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The Dating Game by Sandy Barker

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‘Hilarious and highly original’

Julie Houston, bestselling author of A Village Affair

Once upon a time, twelve women joined the hottest reality TV show looking for love. Except one had a secret identity . . .

Abby Jones is a serious writer. Or at least she will be, one day. Right now, she spends her time writing recaps of reality television under a secret identity.

When a recap for The Stag – the must-watch dating show – goes viral, her editor thinks she should be on set, writing the drama as it happens. The good news: the next season will be filmed in Sydney. Sun, sea and a glamorous trip abroad, this could be Abby’s big break.

The bad news: the producers don’t just want Abby to write the recaps, they want her to be on the show. Abby can’t think of anything worse than being undercover and followed around by cameras. But her career depends on it, and when she meets gorgeous producer Jack, Abby begins to wonder if this job might not be so bad after all . . .

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Had me laughing out loud! 
Set around a reality tv show filmed in Australia (which I loved reading about!) where ladies compete to win the hand of the man, Abby ends up undercover in the house but she isn’t overly interested in the Stag but instead producer Jack… 
Abby is a brilliant character, she is quick witted and smart but also insecure, she cares for those around her, especially her mum which I loved and her issues with lying to those around her made her feel so real and I could so easily picture her in my head, I may even know someone like her and I think that makes me adore her even more because she is such a genuine character
There is so much in this book that I enjoyed but especially the relationship that develops with the girls where they are all living in the same house. You seem to know what to expect when all of the sudden things end up all over the place which was fabulous but also slightly disconcerting
I loved this book, it had so many parts where I laughed out loud and I have bookmarked so many places in my kindle so I can go back and experience them when I’m having a tough time because I know they will make me chuckle! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance with a twist full of drama which will keep you on your toes 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

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Sandy is a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list, and many of her travel adventures have found homes in her novels. She’s also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob. She lives in Melbourne Australia with her partner, Ben, who she met while travelling in Greece. Their real-life love story inspired Sandy’s debut novel One Summer in Santorini, the first in the Holiday Romance series with One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins.

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Hot Desk by Zara Stoneley

Same desk, different days.

A post-it note is just the beginning…

Alice loves her job and wants to keep it – whatever the price. But then she’s told the company is switching to flexible working and hot desking…Alice’s desk might look a mess, but she knows exactly where everything is. Or she did. Until she found out she’s going to share it with the most annoying guy in the office.

Jamie can work from anywhere. He’s quite happy to sweep his work life into a box at the end of the working day. But can sharing a desk with Alice be as much fun as teasing her in person?

With no option but to try it and see, will their relationship turn into open warfare or will it ever progress beyond a post-it note?

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Full of twists and turns
Alice and Jamie kissed at Reading Festival and now years later they work at the same firm, Alice recognises Jamie and still really likes him but he doesn’t seem to remember her. Covid has caused issues at the company they work for and now they have to do a desk share…
I liked Alice, this book focuses a lot on her development as a character who needs to be more assertive and allows her to become the person she wants to be but there are a lot of road blocks that make her question the way things are. She is however incredibly creative, smart and fun as well as having collections of things that bring back memories and helped me as a reader to better understand her and start to love her
My main issue with this book was that it was totally set from Alice’s point of view and I would have loved to hear from Jamie, maybe a second book that looks at things from his side? That would work really well as I struggled a lot with Jamie, I didn’t “get” him that well and it took me a while to see what Alice saw in him and for me to start to adore him
I loved reading Alice and Jamie’s story, right from the very first page, and the twists, turns and drama both bought them together and pushed them apart whilst keeping me as a reader on my toes. There is also a brilliant cast of supporting characters, without whom the book wouldn’t have worked nearly as well and who made both Alice and Jamie come alive for me
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance full of drama with twists that will keep you on your toes and a story that will draw you in right from the first page 
AM 🐾 x

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USA Today bestselling author Zara Stoneley was born in a small village in the UK. She wanted to be a

female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up.

After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true, and

more than half a million copies of her books have now been sold worldwide.

