Monday, December 03, 2007

THE MAGNATES MARRIAGE DEMAND - Robyn Grady



This is Robyn Grady’s first novel for Silhouette Desire and what a brilliant debut book……So many layers in each of her characters the handsome and sexy millionaire Armand De Luca and the lovely Tamara Kendle. However, let’s not forget the others…..the dog, the housekeeper, the family friend and corporate attorney and the De Luca and Kendle family dynamics. WOW is the only adjective I can use to describe this wonderful love story.

Tamara’s heart is aching…..she’s not only lost her event planning business, she’s lost her best friend and the father of her baby and she doesn’t know how’s she’s going to make ends meet. Now she has to attend her friend’s funeral and say goodbye to Marc Earle. Tamara knows Marc has a millionaire brother Armand De Luca and when she sees him at the funeral, she’s distracted by his presence.

Think that’s bad enough……Armand arrives at her dilapidated apartment and makes her an offer she can’t refuse. His father’s will stipulates he must have an heir by a certain age and he knows that Tamara is pregnant with his brother’s child and close to being evicted. If he doesn’t produce a legitimate heir then he stands to loose a lot. Being an astute businessman, he proposes to take care of Tamara and the baby but there is a stipulation……they must marry and Armand claim the parentage. So many emotions and when Tamara feels she’s been used, it’s heartbreaking!

Their journey is a full blown rollercoaster ride and issues like family, values, revenge, trust, respect and what’s important. What I found very interesting was Tamara’s upbringing, her mom for the most part was emotionally “unavailable” for Armand, his family was split….he was raised by his father and Marc by his mother and believe me there were scars.

What I so loved about this book was their self discovery; what’s important family and trust being the most important, attraction, business, self worth, and when the walls came tumbling down for Armand when he viewed the ultrasound and he KNEW what was important…..the mother and the baby and his feelings, incredible!!!!

This is a marvellous book is all I can say, it challenges the reader to examine exactly what’s important and yet is so entertaining! Congratulations to Robyn for this very special love story!


Book Description:

Marriage and children played no part in Armand De Luca's plans. Then the hard-driving tycoon learned he had to marry—and produce an heir!—or lose his company. When he discovered his late brother had fathered an as yet unborn child, Armand saw the perfect opportunity. But expectant mother Tamara Kendle was not at all sure she wanted any part of Armand, his millions or his convenient marriage. And she was so infinitely desirable, he wasn't sure this union could ever be strictly business…

HIS STYLE OF SEDUCTION - Roxanne St.Claire


Roxanne St. Claire has an absolute winner with His Style of Seduction. It’s magical and just time for the holiday season. I can’t remember when I can honestly say I’ve read such a romantic book and that’s probably due to Jackson Locke, the main character who is not only drop dead gorgeous but he’s funny, sexy and most of all extremely ROMANTIC.

If you read St. Claire’s Sins of His Past, you were introduced to the non-conformist Jackson Locke. Jack is the creative director for an ad agency and marches to own drum. He’s very casual in his appearance, not like the regular ad exec, he’s very good at what he does and is highly respected in his field. Jack doesn’t have a clue what his mentor, friend and boss is up to when he’s called to Nantucket for a meeting with his boss. To his surprise he answers the door to a beautiful woman Lily Harper who has also been invited to the meeting. Little does Jack know that Lily is there to do a complete executive makeover on Jack, to groom him for the presidency of Wild Marketing. To say the least, Lily will have her hands full, taking on Jackson Locke!

Immediately, there is chemistry between Jackson and Lily, the sensual tension in this book leaps off the pages and you will absolutely fall in love with Jackson Locke and learn to respect the lovely, Lily, especially when you learn of her secret past. For Lily, this exec makeover, if successful, would probably land her more business which for her would mean stability, not having to worry about finances and afford her the opportunity to put down roots and buying a home, something she has been working towards for years.

His Style of Seduction is beautiful, magical and will touch your soul as again Roxanne St.Claire delivers to her readers a moving love story and their journey in self discovery and finding happiness.

Book Description:

When powerful businessman Jackson Locke found Lily Harper soaking wet on his doorstep, he couldn't believe his luck. Little did he know the dark-haired beauty had been hired to do a job—and not the one Jack might have fantasized about. Now a storm had left them stranded, hot and bothered, and Jack was stuck between lust and pride. Lily's assignment was to change him into something he wasn't.

But Jack's
destiny was to rock her world, and he intended to do it on his terms…

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

THE GREEK BILLIONAIRE'S BABY REVENGE - Jennie Lucas



Jennie Lucas is a rising star and she certainly demonstrates it her December release of The Greek Billionaire’s Baby Revenge.

The book begins on an almost violent note when Anna Rostoff and her sister realize that Nikos Stavrakis, Anna’s ex-lover and father of her baby has come all the way to Russia and has taken possession of her infant son.

Nikos is one determined father, he will have and raise his son and he’s angry, angry that he has for months been deprived of his son and silently angry that his mistress Anna left him. He wants revenge, he wants his son and most of all he desires and is determined that he and Anna will marry and raise their son together.
How will he convince her? Your heart will stop as you read about this very sexy and determined man’s plan, a plan to have that family of his own, to be the father he himself had never had. However, his plan did not include love because Nikos believed to love would make him weak!

Anna can’t believe Nikos wants to marry her. How can he think it would work when she left him months before because she thought he was having an affair with his new secretary? Anna had once been Nikos PA and loved the job and working for him. She didn’t count on falling in love with him, becoming his mistress and expecting his baby. When she found out she was pregnant, everything changed…..Nikos insisted she quit her job and stay at home until the baby was born. When she thought he was having an affair, she left and had her baby on her own.

There are other issues involved as well…….her father had worked for Nikos and one learns later that he stole from Nikos, was badly in debt and also owed money to a family friend and Anna’s past employer, Victor. To top it off, Anna’s mother has also been borrowing money from Victor and the debt is astronomical.

In the end, many lessons are learned by both Niko and Anna as to what really matters in life……mainly love and family. The Greek Billionaire’s Baby Revenge is action packed, very sensual and passionate, an all around outstanding and exceedingly pleasing read, one the reader will remember for a long time.


Book Description:

His mistress...
Working for Nikos Stavrakis was exhilarating -- until one fateful night when the Greek tycoon made love to Anna Rostoff...

His baby....
But then Nikos installed a new mistress, and Anna fled to the last place he would think to find her. Nine months later, Anna is left nursing a tiny baby and a broken heart...

His wife?
Nikos is furious when he discovers Anna's taken HIS son -- he vows to seek retribution! He will possess Anna as his bride, and make her learn who's boss

Monday, November 26, 2007

THE SHEIKH AND THE CHRISTMAS BRIDE - Susan Mallery



Susan Mallery has again charmed her readers with her latest edition to her Desert Rogue series. The heroine Kayleen will warm the reader’s heart with her gentleness, sincerity, innocence and fierce heart. Mallery has the ability to immediately draw the reader into the story with her first chapters when we’re introduced to this lovely teacher in a orphanage who is like a lioness protecting three recently orphaned girls and goes after the leader of a tribe who has come to take the girls back to their camp.

In most of the Desert Rogue series the rulers are trying to marry off their sons and obtain heirs and in The Sheikh and the Christmas Bride, the same applies. King Makhtar has six sons and wants them married and settled. His sons have been raised without the benefit of a mother and their Aunt Lina for the most part has been the “mother figure” in their lives. She is aware that in a neighbouring Kingdom, King Hassan has been very successful in marrying off his sons and daughters. She calls upon her friendship and attraction to King Hassen to develop a plan for her nephew Prince As’ad. When there is trouble at the orphanage she calls upon As’ad to help defuse the situation. She talks him into taking the three girls himself into his protection and suggests he adopts them. Along with bringing the girls to the palace, Lina suggests he brings Kayleen as well as their nanny.

As this story develops, one is immediately drawn to the attraction both As’ad and Kayleen feel for each other. As’ad vows never to love a woman, as it would make him weak. However, he cannot fight his attraction for this lovely redhead and moves in, takes her virginity and then all hell breaks loose.

Kayleen knows what it’s like to be orphaned, rejected both by her mother and grandmother, she’s grown up in a convent and longs to belong, have a family and be loved. When As’ad proposes they marry because of their one night and attraction for each other plus giving the girls stability, Kayleen dares to believe she can have it all. Because of her inner strength, and her love for As’ad she is fierce to prove they can have it all and she is going to show him and claim this prince as her own.

