Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss (Pregnancy & Passion #3) By Maya Banks

Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss (Pregnancy & Passion, #3)

RATING:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

REVIEW:

On Ashley’s wedding night she accidentally knocked over her new husbands laptop, which results in her finding out that her entire courtship with her husband Devon, was all orchestrated by her father and that the real love she feels for Devon is not reciprocated. She finds out that she was part of the deal for her father and Devon’s company merger deal, in exchange for merging the companies Devon had to marry Ashley and make her happy, and she must never find out…
After finding out that Devon doesn’t love her the way she loves him, and having his thoughts of her character (he thinks her flighty, naive, too tenderhearted, which he believes are faults) discovered she is devastatingly heartbroken and instead of having a exciting wedding night like she thought she would have, she ends up crying the whole night. During the night she tries to figure out what she is going to go, leave and get a divorce or change her character and try to make her marriage work. Since she really loves Devon she goes with option 2…
Devon never wanted to hurt Ashley and wanted to tell her out right about the deal that he made with her father. He cares for Ashley and respects her and he really thought they would have a companionable marriage. After their short honeymoon, because of Ashley’s massive migraine, and he was done taking care of her until she felt better, things start getting back on track… or so he thinks… A little a at time he starts noticing changes in Ashley, she cleaned there apartment to sparkling clean, she is learning how to cook, taking charge of a business party to announce her fathers retirement, changes her appearance, etc.
After some time Ashley finds out she is pregnant and that the way she has been lately isn’t the way she wants to be even for the man she loves and that she wanted to be herself to raise her child, and decides she is going to leave Devon.
Devon is excited when Ashley tells him she is pregnant, but is totally knock off balance when she tells him that she wants a divorce. That she wants to be with someone that loves her the way she is and doesn’t try to change her. After she leaves his office and a few weeks without getting in touch with her, he realizes that he loves her… And tries everything in is power to let her know he loves her and that he doesn’t want her to change and wants to be with her forever…

I liked Ashley’s character. She is tenderhearted, loves working at her Animal Shelter, excitable, all her family & friends adore her, and she lights up a room where ever she goes. And after finding out her father’s deal with Devon she finds the guts to change herself and try to make her marriage work. But in the end after talking to her friends, knew it wouldn’t last because she likes the person she was and finds the courage to end her marriage to the man she loves, so she didn’t have to change even knowing it wouldn’t be easy.

Devon’s character was one of the better hero in a Harlequin Romance book that I have read. He wasn’t nearly as bull-headed and a total jerk like other hero’s I have read. He doesn’t believe in love, because from what I can tell he was never exposed to it. It seemed he didn’t have a great childhood with his family since he is uncomfortable around Ashley’s close-knitted family. And though he wasn’t sure of his feelings for Ashley you could tell he really cared about her and wanted to make sure she was happy, and he really regretted the things he said in regards to her character. And though it took her leaving him to find out he loved her he didn’t try to reject it or debate it like other hero’s in some of the other Harlequin books I have read.

I really did enjoy this story and thought Maya Banks did a good job in making this story flow without it seeming long in some parts of the story. It flowed really well together that I didn’t have to set it down and take a break and come back to it later. So if you enjoy Harlequin Romances I do recommend this one.

The Price of Honor By Emilie Rose

The Price of Honor

RATING:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

REVIEW:

This one was one of my favorites of the Harlequin Desire Collection. After the heroine, Megan (an Equestrian rider), finds out that her boyfriend that she love’s with all her heart of six months, Xavier (a multimillionaire business owner in the perfume industry), has a fiancee that he is marrying in a year she is heartbroken. Especially since she found out she was pregnant a few hours earlier. After this discovery she sets her business in order and gets her horses sent home, she gets on a plane and goes home and lives with her engaged cousin Hannah…

After this point everything is set into motion. We see how Xavier and Megan react to each others revelations, Xavier’s fiancee that he tells Megan is just an business deal that he made years ago and honor bound to keep, and Megan’s pregnancy that comes into light to Xavier’s dismay.

In my opinion I thought that Megan was a strong character that doesn’t quit and tries to stick to her guns. I like how she tries to find away to get Xavier to see he loves her, and break is business deal that he has with his fiancee, and to make a future with her, there unborn child and become a family. Even when she loses hope about Xavier’s presence in her life for the future she struggles to do what is right for her unborn child and finds way to make things work out for her career and having time with her child.

As for Xavier, I thought he was somewhat bull-headed and a jerk. In is mind since he doesn’t have to marry is fiancee for a year to complete the business deal, that he can continue on with Megan like it never came out and thought she was just throwing a tantrum for him not leaving his fiancee for her and not getting her way. Then after he finds out about the pregnancy he tries to get Megen to relinquish her rights as a mother (trying to pay her off, getting to think she couldn’t juggle a child and her career, etc.)so he can have sole custody of their child. In the end I like when Xavier finally comes to his senses and realizes he loves her and tries to make everything right to when her back. Emilie Rose did a good job in writing Xavier’s turn about.

