I really enjoyed this Harlequin. The romance was sweet and I enjoyed the author's writing. I like how the author turned some common Harlequin tropes o...moreI really enjoyed this Harlequin. The romance was sweet and I enjoyed the author's writing. I like how the author turned some common Harlequin tropes on their head:
- The hero plans on using the heroine for revenge against her father for business reasons, yep I've seen this before. But this time, the heroine knows he plans on using her some way but she is intelligent enough to see what he is trying to do and decides to do work for him anyway and be professional.
- There is a "big secret" about the heroine that you just know the hero will find out about. In some Harlequins, the hero would have flipped out about it. But this hero stands up for the heroine and tells off the person who told him.
If you want to read an enjoyable sweet romance with a smart likable heroine and a hero who tries to be tough but is actually a really good guy, give this one a try. I plan on checking out the rest of this series and her other books.(less)
Wow, I really enjoyed this one! The ending was so sweet it had me almost in tears. This is the story of Lydia, the girl who was a d...more*** 4 1/2 stars ***
Wow, I really enjoyed this one! The ending was so sweet it had me almost in tears. This is the story of Lydia, the girl who was a double for Lady Rose from Christmas Angel for the Billionaire (which was also good and I recommend reading first) and Kalil, a man who is looking for acceptance from his home country 50 years after his grandfather was banished. Lydia takes a vacation as Lady Rose to a desert kingdom to help Rose escape her life for a week. Kalil is assigned as her bodyguard, which he is hoping to use as leverage to gain an audience with his uncle to ask that his dying grandfather be allowed to come to his home country to die.
So Kal and Lydia both have their reasons for being where they are but both are keeping secrets. They have an instant powerful attraction to each other but they can't act on it for various reasons. The mistaken identity issue was dealt with very well, I was afraid it would be a huge deal but Kal was in love with the real Lydia and didn't care.
I really enjoyed this story, the love between Kal and Lydia seemed real. Kal was a real sweetheart who loves his large extended family and all the women in it. He treated Lydia very well and was very romantic. The ending was sweet and sigh-worthy. One thing I would warn about, the one love scene had no detail at all it was just references - but the rest of the story was so good I didn't mind.
This was a wonderful story that I would recommend to people who enjoy sweet Harlequins with a smart nice heroine and a wonderful hero who treats the heroine like a princess. (less)
This is a wonderful Christmas romance with a hard hearted CEO who is softened by a sweet Kindergarden teacher who teaches him the imp...more***4 1/2 stars***
This is a wonderful Christmas romance with a hard hearted CEO who is softened by a sweet Kindergarden teacher who teaches him the importance of love and caring. Very sweet and heartwarming story just in time for the holidays! Plus there is a nice prominent Christmas theme and a wonderful ending. Highly recommended!(less)
For some reason, this Harlequin Presents hit all the right spots for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were plenty of the typic...more*** 4 1/2 stars ***
For some reason, this Harlequin Presents hit all the right spots for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were plenty of the typical Harlequin-esqe plot devices but instead of thinking "not again" I was thinking "heck yeah bring them on".
Zak (plus more names) is the cynical ruler of some fictional Middle Eastern country. Some of his people were swindled out of money by an English crook. The sister of the Englishman comes to his country to ask for a few extra months for her brother to pay him back.
Emily is a kindergarden teacher who volunteered to go to this foreign country to help out her brother and maybe see a bit of the world. She is shocked when Zak accuses her brother of stealing money and informs her that he is keeping her as collateral until her brother shows up himself. Zak is very cynical about women so he thinks Emily is there to barter herself for her brother despite the way she tries to act innocent.
Of course Emily really is innocent and a virgin because she was waiting to find the right man to marry and have children. Zak thinks it's all an act because he has been fooled by too many women. Will Emily be able to thaw his heart after he demands they marry? Will Emily be able to resist the unrelenting sexual attraction of the dashing Zak? How come Zak never heard of a personal investigator to check up on Emily and see if she was telling the truth?
I enjoyed this book despite the "cynical man believes innocent virgin is really a liar and a bad person despite evidence otherwise" storyline. It was a fun book to read and Zak wasn't too bad despite what he said sometimes because his actions showed otherwise. He treated Emily very well despite his disbelief in love and his attempts to convince himself that she couldn't be a nice person. I like how Emily stuck to her guns and stayed true to herself, she fought for what she wanted from Zak, which was his love and affection - and her happily ever after ending.
This was a good Harlequin that had a sweet ending. It pulled me into the story and made me care about the characters. (less)
Natalie Bridges is a wedding planner on a mission – to get her client’s brother Beau Stillwell to set up a schedule to finish renovations on the plant...moreNatalie Bridges is a wedding planner on a mission – to get her client’s brother Beau Stillwell to set up a schedule to finish renovations on the plantation house his sister wants to get married in. Beau Stillwell has a different mission – he is trying to delay his sister’s wedding because he isn’t sure her fiancé is good enough for her, so he is trying to make Natalie mad enough to quit. He doesn’t want to start remodeling the old estate for his sister because he thinks that will stall the wedding, so he has been avoiding Natalie’s phone calls for two weeks.