Their journey and discovery is one you won’t want to miss. It’s the perfect holiday read, a wonderful love story and the continuation of the incredible Desert Rogue series. I personally can’t wait for the next book!

Book Description:

From royal nanny to princess bride?

Dedicated teacher Kayleen James was determined to safeguard the future of her orphaned students—even if it meant defying Prince As'ad of El Deharia himself! But the seductive ruler stunned her by offering to adopt the three little girls. On one condition…

Suddenly As'ad was a single father in desperate need of a nanny, and Kayleen was the only woman for the job. Soon the palace was in an uproar—all because of the spirited redhead. Losing his heart wasn't part of the arrangement, until Kayleen showed the honor-bound sheik what he'd been missing. Could he convince her that she belonged in his exotic desert kingdom as his princess—and his wife?

Friday, November 23, 2007

THE BOSS'S CHRISTMAS BABY - Trish Morey


Morgan and Tegan Fielding are twins and Morgan has asked her twin to fill in for her while she attends her friends wedding in Hawaii. However, there’s a catch, since the boss won’t give Morgan time off, Tegan must pose as her twin which shouldn’t be a big deal because the boss is in Italy. Little do both women realize, the deal is on hold because of an illness so when James Maverick shows up at the office the next day, Tegan is blown away and tries to keep up the charade.

Immediately Maverick is drawn to his personal assistant as he watches her put on a pair of nylons….his buttoned up PA for some reason appeals to him out of the blue. There is something different about her, something sensual and he’s going to explore the options. This man is sexy as sin, wealthy and handsome and has a goal………not only to complete his business deal which would put his building development at the top for the next decade. His other priority is to find out why his PA suddenly appeals to him and to explore the possibilities. What does he have to loose or has he gone crazy?

What neither Tegan nor Maverick count on is their mutual attraction for each other and let me tell you their story not only sizzles it will take you on their sensual journey, one you won’t soon forget. Tegan fights her attraction for this man, every step of the way and Maverick is relentless in his pursuit even though he has a rule…..never again to get involved with his PA due to a past relationship where he was deceived.

Tegan counts on her sister being gone for a week but when Morgan is hospitalized from an accident and she realizes she can’t escape from the masquerade, she accepts she will be stuck working for the man. Her defenses against Maverick are shot to pieces, leaving her no choice but to give in to her desire for him. When he suggests an affair, Tegan gives in because she can’t help herself. What she doesn’t count on is falling for this sexy man and in the end, finding out she is carrying his child. What a mess!

Again Trish Morey delivers an incredible story, with strong emotion and wonderful characters. It’s a perfect holiday book and will make the reader really believe there is a Santa after all!



Book Description:

The Yuletide child

Tegan Fielding is supposed to be masquerading as her twin, not sleeping with her sister's boss! But James Maverick is too sexy to resist. She'll be his mistress—Yet he doesn't know who she really is.

The deception must end; Tegan is falling for the tycoon, and as Christmas approaches she has some news. How will James react when he finds his convenient mistress is expecting a special, seasonal delivery?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

THE RANCHER'S RULES - LUCY MONROE


The Rancher's Rules was released in the UK in 2006 and will hit the USA in December, just in time for a wonderful Christmas romance.



It is absolutely fabulous.....it's sexy, warm, very, very funny and just an extremely entertaining read!.

I so enjoyed this book…….I laughed, I cried and found it to be the perfect Holiday read. Zoe Jensen’s character was fun, invigorating, dear, just plain sweet and not the usual woman in a Harlequin Presents novel. Her love for life, animals and her Kindergarten students was endearing and her secret crush on her best friend Grant Cortez will squeeze your heart.

Grant and Zoe have grown up together and during their later years have had two “sexy” encounters which left Zoe hurt and embarrassed because all of her life she has secretly loved Grant. Their relationship in spite of everything remained in tact and they consider themselves best friends.

Zoe has never felt she’s belonged as her parents made it clear the son they lost should have run their ranch. When her father decides to retire, he sells the ranch to Grant, leaving Zoe without a home. She understands that she would never have been a rancher due to her love for animals, being a vegetarian, plus her non-relationship with her family, well she feels abandoned and unloved with the exception of the one man she can always count on, her best friend Grant.

Grant has the responsibly of running the family ranch and business as his father and stepmother have moved to another state due to his father’s health. For years, he has watched over Zoe, has been her closest friend and truly adores her. Now Grant finds himself not only thinking more about her but also fights a physical attraction for Zoe. On top of everything else, he now finds himself having to take care of her as she’s been evicted from her apartment because of all of her pets….cats, birds, dogs, hamster.

Now they find themselves in a bad situation and where will Zoe live? With Grant? Because of spending more time together they find themselves doing the one thing that Grant has a rule against…..the NO kissing rule, yet on a few occasions, the rule is broken. They both fight the attraction but in the end give in and then decisions need to be made…..should they take it a step further and explore their feelings?

You will absolutely adore this wonderful story, not only due to it’s warmth and humour but the magical journey itself…….falling in love and the miracle of Christmas for these two lovers.




Book Description

The millionaire’s forbidden virgin

Grant Cortez is rich, famous and seriously sexy. But although he arouses feelings in virginal Zoe that no other man ever has, as her best friend he’s strictly a no-go zone….
Grant wants Zoe badly, but knows he can’t have her. When they’re forced to live together the temptation is too much, and so Grant imposes some rules—no kissing, and definitely no sex. But then there’s the best rule of all: some rules are just made to be broken!



Monday, November 05, 2007

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS - Ann Roth

The magic of the holiday season is captured in Ann Roth’s All I want for Christmas. It’s an extremely heart-warming and lovely book full of fabulous characters and set on an island in Washington State. What more could a reader ask for than the warm residents of Halo Island.

Tina Morrell lost both of her parents at a young age and her beloved Kindergarten teacher GG along with many neighbours have raised her in a loving environment, sent her to college, believed in her ability to someday run her ad agency and loved her to death. Tina is now a very successful advertising exec and up for a promotion at her Seattle firm. However, she has taken a leave to take care of GG who is recuperating from hip surgery.

Ryan Chase, left Los Angeles as a successful business man and has taken his captivating five year old daughter Maggie and moved to Halo Island, to give her stability and a home in a wonderful neighbourhood. Ryan’s wife died when Maggie was young, his fiancĂ© left them for a “high powered” career and then his nanny also had to leave to help raise her grandson. The loss has affected both Ryan and Maggie. Maggie longs for a woman or mother figure in her life and Ryan wants no part of any sort of relationship, especially a permanent one.

Yet when Ryan and Tina meet, his daughter is immediately drawn to Tina and does everything in her power to spend time with her and GG. Maggie longs for a mother and adores Tina……the feeling mutual. Ryan is extremely protective of Maggie and doesn’t want her to become attached to Tina. Every step of the way, Ryan fights his attraction and puts up a protective armor.

Both Ryan and Tina are attracted to each other immediately and fight their attraction for each other every step of the way. Their journey in finding love and each other will melt your heart. However, the entire story, it’s marvellous characters, the warmth I felt while reading this story……well let’s just say, it made me believe there “really is a Santa” and reminded me of the miracle of Christmas.


Book Description:

What exactly are you asking Santa for?

"It's A Secret. How Do You Spell Mommy?" Nothing is more precious to Ryan Chase than five-year-old Maggie. She's the reason the widower moved to Halo Island in the first place—he wanted to get away from his hectic, work-all-hours job so he could spend more time with his daughter. Ryan will do anything to make sure Maggie is protected from hurt, which means no attachments to anyone who comes into their lives—and plans to leave.

As soon as the holidays are over, Tina Morrell is going back to Seattle to her busy job, and hopefully a big promotion. Her career has always been the most important thing in Tina's life—that is, until she meets the adorable Maggie and her incredibly hunky father. But Ryan won't let Tina get close—even though his daughter seems to be bringing them together. As the spirit of Christmas descends over the island, it's the wishes of one little girl that may be granted!

THE GREEK TYCOON'S UNWILLING WIFE - Kate Walker

Watch for the review.....coming this week!

