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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 Bridesmaid with Attitude
rating by Desere, May 5, 2015
"Reviewed by Desere The first time I read a book by this author ( back then not a Mills and Boon book ) I sat back at the end and I was like " Wow , just wow" because at the time all I read were Mills and Boon's and this was one of my very first non-mills-and-boon books, and the wow part was that I was speechless because I could not believe that there were other author's out there capable of writing this well and it not being published by my favorite publisher. Pretty darn dumb I know but since then I have learned, trust me I have learned , never only look for that pretty little rose image. Since then my favorite publisher has seen the light and this author has proved over and over again just why she belongs in the world of M&B. Now this time the author introduced me to Emily Applegate , she's the head bridesmaid and she's furious! Lord Berkeley cancels her best friend's wedding venue and Emily is naturally everything but impressed. But gorgeous Theo is adamant that the wedding won't happen at his estate, that is unless Emily makes a trade. But willingly playing the Earl's fake fiancee, yeah she's not so sure about that. Especially when there's absolutely nothing fake about the out of control off the charts sizzle between them! A stunningly crafted romance of epic proportions, yes that's what this book was. A fun and feisty heroine that's pretty much cornered and a stubborn hero that's uses each and every single drop of his power to get what he wants , perfect setup for romance with a kick don't you agree? I loved the power-play between these two characters, so very in your face, oh no you don't , don't you bloody damn well dare, okay fine you win ! Theo as I said was stubborn , and I do mean stubborn, I wanted to stick him in a seller and let him rot at one stage , but only for a little while. I adored the author letting him hide in plain sight so to speak, it really reminded me just how much we can be out and about in the world yet hidden from everyone. Now as heroine Emily was a really fun one to read, I really enjoyed her spunk, pushing Theo to a certain degree but not really pushing as hard as I knew she could, of course this meant she had a little something in the back of her mind causing the prevention, and oh my gosh when the author let that one come to light I literally jumped off the bed , shouted out " Really? What the heck?!" But through these actions the author showed how there is always a little part of us that needs a push from the other side to send us on the right path. Passionate, awesome fun and crazy dialogue, emotionally packed and simply filled with elegant romance! Highly recommended ! 5/5 star review " Who ever said being a bridesmaid doesn't involve a little kissing of a very sexy behind!" "
Bridesmaid with Attitude by Christy McKellen
Picture of The CEO's Baby Surprise
rating by Desere, May 2, 2015
"The saying never say never comes true in this wonderful read from Helen Lacey. Mary-Jane Preston never does one night stands until she comes face to face with an out of control attraction that completely overpowers her. The attractions comes in the form of Daniel Anderson, he's devastatingly handsome , suave and everything a girl could want,except for the last four years he has made sure to never let his guard down, letting it slip will just bring tragedy to his life again. So when Mary-Jane informs him that their one night stand has resulted in her being pregnant with twins , he 's all for marriage to make sure their twins are protected but falling in love with her is the one thing he refuses to do. But Mary-Jane doesn't just want his ring and his protection she wants his heart and fight to get it is what she will do. This is one of those books that will stay with romance readers for a long time after the last page has been read. I adored the character of Mary-Jane, even with everything the world of an unexpected pregnancy brings she still holds her head high, and even still sees the humor in life. Spunky, fun and just so very likable, that I doubt any reader will be able to find fault with her. Daniel was the one that my heart broke for, the heartache and loss he faced in the past really is something no one ever has to go through. He is a truly broken man and of course in desperate need of some serious tender loving care. But as we all know not every broken person wants to let anyone in so the author letting Mary-Jane be this really awesome in your face try and make me go away kin of character was really neat. It's a stunning story of romance, new hope and all set within the perfect bubble of beautiful writing. I highly recommend this read for all lovers of romance journeys with powerful emotion and a message of there is always being a new tomorrow. 5/5 star review " One night and nine months leads to the road to of happiness " "
The CEO's Baby Surprise by Helen Lacey
Picture of Olivero's Outrageous Proposal
rating by Desere, Apr 28, 2015
"Kate Walker is back and this time it's a real humdinger of a journey ! We have Dario Olivero, he sees Alyse Gregory as a way to reap revenge against his estranged half brother, he 'll use her to get the family acceptance he has always craved and then walk away. But then he discovers Alyse's family debts and realizes he cannot simply walk away. There is only one solution and it's in true Harlequin Presents fashion.... a marriage proposal ! Of course this is not what Alyse was expecting yet she does see the logic therein and besides her body might be saying yes and her head no, but she can always find her head and steer it in the right direction, right ? But whilst basking in the Tuscan sun their mutual attraction escalates out of hand and soon they have a whole other inconvenient dilemma to deal with! Oh and did I forget to mention there's also Marcus who wants Alyse all to himself! It's the perfect heart-racing rush to the end of feelings, overpowering emotions, heartache, blackmail and a whole lot of secrets ! This was the type of book that is so fast paced and emotionally packed that it is impossible to put it down once you start, do not I repeat do not start reading this book when you have to get to bed early for an early start, trust me your thoughts will be whirling around and no sleep will come! Oh and as myself you will end up grabbing it and reading it till the very end and at am realize you have to get up in an hour! Talk about a long day, but with these