To have and to hold

A historical, western romance, To Have and To Hold tells the story of an entire town that chooses to uproots and relocate to the West. The book is their journey as well as a love story between the hero and heroine. As the story unfolds, we realise there is more to the relocation than meets the eye as our heroine Naomi is plagued by dreadful nightmares. As well as being a romance, the story focuses on the harsh realities of life in the West. I found the realities of this…

Flirting Under a Full Moon

You know when you pick up a book with lots of high expectations and realise too soon that it isn’t quite going to make it? Sadly, Flirting Under a Full Moon was just like that. I’ve read some of Chase’s Strange Neighbours series and enjoyed them and this new trilogy is set in the same world, with guest appearances from characters from the Strange Neighbours books. Our hero is Nick, ex-policeman, turned private detective who also happens to be a werewolf. Our heroine, Brandee, is a waitress and photographer who…

Enchanting the Beast by Kathryne Kennedy UK cover

Another addition to the paranormal and historical Relics of Merlin series, Enchanting the Beast by Kathryne Kennedy introduces spirits and ghosts into the pre-existing paranormal world of shape-shifters and magic. Philomena Radcliff is able to see ghosts, and the book opens with her conducting a séance in the vicinity of Sir Nicodemus Wulfson, a werewolf visiting the city. He is impressed by her supernatural talents and commissions her to ghost hunt for him at his home, Grimspell Castle, where his brother is being haunted by nightmarish spirits. Phil agrees, eager…

The Magic Between Us by Tammy Falkner cover

After enjoying the first two books in the Faerie series, I was looking forward to getting my hands on book three, The Magic Between Us, by Tammy Falkner. The previous two books in the series were concerned with faerie women falling in love with human males of the ton, so I was interested to see how this book would turn out when the tables were turned slightly. The main character in this book was Marcus Thorne, another fae sibling of the Thorne family who occupies a difficult position between the…

Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrowes cover

[color-box]Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrowes (Windham #8) Sourcebooks Casablanca (24 Sept 2013), Ebook: 386 pages, Historical Romance Website • Series Listing • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] Despite not having read this series in order, there is nothing in Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrowes that might spoil the previous books in the Windham series, making this an easy read for the festive season. The book begins with portraitist Elijah Harrison seeking entrance to the prestigious Royal Academy of Artists. However, his portfolio is lacking portraits…

The Christmas He Loved Her

[color-box]The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #2) Sourcebooks Casablanca (1 Oct 2013), Ebook: 353 pages, Contemporary Romance Website • Goodreads • Amazon UK / US Rating: [/color-box] I saw the angst awaiting Raine and Jake in The Summer He Came Home … and I wanted it. It was destined to be the type of story where – despite the fact you know there is a HEA coming – you wonder how it can possibly work out. We first met the couple at the funeral of Jesse –…

Everlasting Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy cover

Like the previous books in the Relics of Merlin series, Everlasting Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy can be read as a standalone, without any prior knowledge of the fantasy world. Again set in Victorian England (this time with cameos from the Queen herself), book three in the series follows the story of Millicent Pantere, a were-panther who dwells in the underground of society and has no desire to enter the high life of the upper classes. She is under orders from the Duke of Ghoulston to acquire one of Merlin’s relics,…

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