Amelia/Millie Fairclough walks home in a blizzard and has to take shelter in a gatehouse. Where she encounters Cassius. The episode leaves her reputation tarnished, which is bad. Very bad.
Millie is trying to work out who she is. She has spent all her life working for her parents’ charitable foundation and is having trouble separating who she is from what is expected of her. Cassius is still grieving for his cousin and his friend (not the same person) and trying to do right by his cousin’s widow whilst staying out of her way. He’s got some PTSD from the war. They navigate their marriage of convenience with humour and tenderness. I especially liked the conclusion with the kittens. (Yes! There are kittens!) A fun Christmas read.
I really enjoyed this book. I read it in about a day, which is pretty fast for me. Lance Amberton is trying to do the right thing. He's lost his father and his brother and got injured all in the same week and he's having trouble adjusting. Violet Harper has been controlled by her father all her life and even in his death, he's trying to marry her off like she's a possession. But if she refuses, she will be penniless.
Both Lance and Violet are attracted to each other, but manage to talk themselves out of thinking the other is attracted to them (the crazy young fools!). There's a maze and a castle and some crumbling walls. The characters are so real, I felt like I knew them.
Loved it. I'm looking forward to reading about Amberton's brother too.
Usual disclaimer, I know the author because we belong to the same professional organisation.
Having just read a load of regency romances, I thought I’d try something different and read a book with a medieval setting.
Aediva hates Normans (she’s a Saxon). So when big, blonde Norman dude Svend comes crashing into her village, she’s not happy about it. Svend, incidentally, is a Dane and not actually Norman … but to all intents and purposes he is the enemy.
I liked that Aediva is a ‘Saxon wildcat’. Her conversations with Svend are interesting to read.
The medieval setting was really interesting and unusual. I liked that the characters were realistically young too. I really cared for them.
Good characters, great dialogue, interesting setting, lots of fighting with swords… what more could you ask for?
The usual disclaimer applies – I know Jenni Fletcher as we’re both members of the RNA. I took this book out of the library (because libraries are awesome and writers get paid a tiny amount for each book you borrow!). But if you want to buy your own, the links are below.
I don’t often read Mills and Boon books, because I’m not a fan of alpha males. I got a copy of this book in my RNAConf17 goody bag and Annie O’Neil is such a fun person, that I thought I’d have a go.
Bea is hiding from the paparazzi after her high profile society wedding was cancelled at the last minute in a blaze of scandal (Tempted by The Bridesmaid is the prequel to this book). She’s hiding out working as a medic in an emergency clinic. Oh, and she’s pregnant, but not showing yet.
Jamie is the guy that was supposed to be the love of Bea’s life, until she left him to go marry a prince. He’s been avoiding the papers, so he doesn’t know that the wedding didn’t happen. It turns out, he’s also Bea’s boss.
Jamie was all strong and manly, but really sweet with it. Bea came across as someone dealing with a range of conflicting emotions and managing to keep a brave face on it. They’re both realistic and the kind of people you’d root for. Well, I rooted for them, anyway. I really enjoyed this story. I’d read more by Annie O’Neil.
As mentioned at the start, I got a free copy of this book from the publisher (thank you!) and I met Annie O’Neil in real life at the Romantic Novelists Association Conference.