A Father for Daisy by Jennifer Wenn

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Would it be heartbreaking for you if you had lost not only your virginity but also your home because you were drunk on the night of your prom?  What if you were also pregnant and didn’t know who the father was because you can’t remember who it was that you gave your virginity to?  For 13 years that is what has haunted Gillian Crane.   Having been thrown out of her home for being pregnant, Gillian survived as  she has raised her daughter alone in New York.

When she receives word that her mother is dying Gillian decides to return home to try and mend the broken relationship she has with the mother who turned her back on her from the time she was born.  Her daughter, knowing the circumstances of her birth, has her own reasons beyond meeting her grandmother…she is on a mission to find her elusive father. Gillian isn’t prepared for the overwhelming emotions and town gossip when she returns.  She certainly isn’t sure why she even came back when her Mother obviously doesn’t want her and peppers her with a confrontational attitude from the point she arrives.

As her mother’s death is looming, Gillian stays in town and reunites with her high school friends.  Her best friend, Andy, is the town doctor who has been secretly in love with her all these years, never moving on as no one would be able to replace her in his heart.  Her high school crush is now the local minister and the one who she has thought may be the father of her daughter.  As Gillian lingers in town, she and Daisy, both find answers to their questions.  Secrets are shared that will put a new light on who could be Daisy’s father.

Andy has been in love with his best friend for a long, long time.  When he hears she is returning to see her Mother he is hopeful that he can finally make her his.  But Andy harbors a secret and answers that may tear their friendship apart. As he watches Gillian spend time with her high school crush, his resentment from long ago rears up and he wants to walk away but he cares too much and continues to stick around.

The author has written a story of a young girl who on the cusp of adulthood has a crush on the local bad boy and which keeps her blinded to the real love her best friend, Andy, has for her.  When rejection leads her to drink heavily the consequences are more than she could have imagined.  The author brings her full circle when she brings her home to face the very life she was forced to leave.  With surprising secrets and a bit of humor over who exactly is Andy’s “wife” is, leaves our character completely overwhelmed and shell shocked.  We do get a happy ending and answers to many questions, except for one.  Who is Luke’s Mother?   This is a great read that takes us down a path of pain but brings us back to love and new beginnings.

 

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The Sheik’s Jealous Princess by Elizabeth Lennox

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It is almost bittersweet to read of the last sibling in the Samara Royal Family, Shantra del Abbas Samara.

Shantra has managed to keep a very big secret from her brothers and sister.  In return for keeping her secret she has had to portray herself as having her head in the clouds so that they never discover she is the mysterious designer behind the Jesek Designs clothing line.  Shantra is happy with her life as she designs clothing for women knowing she is helping them to look and feel beautiful.  But she is feeling the loss of her sister, Ciala who recently moved away due to her marriage.

Laithir del Hassam is not looking for marriage after the horrific mistake he made before, but when he sees Shantra he knows he will have her in his bed.  Shantra is enchanting, beautiful and nothing at all like his first wife.  Shantra is nervous and acting completely out of character when she is around Laithir.  After being with him for several functions, Shantra has determined that her brother Ramzi is trying to play matchmaker and quickly declares to that is not going to happen! She soon realizes that isn’t the case and her outburst sets into the motion that very thing.  Laithir declares they will be married in 6 months!

When they arrive in his country of Piora their relationship begins to change and Shantra is startled to hear that Laithir not only knows her secret but he will support her in continuing to do her designs.  As the newlyweds grow closer toward loving each other, Shantra is being tormented by Sheik Laithir’s first wife’s family.   As the onslaughts grow, Shantra tries to contain her anger but finally erupts in a fantastic display of righteous retaliation.  When she notices that her husband has witnessed her actions she is left wondering what will become of them.  Will he be angry enough to send her away? Will he punish her? Is she going to lose him when she finally knows how much she loves him?