She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you

laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Zara now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo, a cocker spaniel puppy and a

very bossy (and slightly evil) cat.

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From Ireland With Love by Liz Hurley

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Nick Byrne knows she’s the sensible one of the five Hiverton sisters. Independent, motivated, and successfully running her own business – she has never settled for anything less. And certainly, never used her family estate to give her a leg up.

But as an investigation is launched into her trading company, Nick’s world begins to crumble. Suddenly out of work, her mind wanders to her father – what would he do? She hardly knows anything of her orphaned parent and longs to find answers – some which will hopefully guide her.

With her newly gifted dog for company, Nick sets off to Ireland to retrace her family history. However, the high-flying city girl soon learns that every adventure comes with a few surprises – even in the shape of a romance.

Will Nick discover more about her father’s hidden past – or will she take home more than she bargained for?…

Be inspired by this feel good romcom, for fans of Trisha Ashley and Cathy Bramley.

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Fabulous
Nicoletta is a city trader who is being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority, she knows she’s innocent but someone seems to have something against her. She goes to Ireland to look into her families background and whilst there she meets Gabe and all of the sudden things aren’t as simple as they were 
I loved Nick, she is smart, calm and collected. She knows she hasn’t done anything wrong but the investigation still causes her a huge amount of anxiety which I think is totally normal! She has a really close bond with her sisters and they all rally round to support her when she needs them and she would do anything for them
I adored Gabe, he has been sent to Ireland by his father to follow Nick but instead he meets Letta who he quickly starts to fall for, not realising that they are the same person. He is really close to his twin brother and with his support he offers Nick the use of the house they are renovating to gain full independence from their father when she needs to get out of London. He was drawn to her right from the start and his nature means he doesn’t want to do anything to hurt her but when things get difficult, at each turn he does things that support her, even if she will never know which made me love him even more 
Family is a huge part of this book, both the relationships people have with them and finding lost family and I think this worked so well. It allowed Nick to escape and finding out about her fathers past helped her to feel closer to him and eventually better understand what had really happened. Gabe on the other hand has a troubled relationship with his father and his older half siblings but is close to his mother and brother and this influences him throughout the book leading to challenges and asking what is really important 
Nick and Gabes relationship isn’t hugely traditional given the amount of drama and the troubles they have but they are still pulled towards each other anyway. I found myself routing for them and so quickly got caught up in this book that I forgot it was bedtime! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance full of drama that focuses on family and which at times asks some difficult questions 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

Finalist for the 2021 Romantic Novelists Association Debut Romantic Novel Award for A New Life for Ariana Byrne

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

Author of
Dear Diary, a prequel to the Hiverton Sister series.
A New Life for Ariana Byrne. Book 1 / Hiverton Sister series
High Heels in the Highlands. Book 2 / Hiverton Sisters series
Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage. Book 3 / Hiverton Sisters series.

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One Last Kiss by A. S. Kelly

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Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Rian Kerry, and I’m in huge trouble.

This is how it happened: I had a crush. You know those teenage crushes, which I’m sure you’ve all experienced, too. It was that kind of crush that makes your knees tremble, that makes you blush violently and stammer when you’re with that person. One of those crushes that you assume you’ll just grow out of, the way the seasons change.

The problem is that my crush didn’t go anywhere. Actually, it only got worse, transforming into something absurd and unbearable, which no one could seem to understand.

Especially not him.

Because he’s off-limits. He’s barricaded himself within his walls, from a sense of fear and guilt. He’s locked up his heart forever, and seems to have no intention of letting anyone in ever again.

My friends, Jordan, Anya, and Holly, say that he just needs a little push. They say that he needs to learn to believe again.

But I don’t think he’ll ever be ready, because he simply doesn’t want to be.

He doesn’t want to believe.

Not in something like us.

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Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Parker Hayes, and I’m an idiot.

Yep, you heard me right. I’m a real idiot. And, I swear, that’s putting it lightly.