I was kind-of hoping that there was more in the epilogue other then just them getting married. But it was a decent ending to Xavier and Megan’s story.

Girl in the Bedouin Tent By Annie West

Girl in the Bedouin Tent

RATING:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

REVIEW:

Cassandra doesn’t have any fond memories regarding most men. And they escalate when after her tour bus breaks down within the borders of Trakhar, and is kidnapped by the neighboring country. After she is taken she gets scrubbed down and changed into a skimpy outfit and is presented to the Sheikh of Trakhar, Amir…
When he hears the jingle of bells coming from behind him he is prepared for the attack and manages not to hurt her and only manages to only get a nick. At first he thought it was an assassination attempt by his host, but soon learns that she speaks English, was kidnapped, and was just trying to protect herself, because she thought she was going to get raped…
After getting the situation under control and gets all the information about the incident and tells her he will protect her and help her get out of there. She is still wary of him, but slowly starts letting him in and trusting him. But as the start getting closer there is some things from their childhood’s pasts that are holding them back to discover there feelings about each other…

Cassandra’s character was a different. She is emotionally damaged do to some circumstances when she was younger. Though she was still the first to figure out her feelings for Amir, but she still took awhile to get there and at the end she kept denying it when he told her how he felt.

Amir is honorable, respectable, and takes care of those he feels responsible for. And make sure his people are always taken care of and do to that his people really love him. He takes him awhile to figure out what he feels for her, but eventually figures it out.

All in all, the book was okay to read once. There was just too much emotional abuse in the story to really take hold of my attention, but I did like how everything comes together in the end.

A Mistress for the Taking (Mistress To A Millionaire #18) By Annie West

A Mistress for the Taking

RATING:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

REVIEW:

I decided to read this book when I read someones review that stated “YES!! A love story that isn’t about hate for most of the story…” from amazon. I liked the heroine, Marina Lucchesi (She was courageous, stood up for what is right, & tough) , and the hero, Ronan Carlisle (He was chivalrous, takes care of the people around him, & clever), of this story. The were both strong characters that were very protective of there families. But for the most part there was a lot of hate for the man, Charles Wakefield, responsible for both of their family troubles. And so Ronan recruits Marina’s help in getting revenge. Throughout the story there is a lot of mistaken emotions from both Marina’s and Ronan’s point of view about each others feelings for the other person and that really slowed the pace of the story for me.
This story was interesting to read once, and I thought Ms. West to a good job in executing the characters descriptions and attitudes. The story had great potential, but didn’t get me drawn in that I didn’t want to put the book down and keep reading it. For me it was slow paced and I ended up taking breaks from reading it.

Ruthless Russian, Lost Innocence (Harlequin Presents, #2920) By Chantelle Shaw

Ruthless Russian, Lost Innocence (Harlequin Presents, #2920)

RATING:

3 OUT OF 5 Stars

REVIEW:

This book was interesting to read once for me. It was different in comparison to other Harlequins that I have read. The Hero, Vadim, and Heroine, Ella, both have their own emotional baggage, starting from their childhoods. But do to this it is really hard for either of them to open up to each other. All he wants is a mistress, but as they get to know each other they start opening up to each other she finds away to pass the barriers to his heart and becomes really important to him. She never wanted to have a relationship, especially the way her mother was treated by her philandering father. So she uses her uprising violinist career as a defense. But with Vadim’s pursuit of her, her defenses start get broken down.
I liked how they got to know each other better during their relationship. But it seemed to drag on and it was hard to get through in the beginning/middle of the book that I had to take breaks from reading it. It didn’t start picking up until the last 3rd of the book. I liked how it ended and was glad that I decided to finish reading it.

Enticed by His Forgotten Lover (Pregnancy & Passion #1) By Maya Banks

Enticed by His Forgotten Lover (Pregnancy & Passion, #1)

RATING:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

REVIEW:

“Have we Met?”
Bryony’s answer: aAright hook!!

When I was reading the synopsis for this book this was the part that really held my interest. It was interesting to see a pregnant Bryony hunt down Rafael,to get answers to what were his true intentions about purchasing her property on her island after promising her and her grandmother that it would be for his personal use and not to build a hotel on and also their relationship. After Bryony learns that Rafael has no memory of her due to a plane crash she is not sure what to make out of it.
When Rafael learns that he is the father to the baby Bryony’s carrying he decides to return to the island to try and remember his promise he made to Bryony and her grandmother and his true feelings for Bryony.
The story was interesting to read at least once. The author did a good job in relating the emotional roller coaster ride of Bryony and Rafael’s relationship, but I will admit that I there were times that I had to take a break from it and put the book down do to it not holding my attention at times.

