Romance Review: A Madaris Bride for Christmas by Brenda Jackson

A Madaris Bride for ChristmasA Madaris Bride for Christmas by Brenda Jackson
Series: Madaris Family and Friends
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 146032109X
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: November 1st 2013
Number of pages: 304
Source: NetGalley from Publisher

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Summary:

In her 100th book, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Brenda Jackson blends heated sensuality and drama into a dazzling new novel featuring one her most unforgettable Madaris heroes yet…

One by one, Madaris men have surrendered to their grandmother’s matchmaking. But Lee Madaris isn’t letting anyone else control his destiny. He’ll bring a bride of his own choosing to the family’s holiday gathering–if his hotel’s gorgeous new chef will agree to a marriage of convenience.

It’s not just the chance to work at the Strip’s hottest hotel that brought Carly Briggs to Vegas. Witnessing a crime in Miami may have made her a mob target. Though she’s reluctant to complicate their working relationship, Lee’s tempting offer is so hard to resist. And soon, desire is clouding their no-strings arrangement.

The danger that made Carly flee Miami is about to land at their door. So, Carly and Lee must decide who to trust, when to let go–and whether a love they never anticipated is strong enough to pass the ultimate test.

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Review:

This is my first book from this series and I adored the Madaris family, especially the great-gradma and her nosy past time of matchmaker. Lee was a perfect guy with faults and trying his best to control his own love life. He tried to pull a fast one, but didn’t make it. So this book was a romance with a little bit of suspense and enjoyed the action scenes.

Carly was a nice girl, she suffered a lot in life with awful mother, but she made a great life for herself and witnessed a murderer that months later came back to haunt her. I really liked her discoveries in life with Lee, because almost everyone treated her pretty bad and Lee was different. He showed her great sex and a normal relationship with more than just orgasms. They became friends and even his strange offer for marriage was kinda cute.

I liked the side characters, made me want to read the rest of this series.

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Series in Order

#1 – Tonight and Forever
#2 – Whispered Promises
#3 – Forever Mine
#4 – Eternally Yours
#5 – One Special Moment
#6 – Fire and Desire
#7 – Essence of Desire
#8 – Secret Love
#9 – True Love
#10 – Surrender
#11 – The Best Man
#12 – The Midnight Hour
#13 – Unfinished Business
#14 – Slow Burn
#15 – Taste of Passion
#16 – Sensual Confessions
#17 – Inseparable
#18 – Courting Justice
#19 – A Madaris Bride for Christmas

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Romance Review: Expecting a Bolton Baby by Sarah M. Anderson

Expecting a Bolton BabyExpecting a Bolton Baby by Sarah M. Anderson
Series: The Bolton Brothers
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373732805
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: November 5th 2013
Number of pages: 192
Source: NetGalley

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Summary:

In this Bolton Brothers book, first comes the baby and maybe then comes marriage?

He’d never expected to see Stella Caine again. After one wild night, she’d walked away right after revealing that her father was the one man who could threaten the biggest business deal of Bobby Bolton’s career. So Bobby left her alone.

Until now.

Now Stella is pregnant and staying in his condo. This is a complication that can be solved only one way: marriage. Bobby wants to do the right thing. Hell, he wants her–he has never stopped wanting her. Surely he can convince her to say yes, even without those three little words.

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Review:

I think this is the last book in this series, but not my favorite because I was never a fan of Bobby and he sound like a giant ass during the first two, but now we got to see his reasons and why people think less of him. I have to say he was better than I expected and treated Stella like a lady even after she told him about the pregnancy. He acted like a true Bolton.

Stella was a difficult character for me because she’s cold and very suffered a lot in her childhood, but after all those years she can’t find her place and that for me was a strange think, considering how much she tried to escape her father tyranny. I wanted more bravery from her especially because she lived in another country and could live as she wished.

These two needed to deal with some trust issues first, but they made a cute couple. And we got to see more of those badass Bolton Brothers again.