I fell in love with this series from the very beginning.  Elizabeth Lennox has a wonderful writing style that will draw you in and help you fall in love with her characters.   I have been reading Elizabeth Lennox for some time now and I have seen her style develop more debt as she writes more stories.  There is always a happy ending for us to enjoy.  One aspect of Ms. Lennox’s books that I do appreciate is her covers. The cover styles are stunning, sensual and stylish.  I for one am drawn first to a book cover and then I read the description so I do appreciate the covers greatly.

We don’t have long to wait for the next series to captivate as the Samara Royal Family.  The new series will have the location of Alaska and of course sexy alpha males and is called the Bold Alaskan Men Series.  The first book is scheduled for release on July 15, 2016 and is titled, The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake.  I have already reserved my copy and if you would also like to here is the link:  http://amzn.to/1tAWW0D.

 

Embark on the next series with:

The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake coming July 15, 2016

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The American Heir: The Billionaire Duke#4 by Gina Robinson Coming June 22, 2016

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It is almost here, the exciting last installment of the Billionaire Duke, The American Heir.  With surprising twists and unveiled secrets we will find out if Riggins and Haley will have their happy ending.

At the end of book 3, Rose, that manipulative British wench, has spilled the news of Haley’s pregnancy to the press and Riggins who has just come to the realization that he loves Haley sees the broadcast only to believe Haley meant to trap him.  After throwing a tantrum to outshine any little British Lord or Lady, Riggins confronts Haley with his anger.  He wasn’t expecting to Haley direct her own anger back at him.

If you remember that nasty little business of the DNA tests that were done on Haley and Rose and a hint of an issue with the results, well let’s just say Haley has found out what that issue was and believes Riggins knew all along.  While remaining in England, Haley has done her own research and has found that she is in fact the great-granddaughter of the Dead Duke and is actually the rightful American Heir.  She has also come to realize she is more like the Dead Duke than she thought possible and that it isn’t Riggins who is to solve the clues he left but that they were left for her.

The clues Haley has become fascinated with are all coming together.  The Dead Duke never did anything without a reason and he did have a heart he used to help those he cared for.  As she becomes part of the community, she learns many secrets which push her to the discovery that will help identify her sister’s twin and hopefully lead to her cure.  Haley also discovers that there is someone following her and believes that the tower is haunted, but no one believes her.

As twists turn what they thought was known into something new and secrets are being revealed, Haley and Riggins have only each other they can trust if they can set aside their suspicions and admit they have actually done what the Dead Duke wanted…fallen in love with each other.  When proof of Haley’s stalker becomes real and Riggins runs in to protect Haley and their unborn child, it may be Riggins who needs saved when his past makes a very connection to his present. When an accident occurs, Riggins must do everything to save Haley.  In the end, will the Dead Duke win?

In this serial, we had only four books which compared to the Switched at Marriage (Justin and Kayla) series in which there were 7.  I truly enjoyed that series but it was long.  I thought having the story neatly tied up within 4 books was great!  I can’t get enough of Gina Robinson’s sexy serial romances.  I also ( as mentioned to the author and on a previous blog) think it would be fantastic to have a story based on the Dead Duke’s life. If you haven’t tried one of Gina Robinson’s serials you are missing out.  I recommend beginning with the Switched at Marriage serial in which you meet her characters through Justin and Kayla’s romance.  It is where you will meet Riggins and Lazar who is the next in line for his story.

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3 Days to the combined box set by Elizabeth Lennox and Leslie North!

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Read Amazon’s description of this box set by the dynamic duo of Elizabeth Lennox and Leslie North.  I can’t wait to read two of my favorite authors of Sheik romances!

 

 

 

“Get four breath-taking sheik romances from two of your favorite authors – all in the same boxset!

The Sheik’s Challenge by Elizabeth Lennox

When she sings, she sounds like a cat in heat…but Ana, a brilliant mathematician, stuns and surprises Najid del Sabur, Sheik of Safir. Her bright eyes defy him and her smiles sooth him, while her body makes him lust for her. But can he catch her? Can he convince her that her past won’t hurt their future?