Holding Out for Doctor Perfect By Teresa Southwick

Holding Out for Doctor Perfect

RATING:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

REVIEW:

This was an enjoyable book to read. The Hero and Heroine both have been through a heartbreaking relationship when they were younger. As a result it was difficult for each of them to entrust their hearts to someone else. When Dr. Spencer Stone wants some new equipment for the cardiology department he needs the approval from the Hospital Administration Financial Department, Avery O’Neill. So he hunts her down to get his point across, but Avery has other ideas and makes sure not to cross paths with him, even hiding in the ladies room… But when Dr. Stone goes directly to her boss she has no choice but to on a business trip to Dallas with him to get the financial facts and other details in order. During the trip they get closer and learn a lot about past hurts and about each other. When a night together results in a pregnancy they have to figure out their feelings for another and determine the future…
The story was interesting to read at least once. There was a time or two were the pace of the story slowed down, but would pick up again. I liked the setting for their hometown being Las Vegas, Nevada since I am from here. Every time a street, an area, or a building was mentioned I was like I know where that is and that street name, it was cool for me.

The Paternity Promise By Merline Lovelace

The Paternity Promise

RATING:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

REVIEW:

This was one of my favorite Harlequin books that I have read. I like how the author didn’t drag out who the father was for the baby Molly. And how the author mentioned during the story, how the relationship between Blake and Grace was developing during the time she was working as a nanny. I enjoyed that even though they jumped into marriage for Molly’s sake, they got to know each other before and was able to get a lot closer. The touch of suspense at the end was a nice touch and I looked forward to see how it was resolved and I thought the ending was really cute.

Innocent Wife, Baby Of Shame By Melanie Milburne

Innocent Wife, Baby Of Shame

RATING:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

REVIEW:

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was one that grabbed my attention and couldn’t put down, and I was able to read it in one setting. It was different in comparison to other Harlequin books I have read.
After Keira’s alleged affair with her friend Garth Merrick, her marriage to Patrizio Trelini ended and became a world wide scandal in the gossip magazines and newspapers. Though she regretted that night and can’t remember anything happening she was heading for divorce until Patrizio’s nephew Bruno and Keira’s brother Jamie, hatched a plan with an “accomplice” to see that their marriage will be saved…
When I came across this book I was unsure whether to give it a chance or not since I don’t like books that has any form of cheating involved. But I am glad that I did. It was intriguing to read Keira and Patrizio’s story. A following there emotional state and misunderstandings in the re-beginning of there relationship to the development of their strong relationship by the end of their story. And I enjoyed when everything was resolved by the end of the book. I was kind-of irritated that Garth didn’t tell the truth regarding that night straight away, especially with the way Keira felt ashamed and regretful. And especially with the way Patrizio was sort of mean to her… Though I guess its understandable since I don’t know how I would handle it if someone I really loved cheated on me… I know it wouldn’t be easy.
All in all it turned out to be an enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the main characters and all the side characters in this book. And it will probably be one that I will read again later on.

The Sabbides Secret Baby By Jacqueline Baird

The Sabbides Secret Baby

RATING:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

REVIEW:

Phoebe couldn’t wait until Jed’s return, so she can share her excited news to the man she loved, that she was pregnant. But Jed doesn’t take to the news like she thought he would and what turned out to be the great news for her, turned out to be the worst news for him. After a terrible blow to Phoebe when he told her she was nothing more than a mistress and the confrontation of the truth of their relationship, Phoebe is left in a sadden state. After that an a accident occurs and she loses her baby and then the man she loved after she decides to leave…
After 5 years when Phoebe left, Jed discovers Phoebe at an event. After they dance and talk, something Jed say sparks a panic in Phoebe. After that his curiosity of what caused her panic made him hire someone to look into her history from that time she left 5 years ago. Upon receiving the file from his investigators and sees a picture of a child… That looks remarkably like him when he was younger!!!!

As I was reading this book I wasn’t sure how I was going to enjoy it. If you ask me what I was going to rate it when I got to the middle I probably would have rated it a 3 out of 5 stars. Their was some interesting occurrences, but most of it was filled with animosity from both of the main characters and misunderstandings that I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. I even thought something was going to happen that would drive a wedge even further between the two, that I was so thankful when it didn’t come to light. What really saved it for me and had me deciding to give it a 4, was the epilogue. I thought it was really cute how it ended and was really grateful it ended remarkably. It also helped that Ben was really cute and helped bring his parents closer together threw out the book, because if it wasn’t for him a lot of the situations wouldn’t have occurred.