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I am an avid reader especially of romance novels

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Hollywood Hero, Hollywood in Muskoka Series, Book 3 by Madelle Morgan

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Unrequited love is hell on earth

Personal assistant Wendy Davila is in love with her boss, Halden Armstrong, megastar of the Apollo superhero film franchise. But she can’t compete with the succession of stick-thin blond beauties he’s caught and released. Or can she? When Halden asks Wendy to accompany him on a fishing trip to Muskoka, it’s her chance to remake her dark-haired, curvy Latina self into his ideal woman and cast her hook for Halden.

Can he trust her?

Halden has been burned by love. The last thing he wants is a woman like his ex who faked it until she landed him. Wendy is special, and the private trip is an opportunity to explore his feelings for her. However, the Greek god has an Achilles’ heel. Can he trust Wendy with a secret that could ruin his career? And will she still care for him when she learns the truth?

When Apollo falls off his pedestal, Wendy must decide if the man she adores is a keeper.

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Fun but different at the same time 
Halden is a movie star and Wendy is his PA but things change when they go away together to a remote fishing lodge 
I liked Wendy, she knows what she wants and will follow that goal but is also cautious and almost nervous at times. She is fun and very good at her job but is not so outdoorsy which is kind of needed on their trip and seeing her navigate her away though made me more invested in her as a character 
Halden is good at what he does but because he is famous he loves to get off the grid sometimes. He has a secret that could possibly destroy his career but at the same time he does his best to work past that and be the best person he can be. I will admit that at times I hated Halden, he would do something to upset Wendy and it felt so awful but he does realise what he has done and does start to learn from things although it does take time. As a result however my view of him was quite up and down and it was harder for me to bond to him as a character 
I loved the wilderness and the descriptions of the locations as well as the excitement of catching fish and the relaxation that fishing can bring people and this made me feel immersed in the location and helped it feel more authentic to me 
Although at times I wasn’t sure about Wendy and Haldens relationship I did enjoy their story and seeing how they develop as characters throughout into the people that they could be 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story of love and romance in a fabulous setting but with some twists that could catch you by surprise 
AM 🐾 x

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Growing up, Madelle enjoyed nineteen summers at her grandparents’ cottage on Georgian Bay in the beautiful District of Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, named by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of their top 20 Best of the World Must-see Places.

Muskoka is Canada’s summer playground for many wealthy families and Hollywood celebrities. The Hollywood in Muskoka series updates the upstairs/downstairs trope: successful people in the film industry on vacation fall for service providers.

Madelle lives in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, with her husband and their labradoodle Raven. She dreams of owning a waterfront cottage. Or at least a pool.

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The Charity of Strangers by Alison Burke

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You can find almost anything in a charity shop, but can you find love?

You can certainly find friendship and there is both laughter and tears ahead when 19yr old Zaffron, lonely, anxious and without direction, meets Blaire Daintry, good-looking, charming, and gay.

Both volunteers in the charity shop, he has a hidden agenda, she has secrets,  but they are friends from the start, despite Blaire’s constant sparring with Ida, the stern, good-hearted older volunteer who Zaffron admires. And perhaps Ida has secrets too.

Together with other victims of the city’s housing crisis, Blaire and Zaffron set up a safe and happy home.  Secure at last, she tells him of the dreadful incident in her childhood that has marred her life, but not even his total acceptance gives her the confidence to start a relationship with an attractive and decent young army sergeant who falls in love with her.

Is it fear of the truth coming out that holds her back? Or is there some other reason, buried too deep in her heart for her to recognise?

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A story of self discovery 
This book is set around a charity shop in London, the people in it and how things can change 
The story is set from Zaffron’s point of view and as a main character she has been through a lot but she is trying to change her life and become the person she wants to be. Seeing Zaffy develop from a nervous and scared character to someone who knows what she wants and is in control of her life really caught my attention
There is such a mix of people in the charity shop and for so many their lives intertwine in ways that you wouldn’t expect. Friendships are formed and almost every character goes through a journey of self discovery looking at their lives and how things can change in a very short period of time 
This book wasn’t at all what I was expecting but it still caught my attention. The characters are the main focus and I started to become invested in their lives and what would happen to them as the story developed which kept me reading and wondering what twist would come next as there was always something that surprised me with each one of them
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story that looks at people and how they can come together in times of crisis whilst finding themselves 
AM 🐾 x

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I was born and grew up in Lancashire, gained several nursing qualifications and had the privilege of a long and varied nursing career, briefly in the Royal Army Nursing Service abroad, mainly in the NHS in UK. True love and a happy family came my way and now I have the time to  read, write and remember.