But I’m a lot of other things, too. I’m a fireman, and a single father to two cheeky, hyperactive six-year-old twins. I’m a brother to Tyler, another fireman – and another idiot – who always seems to stick his nose into my business. I’m a kind-of friend to Niall, yet another idiot with nothing to do but barge into my life, uninvited.

Let’s get back to the point, here: the reason I’m an idiot.

Well, it’s pretty simple. I’ve lost my mind. Literally. It happened again. I fell for it. With my head, with my body, and with the heart I was sure I’d never be able to piece back together after another inevitable disaster.

The problem is that she’s not like the others.

She bakes cakes with my daughters, laughs with them, and shows them her magic bag. They’re crazy about her.

And so am I.

And now she knows it, and I know it, and everyone around us knows it. But I can’t take that step. I can’t let everything go to start over.

I can’t live through this again – because this time, I won’t be left standing.

Not if she’s the one to break my heart.

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Loved it
Parker is a divorced father of young twin girls and considers himself a disaster. Rian is more than half his age but still really likes him but things in their lives may conspire to pull them apart 
I loved Parker, he is grumpy, stressed and anxious but he would do anything for his daughters, even if that means having Rian over to babysit them, the woman he hadn’t been able to forget since a kiss they shared a few months ago. He has a lot of baggage but he is also kind, caring and considerate, in essence he is the kind of guy who I would love to have in my life which I think is a huge part of what made me love him 
Rian is a brilliant character, she knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to get it. She cares for Parker’s daughters and seeing them together showed just how much she loved them. She did things with them like baking that they wouldn’t normally do and seeing their joy made her seem even more loveable. Rian is kind, caring and full of life, she is the kind of friend I would love to have and just the kind of person that Parker needs 
Both Parker and Rian change and develop so much throughout this book and the characters they are at the start are so different from at the end but this change is so blended into the story that I could see them becoming more themselves and out of their shells whilst also learning to trust
Their story has a brilliant cast of supporting characters, without whom the story just wouldn’t have worked and I wouldn’t have become so invested in Parker and Rians lives. They play such an important part that I have to mention them and some of the interactions, especially between Parker and Niall made me chuckle and pulled me even deeper into the story 
I totally loved this book right from the start and I would recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy a romance against the odds, with characters who will capture your heart and a story that will pull you in and not let you go
AM 🐾 x

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About A. S. Kelly

A.S. Kelly was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.

She’s passionate about English literature, she’s a music lover and addicted to coffee.

She spends her days in a small village North of Dublin, looking for inspiration for her next stories.

Rainy Days is her debut novel.

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The Knight’s Maiden in Disguise by Ella Matthews

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Risking her life

To save a knight!

Disguising herself as her late twin brother keeps Avva Carpenter, and her family, safe. Until Sir William Devereux arrives in her town. As the castle’s stable master, Avva can’t avoid the knight—or the desire he instantly stirs in her. He’s everything she never knew a nobleman could be: honest, kind, brave. When danger surrounds them, the only way to help William is to reveal her true identity, but can she trust him enough?

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Totally brilliant and fabulous 
Avva is masquerading as her dead twin brother Aven as the stable master for Baron Caerden and things are thrown up in the air when William, one of the Kings Knights, arrives to inform them of a royal visit but things aren’t what they seem 
Avva is pretending to be her brother because of the inherent danger of being a woman near Caerden and pretending to be Aven means that she can be relatively safe whilst also protecting her younger brothers. Avva is strong, determined and brilliant at what she does. She would do almost anything to protect those she cares about even if it puts her in danger, especially as being seen with William does. I loved Avva right from the start, she is an amazing character who I couldn’t help but adore
William is surprised by his attraction when he first meets Avva, believing her to be Aven and he had never liked men before but the more he got to know Avva the more his suspicions about her gender got stronger and he found out her secret. He is one of the Kings Knights but he also has a vulnerable side, he would give his life for the King and very quickly Avva becomes to mean a lot more to him than he expected. William is the kind of person I would want to spend time with, he is loyal, determined and dangerous whist also being so loveable
I totally loved this book, I was hooked right from the very beginning and unable to put it down. Their story is full of danger and drama and each page had me holding my breath and hoping that they would be ok, even if things seemed stacked against them
Both Avva and William know they have no future together, they are from different worlds, but it doesn’t stop them from being drawn to each other and between them they start to realise what is important in their lives, even when reality forces them apart 
I was hooked by this book from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. The writing style and the characters drew me in and had me so embedded in the characters lives that I could feel each thing happening as if it was real. As you can probably tell by now, I adored this book and as such I would recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy a romance full of danger, drama and friendship that will keep you on your toes and unable to put it down
AM 🐾 x

