The Formidable King

The Formidable King

Alyssa J Montgomery

The Formidable King by Alyssa J. Montgomery

Reviewed by Helen

WOW this story is one that pulls you in from page one MS Montgomery has pulled out all of the guns to get us to know the hero and heroine in this story the hero is strong and determined to get what he wants in any way he wants and the heroine is so very vulnerable having been through so much in her life, I am sure that you will love getting to know them as I did sit back and enjoy.

The hero in this story is King Gabriel de la Croix from the Kingdom of Santaliana and he is so arrogant when he meets the head of his late sister’s foundation India Hamilton, but you see he has his reasons he felt he had met her before, the gorgeous Cinderella with the violet eyes who deserted him years before when their first meeting caused all sorts of sparks to fly in an instant attraction that left him with her always in the back of his mind even though he had so much turmoil going on in his life and mind already. That attraction was still there and stronger than ever did he get everything wrong?

India is just such a beautiful person, a person who had never felt loved or cared for, her years growing up with her parents travelling the world to one disaster after another left her in danger many times and when eventually she returned to England to her grandmother she started to make a life for herself working for The Princess Eden Foundation and finally finding a friend in Eden, but Eden has passed on and now she has to meet with her brother the king and well that does not go to plan but I loved the strength India showed.

This really is a moving story, a story that shows strength in the characters who are both vulnerable and both in need of some true love but they need to learn to trust and to open up and then live, I loved this story India really is the best heroine so strong and caring after what she has been through and Gabe well such a responsible man who has held guilt close to his heart for too long. Now together they will conquer in love and happiness this one left me with a big smile and I highly recommend it.

5/5 stars for a great story

Published December 12th 2017 by Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises,

When in Rome

When in Rome

Heart of the City #4

C.J. Duggan

When in Rome by C.J. Duggan

Reviewed by Helen

This series is taking me on some fabulous trips to countries that I would love to get to one day, though in the mean time I will do some arm chair travelling with characters that have a sense of humour and some ups and downs in their travels that are sure to keep you turning the pages as they take in the sights and meet the perfect partners to enjoy their lives with.

Sammi Shorten never goes anywhere her sister has travelled to Paris and met the man of her dreams and now Sammi has decided that it is time to take a trip herself not necessarily for love but it is time to get off the couch and have some fun. So Rome it is and a budget tour is the way to go, only Sammi never realized what would happen to her when she arrives in the place of her dreams from the movies she had watched, I mean it wasn’t supposed to be bed bugs and a crappy hotel and some difficult fellow tourists but then of course she would not have met gorgeous tour guide Italian Marcello.

Marcello Bambozzi is an artist but helps out with tours around Rome he is gorgeous and generous but when he meets Australian Sammi his world is about to be upended big time, there is a connection between them that sparks and when disaster strikes for Sammi Marcello is there to pick up the pieces if she will let him of course.

I did enjoy this story but there were times when I could have shaken Sammi she really had a hard time working out what she wanted for herself and some of the people on the tour with her could push buttons, but I did love Marcello what a hero he melted my heart and really Sammi and him make such a great couple. Thank you MS Duggan for another fabulous trip with fun people that left me smiling.

4/5 stars for a great story

Published November 26th 2017 by Hachette Australia

Christmas with the Best Man by Susan Carlisle

Reviewed by Nas Dean

CHRISTMAS WITH THE BEST MAN by author Susan Carlisle is a December 2017 release by Harlequin Medical Romance series.




Dr. Helena Tate has past baggage and she is not interested in a ‘play with them and leave them’ type of a man. But handsome and charming Dr. Elijah Davenport was exactly that type of a man. So how could she stay far away from him? Because after dancing with her and kissing her at his brother’s wedding, he discovered chemistry between them and was determined to explore it fully.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE BEST MAN is a fun, flirty yet at times emotional story. I loved reading this book. Author Susan Carlisle brought this story to live on the pages with a sensitive yet not ready for commitment hero and a strong heroine who wouldn’t settle for anything less than what she deserved and wanted.


Recommended for all readers of medical romance. 








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Christmas in Manhattan #5

Susan Carlisle

Christmas with the Best Man by Susan Carlisle

Reviewed by Helen


This is a beautiful romantic and very Christmassy story set in New York and starting at the best wedding in Central Park in the snow sigh, it was gorgeous and just the push that two ER Doctors needed to get them together for a sensual moving road to a beautiful HEA.

Dr Helena Tate has had a bit of heartbreak in her life but she still believes in love and marriage and children, she is close to her family but has moved from the South up to New York and is very happy working at Manhattan Mercy Hospital. But when she is maid of honour at her friend’s wedding she is suddenly very attracted to the best man Elijah Davenport and one kiss and dance in the snow leads to a fling or can it be more.

Elijah is not interested in marriage at all he has seen what his parent’s marriage is like and he wants none of it and he has something that he has held close to himself for many years and guilt plays a big part in his life but he is a bit of a playboy so he is shocked at the pull he feels for Helena at his brother’s wedding and convinces her to have a fling will his heart melt a little.

