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Desere • 1 year ago

Coffee & Cake with...Heidi Rice

"A hero is one that pays attention to the needs of others, and gives special attention to the small things. Instead of diamonds a note that says I love you or a stunning dress left with a note saying "Dinner is at 7 wear the dress love xx" means more than big gestures. And your hero's are all stunning in their own unique way keep them coming ! "

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Lost in Romance #1 - The Musketeers and Sherlock

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Picture of The Millionaire and the Maid
rating by Desere, Mar 24, 2015
"Every time I receive a new Michelle Douglas I know that I am in for a guaranteed treat. Stunning, deep heartfelt emotion, memorable characters, a romance story that will make my heart soar and my mind wander into the world of blissful romance. And every time I tell myself, that there is simply no way the author could make this book any better than the last , yet she has amazed me time and time again, this time was a complete surprise, because I walked away from this read with so much more than I have ever done before. The read tells of housekeeper Jo Anderson, she gets the shock of her life when she meets her new boss. Six months ago millionaire Mac MacCallum was a charismatic celebrity chef, now he's scarred and reclusive. So the very last thing he needs is determined Jo to make him confront his demons, especially when she very clearly has her own. But when Mac can clearly see Jo feeling like the plainest woman in Australia he recons he might be exactly what she needs to find her special flair. By now I am sure you have already pretty much figured out that Mac is the one who let's Jo feel beautiful and makes her feel just as special as any girl could with the right words, the right looks and the right actions. And that Jo is the one who pulls Mac from his sudden recluse, you are absolutely correct, and I agree is sounds like a story line that has been done before and it most likely has, but the difference is that this time it was written by Michelle Douglas. And as I have mentioned this author fills a read with deep heartfelt emotion, memorable characters and a romance story guaranteed to make your heart soar, so you take all of that and add in the author's pure magical flair for twisting and turning characters into something you thought they might become but never really knew the joy it could bring when the time for change actually comes, and you have a ' rescue me and I 'll rescue you" romance that will stay in your heart for a long time coming. The characters were both strong willed and determined to make themselves known, from page one there is no avoiding them, the author let them reach out from the pages and drag me in, demanding I listen to them, feel their emotions and want to get involved in their lives, and listen I did and with each emotion I felt I became more hopelessly trapped in a world I never wanted to leave, I cried my eyes out when the read ended, tears of joy for the characters finally reaching their hard fought for happy ending, but also tears of sadness that their story has come to an end. This gorgeous romance is set against the perfect backdrop, the descriptions used by the author made it felt as if I was right there, I could see the house, I felt the wind rustling through the trees, smelled the fresh air and I could touch the sunshine. I am taking away a message of guilt is guaranteed to send even the strongest of people into a slump , hiding out from the world. And guaranteed not every woman feels beautiful until she is able to see what others see. So what is one meant to do when guilt sends you running or your beauty is simply something others see and you spend your entire life trying to see? The answer is a simple one, love! Love will let you get back on the right path after guilt has sent you astray and love will let you see what has been there all along, all you need to in both instances is risk, believe and you will achieve happiness. I recommend this read for all fans of romances that are perfect in every single way. 5/5 star review " He sees the real her, she sees her change to free him " "
The Millionaire and the Maid by Michelle Douglas
Picture of The Millionaire's Proposition
rating by Desere, Mar 21, 2015
"I have from book one been a huge fan of this author's unique fun and quirky way of writing, she is somehow able to take a totally fun heroine , add in a " I am going to kill this man" hero , mix it all with a smashing setting , add a large dose of " I did not see that coming" twists and turns and in the end it's the perfect pick me up read, not every author out there is able to pull it off. So of course I totally squealed with excitement when I found this gem in review request box, you hear that , yep that's me still squealing ! This read is a ' friends with benefits arrangement read, two nights a week, strictly confidential and for one month only. Sounds dangerously exciting, well it was meant to be, but lawyer Kate Clearly is so buttoned up that she hears millionaire architect Scott's proposition