Summer Escape with the Tycoon (Destination Brides #1) by Donna Alward | #bookreview @MillsandBoon

So… it’s been quiet here in a few days as I fractured my right hand and writing is not easy, but I cannot help myself as I absolutely loved Summer Escape with the Tycoon which I read mostly whilst I was waiting in A&E (pointlessly because it would’ve been 5h+ to be seen), and finished it whilst I was waiting in Urgent Care the following day.

Genre: Romance
Year Of Publication: 16 May 2019
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Pages: 192
My rating: 4.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“In this Destination Brides story, bidding on a Canadian adventure vacation results in the trip of a lifetime for divorce lawyer Molly Quinn in more ways than one… Paired up with gorgeous tycoon Eric Chambault, they’re pushed out of their comfort zones and closer together, until Molly can’t resist embarking on a fling. But as their vacation comes to an end, will their summer romance work in the real world?” [Goodreads]


Molly is a divorce lawyer and for the first time in her life takes an unexpected adventure break in Canada and that’s where she meets -again – Eric, a rich businessman that recently divorced. Although the characters sat at opposite ends, the chemistry between them felt real and it sparkled. Both Molly and Eric felt like real humans with real problems trying to figure out life and where to go from there. The characters grew a lot through the story and I really liked that there was no silly miscommunication trope happening and discussed like adults and it made the angst even more potent as real feelings were in the way, and old perceptions.

This book was written with maturity and I was glued until the end, needing to know how it all ended. It was easy to relate to the characters and I felt an emotional connection to both of them. The backdrop of the story was beautiful as well, transporting me to places I have never been.

I will happily read more from this author and recommend it to the Romance enthusiasts! Not one to miss!!

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Untamed Billionaire’s Innocent Bride by Caitlin Crews | #BookReview

Happy weekend, book dragons! What are you currently reading? I made a return to romance, because ya girl is kinda addicted to Mills and Boon… and discovered this little jem. The title is kind of corny, however the novel was surprisingly good.

“Dedicated personal assistant Lauren Clarke always does as she’s asked. Her latest task? To prevent a media scandal, she needs to find reclusive Dominik James – her boss’s estranged brother – and convince him to marry her! But in Hungary’s darkest forests she discovers more than just an untamed billionaire…Dominik’s brooding masculinity awakens Lauren’s long-dormant desire. Once they’ve exchanged their convenient ‘I do’s’, will innocent Lauren accept that their hunger can’t be denied…?”


Genre: Romance
Year Of Publication: 20/05/2019
Publisher: Mills&Boon
My rating: 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Review copy via Netgalley – Thank you Mills&boon

I adored the chemistry between this two, there is no denying that sparks are flying whenever these two are on the page. Lauren absolutely rocked my world in her high heels and no-nonsense attitude and I had a lot of respect for her, being able to stand up like that for herself. Yes, she wasn’t perfect, bending to her boss’s wishes and whims, but she wore her flaws like an armor. The image of Lauren striding through the forest in her tall heels, ignoring the pain because she does not believe in flat shoes will forever be etched in my mind, and I wish I’d be a little more like her (unfortunately I like my flats because being comfortable is my thing).

Now Dominik is just like the big bad wolf come alive from the fairy tales and she’s his little Red Riding Hood. He’s got all the attributes of my favorite heartthrob: tall, dark and handsome, but his wit and attitude are a great added bonus. Dominik is not the usual type of billionaire, he’s living a simple life in the forest, away from people until Lauren arrives at his doorstep and he is too tempted of her to resist the offer.

I lapped this story up with so much hunger it’s unreal. I swore myself a long time ago that no more reading until late at night on a work night… well, that went out of the window because I couldn’t and didn’t want to put it down.

By no means it’s not a perfect book, I wished for the ending to be a bit more different, I wanted Dominik to be more active since he demanded so much of her, but in the end I was still happy, especially after reading that epilogue. I also reallllly loved the Red Riding Hood references and the dark vibes.

If you are a fan of romance, totally recommend this one!

Xoxo
Jane

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#BookReview: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis

39939417Can you love someone who you cannot touch? Can you love someone when their touch can be death to you? Five feet apart explores the teenage romance when the odds are deadly.

“Stella Grant likes to be in control – even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.” [Goodreads blurb]

Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Year Of Publication: 20.11.2018
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Pages: 228
My rating: 4 stars

Five feet apart was a sweet contemporary romance between two teens with terminal Cystic Fibrosis and their struggles, both physical and psychological, in dealing with their illness, but also the disease that literally keeps them 5 feet apart. Stella loves being in control, whilst Will is the typical bad boy and I could not stop loving him. Both their characters have a lot to learn and understand about themselves, but Will is my favourite. Will is sassy and challenging, and I really liked the influence he had on Stella.

I listened to this as an audiobook and I really enjoyed it, however it could not stop comparing it in my head with The fault in our stars by John Green and Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon even if this one stands on its own two feet (or five), but something in me did not connect the full way. I struggled to feel the emotions that I knew that I should feel, but I didn’t; perhaps it’s because the plot was quite predictable and the ending we got was the only one that made sense and I knew it.

