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

Monday, 9 July 2018

The Desert Nurse

The Desert Nurse

Pamela Hart

The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart

Reviewed by Helen

This is an amazing story, a story of courage and strength, there are so many emotions throughout this book, it is heart wrenching at times and just so very moving, as MS Hart takes us back to World War 1 and the extraordinary women who nurse our soldiers during a bitter and bloody conflict and the love that they found. I can’t highly recommend this book enough, it is so beautifully written a must read.

Evelyn Northey comes from Taree in country NSW her father is a Doctor and when her mother passes away Evelyn is pulled out of school to assist as her father’s nurse, but it also stops Evelyn from doing what she wants to do most and that is study to become a doctor herself. She is strong and determined and ends up getting her nursing certificate behind her father’s back and when war breaks out, she does the unthinkable and enlists and is sent to Egypt and the Gallipoli campaign. Here Evelyn learns even more about medicine and makes many friends including Dr William Brent whom she becomes very close to.

William Brent is a polio survivor from a middle class family in Parramatta he studies and becomes a doctor and although he cannot enlist with the army he still makes sure that he gets himself to the war front to assist in any way he can, and no amount of pain will stop him from saving as many men as he can working hours in the operating theatre with Evelyn as his nurse. This brings them close together and they become friends along the way.

MS Hart describes the settings so beautifully, the countries torn apart by war, the people that are hurt, their pain and suffering and the medical staff that do what they can in such at times really tough spots, but the feelings of the fabulous characters tell us so much more, I felt so close to Evelyn and Will as they try so hard to deny the love that is growing between them through such a testing time in life. The question do they, or do they not marry, both have their reasons for not wanting to but will love conquer?

I loved this compelling, moving and emotional story from start to finish and honestly cannot highly recommend it enough, MS Hart has a way with words that brings all of her characters to life on the pages, bought me to tears at times, I felt the pain but I also smiled many times as well, thank you MS Hart this one is going to stay with me for a long time.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Hachette Australia

Friday, 29 June 2018

Collector of Hearts

Collector of Hearts

Cassandra Samuels

Collector Of Hearts by Cassandra Samuels

Reviewed by Helen

I do enjoy a good historical, and a rake and this one kept me turning the pages, but is Robert Mallory, Marquis of Shelton really a rake, his life is about to be turned upside down when he meets the beautiful, delectable twin Arabella Fleming in her first season, sit back and enjoy the ride as I did.

Arabella and her twin Isabell are set to have their first season both hoping to meet and fall in love with the man they can spend the rest of their lives with, but when Arabella meets the notorious Collector of Hearts and feels a very strong pull towards him and wants to get to know the real man behind the moniker, this starts a very interesting and up hill journey to a HEA that is beautiful, Arabella is such a strong caring lady and she is going to need all of her strength to get Robert to open up.

Robert Mallory was hurt so badly by a woman that he decides that he will make a name for himself and collect all the hearts he can, he is notorious for duels and he always steers clear of young virgins, married woman that want a fling are much more to him, that is until he meets Arabella, strong and feisty she hits a nerve in him that may just change him. Or bring him back to who he really is.

This is a really good story so many emotions flying from the pages, I loved the strength shown by Arabella and the way Robert finally opened up, let himself believe again in love and Arabella did that for him as no one else could before. A moving sensual story, MS Samuels has bought the characters to life on the pages, had me turning the pages and left me sighing and smiling thank you MS Samuels for a fabulous story, this is one that I highly recommend to anyone who loves a story that will pull them in. Bonus is that we have two HEA’s with Isabell and Robert’s best friend Quinn.
4/5 stars for a great story

Published June 12th 2018 by Escape Publishing