Thursday, August 27, 2009

BOUND BY THE MARCOLINI DIAMONDS - Melanie Milburne



Bound by the Marcolini Diamonds is book two in Melanie Milburne’s The Marcolini Men. It will make the reader think how far and to what lengths one would go for a friend. It’s an incredibly moving and magnificent story with one hot Italian alpha and a sweet Australian nanny. Milburne has written an incredible love story, one with a battle of wills and temptation.

Sabrina is a sweet woman who adores children and in her profession as a nanny has been wrongly accused as to having an affair and breaking up a family. Now on top of everything else, she’s lost her best friend and her husband in an automobile accident. She and Mario Marcolini have been made co-custodians of their surviving baby Molly. Sabrina has only had one other experience with the sexy and ruthless billionaire Mario and wonders how she will carry out her friend’s wishes as she is now unemployed and lives in Australia while Mario resides in Italy. A short meeting with Mario after the funeral, she realizes he plans to take Molly to Italy and with his low opinion of her and all of his money, she wonders how she will play a part in Molly’s life.

It’s very obvious Mario has deep feelings for his departed friend Rick and feels an overwhelming responsibility to Molly. Even though he’s not to keen on Sabrina because of the scandal she’s caused, he realizes he needs someone to care for the baby and since she has all of the qualifications, the looks, and the body he decides the only option is a marriage of convenience. Of course it’s secretly one he’s looking forward and he’s hopeful theirs will be a physical marriage with all of the benefits. He’s also determined once Molly is older he will compensate Molly for her time and they will end the marriage. However, Mario realizes after a passionate kiss he’s never felt anything like it; the fire of the kiss and her touch. Even though his parents had a happy enough marriage, he wasn’t sure he wanted the responsibility or that sort of emotion in his life.

Can Sabrina survive this marriage? He constantly brings up the alleged affair and she can’t understand why he won’t try to understand that it was a set-up. Surely being in the press like he was should make him understand how things get twisted around? One thing she’s sure of is that women come and go in Mario’s life and he’s holding all the cards.

As one can well imagine, there’s a lot of emotion in this vibrant love story, loss of their best friends, loving Molly as they both do, their shared passion which taunts them both and the roller coaster emotions on top of everything else, a lot to take in and digest for them. So when they act on their desire and Mario realizes she inexperienced, can you imagine how he feels and that he got it wrong by believing the worst of Sabrina?

Both of the books in The Marcolini Men were exceptional and Mario and his brother learned valuable lessons about their women, valuable lessons we should all learn like trust and believing in each other because in the end both brother’s wanted it all…..love and marriage.

Behind the Book:

The story behind Mario and Sabrina was more to do with the issue of what you would do for a friend. How far would you go to protect a young baby that you have been given guardianship of? For Sabrina this was a huge decision as by agreeing to marry Mario Marcolini she was effectively giving up her own dreams of a happy marriage and children of her own one day. It was a fun book to write as Mario and Sabrina struck sparks off each other right from the start.
M. Milburne

Friday, August 21, 2009

THE MARCOLINI BLACKMAIL MARRIAGE - Melanie Milburne


The magnificent Melanie Milburne has created one of the most emotional and beautiful love stories with The Marcolini Blackmail Marriage, the first book in her duo series The Marcolini. Reading this incredible love story I could actually visualize Antonio Marcolini, the proud and angry man determined to keep his wife, not giving in to her requested divorce. So he has a plan, he’ll stay in Australia for three months and see if there is any hope to save his marriage.

Claire can’t believe the news she receives from her lawyer. So when she receives the phone call from her husband who she hasn’t seen in five years and she meets him for dinner, she shocked when he insists she stay and live with him, giving them and chance to save their marriage. However, instead of asking, this proud Italian demands and blackmails her using her brother’s situation of being in trouble with the law as an excuse to keep her in line. He holds all the cards and is determined to have total control.

Emotionally, they were both at separate ends. She's still grieving for the loss of their daughter openly and he concealing his. This emotion plus the remembering for them both of the passion they once shared is absolutely combustible. Then the secrets and there are some. Antonio believed his mother that Claire was a gold digger as she gave her a check when she left Italy. Antonio is so very sure his mother was correct and determined that Claire with NOT get half of his inheritance. As for the most important emotion love, he’s sure he only felt lust for his wife when Claire clearly and deeply loved him. However, to be forced to marry because of a pregnancy, leave Australia and live in Italy with a busy surgeon husband and a new family who were not welcoming and the loss of a daughter, way too much!

