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"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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Picture of Turning the Good Girl Bad
rating by Desere, Sep 22, 2014
"Every good girl wants a bad boy , no matter how many times she tells you she doesn't, deep down she craves the excitement of being with a sexy bad boy, who will rough her up or at least rough up her life just a little. In the latest read from Avril Tremayne the good girl is PA Catherine North, she's all cookies and cream perfection, her hair is tightly coiled and so is her sex life. Saver that way she always says. But as I said every good girl craves a little release from the world of always being good. Caterhine's release comes in the form of the very super sexy romance novel she secretly writes. it features her very hot and too hot to handle boss, Mr Bad Boy make my knees go weak Max Rutherford. Then suddenly Max get's his hands on the book and starts to see prim and proper Catehrine in a whole different light. He wants to see just how bad the good girl can be, and he's planning in enjoying every minute of it! This is the second book from this author and it was as awesome as the first ! This author packed humor, pure romantic bliss and awesome writing into this book from the start go! I was complete hooked to this read, the intensity of the characters was mind blowing. I adored the heroine, it was so much fun to read about how she unravels after Max finds the " dirty book". Max was a bit of a jerk, but hey show me the boss that's not, especially when he has an overwhelming attraction for his PA! I laughed, I cried, I yelled and I ached for these two to find their happy ever after, which when it came was as romantic as it was funny. I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance with a twist! This author knows how to grab your attention, entraps you in her world and once you're there trust me you will never want to leave! Brilliant work Avril! 5/5 star review "Good girl goes bad, but will the bad have her reaching for a chainsaw to slice the bad away?" "
Turning the Good Girl Bad by Avril Tremayne
Picture of Breaking the Bro Code
rating by Desere, Sep 22, 2014
"There are countless tales of woman who find themselves in love with their brother's best friend, of course it almost always involves a lot of sneaking around and learning things about each other you never noticed before. But sadly it always involves a brother that might or might not break someone's knee caps, and that someone is always the poor hero in the story. It also involves discovering that it 's all a big misunderstanding of lust and no love, a friendship damaged and a large dose of uncomfortably. In the second read from the very talented Stefanie London we meet Ellie Johnson, she has a lot of important things to think about and men ain't one of them. But when gorgeous Col Hillam, her brother's best friend saunters back into her life, she's none too keen but he proposes a purely professional arrangement to help her safe her ballet studio but the last time they got within kissing distance from each other they got carried away, really carried away and it ended in disaster! Col knows Elise is off limits but it only makes her more tempting and with chemistry this hot it surely means the bro code is null and void right? But will Elise want to play with fire again and more importantly will she put her heart on the line or simply let Col walk away and remember him as just another one of her brothers friends? I adored this read so very much , it had sweet passion, intrigue and such a lovely combination of sweet and sexy meets lust and passion , that it just popped from the pages and I certainly did not want the story to end. Elise and Col were both written really well and with loads of brilliant intensity and vibrancy , it simply seemed as if they were coming alive with each word and I can honestly say the more I read the more I expected them to leap from the pages any second. The character of Col was very intense and very yummylicious! I liked that he wants to remain a private person at all times yet tries very hard to come around to that suave and all too smooth kind of hero that can let just about any woman;'s clothes drop with a simply hi. I adored him for trying yet I also wanted him to retain his privateness simply because it made him so much more mysterious, which I totally loved. I loved how the author eventually takes the two and combines it into the perfect guy. Elise was really neat , I really liked her being so independent and always trying to think on a crystal basis, but it was so delicious seeing her crystal cool and calm thinking plunder to the ground when Col is near, simply sizzling entertainment! I am taking away a message of leaving memories in the past is sometimes a good thing, but when it gets too much too handle it starts ruining your life and leaves you feeling drained. There is always someone you can talk to, as a friend or as something more, not matter someone is there waiting in the wings to help you through it. See them for who they are and grab hold with hands! I recommend this read for fans of romance with sweet and sexy characters , a unique plot and a larege dose of bubbling hot passion ! 5/5 star review " Bro code or no code, this attraction is about to go up in flames of desire" "