This is really a good story the banter between Helena and Elijah is just the best they both have such a great sense of humour that had me smiling, as well as a deep sense of honesty but the love that grows between them cannot be denied it shines and sparks and this Christmas fling turns Elijah around and together they become one beautifully. This is a must read MS Carlisle has written another winner that ticks all of the boxes for a fabulous medical romance.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Medical Romances

The Billionaire's Christmas Baby

The Billionaire's Christmas Baby

Marion Lennox

The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Marion Lennox

Reviewed by Helen

One of my favourite troupes is Cinderella and this one is a beauty it is gorgeous, so much feeling and love have been written into this one from such a great story teller in MS Lennox. I fell into this one and just about inhaled it in almost one sitting, the hero and heroine are so deserving of each other and seeing as how the hero is a billionaire then there are so many other people who are helped along their journey to a beautiful HEA.

Max Grayland is based in New York working in the family company he is not close to his father and was sent from home to home with lots of nannies growing up, he has come to Australia for his father’s funeral and finds himself the carer of a baby a little girl Phoebe his half- sister, he needs help and one of the cleaners from the hotel is in the wrong place at the right time or the right place at the wrong time but either way cleaner Sunny Raye is about to have her life upended.

Sunny Raye is working at one of the top hotels in Sydney as a cleaner life has not always been a bed of roses for her she has practically bought up her younger siblings until her grandparents were found and even now everyone relies on Sunny even though she is loved by everyone, her family and love mean everything to her, so she cannot refuse to help out Mr Grayland and care for Phoebe but it ends up being longer than one night and opens up a whole new world for Sunny.

I really loved this story it is Christmas time and Max is such a giving hero even if he has so much to learn about love and family he is a real loner and well Sunny is this bright ray of sunshine who is always giving and can teach him so much and what Max does for Sunny’s family made me smile and cheer him on. I highly recommend this story it really is beautiful and if you are looking for a moving feel good Christmas story than this one is it.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Romance



The Rescue Doc's Christmas Miracle

The Christmas Doc's Christmas Miracle

Christmas in Manhattan #4

Amalie Berlin

The Rescue Doc's Christmas Miracle by Amalie Berlin

Reviewed by Helen

This is a moving feel good story that had me turning the pages and laughing and smiling throughout, there were a few emotional tears as well as MS Berlin bought to life two people that deserved to find happiness and together they did, my advice make yourself comfortable with a nice drink and enjoy.

Rescue Doctor, Gabriel Jackson has been burned by love before and makes a habit of distancing himself from woman he does not want to get close to them but with flying around in a helicopter with the beautiful Penelope Davenport as is paramedic/pilot keeping his distance gets a bit harder for him especially when they are caught in a snow storm and grounded in a motel with no electricity one night staying warm has its advantages.

Penny Davenport is the craziest pilot at Manhattan Mercy Hospital she thrives on getting the best out of life of course there are reasons for this and the Doctor that she is partnered with Gabriel Jackson is so staid at times that she goes out of her way to push his buttons of course it has nothing to do with how much she is attracted to him. That stormy night that ended in a very passionate one has left consequences that will change her life.

I really loved this story Penny is just the best heroine so happy and lots of fun to be with and the perfect partner for Gabriel he really needed to learn to take risks again and they did so well. This one is beautifully written another winner from MS Berlin who has never failed to make me smile with her awesome characters thank you for hours of reading pleasure.

5/5 stars for a great story

Published October 17th 2017 by Harlequin Medical Romance Large Print

Jasmine Sea: A River's End Love Story. Book Two by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Reviewed by Nas Dean

Jasmine Sea: A River's End Love Story. Book Two

By author Phillipa Nefri Clark.
This tale takes on where The Stationmaster's Cottage (River's End Romance Book 1) left off. A reader would stay glued to the pages till the very end. The story flows fluidly and took me to heart breaking tension and breathtaking thrills.

It was an amazing adventure to be a part of the magic in Jasmine Sea, even for a little while! It has got it all...action, humor, pulse-raising suspense and heart-melting warmth.

Christmas Bride for the Sheikh

Christmas Bride for the Sheikh

Ruthless Royal Sheikhs #2

Carol Marinelli

Christmas Bride for the Sheikh by Carol Marinelli

Reviewed by Helen

This is such a fabulous story, it is moving and emotional and I didn’t want to put it down once I started it, this is the second book in this series about two brothers, the eldest is now happily married and expecting his first child and this is bad boy Prince Hazin’s story and it is a beauty as he falls for his sister in law’s best friend midwife Flo.

Hazin al-Razim has always been the black sheep of the family he married early to a chosen bride to please his family but when he is left wounded by loss he becomes a notorious playboy and seems to always be in trouble. He hides his pain well and stays away from home but the time has come to return, it is time to stand up and face life again and meeting Flo could be the answer for him.

Florence Andrews has always seemed to pick the very wrong sort of man and although Christmas is one of her favourite times of the year memories from last Christmas plague her but when her best friend Maggie asks her to go to Zayrinia and be there for the birth of her baby she cannot refuse but of course this will bring her in contact with Hazin the man that she cannot stop thinking about after spending a night with him.

