Rimmer, Christine, Ms Bravo and the Boos

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Rimmer, Christine, Ms Bravo and the Boss (Bravo Family, Book 47),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  Ms Bravo and the Boss (Bravo Family, Book 47)

Author:  Christine Rimmer

Imprint:  Special Edition

Issues:  Body Image; Financial Issues; Self Confidence

Blurb:

Beauty and the man who’ll never let her go…

On paper, this should have been the perfect arrangement.  

Elise Bravo needed a job, desperately. And soldier turned thriller writer Jed Walsh burned through—almost literally, it turned out—assistants like hellfire through brimstone. Turned out he had some…unusual work habits to go along with his giant talent and ego. He threw knives to relax. He cleaned his guns as he acted out scenes. And more than anything, he hated cats…

Enter Elise, crack typist, master plotter and perfect for the live-in job in every way but one…two if you count Mr. Wiggles, her furry companion. For though Jed had sworn he would never get “involved” with a woman who worked for him, it took only a day or two with the perfectly professional, pencil skirt–wearing Bravo beauty to realize that he needed to keep Elise—in his bed, in his house and in his life. And the first step was building Mr. Wiggles a catio—because maybe there was more than one way for Jed to make Elise his.

Dear Reader,

Elise Bravo needs a high-paying job to put herself back on track after a series of losses in life, in business and in love.  Jed Walsh needs the perfect assistant.  He’s a world-famous thriller writer with a specific writing process:  he dictates his stories to his assistant. 

Unfortunately, Jed is big and gruff and scary, a real beast of a man.  He’s having serious trouble keeping a typist; they tend to run away screaming.

And then Elise shows up at Jed’s door to apply for the job no other assistant has been able to keep.  She’s a whiz on the keyboards and he doesn’t intimidate her.  Jed may be hard to deal with, but he pays a lot.

It’s only supposed to be a temporary solution.  She’ll type his overdue book, make all that money and go back to her own life.

But then slowly, Elise begins to realize that she’s falling for her secretly softened beast of a boss.  As for Jed, he’s decided that, no matter what it takes or how much it costs him, he’s never letting Elise go…

I hope you enjoy their story as much as I did.

Happy reading, everyone.

Christine Rimmer

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Kaye, Marguerite, The Beauty Within

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Kaye, Marguerite, The Beauty Within (Armstrong Sisters, Book 3), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  The Beauty Within (Armstrong Sisters, Book 3)

Author:  Marguerite Kaye

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Body Image; Gendered Expectations (Women); Self Esteem

Blurb:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Considered the plain, clever one in her family, Lady Cressida Armstrong knows her father has given up on her ever marrying. But who needs a husband when science is the only thing to set Cressie’s pulse racing?

Disillusioned artist Giovanni di Matteo is setting the ton abuzz with his expertly executed portraits. Once his art was inspired; now it’s only technique. Until he meets Cressie….

Challenging, intelligent and yet insecure, Cressie is the one whose face and body he dreams of capturing on canvas. In the enclosed, intimate world of his studio, Giovanni rediscovers his passion as he awakens hers…

Author Note,

When I wrote my Princes of the Desert historical mini-series a couple of years ago, it was published with the strapline ‘Where English Roses meet Desert Sheikhs’.  The English Roses referred to were sisters, Lady Celia and Lady Cassandra, the eldest daughters of Lord Armstrong, a distinguished British diplomat.  There were five Armstrong sisters in all, and it was always my intention to tell each of their stories eventually.

I had always envisaged Cressie as the bookish, intense sister (being the eldest of four sisters myself, I know how readily labels such as this are applied!).  In an age where such bluestocking traits were not only discouraged but frowned upon, especially in young women of marriageable age, Cressie is a intellectual with a serious hang-up about her looks.  Giovanni is a brooding and fatally attractive Italian artist, touched by genius, with a sordid and shameful past.  Hardly the most obvious of matches, but definitely one which will generate a lot of sparks.

