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Lightning Review: The Billionaire’s Pregnant Mistress by Lucy Monroe

Posted January 5, 2018 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Lightning Review: The Billionaire’s Pregnant Mistress by Lucy MonroeReviewer: Holly
The Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress (Petronides Brothers Duo #1; Greek Tycoons #4) by Lucy Monroe
Series: Petronides Brothers Duo #1, Greek Tycoons #4
Also in this series: The Markonos Bride
Published by Harlequin Books
Publication Date: December 2004
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 184
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three-half-stars

When Greek billionaire Dimitri Petronides is forced to give up Xandra Fortune, his beautiful mistress, he's certain she won't be too distraught. For all the intense passion they've shared she's never let him into her heart, and such a commitment-shy woman could never be his wife...

But after their split, Dimitri discovers that Xandra Fortune is not who he thought she was - and she is also pregnant with his child. Now he has to track her down and claim his mistress as his wife!

*Disclaimer: This review was written ages ago. I was doing some routine maintenance and found it hidden in a folder. I don’t know how I’d feel if I read this book now.

Dimitri was an awesome hero. Seemingly cold and unfeeling, he had the perfect constitution for a tortured hero..which he was. Though I was EXTREMELY angry at him for his mistreatment of the heroine early in the book, LM is wonderful at turning characters around and making me love them…despite their idiotic actions.

I loved that Xandra didn’t just fall at his feet, either. She really stuck to her guns and refused to be cowed by him. I love that in a heroine.

Overall it was a great read. I liked the interaction between the h/h and I loved watching the story play out. I love it when a story gets me tied up emotionally, as this one did.

Petronides Brothers Duo

3.75 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Review: The Forbidden Temptation by Anne Mather

Posted April 19, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: The Forbidden Temptation by Anne MatherReviewer: Rowena
A Forbidden Temptation by Anne Mather
Published by Harlequin Presents
Publication Date: March 1st 2016
Pages: 192
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one-star

An unwanted desire…

With the death of his wife still raw, Jack Connolly's mood is dark and dangerous. He's not looking for a woman, until he meets buttoned-up but beautiful Grace Spencer, who stirs his senses back to life. Yet Jack cannot act on his feelings, as Grace belongs to another!

An impossible affair…

Trapped in a fake relationship to safeguard her family, Grace knows crossing the line with Jack would risk everything she holds dear. Beneath the hunger she sees in Jack's eyes is the promise of something more…but is it enough for her to surrender to a taste of the forbidden?

Jack Connolly is living in England these days. His wife died in a car accident and it’s been two years of…talking to her ghost. He’s rebuilding a house in England and using the time and money he inherited from his late grandmother to fix his house up. He’s doing the work himself and he’s sailing around in his boat. His sister in law Deb keeps calling to check up on him and wondering when he’s coming back to his homeland of Ireland.

The thing is, he’s not returning.

When he meets Grace Spencer, attraction stirs within him. It’s been a long time since his interest has been caught but every time he sees Grace, the attraction grows and her having a boyfriend already hasn’t done away with the burning desire he has for her.

Grace does not have a boyfriend. The guy that she used to date is still known as her boyfriend because her father invested a lot of money in that guy’s website and it didn’t pan out so that boyfriend lost her father’s money and she’s keeping him around to ensure that he pays her father back. She doesn’t even like the guy so she’s suffering in silence because her mother has cancer and her parents have enough to worry about. They shouldn’t have to worry about the shit she brought to the family.

When she meets Jack, she thinks he’s a friend of her “boyfriend” so she’s not keen on meeting him or having anything to do with him. It doesn’t matter that he’s hot as shit. She can’t touch so she’s not…thing is, she wants him and that doesn’t go away.

I want to say that there was some part of this book that I liked but I can’t. I thought Jack was an okay hero, Grace got on my nerves in the beginning and I never warmed up to her even after finishing the book. I almost DNF’d this book three different times but pushed through to see if it got any better. The book was slow from beginning to end and it was such a short book. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Grade: 1 out of 5

one-star


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Blog Tour: A Q&A with Anne Mather

Posted March 23, 2016 by Rowena in Promotions | 3 Comments

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The Forbidden Temptation by Anne Mather
Released on February 23, 2016 by Harlequin Presents

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An unwanted desire…

With the death of his wife still raw, Jack Connolly’s mood is dark and dangerous. He’s not looking for a woman, until he meets buttoned-up but beautiful Grace Spencer, who stirs his senses back to life. Yet Jack cannot act on his feelings, as Grace belongs to another!

