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The Greek’s Hidden Vows by Maya Blake

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An emotional whirlwind 
Christos is a ruthless divorce lawyer with a secret, to appease his grandfather and in an attempt to claim the private island he loved as a child, he secretly married his assistant Alexis
I liked Alexis, she is strong, confident and capable. She doesn’t let Christos walk all over her and she knows what she wants but she is also vulnerable with her hopes and fears shining through her personality making her seem more genuine to me as a character 
Christos only married Alexis because it was the only way to get his grandfathers private island and I think in a way that almost sums up a big part of his character. He is ruthless and determined to get his own way, he doesn’t let other people get in the way and if he feels like they have failed him then you really don’t want to be on the receiving end of his wrath. However his ruthless exterior hides the loveable and emotionally vulnerable person that he is which really helped me to understand him more and to very quickly adore him 
Both Christos and Alexis have major unresolved childhood issues that followed them into adulthood and which impact almost everything they do but I think that in a way, to me at least, this made them feel more real and genuine characters, especially as a big part of the story looks at those issues and makes them question their beliefs 
I ended up getting quite emotionally involved with Alexis and Christos lives and their story and this book also has some amazing locations that I would love to visit which I think helped to pull me in even deeper! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story with a lot of drama that will catch your attention set in some amazing locations that will have you dreaming of a holiday
AM 🐾 x

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Married for One Reason Only by Dani Collins

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A story of discovery 
Vijay is a security consultant and software developer who has come to Milan to try and get a DNA sample from model Oriel, who is suspected to be the secret daughter of a famous Bollywood actress 
I loved Oriel, she is a successful model but also a really genuine person. She adores her adoptive parents and has been with them since she was a baby and they love her and support her in whatever she does. She is strong and determined but also nervous when it comes to finding out about her birth parents which I totally understand and which made her seem more genuine and made me adore her more 
I’m not going to lie, I really didn’t like Vijay at the start of the book. He only went to see Oriel with one agenda, to get her DNA, and he seemed kind of creepy in the manner he went about it. However as the story developed and I understood why he did what he did and the reason for the underhandedness I started to like him more as a character. He would do anything for his sister and very quickly that grew to include Oriel, however his redeeming traits did get a knock back when he didn’t treat Oriel as well as she should and even though he had his reasons I struggled with it. He does however change over the book and by the end I did start to love him as a character and could better see what drew Oriel to him
Although Oriels adoption becomes one of the main parts of the story, I still really enjoyed reading about her relationship with her adoptive parents, the are a true family and whilst I could understand Oriels curiosity about her birth parents, she always knew that her parents would be there for her no matter what
Both Oriel and Vijay have trouble trusting, especially in relationships where they may get hurt and seeing them start to realise what is important and their emotions as things happen made them feel so much more real to me. I could totally see this story happening in real life and I think that, along with so much else, had me hooked and addicted to this book. I became so invested in the characters and their story and I wish that the book was longer so I didn’t have to say goodbye to Oriel and Vijay
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance with a lot of drama and some unexpected twists that will have you hooked 
AM 🐾 x

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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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Terms of Their Costa Rican Temptation by Pippa Roscoe

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Oh my gosh! 
Skye’s family have inherited an estate following the death of their estranged grandfather and they have been tasked with finding the missing family jewels within 2 months or the estate will be turned over to the National Trust but they really need the money as her mother is really ill and a postcode lottery means that she can’t get the treatment she needs on the NHS. There is a slight hitch, to find the jewels she needs a map that was hidden with another family and it is for that reason that she meets Benoit
Skye is a difficult character to like in the beginning, she has been looking after her sisters for years and denying herself what she wants to try and make those around her happy. I loved er development throughout the story where she becomes more of the person she could be rather than the one she feels she has to be
Benoit needs to marry before his 32nd birthday and Skye turning up in his life and needing the map his family have comes at a good time. He is so used to people being selfish and doing things for themselves and this does make him harder to understand but at the same time he has a great love for his aunt and it’s his loyalty to his family that makes him the character he is. Skye makes him look inside himself and challenge his beliefs just as he does with her and it works so well and made me love him as a character even more
The treasure hunt is what caught my attention initially but it’s the play between Benoit and Skye that sucked me into this book and wouldn’t let me go. They seem so different as characters but both are scarred by their pasts and it is only by being together that they have any hope of becoming who they deserve to be 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story full of drama, secrets and revelations that will capture your interest and not let you go!
AM 🐾 x

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Tempted by the Tycoon’s Proposal by Rachael Stewart

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A second chance…
With the single dad?

When hotelier Sophia Lambert finds billionaire Jack McGregor’s runaway daughter, a thank you dinner sounds harmless. Until Sophia finds herself tantalizingly attracted to Jack… The deeply desirable single dad re-awakens long-buried emotions in Sophia, but his jet-set life is beckoning. Unless Sophia can tempt him with her own proposal: to keep his feet on the ground…

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Sophia is facing every hotel managers worst nightmare, there is a child missing in her hotel, and not just any child, Lily is the only daughter of her richest guest Jack
Sophia is a brilliant character who has pushed herself to be the best and is manager at a prestigious London hotel but she has pushed aside her own feelings and emotions but when she meets Lily and her dad things start to change and it was really good to see how she developed as a person and became stronger in herself, what she is feeling and who she is throughout the book
Jack is used to being in control and even more so since Lily’s mum was killed. He is determined to keep her safe at all costs but he at times neglects himself and his own feelings which makes him a harder character to initially understand 
I think my favourite character overall however was Lily. She is a clever girl who loves the stars and she is the person without whom the whole story wouldn’t work. I think I adored her right from the start when she is hiding from the world and looking for stars, even in unusual places. It’s also thanks to Lily that there are so many locations that are visited including one I would love to go to myself!
This is an amazing and fabulous True Love debut by the fantastic Ms Stewart, her brilliant story telling from her Dare books has come across making this book unputdownable and something that I would recommend to so many people 
AM 🐾 x