Book Description:

He thought she was his mistress…

Recuperating on his private Greek island after a car crash, Andreas Petrakos had no memory of the previous year. The last thing he remembered was his passionate affair with beautiful Rebecca Ainsworth.

…when, actually, she was his wife!

Becca returned to the island because Andreas asked for her. But she had to hide the truth. What would happen when Andreas recalled throwing Becca out—on their wedding day—for a reason only he knew?

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Kouros Marriage Revenge - Abby Green


The Kouros Marriage Revenge will have you sitting on the edge of your seat with a box of tissues burning the midnight oil. You absolutely will not want to put this book down until you have finished this powerful and moving journey in forgiveness and love.

It’s seven years later and Alexandros Kurous and Kallie Demarchis run into each other at a party in Paris. At first, he does not recognize Kallie but is definitely attracted to her in ways no other woman has touched him. When he realizes who she is and that he has the power in his hands to ruin her family he eventually comes up with a plan of revenge……she will wed him, he will take what he can physically from her and then turn her out, exacting seven years of revenge.

Seven long years ago, his young friend betrayed Alexandros for on the eve of his engagement to a shipping magnates daughter, Kallie declared her love for him, kissed him and he rejected her. The every next morning pictures appeared in the paper of them kissing sent by per personal email and his engagement was called off. If this was not bad enough her family who he adored told him they never wanted to see him again. His shipping deal fell through, his inner most secrets revealed and only through hard work was he about to get his shipping business back on track becoming one of the most successful in the world.

Abby Green has portrayed a dark “alpha” in Greek Alexandros Kouros. There are times you will want to slap him for his desire not only for revenge but also because he is using his newly acquired wife of convenience in the most hurtful of ways, strictly for his pleasure. Therefore, in the end when the tables are turned and he actually begins to “feel” you pray for them it is not too late.

Kallie Demarchis has blossomed into a beautiful and talented businesswoman. When she literally bumps into Alexandros her world tilts; all she can think of it getting away. However, she learns her Uncle needs Alexandros financial help and is blackmailed into marrying him, knowing that he plans to take his revenge physically and in the end, cast her off and divorce her. At times, this story was painful to read, to watch and feel her suffer, unable to control her love and physical desire for him. And in the end feel her need to end the marriage before she shattered!

I congratulate Abby Green on this extremely moving, intense and powerful love story……Alexandros and Kallie will long be remembered by this reader

Book Description:

He would take revenge by taking her as his bride…

It was the society wedding of the year! When Greek shipping magnate Alexandros Kouros wed Kallie Demarchis, press pictures showed a couple who were madly in love – but behind the glamorous, happy scenes lay a very different story…

Love had nothing to do with it; Kallie knew she had no choice if she wanted to save her family’s business. She also knew that Alex would have sweet revenge for the mistake that had shattered both their pasts when he took her as his arranged bride…

Thursday, October 18, 2007

PURCHASED FOR PLEASURE - NICOLA MARSH




Six years ago, Kate Hayden left Australia and came to Los Angeles, California to get to know her grandparents and what should happen? She meets a sexy Navy Seal, Tyler James and falls in love, so much in love that she proposes in fun! They are both so young, have dreams, careers just beginning so they decide to go their separate ways.

Now Kate is a successful journalist, Tyler is in town for two reasons, primarily to see about his injured leg that might cause him to retire, and he has agreed to appear in an auction and go to the highest bidder. The proceeds from his purchase as an “Odd Bod” will go to The Ramirez Orphanage. The reader will learn that Tyler grew up at the orphanage so saving it means everything to him. Never does Tyler dream that Kate will attend, win the bid and he will have see and do whatever she wishes…can his heart take it?

Kate’s character is smart, sexy, charming and very spirited. She gives as good as she gets but she does not want to loose her heart again. She decides winning Tyler at the auction might cause her heart to break so she is determined to play out the week. They both come to terms and agreements that Kate will write an article about the orphanage and Tyler’s time as an Odd Bod but what Kate does not count on is falling in love again. Have a box of tissues ready, there are times you will need them. However, this charming couple will have you laughing with their banter, sexy smiles and their journey at rekindling their love; it is absolutely an incredible love story, one you will not want to miss!

Tyler James has two secrets you will learn and they both will tug at your heart. This sexy Seal loves to tease but underneath, he is tough and does not want to loose his heart again to Kate. She is like a magnet but he is determined to leave at the weeks end and not break Kate’s heart…….wrong, he shatters it!

Kate and Tyler’s journey is up and down and at times you will want to knock their heads together. However, you will come away realizing what a talent Nicola Marsh has with spinning and weaving her sensual story in such a way, you will want to read more. Personally, I cannot wait for Nicola’s next book!


Book Description:

He’ll fulfil her every fantasy…
Kate Hayden has lost her mind. It’s the only explanation. Otherwise, why would she have purchased a week with her old flame Tyler at a charity auction? Now the thought of sharing space with the hot Navy officer is making Kate lose her cool.

Tyler James is six foot four of well-muscled Navy SEAL. It’s his job to stay in control. But something about Kate and the past they share is utterly irresistible. He has one week to make sure that she never forgets him. And that one week will be all about pleasure

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Spanish Prince's Virgin Bride - Sandra Marton


Each time I pick up a book by Sandra Marton, I'm amazed by it's strength and power and the enjoyment it brings, especially The Spanish Prince's Virgin Bride which is the last book in Sandra's Billionaires' Brides series.

Alyssa McDonough is a firey and proud woman who is determined to save her father's ranch and someday get it back on its' feet. Even though Alyssa was adopted she thought she would inherit the ranch she loved and the land belonged to her departed mother. However, she learns otherwise and that her stepfather made an agreement witn an old friend in Spain, Felix Reyes.

Felix Reyes has hoped for years that his grandson Lucas Reyes would settle down and now he is hopeful that his plan will present an opportunity for Lucas to just do that, marry his old friend's daughter, Alyssa. What better opportunity, since he owns the land than to send Luis to Texas to meet Alyssa and visit the ranch on a pretense he is going to be looking at horses and the newly acquired Texas ranch. If Felix's plans succeed, his grandson will see the lovely and bright Alyssa and agree to an arrangement he has cooked up. Well, you think it's hot in Texas? When Alyssa and Lucas learn what both their family members cooked up, "explosive" doesn't even begin to describe what happened.

Lucas is smart, sexy, handsome, wealthy and adores his grandfather. They share a love for Spain and raising their Andalusian's so it seems natural when his grandfather sends him to honor the request and travel to view the Ranch. What Lucas doesn't expect is to meet the very beautiful, sassy and stubborn Alyssa. Immediately there are sparks and sensual tension......they are combustible together so when he learns the truth of what his Grandfather has done, he demands Alyssa accompany him back to Spain to settle and undo the terms of the agreement.

Will this independent lovely horsewoman and playboy ever come to an agreement? Their journey is one you will not want to miss. In fact, this three book triology is brilliant! Wealth, power, secrets, tension and in the end all three old friends have happy endings.

Alyssa's character tugged at my heart. She really never felt loved by her step father and her mother was reserved. In the end, she learns a secret that rocks her world plus she never expects to fall in love with the sexy and tender hearted Spaniard who brings her so much joy and pleasure.

As for Lucas, well his character is to die for and you'll fall in love with him just as Alyssa did and in the end even his meddling grandfather will have your heart as well.

The very talented Sandra Marton continues to deliver powerful, meaningful and entertaining stories to her readers. I encourage contemporary romance readers to read The Spanish Prince's Virgin Bride and the other two books in the trilogy....The Italian Prince's Pregnant Bride and The Greek Prince's Chosen Wife.


Book Summary:

'I cannot imagine a virgin would return a kiss with such fervor.'

Prince Lucas Reyes is angry. His grandfather is forcing him into marriage with penniless Alyssa McDonough who's pretending she's untouched by any man. But the intense sexual chemistry between them tells him otherwise.…

Lucas's fiery royal blood is roused! He'll force Lyssa to go to Spain with him, where he can get their marriage annulled. Because he'd swear that she's pure, uninhibited mistress material, and never a virgin bride!

Monday, September 17, 2007

ODD MOM OUT - JANE PORTER


2008 RITA Nominee
Odd Mom Out is absolutely and positively fabulous. I believe every young girl, woman and mom should read this wonderful women's fiction book.