What touched my soul was how the author dealt with grief and loss. Maybe to the reader who has not experienced it, they would have a different experience. However, personally I’ve had to deal with losing a husband and it was horrible but to loose a child I think would be devastating. And devastating it was for Claire whose baby died at birth. It wasn’t only loosing her it was how her husband Antonio dealt with it as well as his Italian family. All Claire wanted from Antonio was to be loved for her. On top of the loss it was way too much for her so she fled back to Australia.

Their months together were a tug of war but it’s obvious the passion is still there as they become reacquainted. It’s how they came to terms with their baby’s death, all of the secrets and the misunderstandings that tugged at my heart. It’s just a beautifully written love story and one I will long remember. I’m looking forward to Melanie’s September release, Bound by the Marcolini Diamonds and reading about another Marcolini brother an Italian alpha!

Behind the Book from the author:

With the Marcolini Men my editor wanted me to do a two book series and she suggested using a celebrity surgeon as the hero in the first book. I already had the idea having met a young lady a couple of years ago who poured her heart out to me one day as she was doing my nails about the death of her baby. It was one of those incredibly moving moments that touched me very deeply. Firstly that she chose me, a perfect stranger, to off load her grief. And secondly because it made me realize how everyone grieves in their own way, that there is not blue print for how you deal with loss. So many of this young lady’s friends and family skirted it around it not wanting to upset her but she really needed to talk.

I decided that my hero and heroine Claire and Antonio would have each dealt with their grief in different ways and in the heartache of their loss had somehow lost each other. Antonio sees his trip to Australia as a chance to see if they have a chance to rebuild their marriage or end it forever.


Book Description:

No one asks a Marcolini for a divorce. Especially a gold digger who could walk away with the family's fortune! Antonio Marcolini will make Claire pay. And he has got the perfect plan for vengeance—he'll demand she spend the next three months living with him as his reconciled wife, and nothing will stop him from getting what he wants!

But Claire is innocent. Can she prove it before her husband blackmails her back into marriage…and the marriage bed?

VERETTI'S DARK VENGEANCE - Lucy Gordon



Lucy Gordon has crafted a beautiful love story which both the hero and heroine giving each other a challenge......Salvatore Veretti was what he believes is rightfully his family's Venetian glass business and the very beautiful model who was married to his cousin has inherited it! He will go to no lengths to regain back the business and to have her in his bed.

It's a battle of will and in the end it costs them both. Plain and simply it's a lovely romance, and is set in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Venice. It took me back to places I've personally visited and found memories of celebrating my own wedding anniversary.
The very talented Lucy Gordon captures the vulnerability they both have and it will bring tears to your eyes while reading their personal journey.

Book Description:

Arrogant Italian nobleman Salvatore Veretti is furious to hear that a young, beautiful model has inherited the company that was rightfully his. Clearly she's after the family gold! Salvatore will heartlessly reclaim what he's owed--and he'll show this impudent female just how out of her depth she is.

But after meeting naively determined Helena, Salvatore changes tactics.... No longer satisfied with throwing her out of the business, he'll take his vengeance between the sheets!

SHEIKH'S BETRAYAL - Alexandra Sellers



First they were childhood friends and then lovers and then life changed for both of them. Desi became a model and sheikh Salah returned home to the desert and responsibility. Their love and passion consumed them both and then as all things happen in life, things fell apart due to a press release, pride and misunderstandings.

Now Desi is on a mission to help her closest friend Samiha obtain her greatest wish to marry the man she loves, not the arranged marriage her brothers want for her, to marry her distant cousin Salah. Desi’s plan is to seduce Salah no matter what cost to her heart and help her friend.

When she arrives in Khouri it’s under false pretenses as she’s requested to Salah’s father, that she’s interested in a “dig” and he can’t refuse her request because of the years Desi’s family befriended his son. However, she’s greated by Salah and he’s now a man she doesn’t recognize…..he’s a man she’s doesn’t even recognize but a man she’s here in his country to seduce and betray.

Their journey was very painful to read. It’s obvious from the moment they see each other again that they both haven’t put the past to rest and that they still want each other. It’s a very dangerous game, full of passion, lies and so many misunderstandings from the past which wasted ten years of happiness they could have enjoyed.

Alexandra Sellers definitely has a passion for the desert, the sheikh genre and when you read the Sheikh’s Betrayal you are emerged in the desert and culture from the beginning to end. This author is a master storyteller and takes deception and turns it around to a brilliant love story.

