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BACK IN HER HUSBAND’S BED by Andrea Laurence

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BACK IN HER HUSBAND’S BED by Andrea LaurenceBack in Her Husband's Bed by Andrea Laurence
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary

Annie Baracas will do whatever it takes to free herself from her spontaneous disaster marriage to Nate Reed.  Even if it means pretending to be a happily married couple in the public eye.  Easy, right?  Wrong!  Especially, since Annie has been in denial of her true feelings towards Nate for the past three years.

 

Nathan Reed knows the prefect way to seek revenge against his estranged wife and catch a notorious thief in the same process.  Nate knows that Annie wants a divorce and he will sign the paperwork if she agrees to his terms – temporarily resume the role as his wife and spy on her fellow poker players in order to eliminate a crook from his casino.  In the meanwhile, Nate will get to make Annie pay for leaving him three years ago without any explanation before he finally sets her free once and for all.

 

I found Back in Her Husband’s Bed to be a passable read that I believe could have been a bit more captivating.  I guess I wanted Nate’s revenge to be little harsher than it really was.  At first, I did not like Annie’s character; however, after her past was disclosed, I gained a better understanding of her behavior and started to like her.  On the flipside, I really enjoyed Nate as the hero.  His charming, dominant personality captured my attention from the start.  I just wished his retaliation plot towards Annie would have been more devilish.  I can admit that I was shockingly surprised by the identity of the poker tournament cheater.  I never suspected the villain until the revealing.  Nevertheless, the overall storyline was not bad and I did want to see how everything would pan out because I do love second chance romances.

BOUND TO THE WARRIOR KING by Maisey Yates

BOUND TO THE WARRIOR KING by Maisey Yates

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BOUND TO THE WARRIOR KING by Maisey YatesBound to the Warrior King by Maisey Yates
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyVanessa

Tarek al-Khalij has inherited the title of King—a title he had no wish to hold, and one that the warrior is ill equipped to handle.  He has lived his life as a sword, and he doesn’t really do emotions.  Tarek is blunt and to the point; he can’t fully handle the position of title on his own.

 

Pale innocent-looking Dowager Queen Olivia longs to be of some use to her in-laws’ family as she has nowhere to go.  Hating to be alone, she presents herself for a possible political alliance with Tarek.  She believes she can smooth the sharp edges of the weapon known as Tarek.  However, she never dreamed the hold that Tarek has on himself, let alone the past that shaped him into the warrior he has become.  Will these two unravel that which hinders them in their growth, or will they tear one another apart?

 

Maisey Yates has written a sizzling, chemistry-laden tale of romance that starts your pulse racing and your heart aching!

 

Bound to the Warrior King explores depths and character traits that all heroes should have ingrained within them.  Tarek was all that and that proverbial bag of chips!  I found myself slightly jealous of Olivia, even though I have to admit she was perfectly matched to the warrior.  Olivia was the only one that could temper him, and round Tarek as she did in Bound to the Warrior.

 

Tarek and Olivia both suffered from similar pasts, but in different ways.   Olivia had settled for so much less in her first marriage in order to keep that one piece safe, but with Tarek, she would open up more in Bound to the Warrior King.  She was willing to risk herself for him because of the way he looked at her in Bound to the Warrior King.

 

Tarek was a refreshing change from the everyday HP playboy who has become somewhat of a doorknob—everyone gets a turn! He has control of himself in Bound to the Warrior King, but Olivia tests his control, and he finds that being with her isn’t really a duty at all.  Olivia brings this warrior to his knees, and that is something to show the depth of this man’s emotions, emotions that he didn’t think he was capable of in Bound to the Warrior King.

 

I found Tarek and Olivia’s love story incredibly romantic, moving, and just plain fun to read, so I therefore Joyfully Recommend Bound to the Warrior King.

A CHRISTMAS VOW OF SEDUCTION by Maisey Yates

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A CHRISTMAS VOW OF SEDUCTION by Maisey YatesA Christmas Vow of Seduction by Maisey Yates
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary, Holidays
ReviewedbyVanessa

Prince Andres must marry the re-gifted Princess Zara to appease a sin that he committed against his brother, the King of Petras.  Andres had always felt it was better to push away those that loved him rather than see in their eyes the disappointment they had for him when he continued to fall short in their estimation.  Broaching a marriage like a contract, in which once heirs were provided both parties could seek out others in discreet ways, seemed like a good idea until those three words were mentioned!

 

Princess Zara had been hidden away and protected by ‘gypsies’ until the new government in her country found that she could be of some use.  Zara had learned to keep others at a distance, but Andres had managed to worm his way into her heart as he tamed her into being a show piece for her new position.  However, Andres pushes her too far, and Zara realizes that there is more to life than constant sorrow.