Book Description:

Advertising executive Marta Zinsser is no poster child for her wealthy Seattle suburb-and nothing could please her more. This former New Yorker wears combat boots, not Manolos, and drives a righteous Harley hog instead of a Mercedes SUV.

Now she's launching her own agency in this land of the Microsoft elite, even though her ten-year-old daughter wishes she'd put on a sweater set and just be normal.Can this ex-urbanite remain uniquely herself without alienating the inner circle of smug, cookie-cutter executive wives?

And when push comes to shove, can she stop being the proud odd mom out and take a chance at something frighteningly-and tantalizingly-new?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11, 2001 - The Day the World Changed




As I was getting ready for work I couldn't help but stop and watch all of the ceremonies at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA where the brave travelers on that flight stopped the terrorists!

So I'm hopeful no matter where you live that you're saying prayers for those who lost someone dear on that horrible day, for soldier's fighting to protect your freedom, and for those all over the world who have lost someone due to terrorism.

For me, September 11th was a day I will never forget.......God Bless America!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

THE GREEK PRINCE'S CHOSEN WIFE - Sandra Marton



The Greek Prince’s Chosen wife is the second book in Sandra Marton’s Billionaires’ Brides series and it is magnificent! It begins in such a “fierce” manner, with all kinds of interesting twists and turns.

Damian has been in a perpetual bad mood for months because his past mistress had lied and cheated. She went so far as to tell him she was pregnant not once but twice with his baby and now, she is dead. Therefore, when he sees a stunning woman emerge from a taxi he is taken back. It’s been months since he’s been with a woman and this beauty catches his eye.

Later on one learns this stunning woman is Ivy Madison and she is expecting his child and is the stepsister of his conniving past lover Kay. However, how can this be? He has never slept with Ivy so how can she be carrying his child and future heir? Damian sees Ivy as another conniving woman out to get him and his money but he turns the tables when he demands she return to Greece with him so he can watch over her pregnancy and make sure she doesn’t pull a fast one. This proud Greek is just that…..proud, handsome, rich and stubborn and is determined he will win the battle and have his son. What he doesn’t count on is Ivy, this sweet, haunted and beautiful woman will reach something deep inside him and touch his heart.

This is such a lovely story especially in the final chapters. For starting out so forcefully, it’s ending is beautiful. Again, Sandra Marton has penned another emotional and passionate story in The Greek Prince’s Chosen Wife

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

SEDUCED FOR THE INHERITANCE - Jennifer Lewis



Blown away is the only way to describe my feelings about this book. If you love passion, intrigue, spitfire heroines, and family secrets then you will love Seduced for the Inheritance.

Anna Marcus has returned to her deceased mother’s home to pack up her personal belongings. It has been sometime since she had been home as she finished college, married, divorced and bankrupt due to her cheating husband. It’s painful for Anna….the loss of her mother, being broke and to return to the place where she will probably see the man she loved so many years ago, Naldo DeLeon.

Of course, she runs into him and learns that his father passed away a few weeks after her mother. The reader will learn the DeLeon’s for generations owned acres of orange groves, many holdings, an estate and were among Florida’s most respected of high society. Renaldo DeLeon is not only powerful, rich and handsome he is stubborn, set in tradition and does not want his family secrets exposed at any price. He wants everything and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it all!


At the reading of the DeLeon will, Anna learns she is now the owner of her mother’s cottage, surrounding land, heirloom jewelry and more. She receives a shock upon learning her mother and Robert DeLeon were involved and in love for years. Letty Marcus had been the family cook at the DeLeon estate. She also learns because of her mother’s recipes the DeLeon’s retail business has increased many times over.

Of course, the jewelry and recipe book and the fact they have helped to improve the family fortune are not mentioned to Anna. Now add to the mix Naldo’s sister who wants some of the estate, a fire, and to top it off a scandal! This book is so hot sparks fly off the page.

There is a lot of bitterness in the storyline…..Naldo knows the true reason behind his mother’s death, and is suffering greatly at the loss of his father and has emotional issues with his sister. The DeLeon family name he would live and would die for instead of a family scandal. Now on his doorstep is the spirited Anna who is angry to learn about the affair. Anna is angry that her mother was good enough to sleep with but not to marry so she has decided to fight the DeLeon's and stay.

This was such a wonderful love story, so powerful and passionate. Just like the DeLeon orange trees in the groves “strong…..it’s was in their nature to heal and recover.” As Anna learned, “as heirs to a legacy of passion…..for the land and for each other….that nothing could destroy”. Bravo Jennifer Lewis on this incredibly spicy and very powerful book.


Book Description:

How long could she deny him?

She was the cook's plain-Jane daughter.
He was the estate owner's privileged son. Now Anna's beloved mother and Reynaldo DeLeon's wealthy father were gone, their clandestine affair exposed. In addition, Anna, who had secretly loved the gorgeous DeLeon heir, suddenly owned a piece of his family's estate. Which Reynaldo wanted back at any cost? He upped his price with every no that came from Anna's lips. Until her lips could refuse him no longer—

Friday, August 24, 2007

THE ITALIAN'S DEFIANT MISTRESS - India Grey



The Italian’s Defiant Mistress is India Grey’s debut book and it is smashing! Set in Florence and Venice it is full of fashion, glitz, glamour, celebrities and it is very exciting and alluring. Eve Middlemiss was on an assignment for a fashion magazine but more than that, she is on a mission to find out and expose the person who provided her twin sister with drugs and caused her death. Her assignment is to follow a supermodel and in doing so ends up on the runway herself. As she’s nervous and inexperienced she’s told to focus on something while she traverses the runway and she sees a tall, dark and handsome man who she’s immediately drawn to who ends up being Raphael.

Raphael di Lazaro and his half brother Luca are heirs to the di Lazaro fashion house. Raphael’s mission is to expose his brother Luca for what he is…..a “user” and supplier of drugs to models. Raphael has an axe to grind with Luca as his one time girlfriend left him, went to Luca, ended up an addict, and almost died. He is determined not to let his brother ruin or end another model’s life.

Eve is determined as well that she will expose a di Lazaro and make him pay for ending her sister’s life. She believes the responsible person is Raphael because she learns he has been spending some time in Columbia. Later that evening Eve meets up with both men at a party. When Raphael sees Eve with his brother, he feels honour bound to protect her so he grabs and kisses her senseless and boy do the sparks fly. Later he tries to send her home but the spirited and determined Eve refuses.

Eve and Raphael’s journey is passionate, painful and in the end full of sorrow. When Eve discovers she is in love with him and by chance sees Raphael meeting with his ex-girlfriend she misunderstands and flees. The pain she endures upon returning home and then having to reappear in Italy to testify against Luca di Lazaro will break your heart.

This story was an amazing look into the lives of celebrities and fashion models and reminds me so much of what’s now going on in the lives of young actors and in the music industry all over the world. It is certainly a lesson as to how destructive drugs can be in a person life. Then there is the important lesson of how things are not always as they look and how misunderstood and untrusting we can be of those, we love.

I sincerely and thoroughly enjoyed India Grey’s first romance book The Italian’s Defiant Mistress and I personally look forward to reading many more of her entertaining stories.


Book Description:

The Italian billionaire's inexperienced mistress Eve Middlemiss has come to Florence desperate for information. And only darkly good-looking multimillionaire Raphael di Lazaro, heir to the Lazaro Fashion House, holds the answers she's searching for.

Surrounded by glamour and decadence, Eve is totally out of her depth - until she realises she is the one Raphael wants!If becoming the Italian's mistress is what it takes to find out the truth about her family, Eve realises she must feign the sophistication and experience she's sure Raphael is accustomed to - but that means making herself available to his every desire...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

IN BED WITH THE DEVIL - Susan Mallery



Jack Howington III is sexy as sin, handsome as the Devil, and determined not to let any woman get to him let alone the sister of his departed best friend. He has come to Lake Tahoe to stay for a month at Hunter’s Landing. If he stays the entire time, the property along with the home will go to charity and help families.

Jack feels he let his friend down and was the cause of his death. He promised to watch over his sister Meredith upon his death but Jack watches from a far because there are too many memories, memories of a genius young teenager who loved and adored him. Therefore, when he arrives at the Tahoe home and finds Meri there he is speechless.