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Series in Order

#1 – Straddling the Line
#2 – Bringing Home the Bachelor
#3 – Expecting a Bolton Baby

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Romance Review: Always On My Mind by Bella Andre

Always on My Mind (The Sullivans, #8)

Always On My Mind by Bella Andre
Series:
The Sullivans
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ebook
ISBN: B00B28BR6U
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: March 5th 2013
Number of pages: 214
Source: Bought
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Summary:

Lori “Naughty” Sullivan finally falls in love in ALWAYS ON MY MIND, the new book in Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling series about the Sullivan family.

After a tragic loss three years ago, Grayson Tyler left his life in New York City behind and started over in the rolling hills of the California coast. He’s convinced himself that all he’ll ever need again is the blue sky, a thousand acres of pasture, and the crashing waves of the ocean. Until one day, Lori Sullivan barges into his life and promptly blows his emotionless and solitary world to shreds, driving him crazy as only a woman nicknamed “Naughty” can. But will Lori be able to convince him that it’s safe to love her…and that forever isn’t actually out of reach?

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Review:

I have to confess that this book was extra high on my wishlist, but after I read the summary and discovered that Lori’s happy ending was nothing to different, she got a nice guy and changed her life completely. I wanted more and her past relationship was a drama, but could have been more explored in this book.

Grayson was a nice surprise because at first I tohugh he was just another farmer, but he showed a very different and tortured side with pain and suffering. His family was barely there and he needed someone to actually help him, Lori was the perfect person to do that.

And here is my problem with this book, because I was supposed to love Lori and the changes in her life, but in reality I liked Grayson more and more during the sotry.

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Series in Order

#1 – The Look of Love
#2 – From this Moment On
#3 – Can’t help falling in Love
#4 – I Only Have Eyes for You
#5 – If You Were Mine
#6 – Let Me Be The One
#7 – Come a Little Bit Closer
#8 – Always on My Mind
#8.5 – One Perfect Night
#9 – The Way You Look Tonight
#10 – Kissing Under the Mistletoe
#11 – It Must Be Your Love (Expected publication: November 20th 2013)

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Romance Review: Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

Christmas on 4th Street (Fools Gold #12.5)

Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373777825
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 24th 2013
Number of pages: 336
Source: NetGalley

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Summary:

There’s nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool’s Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped… Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That’s why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool’s Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that’s magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.
Gabriel’s memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year’s eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can’t stop sharing.
Gabriel didn’t think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse….

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Review:

This novella was actually really long and I liked the fact we got to understand more of Boylan family. This is the closing link in this trilogy and we got to see Gabriel falling in love and rediscovering his family.

Noelle we had met previously in this trilogy and she was hiding something, but never got to actually say anything about it with the other girls, but this time she met an infuriating man and he got to know her secrets. She didn’t do anything wrong, but life wasn’t easy either and now she’s starting new with her Christmas store.

This book is set during Christmas and I love the setting, the places and of course there’s always snow so everything is better. But this year Christmas was a little hard and Noelle needed help, so Gabriel was the perfect match because he was running from his family and trying to discover what to do with his future.

I loved this couple and of course meeting those other couples again. But the best part was Christmas and getting the family together again.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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Romance Review: A Cowboy to Come Home To by Donna Alward

A Cowboy To Come Home To

A Cowboy to Come Home To by Donna Alward
Series: Cadence Creek Cowboys
Publisher: Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 1460315545
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: July 1st 2013
Number of pages: 256
Source: Netgalley
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Summary:

Friendship?
Melissa Stone has done a fine job of avoiding her former best friend Cooper Ford. She was devastated when she discovered her husband was cheating on her, and felt doubly betrayed that Cooper had known all along….
Forgiveness…
But she can’t ignore him forever–especially now that they’re working together on a charity project! And as she and Cooper get closer again, she confides in him her plans to start a family–alone.
Fatherhood!
Cooper wants to be there for her this time–but would he really consider being the father of her baby…?