An impossible affair…

Trapped in a fake relationship to safeguard her family, Grace knows crossing the line with Jack would risk everything she holds dear. Beneath the hunger she sees in Jack’s eyes is the promise of something more…but is it enough for her to surrender to a taste of the forbidden?

Anne Mather is here today with a quick Q&A to promote her book The Forbidden Temptation. Check it out!

Q&A with Anne Mather – A Forbidden Temptation

1) What’s your favorite love story? Fiction or non-fiction. I have dozens of favourite love stories, but GREEN DARKNESS and KATHERINE by Anya Seton are high on my list.

2) Is anything in A Forbidden Temptation based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? No, A FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION is not based on any real life experiences, but I can say that the Northumbrian Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK and incidentally, I do believe in ghosts.

3) You get a brilliant phrase/idea/thought at an inappropriate time (while driving, drifting off to sleep/in the shower). What do you do? I always make a note of any ideas I have, and in consequence I have a notebook full of them!

4) What’s your favorite line from any movie? I love the film, DIRTY DANCING, and there are many lines from that script I could nominate, not least the most famous ‘nobody puts Baby in the corner.’

5) If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be? The only slogan for life I believe is Charles Darwin’s ‘IT IS NOT THE STRONGEST OF THE SPECIES THAT SURVIVES, NOR THE MOST INTELLIGENT, BUT THE ONE MOST RESPONSIVE TO CHANGE’.

6) If you could live anywhere on this planet, and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live? Tell us about your choice. I love where I live now, and although I enjoy travelling and seeing different places, I wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else.

7) What was your favorite scene to write in A Forbidden Temptation? Why? I think one of my favourite scenes was when Sean was confronted by Lisa’s ghost. I really wanted Sean to meet his match.

8) What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive? I don’t remember having to learn to write. I started scribbling in exercise books as soon as I could write and my stories grew as I did. There’s nothing destructive about writing. It’s the best job in the world.

9) What are five words that describe your writing process? Time, time, discipline, discipline, satisfaction.

10) What are you working on now? What is your next project? I’m in the process of writing my next book for Harlequin Presents. I’m also working on an ebook, SILENT ECHO, that is coming out with Kindle later this year.

About the Author

Anne Mather

Anne Mather is the pseudonym used by Mildred Grieveson, a popular British author of over 160 romance novels. She also signed novels as Caroline Fleming and Cardine Fleming. Mildred Grieveson began to write down stories in her childhood years.

Mildred Grieveson was born on October 10, 1946 in England. She had writtenall through her infant and junior years and on into her teens, the storieschanging from children’s adventures to torrid gypsy passions. Her motherused to gather these up from time to time, when her bedroom became toountidy, and dispose of them!

Mildred has always wanted to write – which is not to say she has alwayswanted to be a professional writer. One the contrary, for years She wroteonly for her own pleasure, and it wasn’t until her husband suggested thatShe ought to send one of her stories to a publisher that they put severalpublishers names into a hat and pulled one out. The trouble was, She neverused to finish any of the stories, and Caroline, her first published book as Anne Mather, was the first book she’d actually completed. She was newlymarried then, and her daughter was just a baby, and it was quite a jobjuggling her household chores and scribbling away in exercise books everychance She got. Not very professional, as you can see, but that’s the way itwas. The rest as they say in history. And now, more than 160 books later,She’s literally – excuse the pun – staggered by what happened. She alsopublished books as Caroline Fleming or Cardine Fleming. Her Anne Mather’snovel, Leopard in the Snow, was developed into a 1978 movie.

Mildred now has two grown-up children, a son and daughter, and two adorablegrandchildren, Abigail and Ben.