characters and the remarkable journey created by a very talented author it was all worth it! I loved the characters, both strong and passionate and both with that delicious ' Back off, don't mess with me" vs " I am all yours as long as ..." attitude , it gave the read the perfect dark meets light element that I love so much when it comes to romance books. For those that read my reviews , you will know that this is where I start digging into the characters and breaking them down bit by bit, but today that is something that will cause a huge injustice to this book. Why? Because this is the number one Kate Walker book! You have to read it for youself Passion. amazing flair, an incredible journey of love, self discover and just so much more that I am finding it really hard to place the exact words After completing this read I was in a daze for days, and not just because of the lack of sleep no, it was the a state of complete awe, as to just how amazing this author's work is. She took a simple found in so many other romance books plot and changed it into one of the most magical journeys of romance I have ever come across. I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance. It had the danger vs anger vs passion and betrayal , the this is not over till I say it is and the roller coaster of emotions that completely overwhelmed me! Just perfect!! 5/5 star review " One problem leads to one solution but then a whole other problem arises""
Olivero's Outrageous Proposal by Kate Walker
Picture of Bound by a Baby Bump
rating by Desere, Apr 25, 2015
"Rachel Archer has every single little detail of her life planned, down to the last letter. It's what makes her feel safe and as if nothing unexpected can throw her off kilter. Then gorgeous knock-my -socks-off - always living the life of a free spirit Leo Fairfax tempts her to live on the wild side, just for one night. That one magical night changes both their lives forever, when they discover that Rachel is pregnant! It's the kind of disorganized mess Rachel did not expect, and Leo well he has quite the job ahead trying to convince Rachel that he's sticking around for her and the baby and no matter what he will win her heart. But Rachel did not organize any space in her heart for anyone not a baby and certainly not a man! This was one of those reads that clearly shows how truly beautiful love between opposites can be and how the news of a baby can make people re-asses, rearrange and ultimately find the perfect balance needed to cement love into an unbreakable bond. And most importantly that nothing is set in stone, everyone is capable of change. I loved the character differences to bits! Rachel trying so hard to re-organize her life back into a neatly ticked box was really fun to read, and Leo trying beyond hard to let go of his free spirit lifestyle in order to show Rachel he will be around for everything being a parent entails. It truly was like watching a very prim and proper princess being knocked off her throne and a soldier having to learn how to stay in one place for once. The author's writing was really great, a nice even flow, none of all the going back and forth battles and then going around and around again and again. The battles were there of course otherwise it would not have been a romance book, but the battles were as I said not dragged out and played out over and over again as I have found to be the case in many of the Cherish line books. The romance blossoming between Rachel and Leo was so masterfully done and with such raw deeply heartfelt emotion that for the most part whilst reading I had a constant supply of Kleenex ready. A truly magical journey that will give any romance reader that falling in love rush from start to finish Watch out for this author, guaranteed she will be taking romance to new heights ! 5/5 star review " One night, nine months , a lifetime " "
Bound by a Baby Bump by Ellie Darkins
Picture of From Ex to Eternity
rating by Desere, Apr 21, 2015
"Next to cheating I think being jilted at the altar is one of the worse things anyone can do to another who obviously loves them enough to want to spend the rest of their lives with each other. But as with most romance upsets there is a little something this one did or said or even just thought that led to then running from the altar instead of to it. This is the case in the new read from master story teller Kat Cantrell. So let me set the scene for you, it's been two years since Cara was left at the altar , heartbroken and understandably very ashamed. She's not ready to meet Keith Mitchell again after the embarrassment and heartache he caused her, and she is definitely not ready to work with him either. Keith feels terrible about leaving Cara at the altar, but to be fair a misunderstanding sent him running. But now that he knows the truth he wants Cara back in his bed. The only question that is to be asked, will Cara use their passion to gain ultimate revenge? Or will their be a happy ever after in their future? This was an utterly gorgeous read, from start to finish, everything just flowed like a crystal clear stream. The read was not one of those Desire reads that has so many things that has to happen that it literally frustrates me to the point where I want to rather go see the dentist than read the book. There was none of the first this and than that happens and then oh let's not forget this has to happen first too before this part of the story can actually happen , and all the while you are sitting there thinking 'I know this already because it's as clear as day so why not just get on with it!" I loved both characters and I adored the manner the author let their journey of love be like re-discovering a beautiful mystery. Through both characters the author gave the clear message that revenge is really a dish served cold, because being cold and unfeeling towards those that you think harmed you will always somehow blow up in your face and leave you feeling cold, alone and like you cannot find the way back to happiness. And as they say assumptions are the mother of all screw-up-s. Don't assume, run that final check before you let your shoes run faster than you can say I do! I highly recommend this read for all fans of reuniting romances reads. It was fun and witty, passionate and emotional. Well done Kat you have once again shown just why you deserve the master of desire story telling title in my book! 5/5 star review " It's her job to wow the crowd, it's his job to prove he really means I do" "
From Ex to Eternity by Kat Cantrell
Picture of Her Boss by Day...