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A New Foundation by Rochelle Alers

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Engaging with a lot of character struggles 
Sonja has been hired by Taylor to catalogue the items in his families recently discovered mansion but it will bring about changes in both their lives 
I liked Sonja, she is good at what she does and has a veneer of being ok even when she is struggling with her past. Trust is the most important thing for her in any kind of relationship and understanding her backstory means that this makes sense and it makes her stronger as a character
Taylor has had people judge him on his past previously and this has made him wary. He is very protective of his family and wants people to like him for who he is not for what they think he can give them. He respects Sonja’s boundaries and empowers her to dictate their relationship and for me this really worked and made me start to love him 
So much of this story is written from Sonja’s point of view that it can at times be hard to get a read on Taylor which made it more difficult to understand him but at the same time allowed me to see more into Sonja’s life and how she develops into the person she could be 
I will admit to being a bit disappointed at the end as I really wanted to know what happens next, if they restore the building, what secrets they uncover and how it comes together but I think that’s just me and how my brain works in situations like this. I do think it would also work if this was part of a series looking at each of the siblings and how they come together restoring the mansion and as such I will be keeping an eye out for their stories 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance with a lot of character development with some secrets and troubles in their past but who will push past this to become lodged in your heart 
AM 🐾 x

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HORSEY MERE by David Blake

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The remains of a 17th Century witch, an MP found hanging above a five-pointed star, and three girls with powers beyond anyone’s control.

As DI Tanner and DS Evans endeavour to make plans for their big day, the chance discovery of Norfolk’s last known witch, tried and hanged by Norfolk’s infamous Witchfinder General, sparks a chain of the most horrific events, none of which Tanner seems able to stop.

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Totally gripping 
The discovery of a politician hanged above a 5 pointed star leads DI Tanner and his team into the world of witchcraft after if it is found that the politician was related to the last Witchfinder General of Norfolk 
This story is set mostly from Tanners point of view and I must say that I’m not sure if I liked him or not, whilst he is very focused and dedicated to his job but he also gets tunnel vision which can cause issues at times although he is very good at what he does 
This book caught my attention right from the start and had me wondering what would happen next as things started to become stranger but more addictive to read
This story had me twisting and turning so much and I didn’t see the final twist coming so it was a surprise but also made it more compelling and explained everything which has made me what to read more by this author as this was brilliant storytelling which connected to me emotionally and I felt invested in the characters and what would happen
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy crime dramas that will catch your attention and have you rushing to keep up
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

David Blake

Consistently ranked within the top 30 most read authors on Amazon.co.uk, David Blake is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written eighteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his nineteenth, The Wherryman, which is the next in his series of crime fiction thrillers after Broadland, St. Benet’s, Moorings, Three Rivers and Horsey Mere. When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.

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High Heels In The Highlands by Liz Hurley

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Clementine’s swapped a London flat for a Scottish castle – but will she get her fairytale ending?

After discovering they were heirs to an enormous fortune, the lives of the five Hiverton sisters have never been the same.

While oldest sister Ariana settles in Norfolk, Clementine heads up to the remote Scottish Highlands to move into the castle that forms part of their estate. Not bad for a girl brought up scrabbling for money in a tiny house in East London…

However, Clem quickly finds out that Ruacoddy Castle is falling apart, the neighbours – especially grumpy young farmer, Rory – are suspicious of her and the eccentric housekeeper, Ottoline, is still in residence.

But as Clem finds herself growing closer to the village community, even growing closer to Rory and forming an alliance with Ottoline, she realises that life in the Highlands might just be the change she needed.

She just needs to find out if Manolo Blahnik make wellies…

Take a trip to the gorgeous Scottish countryside with this utterly feelgood, romantic and hilarious read – fans of Jenny Colgan, Holly Martin and Cressida McLaughlin will love this!