Breaking the Bro Code by Stefanie London
Picture of Here Comes the Bridesmaid
rating by Desere, Sep 16, 2014
"Sunshine Smart is unusual, not because of her one green, one blue eye but more because of her personality. She's a fun and nutty person, you know the kind that loves life and everything about it, the kind that gives off so much positive energy you wish you could climb inside their souls and be just like them, because their life looks like it is just so much fun! But not all people appreciate that kind of crazy and unusual , especially Leo Quatermaine, he has a business to run and he is bloody good at it too, he does not need Miss Funky Shoes coming in and telling him what to do when it comes to being the best man at his brother's wedding nor does he need advise on what food to serve, he's a chef for goodness sake! Sunshine takes one look at him and immediately falls for his handsome ways, but tries her hardest to focus on the plan at hand, plan the wedding and get out of there, before she does something stupid like sleep with all hot and smoldering Leo, oh wait she's already done that, now what?! This was an absolutely stunning read! The characters we the complete opposite of each other, is all crazy fun and Leo all serious, and this made for fantastic entertainment, off the charts funny ! Yes I actually just said the words off the charts funny, not the usual thing I find in hidden in the pages of a romance book, sometimes yes a one of two lines of funny peeks through but in the case of this read, it was over and over and I could not have been more delighted! I adored the character of Sunshine, I truly wished I could drag this woman from the pages and bring her to life, she was such a burst of fresh air , her personality became very addictive after a few chapters, in the start of the read I will admit I was not liking her so very much, she was almost too much of a oddball, but the more I read the more I got hooked on her funky vibe! The character of Leo was really sweet in that annoying kind of " I like this hero, but maybe not so much , no wait I love him" manner. The more of him the author revealed the more I became attached to him and his slight darkness. I simply loved how the author let Leo pull back Sunshine's layers and reveal the true her. Don't get me wrong as I said I loved Sunshine and her quirkiness but Leo letting the real woman shine through just made me adore Sunshine more. First time ever that I have read a romance and actually loved the heroine more than the hero, usually I fall hook, line and sinker for the hero's of romance books but this time around I will be honest and say I could not get enough of the heroine, oh the hero of course was awesome and without him there would be no story, but discovering that I adored the heroine more than the hero is a new experience for me and I found it quite refreshing. Aside from all the hot chemistry, passion and hilarious fun in this read it also holds a very special message, there is always room in every person's heart to love another. You might think it's simply not possible but that's just the pain from the past talking. If the chance to heal the past comes along, grab hold and never let go! I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance. Simply delightful, fun and sexy and a wonderful afternoon read about love being set in motion when opposites meet. I very much look forward to this author's next book . Remember the name Avril Tremayne for without her fun and funky books you will go insane! 5/5 star review " Miss Sunshine meets Mr Gloom and all hell breaks loose, even in the bathroom!" "
Here Comes the Bridesmaid by Avril Tremayne
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rating by Desere, Sep 14, 2014
"Orla Kennedy is in control and always ensures everything goes her way, and most importantly she never takes risks. It's just not her style. But on the eve of a business deal she's tired, stressed out and in desperate need of blowing off some steam, this leads her to sharing a drink with an attractive stranger and also a night of unbridled passion. It's the best night of her life and she'll never forget it. But work looms on the horizon and she places the super hot memories in the back of her mind. Easy as relive, day dream a little and then get all hot and dirty minded and then back to work, yeah right ! This is a Abby Green book so we know that will never happen. And it doesn't, soon she discovers her one night stand is her rival, the fearless Antonio Chatsfield. He has pretty much everything he wants and is known as a war hero, so fame, fortune the whole set up is there, but his life feels as empty as his recently vacated bed. Yet he still drags himself over to The Chatsfield, London to aid his sister. But