Thursday, January 29, 2009

Spread the Word! Free Books From Harlequin to Download

Celebrate Harlequin's Diamond Anniversary!


Harlequin’s free gifts to readers to celebrate their 60th Anniversary. 16 Free books to download a total value of $60 US. There are books for all kinds of readers. Thanks Harlequin and Happy Anniversary. For more information here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

THE SECRET MISTRESS ARRANGEMENT - Kimberly Lang




The Secret Mistress Arrangement is Kimberly Lang’s debut contemporary and it’s magnificent. As a reader I’m always so excited to read a new author, especially a M&B or Presents author. Honestly, they never let me down and Kimberly is no exception. I’m also a true romantic at heart so when I began reading this book and it had a wedding setting I was overjoyed and absolutely not disappointed.

Mel and Ella are best friends and Ella wants to make Mel’s wedding the wedding of her dreams. They were college roommates and later roomed together in Chicago. She is very special to Ella as she has no family and Mel and her family have adopted Ella into their fold. Let’s just say Ella’s fond memories of family as such, relate to the grandparents who raised her.

Ella is petite, beautiful, feisty, very bright, organized and is making plans after the wedding to move to Alabama to begin a new job, a new life and return to her Grands home. Quite honestly she has commitment issues and you will want to help her along because she is such a lovely woman who needs an extra “push”.

The groom and Matt have known each other forever and Matt is his best man. He has arrived a little late for the rehearsal dinner from Atlanta due to a late flight. This attorney is to die for; he’s handsome, he has an incredible body and well let’s just say is very very good at everything he does in and out of the bedroom. Matt’s goal is to make partner by his mid thirties and he’s a workaholic. He comes from a large and close family, is the youngest and even though he loves his family, would rather spend his time in Chicago with Ella.

Matt and Ella’s journey in finding love begins with a dance at their friends wedding and then Matt invites Ella to dinner and the chemistry between them is hot! They act upon their attraction and the next morning make a decision to continue their affair in secret for a week. In return Matt will help Ella pack for her move. Their time together will take your breath away, not only their passion but their getting to know each other, as friends and then as lovers.

Matt and Ella’s goodbyes, well have some tissues available and for their future struggles as well. Kimberly Lang has crafted such a beautiful and romantic love story. I congratulate Kimberly on her debut book and look forward to reading many more.

Book Description:


One week of red-hot passion…

Time is money to drop-dead gorgeous tycoon Matt Jacobs. But when he meets beautiful Ella Mackenzie at his best friend’s wedding, he decides to break his rule and make the most of his week off work – by spending it in bed with her!

One convenient proposal!

Strong-willed Ella doesn’t do sleepovers – but Matt’s incredible lovemaking has got her hooked! So when their secret week between the sheets comes to an end, Ella finds herself accepting the sort of indecent proposal she never thought
she’d consider…

Friday, January 23, 2009

THE SHEIKH'S VIRGIN PRINCESS - Sarah Morgan



If you like intensity, passion, danger and one hot and handsome sheikh, then Sarah Morgan's The Sheikh's Virgin Princess is for you. It's a scorching romance set in two countries as opposite as night and day, Rovina and the desert kingdom of Zangrar.

Years ago two friends made an oath to have their children marry and for the proud and honor bound Sheikh Karim that's impossible and he going to set out to make sure he doesn't have to marry the "rebel princess". He watched his father suffer at the hand of another "rebel princess" his stepmother and he's not going to see his country suffer further. He sets out to meet the lovely Princess Alexandra and prove to her that the desert is not a place for a "spoiled" princess so he poses as a body guard sent by the sheikh.

Princess Alexa is determined to marry the Sheikh as a means to an end to assure her safety from her Uncle and to help restore her country to prosperity and the way it was when her father was alive and ruled Rovina. What she doesn't count on is loving not only the desert but the sheikh.

If you love hot romance set in the hot desert sun, Morgan's entertaining story will have you on pins and needles and set your heart racing. Is a lovely desert romance with twists and turns, secrets and love scenes.


Book Description:


Karim, Sultan of Zangrar, sought a gentle, obedient bride. What he got was a defiant, feisty wife with fire in her eyes!

She couldn't be a virgin—she was a rebel princess who wouldn't be tamed. She was hiding secrets, refusing to do his bidding!