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Full of drama and totally fabulous 
Clem’s family have inherited an earldom and a large number of properties and she has been sent to the highlands of Scotland to investigate the castle and to see if there is anyway to make it profitable or if it will need selling
I loved Clem, she is artistic, dramatic and with a quick temper however she has an amazing eye for fashion and finds that Scotland may actually be a perfect place to get her creativity going and allow her to have a show in London Fashion Week. Clem works so hard and she doesn’t take prisoners, if she thinks someone is causing problems then she will have it out with them but she is also incredibly loving and will protect those she cares about no matter what 
Around Clem are a fabulous cast of characters including the housekeeper of the castle Otto, who has a very mysterious past, and Rory, one of the local farmers who I would have loved to have more of the story from his perspective as he is our hero
This is a story where the past and present meld together to make a gripping and fast paced book that had me full of nerves at times and so hooked that I couldn’t put it down
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book that focuses on the characters and their personalities and who’s story you will become addicted to
AM 🐾 x

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Heroines with grit, gumption and good old-fashioned gorgeousness!
Liz Hurley writes exciting and heart warming stories that will make you cheer and laugh.

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The Warrior’s Innocent Captive by Ella Matthews

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An impossible choice:

His family or love

As steward to the Earl of Borwyn, Erik Ward had only admired sheltered noblewoman Linota Leofric from afar – until he has to escort her on a dangerous journey. When she’s kidnapped, he rescues the courageous beauty, revelling in finally having her in his arms. But Erik has a secret plan to reunite his family – now he’s forced to choose between that and his growing feelings for Linota…

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Fabulous and brimming with drama 
Linota has been kept in near isolation with her sister Katherine for most of her life but now her brother has married and the sisters are going to live with him and Erik is one of the people assigned to protect them on the journey
I liked Linota, she is kind, loving and adores her sister. The story looks at how she develops from a nervous lady to one who can hold her own and who knows what she wants. She challenged what I thought about her more than once and each time I loved her more because of it 
Erik is being blackmailed by someone intent on hurting his niece and everything he does is because of that however he does do some pretty awful things which made me go through phases of liking and disliking him. He is at heart honourable, strong, dedicated and talented at woodworking. He does what he can to keep Linota safe during everything, even rescuing her when he needed to but it made it so hard for me to get a read on his character although by the end I did totally love him
There is so much danger and drama in this book that it kept me on my toes and unable to stop reading. Linota and Erik captured my interest and heart and through everything I found myself routing for their happy ending 
Erik and Linota weren’t meant to get their happily ever after initially but they appeared in the previous books in the series and I’m so glad that they got a chance to tell their story and that I was able to read it
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance full of danger, drama and fabulous characters 
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Links

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Author Bio

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Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).

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The Greek Wedding She Never Had by Chantelle Shaw

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Love, betrayal and a family feud 
Eleanor’s grandfather left her his business when he died which included a hotel in Greece. Jace has been told that her grandfather conned his father out his half of the hotel. Marrying Eleanor is the only way he has any chance of regaining his birthright 
I liked Eleanor, she is a strong, smart, capable woman who has vulnerabilities making her so much more real. She wants to do what is best for her family, even if that means she ends up married to Jace, it’s just a business deal, right? 
Jace comes across as ruthless and willing to do anything to get the hotel back but as the book develops so does his character. He becomes more human with a complex story which explains why he doesn’t trust or believe in love, why he is so ruthless but at the same time it’s possible to see how he changes when his beliefs are challenged making him into a much more loveable character 
Jace is so caught up in the past that it dominates his story and colours everything that happens making the story more challenging to read but then something happens that makes you forgive him and fall in love with him again. They both develop so much throughout the story and by the end they feel so real and that had me addicted to this book
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance that challenges you but which will also captivate you and totally pull you in (plus some fabulous characters)
AM 🐾 x

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Mr Right Across The Street by Kathryn Freeman

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Mia Abbott’s move to Manchester was supposed to give her time and space from all the disastrous romantic choices she’s made in her past. But then the hot guy who lives opposite – the one who works out every day at exactly 10 a.m., not that Mia has noticed thank-you-very-much – starts leaving notes in his window…for her.

Bar owner Luke Doyle has his own issues to deal with but as he shows Mia the sites of her new city he also shows her what real romance looks like for the first time. And when he cooks up a signature cocktail in her honour, she realises that the man behind the bar is even more enticing than any of his creations. And once she’s had a taste she knows it will never be enough!