rating by Desere, Apr 15, 2015
"The incredible shining talent of Joss Wood is back, and it's more remarkable than ever! In this book one to the Sydney's Most Eligible Series we meet talking to herself in the mirror to try and find the courage to get out of a date Willa Moore-Fisher. Yep, sounds a little like she's crazy but I know for a fact there are many woman that talk to themselves in the mirror, it's weird but a great way to find that little inner goddess we all wish was with us 24/7. Now when Willa is not talking to herself in the mirror she is focused on proving herself. She has an honours degree, she's got loads of talent and when International tycoon Rob Hanson needs a new accountant it's just the bit of luck that Willa needs. Except there is one little problem, she knows her boss already and not the " I've met you before, how have you been?" kind of know, nope she knows him intimately! Talk about awkward! Rob doesn't do long term, his step father's mission of destruction of his family pretty much made sure of it. Willa however is just what he needs, she's got a head for numbers and a body for sin, she'll crunch his business numbers by day and crunch him at night. But once he has her in his arms he starts to wonder if he shouldn't make her a permanent fixture in his life, but what about that little word called divorce? I loved the characters in this book, from page one both Rob and Willa were shouting out" I am in your face and there's nothing you can do about it!" I loved every single minute of it. Fun, a little crazy, passionate, sensual and addictive are only some of the words I can think of and yet none of those seem to do this book justice, definitely one of the best books I've read all year. Best of all was the ending, I so did not see it coming, I had a complete different scenario playing out in my head, and usually it feels like I have been let down when books end in not quite the manner I wanted it to, but this time around I was actually very pleasantly happy about it. Through the remarkable characters of Rob and Willa the author showed how everyone sometimes needs a change in order to find what they are made of, it's a hard and long battle to get to the end results but with a little change the picture becomes crystal clear and the way forward is paved with everything dreams are made of. So stop the pushing and chill awhile. I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance reads that have a high dosage of sexiness, fantastic emotion and a stunning somewhat laid back meets intense romance journey. Joss Wood has once again shown she is an author that will go down in romance history as being able to give readers a juicy story packed with lots of zest for life energy and one of the hottest fictional couples of all time. 5/5 star review " He's the boss by day, but at night the tables are turned" "
Her Boss by Day... by Joss Wood
Picture of The Tycoon's Stowaway
rating by Desere, Apr 12, 2015
"When picking up a Stefanie London book I can always be sure there will be blazing hot passion, scrumptious settings and really awesome fun and fresh characters. But what makes her books so much fun to read is that each time she manages to surprise me with something new. Of course the characters are new, the setting is new and the story is new, but it's the hero and heroine's personalities that manage to surprise and blow me away with every one of her books. In this read she did it again, by taking a non traditional Mills and Boon Modern hero and changing him up in ways that had me thinking " Why are more of the hero's in these reads not like this?" It starts with Brodie, he is not the typical tycoon type, he's more fun and laid back, hardworking yes but with that seriously sexy " Let's get down and dirty at the beach because I am all about the party!" This being said there he does also have a hidden side behind the party-boy attitude, he's a really big softie and takes really good care of his sisters. Successful yacht charter owner, sexy party at the beach bad-boy but I will take care of you at all costs , so yeah pretty much the perfect man! His love interest from eight years ago, Chantal, makes quite the comeback into his life. But seeing her dance for other men is not what he had in mind when she was in his fantasies, dancing just for him. Chantal had a rough marriage , being controlled and told what to do, who to see, how to dance and how to act was an absolute nightmare, so when Brodie literally drags her out of the sleazy bar and away from the dancing stage, she's less than impressed. But she decides to stick around on his yacht for the night and by morning she will get back to the bar, and continue her journey of proving herself worth of being a top dancer her always-making-sacrifices mother will be proud of. The only problem in her master plan is when Brodie starts to put his charming cheesy moves on her,she can't seem to resist. Sex with Brodie is just the kind of stress reliever she needs before getting back to her task, but what to do when Mr. has-a-woman-in-every-State decides she's the one and only ? As I have already said I adored the character of Brodie, his fun and fresh beach bad-boy attitude really grabbed my attention. I especially loved his softer side, through this character the author showed that there is always and I mean always another side to