Meri has an axe to grind, she wants to seduce Jack and then walk away because she felt abandoned when her brother Hunter passed away and was left with no mother, no friends, no family and most of all no Jack. As a teen, Meri was over weight, thought her nose too big, had the IQ of a genius and no one other than her brother so when she sees Hunter she becomes determined to make him pay and seduces him.

At first, Jack is not game but she wears him down. She desires to rid herself of her feelings for Jack so she can move on to her boyfriend Andrew. Therefore, when Andrew appears on the doorstop, she is doubly confused and then becomes irate when Jack has Andrew investigated and exposes the snake for what he is…….a lying and conniving con man.

However, what hurts Meri even more is to find out that Jack never took his promise to her brother Hunter seriously and instead of taking some time to see if she’s was ok after Hunter died, he just had his team and some investigators watch her to make sure she was ok and that men were not using her for her wealth. She expected more of him and he let her down.

Readers will grow to love Meri…..her strength and determination to make a new life, to loose those pounds, have a little surgery to give her some confidence, reach out and make friends and most of all take care of her “nerdy” team of scientists. You’ll also learn to appreciate her “nerdy” team, how she takes care of them and how they respond when Jack spills the beans about Andrew. As for Jack, you’ll want to reach out and love him and make him see the light. Your heart will break for Jack because he can’t let anyone see the “truth about him, not the emptiness of his heart nor the darkness of his soul.”

In Bed with the Devil was the last story in Millionaire of the Month…."bound by the terms of a will, six wealthy bachelors discover the ultimate inheritance”. Again, Susan Mallery delivers an extremely entertaining, sensitive and at times humorous read. Even though I have not read the entire series, I think In Bed with the Devil tied all of the seven “Samuari” brothers into one final and neat package.

Book Description:

Millionaire of the Month: Jack Howington III
Source of Fortune: International Security Corporation
The woman he can never have: Meredith Palmer

When he arrived at Hunter's Landing, Jack got the surprise of his life. His best friend's shy little sister had become a breathtaking young woman—with an ax to grind. Still smarting over Jack's long- ago rejection, Meredith was now intent on luring the mogul into her bed…and her bed was right across the hall. At what cost would Jack keep a decade-old promise?

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

THE ITALIAN PRINCE'S PREGNANT BRIDE - Sandra Marton



Amazing is the only way to describe The Italian’s Pregnant Bride. From the very moment, I began reading Nicolo and Aimee’s story I knew I was in for an exceptional read. The emotion, passion and attraction these two people feel for each other will have you burning the midnight hours away as I promise you will not be able to put this book down.

This is the first book in Sandra’s Billionaire Brides trilogy and if every male character is as charismatic as Nicolo, then the reader is in for sensational entertainment. You get a glance of each of this European princes’ and find they are old school friends, all wealthy, talented, sinfully handsome and have no interest in marriage.

Both of these characters so very dynamic, especially Aimee Black, who one learns later is the granddaughter to James Black the very man Nicolo is to meet later that week.

Nicolo is on a mission to add a New York bank to his empire, which he felt, would be his crown jewel. Therefore, he has travelled to Manhattan to meet with James Black. On his way his hotel, he literally bumps into a stunning woman who is so “prickly” and bad tempered that he kisses her in order to silence her…..had he gone mad? Later, he runs into her at a “private club” owned by a friend and shares an evening of passion with this mystery woman. She flees in the morning and he has absolutely no idea of her identity. Aimee has haunted him because of her insults and not accepting his apology. As he gets to know her he admires her defiance, her passion, her determination, fire and courage.

As luck would have it, he sees her again at the bank meeting and a bomb is dropped on both of them……James Black wants a union, a marriage if the sale is to go though. On top of everything else, Aimee learns she is carrying Nicolo’s child, a result of their night of passion. Of course being the strong alpha male he demands that they marry to give his heir the Barbieri name.

Aimee lost her parents at a young age, had never felt loved by her grandfather who raised her upon her parents death. She had always tried to prove herself and was in hopes of someday being promoted to the top to replace her grandfather at the helm of the privately owned and prestigious bank Stafford-Coleridge-Black. Aimee appears to be a strong person but underneath she was lonely and my heart ached for her especially when she realized she had left herself behind and began to ponder what she might have been……

This is where their journey begins….it’s such an unbelievable rollercoaster ride it will have you crying, your heart thumping and anxious to learn more about these two wonderful people. Sandra Marton has yet again, written a beautiful and entertaining story and for me, it will go on my top ten list for 2007.

Book Description:

He had to have her, from the moment he saw her. No names, no strings, no seeing her ever again…….

It was payday for Prince Nicolo Barbieri. The Italian aristocrat's negotiations to take over Manhattan's SCB bank were about to bear fruit. But he wasn't expecting Aimee Black, granddaughter of the bank's current owner— who was pregnant with Nicolo's baby!

Nicolo felt duty bound to marry Aimee and give his child his name. But Aimee had other ideas about surrendering herself to this arrogant foreigner, who surely didn't love her!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

THE FIREFIGHTER'S CHOSEN BRIDE - Trish Wylie



THE FIREFIGHTER’S CHOSEN BRIDE was amazing, moving, spirited, and the two main characters Finn McNeill and Shane Dwyer just “jumped” off the page and grabbed your attention immediately.

Everyone who reads this will fall in love with Shane……he’s handsome, sensitive, funny, generous and sexy as sin. He considers the men he works with his family and knows that his best friend’s sister, Finn McNeill is off limits. However fate has other ideas for these two and when they are literally thrown together, just sit back and enjoy the ride and their story.

Finn McNeill has a secret….she’s always had a crush on Shane but because of his occupation she shies away from him. You’ll learn she lost her dad at a young age, as a firefighter he passed away in a fire. You heart goes out to her as she struggles with these deep feelings and her love and attraction for Shane. It’s very powerful and moving. As Trish states, “When you love someone it's a risk. It always is. But that's just life. You’re the one who has to make the choice and live it." Personally, I took that risk and married a firefighter and I cherish those memories along with him and our children.

This particular book meant a lot to me as my husband was a firefighter for over twenty years and Trish has portrayed the profession and the brave men who choose it in an honest, honourable and believable way. This author has obviously done her research and it showed in this book especially what it means to the man, to the woman he loves, his family and friends. It is a brotherhood of amazing men and women and I thank this author for this amazing story.

THE BOSS'S DEMAND - Jennifer Lewis




If you like reading “boardroom” stories with happy endings then this is the book for you. The Boss's Demand is a simmering and at times, painful love story which will take you on a steamy and sensual journey.

The book begins on a sour note as Elan Al Mansur is telling his Human Resource Director that she must fire his newly hired personal assistant. And why one might ask? Because she is young, attractive and he only wants an older PA because the young women he has employed in the past are after him and his millions.

Sara Daly has a lot to prove to herself and her family. She has taken the responsibility to pay off the hospital debt her mother’s illness strapped her family with and she’s determined to become a success in the oil industry. She has worked long a hard to get her degree in business and geology and no stubborn boss is going to take that away from her let alone fire her on her first day of the job.

You will witness this stubborn woman proving herself not only to her boss, but to the entire company. However, she is strongly attracted to Elan and one evening she succumbs to his charm and charisma and becomes intimate with him. They both realize the mistake and try to get back to business on a professional level. Sara pushes herself to “painful” lengths to prove she is worthy and a professional in the industry.

What Sara is not aware of in the beginning is that Elan needs no one due to his past life with his family. At a young age he is cruelly removed from his family by a heartless and cruel father. What Elan does not like are his feelings of protectiveness and lust for Sara.

Jennifer's characters are both strong in similar yet different ways. The Boss’s Demand was a very enjoyable read and yet sad at times as Elan was an extremely lonely man and it took Sara’s gentleness to heal him because she saw the man himself, not the man of wealth and power.


Book Description:

Powerful oil tycoon Elan Al Mansur never wanted Sara Daly as his new assistant. Her lush curves and alluring scent would only prove a distraction to what mattered most to him: business. But one night in the desert Elan gave in to his desires, seducing the woman he'd sworn never to touch.

Four months later, his secretary revealed she was carrying his baby. Suddenly the stern businessman discovered he didn't want Sara gone at all. But would she agree to her boss's demand that she become his wife?