Cressie and Giovanni’s story touches on a number of seemingly conflicting concepts – truth versus beauty, science versus art logic versus instinct, duty versus freedom – but it’s not about any of that.  It’s about two people from different worlds who have an irresistible connection and who, in attempting to find themselves, find each other.  What could be more romantic than that?

I fully intend to complete the Armstrong sisters cycle by writing Caro and Cordelia’s stories some time in the near future.  But for the time being I hope you enjoy Cressie’s tale.

Andrews, Beth, The Marine’s Embrace

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Andrews, Beth, The Marine’s Embrace (In Shady Grove, Book 6),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).

Title:  The Marine’s Embrace (In Shady Grove, Book 6)

Author:  Beth Andrews

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Amputee; Body Image; Depression; Parenthood; Self Esteem

Blurb:

If only he had something to give her…besides love

He’s only looking for a room and a fresh start, but Zach finds more than he’d bargained for when he checks into Fay Lindemuth’s bed-and-breakfast. The single mom intrigues him with her quiet strength and gentle beauty. He knows he should keep his distance from Fay and her young sons. Not only is she still hung up on her ex-husband, but as an ex-marine, Zach Castro has no idea what he can offer them. No matter how much he begins to feel for her…

Dear Reader,

I read my first Harlequin romance as a teenager and from that point on, I dreamed of becoming a Harlequin author.  Now here I am, releasing my eighteenth book for Superromance, and I couldn’t have done it without you.  Thank you so much for allowing me to share my stories with you.  Here’s to many more happy endings!

If you’ve read my books before, it’s probably clear that I’m a big believer in second chances.  I believe that if a person sincerely wants to overcome their past, they will-but it won’t be easy.  A point that was very much brought home in The Marine’s Embrace.

Fay Lindemuth and Zach Castro are both at turning points in their lives.  Fay, who was introduced in the very fist InShady Grove book, Talk of the Town, is a single mother struggling with depression trying desperately to overcome past mistakes and move on.  Zach comes to Shady Grove to work for his brother so he can figure out what his future holds after losing his arm and leg while serving in the marines.  They don’t complete each other so much as they help each other heal.  Zach gives Fay the strength to see herself as so much more than her illness and her past choices.  Fay and her sons accept Zach into their hearts and show him how much brighter his future will be once he includes love and family into his plans.

I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed writing Fay and Zach’s story-especially being able to bring Fay’s story full circle and give her a well-deserved happy-ever-after.  I’ve loved writing the In Shady Grove series and being able to return to Shady Grove time and again.  This series has been very near and dear to my heart-thank you for being a part of it!

 

For more about futur releases and a listing of all my books, please visit my website, www.bethandrews.net, or drop me a line at beth@Bethandrews.net.  I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Reading!

Beth

Yates, Maisey, The Highest Price to Pay

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Yates, Maisey, The Highest Price to Pay (Chevalier, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2011).

Title:  The Highest Price to Pay (Chevalier, Book 1)

Author:  Maisey Yates

Imprint:  Modern (Presents)

Issues:  Body Image; Guilt; Injury; Interracial Relationship; POC; Physical Scarring

Blurb:

“While it has been reported that I’m missing my own soul, I have no interest in yours. This is about money.”

When Ella’s failing business comes wrapped up as part of Blaise Chevalier’s recent takeover, he plans to discard it – as is his usual way with surplus goods. Then he meets Ella! Cast from the same fiery mould he is, she makes an intriguing adversary. Perhaps he can have a little fun with his new acquisition…

As proud and strong as she is beautiful, Ella is determined to prove Blaise wrong about her business and her worth. As long as she hides her hint of vulnerability and denies the flicker of attraction between them when she catches her enemy’s eye…

Hayward, Jennifer, The Divorce Party

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Hayward, Jennifer, The Divorce Party (The Delicious De Campos, Book 1),  (Ontario:  Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2013).

Title:  The Divorce Party (The Delicious De Campos, Book 1)

Author:  Jennifer Hayward

Imprint:  Modern (Presents)

Issues:  Anorexia; Body Image; Cancer; Divorce; Eating Disorder; Infidelity

Blurb:

“You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?” 