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Review:

I liked Melissa a lot, because after all the drama in her life she managed to land on her feet and create a new life. But she wants more and after her husband cheated on her she decided to create a new life all by herself, but things are not so easy and she is not happy.

I liked Cooper but he made a few mistakes, the biggest was not telling about the affair, because Melissa was his best friend, but her husband knew that he was in love with her and the drama was huge.

So he didn’t say anything and now a few years has gone bye and she didn’t forgive him, but he such a nice guy and things are heading a different way now that he wants to help Melissa.

I liked this romance and the way things changed after so many years. It’s always nice to see friends becoming something else. But Melissa fought a lot and Cooper never gave up.

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Series in Order

#1 – The Last Real Cowboy
#2 – The Rebel Rancher
#3 – A Cowboy to Come Home To
#4 – A Cadence Creek Christmas
 

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Romance Review: The Divorce Party by Jennifer Hayward

The Divorce Party

The Divorce Party by Jennifer Hayward
Publisher: Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373131895
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 17th 2013
Number of pages: 192
Source: Netgalley
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Summary:

“You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?”

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say “no” to.

Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.

Congratulations to Jennifer Hayward, winner of Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write competition!

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Review:

I loved this tory, both suffered a lot before realizing their lives would be better and without all the drama if they only talked and discussed their problems. Lilly tried so her to be perfect and never for one minute thought about sharing her demons with Riccardo.

I really liked the way Riccardo decided to change the destiny and make things right again, he never gave up, but he truly loved her, he made some mistakes and I realize he was wrong about some choices, but they both changed now and the year part made them see some things differently now.

I think the separation was good for both of them, because it gave Lilly some independency and made her more strong, and Riccardo needed this time to put some perspective in the way he was treating Lilly.

These two made me cry and I was really happy in the end, so this was a perfect romance and a debut too.

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Romance Review: Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre

Come A Little Bit Closer (The Sullivans, #7)

Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre
Series:
The Sullivans
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ebook
ISBN: 9781938127281
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: November 28th 2012
Number of pages: 400
Source: Bought
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Summary:

Movie star Smith Sullivan can’t afford any distractions. He’s staking his entire reputation on his new film…but he can’t stop thinking about Valentina Landon and the fire he sees smoldering just beneath the surface of her cool exterior.

Valentina isn’t averse to sensual pleasure, or even to the idea of finding true love, but as a Hollywood business manager she’s watched too many smart women fall for actors…only to be torn apart when the fairytale comes to its inevitable end.

But when intense weeks together on set turn their heated attraction into red-hot flames of passion, Smith knows he has to find a way to convince Valentina to let him get a little bit closer. Close enough to completely steal her heart…the way she’s stolen his from the start.

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Review:

Smith is always mentioned as the pretty one and he’s almost perfect, but I though his book would be boring. He’s an actor and very famous so all the girls want him, but this book showed a different side of his life and we got to see the person behind the movies.

He’s a decent guy and wanted to make a movie to change lives and send a message, not just for movie and we can see this project is really important to him, because he wrote and is also directing the movie, but I liked that in the middle of all this he decided to pursue happiness too.

Valentina wanted nothing to do with him and we can clearly understand her reasons, but Smith is such a nice guy and he pays attention to her needs and her pleasures too. He wooed her and she could not help, but fall in love with him and I don’t blame her a bit.

This was a nice book and I liked Smith more than Valentina. Her family is a bit insane and the end was a little rushed to me, but we got to see the rest of the family and a wedding too.

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Series in Order

#1 – The Look of Love
#2 – From this Moment On
#3 – Can’t help falling in Love
#4 – I Only Have Eyes for You
#5 – If You Were Mine
#6 – Let Me Be The One
#7 – Come a Little Bit Closer
#8 – Always on My Mind
#9 – The Way You Look Tonight 
#10 – Kissing Under the Mistletoe

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