Natalie finally has enough of Beau avoiding her so she decides to track him down at the race track where he races when he is not running his own construction company. Their first meeting is really funny, they don’t pull any punches about being annoyed with each other but they also both feel an intense attraction to each other. Beau decides to string Natalie along and make her think he is going to do the renovations, but he is really just trying to waste her time and make her mad enough to quit. His plan goes awry when instead of being mad at getting stuck at the race track then being tricked into going to dinner with his pit crew, she has fun and puts back a cold beer with his buddies. Natalie is very attracted to Beau despite him not being the suit-wearing businessman she always though would be her Prince Charming.
Beau and Natalie do eventually get to the plantation house where Beau comes up with the great idea of having Natalie help him do the renovations herself. But of course when they start spending more time together, the attraction between them quickly ignites and they start a very passionate affair. They both start to fall for each other quickly despite their differences, but what is going to happen when Natalie finds out about Beau’s trickery?
I really enjoyed this story! It was really funny and sexy. There were a lot of great lines, Natalie even manages to make a joke about how she thought Beau would have a mullet since he was a race car driver. There is a lot of sexual tension and some great love scenes, you can really feel the connection between the two. I enjoyed both Natalie and Beau, they were realistically written characters who I actually liked. Even though Beau was being a little devious with Natalie, he was such a great guy that I didn’t really mind. He was very sexy, I loved the fact he was a tough guy who worked with his hands and drove a truck but he also took care of the women in his life. Overall it was a fun story with a hot, enjoyable romance. The author did a great job and I can’t wait to try out more by her.(less)
Pretty good little story, especially for a Harlequin. The heroine is an Art History professor who hooks up with a professional hockey player for a one...morePretty good little story, especially for a Harlequin. The heroine is an Art History professor who hooks up with a professional hockey player for a one night stand that turns into something more. The funny thing is, she doesn't like hockey because her dad owns the hero's hockey team and made her travel all the time while she was growing up when he used to be a coach. I thought it was funny that a girl who didn't like hockey fell in love with a pro hockey player - especially since I don't like hockey much myself.
The story was nice, the characters were fleshed out well and the ending was really sweet. Plus the cover is hot! If you want a quick enjoyable read, check this hockey hottie out! (less)
Sheikh Seduction was a very fast-paced story with a good romance. Sara Reeves is an American businesswoman in a Middle Eastern country (sorry I forget...moreSheikh Seduction was a very fast-paced story with a good romance. Sara Reeves is an American businesswoman in a Middle Eastern country (sorry I forget the fake country’s name) as part of her job as head of a company related to the oil industry. She meets Tariq right before a shared ride in a Hummer to go see an oil well along with other businessmen and bodyguards. They are both attracted to each other at first sight but she originally thinks that Tariq is just a bodyguard for Sheikh Abdullah when he actually is the Sheikh. Tariq was a younger son of the ruler of the country but his mother sent him to America at age 5 to try to save his life after a few of his older brothers died from “accidents” brought on by people who thought the ruler might bypass the older son for his favorite wife’s eldest son. He has only returned to his country five years ago and feels like an outsider with his people so he spends all of his time trying to grow the oil and tourist industry to help secure the financial future of his people.
Along the way to the oil well, the convoy is suddenly attacked by militants. Tariq manages to fight them off and save Sara’s life but everyone else is either killed or captured. The two manage to make their way to a nearby oasis where there are some abandoned buildings they can find shelter in but once there they encounter drug runners. The story then just speeds along as Tariq and Sara try to get away from the enemies pursuing them – Tariq has a few relentless enemies who betrayed him and want him and his brothers dead who were working with the drug runners. The action is pretty harrowing, Tariq and Sara have quite a few close calls but they still feel a growing attraction to each other.
I really enjoyed this book because the story felt a little more authentic and less sugar coated than most of the Sheikh Harlequins. The hero is actually Muslim for once but he is also very modern and forward thinking (compared to the typical "traditional" Sheikh's in most Harlequins). He is a strong man but he also has a vulnerable side from his feelings of being an outsider to his people because he didn’t grow up there. Sara is a strong woman who does her best to help out Tariq during their attempts at escape. She isn’t Too Stupid To Live and she doesn’t think she always knows best. She does show a lot of courage, I was pretty impressed with her. I liked how she enjoyed romance novels and kept thinking of the Sheikhs from her favorite books when she looked at Tariq – because I would have done the same thing! I enjoyed the chemistry between Tariq and Sara, they had a quick connection that grew through the hardships they faced. They didn’t actually get it on until almost the end of the book after all the danger is over – but I didn’t really mind since I get annoyed when people who are on the run for their lives decide to stop and do the deed when it would probably cost them their lives. The action sequences got a little ridiculous toward the end, they became a bit unbelievable. I did feel the ending was a bit rushed, I would have preferred a longer section after all of the explosions and gunfire finally ended. Overall, I enjoyed the story and the romance so I can recommend this Sheikh book if you want a lot of action (sometimes a bit far fetched) and a nice romance between the two strong, likeable leads!(less)