The marriage contract couldn't be broken. Their wedding vows had to be sealed!
And then the sultan discovered Princess Alexandra was in fact an innocent….

Thursday, January 22, 2009

ANTONIDES' FORBIDDEN WIFE - Anne McAllister



Antonides’ Forbidden Wife will make one believe in romance again as Anne McAllister has written such a wonderful story about honor, commitment, values and sheer romantic love.

The Antonides family are a fun loving, noisy, at times difficult Greek family who one immediately loves and wants to claim for their own. Anne has written two other books about the family, The Antonides Marriage Deal and The Santorini Bride and they reflect the love and strength of this family. I encourage all Presents and Mills and Boon fans to read them as well as Anne’s January release.

You will fall in love with PJ Antonides, his carefree nature, his deep emotional ties to his past friend and the woman he married years ago, Ally. PJ’s determination to win her love and stay married at times will have you in tears. He is sexy, handsome, rich and is such a caring and wonderful man.

Ally, well at first I did not understand her and her reluctance and then it all became clear. Her motives for marrying PJ were to allow her to free herself from her father and seek her dreams and now she’s achieved them. Emotionally, she has never gotten over the loss of her mother and the distance her father put between them. Now her father’s health is an issue, she desperately wants his acceptance and to do that she wants to divorce PJ and marry another man. So she has returned to New York to ask PJ’s assistance again but he’s not going to have any of it!

To say anymore would ruin the story so I sincerely encourage you to read PJ and Ally’s love story and fall in love with The Antonides that Anne McAllister so brilliantly penned!

Book Description:

Ally is back in the life of PJ Antonides for one thing only—his signature on their divorce papers.

But arrogant Greek businessman PJ refuses to sign anything. He won't accept that Ally's no longer his wife. So when the smoldering attraction between them moves negotiations from his boardroom to his bedroom, PJ knows his forbidden bride is once again his, and ready for the taking….

CODERO'S FORCED BRIDE - Kate Walker



Codero’s Force Bride by Kate Walker is intense, explosive and the passion leaps off the pages. It’s one of those books that once you begin you’ll literally stay up all night reading. From the moment I began reading, I absolutely knew I was going to fall in love with Santos Codero. He’s a man of many layers and he’s determined to have what he wants and will go to any lengths to get it. So on his wedding day when his future bride’s sister appears on the scene to announce her sister has run off with the man she loves, what does he do? He invites all of the guests back to his home for the reception, including the bride’s parents who have stolen a fortune from him.

Alexa Montague is one determined young woman. The first time she met Santos there was an electric charge between them and now she is facing him head on and determined that her sister and her family will survive Santos. What she doesn’t count on is that Santos now has a plan, that very plan to still gain the respectability by marrying a Montague, giving that respectability not only to his business but also to his heirs. So the revised plan leaves it to Alexa to wed Santos and he’s not going to take no for an answer.

There’s no denying the attraction and desire they both feel for each other. Immediately Santos recognizes it, and is drawn like a moth to Alexa. He wants her and he’s going to have her no matter what. He even lets his guard down and shares his horrible childhood with her, something he’s never shared with another woman and reading about it will have you shedding tears. For Santos, she is like no other woman he has ever known but he keeps fighting it and chalks it up to the passion they share.


As their story unfolds, you will learn that Alexa feels deeply for this proud Spaniard and that he literally rips her heart out. She has such a low opinion of herself and she sincerely believes herself to be the unattractive sister while it’s obvious Santos feels differently. Her realization that he will never love her, her struggle to walk away from him, just prepare yourself for the emotion the author delivers.

Cordero’s Force Bride is part of the Bedded by Blackmail series and a wonderful addition especially with this year being Harlequin’s Diamond Anniversary, celebrating sixty years. It’s a beautiful sensual and passionate love story and one you definitely won’t want to miss.

Book Description:

Alexa Montague is mortified! She's had to call off her sister's wedding, and now the ruthless, arrogant groom, Santos Cordero, is demanding shy ugly duckling Alexa take her sister's place!

The Montagues have stolen his money and his convenient bride, so Santos will enjoy taking Alexa instead. For Santos does not—cannot—love. But his body burns for Alexa as it has for no other woman before. He'll keep her captive in his bed until she's begging to be his….