I would definitely recommend you to read this novel; I have learned so much about CF and I am interested to read some more about it now that I’ve read this.

Have you read it? What did you think?

xoxo
Jane

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#BookReview: The Spaniard’s Stolen Bride by Maisey Yates | Mills & Boon Modern

Hello, book dragons! As you can tell, I definitely felt the romance this February as I have yet another book review to share with you guys. I am a sucker for romance novels and I will admit it.


For notoriously ruthless Diego Navarro, kidnapping and marrying his brother’s shy fiancée seems a perfectly sensible way to secure his inheritance! Yet when Liliana Hart willinglygoes with him, Diego is reluctantly intrigued… Though the heat of their marriage bed is scorching, it’s the intensity of their connection that pushes Diego to the edge. But is it powerful enough to redeem this dark-hearted billionaire?

Goodreads blurb

Genre: romance
Year Of Publication: 1.02.2019 
Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern
Pages: 192 pages
My rating: 3.5 stars

Thank you Mills & Boon Modern for sending me a copy via Netgalley

As marriages of conveniences go, Diego kidnaps the fiance of her brother Matias and takes her to a private island. He needs a wife in order to inherit the ranch and destroy it. He is attracted to the virginal Liliana, but knows that he is not capable of love and will “ruin” her with his touch. All he wants is to possess her.

 

Liliana has been smitten with Diego for a very long so when he kidnaps her she is conflicted between wanting freedom and wanting to be with him, and most of all, wants to please her father, the only constant in her life – that until Diego proves to her that her father is not who she thinks he is.

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The story is hot and steamy, plenty of scenes of sexual enlightenment for virginal Liliana and I enjoyed their dynamics, Liliana holding her own more often than not. Sometimes I didn’t know how to feel about certain scenes which did not sit all that well with me and it took me some time to move past the premise that he kidnapped her and forced her hand into becoming his wife. I liked that Liliana still tried to make the best out of her situation and take control over her life to the best of her abilities when she did not have experience of being an independent woman; all her life she has been closeted under her father’s influence.

e7e19dc240b8e7a7d3eae2b68a8808ed5b423dfc6d072b01504592625aa325a8Diego has had a traumatic past which skewed his sense of right and wrong and everything he does is for his benefit and not for others. He admitted not knowing what love is or what it would feel like. At times, there are honest truths in his words, things that Liliana cannot understand or see blinded by her own desires and wishes, so this aspect of the story was very well done. I really enjoyed the dynamic between the two past the initial stages when I was still a bit iffy about the whole kidnapping thing and not being ok with that.

 

Overall, I did enjoy this story and gave it 3.5 stars; would’ve given it more but the kidnapping scenes and a few others did not sit that well with me, but the writing and the characters were really good, and the ending was perfect for the both of them.💖

Xoxo
Jane

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#BookReview: Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne| Mills & Boon

Hello, bookworms! Christmas may be long gone, but winter is not technically gone so I can get away with posting this. I for one am happy with thoughts of snow and a cosy, winter romance; I did read this before the holidays, I’ve just not had a chance to post my review.

Genre: romance
Year Of Publication: 2018
Publisher: Mills&Boon
Pages: 357
My rating: 3.5 stars

Thank you Mills and Boons for sending me a copy!


“Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a helping hand…for her sick young daughter’s sake as well as her own. But she’s not expecting her holiday hero to almost run her down with his car!” 

Goodreads blurb.

Snow Angel Cove is a small town romance focusing on Eliza and Aidan and I really wanted a pick-me-up kinda story, fluffy and fun, and it partly delivered on that. I struggled generally to connect with Eliza’s character, her prejudice irked me, her overthinking and overanalysing broke the flow of the story and emotional impact it would’ve had on me. On the other side, I really liked Aidan’s character, I could feel the depth of his emotions and I cared about him. There was a lot of emotional tension between the main characters, but in the end, I felt that their connection was underdeveloped and the “miscommunication” trope wasn’t enough to propel the story for me.

I felt it tried too hard to pull all the “weapons” to make you feel: the little girl with the heart condition, Eliza’s unexpected job loss… Everyone was also incredibly nice and understanding which did not feel very realistic and almost like a Hallmark movie (which I normally like, but made my teeth ache this time).

Overall, I enjoyed it and I would recommend it if you’re looking for a sweet, fluffy read set around Christmas time (although Christmas is long gone). Shame it did not reach my expectations, but I did enjoy reading it.

XOXO
Jane

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#BookReview:Her brooding Scottish heir by Ella Hayes

Her brooding Scottish heir was a fun, light read and I did enjoy reading it, although I did have some issues with it, mainly stemming from the plot, lack of character development and pacing issues.

Genre: romance
Year Of Publication: 27.12.2018
Publisher: Mills&Boons True Love
My rating: 2.5 stars


A kiss under the Northern Lights…
Running from her broken engagement artist Milla O’Brien retreats to the Scottish Highlands. Only to arrive during a lavish wedding on the estate!
She finds the bride’s brother and brooding heir, Cormac Buchanan. Could they heal each other’s hearts?