when he comes face to face with the woman who came apart in his arms just hours before he starts forming a new merger of a entirely different kind. This was a brilliant book in true Abby Green fashion, from the very start till the very end! The author weaved a tale of secrets, passion and rivalry with exquisite detail and with her unique slightly dark almost mysterious bordering on sweet writing style she created characters I will never forget. The character of Orla was wonderful, I loved her spirit and fun I handle it all attitude, it did show her as a little too much self involved, but only slightly for as we all know we always think at some stage in life we can handle everything and anything that comes our way, without so much as a drop of help from anyone, so the character did still have that realistic feel I adore so much in romance reads. The character of Antonio, was super hotness combined with just a smidgen of darkness that every now and then breaks through the barrier of being fair, kind and sweet but not too sweet that he doesn't go all out in getting who and what he wants. Through both characters the author showed that in life there is the past and there is the present. What we think of the past is what will hold us back, what we do with the present is what will ultimately set us free from the past. Of course that's is a message us readers have seen in many other books, yet this author brought it home in a different manner , slightly familiar but with a new kind of flare, that I thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend this read for all who love a good can do anything my way war hero meets head strong heroine and is brought to his knees story. 4.5 star review " The ultimate rivals become trapped in the ultimate game, but who will win?" "
Rival's Challenge by Abby Green
Picture of Tycoon's Temptation
rating by Desere, Aug 23, 2014
"Hurt sometimes just refuses to go away. You can through yourself into your work, you can get drunk and laugh and try to forget, you can do just about anything but the hurt will always be there. Sneaking up on you in the dead of night or hitting you with the first rays of sunlight. In this read, the fifth book in the new Mills and Boon series, we meet Holly Purman and Franco Chatsfield. Holly has devoted her life to her family's vineyard and there is no way and no how she is going to risk losing it all, especially to a Chatsfield! Franco Chatsfield has never played by the rules of his family and he 's not planning on starting anytime soon either. But The Chatsfield's new CEO makes it clear that Franco needs to secure a partnership and he can't say no. So he figures he 'll seal the deal and get the out! Should be easy enough. There's just one problem, one very tempting woman stands in his way. Franco and Holly soon finds themselves working together to both get what they want, but as time passes and all starts to fall into place so does their passion for each other and soon Franco find the pieces to his heart have somehow been slotted back into place, he has no idea how and soon he only has one question , does he go against hope and shatter his heart again or does he go after the woman who has mended it? I really liked this read, the characters were interesting and the plot had a very nice fun flow to it. The character of Franco does come off as a little too dark , but once the author reveals his reasons from the past I saw him in a complete different light and I immediately sympathized with him. I loved, loved the moment when the truth about his feelings for Holly hit him, it was so intense and had me yelling out" That's it, you're finally there! " I loved the character of Holly, so much fun to read! She was all fire and ice and this of course made me adore her! I mean who doesn't love a give it as good as she gets it heroine! I was non to happy about her judgmental attitude toward Franco but as she started to get to know him the author did a fabulous job at showing that we should never judge someone on first impressions. You just simply cannot know what lies behind their bad attitude or sadness in their eyes. Always take the time to get to know someone before you go all out to hit them with words and actions that hurt. I am taking away a message of life has it's way of dishing out pain that shatters our hearts to the point where we believe it cannot be repaired, but life also has away of showing us that there is always hope for a better tomorrow. The trick is to be able to recognize it when it comes along , and if you don't then at least be man enough to recognize it when it hits you over the head, and act right away! Never delay in grabbing onto happiness for tomorrow it might be too late. I recommend this read for all fans that love a very sexy and passionate love found during the most unexpected series of events romance reads. Trish Morey has created a stunning fun and fresh plot with believable and remarkable characters. 4.5 star review " He wants the deal closed, she wants his heart " "
Tycoon's Temptation by Trish Morey
Picture of If Only...
