#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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Read 16 books in 30 days… A very late April wrap-up

Hello, fellow bookworms! Since the sun has been shining in good old England, I kept myself busy reading and writing on projects, so I’ve been neglecting you here for a little. I guess I also dreaded to do this wrap-up due to the sheer amount of books I’ve read in April. This also means that there’s a huge list of reviews that I need to write… *sigh*

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So without more faffing, the list of 16 books I read in April:

– I read a total of 16 books… including 2 audiobooks, 6 ebooks, and 8 physical copies.
– I read a total of 4909 pages.
– Average month rating: 4 🌟

5 Star books:

4-5 stars books:

3-4 stars books:

2-3 stars books:

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? Also, do you like to my wrap-ups like this, or would you like some brief thoughts on the books I’ve read as well?
xoxo
Jane
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Romantic February~ A Wrap-Up

Hello booknerds! Hope you good! I had an insane February month! I’ve been a bit AWOL as I have been very busy with personal matters, but now I have a lot more time, so good to be back. Although I have been busy in February, I still managed to find plenty of time to read. Most of my reads have been pure romance reads because 1. I was in the mood, 2. it was the perfect de-stresser to a very stressful month!

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So without further ado, let’s see what I read:

~ read 10 books: 3 paperbacks, 7 e-books
~ average rating 3.5🌟
~ 3426 pages read~ Highest rated books: 5🌟 The Witch’s Tear & The Witch’s blood by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. I love this series! (Don’t forget to check out my giveaway for The Witch’s Kiss).

First book I finished reading was Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas and I gave this 3.5 🌟. The beginning was so slow, I wanted to punch this book through a wall, however midway things started happening and I struggled to put it down. Again the lack of communication and implied baddasery was hilarious (not in a good way), but the book, especially after 50% was better! A lot better!

Then I read a lot of romance; thank you Mills and Boons for existing! I’m shameless in admitting that I love reading these kinds of books. They relax me and the angst is my favourite part, so yeah! Some were better than others, so my ratings are as follows: ~Eligible greeks 3.5 🌟 ~ Redeeming the playboy 2.5 🌟 ~ Valtez’s bartered bride 3 🌟 ~ The secret child & the CEO 2 🌟

33259027The Dutchess deal by (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare was a really fun, enjoyable romance read. The main characters were funny, witty and charming and I enjoyed their interaction. The plot was quite simple, but somewhat believable as Emma was not the kind of girl to just roll with it, she was clever and knew what was in her best interest, and marrying the duke was. There were some scenes that were a tad ridiculous like the scene with the cat when it attacked the duke. He also seemed to have overplayed the emotionally scarred dude role up to some point when this got better. Overall, this was a great fun, enjoyable read and I have this  4 🌟 as it was one of my favourite purely romantic books in a very long time! Also…. this cover!!!!

What have you read in February? Did you feel the romance? Any good recommendations?

BTW, I am totally obsessed with this glass from Enchanted Fandoms (link Here). I am absolutely obsessed since she made it for me for my birthday.

Xoxo

Jane

January Wrap-up: The Power, The Witch’s Kiss, Siege and Storm, and 9 more

Happy Sunday my dears! I’ve been a little quiet these days as I was really busy and yesterday was my birthday so barely had time for Social Media. I’ve had a great time and I really enjoyed spending time with the family and doing new things, stepping out of that comfort zone. Pretty pleased that I had the time to take some new shots as well, so all is good now. Check out my instagram for daily bookish content.

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January it was a really productive month as I managed to read a total of 13 books! Wow! This follows up from the December when I read a total of 14 books so I am pretty pleased with myself (not that it is a race). I had a lot more time in January and I’ve been in the mood for romance, so that made it easier to read as many. So without further ado, lets get into it:

Books read: 13
Pages read: 3911

1 to 2 star books:

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Firebolt by Adrienne Woods was a 1⭐; story started well and hooked me right in, but the characters were extremely weak, and the plot was nonexistent, the writing didn’t do much to elevate the story, and lots of information dumping. Full review here.

2 to 3 star books:

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A price worth paying by Trish Morey and Wedding at Sunday Creek by Leah Martyn I rated them at 2.5 ⭐ as I did enjoy the love stories, although very predictable.

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz I rated at 2.5 ⭐ as well because although I did enjoy the first half of the story, I could not shake the feeling that I was reading Pride and Prejudice and not as good.