This one had me shedding a few tears here and there oh Hazin is such a vulnerable hero he has been through so much and I fell for him hard but now Flo is there to give her strength and love and that love and caring is returned in bucket loads. I don’t want to give too much away other than this is a must read, beautifully written it bought lots of smiles and so much joy. MS Marinelli has a magical voice that brings out the best in her heroes and heroines and really knows how to pull the reader in.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Medical Romances

The Spanish Duke's Holiday Proposal

The Spanish Duke's Holiday Proposal

Christmas in Manhattan

Robin Gianna

The Spanish Duke's Holiday Proposal by Robin Gianna

Reviewed by Helen

MS Gianna never fails to bring a smile to my face with her wonderful stories and what more could you want at this time of the year its Christmas there is a holiday to Spain and a very handsome and thoughtful Duke who has issues with his family and a heroine who is just the most caring and loving person and yes her past has a few bumps in it as well but together they fly.

Miranda Davenport is an ER doctor in Manhattan and she works hard and long hours and carries past hurt close to her heart but when there is a subway collapse and she jumps in literally to help with injured people she meets paramedic Mateo Alves they have met before and although in danger it is hard for her to take her eyes of him there is a spark and pull that will change the course of her life.

Mateo has been in New York for a while now and he loves his job he lost his brother recently and there is pressure for him to return home and marry and become the heir to the Dukedom, it is not what he wants but when his parents push he comes up with an idea and that involves the gorgeous Dr Miranda Davenport who shows no fear helping with the subway collapse maybe she will become his temporary fiancé on holiday in Spain.

Miranda agrees and travels to Spain with Mateo for a magical holiday that starts a journey that is moving, emotional and so very beautiful the setting is gorgeous it made me feel like I was there, but of course the feelings and the love that flows between them kept me turning the pages and cheering them on. These two people deserved to find love and happiness and that they did. MS Gianna this is a beauty of a story, so much joy thank you.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published October 17th 2017 by Harlequin

Captive for the Sheikh's Pleasure

Captive for the Sheikh's Pleasure

Ruthless Royal Sheikhs #1

Carol Marinelli

Captive for the Sheikh's Pleasure by Carol Marinelli

Reviewed by Helen

I love Ms Marinelli’s stories and this one is a beauty oh my goodness there is sizzle and spark in this one as two very different people work their way to a HEA in a setting that is just perfect for love, this is one I didn’t want to put down.

Crown Prince Sheikh Ilyas al-Razim is going to be King one day and as such he is bought up to be strong and to get what he wants and when blackmailers threaten the royal family Ilyas does not sit back he has one of the blackmailers kidnaped and bought to the desert in a storm and that storm can go either way when he meets the delightful and strong Maggie Delaney, she brings out emotions in him that have never been there before.

Maggie is an orphan she has friends and is at the end of a working holiday when on a star gazing tour in the desert that her world is turned upside down when she is whisked away to a Bedouin tent, kidnapped no less and mistaken for a blackmailer even though she unwittingly is part of it but what happens to her when she finally meets a man who sets her body on fire.

Maggie is just the best heroine, lovable, strong and just what Ilyas needs in his live a life that involves lots of responsibilities including his younger brother. After arriving back at the palace and sharing more nights of pure bliss Maggie needs to return home she will never be a mistress she wants more and until Ilyas can give her that she will remain in England. I also love Ilyas and the character he shows when he knows that he loves Maggie and what he does to make sure she will be with him. This is a beautiful story, fabulous setting and a story that should not be missed thank you MS Marinelli for a wonderful story that left me smiling


 5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published November 21st 2017 by Harlequin Presents




Christmas at Cade Ranch

Christmas at Cade Ranch

Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1

Karen Rock

Christmas at Cade Ranch by Karen Rock

Reviewed by Helen

This is a beautifully told story, a story of love, redemption and learning to trust and learning who you are and letting go of the past to make a future for the people who mean the most. Sit back and make yourself comfortable as you get to know this family of ranchers and the first heroine who is going to join the family.

James Cade is a man who needs things to run smoothly he has lists and ensures that everything goes right, after the death of his younger brother Jesse, this is essential for James so the ranch keeps going but when Jesse’s ex Sofia Gallardo and her young son Javi walk into their lives and end up staying for a while James the man always in control starts to lose that control can he get over his trust issues for a wonderful future.

Sofia and her son Javi have lived a hard life through homelessness and struggle with personal problems but she loves her son and misses Jesse, so when she decides to move towns and start afresh she makes a stopover to finally meet Jesse’s mother and Javi’s grandmother Joy but that leads to a stay at the Cade Ranch and her getting closer to the controlling James.

James and Sofia come from totally different families and backgrounds and there is the memory of Jesse to contend with as well but neither can deny the spark that started at their first meeting, even after what Sofia has been through she is still a strong and loving person and James mellows a little the longer she stays and of course Javi becomes such a part of the family. I loved this story there is such emotion flowing through the words the issues are tackled so well and this one is such a great Christmas story as well, yes there were tears and smiles and I am very much looking forward to more in this series. This is one I highly recommend thank you MS Rock.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published November 7th 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming