Romance Review: Uncovering the Corettis by Carol Marinelli

Uncovering the Correttis (Sicily's Corretti Dynasty, 0.5)

The more powerful the family…the darker the secrets. Meet the family everyone’s talking about in this prequel novella to the Sicily’s Corretti Dynasty series, bought to you by Harlequin Presents.
Investigative journalist Emily Hyslop is furious when her editor—and ex—reassigns her from a career-making exposé to a frivolous wedding in Sicily. But scandalous secrets lie behind the union of the rival Corretti and Battaglia families. Things start looking up when Emily meets the most intimidating, not to mention sexiest, man she’s ever encountered….
Detective Anton Soranno has valuable insight into the Correttis and their scandalous dealings…and plenty of reason to hate them. He’s the perfect source of information—and the more he helps Emily with her story, the more time they have to explore their intense desire. But even as their passionate nights uncover surprising feelings in both of them, Emily and Anton know that she must leave Sicily once the wedding is over…

Title: Uncovering the Correttis
Author:  Carol Marinelli
Series: Sicily’s Corretti Dynasty
Publisher:  Harlequin Presents
Format: freebie from amazon
ISBN: 1459250133
Genre: Romance
Release date: April 1st 2013
Number of pages: 192

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This was actually a really short story, but showed some great characters that I believe will be used again in this series. Since this was actually the prequel and we only got to meet the family, it was a little fast the amount of the surprises and gossip that we received, but I hope we get to see more of the family and understand their reasons for fighting so much.
 
The love couple in this book is actually the least of my thoughts because I didn’t really connected with Anton and not gonna lie how much it disturbed me the way he lied and used Emily, to in the end discover after two days that they are soul mates and belong together after everything he’s being through the amount of hate he still have.
 

Series in order

#0.5 – Uncovering the Correttis
#1 – A Legacy of Secrets
#2 – An Invitation to Sin (Expected publication: May 21st 2013)
#3 – A Shadow of Guilt (Expected publication: June 18th 2013)
#4 – An Inheritance of Shame (Expected publication: July 23rd 2013)
#5 – A Whisper of Disgrace (Expected publication: August 20th 2013)
#6 – A Façade to Shatter (Expected publication: September 17th 2013)

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Review: Playing the Royal Game by Carol Marinelli

Playing the Royal GameTitle: Playing the Royal Game
Author: Carol Marinelli
Series: The Santina Crown
Publisher:  Harlequin
Format: ebook from Netgalley
ISBN: 037323872X
Genre: Romance
Release date: November 13th 2012
Number of pages: 256

STOP THE PRESS: THE SANTINA-JACKSON ROYAL FAIRY TALE—FACT OR FICTION?
It seemed like every girl’s dream: fall in love with a prince and be whisked off for your very own glamorous happy-ever-after—a royal fairy tale for Allegra Jackson and Prince Alessandro Santina.

Allegra’s headline-grabbing family hardly prepared her for a life of public duty, and sinfully delicious Prince Alessandro has always seemed virtually allergic to the idea of settling down in Santa Maria.

Out of all the flamboyant, beautiful women his name’s been linked with, the heir to the throne picked ordinary Allegra with the family from hell….

Is everything really as it seems regarding the tabloid’s engagement of the year?

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This is an ongoing series and I haven’t read the other books, but it was quite easy to fall in this Cinderella story and at the end I was cheering for their happy ending. After everything Allegra suffered from her family she deserved some good in her life.
Don’t get me wrong, she wasn’t abused or anything like this, but they treated her like a slave, only working to give them money and for once she was doing something for herself, but apparently it was not enough because she was still unhappy.
Alessandro needed a dose of reality for him to realize that it wasn’t necessary for him to completely distance himself from the people just to rule them. So Allegra being her friendly was actually what he needed.
I wasn’t familiar with the rest of the family, but it was really nice seeing them changing with some truths bared. The relationship changed a lot in the book and it was great to see Alessandro bare his soul for once.
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SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – The Life She Left Behind
#1 – The Price of Royal Duty
#2 – The Sheikh’s Heir
#3 – Santina’s Scandalous Princess
#4 – The Man Behind the Scars
#5 – Defying The Prince
#6 – Princess From The Shadows
#7 – The Girl Nobody Wanted
#8 – Playing the Royal Game

Review: Heart of the Desert by Carol Marinelli

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Heart of the Desert by Carol Marinelli

e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Romance
Release date: September 20th 2011
Number of pages: 192
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

Sheikh Prince Ibrahim refuses to bow to the duty that has destroyed his family, by locking away his emotions and shunning his royal responsibility. Georgie is just the kind of woman duty demands he should avoid—streetwise, troubled and not interested in being queen—exactly the challenge Ibrahim seeks. Trapped among the swirling sands, in the burning heart of the desert, Georgie finally surrenders to the brooding rebel prince—yet the law of his land decrees that she can never really be his.…

My Thoughts:

I love some with sheikh’s, don’t know if is because they are always alpha male or some sexiness mixed with the erotic encounters they always provide. The desert does bring a different setting for seduction.
 
Georgie had some problems during her teenager stage and her family is still over protecting her, afraid that she will fall again. Her sister has married an sheikh and now is constantly trying to make her move from London to babysit her new niece. Georgie is trying to start a new career, but memories from a man in her sister wedding continue to shade her life.
 
That man is sheikh Ibrahim, brother-in-law to Geogie sister and a womanizer. He has some problems in accept a few rules and decided to live in London closer to his mother. But Georgie can’t live he’s head, because she was the only one who ever said no to him. The chemistry between these two is really strong and when they meet things start to grow a hole new level.
 
I like how Georgie really showed maturity and her showed her family that she’s fine and can take care of her life alone, without guidance. Ibrahim for me was kinda perfect, trying to show to his family that the world has changed and some rules needed an addendum. He decided to live in London because some things were unacceptable and that shows a great deal about him.
 
Together these two just needed to understand some differences and the romance was really sweet.