everyone. It's not the side they want the world to know about because it would mean them being exposed to losing some great battle. Another little bit of awesomeness was that Brodie never gives up when he wants something, and hunting Chantal down and dragging her back to the yacht, sounds really cavemen like and usually I am totally against it, but this author made it sound so super sexy it melted my heart! The character of Chantal was one of those heroines that makes you sit up straight and take notice right away. Strong willed, independent, always moving to reach for her dreams, never giving up and a bit of a total goof when it comes to realizing there is a whole other way to let other's help you without giving up all of your independence that you worked so hard for. Such a goof in -fact that I at one stage thought it might be a good idea to just lock her in cage till she comes to her senses, the author of course had a whole other idea and without revealing it all, I will just add HA HA HA in your face Chantal! I am taking away an amazing memorable message from this read. Life is meant to be fun and a little crazy with all sorts of unexpected hurdles but accepting a little bit of help sometimes can be even more fun and crazy then you ever expected, but exactly what you need. I highly recommend this read for anyone looking for a fresh, funky not your everyday kind of read romance. Stefanie London's writing is addictive and the craziness that goes along with the funkiness is what will keep me coming back for more and more every time! 5/5 star review " She's been missing from his life for eight years, but now that's he has found her he won't be letting her escape again. His fantasy is about to get real in every sense of the word!" "
The Tycoon's Stowaway by Stefanie London
Picture of The Sheikh's Princess Bride
rating by Desere, Apr 11, 2015
"One of the ultimate queen's of romance, Annie West, has once again shaken me to the very core of my soul with a stunning story of married for convenience but desperately in love with each other. The read tells of Sheikh Tariq of Al-Sharath, on his slate he already has one miserable marriage, and does not need another repeat, his children however need a mother. Princess Samira of Jazeer has had her share of love and passion, but it left a bitter aftertaste and she certainly does not need any further misery, the knowledge that she cannot have the children she always wanted, it's enough heartache to last her a lifetime. Then she sees Tariq's children and her motherly instincts kick in. The deal of a lifetime is struck and it's the perfect tie-the-knot with a bow arrangement. Tariq's children get the mother they need, and Samira can play mommy all day long. There is just one condition, Samira will only marry Tariq if there is to be no sex. Should not be too hard for Samira who does not like sex and for Tariq who is able to control everything in life including his darkest desires. But their overwhelming attraction to each other has other ideas ! But as they say with a past there is always resistance and when the bedroom doors close at night these two fight demons that seem stronger than their passion. The character of Tariq was a very deep and emotional one, very well developed by the author. His feelings of being incapable of love were heartbreaking and very overwhelming to deal with, I wanted to say something or do something to show him that he is definitely more than capable of love. Of course I could not but I for darn sure tried really hard , yes that's right I shouted out at him and got quite the number of looks from those around me. His kind and tender nature towards his children really melted my heart and was more than enough prove that he is indeed very capable of loving, but of course it is a whole other game of love when it comes to Samira. Through this character the author showed that there is always love hidden somewhere deep inside everyone, even the hardest dead inside criminals have a little something hidden, it just takes the right person to let it shine. The character of Samira was fabulous, strong willed, independent, and willing to take a risk, afraid the risk would fail her once again but willing non the less, which to me always shows a person as having more courage than they think they do, always interesting to read about. And her asking Tariq to marry her instead of the usual he asks her, loved the twist , it was really fun and fresh new way of getting my attention. Samira's ruined reputation did get to her, but only on that " I let the tears fall when the world is not looking" level, this made her very realistic and I think there are many female readers that will be able to really deeply connect with her, as did I. Through this character the author showed that life has a way of knocking you down so hard that you feel you will never be able to get back up, but there is always an opportunity that will come along that will give you the courage you never knew you had, to get up , take a risk and in the end walk away as a winner. I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance reads that is filled with deep emotion, fabulous sexual tension, remarkable characters, a deep heartfelt journey of love and self discovery and passion so scorching hot the desert sands have never seen anything like it! 5/5 star review " She's the Princess mother in name that she's always wanted to be, but can he convince her to be the Princess Bride in his bed at night?" "