Book Description:

What had brought Desiree Drummond to his desert land? Sheikh Salah Al Khouri knew the celebrated beauty must have an ulterior motive…hadn't she always? He'd let her slip from his grasp once, but he wouldn't make the same mistake again. Before the week was out, she would be in his bed.

Desperation had driven Desi back into Salah's life. And though the man who looked at her with such cold eyes was so different from the one she remembered, her goal remained. She had to stop Salah's long-awaited arranged royal marriage…any way she could.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

THE SAVAKIS MISTRESS - Annie West





Author Annie West continues to amaze me with her spectacular contemporary romances. The Savakis Mistress is no exception as the passion between Damon Savakis and Callie Manolis sizzles and literally leaps off of the pages from the very beginning of the book and continues throughout the entire story. Once you begin, you’re hooked and won’t want to stop reading this very intense and splendid romantic tale.

My heart went out to the heroine Callie as the only love and joy she’s ever known was taken away from her at a young age when her parents died. She was forced to live with her horrible and manipulative uncle who for his own means, arranged for her to marry a much older man, every bit as cruel and devious as her uncle. Now she’s free of her marriage as her husband died. Her only hope for happiness is her inheritance. However now that’s gone as well thanks to her uncle. All of her dreams of starting her own business are down the drain. On top of everything else she’s trying to save her cousin from another yet arranged marriage her uncle is planning for his meek daughter to get him out of debt.

Callie had felt alone for so long. She had been spending time on the beach watching a very handsome man on his yacht for days so when he came ashore and spoke with her it became madness between them. For in a cove these two strangers made love not knowing each others names. Never in her life had she ever done something so impulsive nor felt the power and passion this stranger gave her. Then everything comes crashing down as she returns to her uncles villa only to meet the man her uncle wants her cousin to marry, the very man Damon Savakis with who only an hour ago she was in his arms.

When Damon shows up as a guest at the Manoli villa, it’s like reading a diaster. Damon wants revenge on the family for what they caused years ago when his family lost their father. Things only go from bad to worse when he sees that the woman he made love to only an hour ago is Callie. Then her evil uncle suggests Damon take his meek daughter for his wife. Callie jumps in to save her cousin and things get out of control when Damon suggests they share a night of passion in return for a generous settlement to her uncle. However, things don’t go well and she flees while her uncle witnesses her fleeing Damon’s room. He uses it to his advantage to blackmail Damon into marriage with Callie. However, Damon has other ideas; yes he takes her but only as his mistress.

What a mess for Callie, again a man is going to use her, one with a sharp tongue yet he makes her heart melt, makes her feel things. And for Damon, he can’t get enough of her or get her out of his system but he’ll get his revenge for them blackmailing him and hurting his family. He stripped away the walls she put up and her long buried emotions. He had the power to devastate her and she realized she had to lock her feelings away. Callie realized one other thing, that he would never love her and for her to survive she must leave, tries to find herself and start up the business she’s always dreamed of.

Damon wants her like no other woman he’s ever known. She acts like an inexperienced virgin and he doesn’t trust her. Will she go to no length at deception? But he can’t stop from wanting her. Then as they spend time together, he realizes he doesn’t want to let her go. He sees her talent and like his family he takes responsibility for her and tries to fix everything.

However, Callie feels betrayed and leaves because she needs to make her own way. Is there any hope for them? There is so much depth to this story I can’t even begin to explain it. It’s overwhelming and at times the conflict is painful to read. You can actually feel their passion, and their caring for each other especially when all of the secrets of their pasts are revealed to each other. Annie West with The Savakis Mistress gives her readers such insight into her characters they actually become a part of you. It’s an emotional roller coaster and a real tug-of-war from the anger, to revenge, to passion so intense. It’s a beautifully crafted romance with an emotional and teary ending.

Behind the story from Annie’s website:

“This story had a long gestation period. I had my hero and heroine in mind for ages before I got a chance to write their story. When I did, the words just rolled onto the page.” Annie West

Book Description:

From society queen...

Only hours ago she was a tempting stranger. Now Damon Savakis knows who she really is - Callie Manolis, society ice-queen and duplicitous niece of his arch enemy…

...to his unwilling mistress!

Yet when Callie's avaricious uncle loses the Manolis money, she is at Damon's mercy and is forced to become the Savakis mistress

Playboy Boss, Pregnancy of Passion - Kate Hardy


Playboy Boss, Pregnancy of Passion is an honorable and sweet journey in finding peace, contentment, taking risks and the end result love as only Kate Hardy can pen.