The Prince’s Challenge by Elizabeth Lennox

She can’t sit still. She’s beaten every nurse and doctor on her floor at cards. And she’s achingly beautiful. But is she friend or foe? Having been caught in the line of fire by a bullet meant for his brother, Prince Jual del Sabur, Minister of Defense for Safir can’t decide if the lovely Sonya was part of the assassination attempt or innocent and just caught by bad timing. All he knows is that he is definitely caught by her startling eyes and her soft sighs as he explores that question.

The Sheikh’s Untraditional Lover by Leslie North

Ultra-traditional and devastatingly handsome Prince Zafar Tadros thinks a business/sports complex is not what is needed for his country—but he believes in helping his family. With the region increasingly doing more business with Western companies, his father Sheikh Ahmadi has ordered this new business/sports complex to be a mix between West and East cultures.

Zafar has decided he will work to integrate as much traditional elements as possible, but Belle Mooney, an innovative American architect has taken her direction from Zafar’s father and is going for innovations. The two clash over designs—and only one can win.

The Sheikh’s Stubborn Partner by Leslie North

With the deadline fast approaching, playboy Prince Adyan Tadros must supervise the only construction company that will take on the job of building the business/sports center in less than six months. The meticulous Edna Abbey has taken over her father’s construction company while he recovers from a stroke, and the last thing she wants to do is rush the project. But with attraction between her and the Prince growing everyday, she may be glad for the distraction…”

Substitute Bride by Noelle Adams

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I have always enjoyed Noelle Adams contemporary Romances. She writes of wonderful and sweet romances that build from casual to fierce love. On occasion that romance may have some help from outside forces prompting the characters in that direction, just as what happens here.

James is a widower who lost his wife two years ago and now feels compelled to find a substitute wife and mother to his daughters.  He doesn’t necessarily need to love her but does feel a need of compatibility with the most important aspect for to be a Mother to his girls, Jill and Julie.  He believed he found that in Genevieve, a friend of his late wife’s and his in-laws.

Rose is a nanny to Jill and Julie and she absolutely adores them and secretly she is also very fond of James.  Rose is aware of the fear the children have for their future Step-Mother, and also the fact that James is more stressed than he should be, but what is she to do when she is the hired help? She does what she can and that is to take of the girls and love them as she already does. Unaware to Rose, James is starting to realize the depth of her love of his daughters and seeing her in a far different light than the hired nanny.

When Genevieve shows her true colors to James, he calls off their engagement.  Genevieve isn’t too happy about that and threatens James with his own regret for breaking up with her.  James doesn’t believe she can really do anything about the situation but how wrong he is. Genevieve causes scene upon scene which in one way brings James and Rose together in a fake engagement and then tears them apart.  Genevieve isn’t the only one who is manipulating the situation.  Rose’s own grandmother, who with a penchant for the family’s ancestral history and an uncanny habit of making odd comments of prediction, will set into motion James and Rose making their decision to be with each other….or not.

With Rose dealing with past relationship baggage and James working through his own fears it doesn’t look promising for the couple.  But wait until those darling daughters take things into their own hands and express their opinions to James.  It will be up to James to decide if he wants to be with Rose and complete their family or let her go for good.

I love Noelle Adams books. She never fails in her delivery of a wonderful romantic tale.  There is always a bit of drama that leads to love and happy endings.  I also loved this added bonus of the grandmother in this series. Her character is a stalwart member of the old society with her opinions of what is proper and what isn’t.  She isn’t one to show her emotions on her sleeve but her actions relay them loudly.  All of Ms. Adams characters are created as realistic personas with very real like situations the reader can get caught up in.  Her stories are easy and flow with ease so that they are enjoyable.

Of the stories I have read of Noelle Adams’ I would have to say my favorite based upon the number of re-reads, is the first book in the Willow Park Series, Married for Christmas (http://amzn.to/1XbQRE8). But to be honest I have lots more to read and looking forward to them.

 

Killian: A West Bend Saints Romance by Sabrina Paige

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If a hot sexy man accidental spills coffee on you and instead of apologizing thanks you for the wet t-shirt or tells you are his with the word “Mine” and then tells you (doesn’t ask) exactly what he is going to do to you, what would you do?  Would you come back with some sassy comments while your legs are shaking with the images his plans created?  Would you call him a caveman, Neanderthal or a diamond in the rough?