The Sheikh's Princess Bride by Annie West
Picture of Behind the Film Star's Smile
rating by Desere, Apr 10, 2015
"I have always been fascinated with the wonder of what goes on in the lives of celebrities when the cameras stop rolling. It is not hard from the information the medic gives us, to know that these people might be famous, but they hurt, love, get angry and pretty much do everything else we do. But how does it all really happen, is it per change meetings at glamorous celebrity events? Or is it a little more " down to earth like regular people" ? In this wonderful read from author Kate Hardy, she took me into the world of film star Luke McKenzie and what really lies behind his star studded smile. It starts with former police officer Jess Greenacre, she needs to bury her past and becoming a runner on a London film set is exactly the change of scenery she needs. But her little adventure turns out to be filled with more drama when she ends up having to babysit award winning actor Luke McKenzie's adorable dog, so much less fun than keeping a watchful eye on a criminal behind bars, or is it? An earth shattering kiss from Luke sends Jess into quite the one way direction of road to love and she wants more and so does Luke. But Luke has a past and secrets of his own can the honesty and love of Jess bring him back from the brink of loneliness or will he send her running when he reveals that he is less than star perfect ? I adored the dog in this read, too cute for words and certainly the one steeling the show from the main characters. The character of Luke was a really great character to read about, I am sure the author did research and talked to actors to get a feel for it all, but even if she made it up using only her imagination it felt truly real for me as reader. I was right there for all the drama of the press that goes along with being an actor, the being here and there at the same time, really amazing insight into the world of an actor. The character of Jess was really fun! I loved her funky life gives me lemons so I go somewhere else and make lemonade attitude. The entire character felt fun, fresh and not quite like other's I have read before, I really loved it! I am recommending this really sweet and sensual read for anyone looking for a trip into the world of romance that will leave you with a very content and happy smile ! 5/5 star review " Me, you and a dog named Baloo is about to take on the journey of love" "
Behind the Film Star's Smile by Kate Hardy
Picture of 200 Harley Street: The Soldier Prince
rating by Desere, Apr 9, 2015
" Life as a soldier for Marco is as tough as it get's , he has to protect his unit and being a Prince certainly does not make it easy. But with luck the press keeps him and his unit out of the spotlight. Then it all goes wrong when the unit is ambushed and Marco sustains an injury to his hand. He is flown back to London for treatment, upon arriving he discovers his physical therapist is none other than Becca Anderson, the woman he shared a magical, forbidden summer with long ago. Becca is more than shaken by the royal surprise not only does she know Marco as " Seb" but she also never knew him to be a prince! Becca and Marco are clearly meant to be together or fate would not have brought him back to her, but Becca has secrets and they are certainly not the kind the Royal family will want splashed all over the tabloids.And therefore she has to resist his charm no matter what. But resisting her heroic soldier prince will be much harder than she thinks. This was a really nice, feel good romance read. I loved Marco, never mind the fact that he is a Prince, it was his entire attitude that had me hanging onto his every word. Charming, sophisticated and a true hero in every sense of the word. I loved his fight till the very end spirit, it made him a serious sexy soldier! And Becca, ah poor Becca my heart broke for her when the secrets are revealed and the press literally called her every single bad name in the book of disgrace. But even though she felt down, heartbroken and in need of some serious tender loving care, she still held her head high and tried to take it all in the best way she knew how. The ending of this read is what really got to me, it was one of those " Ah could not be more perfect ending" kinds and I for the third time during this read found myself reaching for the Kleenex. I am taking away a message of life has a way of knocking us down, us being able to pull ourselves back up and think that it will be the end of it. But of course no past ever goes away until it is well and truly faced up to. So instead of sitting around waiting for your past to come back and knock you down, face up to it with every ounce of the necessary come backs and then walk away with your head held high, after doing this you will never be worried about the past showing up when you definitely don't need it to. I recommend this read for all fans of romances that love sexy soldiers, charming princes, feisty secretive heroines and a journey of love shining brighter than the brightest diamond. 4.5 star review " He fights the battles of war and wins, but can he fight the ultimate battle of happiness?" "
200 Harley Street: The Soldier Prince by Kate Hardy