and immediately whips out a contract for them both to sign, thus kind of taking the thrill out of the entire set up. But Kate is no dummy, because when Scott sees her in high heels and stockings she has him right where she wants him and all he can do is sign, and the danger - thrill level soars right back up! Being in the business of ending marriages means that Kate is pretty much jaded about relationships, and thus she is ready to make sure that her little " complicated enigma" aka hotter than hell Scott , will be a complication she solves very quickly before walking away. One one little flaw in her master plan, she 'll have to break her own watertight contract in order to walk away. First things first , the banter between Kate and Scott was simply put , bloody excellent, as in I was totally addicted to it. It is not every M&B book that I pick up that has this level of boundaries being pushed, it was absolutely electric. The author showed her magic again but ensuring the book is fun, flirty and really hot!! The characters were all the kind that you know exist in real life, but you never get to go inside their minds, you can't hear their thoughts, you can't see behind the image they show the world and if you are anything like me, you will understand when I say that it is a truly irritating thing to know you need to get into the person's soul in order to really understand them, but you just can't breach that wall. The author took me deep into the minds, the thoughts and the emotions of the characters and I was thrilled beyond belief. A really sexy and I mean really sexy read filled with just the right amount of humor to keep you laughing and enough emotion to really get you thinking. The perfect " hero is a little screwed up, heroine needs to be knocked down from her pedestal sexy romance explosion " read. And I cannot end off without telling you about the totally romance perfection ending, it sent my heart soaring, my mind racing and wishing I could be Kate, Scott you rock! 5/5 Star review " One month, one contract , two hearts racing towards the ending""
The Millionaire's Proposition by Avril Tremayne
Picture of The Millionaire's Proposition
rating by Desere, Mar 21, 2015
"I have from book one been a huge fan of this author's unique fun and quirky way of writing, she is somehow able to take a totally fun heroine , add in a " I am going to kill this man" hero , mix it all with a smashing setting , add a large dose of " I did not see that coming" twists and turns and in the end it's the perfect pick me up read, not every author out there is able to pull it off. So of course I totally squealed with excitement when I found this gem in review request box, you hear that , yep that's me still squealing ! This read is a ' friends with benefits arrangement read, two nights a week, strictly confidential and for one month only. Sounds dangerously exciting, well it was meant to be, but lawyer Kate Clearly is so buttoned up that she hears millionaire architect Scott's proposition and immediately whips out a contract for them both to sign, thus kind of taking the thrill out of the entire set up. But Kate is no dummy, because when Scott sees her in high heels and stockings she has him right where she wants him and all he can do is sign, and the danger - thrill level soars right back up! Being in the business of ending marriages means that Kate is pretty much jaded about relationships, and thus she is ready to make sure that her little " complicated enigma" aka hotter than hell Scott , will be a complication she solves very quickly before walking away. One one little flaw in her master plan, she 'll have to break her own watertight contract in order to walk away. First things first , the banter between Kate and Scott was simply put , bloody excellent, as in I was totally addicted to it. It is not every M&B book that I pick up that has this level of boundaries being pushed, it was absolutely electric. The author showed her magic again but ensuring the book is fun, flirty and really hot!! The characters were all the kind that you know exist in real life, but you never get to go inside their minds, you can't hear their thoughts, you can't see behind the image they show the world and if you are anything like me, you will understand when I say that it is a truly irritating thing to know you need to get into the person's soul in order to really understand them, but you just can't breach that wall. The author took me deep into the minds, the thoughts and the emotions of the characters and I was thrilled beyond belief. A really sexy and I mean really sexy read filled with just the right amount of humor to keep you laughing and enough emotion to really get you thinking. The perfect " hero is a little screwed up, heroine needs to be knocked down from her pedestal sexy romance explosion " read. And I cannot end off without telling you about the totally romance perfection ending, it sent my heart soaring, my mind racing and wishing I could be Kate, Scott you rock! 5/5 Star review " One month, one contract , two hearts racing towards the ending" "
The Millionaire's Proposition by Avril Tremayne
Picture of It Happened in Paris...