rating by Desere, Aug 22, 2014
"Everyone knows when you lose someone it hurts, but it is even worse if it's unexpected. In this debut release from Tanya Wright she tells the story of Micha O'Shea. Ten years ago she was planning spending the rest of her life with boyfriend Drew, dreaming of picket fences, children and the perfect happy ever after. Then suddenly it was all brought to a screeching halt when Drew was tragically killed in an accident. It is a hard blow for all of Drew's friends but of course more of a blow for Micha. As their friends move on with life and once a year celebrate the life that was Drew, Micha falls deeper and deeper into a world of depression, binge ice-cream eating and hiding from the world. That is until one night she joins them in the annual celebration and ends up having one too many shots of tequila and kissing her best friend, sexy and delicious firefighter Josh Taylor. Josh has been Micha's rock ever since Drew's death, he takes care of her on every friendship level possible, after all he did promise Drew he would. But the soul searing kiss Micha lays on him sends his senses into overdrive, and keeping his distance and not dreaming up erotic dreams of Micha is darn near impossible and not as easy as it has been for the last ten years. As for Micha, the kiss as her seeing Josh in a new light and as she floats between dreams of Drew and her having their happy ever after and X-rated dreams of Josh , she is soon forced into having to decide if she wants to continue to live in the past or say "What if I took a chance?" This was such a stunning read and from the very first page had me in tears. I bawled my eyes out for the pain Micha goes through, I wanted to give her a big hug and tell her she will get over Drew somehow, someday. Of course when one is standing on the outside and Micha's loss is not something you have gone through it's very easy to say that they will get over it. So right at the moment I wanted to tell Micha it will work out somehow , I also came to a sudden halt and started thinking, what if this was me, would I want to get over it, would I too go into a state of depression, or would I tell everyone am fine and totally actually be fine? And with this realization it hit me, that until you have been through such events there is no way you can say how you will react, and you can listen to the advise of others around you but in the end it's up to you to find a way back to the land of the living. The character of Josh was a treat to read, fun loving, sexy, a little bit crazy fun and a whole lot of always rock solid pillar strength. I fell head over heals with this hero long before Micha did! But any woman out there would agree that a guy who is always there for you, and goes to the extremes to try and make you smile is perfect and any woman would easily fall in love with him, so this little personality trait is not what truly attracted me to his character. It was the soul searching the poor guy has to go through, and finding the reasons to truly look deep inside the meaning behind is promise. Being in love with Micha for so long and never acting on his feelings because of a promise to his best friend showed him as loyal as they come. Loyalty is always a unique and sadly not found very often personality trait. Through this character the author showed that being loyal and keeping our promises are one of the most valuable and attractive traits any one person can show. Of course just as any romance reader would, I shouted out more than once for him to forget the darn promise and take hold of Micha already, but yes the nagging little voice of reason was with me all the way. Through these set of emotions the author reminded me that a promise is a promise and loyalty is a stunning quality but what if we can see our promise in a different light? From this read am taking away a range of messages. Holding onto the past will only cause you to never really step into the future life has planned for you, never decide for someone when they are ready to let go they need to do so in their own time, and never take a promise at face value, yes you made the promise but what exactly did you promise? I highly recommend this read for each and every single romance fan out there. The book had serious depth, a stunning life lesson and a beautiful forever to be remembered romance. A word to the wise, make sure you pull out the tissues for this one, trust me you'll be needing it! 5/5 star review " One too many shots leads to the kiss of a lifetime, and suddenly the past seems so far away" "
If Only... by Tanya Wright
Picture of Return of Dr Irresistible
rating by Desere, Aug 21, 2014
"Amalie Berlin is back!! And this time she takes us behind the scenes of the circus. Yes you read it right I said circus. Now this might seem a little weird because as we all know she writes medical romances and the circus doesn't quite seem to fit. But I can with all honestly tell you, she totally made it work! We have Jolie Bohannon who loves the world of traveling, the circus and is also the girl that Dr Yummier than chocolate Reece Keightly abandoned many years ago. So naturally when she sees him again she has mixed emotions. Anger, rage, happiness, delight you name it all those girly emotions men point out to us all the time is a waste of time. Reece experiences a similar topsy turvy set of feelings but as all men are he prefers to not think about how off balance it makes him feel. With Jolie pretty much still hating the man and him pretty much wanting to avoid her the atmosphere is a very dull one, that is until one hot passionate, scorching tryst set's a show into motion like no other you've ever seen. If only Jolie can learn to trust him again, and if only Reece