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Guest Review: Playing by the Greek’s Rules by Sarah Morgan

Posted August 10, 2015 by Jen in Reviews | 0 Comments

Playing by the Greek's Rules by Sarah Morgan
Jen’s review of Playing by the Greek’s Rules by Sarah Morgan.

It’s time to throw away the rule book… 

Idealistic archaeologist Lily Rose craves a fairy-tale love, but in her experience it always ends in heartbreak. So now Lily’s trying a different approach—a fling with her boss, infamous Greek playboy Nik Zervakis! 

Anti-love and anti-family, Nik lives by his own set of rules. There’s no one better to teach Lily how to separate sizzling sex from deep emotions! But while Nik has the world at his feet, he also has dark shadows in his heart… 

It starts as a sensual game, but can Lily stick to Nik’s rules? And what’s more, can he?

While I would not call myself a dedicated Harlequin Presents fan because the formula doesn’t often hold my interest, I read them occasionally, and I always read the ones Sarah Morgan writes. (Frankly, I’d probably be happy to read Morgan’s grocery list!) She has a way of writing heroines that seem fully realized while still working in the very prescribed HP framework. This book was no exception.

Lily Rose is an archeologist working on a dig in Greece. (She also has a business internship and cleans houses on the side. I don’t know where she finds time for it all, but just go with it.) After dumping her a-hole boyfriend, she realizes she is too trusting and emotionally invested in relationships. She decides she needs to work on self-preservation and separating sex and love. After a serious I Love Lucy type moment while on a house cleaning job, Lily ends up attending a function as the date of the wealthy Nik Zervakis, who has a reputation for never letting his emotions get involved in anything. Much to Nik’s own surprise, he finds himself wanting more than one night with Lily, and he invites her along to a difficult family event. Can Lily and Nik both follow the rules of no emotional attachments? I bet you know the answer!

Lily is an adorable heroine. She is a fundamentally optimistic person, despite having a difficult life. She’s not stupid or naive–she just makes the choice to look for the good in life, even though she knows it’s not always wonderful. She tends to blurt out whatever she’s thinking in a way that’s funny and heartwarming. It’s clear she says things to Nik that no one has ever said before, and at first he is equal parts horrified and enthralled by her. Seeing his confusion and curiosity at the stuff that came out of her mouth was hilarious. Nik lovingly calls her “marshmallow-coated sunshine,” and normally that would mean saccharine, but the fact that Nik is so enchanted and enriched by the light she brings to his life makes her seem sweet but grounded. Even better, she isn’t just some weak-willed damsel that Nik steamrolls. She pursues him at the beginning and is definitely the most sexually forward heroine I’ve seen in an HP. My favorite scene is after they first have sex. Nik is in the shower worrying about how he can ditch the clingy female who is obviously going to insist on a relationship now. When he gets distracted by a phone call, Lily just ghosts! I loved it. Nik is completely, utterly flabbergasted that HE was the one left behind, and of course he is a goner at that point because he can’t let her go.

I also felt like Nik was a little more complex than your average HP hero. Yes, he’s brooding and cold, but he actually has some valid reasons for his reluctance to get emotionally involved with anyone. While his dad isn’t exactly finely drawn, we get more details about him than you usually do with side characters in HP books. Another first (for me) in an HP: we get a strong female friendship in the form of Brittany, who is the heroine in the second book of Morgan’s new Puffin Island series. I loved me some Brittany, and I will definitely be checking out her book!

This book is the perfect example of why I love Sarah Morgan. Based on the premise and characters, it ought to sound exactly like every other Cinderella-type HP story, but Morgan manages to transcend the cliches and create a story that, while not revolutionary, still feels fresh. I suppose if you read HPs because you don’t want them to ever deviate from the standard formula you may be disappointed in this book, but I personally like the boundary pushing and thoroughly enjoyed these characters.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Harlequin Presents. You can purchase it here or here in e-format.