rating by Desere, Feb 21, 2015
" What started with a kiss could end with forever! Avery Girard might have sworn off men, but she can't seem to help herself when Valentines Day rolls around, she's in the city of lights, Paris ! And as everyone knows it's hard not to notice all the beauty, magic and pure romance Paris is able to bring to life, even when it's not Valentines day. So naturally Avery much like any girl would, is lost in the moment and ends up spending Valentines Day with totally hot and totally irresistible Dr. Jack Dunbar, it's just one tiny little fling and that 's never hurt anyone, right? Wrong!! After an afternoon of beautiful passion , Avery discovers that Jack is actually the cardiologist she is meant to be assessing, awkward! Even more worrying is when it comes to Jack, she's not only close to losing her perfectly perfected professional cool ,she's close to losing her heart. This read was done in true Robin Gianna fashion, heartfelt characters, that were so realistic I just wanted to wrap them up and , keep them inside a little snowglobe forever! It's the kind of romance one simply cannot ever forget. Both Jack and Avery have had more than their fare share of hurt in the past, but am sure all readers will agree with me that when the setting is right , the hurt from the past seems to magically melt away and it's only when morning comes that the magic fades and reality rears it's ugly head. That is exactly what these characters go through, from romance and passion to " Oh, oh, how did this happen?" . The author captured the emotions of the characters with stunning clarity, I was right there for the romance is in the air, to the blazing passion and the past coming back to haunt them, simply amazing job Robin. I am taking away a message of sometimes we end up in the right place at the right time, it does not seem to be the right place or right time at all, but you need to be able to trust life's little here and there steering's and come to realize that there is a reason behind it all, don't walk away , trust your heart not the past. A highly recommended read. 5/5 star review " She's the light he needs, he's the hope she craves " "
It Happened in Paris... by Robin Gianna
Picture of The Sheikh's Sinful Seduction
rating by Desere, Feb 17, 2015
"No emotion or feelings are allowed to color the judgement of Sheikh Zafir, his carnal desires must be curbed for the sake of peace in his kingdom. But his control is tested beyond it's limits by the feisty Fern Davenport, he must have her ! Innocent Fern Davenport tries to resit the Sheikh's skillful seduction, she knows he can never marry her. But under the blistering sun an incendiary thirst awakens and one incredible night results in a very lasting consequence. Now the disgraced Sheikh must claim his heir and his bride! This was a very nice easy flowing read with great and realistic characters. A wonderful plot with some really interesting twits and turns that I expected from the author, as she does the whole twisting and turning thing in many of her reads, but what surprised me is that it was not the twists and turns I thought it would be, I would expect one thing to happen and completely the opposite would happen, absolutely fabulous work Dani! I felt really sorry for the character of Zafir, giving up what you want is never easy, it 's even harder if you have to give it up simply because it's what your country expects of you, and far worse when it's something that has become a vital part to your existence. So when the author let Zafir stand up and take a leap towards pulling an already complicated relationship to some form of normality , I really admired this hero. Through this character the author showed that sometimes pushing just a little harder than usual can have the end results needed towards the first step to freedom. Fern was a very kind and sweet heroine, think white puffy clouds and sweet strawberry ice-cream, yes she had all those sugar coatings needed to me her a very likable heroine. Of course she had her very own set of issues , but instead of making seem like one of those " sweet, kind and shy yet a little too innocent to the extent that she cannot stand up for herself" kind of heroine, which quite frankly I have never cared for, she was the opposite. A strong yet kind heroine, not too shy to be pushed around and smart enough to 'nail' Zafir when he most needed to be given a bit of a slap. Through this character the author showed that the innocent are only innocent until the they are pushed too far, that's when they start fighting back and the results is a person that can never be forgotten or easily trampled to the ground. I recommend this read for all fans of Dani Collins books, it was sinfully sexy and took me on a incredible journey of love conquering all. 4.5 star review " He wants her, she wants him, but can they prove to the world that they truly need each other?" "
The Sheikh's Sinful Seduction by Dani Collins
Picture of The Taming of Xander Sterne
rating by Desere, Feb 16, 2015