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Slightly crazy but still fabulous 
Mia has moved to Manchester to escape her obsessed ex boyfriend. In the flat opposite her is Luke who is also the local bar owner and who is interested in Mia right from the start
I liked Mia, although I will admit that I struggled with her at times. I get that she is incredibly insecure but she also jumps to conclusions so often that I end up going “seriously!!” in my head. Despite this, Mia takes to moving to a new area really well and builds a circle of people around her who are there for her when she needs them. She develops a lot throughout the book, becoming more trusting and more loveable, by the end of the book I really liked her
I loved Luke, he is handsome, charming, and incredibly good at his job. He likes Mia but is aware that he has to earn her trust before things can really develop between them. Luke’s personality changes as his character develops but that really works and he becomes more of a rounded person 
Because of Mia’s issues in the past she won’t give Luke her phone number so they start communicating through messages in their windows and some of these really made me smile and it allowed their relationship to develop at their own pace without the stresses of modern technology
Overall I really enjoyed reading this book, the characters and story caught my attention right from the start and I was desperate to find out what would happen next 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance set around a new start with characters who will capture your heart
AM 🐾 x

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Kate Freeman-58

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero.

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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Trouble For The Leading Lady by Rachel Brimble

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Bath, 1852.

As a girl, Nancy Bloom would go to Bath’s Theatre Royal, sit on the hard wooden benches and stare in awe at the actresses playing men as much as the women dressed in finery. She longed to be a part of it all and when a man promised her parents he could find a role for Nancy in the theatre, they believed him.

His lie and betrayal led to her ruin.

Francis Carlyle is a theatre manager, an ambitious man always looking for the next big thing to take the country by storm. A self-made man, Francis has finally shed the skin of his painful past and is now rich, successful and in need of a new female star. Never in a million years did he think he’d find her standing on a table in one of Bath’s bawdiest pubs.

Nancy vowed never to trust a man again. Francis will do anything to make her his star. As they engage in a battle of wits and wills, can either survive with their hearts intact?

The second in Rachel Brimble’s thrilling new Victorian saga series, Trouble for the Leading Lady will whisk you away to the riotous, thriving underbelly of Victorian Bath.

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A strange but gripping story
Nancy is a prostitute who has drama of being a star. Francis is the manager of the Theatre Royal in Bath and sees Nancy as the star of the play he is writing
I liked Nancy, she portrays a strong and confident exterior but is vulnerable and has been hurt in the past. She is loyal to her friends and those she cares about but is wary of Francis and those who promise her things. The more I learnt of her, the more I liked her 
Because I saw him through Nancy’s eyes, it took me longer to warm to Francis but his determination to make Nancy trust him and his characters development meant that I learnt to love him and be routing for him and his dream of seeing his story on stage
Francis grew up in the workhouse and his play is his life story with the aim of bringing attention to the workhouses and the conditions to those in positions of power and influence who may be able to enact change. I didn’t know much about the workhouse before this book and this has really opened my eyes to the harsh reality of what happened to people and even though I only saw a part of it, seeing it through Nancy and Francis’s eyes made it even more real 
Both Nancy and Francis have terrible pasts that still haunt them but they have risen up and become the people who they always could be
This book isn’t easy reading but it did grip my attention and I hope it will yours, as such I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a gritty life story that has the potential and power for pain but also of love and dreams 
AM 🐾 x

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Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 20 published novels including the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

In 2019 she signed a new three book contract with Aria Fiction for a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel. The first book, A Widow’s Vow was released in September 2020 followed by book 2 Trouble For The Leading Lady in March 2021 – it is expected that the final instalment will be released in the Autumn 2021.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

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The Bluestocking Duchess by Julia Justiss

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Drama, secrets and major changes, this book has them all
Alex is an estate manger for his cousin the Duke of Farisdeen and Jocelyn is the daughter of the estates librarian but a change in circumstances throws everything up in the air 
Jocelyn is an incredibly smart lady, she assists her father and brother with translations from Ancient Greek plays whilst also being a brilliant rider and teasing Alex. The more I learnt about Jocelyn the more complex she became and the more I liked her
Alex has a huge upheaval in his life but that doesn’t stop Jocelyn being the person he wants to be with, especially after he meets some of the London society brides! He is clever and knows what he is doing with the estate management. I will admit that as less of the story is written from his point of view it was harder to get to know him but he is a kind and caring person who knows what is important to him
Alex and Jocelyn’s story looks at what is important in their lives and how important it is to be who you are without having to compromise which is something that really transfers to modern times too. I did however struggle at times because there are time gaps which then resulted in decisions having been during them which did mean that I missed out on some of their development as characters in these important moments of their lives but overall I enjoyed this book and the characters themselves are brilliant 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical romance with fabulous characters who have huge personalities and who you will love
AM 🐾 x

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