Monday, August 06, 2007

For the Sheikh's Pleasure - Annie West


Annie West has yet again written another powerful love story. This is Annie’s second sheikh book and is set on a beautiful desert coast.

In the Sheikh’s Ransomed Bride (Annie’s first sheikh book) the reader learns that she has a sister Belle who is now the reigning queen of Q’roum and this book focuses on her sister, Rosalie Winter’s visit, along with her niece and mother. Rosalie one learns has come to Q’roum to celebrate her nephew’s birthday. Rosalie has a past, one she cannot escape and while on this visit her family offers to watch her daughter so she can relax and try her hand in a talent lost to her……drawing and painting.


Each day, Rosalie goes to the beach to swim and draw and while there reflects on her past of why she can no longer paint. For years, she has been haunted by an event which happened in college where her drink was “doctored” and she was raped and the incident resulted in a pregnancy and the birth of her lovely daughter. On one particular morning, she sees this handsome man riding on the beach along with his Arabian horses. She is mesmerized by their beauty and power along with their handsome and virile rider. Their owner is Arik, who is bored and frustrated from a leg injury, and has been watching Rosalie from afar. It is his plan to meet her and in the end, begin an affair.

After days of letting her draw the horses and the man himself, he realizes that Rosalie is timid and a little shy and that he will have to be patient to win her in the end. He proposes that he show her the sights of his city. In the end, for Rosalie it is a loosing battle and she surrenders to his charms trying to guard her heart. What she fears happens and she falls deeply for Arik full well knowing that he will never commit. He is a man who’s proud, arrogant and always gets his own way. In order to protect herself from further heartbreak, she leaves without a goodbye. Arik is furious when he can’t find her and he doesn’t count on how deeply he feels for her until she’s gone.

What Rosalie does not know is that Arik and the King (her brother-in-law) are related so when he shows up at the birthday celebration for the young Prince it’s a shock to say the least and tensions rise!

For the Sheikh’s Pleasure is truly a magical story full of passion, tenderness and discovery for both Rosalie and Arik.

Book Description

Rosalie Winters is a challenge. Beautiful and aloof, she doesn't play the games of flirtation and seduction that Sheikh Arik Kareem Ben Hassan expects from women. She intrigues him with her lack of sophistication and guile. Arik realizes he must move slowly to gain her trust. Rosalie is quiet, even withdrawn, as though something has changed her. But Arik also knows that once she's at his command Rosalie will welcome the loving that only he can give her….
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Sunday, August 05, 2007

THE SPANIARD'S BLACKMAILED BRIDE - Trish Morey



Trish Morey amazes me each time I read one of her stories and this time is no exception. The Spaniard’s Blackmailed Bride is full of punch, power and passion and will have you reaching for a box of tissues.

Briar Davenport has no choice but to marry Diablo Barrentes to save her parents dignity, status and fortune. For if she does not marry Diablo, they will all be living on the streets, no longer living in Sydney’s elite society and the life they’ve been accustom to having for generations.

At times, this was a difficult book to read as you could not miss the attraction Briar felt for Diablo, how he could with just one look or slight touch ignite and melt her heart. But even more so was the inner fight Diablo felt each time he was near Briar and how he tried to shield himself from the emotion she stirred in him.

Briar’s feelings and honour bound behaviour for family was extremely moving. However, as she gets to truly know Diablo those feelings and conflicting emotions for her new husband and then her feelings for her family……well let’s just say you will feel the power of it all!

A marriage of convenience through blackmail? You’ll just have to read it to find out! Lust, attraction, all rolled into one and two unforgettable personalities….the devil himself, Diablo and the proud and stubborn Briar. Thanks Trish Morey for this story so full of attraction and passion.

Book Description:

Blackmailed into marriage to save her family, Briar Davenport aims to remain a virgin bride - for she despises her husband, Diablo Barrentes! But the sexy Spaniard's possessive touch sets her body on fire, making Briar abandon all her resolve and reason!

Despite the pleasure Diablo brings to her in the bedroom, theirs can never be anything but a marriage of convenience born out of revenge - or can it? As secrets are gradually revealed, Briar may come to realize that with Diablo it is better the devil you know...

Thursday, July 26, 2007

BOUGHT: THE GREEK'S BRIDE



Fabulous book! Knight in Shining Armor, lost and found twins

Again, Lucy delivers another emotionally charged book, her first her book in this series…..the other being Taken: The Spaniard’s Virgin. This one is truly a meaningful book, about a stubborn Greek who does not trust and is afraid to love. In the end, he is truly a knight in shining armor and will steal your heart with his passion and newfound love, Ellie.

Ellie is sweet, caring and has never known what is it to be loved by her father. Then on top of everything, she is not only attracted to Sandor a Greek billionaire but she is head over heals in love with him. He wants a compatible marriage and believes Elle is just the person to become his wife. However, he will not give her his love and that puts up a roadblock in their relationship.

Ellie needs some time and takes a short trip to Spain to make her decision. Upon her return, she is confronted by Sandor who produces photos, which he believes to be Ellie. Of course, they are not; they are of Ellie’s twin who they did not even know existed, with the exception of her father.

This is a lovely story, and you will be reminded of the power of love thanks to Lucy Monroe and The Greek’s Bride!


Book Description

Greek billionaire Sandor Christofides was born in shame, and has fought his way to the top. Now he has wealth and acclaim—all he needs is Eleanor to be his bride.

The scene is set, vintage champagne, red roses—a dazzling diamond ring! But does Sandor really want to cherish Ellie…or is she just a pawn in a ruthless game?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

THE CEO'S SCANDALOUS AFFAIR - Roxanne St. Claire



This is one 'hot' read and the first book in The Garrison series.

Again, Roxanne St. Claire delivers a powerful punch to her readers. Full of steamy attraction, powerful family with many secrets and set the hospitality industry in South Beach, Miami. You won't be sorry to read this wonderful book and continue on the journey with the Garrison's.

As usuual, the cast of characters Roxanne creates will want you begging for more. She always manages to insert one memorabble scene and this time it involves the corporate shower located in the CEO's office!

Let's just say this reader was extremely entertained with this first book in the series. As the back cover states "The Garrison's....Unlimited power.....unforseen pleasure and Roxanne St. Claire captured all of this and more in The Ceo's Scandalous Affair

Book Description:
A PLEASURE DOING BUSINESS

Miami millionaire Parker Garrison had dated his way through most every eligible woman in the city. So when he needed a last-minute escort he turned to his ever efficient assistant. Who knew unpretentious Anna Cross would turn into such a beauty and make the business mogul rethink his policy on intraoffice affairs.—


No strings. No emotions. Both agreed they would keep their liaison simple. But when Parker discovered someone within the company was leaking information to the competition, he knew he had to discover more about his new lover. And that meant breaking down all Anna's barriers, the way only he could.

Monday, July 09, 2007

TAKEN: THE SPANIARD'S VIRGIN - LUCY MONROE



This book blew me away, it's that powerful. From the moment they met at Amber Taylor's photo shoot they are both captivated by each other. Miguel Mendez was so taken with Amber's beauty he knew he had to spend as much time as he could with her and Amber felt the same way. Miguel knows in a couple of weeks he needs to leave for Prague and wants to make the most of their time together so he asks Amber to stay in his home. This attraction between them is a highly "charged" but Amber is very willing to become involved with Miguel; however, she's hiding a secret......she's never been with a man!

Their love story was emotional and explosive and will have you turning the pages and weeping along the way. There are a few twists and turns and I promise you won't be sorry you've taken the journey with Amber and Miguel.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

TEMPTED BY INNOCENCE - LYN RANDAL




Lyn Randal has written an incredible historical novel set in both England and Spain. The book is full of mystery, intrigue, action, temptation, love, lust......just about everything a reader could desire. For me it was a new beginning as I don't usually read historical books and I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed this action packed one!

Pirates, high sea adventure, forbidden love, good twin/evil twin, a priest fighting for control of love and lust for his brother's future bride? All of these and more are captured in Tempted by Innocence. The Castillo twins are as different as night and day; Diego has left his former country and has become a priest because of his past sin against his twin Damien. In his youth, Diego bedded his twins promised bride, and she died because she aborted the child a result of their union. Now Damien is engaged to be married a second time to the lovely English Celeste, an alliance for England and Spain and to provide an heir to the Castillo family.