" Six weeks ago a car accident left Xander Sterne with a broken leg and to his disgust also the need for live in assistance. But to his surprise help arrives looking like he never expected. Exquisitely tempting Samantha Smith, is Xander's dream come true, well if you count the bed " em and leave 'em dream that is, broken leg or not he will have her! With her boss launching a flirtatious and very persistent assault on her senses , Samantha has to push really hard to try and stay professional and unmoved by Xander's skillful seduction. But then she starts to wonder just how long it will be before he convinces her to join him in refining the meaning of personal assistant. If you are ever in need of a warm, sensual, blissful romance read, this one is perfect! The chemistry between Xander and Samantha really was all things sugar and just a little bit of spice. Both characters had a really great mystery feel about them, making it one of those couples you immediately want to dig out from the sand and start dusting off the layers to reveal just exactly what his hidden, and trust me the layers the author wove around these characters were sensational! And Xander, oh my delicious, mysterious, smoldering hotter than hot Xander , what a man! He comes off as a really nice guy, and seems very open but in actual fact is quite dark , dark to the point were he started to at one stage worry me just a little, but in true Carole Mortimer fashion she brought the real Xander out and it was simply spectacular ! Samantha was a really great heroine, smart, funny and she had just enough feistyness to make me like her, not too much to be a total " I want to get rid of this heroine, as in kill her off!" and not too little to make me want to shout " Get some courage girl!" , just perfectly done Carole! I am taking away a message of when people are really in your corner, the biggest mistake you can make is to assume they are doing it simply because they feel sorry for you, communication is the only way you will ever be sure, so push for that answer , yes it could very well be not what you want to hear, but at least you will then know. And most importantly don't let the most important person in your life walk out the door, once they are gone you might not be able to get them to come back. I recommend this read for all fans of sweet and sensual reads filled with that special Carole Mortimer magic! 4.5 star review " Together they make the journey to happiness""
The Taming of Xander Sterne by Carole Mortimer
Picture of The Redemption of Darius Sterne
rating by Desere, Feb 15, 2015
"Formidable tycoon, Darius Sterne has built a global empire and he always get's what he wants. Always. And what he wants right now, is ex ballerina Miranda Jacobs, in his bed and sighing out his name in pleasure. Virginal Miranda can't resist the allure of the brooding billionaire, but the closer he pulls her the more he threatens the barriers she's very carefully constructed to conceal the scars that lead to her past. But is Miranda the only one hiding pain? Or is there more Darius? As the dance of passion begins so thus the redemption of dark and damaged Darius Sterne. I have been a long time fan of this author's work , and the more I read the more I want! She has an amazing talent for taking a " it's been done before" plot and twisting and turning it into something new and fresh , I realize that might not make a lot of sense, but believe me it is the honest truth. There have been many books about ballerina's and hot rich men meeting and after a time becoming a couple and then voila , romance read. But what this author did was give the main characters more flair, both were more alive and realistic then I have found in some other similar reads. The character of Darius is the typical dark, dangerous hero closed off hero, with the dreadful past, but instead of being completely disconnected from his family , as in other reads, Darius is close to his twin brother, they share the same pain and the same secrets and that touch was one I particularity enjoyed. It is not often that I find a read where the hero is at least talking to someone, well before he get's to the being part of being open with the heroine, we all know that takes a while. Through this character the author showed that we all have a past we wish we could simply make go away, but it's always there, lurking in the dark and ready to pounce when we least expect it, but courage to face up to it is the main key. The character of Miranda was sweet, kind and not at all the kind of woman one would think would get involved with a hero as dark and dangerous as Darius. You would expect her to be with someone more sweet and sensitive , not cold and nearly completely closed off, but of course this happens in Hp reads all the time and it's what us fans thrive on! The difference between her and other heroines in similar settings? She was incredibly strong, most woman in her position would fall over and simply not even try to get back up, the ending of a career means is a very bitter pill to swallow, but not this heroine, she fights back to the point where she is comfortable, and thus could do a heck of a lot more, but as with the hero, she needs to find the courage to move forward. And through this character the author showed just how strong the influence of others can be when we need that final push in life. I am taking away a message of the past is a cold and dark place none of us want to face, it's the hell we run from everyday. But if we never find the courage to face it, will it ever truly go away? No, of course it won't! Stand up and face it, no matter how hard it might seem, there is light at the end of the tunnel and you never know just who might be waiting within in that light, happiness is after-all what brings us home. I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance reads. It's a stunning story of two lost souls and the journey they take towards the walls of the past being broken down. 5/5 star review " The swan rises up from the darkness, but will the darkness consume her before she's ready to save her hero?" "
The Redemption of Darius Sterne by Carole Mortimer
Picture of Breaking the Boss's Rules
rating by Desere, Feb 13, 2015