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Guest Review: Sheikh’s Desert Duty by Maisey Yates

Posted January 27, 2015 by Jen in Reviews | 0 Comments

Sheikh's Desert Duty by Maisey YatesJen’s review of Sheikh’s Desert Duty (The Chatsfield #9) by Maisey Yates

Journalist Sophie Parsons needs a scoop to stop the sale of her friend’s hotel chain. And she’s found it! But being abducted by a sheikh goes way beyond the call of duty… 

Sheikh Zayn Al-Ahmar has a wedding to arrange, a sister to protect and a country to rule. He’s not going to let one woman bring it all down with a headline! Kidnapping Sophie seemed like a good idea, but soon her delectable company puts everything he values at risk.  

Only one mistress can rule Zayn’s heart—will it be Sophie, or his duty?  

I’d heard good things about Maisey Yates, so I wanted to give one of her books a try. While it doesn’t break any new ground, this book is a just-slightly-better-than-average Harlequin Presents.

Sophie Parsons is a columnist at a local newspaper. She needs to dig up some dirt on the wealthy Chatsfield family to help a friend, but while snooping she gets caught eavesdropping on an altercation between James Chatsfield and Sheikh Zayn Al-Ahmar, the ruler of the nation of Surhaadi. Zayn is angry because James slept with his virgin sister, Leila, though no one but Zayn and Leila know she’s also pregnant. Zayn is desperate to protect his family, and he doesn’t want Sophie running off to tell his secrets to the press. There’s only one logical move to make when a stranger has heard some very vague information about your family: kidnap her. (Not how you’d handle it? Well, you’re clearly not a Sheikh.) Zayn coerces Sophie into his limo and half strong arms/half blackmails her into coming back to Surhaadi with him. He promises her she can report on his upcoming wedding, and he also promises to give her a scandal that would damage the Chatsfields. Naturally, the two have to spend time together, and they each realize the other is more than they first thought.

Zayn is pretty much like every other Sheikh hero from the HP line. He’s bossy, he’s concerned about virginity, he is burdened by his “duty”, etc. Nothing new to see here. Sophie is slightly more interesting. She is smart, ambitious, and self-sufficient. Aside from her reaction to her kidnapping (more on that later), she acts fairly believably. I really didn’t see how she thought she could be a hard-hitting journalist since she clearly does not have any aptitude for investigation or interviewing, but she does have an amazing amount of drive and has worked hard for everything she has in life. I also liked that she’s mostly upfront and honest. She does keep some of her motivations secret from Zayn, but only because she’s protecting her friend. When it comes to her feelings and her relationship with Zayn, she’s admirably open.

I think this is why the ridiculous kidnapping thing bothered me so much. Sophie isn’t stupid, but she completely acts that way at first. She shows very little fear when a strange, intimidating man basically forces her to get into his limo. She has no idea what he might do to her, but she’s already fantasizing about how hot he is. I’d describe her as unsettled, not completely fucking terrified, which would be the appropriate reaction. Either commit to the kidnapping and make Sophie have a normal reaction (fear) but make Zayn redeem himself, or find another way to get Sophie to Surhaadi. Moreover, the kidnapping makes no sense whatsoever. What does Zayn hope to accomplish by taking her away? You don’t think she’s going publish the story about her kidnapping eventually, if she really was out for a scoop? And inviting a woman looking for dirt into your home seems much more dangerous than simply letting her go with the vague details she’s already collected. But Sheikhs don’t care for your logic, Commoner!

I also didn’t appreciate the fact that Zayn is engaged. In fact, he’s getting married in a matter of weeks. It’s true he doesn’t love his fiance and they’ve barely met (she doesn’t even appear in the book), but it still seems pretty lousy to start something with Sophie. His fiance is just a plot device, not a real woman with her own feelings and needs. (Ditto for Zayn’s sister, Leila, though at least she does appear in the next book in the series. Maybe the fiance will eventually make an appearance as well?) I wanted Zayn to grovel some more, too. He didn’t do much to make up for stringing Sophie along or for the things he said to her near the end.

If you don’t enjoy the HP line, you’ll find nothing unique in this book. But if you’re in the mood for one, you could certainly do worse than Sheikh’s Desert Duty. That sounds like faint praise, but for a line as homogeneous as the Harlequin Presents can be, slightly-above-average is not too shabby.

Grade: 3.5 out of 5

This book is available from Harlequin Presents. You can purchase it here or here in e-format.  This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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