One learns that millionaire Luke Holloway comes from a very sad past and has walked away from his criminal family in his early teen years. He had a teacher who encouraged him and he set up a small business, got his MBA and the rest was history. He doesn't do family, commitments and definitely not marriage. Luke finds himself in a bind when his PA becomes pregnant and a friend suggest Sara Fleet who operates a business getting clients organized.

Luke and Sara hit it off immediately. She is not only organized and takes charge she's beautiful. As weeks progress, Luke invites Sara to travel with him to check out a hotel, one thing leads to another as they cannot fight their attraction and even though Luke doesn't "do relationships", theirs begins. As one reads about the ensusing months of the working and dating you just know they bring out the best in each other. However, Sara knows one think about Luke, he never talks about family and when she asks, he clams up. So when she invites him to a family birthday as much as he doesn't want to go, he does for her. It's uncomfortable but he gets through it and actually likes her family.

Luke loves doing things for Sara as he not only enjoys her spirit, company and just being with her, she actually makes him happy and that scares him to death. So when he finds out she's pregnant, he doesn't know what to do and really messes things up. How can he be a father when he really had one who was a horrible example? Just prepare yourself for a teary ending however lovely to read!

Behind the Book from Kate Hardy’s Blog:

First up, fiction: Playboy Boss, Pregnancy of Passion is the second in my To Tame a Playboy duo. If you like Greek settings, you'll love where Luke takes Sara as a surprise. Oh, yes - and you might need tissues towards the end. And there's this sweet-natured spaniel who is a complete and utter shoe thief. (Yeah. The same one who steals one shoe from everyone in this house and piles them up in his bed. I think he would be a bit cross if he found out I'd nicknamed him Imelda. Byron, I mean, not my hero.) I'm VERY pleased with my cover: this is one cute man. Kate Hardy



Book Description:

To-do list:
1. Hire new personal assistant.

2. Do not sleep with new personal assistant.

3. Reevaluate point two…

Tycoon Luke Holloway lives on the wild side, but at work he is a professional. That is until irresistible employee Sara Fleet joins the company. Before long he has unbuttoned his prim-and-proper assistant and they're breaking all the rules…over and over again! Superefficient Sara has never felt so out of control—and now she has to tell her sexy boss she is pregnant with his child!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Ruthless Billionaire, Forbidden Baby - Emma Darcy


The very talented Emma Darcy charms her readers again with Ruthless Billionaire, Forbidden Baby. I always love a bridesmaid story and this was no exception with several weddings of her friends taking place, friends who she actually called her family. The first wedding takes place with the first of the gang, Tammy getting married and Tamalyn finds out she’s going to be paired with Tammy’s brother the famous handsome billionaire. They immediately hit it off and he’s determined to peruse her at any cost with the exception of marriage as it’s not for him. Other weddings happen throughout the book and each and everyone entertaining to read and watching this couple fight their attraction at each event. Fletch fights it every step of the way and Tamalyn knows that she loves him and will only marry for love!

As you read about their dating and watch their feelings for each other become more than they counted on, you wonder how this couple even came to be as Tamalyn is a mid-wife and he’s a genius. Now we’ve all know someone who doesn’t meet with the norm someone who doesn’t fit into the social scene, called possibly a “geek” because of their superior intelligence, well that’s Fletcher, somewhat of a loner but handsome and known for dating super models and never having relationships. So it surprises not only his sister but Tamalyn when he asks her to go on a vacation to an exclusive island.

Passion? Theirs is explosive and she challenges him. However her friends are an important part of her life and Fletch is a loner. She wants love and family and he doesn’t, so how could there ever be a chance for them. To top everything, she finds out she’s expecting a baby and is determined to have it and he’s determined to be in control of the situation, buys a home for them and is relentless.

Learning of Fletcher’s years growing up, how he was treated by his family, school mates was very hard to read. And Tamalyn’s lonely childhood just as unfortunate. As one reads their story, it’s very obvious they challenge each other and belong together. It’s a beautifully written contemporary romance and one I’ll long remember.

Book Description:

When Tamalyn Haynes agrees to be a bridesmaid, she doesn't realize she will be dancing with the best man—notorious tycoon Fletcher Stanton!
Fletcher is relentless in pursuing his desires—and intent on bedding wide-eyed Tammy. But he has one condition: it's to be a temporary romance only. Marriage is not an option. However, their passionate nights together lead to Tammy dropping a bombshell. Unintentionally, Fletcher Stanton's mistress is pregnant with his forbidden baby….

