The Millionaire’s Unexpected Proposal, Jane Peden
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Sometimes I want to read a good straight forward romance, and I know with one from Entangled that it’ll be one I enjoy. This sounded a fun read, I’m keen on these second chance romances…
Camilla needs Sam to marry her, to stop her in-laws from trying to take JD, her son, away from her. She’d tried to contact him when she found she was pregnant after their fling, but never succeeded so assumed he wasn’t interested. Now he’s furious that he’s missed out and that his son has been brought up by another man. There were reasons for Camilla marrying Danny, but he just thinks she did it for the money – her mother was a Vegas showgirl who sought rich husbands, and he simply assumes she’s the same. He’s not bothered about her ( well his head isn’t – his body certainly is!) but wants his son. He lays down some pretty strict terms for the marriage, and has long term plans he keeps from her.
As they’re living together with JD and Cam’s little sister Olivia, he begins to see there’s more to her than he first thought ….and of course that’s where it all goes wrong. I do love that, the build up, the peak and then –bam- everything collapses!
Its a fun read, straightforward and no great surprises, but sometimes that’s all you want, something to sit back and enjoy, to wallow over the drama and feel for the characters, and hope everything will come through for a HEA.
Stars: Stars: Four, a straightforward, fun and enjoyable romance
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers
The Virgin, Tiffany Reisz
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Well, I guess most of us have always wondered…why did Nora leave Soren? Its referred to so many times, and we know its around the time she also was pregnant via Kingsley and finally – finally – we get to know everything. Poor Nora, I felt for her so much but also for Kingsley too and Soren. They all ended in a situation hurting each other, though none of them wanted that, didn’t intend it. Life is like that sometimes, takes us in directions we didn’t intend, and we strike out in impulse at those we love.Wow what a shock it was too, and yet knowing them both its not really unexpected. Soren is a control freak in so many ways and up to now Nora has needed that, needed him to get her out of scrapes when she was younger and accepted his directions once she was older. She’s allowed him to push her life in the direction she needs, trusting him as her Dominant to know best. Then so much happens at once, they’re all in shock and Nora flees. Kingsley ( he’s great is The King) has told her for a long while this day would come, but she never really believed him. Soren has been the one she runs to, who loves and protects her, who sorts out and helps her with any problems, and she can’t imagine running away but Kingsley has insisted that she practises and knows what to do in the event of five scenarios, and he’s put out in place help for her in the event of one of them occurring. This time though its something none of them envisaged and she can’t go to any of the bolt holes…she has to find her own. In between that story Tiffany weaves another for us about how The King meets his Juliette. She’s always been a bit of a background figure, loves Kingsley unconditionally, puts up with his ways and accepts him for the man he is, so who is she really? We get to see their first meeting and find out just why Kingsley is so enamoured of her and why they are so perfect together. She came as a real surprise to me, I simply never envisaged her as that sort of person and yet – she’s perfect, I loved her, and she’s just the sort of helpmeet he needs in his life at the time she has need of someone like him. Its a real turn of fate moment when two people find exactly the lovers they need.
Nora in the convent – can you imagine it? And though she’s grateful for the sanctuary she still rebels against some of the constraints in her own way. The time away though stretches into months and months, and its where she has the time to think and to find out who and what she really is. It makes sense, when you think she’s been with Soren directing her since she was fifteen and not really learned to think for herself. As Soren’s sub he did all the thinking for her, and good though that is her nature isn’t a natural submissive one, she’s rebellious and fiercely independent and its only her love for Soren that’s allowed her to be submissive so far. She’s matured from that needy teen and now has to make some decisions about her life, where its going and what she wants. Its a time of change and its been great to go along with the journey.
We do get a bit of Soren though – at the beginning and the end which brings us up to present day, so he’s not just in Kingsley and Nora’s thoughts but there in reality too. Its a perfect ending – I’ll be sad to see these characters go, but wonder once these gap filling stories are done if there’s any more to come from them? I’ve loved them but the time with all good books to stop is before they get exhausted, before the story gets tired and dull – I’d rather re read what we have than see that happen. So far though even though I know the story its still really fun getting the snippets and stories behind the main events and characters. I’m looking forward to how Nora become the top Dominatrix, and hope we find out what Soren does in that time too. I can’t quite remember how but? I’m sure she left Soren a second time – I seem to recall Kingsley saying he understood why she left the first time ( this time), but didn’t agree with the second and that’s where they fell out. Or maybe I just dreamt all that !! they do seem to insert their way into my thoughts a lot….
Stars: Five, I really enjoyed the stories behind the story in this read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.