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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Claiming His Bollywood Cinderella by Tara Pammi

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Vikram is a Bollywood star and head of the families movie business, Naina is initially his grandmothers assistant before she becomes his PA on a script writing trip to the Maldives 
I loved Naina, she is independent but vulnerable. She knows what she wants but she also has her own opinions on things and isn’t scared to fight with Vikram, even when the rest of the world just tells him what he wants to hear 
Vikram is aware of his power and position and will at times use them to get what he wants but he is also human and vulnerable. Naina makes him look at himself and his flaws but also the positives that she thinks of him 
Their fights and arguments had me addicted to this book and they allowed their characters to shine through as well as showing how they develop throughout 
I had a job on a Bollywood film once and I think this helped me to understand a bit more of some of the process but I discovered so much more about the industry and how things worked from a different perspective and it worked so well, and the only thing that made me put the book down was that it was the early hours of the morning and I had to be up soon! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance full of drama in a world not traditionally shown but which will pull you in and not let go 
AM 🐾 x

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Christmas in the King’s Bed by Caitlin Crews

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Calista’s father has blackmailed King Orion into marrying his daughter, an agreement he had with Orions father 
I liked Calista, everything she does is because of her sister Melody, she plans to oust her father from his company so he could no longer threaten her so easily. She doesn’t really want to marry Orion and thinks that she will probably call off the wedding once she has sorted the problem with her father but that’s before she got to know Orion as a person not as a king. She is smart and isn’t willing to let Orion have power over her which makes her treat him in a way that may be felt as disrespectful but which in a way he likes 
I loved Orion, he is determined to be a different type of king to his father and spends a lot of time trying to be in control and make himself seem kingly to the outside world as well as never breaking his word to his people, something his father did regularly. Calista isn’t what he expected and which takes him by surprise and seeing him develop as the kind of person who isn’t always in control, especially around her, was really interesting to see
Their story develops and has a few twists and turns that I didn’t expect as well as some that I could see happening which pulled me in and made me want to keep reading 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance with different characters coming together and clashing but also learning about themselves in the process 
AM 🐾 x

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Confessions of an Italian Marriage by Dani Collins

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This book has a fantastic opening line that had me totally hooked!
“Hell hath no fury like a woman whose husband faked his own death” started Giovanni and Freja’s story. Their initial meeting and time together was unusual and the details behind the story caught my attention as it’s not something you usually read in a romance novel. I’m not going to say more as I don’t want to spoil the secret
I liked Freja, she has travelled the world with her father and isn’t used to staying in one place for long, she is also independent and very smart but with a knack for doing things that threw Giovanni off balance that made me smile 
Giovanni is a deeper and complicated character who has had a difficult past and is very wary of trusting but somehow Freja slips in. He was harder for me to understand because I saw him from Freja’s point of view most often but as the story progressed and I started to see why he did what he did and the explanations he gave made him feel like a real character and someone who I could imagine doing what he does in real life 
I liked their relationship, it felt well matched and they were characters I was routing for. I’m not going to lie, some parts did annoy me a bit but they balanced out and I had more that I loved! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story with intrigue and drama with so much character depth and surprises 
AM 🐾 x

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Cinderella’s Royal Secret by Lynne Graham

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A very real Cinderella story! 
Izzy meets Rafiq while working as a cleaner in the apartment he’s renting and they spend a night together thanks to undeniable chemistry. Only thing is Izzy gets pregnant but what she doesn’t know is that Rafiq is the heir to the throne of Zenara
I liked Izzy as a character, she will do anything to help her family and is cleaning to try to make ends meet. She is strong and determined as well as being so normal and down to earth. Her behaviour is all linked to her family which includes her unborn twins and she would do anything to protect them, even moving to another country and possibly marrying Rafiq so her children can be heirs to the throne, but even then she still wants to train to be a teacher 
Rafiq is totally taken aback by Izzy and it was interesting to see him on the back foot and not totally in control as he likes to be. He has a complicated past which makes him a very deep character and harder to understand. At almost every turn there is something else that the reader learns about him which enhances your perception of him
I think a big part of what I liked about this story is that it is possible. It’s possible for a normal person to fall in love with and marry a prince. You don’t have to have a privileged background but instead you just have to be yourself which has given me hope! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a Cinderella story with fabulous characters 
AM 🐾 x 

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The Maid’s Best Kept Secret by Abby Green

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Maggie is a chef who is currently working as a housekeeper, a position her mother held until her death and Maggie was covering until a new person was appointed. The owner of the house was the incredibly rich Nikos but he had never visited until one fateful night 
I liked Maggie as a character, she’s strong and independent. She coped with every challenge thrown her way including a very unexpected baby! Everything she does is about protecting her son, making sure that he is safe, happy and most importantly loved
Nikos on the other hand was from a broken and very dysfunctional family and wasn’t sure what to make of his son especially at first. As the story develops the reader sees below his shell and he becomes much more likeable and it’s possible to understand more about what drives and motivates him
This book is more about people and character development rather than the background of where the story is set with them jet setting round Europe for a mixed honeymoon and business tour. Seeing how they change overtime made this a book that I enjoyed. It also reminded people that no matter how successful a person is they are still human and aren’t that different to everyone else! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book with huge character development and a really cute baby
AM 🐾 x

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