MILLIONAIRE'S SECRET SEDUCTION - Jennifer Lewis



Millionaire’s Secret Seduction is the first book in author Jennifer Lewis’s The Hardcastle Progeny. One learns that the ruthless millionaire Tarrant Hardcastle is dying and has found one of his illegitimate children, Dominic DiBari. The same son he denied he fathered and now recognizes and wants to head up his corporation. Tarrant has a reputation being a womanizer and for only hiring “beautiful people”. Now he’s determined that his long lost son will take over the helm.

Dominic is an incredibly handsome and self made millionaire coming up the hard way, with hard work and shear determination and owns a chain of food stores very similar to Trader Joes (more than a grocery store with its shelves stocked also with exotic foods and items). He is also more than just a handsome man; he’s a man of honour but struggles with his feelings for his newfound father.

Bella Andrews is the head chemist at Hardcastle Enterprises and she’s on a mission to prove that Tarrant Hardcastle stole her father’s formulas and she’s going to expose and sue him. She is also an honour bound woman with a deep feeling for her mother who has been destroyed not only by the loss of her husband but also agonizes over loosing her home and feels Hardcastle is responsible. Bella’s mother wants to get back what she feels is rightfully theirs and is counting on Bella to prove they were cheated.

When Dominic explores his father’s company he bumps into the natural beauty, Bella and appreciates her looks, intelligence and sass. So much so, he’s determined to get to know her professionally and physically. However, he also realizes she has something to hide when he catches her going through Hardcastle files.

As the story unfolds, Bella tells Dominic about her father and her plans and he promises to give her sometime but he wants to make a deal. What will the deal cost each of them? He follows her and keeps an eye on her at every turn and in the end reveals to his father Bella’s plan. However, keeping his hands off of her is a problem and there is a scene in a copy room you won’t want to miss.

This is not just another sizzling love story, it’s about honour, family, values, trust and forgiveness. The story takes place in the cosmetic and fashion industry and is set in New York. Dominic and Bella’s journey is full of passion, is explosive, very powerful and was beautiful to read. This three book series is going to be wonderful and The Millionaire’s Secret Seduction just wet my appetite. In March, the second book will be released, In the Argentine’s Bed and in April The Heir’s Scandalous Affair.

Book Description:

A multimillion-dollar family dynasty was hard to walk away from. And that's what Dominic Hardcastle intended to do. Until he met his father's employee Bella Andrews. She was intriguing and sexy beyond reason… and out to ruin his estranged, ruthless father. So Dominic offered to keep her secret if she'd keep him company…after hours.

Everything about Dominic set off alarms in Bella's head. For he had the power to destroy her plans. Maybe some intense overtime with Mr. Tall, Dark and Dangerous was needed. Suddenly her scheme didn't seem so simple…or her heart so safe.…

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Help a Homeless Teen and Mom

I just saw this post this am on The Writing Playground Blog. They have donated some items which readers or authors authors I'm sure would love and it's for such a wonderful cause. For more information here

Monday, January 19, 2009

CINDERELLA AND THE SHEIKH - Natasha Oakley





This was an extremely entertaining and romantic love story taking place in England at a castle and also in the Amrah Desert Kingdom.

One’s first impression of Sheikh Rashid is he has it all, wealth, power, looks and can any woman he wants. But as one gets to know his character, he is so much more; he’s devoted to his kingdom, his brother and sister and aches to see his father before he dies. He’s also out for revenge as an English Duke has sold him a stud which can not produce and has taken his money and Rashid vows to get even.

Polly you will adore. She’s sweet, caring, devoted to her mother and Shelton Castle. She’s determined to take care of her wheelchair bound mother, the castle her stepbrother is about to ruin and live up to the expectations her stepfather had for his heirs. Now she’s been offered the opportunity to travel to Amrah and film a documentary about her great grand mother and have the adventure of her life.

It’s immediate attraction for Polly when she sees Rashid; he absolutely takes her breath away. She is overwhelmed by him so when he takes an interest in her she believes it to be sincere. However, for Rashid he needs to make sure Polly is not involved in her step brother’s deception so he is wary but he cannot deny his physical attraction for her. On top of everything else, his father is dying and does not want to see him plus there are security issues in his country because a new sheikh will be declared upon the death of his father. For Rashid his country means everything to him and he knows once Polly finds out he is going to ruin her stepbrother and possibly loose the castle, there can be no relationship.