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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 Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake

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In the war against Hitler every secret counts…

Society heiress Evelyn Brooke-Edwards is a skilled interrogator – her beauty making her a non-threat in the eyes of the prisoners.

Farm girl Betty Connors may not be able to type as she claimed, but her crack analytical skills soon find her unearthing covert connections.

German ex-pat Judith Stern never expected to find herself listening in to German POW’s whispered conversations, but the Nazis took her father from her so she will do whatever it takes to help the Allies end this war.

Billeted together in the attic of Latimer House – a place where secrets abound – Evelyn, Betty and Judith soon form a bond of friendship that carries them through the war. Because nothing is stronger than women united.

Tucked away in the Buckinghamshire countryside, Latimer House, a grand country estate, stands proudly – a witness to some of greatest secrets of WW2.

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Absolutely amazing 
Evelyn, Betty and Judith have ended up sharing a room in Latimer House, a top secret war time facility hidden in the English countryside where higher ranking German prisoners of war are interrogated 
I loved the characters of Judith, Evelyn and Betty, they are from vastly different backgrounds but have come together in wartime. They challenge and support each other, they have come together to make a difference and they end up making lifelong friends, although each road has its hiccups. Each girl had her own skill set, Judith is a German Jew who escaped and came to Britain, Betty is a local girl with an extraordinary memory and Evelyn is a higher class young lady who travelled round Europe and who had a German fiancée before the war. Their talents mean that they each excel at their specific jobs and I think this helped me to love them even more as I could understand more about them, who they are, their hopes and dreams and the troubles they have endured 
I really enjoyed this book, it caught my attention right from the start and because it’s based on Latimer House’s real wartime purpose it felt so real and the lines between fact and fiction became blurred. I became so entangled in the story that I could see the characters and the situations in real life, they were there in front of me and I really didn’t want to let them go at the end of the book
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story full of secrets, drama and intrigue with a central circle of characters who will capture your heart from the very first page 
AM 🐾 x

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Jules Wake

Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury and not so luxury brands. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to hone her creative writing skills.

She writes best-selling warm-hearted romantic contemporary fiction for One More Chapter as Jules Wake and was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year 2020 with The Spark.

Under her pen name Julie Caplin, she also writes the warm and witty Romantic Escapes series.

Between them, the two Js have written eighteen novels, The Secret of Latimer House being the latest.

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The Travel in Between by Chloe Stevenson

While her friends were busy building careers, getting engaged and signing mortgages, Claire Baxter was busy travelling the world. Finding herself back in Australia with no degree, no career and no direction, twenty-something Claire is feeling a little left behind in life when she unexpectedly inherits her grandfather’s 1968 Kombi van. Falling in love with Rusty  Frank’s nostalgic if slightly impractical charm, Claire embarks on a new journey: to restore Frank to road-trip readiness with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and a grumpy, if handsome, mechanic.

As she juggles the upcoming wedding of one of her best friends and the relationship breakdown of another – all while navigating more than enough woes of her own in the love department – Claire finds herself trying to fix more than just a geriatric van with some concerning rust bubbles.

This millennial twist on Pride and Prejudice takes a refreshing, quirky and unashamed look at the unpredictable lessons that life throws at you when you least expect them – like when you find yourself creeping closer to thirty,  working at a coffee shop and living in a granny flat in your parents’  Canberra backyard. Those times in life when you find yourself questioning your own purpose in the world.