would stop protecting her, stop controlling life and start listening for once! Wow what a read! It was full of stunning colorful characters that had me laughing, wishing I was part of their remarkable magic set up in the world of the circus and shedding tears for the pain they go through. The character of Reece was a very likable one but only here and there, as he varies between being a nice guy and this tyrant type whom I wanted to give a good couple of whacks over the head ever now and then, and at one stage I even wished I could hang him from the top of a circus tent and teach him a lesson in being nice! But as we all know there is a always a reason behind everyone's actions and his first surprised me a little and then completely intrigued me. Through this character the author showed that not everything in life is meant to be controlled, there are somethings that we just need to learn to accept and just go with the flow every now and then, no one likes a control freak even if he's downright sexiness overload! The character of Jolie was all kinds of awesome fun and crazy! I adored this woman to bits! Fun, funky, fresh and totally outrageous enough to make even the most serious of the serious out there laugh their heads off in under a minute of being in her presence. I felt sad that she could not easily trust Reece again, but I could also understand the difficulty that lies within the task. Once someone has broken your trust it's just never easy to say "Okay what the heck I trust you again." There is always the risk that the person will simply just break your trust again and who needs a heartache all over again? Any woman will tell you that they most certainly don't need it one bit. The author ever so slowly let Jolie 's inner believe that there is good in everyone shine through and showed her as I think we are all meant to be, when someone breaks our trust it is best to not immediately trust them again, be cautions but also remember that everyone has the right to a second chance. Everyone is worth your time, in the end if they betray you again then at least you will have the knowledge that you gave then that second chance leap and did your part as a good person. I am taking away a message of the past will always influence our future decisions. But when we allow it to overshadow rational thinking and our human nature instinct it's time to let the past go , life is trying to tell you that you've held on to it too long. I highly recommend this read for all fans of the special medical romance books with lots of drama and heartfelt emotion. Amalie Berlin has proven she's one of the best medical authors of today and her stories will forever have a place on my reading shelf ! 5/5 star review " She's about to show him the crazy side of the circus and he'll become her love sick fool" "
Return of Dr Irresistible by Amalie Berlin
Picture of The Ultimate Revenge
rating by Desere, Aug 14, 2014
" For over a decade Nicardro Santos, heir to the legendary diamond legacy has lived with one unrelenting purpose, to infiltrate the ultra prestigious Q Virtus gentlemen's club and bring it and it's leader, Zues down. But what he doesn't know is that Olympia Merisi the daughter of his enemy, is now the one in charge! Olympia has her own reasons for wanting to keep Nicandro close and she will stop at nothing to protect what belongs to her. The only question that remains at the end of the day is what will happen when the battle lines of hate and anger start to blur and more dangerous and sensual ones start to emerge? I have been a fan of this author's books since the first time I picked up her debut, she has a way of luring you into a story that seems as dark as its characters and then slowly and so beautifully dragging you back to the light. And each time I step into the darkness I cannot help but wonder if am going emerge on the other side as the same person I was before I read the book, because with this author you know there is a guaranteed happy ending in the works but her writing is so full of life and so unpredictable ( I love her for the unpredictable parts as a predictable book is never any fun) that I am never sure if I will at the end of the read still feel that surge of joy and excitement when reading the back cover. It's almost and yes I know this sounds completely off for a Harlequin read, but it always seems as if she is going to kill of the main characters when I least expect it and then what? Thankfully it is ever the case , but it is in this unique captivating, keep my attention all the way through till the end magical way of writing that the true genius of this author shines through time after time. In this her latest read she has done it all again and ten times better! I was completely addicted to the book from the first page, I could not put it down for fear am going to miss something, and yes I realize it's a book and not a tv show and thus one is able to put down and come back later, yet I simply could not bring myself to do it. And the darkness was once again there in full force, and my oh my was it simply delicious! I was not nuts about Nicandro having thoughts and such a drive to take revenge , because let's face it, seeking revenge never makes you a nice person it makes you cold, dark and totally not likable, but what I did love is how the author changed his outlook on life once he encounters Olympia. It was like reading about a lonely creature being dragged into the harsh reality of life in order to learn what truly matters in life. Olympia was really awesome, awesome heroine. I adored this woman for being so strong and fighting for what is hers, of course hiding behind a mask of identity showed her more in the light of weak yet she is so determined in making