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

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Reclaimed by the Knight by Nicole Locke

Reviewed by Nas Dean

RECLAIMED BY THE KNIGHT by author Nicole Locke is a September 2018 release by Harlequin Historical series.

Nicholas came back after an absence of five years to see that Matilda was married and pregnant. He was betrothed to Matilda before he went away but stopped writing to her to save any letters falling into enemy hands.

But she had married his best friend in his absence and was widowed too. And now she was pregnant. Could Nicholas forget and forgive her?

After all he had been the one to leave her even though he needed to go to earn for the life he wanted to give her and his other commitments. Would he stay now or leave like before? And what of his enemies? Wouldn’t they follow him home and harm Matilda?

RECLAIMED BY THE KNIGHT is a romance filled with emotions and drama. Author Nicole Locke brought this story to life on the pages where a reader would sympathize with Mathilda and Nicholas yet root for them too.

Highly recommended for all readers of historical romance.


Sunday, 26 August 2018

The Laird's Willful Lass

The Laird's Willful Lass

The Laird's Most Likely #1

Anna Campbell

The Laird's Willful Lass by Anna Campbell

Reviewed by Helen

MS Campbell has taken me on magical trip back in time to the Scottish Highlands, my dream holiday location, with the start of her new series. I always look forward to a new Anna Campbell book and I have never been disappointed, this one is a beauty, sensual with such witty banter and humour throughout, this journey to a HEA that is between two very strong and stubborn people will have you turning the pages, clear your calendar because you are not going to want to put this one down once you start.

Marina Lucchetti is an artist a very good one and she has stood her ground to make her name in her chosen field against the men and she is one fiery and stubborn heroine, she and her father have travelled to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands so she can do some paintings, but when disaster strikes her world is turned upside down when she is rescued by the devilishly handsome Laird Fergus MacKinnon, and the sparks fly.

The Mackinnon as he is known to his people is a strong man, a ruler one who’s orders and wishes are always completed but when he rescues the beautiful, feisty and spirited Italian artist from the raging river well let us say that his life is about to change, he has never met a woman who is so determined to choose her own path in life and the next few months are going to prove delightful to say the least with some bickering that had me smiling.

What a story this one is I loved it from page one, these two people are so made for each other both strong and feisty they both stand their ground but when cupid shoots his arrow and it finds its mark there is no turning back for them, love and emotion flows from the pages, I must say it takes a bit for Fergus to convince Marina that together they can fly to the moon and back but when he does the stars shine, bliss. Thank you MS Campbell another keeper, one that I highly recommend.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published July 31st 2018 by Anna Campbell

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight

Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight

Elisabeth Hobbes

Beguiled by the Forbidden Knight by Elisabeth Hobbes

Reviewed by Helen

It is a long time since I have read a medieval story and this one is good, times were really hard back then, the land and people have been ravaged by war and there will be many changes and when Lord Gilbert du Rospez arrives at Haxby to claim his bride Lady Sigrun, he is told she has been sent away to a priory, and he must go and fetch her, he is not overly keen to do so, instead he sends his best friend Guilherm Fitzlannion in his place.

Lady Sigrun was sent to the priory by her mother when things were getting bad during the war and this has left her very quiet and she enjoys being at the priory and keeps to herself but she is close to her handmaiden Aelfhid. So when a Lord arrives to take her back to be his bride she and Aelfhid run away determined to get back home and work this out, but they don’t get far before the Lord catches up with them and they decide to switch roles.

Guilherm agrees to help his friend out on this with the promise of land when he returns with his bride, but along the way Guilherm meets a feisty sprite while bathing and is shocked to find her at the priory when he arrives, but when he learns that she is to be Gilbert’s wife and her and her handmaiden run he high tails it after them, and seeing as how he too has taken on the role of Gilbert and with danger around every corner Guilherm and Aelfhid get closer every day.

Aelfhid is a very feisty and strong woman and plays the part of her friend very well but as she falls in love a little bit more each day keeping her secret gets harder and the same goes for Guilherm he has been damaged badly by the war and this plays a part in their getting closer Aelfhid is so easy to talk to and open up to that it is also easy to fall in love with her as well. When they escape danger together and arrive back to Haxby and the truth is revealed then there are smiles all around for them and this reader was left feeling very happy, this was a story that I thoroughly enjoyed and can highly recommend.

4/5 stars for a great story

Published May 22nd 2018 by Harlequin