Damien is abducted and his father sends Celeste to find his long departed twin Diego and to bring him back to Spain and stand in for his twin in a proxy marriage. Because Celeste needs this marriage to not only help the King of England and her ill brother, she adores the Castillo family and only wants to help all involved. Never does she count on nearly drowning and being saved by a strong and handsome man who she later learns is not only a priest but also her soon to be husbands long lost twin, Diego!

Lyn Randal weaves an intriguing and very powerful love story, set aboard the high seas. Pirates, lots of adventure, the forbidden, and heartbreaking all in one! Besides the Castillo family, you'll meet a warm and amazing African bodyguard, a Spanish priest, Diego's long time friend Ricardo, her lady in waiting Hattie an amazing cast of characters. I certainly look forward to reading more of Lyn's books as this one was extremely entertaining.


Book Description:

Diego Castillo was a man born to power and wealth. But he had left the things of the world behind. Truly repentant of the sins of his past, he dedicated his life to God and prayed for forgiveness.

He had found a measure of peace in a tropical paradise, until Lady Celeste Rochester arrived! Her beauty ravaged his dreams and tormented his waking hours.
Diego would escort the lady back to Spain, and to all the grandeur of his former life. How hard would it be to resist her captivating charms?



Author Info from her website:

By 2006, she’d finished four complete novels, made a host of new friends, won numerous awards on the RWA contest circuit, and gotten “the call” from Harlequin Mills and Boon.

“Writing is lonely work,” she says, “full of anxiety, and often frustrating. But I’d rather be doing that than anything else I know.”

She loves happy endings, and enjoys hearing from readers who can contact her through her website – www.lynrandal.com.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Tempting - Susan Mallery - The Buchanan Series


Tempting was just that from the moment Dani Buchanan entered the Senator's office to find out if he was her biological father. What she didn't expect was to run head on into the handsome and sexy Alex Canfield, the Senator's adoptive son. Dani's luck with men during the past few years was a disaster......a failed marriage, a cheating and lying married man; she was his victim, and then meeting an ex-priest, what a mess. So Dani decided she would swear off men and would concentrate on her new job and finding out if Senator Canfield was her biological father.

The only way to describe this book was an emotional one for me and the end of Susan Mallery's incredible Buchanan family series. The past books sum up my thoughts, Delicious, Irresistible and Sizzling. In each former book you meet Dani's strong and callous Grandmother Gloria and her three brothers, Cal, Walker and Reid all of whom are involved in Buchanan Enterprises and run a chain of restaurants, a coffee company and a sports bar.

Dani you'll learn is the only family member other than her sister-in-law Penny in having a career with Buchanan Enterprises. The others are blackmailed by their "nasty" grandmother Gloria into helping save the business and when Gloria becomes seriously ill, they all rise to the cause and pitch in to help out Cal takes over the Waterfront Restaurant, Walker runs the corporation, Reid moves into to the mansion to help out with Gloria and her recovery. However, Dani is hurt that all of her years trying to impress her Grandmother have been for nothing. In the end when Gloria strikes out and tells Dani, she's not really a Buchanan and that her mother had an affair and she was the product of it, she's plain and simply devastated.

Of course, she takes stalk in her life, swears off men, begins a new job in a new restaurant and sets out to find out who she is with her brothers and sister-in-laws giving her the love and support she needs. During this "discovery" time, her Grandmother realizes with the help of her nurse that she needs to appreciate her family and Gloria rises to the cause, by making amends with her grandsons, their wives and makes strides to mend her relationship with her granddaughter, Dani. The bond these two women form will make you weep!

Tempting is about family, trust, temptation, healing and the power of love. But most of all about family and discovery! I applaud Susan Mallery on her very powerful series, one I will long remember!


It's family, finding one's self, family dynamics and Susan ties everything together in only the way she, this talented author does with
every book she writes.
Book

Description:
TemptingBuchanan

Book # 4... Dani's story July 2007


Nothing’s hotter than a disaster in the making…
After three romantic flame-outs in a year and a restaurant career going nowhere, Dani Buchanan needs a fresh start. She goes looking for her biological father, but never expects to find a senator running for president. As his long-lost “love child,” Dani could seriously derail the election — something his handsome campaign manager Alex Canfield isn’t going to let happen.


Dani isn’t about to let Alex run her life, no matter how tempting she finds him—and Alex isn’t going to allow Dani to melt his cynicism, no matter how close he has to get. The last thing either of them wants is love, especially with scandals brewing and family trouble on the way. But Dani and Alex are forced to trust each other, and when trust turns to passion, the potential for disaster is only a tabloid scandal away.


Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hollywood Husband, Contract Wife - Jane Porter

Description:

From rags to riches... the Hollywood bride!
Love-'em-and-leave-'em leading man Wolf Kerrick is never out of the headlines. This time the sexy Spanish superstar has outdone himself: he's taken Alexandra, an unknown, ordinary girl, and turned her first into an overnight celebrity, then into his Hollywood bride!But all the glitz and glamour of their lavish wedding is tarnished by a dirty secret -- and if the tabloids ever find out, there'll be shock waves throughout the world...


When I first heard what the title of the book was going to be I actually thought yuck! However, the title really depicts the storyline and let me tell you it's just another wonderful Jane Porter book. It's full of heat, a ton of ups and downs and once I began reading the book I read it well into the wee hours of the morning. Jane is such an incredible author and this book is wonderful!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Kate Walker's 50th book - THE SICILIAN'S RED-HOT REVENGE


This is Kate's 50th book and oh what a book. It's to be released in June 2007 by Mills and Boon and if you reside in the US it will be released in July by Harlequin Presents . It's a very powerful and passionate love story with another of Kate's "hot" Italian men and this time it's Vito! Vito is to die for in looks, in spirit and so very passionate. And when he's angry, well just watch out!

As you learned in Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride, Guido has a brother Vito and they are in business together. For years they worked non-stop and promised each other on their 30th birthday they would take a year off and this is Vito's year. As he comes from a shipbuilding family, his passion is carving; so he rents a flat near the shore in England. In this same book, you also learn that at a wedding a woman faints and of course this is one introduction in meeting Emily.

On one very particular day Vito is out walking and sees a beautiful Englishwoman on the beach and is immediately captivated by her until he realizes she is in danger of drowning in the ocean and he comes to her rescue. Their attraction is immediate and Vito insists that Emily accompany him back to his flat to get warmed up and out of her wet clothes. After a short kiss on the beach, Emily realizes she is in trouble, but in the end goes home with Vito.

Of course, any hot blooded Italian who is so desperately attracted to a woman like Emily...not just her simple beauty but her spirit and the passion he sees in her eyes can't control himself. Once they come together all is lost for them both. However, the tables are turned when Vito retrieves Emily's personal belongings and answers her cell. There he finds out that she is married and angry doesn't even describe his emotions. Emily flees back home and Vito returns to Italy. One evening while dining with his brother and sister in-law he learns that at the wedding his brother broke up there was a woman who fainted and her name was Emily Lawton. Vito is shocked and reacts quickly, flying to England and to Emily.

Vito and Emily's reuniting was very painful for me to read. It so depicts how miscommunication or lack of it can destroy a relationship. Honesty finally prevails, a lesson we can all learn and their passion, longing and yearning will take your breath away.

Congratulations to Kate Walker on this 50th book. However, I would personally like to say, thank you to Kate Walker for the wonderful hours of reading you have personally provided this reader and please keep those books coming! Perhaps we can find another Corsentino sibling out there so we can see how Vito and Guido are doing?

Saturday, May 19, 2007

THE SICILIAN'S RED-HOT REVENGE - KATE WALKER


They shared one night of passionate lovemaking. Then, in the cold light of day, her secret tore them apart. Now Vito has come back – and he’s determined to have his revenge!

Emily Lawton never expected to see him again. But somehow Vito Corsentino has tracked her down! The fiery, brooding Sicilian wants Emily. This time he’ll take her and he’ll be the one to discard her when it’s over!

But quiet Emily has one last shock in store for Vito… She’s having his baby and if he finds out he’ll want more than revenge!

If you read Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride, then you met Guido and eventually his brother Vito and this book will be Vito and Emily's story. Two red hot Italian's and their women don't stand a chance! I can't wait to read this story but fabulous author, Kate Walker.