Bought: For His Convenience or Pleasure - Maggie Cox



Maggie Cox has written an entertaining and impressive love story which features revenge, mistrust and a not so forgiving Russian billionaire Nikolai Golitsyn. He’s determined to get to the bottom of how his brother died but first and foremost he wants the woman who disappeared five years earlier to admit she was at fault. If she wants to see her niece who he’s now adopted she will need to marry him on his terms.

Five years earlier Ellie Barnes was driving and in an accident which claimed her bother-in-laws life and she not only suffered injuries herself, she lost her memory of the accident. The only person who survived without harm was her baby niece, her dead sister’s child who she care for and adored. When she lived at the Golitsyn estate she also saw what a mess her brother-in-law had become doing alcohol and drugs to forget that his wife died. On top of everything else, she fights an attraction for his married brother Nikolai. After the accident her father takes her away to Scotland, she changes her name and studies for a new profession a psychologist and changes her name to Dr. Ellie Lyons. She’s now in London doing TV shows and he shows up and her hotel with ultimatums. First and foremost if she ever wants to see her beloved niece, she must agree to marry him until the little girl becomes of age, taking care of her and creating a family for the three of them.

Theirs is a romantic dance. Nikolai can’t forget a brief kiss five years ago or her softness and Ellie, let’s say she’s wary but can’t seem to forget either. She agrees to marry him in a marriage of convenience and their passion sizzles. This man not only has a ruthless streak and is very slow to forgiveness. However, seeing Ellie in action with his daughter, his staff and her co-workers and volunteers he comes to have a new respect for her; but can he ever trust her again? You’ll just have to read Bought: For His Convenience or Pleasure” and take their fantastic journey in finding happiness, forgiveness and peace.

Book Description:

Billionaire Nikolai Golitsyn was on the verge of seducing Ellie. But then tragedy struck, and she was blamed for the death of his brother. The last place he wanted her was in his bed. Confused and humiliated, Ellie fled.
Five years later, Nikolai's orphaned niece needs a mother, and he's tracked down Ellie—he wants her to assume the role. But this time around Nikolai intends to enjoy all the delights he denied himself before: he'll give Ellie no choice but to become his unwillingly wedded wife!

The Italian's Inexperienced Mistress - Lynne Graham


Harlequin Ambassadors was kind enough to send me 5 copies of the book to give away and I kept one and I'm so very glad I did as it was spectacular.

He a self made billionaire with honor and Angelo Riccardi has found out two things from a man he's never recognized as his grandfather, because he's part of the Mafia. He's met with him and has learned that his mother left his father and moved to London where she proceeds to have an affair with a married man. A man who took her life savings and left her penniless. He's out for revenge again the Hamilton family so en embarks on a journey to England to bring the family down. However he can't find their estate and comes upon a lovely English girl with blue eyes and golden curls and is mesmerized by her and asks her out. Of course she says no.

Gwenna Hamilton has never seen a man more handsome in her life but turns down his offer for dinner. Days later she finds herself pleading for her father to keep him out of prison. He's been exposed as an embezzler and Angelo owns the company. When he realizes the woman before him is Gwenna, he gives her one choice only and that is to become his mistress.

Sparks fly is all I'm going to say and their passion is obsessive. However, Gwenna is ashamed of herself, feels used by him, paraded by him and cheap. As their relationship develops there are all sorts of obstacles and hurts. Painful lessons are learned and in the end the realization of love. It's a very well crafted contemporary romance and I highly recommend it!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

August Recipe of the Month - In Honor of The Savakis Mistress by Annie West


In honor of Annie West Mills and Boon August releasse, the theme is Greek! And let me tell you Damon Savakis is one handsome, sensual and determined Greek. He'll have Callie Manolis at any cost with revenge as the motive!

MARINATED LAMB KABOBS

Ingredients
1 pound plain yogurt (regular or lowfat)
1/4 cup good olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
5 tablespoons fresh whole rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pounds top round lamb
1 red onion

Directions
Combine the yogurt, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a large, non-reactive bowl. Add the lamb, making sure it is covered with the marinade, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for up to 2 days.

Prepare a charcoal grill with hot coals. Spread the coals in one tight layer on the grill.

Cut the lamb in 1 1/2-inch cubes. You should have about 20 cubes.