it all work that her weakness takes a back seat and more than once the author completely let me forget about it all together , and then suddenly gently reminded me , really brilliant work Victoria ! From this read am taking away a message of revenge is a very bad thing to go after in life, but sometimes it is the very thing needed to bring you back to reality. The trick is how you react when the chance for the return comes to be able to see it for what it is, a second chance at a life of happiness. And most importantly hiding behind facade, pretending to be someone you are not is never the answer, yes some people will not understand or even want you around but it's simply because they cannot handle the real you. Stand strong and be you it's what will ultimately let you win any battle in life. I highly recommend this read for all fans of brilliant, blow your mind, beautiful , stunning tear my heart to shreds and make it whole again with magical romance, reads. Victoria Parker has once again shown why she's a leading lady in each and every aspect of writing the perfect so close to reality read it will leave you in tears and begging to be dragged back for more! 5/5 star review " Revenge is what he seeks, what he finds will bring his soul back to life" "
The Ultimate Revenge by Victoria Parker
Picture of Pregnant by Morning
rating by Desere, Aug 14, 2014
"Evangeline's world has come to an immediate stop and the only place she has to run is Venice. Not knowing that this journey will take her straight into the arms of Matt Wheeler and his delicious mind blowing kisses. But not all get-away romances are perfect. Matt and Eva's relationship goes from taking each day one step at a time to shattered in a instant when Eva announces she is pregnant. This mind sound like one of those romances where the hero will first be angry and then suddenly announce that marriage is the only way as the child will have his name, and of course this leaves the heroine with the no choice in the matter maybe he will learn to love me eventually so let's go with it for now situation. But this is a Kat Cantrell book and if there is one thing I have learned from her books is that the unexpected is always to be expected, just when you think you know what is going to happen she changes is around to take you on a whole new journey. A very quick and easy romantic afternoon read but with a extreme dosage of intense, heart-stopping emotion so strong and vivid it brought me to tears. I absolutely adored that the author used the pain and loss of both main character's most treasured link to reality elements to help bring them together. I was blown away by the ending, not that this author has ever not written a super sweet ending but this time around the ending truly felt like it came from the very depths of the author's soul. Amazing job Kat! I am taking away the message that even when you feel like you have lost the one thing that meant the world to you, if you look around you will find that just around the corner an even greater treasure is lying in wait for the taking! I highly recommend this read to all fans of heartfelt romance written by one of today's best romance authors in the world. Sensual, passionate, so very romantic and truly in depth! 5/5 star review " The great armadillo escape brings unexpected love" "
Pregnant by Morning by Kat Cantrell
Picture of Matched to a Billionaire
rating by Desere, Aug 14, 2014
"We all do crazy things most of the time, but marring someone for security is at the top of the list for most woman, who think love can be left in the back of the mind, whist security will never wait. In this read we meet Daniella, she needs a large dose of security in her life and what better way then to secure just that by marring I only need you to play the perfect wife role Leo Reynolds. Business is business and friendship is all there will come from this arrangement, easy enough, or is it? Nope, no way, you guessed it, it is anything but easy because the minute Daniella and Leo get down to business sparks fly and the arrangement is goes up in flames. I loved this author's writing and I am a huge fan of her books. This read was no different from her other books, she once again blew me away with scorching hot passion, stunning deep emotions and a wonderful story of romance, acceptance and balance. The character of Leo drove me a little nuts , he was very cold and distant, and I really wished I could grab him, give him a good shaking up and get him to open up. But of course as we all know those are the hero's that have to get a little wake up call in life in order to shine as the true men they really are. The author did a fantastic job with this, taking Leo from cold, distant , arrogant idiot to kind, caring and loving husband. I adored how she let's him find the balance between the love of work and the love for a woman, it was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. The character of Daniella was fabulous! I loved this character's spunk and sass so much! I was rooting for her from page one. Her doing the " I need to be THIS kind of wife" attitude made me remember that when we go after just part of what we want we are bound to end up with only half of what we deserve. The entire read was a mixture of the author's signature crazy humor, passionate romance, fire-y spunk and sexiness. I am taking away a message of sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we know we need, but because we think we cannot have it we instead go after what we think is more important. Everyone in life deserves everything good and we should never go after just half of the happiness. 5/5 Star Review " Ready,set the billionaire meets his match!" "
Matched to a Billionaire by Kat Cantrell