#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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