princess and the Diamonds

The Princess and the Diamonds

Fiery Tales #9

Lila DiPasqua

The Princess and the Diamonds by Lila DiPasqua

Reviewed by Helen

MS DiPasqua knows how to write a seductive sizzling and so very sensual story set around a fairy tale and in France during King Louis XIV reign they are short not put downable tales that will have you needing a fan and they are so moving, and this one is fabulous with a little intrigue and very happy ending get ready to sit back and enjoy Mathias and Gabrielle’s story.

Mathias is helping the King to end the gambling in illegal gaming hotels that is reducing many piers to paupers he is invested in this having lost a close friend. But when he enters the den he is struck by the beauty of one of the gamblers and needs to learn more about this person and the fact that he is a she and a total mystery which also warms his body like never before.

Gabrielle must get into the gambling den to save her brother she is convinced that in men’s clothing and masked she will get away with it that is until she is watched by a very handsome man and for such an innocent she is drawn to him her body sizzles can she keep the diamonds she needs to keep and her heart as well.

When Mathias and Gabrielle come together it is with passion and caring but with mystery as well Gabrielle is determined to keep her identity a secret and Mathias is determined to find out who she is and along the way love blossoms and the passion heats up and the ending fabulous. Thank you MS DiPasqua for another awesome story one that I highly recommend.

5/5 stars

Published February 28th 2017

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