The Travel in Between is an honest and insightful Australian story about all those little things we don’t really think about but all experience when wading through the murky waters of love, friendship and family.

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Strange but gripping 
Claire has been travelling the world and now she is back in Australia, living in a granny flat in her parents garden deciding what she wants to do next. Inspiration strikes when her grandmother gifts her her vintage Volkswagen Kombi van called Frank 
I wasn’t sure on Claire, at times she seems quite shallow and self centred but then she would do something and I would totally love her. She is loyal to her best friends and would do almost anything for them whilst also being supportive and there for those she cares about. I did struggle with her romantic relationships, especially with George, because I don’t get enough detail about them to be as invested in them as I wanted to be
This book is more about Claire’s journey to become more herself, to understand what is important in her life and that jetting off round the world might not solve anything, instead a rusty Kombi van coming into her life might change everything 
Frank the Kombi van is such a key character that I couldn’t write this review without a mention of him. If you are anything like me then you probably won’t know what a vintage Kombi van is so have a quick look online, they are the old VW campervans that you see out and about. I loved reading about his restoration and the delight the characters got from seeing him up and running. Frank has a huge amount of charm and character and I ended up being so invested in him and the journey that he and Claire go on that I would almost be tempted to go travelling in a Kombi myself! 
This book is a story of self development and Claire learning what is important in her life. The book takes the reader on a journey which caught my attention and I’m sure will capture the hearts of many other readers. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book with a slight difference, a lot of fabulous characters and obstacles that need to be overcomes the characters can become the people you knew they could be right from the start
AM 🐾 x

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Chloe Stevenson lives in Canberra with her two fluffy mops, parading as dogs, and her 1977 Kombi Van Sadie. Chloe is a Communications Advisor, an Air Force Officer, a  terrible gardener, and a lover of literary, vintage, and wretchedly colourful things.

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Her Honourable Mercenary by Nicole Locke

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An innocent maiden


And a legendary warrior

When captured and held prisoner in an enemy castle, Margery of Lyon is guarded by brooding mercenary Evrart, who’s been commanded to watch her—day and night. Margery’s determination to escape brings her closer to Evrart and the kind heart hidden beneath his granite-hard body. Now Margery is torn… Fleeing under the portcullis will mean leaving behind the man she’s falling for…

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Loved it! 
Margery has been taken by Ian of Warstone to his fortress as his mistress and she is assigned Evrart, Ian’s personal guard, to protect and guard her 
I wasn’t sure about Margery to start with but she very quickly wormed her way into my heart. She is vulnerable and struggles with self confidence, she became a mistress to try and provide for her family but doesn’t know how to do much else. She is fun and playful but with her self doubts she felt a lot like a real person and her personality at times reminded me of me! She is determined but is also aware that she is something that people what to possess and this has coloured her world view and her relationship with Evrart allowed her to see that he liked her for herself and not how she looked which I think was so important for her character 
Evrart is huge and is used to people being scared of him so when Margery isn’t it’s a bit of a surprise. He isn’t supposed to be drawn to her but he can’t help it and he risks both punishment and danger when he spends time with her outside of the rooms she is meant to be assigned to. He is strong but also vulnerable, he is good at hiding his feelings and I’m so glad that there were a lot of opportunities to hear things from his point of view so I could understand him a lot better. He is honourable and determined and so many different things combined made me love him from the very start 
This book caught my attention right from the beginning and I was hooked. Margery is the sister of Beideluue whose story I had read previously and I loved being able to see the story from a different point of view and that Margery got her own story
This book isn’t a totally traditional romance and I think that drew me in even further. Even though I knew a lot of what happened from Beid’s story, and it can be read independently, there was still so much danger, drama and enough twists and turns that it kept me on my toes
I totally loved this book and would recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy a romance with brilliant characters which you won’t be able to put down
AM 🐾 x

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Nicole is the author of Harlequin/Mills and Boon Lovers and Legends Historical series. If she isn’t working on the next book, she can be reached at NicoleLocke.com, Facebook, and Twitter!

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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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