 

A Christmas Vow of Seduction was set up as an archaic tale that offered no true resolution for either party than to see how they could work together to attain their goals.  Andres was really a good guy, but he went about things the wrong way in A Christmas Vow of Seduction in order to protect his feelings.  Zara seemed like a different side to the same coin, as she also wanted to protect her own heart.  However, Zara seemed eons ahead of Andres in maturity in A Christmas Vow of Seduction and her clever telling of this was spot on!

 

A Christmas Vow of Seduction was an entertaining read with a few sprinkles of humorous dialogue tossed in for good measure!  The characters of Andres and Zara were well-formed and seemed to be good together as the navigated their new found circumstances in A Christmas Vow of Seduction.  I also found that A Christmas Vow of Seduction sparked my curiosity with Andres’ brother and sister-in-law’s story.

CLAIMED FOR MAKAROV’S BABY by Sharon Kendrick

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CLAIMED FOR MAKAROV’S BABY by Sharon KendrickClaimed for Makarov's Baby by Sharon Kendrick
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyVanessa

Dimitri Makarov has recently been informed by a busy body that his former secretary is poised to marry another man.  Investigating the competent, trustworthy Erin, he discovers that she kept a very important secret from him, and he means to be involved….now!!

 

Erin Turner no longer did love, been there done that, got the heartache to prove it.  So thinking she could make a better life for herself, she decides to participate in an illegal wedding instead of notifying the disreputable, drunkard, womanizing boss that he left her with a little gift.

 

Claimed for Makarov’s Baby showed the vulnerable side of Dimitri and that he had changed after that night.  It took some time, but he did make an effort.  Of course, this is another hero that never wanted a child until said child is there, but no one asks this guy why he didn’t just get snipped!  Dimitri comes across as rather cold in some of his early interactions with the child and Erin in Claimed for Makarov’s Baby.

 

Erin had good reason to protect the child in Claimed for Makarov’s Baby, but she did give Dimitri a chance to show that he had changed.  Dimitri acts all victimized until Erin points out exactly how awful he was when she did attempt to advise him in Claimed for Makarov’s Baby.  That was a wake-up call for him, realizing just how far he’d sunk in her eyes!

 

The truth behind why Dimitri was so cold was revealed and things worked through, but there were still a few unanswered questions that lingered in Claimed for Makarovs Baby.  Perhaps it was left to the imagination of the reader?

AN HEIR FIT FOR A KING by Abby Green

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AN HEIR FIT FOR A KING by Abby GreenAn Heir Fit for a King by Abby Green
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyVanessa

Exiled King Alix Saint Croix’s current lover is annoying him.  He stops off to get her a gift, but finds that his attraction is ignited by the lovely perfumer Leila Verughese.  Hoping to acquire Leila as a new mistress, Alix sets about to woo her only to come up against her determination to not travel that route!

 

Leila knew what she wanted and being a rich man’s mistress was not something she endeavored to become. However, Leila can’t deny that the cat and mouse game that Alix has embarked upon is quite intriguing.  Soon she finds that she has enlisted in more that she bargained for, and Alix must find a way to make things right or lose her forever.

 

An Heir Fit for a King was an enchanting tale.  Alix seemed to reach a different level with Leila and she wanted to discover things about herself in An Heir Fit for a King.  Alix does come across as quite manipulative over the course of An Heir Fit for a King, but that seemed to be more about him not acknowledging some things about himself.

 

Leila definitely gave Alix a run for his money in An Heir Fit for a King.  However, when they finally reveal the things that they had kept hidden, Alix and Leila are able to enjoy what they had worked so hard at obtaining in An Heir Fit for a King.  It was a nice change that Alix seemed to become the strong one before Leila, at least in the emotional department in An Heir Fit for a King.

HIS LOVER’S LITTLE SECRET by Andrea Laurence

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THE COWBOY’S LITTLE SURPRISE by Barbara White Daille

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NOT QUITE MARRIED by Christine Rimmer

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THE ITALIAN’S DEAL FOR I DO by Jennifer Hayward

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PRINCESS’S SECRET BABY by Carol Marinelli

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THIRTY DAYS TO WIN HIS WIFE by Andrea Laurence

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THE BILLIONAIRE’S BRIDAL BARGAIN by Lynne Graham

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AT THE COUNT’S BIDDING by Caitlin Crews

AT THE COUNT’S BIDDING by Caitlin Crews

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PLAYING BY THE GREEK’S RULES by Sarah Morgan

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MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL by Christie Ridgeway

MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL by Christie Ridgeway

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THE SECRET HIS MISTRESS CARRIED by Lynne Graham

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TO SIN WITH THE TYCOON by Cathy Williams

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DELUCCA’S MARRIAGE CONTRACT by Abby Green

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NO LIMITS by Lori Foster

NO LIMITS by Lori Foster

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THE MAGNATE’S MANIFESTO by Jennifer Hayward

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