HER LAST FIRST DATE - SUSAN MALLERY


Her Last First Date by Susan Mallery
What to do when the stick turns blue:
1. Take the test again…and again…and again.
2. Try to convince yourself the five tests you have now taken are defective.
3. Accept that you are pregnant…for the second time in your life.
4. Start making plans to tell the father that your one night together is about to deliver a little surprise in nine months.
5. Kiss the man to get him prepared for the news.
6. Realize that kissing the man makes you forget everything you were ever thinking….
7. Take a deep breath and deliver your news.
Wonderful and heartwarming story and literally a "journey of love". It's about the past, new beginnings, building foundations, friendship, admiration and a ton of soul searching. I'm only sorry I haven't had the opportunity to read the other books in the series.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

THE GREEK BOSS'S BRIDE - Chantelle Shaw

Book Description:

Kezia Trevellyn is in love with her boss, Greek tycoon Nik Niarchou. But Nik only sees Kezia as his efficient assistant.

But Kezia's dreams become reality when they begin a passionate affair. Wined, dined and seduced by Nik during long Mediterranean nights, Kezia almost forgets the secret reason why their relationship can't last—until Nik proposes….

This is an absolutely fabulous book. From the moment they meet they are attracted and of course fight it, time and time again. Until one day Nik realizes he must have Kezia, anyway he can and the tables are turned when he realizes just how much she means to him. You won't be able to put it down and will shed a few tears along the way!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

SUMMER LOVIN' - Ann Roth, Marin Thomas & Marie Altom



With college and high school graduations just around the corner and alums planning reunions for the year, this book is perfect and also a great summer read! The Novella is set in the Colorado Rockies and all three stories center on coming back home, to the high school and friends they all grew up with and how they would deal and face their past loves? Would they be married, would they still feel the same? Would the spark or the attraction still there?

All three heroes were well portrayed……bad boys, strong, sexy and a hidden tender side and all came to this reunion not knowing what to expect and in the end found love, peace and a place to call home.

The heroines, definitely lovely, strong, smart and spirited and brought out the best in their “men”……..made me remember my first crush, my first high school boyfriend and brought back a flood of beautiful memories, especially that “first kiss”

In the Preacher’s Daughter, Jake is the true bad boy in every sense. Left his hometown in the dust, only to return a successful millionaire and never forgetting for one moment the only woman who ever took a chance on him, of course, the preacher’s daughter, Amanda. Neither had ever married and their story is sweet and gives the reader hope, that in the end, all can be overcome.

A Baby on the Way addresses other issues. India is seeking to establish roots as she’s never really had a home. She arrives in town to start a new job and settle down with a baby on the way and no husband. Upon arriving she discovers a reunion going on at the hotel she will soon be working at and meets the strong and sexy snowboarder, Graydon. Of course, he has a lot to prove, his ex-wife is there with another man and he, well let’s say, approaches India and plants one hot kiss on her lips. From then on, they are attracted to each other, a friendship begins and then romance takes over leaving them both to discover the meaning love, home and future.

A Reunion Romance was just that for Brady and Holly who just before high school graduation had broken up, never to see each other again. Now Brady returns to his home town and because he is part of a team to take over a building which will displace Holly’s gift shop their journey begins on rocky ground. I particularly loved this story, it reminded me of a similar situation I once faced and of course, everyone loves happy ever after. Lots of lessons in this story but the most important one was finding what’s important life……respect, making the right decision and most important the meaning of love.

Book Description:

The Preacher's Daughter by Marin Thomas - When Silver Cliff bad boy Jake Turner roars into town on his Harley for the high school reunion, it's to see Amanda “Ms. Brain” Winslow, his classmate and tutor, who gave him the means to leave his miserable boyhood behind. Now he's his own boss—and ready to teach her all the pleasurable facts of life!

A Baby on the Way by Laura Marie Altom - Pregnant and alone, event planner India Foster is happy to be mistaken for a member of the Silver Cliff high school class of '04. Especially when the Fourth of July fireworks pale in comparison to former student Graydon Johnson and the explosive attraction she feels for him.

A Reunion Romance by Ann Roth - Brady Cornell and Holly Stevens had been teenage sweethearts until they'd quarreled and broken it off. She's even more unforgiving now because he's in charge of the renovation project that will put her out of a job. But they still feel the temptation. And this time they just might give in….

Saturday, May 05, 2007

HIRED BY THE COWBOY - Donna Alward



Hired by the Cowboy is Donna Alward’s debut book for Harlequin Romance and part of the Western Weddings series. It is absolutely a wonderful, sweet and tender love story and sure to melt any reader’s heart and make any cynic a true believer in romance and falling in love.

Can you imagine having no family, on your own with little money, no husband and a baby on the way, and determined to take care of this new life? Well for Alexis Grayson that was the case and of all things she faints!

Connor Madsen, is one handsome and sexy cowboy and he has a serious problem. How will he save his previous Windover Ranch when his trust fund only becomes available to him upon marriage? Connor isn’t even dating anyone and the bank won’t lend him money, so what is he to do? As fate will have it Connor literally finds Alexis at his feet in a dead faint, and their story begins.

Connor immediately likes Alex, likes her strong character, determination, and sense of humour plus she’s not too hard on the eyes. As for Alex, Connor is one handsome cowboy, a gentleman so when he offers her a place to stay until the baby is born and to take care of her, can that be so bad? Think again! When she learns his plan that they must marry to save his ranch, she believes he’s lost his mind!

Donna’s development of both of these two characters is amazing as she uses their attraction for each other in a very sweet and emotional way. I found myself holding my breath to see if and when they would realize that they belonged together and even though they both used their immediate situations to solve immediate problems, in the end, their attraction, sensitivity and friendship for each other would form such a bond they would soon see the light!

I would have never guessed this to be a debut book. I found Connor and Alex’s story sincere, sweet, romantic, having all of the elements which make a great love story! Thank you Donna, for Hired by The Cowboy. I personally can’t wait for the next Windover story, Marriage at Circle M.

Book Description:

Alexis Grayson is good at looking after herself—she's been doing it all her life. So what if she's alone and pregnant? She'll cope! But gorgeous cowboy Connor Madsen seems determined to take care of her. And Alexis can help him—he needs a temporary wife; she needs somewhere to live until the baby's born. A short-term marriage will solve all their difficulties!

As Alexis gets to know the courageous, honorable Connor, she realizes that she might have made the biggest mistake of her life. Because all this wife-for-hire wants is a marriage for real!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

MARCELLI PRINCESS - SUSAN MALLERY



I'm so glad I was one of those readers and fan of Susan's Mallery who asked for Mia's story and I wasn't disappointed! I loved the Marcelli series and Mia's story was no exception. It was delightful, entertaining, shed a few tears. However, what I most loved about this book was it brought out Susan Mallery's charm and sense of humor!

Mia plus her sisters taking on a crown Prince? If you've read the series, then one would appreciate this aspect and the family dynamics. That's the appeal of the series and this particular book.......Mia, her son, the crown prince and the Marcelli family.

As for lessons, there are many to be learned like what's important in life, what does love really mean to a person? What can respect, love and determination bring into a relationship? Not to mention, family values, traditions and holding each member close and dear to each of them.

The book for me was a wonderful ending. I thought Mia was strong, fierce, determined and passionate. As for Crown Prince Rafael, he was brought to his knees by Mia and her family! Loved it!

Again, Susan Mallery has delivered a wonderful story and series and one I shall long remember! Thank you Susan.


Book Description

A smart, independent woman with a gorgeous four-year-old son, Mia Marcelli lost her one true love. Four years ago, while working undercover for the CIA, she watched Diego, the father of her unborn child, perish before her very eyes -- crumbling the world around her. But one morning she awakens to find Diego lying next to her, alive and well with an unbelievable confession: he is really Rafael, Prince of Calandria, and he had been working covertly on the same mission when they met -- his death had been staged. Utterly stunned, Mia is wary and delighted -- she may have suffered a broken heart, but her breathtakingly handsome lover is back to reignite the passion that existed between them. Little does she know that Rafael has returned to give his newfound son a proper upbringing back in Calandria -- even if it means seducing Mia into marriage. But when Rafael finds himself truly falling for this luscious beauty, he must decide between his royal duties and the woman who has claimed his heart.


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