Cinderella and the Sheikh is truly a Cinderella story set in the romantic desert full of mystery with the hope for the future for both Polly and Rashid.

Book Description:

Life has been tough on Pollyanna, who has constantly been at someone's beck and call. So when she journeys to the desert with magnificent sheikh Rashid, it feels like a dream! Charisma. Power. Danger. In just days, Rashid has taken Polly's world and changed it. He can't ever be hers, but what she is feeling is as old as time itself.Pollyanna came to Amrah to relive her great-grandmother's adventure. But as the fairy-tale trip draws to an end, her adventure—with Rashid—has only just begun

Tuesday, January 13, 2009



Again, author India Grey has charmed me with Taken for Revenge, Bedded for Pleasure. It’s a very intense love story, full of passion, secrets, pain and intrigue. On top of that, both Olivier Moreau and Bella Lawrence carry a lot of baggage from their past.

Set in London and the French countryside I felt drawn to the hustle and bustle of the City but India’s description of the French countryside, and the Moreau farm house made me want to plan a trip to France. This couple’s journey begins in an unconventional way and almost ends in an explosive and violent manner.

They both are fighting demons from their past….Bella has issues with her family plus suffered at the hands of a man who used her and then publically shamed her. Oliver has definite issues from his childhood and has not seen his father in years. Now returns to France and is shocked at seeing Bella again. He has to decide what type of revenge he is going to take against the Lawrence family for their past transgressions against his father and fights his attraction for Bella every step of the way.

Olivier and Bella’s story is a interesting one, full of obstacles, lust, mistrust that will have you cheering them on to find the happiness they so deserve. It’s a beautifully crafted story as only India Grey can pen.

Behind the book: As a reader I’ve always been fascinated by the Dedication Page and this one is no exception: “This one’s for Daisy, who makes the hard times easier and the good times better. With love and thanks”. Isn’t that lovely?

Book Description:

The ruthless tycoon and the virgin heiress

Dangerously handsome Olivier Moreau has everything: power, money, and endless women warming his bed. But there is one thing Olivier is still hungry for: revenge on the Lawrence family!

What better vengeance than to seduce innocent Bella Lawrence…and cast her aside when he’s had his fill? An eye for an eye, a heart for a heart. But when cold, calculating revenge turns to red-hot passion, Olivier has no intention of letting her go… She’ll stay right where he wants her – in his bed!

Friday, January 02, 2009

THE ITALIAN'S UNWILLING WIFE - Kathryn Ross



Damon Cyrenci is one handsome, sexy millionaire and a self-made man who is out for revenge. Years before John Newland ruined his father and also introduced him to his daughter Abbie. It was a plot against Damon and he fell hard for Abbie. Now the tables are turned and Damon holds the upper hand. Revenge is at the top of his list against Newland and his beautiful daughter Abbie.

However, the only thing that Damon doesn't count on is there's a secret, a secret which knocks him sideways because he finds out he has fathered a son who is living in St. Lucia with his mother. He's determined to uproot mother and child and take them back to Sicily. He's always believed that a child needs both parents plus he's holding the upper hand and he demands that Abbie marry him.

Abbie is a lovely woman and mother, devoted to her child. Sadly, she's despises her father for the way he treated she and her mother and is determined to make a loving home for her son. When the love of her life reappears after two years, the feelings are still there but can she survive? At times, you heart will break reading about her past and feelings for Damon.

The passion between Damon and Abbie is so strong, it leaps off the page. It's a roller coaster love story based on mistrust and passion and in the end a very powerful and enjoyable ending.

Book Description:

Hard-hearted millionaire Damon Cyrenci let his guard down when he met sweet, innocent beauty Abbie Newland. But he felt he paid the ultimate price: Abbie took everything from him, including their child!

Damon won't let Abbie get away with it! Now more powerful than ever, he'll bring this little gold digger to her knees by making her his bride. As the mother of his son, Abbie will be the most valuable asset in his portfolio! And seducing her will be the ultimate satisfaction….
 

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