Cut the red onion in 8 pieces and separate each piece into 3 or 4 sections. Loosely thread 3 or 4 pieces of lamb onto skewers alternately with sections of onion. Sprinkle both sides of the lamb cubes with salt and pepper. Place the skewers on the hot grill and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, turning 2 or 3 times, until the lamb is medium-rare.

GREEK SALAD

Ingredients
1 cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 red bell pepper, large-diced
1 yellow bell pepper, large-diced
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, sliced in half-rounds
1/2 pound feta cheese, 1/2-inch diced (not crumbled)
1/2 cup calamata olives, pitted

For the vinaigrette:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup good red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup good olive oil

Directions
Place the cucumber, peppers, tomatoes and red onion in a large bowl.

For the vinaigrette, whisk together the garlic, oregano, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Still whisking, slowly add the olive oil to make an emulsion. Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables. Add the feta and olives and toss lightly. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve at room temperature.

KOURABIEDES WALNUT SUGAR COOKIES

Ingredients
3/4 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon brandy
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons orange flower water
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Toast the walnuts until golden brown and fragrant, about 6 minutes. Let cool, then chop about half of the nuts (you should have about 1/2 cup chopped). Pulse the remaining nuts in the food processor until finely ground (about 1/4 cup ground).

Stir the flour, baking powder, salt and nuts together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In another medium bowl, beat the butter, sugar, egg yolk, brandy and vanilla extract together with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until the mixture gets light and fluffy, about 10 minutes.

At low speed, stir in the nut mixture to make a crumbly dough. Cover the bowl and set dough aside at room temperature for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or coat with nonstick spray.

With a tablespoon, scoop out 1-inch pieces of dough and roll into balls between the palms of your hands. Pinch the ends of the balls to make a football shape. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies set and start to brown, about 18 minutes.

Put the confectioners' sugar in a bag, and add 5 to 6 of the warm cookies to it. Very gently toss the cookies to coat with sugar. Remove them from the bag and cool cookies on a rack. Repeat with remaining cookies. Serve.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

August 4 Book Giveaway


Thanks to Harlequin Ambassador Program, I have 4 books to give away no matter where you live. All you have to do is tell me if you win, what you'll do with them, will you share with someone else, will you donate it to a library, will you write a review? Thanks all I ask because Harlequin will send me a survey at the end of the month.



Also, don't forget there are 10 days left to nominate your favoribe book blogs at Book Blogger Appreciation Week.

Book Description:

When Angelo Riccardi sought revenge Gwenna Hamilton added another, delicious dimension. Innocent and pretty, she had no chance when the Italian tycoon offered her the devil's bargain: pay for her father's freedom with her body.

In her naivetĂ©, Gwenna thought that Angelo would tire of her and her innocence very quickly. But he had more in mind than just one night…

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Celebrate the Category






Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books are offering a contest with the details being as follows:

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Sunday, August 02, 2009

August Contest



To win a copy of Abby's Mills and Boon release, why is Vincenzo Valentini so angry with Cara? You can find the answer here.

THE RUTHLESS GREEK'S VIRGIN PRINCESS - Trish Morey


In April Trish Morey fans were introduced to Forced Wife, Royal Love- Child where readers met Rafe and Sienna, Rafe being the soon to be crowned king of the Island of Monvelatte. One was also introduced to Rafe’s sister Marietta, a vibrant beauty and at the time, I thought she’s got to have a story. Thanks to Trish Morey and her incredible talent The Ruthless Greek’s Virgin Princess is Marietta’s and her brother’s best friend Yannis love story.

Thirteen years later, Yannis returns to Monvelatte to be part of the wedding party of his best friend. However, he also has revenge on his mind even though years ago from afar he admired his friend’s younger sister who was off limits. After arguments with his father over an arranged marriage to financially help to restore his business, Yannis returns to his bedroom only to find Marietta the sweet virgin in his bed. In anger and frustration he sends her away not realizing someone saw her leaving his room and reported the fact to his parents, disgracing his family. Now years later, he returns with one thing on his mind, revenge for his father’s illness and years of hard work to restore the family fortune.

