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Convenient Marriage?

The Earl's Countess of Convenience Book Cover The Earl's Countess of Convenience
Penniless Brides of Convenience, Book 1
Marguerite Kaye
Romance , Women's Fiction, Historical
Mills and Boon
04 Apr 2019

A countess in name only…

…tempted by a night with her husband!

Part of Penniless Brides of Convenience: Eloise Brannagh has witnessed first-hand the damage unruly passion can cause. Yet she craves freedom, so a convenient marriage to the Earl of Fearnoch seems the perfect solution! Except Alexander Sinclair is more handsome, more intriguing, more everything, than Eloise anticipated. Having set her own rules for their marriage, her irresistible husband might just tempt Eloise to break them!

Once upon a time there was an Earl who need a bride in order to inherit his estate and sort out the mess and debts his profligate father and forebears had left him with. But where was he to get one? With money? And in need of a hasty marriage and preferably without the need for a marriage bed.

Not that he swung that way, but more that he couldn’t be bothered to have a real wife who would need him to do things with him.

And then there was a girl – or young woman more like, who also needed a hasty marriage, but she didn’t really have a fortune and to cap it all was American! And Trade! So not really a suitable marriage prospect at all.

But as with these novels the two were brought together and a marriage of convenience for them both, was organised.

A nice novel in this genre wit some amusing touches and well written even if sticking closely to the script. I like these as long as the heroine doesn’t simper, and this one didn’t!

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Hospital romances are lovely

One Night To Change Their Lives Book Cover One Night To Change Their Lives
Mills and Boon Medical
Tina Beckett
romance, medical
Mills and Boon
1st March 2019

Since hospital administrator Garret Stapleton lost both his wife and his daughter he's been determined not to give away his heart again. Until gorgeous but guarded ER doc Adelina Santini gets under his skin...Soon they embark on a scorching affair that has unexpected, life-changing consequences! When Garret's tragic past threatens their happiness, can Addy's surprise pregnancy lead them to their happy-ever-after?

I always like a hospital romance, and I know I am not alone in this. It’s even better for me when the heroine is a doctor not a nurse, and her potential partner is also medically qualified, or is a professional.
This was a nicely paced romance, with enough tragic back stories to give [pause and enable the ‘down’ of any traditional romance story.
The writing style was easy to read with a light touch.

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A Daring Story?

Mr One Night Stand Book Cover Mr One Night Stand
Dare
Rachael Stewart
contemporary fiction, romance, erotic
Mills and Boon
21 Feb 2019

One night only. 
Just think of the possibilities

The second she sees Mr Oh-So-Delicious, Jennifer Hayes knows she needs one night of crazy. No names, no strings, no rules. Except that Jennifer's naughty one-nighter is actually Marcus Wright—her new business partner! Now they're mixing business with all kinds of pleasure. But when it comes to falling in love her sexy Mr Wright is either Mr Wrong or the best mistake of her life…

I was not sure about this book that i was given free by Mills and Boon as I joined their Insiders programme. and I am still not sure.

For me it seemed rather formulaic.

The author had been instructed about the topic to write on and how to write it. What sort of things should be included and the style of sex to include. I missed the spontaneity that other authors bring to this type of story.

And I’m sorry, but the ending was predictable – I know it is a romance and we all want the happy ending and expect it but still…

So, if you are new to this genre then it will probably blow you away, but if you have read others before, then it is more of the same.

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Enter the Con






From Duke Till Dawn Book Cover




From Duke Till Dawn




(The London Underground, #1)





Eva Leigh





Regency romance, historical, humour




Mills & Boon




March 26, 2018




384



Eva Leigh launches a seductive new series that sizzles with the dark secrets of London's underworld... 'It's not my habit to seduce impoverished widows...' The Duke of Greyland lost his heart - and a princely sum - to a charming, beautiful and destitute widow who, after one passionate night, vanished without a trace. Cassandra Blair grew up on the city streets, picking pockets to survive. Greyland was a rich mark - to be fleeced and forgotten - only she'd never forgotten him. Years later, chance brings them together again, in a London gaming hell. Grayland is desperate to have her... never suspecting everything about his lover was a lie. But finding herself in dire financial straits, at risk of losing everything, Cassandra has no choice but to beg the man she betrayed for help. The proud Duke will assist her under one condition: she doesn't leave his sight until her debts are paid! But can the real Cassandra - the smart, streetwise survivor - steal his heart all over again? Book one in the Scandalous Ladies of London series

For me this was a generally enjoyable book, but there was one area that I felt let the book down – the sex scenes. They somehow didn’t flow well. It was as though the publisher or editor said ‘we must have some sex in the book’, and the author complied but wasn’t confident or didn’t really like this type of writing.
That said, I thought that the story contained some interesting reflections and reminders about the lot of girls born into the slums. The story told us not only about the hierarchy of the Underworld and criminals but that girls had little choice but to work in brothels and get the ‘pox’ from a very young age,; work in the cotton mills (or similar) and get a lung disease; or learn to be thieves. Remember that the phrase ‘mad as a hatter’ came from the lead poisoning that working in a hat factory brought with it and the subsequent brain deterioration.
So thieving was perhaps the best option for them.
‘Respectable’ trades required references, from scullery maid to shopgirl and unless you had a reference you couldn’t obtain legal work.
The sadness of being dirty, hungry, lice ridden and without belongings was brought out clearly – no belongings because a. you had probably stolen what you had from other, and b. they stole it back…
I felt very much for the female character in this novel and thought that she had made the very best of her sad life.

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