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3 to 4 star books:

Snowbound surprise for the Billionaire by Michelle Douglas I rated 3 ⭐ as I did enjoyed it, it had the angst, but I wanted something a little more from it.

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I also gave 3 ⭐ to Fallen by Lauren Kate as I finally managed to finish reading it (3rd time the charm!) and it took me 2 days?! I ended up enjoying the story and will probably pick up the next book soon, however there were certain things that did NOT make any sense to me, and had some issues with the huge amount of missed communication throughout the story. The love triangle didn’t help either…
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Elemental Claim by Miranda Grant was a 3.5 ⭐ as I really liked the characters, the story and the mythical world, although for me it did not quite work the multiple POV’s.

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A Veil of Shadows by Michael W. Garza I gave 3.5 ⭐as well as it did not captivate me as much as the first book in the series, although the writing was good, and the characters were likeable (a full review will follow soon).

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I gave 3.5 ⭐ to Angel’s blood by Nalini Singh as I enjoyed the story a lot – read it in two days -, the characters were likeable, the angsty romance was there, however there was something lacking and sometimes the main character was overdoing the badass act which she didn’t need to maintain 24/7; she was human afterall!

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Another 3.5 ⭐ for Unfed by Kirsty McKay, this was the sequel to Undead which I loved back in December, and although it was really entertaining, and the bad guys upped their game, sometimes the characters got way too lucky in their attempts to escape and quite predictable at times. I am really gutted that there is not book 3.

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4 to 5 star books:

I really enjoyed Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo so I gave it 4⭐. The magical system and the romance made me swoon completely. I am not a huge fan for court intrigue, but I did not see that one coming! Loved it!

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The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine Corr and Elizabeth Corr I rated 4.5 ⭐. I loved Merry and Leo as characters, and Merry’s character arc was really well done, although I would’ve wanted to see a bit more of Leo. I really enjoyed the magical system and although Merry is “the chosen one” it is explained as to why this is, follows logical sense. The romance was really sweet and flowed nicely. I could completely understand why Merry took some choices. So if you are looking for your next fantasy series read, look no more!
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The power by Naomi Alderman was a 4.5 ⭐ that I loved to bits! The story is incredible, with complex characters and beautifully woven story. I really loved the themes that emerged and Naomi handled some really difficult topics very well. This is the kind of book that you put it down and can’t stop thinking about it! Totally recommend it!

So that’s it for my January reads, guys! Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think?

Xoxo

Jane.

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My awesome December TBR!

It is December and I cannot believe it! I do not know when time passed by because I am so not prepared for Christmas. What I am prepared for is being off work since the 14th of December! YASSS!!

And because I am never shy of taking loads of projects on and adding more hobbies into my life, December it will be a fully creative month and I will attempt to incorporate a lot of awesome stuff for January. I will do a full blog post on this towards the end of December as it will make a lot mores sense then.

So without further ado, my December TBR (🥁🥁🥁):

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So the first book that I wanted to read was A monster calls by Patrick Ness and I have already read it and let me tell you guys… IT WAS AMAZING! It gave me all the fells and it was… Ah! Buy it, read it, and thank me later!

I then picked up Harry Potter as I have never read it! Yeah, I know. I only read the last book because I really wanted to know what happened before the last movie. But I am hellbent on setting in right and reading the whole series. I might do mini reviews on each of them as I see them as an adult. Would you want to read that?

And because I like reading more than one book at a time, I have also picked up Twelve Days of Christmas and so far I am liking it. I only read like 20 pages so nothing is quite happening yet, but I am looking forward to read more. I love my some Xmas romance!

Next I know I will pick Murder on the Orient Express as I have read this book more than 10 years ago and I am looking forward to read it again. I never read it in English so that will definitely be interesting. I saw the movie and totally loved it. I obviously knew the ending, but I loved everything in between the the characters were very well portrayed.

I have a lot of romance novels set during Christmas time because if now now, when? I love Xmas romance so really looking forward to read them. FYI, I watch and read Xmas romance at any time of the year, but reading it around Xmas makes me feel a little more normal. Lol.

So that’s it on my OFFICIAL TBR! As you guys know I have an unofficial TBR as well which are the books that I pick up to read on a whim because they are fit for my mood. I will upload this weekend my wrap-up as I have read a lot of amazing books this November!

XOXO

Jane!

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