Lily Grant is a single Mom who left Chicago after her dirty police officer husband is killed.  While visiting her parents in Colorado, Lily found a bakery for sale in West Bend, a small country town.  Lily has turned to baking as a way to relax and purchases the bakery to make a new life for her and her daughter.  Lily isn’t one to make friends easy, as her focus in on her business and her daughter, so having a relationship with anyone isn’t likely to happen.  She is also sassy and not one to put up with a lot.

Killian is the oldest of the remaining Saint brothers.  Lily calls Killian a caveman and a Neanderthal. The man is blunt with no filter and certainly doesn’t care what anyone thinks of his actions or his words. He says what he means and does exactly as he wants.  Killian hasn’t had an easy life, an abusive father and then running away from home when he was 18 and with the town of West Bend always treating the Saint boys as if they were nothing, coming home isn’t easy.  He was happy living a solitary life in the mountains until he literally bumps into Lily. Killian has never used the word “mine” with any woman but that is the only word to use with her…Lily.  Now Killian is messing with two of his rules…no sticking with one woman and no children.

Killian will make you laugh with his bluntness.  I don’t want to spoil it for you, but the scene in Lily’s bakery, Cupcakes and Cappuccinos, and the “rules” Killian enforces will have you laughing!  Customer service is not his forte!  His rough around the edges personality will soon have you falling in love with him!  When Lily needs help, Killian jumps in to help her showing that under that bluntness there really is a great guy.

Sabrina Page writes with humor and caveman sex appeal!  In this book, the final brother of the West Bend Saints Romances, you are also treated with the three previous books in the back along with new epilogues.  I enjoyed reading Killian, but found the other brothers stories wonderful and it was nice that I don’t have to purchase their individual books now. Killian’s story is mostly about his trying to out run the pain the town’s narrow minds caused him and his chasing Lily whom he loves and wants.

Truly a fun book to read!  I love the confident Killian and his caveman personality.  Lily isn’t so bad herself in how she gives back just as much as she gets from Killian. She definitely keeps Killian in line and at times a little off balance.

Recently Released…Blitzed: A Secret Baby Sports Romance by Lauren Landish

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Whitney fell in love with Troy so completely it was as if their souls were one.  She knew of his home life and how left him in pain both emotionally and physically. She knew of his dreams where football would take him away from that life and how he would be different than his father. She knew how he ached to leave it all behind.   Knowing this and the secret she carried, Whitney let him go because she loved him too much to destroy him.

Whitney didn’t tell Troy they had a child together. Instead she ran away to Italy and gave birth to their daughter Laurie and tried to let Troy go.  But not matter what she did to move on with her life, Troy was a ghost that stood in the shadows…waiting.  When Laurie turns five, Whitney knows she has to bring her home to meet her father.

Troy was devastated when Whitney left their senior year of high school.  He couldn’t understand why she leaves him when he was still so much in love with her.  For five years, Troy worked hard to make it in football.  For five years he tried to forget Whitney and move on, but he couldn’t because he stilled love her.

While waiting for his game to start, Troy is flagged down by a little girl who wants an autograph for her Mama.  Troy senses she is familiar but can’t figure it out until he sees Whitney.  Troy can’t believe she has a daughter and it never occurs to him that he is the girl’s father.  When Troy tracks Whitney down days later, she confesses that Laurie is his .

Whitney and Troy begin to fall in love again, but just as before something happens to rip them apart.  Whitney lets him go again, but this time will Troy fight to keep his family after just getting them back?  Or will Whitney’s continual running be too much for him? Will Whitney realize that she doesn’t have to sacrifice anymore? Is it time for her to hang on to Troy and their love or leave?

This author is new to me and I found I fell in love with her writing.  She keeps her stories going and they are full of emotion!  Her characters are flawed and realistic.  This is a standalone novel well worth the read.