"Joe McIntyre has three rules when it comes to dating: 1. Never mix business with pleasure 2. One night only! 3 Never look back. Imogen Lorrimer knows that her temporary boss is completely way far off base and totally wrong for her so why does the man insist one appearing in her dreams.. naked! ? Perhaps it's time for Imo to try out his infamous dating rules herself, she'll either enjoy it or hate it, what's the worse that could happen? One business trip to Paris later and they kiss goodbye rule number one, then Imo agrees to be Joe's plus one at a wedding, and right here is where sticking to rule number two and three becomes really hard, so very, very hard. Any woman who has ever had a hotter than hot boss will tell you , it's really difficult to concentrate on work and if he shows up in your dreams naked ah heck it's even worse. So that idea alone as a plot in this book was absolutely brilliant! Well done Nina ! I really liked Mr I don't break the rules Joe, smart, fun and had that really nice charmer attitude going for him, even though I thought he was a bit too out there at times, he was still a nice guy. The whole vibe between these two characters was fresh and funky but also had that certain out there flair that left me in awe of just how amazing this author's writing is. I laughed out load so many times I recon those around me thought I was mad, had there been someone the room that is, so thankfully I have not been dragged off to an institution for bursting out laughing too loudly in public, all though that would be fine too, I could read Nina's books all day! I highly recommend this read for all fans of fresh, fun, funky crazy sexy reads out there, Nina brings her A game and it's a total slam dunk of romantic epicness! 5/5 star review " One , two, three whoops no more rules left ! " "
Breaking the Boss's Rules by Nina Milne
Picture of The Sultan's Harem Bride
rating by Desere, Feb 13, 2015
"Annie West needs no introduction, her books are magical , romantic to the very core, passion that explodes from the pages, and couples that live forever in the readers hearts. This time we meet Sultan Asim Jazeer , he has hundreds to woman at his beck and call, so why he wants the one that can reveal all his families shameful is anyone 's guess! It 's pure madness , or is it? Journalist Jacqui Fletcher jumped at the chance to write a history of the harem, certainly not to become some sultan's plaything , journalism does not work that way, but she finds it really hard to forget the sultan's sensuous caresses and remember her assignment! Asim knows she is all wrong to be the pliable princess he needs, but why does holding her feel so right? If you have never read any of the books by this author, this is the one to pick up and your life will be changed forever, first of all there is the opening was off the hook epic! No other word to describe well that 's a lie, amazing, hot , strong and leaping from the pages can be added. I loved, loved LOVED Asim, strong and determined , ready to fight even the darkest of nights and boy oh boy does this man know how to send any woman's heart soaring, such an amazing talent is his when he starts to speak, it melted my heart but at the same time that sexy coolness I don't care attitude was there and it just blended perfectly, amazing Annie! Jacqui , was fun to read, really fun! Come get me if you can, dare if you want to but you will lose, are just some of the sentences I can use to describe her. I thought of her as one of those heroines you know will not go down without a fight, but will crumble when the right touch is felt, and she was! I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance reads, that deliver sexy, drama packed romance ! 5/5 star review " She's bad for him, so very bad, but he still wants her" "
The Sultan's Harem Bride by Annie West
Picture of Flirting with Dr Off-Limits
rating by Desere, Feb 13, 2015
"Everyone knows that when it comes to flirting with the forbidden , it's playing with fire , but more importantly you that you shouldn't do it at all, but it's so much fun and so addicting that stopping is hard, so really hard. For intern Dr. Katy Pappas, seeing the very delectable surgeon Alec Armstrong again is pure sweet torture! He rejected her after their sinfully delicious kiss years earlier, but boy oh boy does the man still send her into a tizzle! She still wants him and she wants him bad! Alec is captivated by Katy, she's all grown up and temps him into sinful thoughts, but she's also his best friend's sister, a colleague and his student and therefore definitely off limits. He won't risk their careers with muddling the waters, but as we all know resistance is futile when it comes to something that feels so very right, Robyn Gianna is fast becoming a author that wows with amazing realistic characters and memorable plots, this time I again got the wow characters and the amazing plot but the difference between this book and her previous reads ? This time she brought her A game and totally wowed me into a state of speechlessness. I was entranced, transfixed, romanticized and completely blown away. I adored each and every moment of this read. The passion, the resistance, the drama and the sweet and soul for-filling ending, it was all simply perfect. Great twits and turns that kept it interesting and wonderful best of all it was a nice, quick easy read. Noting felt dragged out, yes there is a bit of a back and forth issue but in most reads of similar genres the author did not let the back and forth resistance get in the way of the flow of romance, great job Robin. I am taking away a message of life has all kinds of little up's and down's generated into the everyday life and designed to make us fall from our neatly erected throne but falling is not always as bad as it seems. So when you feel yourself being pushed it's important to know when to let go and when to try and hang on, the trick is to of course to make sure to make the right choice, how you may ask will you know, well here's some advise chose your goals and then take the decision. I recommend this read for all fans of medical romance reads, it was fun, easy to read, lighthearted and had just the right amount of emotion to let you know drama can always be overcome. 5/5 star review " Flirting with the forbidden leads to finding the heart and soul of life" "
Flirting with Dr Off-Limits by Robin Gianna