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say “no” to. 

Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.

Dear Reader,

This story begins on a cold winter day with a cup of coffee, a newspaper and a real-life party that sparked a tale that just had to be told.

On the front page of my newspaper that morning was the story of a lavish divorce party a Manhattan billionaire was throwing to celebrate the end of his three-year marriage.  The embossed invitations, the incredibly civilised approach to the end of a union due to irreconcilable differences fascinated me.  What would bring a couple to this point?  Why would anyone want to end their marriage in front of family and friends?

I started to wonder-what if the billionaire didn’t really want a divorce?  What if what he really wanted was his wife back and this was the only way he could get her in the same room with him?  What if they were madly in love but the very act of being together destroyed them?  Could this marriage ever be saved?

My billionaire became sexy Italian wine magnate, Riccardo De Campo, and his feisty, on-the-run wife, Lilly.

I’ve dreamed of writing romances for as long as I can remember, but the story of Riccardo and Lilly’s tempestuous relationship was special.  It got me out of bed one night to write the first chapter when I was knee deep in another book and wouldn’t let me go until I’d written ‘the end’.

I entered Riccardo and Lilly’s story, The Divorce Party, in Harlequin’s 2012 So you Think You Can Write contest hoping others would love it as much as I did.  Never dreaming the De Campos would capture the imagination of so many people and win me the publishing contract I’ve always wanted.  Every minute of that journey was magical.

I’ve had a hard time letting Riccardo and Lilly go.  I hope you do too.

Enjoy!

Jennifer

Ashton, Leah, A Girl Less Ordinary

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Ashton, Leah, A Girl Less Ordinary,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2012).

Title:  A Girl Less Ordinary

Author:  Leah Ashton

Imprint:  Romance (Cherish)

Issues:  Addiction; Bereavement; Body Image; Bullying; Child Abandonment; Drugs; Self Esteem

Blurb:

Eleanor has worked hard to transform herself from the lonely girl she once was. Switching braces for a breathtaking smile, dowdy clothes for fabulous dresses, and heartbreak for flirty, fun-only dates, she’s now “Ella.” But one man can see the real woman beneath.

Fiercely private billionaire Jake Donner has never forgotten Eleanor, and he’s shocked to see how she’s changed. Sparks begin to fly as old memories haunt them—for the innocent attraction they once resisted is all grown up and won’t be denied again…

Dear Reader,

I’ve always loved stories where the heroine was an awkward ugly duckling who grows up to become a stunning, successful swan.  Of course-she then meets a fabulous, drop dead gorgeous man and they both live happily ever after!

That’s how this story started, with dorky Eleanor in her school uniform crystal clear in my imagination.  But then I thought-what if my hero isn’t quite so perfect?  What if he was an outcast in school, too?  And that’s how Jake was born-brilliant, geeky, reclusive Jake.

Later it became clear that Eleanor and Jake had a past-in fact, they were once best friends!  Back at school they’d believed it was just the two of them against the world.  But then something went very, very wrong…

I hope you enjoy Ella and Jake’s story, and the sparks that fly as they’re thrown together after more than a decade apart.

I love to hear from readers.  You can contact me via my website:  www.leah-ashton.com, or email:  leah@leah-ashton.com.

Leah

Andrews, Amy, Driving Her Crazy

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Andrews, Amy, Driving Her Crazy,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Driving Her Crazy

Author:  Amy Andrews

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Body Image; Eating Disorder; PTSD

Blurb:

Journalist Sadie Bliss is on a mission to prove herself as a world-class reporter. But three things stand in her way…  

  1. Dangerously mouthwatering photographer Kent Nelson-he’s far too brooding and arrogant. 
  1. A road trip across the Outback with the above distraction-did she mention she doesn’t do sleeping under the stars? 
  1. An insatiable longing to throw her rule book out of the car window… Because what happens in the Outback stays in the Outback. Right?