(Goodreads blurb)

At the heart of a romance novel (for me) are the two main characters so it’s very important for me to get to know them, love them and understand their motivations, goals and background story. In this novel, I felt that I did not get to know the main characters as much as I would’ve wanted to, we get to know why they are the way they are, but everything seems to be linked only in terms of the romance, rather than them as a person on their own right. Milla was slightly annoying on a lot of occasions when she was offered help, but for the sake of the plot, she was being more difficult than it was called for. I do not like it when I can see the plot creeping into what the characters say or do as it has to serve a purpose – hate that. Cormac had his own moments, especially towards the end when he falls into the usual tropes!

The plot was convenient and simplistic, “forcing” the romance the romance between the two main characters most of the time. There were also some pacing issues in there as well; for example, the “dark moment” when all is lost and no turning back was resolved in 2 pages and rushed to a happy ending that felt so unrealistic I wanted to scream. I could forgive a lot more, but I was very disappointed with the climax and resolution of this story. 2.5 stars.

I think that with some more editing and solving those plot and pacing issues, it would be a good novel because the writing was not bad at all, actually. I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters and the descriptive parts of it.

What’s your favourite romance novel?

XOXO
Jane

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#BookReview: Cinderella’s New York Christmas | Romance – Retelling

Hi guys! I am super excited to share my thoughts on my latest read: Cinderella’s New York Christmas by Scarlet Wilson. I love reading romance and Mills & Boons/Harlequin are my favourites when it comes to reading choices, but I WAS NOT expecting to love this book as much as I did. Are you ready?

Genre: Romance, Retelling
Publication date: Oct 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon / Harlequin
Pages: 256
My rating: 5 stars

cover144343-medium“Anissa Lang was going for gold when an accident ended her skiing dream. Now she’s cleaning mountain chalets–until she meets brooding millionaire Leo Baxter. He can’t resist whisking her to New York for a date, and under the twinkling Manhattan lights, these kindred spirits glimpse a new future. But they must confront their pasts before their Christmas wishes can come true!”

I honestly did not think that I would love this book as much as I did and I am super happy that I received an e-copy from the publishers to read & review it, and as always, my honest opinion! I know what I want from a romance novel and I rarely go wrong with my choices, but rarely comes a book so good that I know it’ll be a 5 start read immediately. I am so happy this book was written, is unreal! The blurb sounds really cheesy, but the book is sooo much more than that!

THE CHARACTERS….
MV5BMTk4OTIzNTc2OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTUwNzg0MDI@._V1_UY268_CR9,0,182,268_AL_Anissa and Leo are so pure, I cannot even begin to describe… Anissa is a chalet maid and sky instructor after a terrible accident whilst competing left her with long-lasting damage. She meets Leo on the slopes and they have this instant chemistry that translated so perfectly to the reader – I felt it in my heart! Leo is a powerful billionaire who just met his new family and is shook after hearing what his parents left in the will and just wants to forget about everything when he meets Anissa.

I love Leo so much! He is the walking trope of tall, dark and handsome – and filthy rich!, however, he has so much character depth. From the beginning, he is as honest as he can with Anissa and they are very clear on what the expectations are. He is never malicious in his thoughts and is genuinely interested to get to know her better, to go things that would make her happy just because he is that kind of guy. He has a lot of emotional baggage, but that doesn’t stop him from being a decent human being with her.

Anissa, on the other hand, is still suffering from the aftermath of her accident and her 2x_e73b2495-e6df-4add-9db4-25a033971abf_1024x1024inability to ski at the levels she used to and this creates a lot of physical and emotional pain for her. She is very mature and reacts like an actual human being to the events around her, always keeping in mind the feelings of others and how her actions could affect those around her. As the story progresses we get a lot more insight into who she is as a person and how she has to re-adjust and re-evaluate everything which ain’t bloody easy, let’s face it!

Anissa and Leo are so cute and good for each other. I really appreciated the portrayal of their relationship and how healthily they reacted to each other’s feelings. It was pure, and I was there for it!

THE PLOT…
The plot is really simple and straightforward as this is a modern retelling of Cinderella, so we kind of know where this is generally going, however, it had the best characters to pull this story forward and make the reader empathise and feel what the characters are feeling.

THE WRITING…
I really enjoyed the writing style of this novel, it read so different than the kind of romance I am used to reading. There are romantic tropes in this novel [duh! It’s a romance] but somehow it felt refreshing and new and pure.

THE ENJOYMENT…
If you haven’t realised by now how much I love this book, then I failed!
I recommend this novel from the bottom of my heart, this is by far my top favourite romance of the year and possibly of all times. I will be looking up Scarlet Wilson’s other works as well in the hope that I will find something as good as this one. As soon as this novel comes out, I am going to buy myself a paperback copy because I need to have this on my shelf!

Xoxo
Jane

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