Marietta is hopeful she can get through the days of wedding preparations and seeing Yannis. She adores her brother and future sister-in-law but realizes when she sees him, the attraction and feelings are still there and how will she deal with all of these emotions. She tries to focus on her jewellery design launch in Hawaii and the marriage celebrations but just seeing him sets her on edge. After the wedding there are threats on the crown family and so Rafe asks Yannis to accompany Marietta to Hawaii to protect her

Rafe realizes at the wedding that he wants Marietta, all of her, her sass, her smile and physically he aches for her. When Rafe asks him to protect his sister now is his chance to make her pay for what happened thirteen years ago. Their romance is a beautiful dance and when their secrets are shared, when Yannis realizes the mistakes that were made and is astonished by Marietta’s talent, well hold your breath, it was incredible read as only Trish Morey can entertain her readers and fans.
Book Description:
Thirteen years ago Yannis Markides threw a young princess out of his bed. Even now Marietta's cheeks burn in shame as she remembers her youthful attempt at seduction.

Evicting the scantily clad Marietta was the brooding Greek's last act of chivalry. The ensuing scandal destroyed his life and broke his family. Now he's rebuilt his empire, recovered the Markides name…and he's ready to make the princess pay!
Marietta owes him a debt. Her virginity is her price…

Saturday, August 01, 2009

The Greek Tycoon's Blackmailed Mistress


Lynne Graham has written an extremely and entertaining read with revenge being the main goal with Ari Xenakis hot on the heels of Ella Smithson. He’s a proud man who vows never to marry. However, seven years earlier this very same woman said no at their engagement party, embarrassing Ari in front of their entire families. Now he holds the cards, as their niece has been orphaned and he has custody.

Ella can’t believe what her sister has done, completely leaving her out of the will and not letting her raise Callie especially since she gave her eggs to her sister so she could have a child. Her sister upon giving birth ignored her plus her own family were furious that she didn’t marry the billionaire. They have all disowned her because she chose medicine over marriage. Now Ari has made demands that she become his mistress and takes on the day to day caring for Callie on his terms.

Ari is a very inflexible proud Greek and believes for the most part a woman should be at home taking care of her man. When Ella chose a career over marriage to him, he was furious. He’s the ultimate alpha male, set on getting what pleases him. However as they spend time together in and out of the bedroom, he sees she’s a different Ella and one with secrets of past abuse in her family. He doesn’t understand why he never knew this was going on in her home that that some of her reasons for not committing to him were based her stepfather’s treatment of Ella and her mother.


Their past and spending a large amount of time together especially in Greece, makes Ella realizes she’s in trouble and knows he has the power to break her heart again. Their passion leaps off the pages plus her time spent with Callie and their bonding very sweet to read. Will her heart survive and will there be a second chance for them? You’ll just have to read this amazing love story but have some tissues ready while they come to grips with the past and accept their love actually never died as penned by the very talented Lynne Graham.

Book Description:

Aristandros Xenakis is like a panther poised to pounce. Sleek, dark and utterly powerful, he'll soon taste the sweet victory of vengeance….

Ella desperately wants access to her baby niece, but the child's guardian is Aristandros—her ex-fiancĂ©! She has no choice but to submit to his demand—she must become his mistress!

Naive and unworldly, Ella is not like the groomed, gold-digging females who have previously warmed Aristandros's bed. Surely it's only a matter of time before he tires of her…?

BLACKMAILED INTO THE GREEK TYCOON'S BED- Carol Marinelli


Carol Marinelli’s contribution to the International Billionaire’s series with Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoon’s Bed was stunning. Immediately one becomes aware that the handsome, successful and wealthy millionaire Xante Rossi is immediately attracted to the beautiful English heiress Karin Wallis. Also, as one reads this brilliantly penned love story a very valuable lesson is learned that “you can’t judge a book by it’sits cover. And that’s putting it mildly.

This series involves rugby and Xante is a huge fan, in fact his hotel is housing the English rugby team and one of his most prized possessions which he’s recently acquired; a ruby encrusted rose which Karin’s grandfather, a famous English player, received and it’s part of her inheritance. Without her permission, her brother sold it to the highest bidder and it’s sentimental value to Karin is all she has left and she’s determined to get it which is the reason for her visit to Xante’s hotel. They meet and the attraction between this couple is so hot it sizzles off the pages. One thing leads to another and Karin is accused of stealing and Xante gets his perfect chance to get to know this woman who has been dubbed by the press as the “Ice Queen”.

Karin challenges Xante in so many ways. He has a past at getting what he wants when it comes to women and she offers him a challenge, plus he’s sure she’s hiding things and he’s also not ready to let her go. What better opportunity to get to know her is to take her home to Greece for a family gathering. Both of them are hiding secrets from each other….Xante about his past as a teenager and how he used lady tourists and Karin, her family secrets, her reputation, an horrific accident and on and on.

For me, this entire story was amazing as throughout it there were twists, turns, more of their secrets revealed and just when you think nothing else can be revealed it happens. There were lessons learned for both of them, for Karin learned that if you opened up and let others in, the “world was actually quite forgiving and kind”. And for Xante, he couldn’t always fix everything and by letting her go and learning about herself, she would become so much stronger. As the author stated in the ending of this wonderful story, “love was a gift that was just a given – but trust was a treasured reward.”

Book Description:

Bookish heiress Karin has failed in her first act of defiance! She's tried to take back the symbol of everything good in her life, but ruthless billionaire Xante Rossi has caught her red-handed!
Why is this shy beauty stealing from him? Xante is intrigued. Karin's purity belies the corruption her family name represents. To save her from scandal and uncover the truth, he'll make a proposal. If Karin wants her precious heirloom, she'll have to earn it back in his bedroom!

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SPANISH MAGNATE, RED-HOT REVENGE - Lynn Raye Harris



Spanish Magnate, Red-Hot Revenge was a magnificent debut book and if I hadn’t already known it was Lynn Raye Harris first I would have thought I was reading a romance by a long published author, that’s how incredibly marvellous it was…..just breathtaking!

Alejandro de Ramirez once a bull fighter and now a ruthless billionaire is out for revenge from his past lover Rebecca Layton. Ruthless doesn’t even begin to describe him and he’s now going to make Rebecca pay for what he believes she and her father took from him years earlier, a business deal which would have earned him not only millions but he would have been seen by his peers as a respected businessman. He’s determined to learn the truth and insists she return to Spain and stay in his home so he can keep an eye on her.

Now out of the blue Rebecca is being summoned to Spain and not knowing the outcome or plans Alejandro has for her company, she doesn’t know if she can withstand seeing her past lover again. She remembers all too well how he hurt her, how she found out while being his lover that he was to marry someone else. Now all she has is her company and he’s going to take that as well? On top of everything else the past hurts, the secrets, the accusations he hurls at her, how dare he accuse her of cheating him? When she doesn’t think she can stand anymore, she finds out he had a child that died?

Their time spent together was painful for them both. Each of them kept blaming the other. The attraction is so powerful and all they seem to do is continue to hurt each other. It’s obvious that Rebecca hasn’t forgotten at all and each day tears at her heart. But one realization becomes clear to her when she finds out he had her investigated, he didn’t respect, trust or find her honourable but it’s also obvious he still wanted her physically. It’s very clear they still have feelings for each other and when they act on their passion its apparent emotions run deep. One also wonders what will happen next, what other obstacles will they face? The answer, a baby and a demanded marriage by Alejandro.

Author Lynn Raye Harris certainly delivered a very intense and well crafted debut book with many lessons to be learned by both Rebecca and Alejandro. Choices, for them both they realized they made the wrong ones and they should have trusted each other more no matter what the circumstances. One lesson Alejandro learned from Rebecca was that he didn’t like what he saw in himself. However, the most important lesson for them both……forgiveness so they could have a life full of love and laughter.

Book Description:

Nobody messes with Alejandro de Ramirez. He doesn’t suffer fools, and certainly has no time for manipulative wantons. Rebecca Layton was both. Five years on, the turmoil she brought to his life hasn’t ended – and Alejandro is more merciless than ever. The Spanish magnate wants retribution…

Unusually, and frustratingly for Alejandro, his plan doesn’t go smoothly. Surely Rebecca wasn’t this alluring before? And did his body always respond in this way – with such passionate fury? This is no longer just revenge…this is red-hot and dangerous!



From Lynn’s website:

If you visit Lynn’s website you’ll see that she entered the Harlequin Mills and Boon Writing Contest and won! Here’s what she says about her debut book:

“When I sat down at my computer and a man appeared. A gorgeous, arrogant Spaniard named Alejandro. And he wasn’t very happy. When Rebecca Layton arrived, she realized what was wrong. Rebecca and Alejandro had a very emotional past — and their futures were about to collide as Alejandro set into motion a plan for revenge.

I emailed my entry only hours before the deadline. A month later, I got the call that I’d won the Harlequin Presents Instant Seduction contest. I was stunned — and ecstatic. Now, during Harlequin’s 60th Anniversary year, I am so happy to be a new author and to share Alejandro and Rebecca’s story with you. I hope it makes your heart pound, and I hope you race to the end of the book to find out what happens.”
 

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