Webber, Meredith, The Sheikh’s Doctor Bride

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Webber, Meredith, The Sheikh’s Doctor Bride, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).

Title:  The Sheikh’s Doctor Bride

Author:  Meredith Webber

Imprint:  Medical

Issues:  Class Differences; Debt; Gendered Expectations (Men); Interracial Relationships; POC

Blurb:

Married to the Sheikh…

ER doctor Kate will do anything to save her family’s livelihood. So when the Sultan of Amberach offers her a lifeline in exchange for her working in his state-of-the-art hospital and marrying his nephew – gorgeous, brooding sheikh Dr. Fareed Faruke – it’s a deal Kate has to accept!

Fareed has always known he’ll never have a say in who he marries, but he’s shocked to see beautiful Kate behind the gold silk veil. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want – and yet the only woman he can’t seem to resist…

Dear Reader,

Books come together in many ways – a little bit here and a little bit there.  One of the ‘bits’ this time has now become legend in my family.  Some forty years ago my mother-in-law went to see a woman who read cards to tell the future, and this woman told her that if she went away on a trip with her widowed son and his two teenage daughters she’d never have to worry about him again.

That night the son in question phoned her from interstate, where he lived, to ask her to go to India with him and the girls.  She agreed – here was the trip the cards had foretold!  I joined their flight in far-off Western Australia as the tour leader, and that’s how I met my husband and the two teenagers who have become my very loved daughters.

It still gives me shivers up the spine when I realise just how little we know of the part fate must play in our lives.  I do hope fate is kind to you.

Meredith Webber

Marinelli, Carol, Surgeon in a Tux

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Marinelli, Carol, Surgeon in a Tux (200 Harley Street, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2014).

Title:  Surgeon in a Tux (200 Harley Street, Book 1)

Author:  Carol Marinelli

Imprint:  Medical

Issues:  Debt; Injury

Blurb:

Awakened by the boss!

Renowned plastic surgeon Leo Hunter has sacrificed everything to restore the Hunter Clinic to its former glory. Now this legendary playboy—equally at home in a tux as he is in his scrubs—always has a glamorous woman on his arm. So why is he drawn to his prim and uber-efficient new head nurse, Lizzie Birch? She’s the first woman in a long time who is resistant to Leo’s intoxicating charms. And it might break all his rules, but Leo can’t resist the challenge of unbuttoning the intriguing Lizzie!

Dear Reader,

I so enjoyed writing the first book for this wonderful 200 Harley Street continuity.

I am very glad that the editors choose who writes which story, because I confess, had it been left to me, I would have struggled to choose between the two brothers – Leo and Ethan Hunter.  Actually, had it been left to me, I’d have probably gone for the deliciously dark and tortured Ethan – but the editors do know best because I had been given Ethan I’d never have fallen in love with the reprobate Leo – and fall in love I did.

Yes, he was reeling me in by the time my gorgeous heroine, Lizzie, first picked up the phone and spoke to him.  He’s sexy, snobby, funny and, in his own way, just as tortured as Ethan.  I hope you love him too!

I can’t wait to read the rest of the stories and get back to the glamour and heartbreak at 200 Harley Street and find out what happens to the rest of the characters (especially Ethan!).

Happy reading!

 

Carol x

Lethbridge, Ann, Wicked Rake, Defiant Mistress

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Lethbridge, Ann, Wicked Rake, Defiant Mistress, (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  Wicked Rake, Defiant Mistress

Author:  Ann Lethbridge

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Debt; Gendered Expectations (Women)

Blurb:

When a mysterious woman holds him at gunpoint, Garrick Le Clere, Marquess of Beauworth, knows he’s finally met his match!With her home lost to creditors, Lady Eleanor Hadley has been forced to take drastic steps. She’s without hope–until the notorious rake offers a way out of her predicament….

Garrick soon discovers that his new mistress is a virgin, and a lady–with a dangerous secret life! But the pleasure she brings may be just what he needs to soothe the pain from his past.

Author Note

The moonlight meeting between Eleanor, a lady highwayman, and the brooding Marquess of Beauworth played out in my mind like the opening scene of a movie one quiet summer evening.  Why would did Garrick so obviously hate the idea of going home?  These were puzzles I had to solve.  By the early nineteenth century highwaymen were a rarity.  And it was a time when a man’s home was his castle.

I hope you enjoy unravelling the answers and learning their story as much as I did.  If you would like to know more about my writing and my books visit my website at www.annlethbridge.com.  I always love to hear from readers, and can be reached at ann@annlethbridge.com

Kelly, Carla, The Admiral’s Penniless Bride

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Kelly, Carla, The Admiral’s Penniless Bride,  (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2010).

Title:  The Admiral’s Penniless Bride

Author:  Carla Kelly

Imprint:  Historical

Issues:  Bereavement; Debt; Embezzlement; Gendered Expectations (Women); Suicide; Unemployment

Blurb:

Sally Paul is down to her last penny. As she spends it on a cup of tea – to stave off being at the mercy of the workhouse – the last thing she expects is an offer of marriage…from a complete stranger!

Admiral Sir Charles Bright’s seafaring days are over–and according to society, that must mean he’s in need of a wife! Discovering Sally’s in need of a home, he offers a solution…

They marry in haste – but will they enjoy their wedding night at leisure?

Anderson, Sarah M., Rodeo Dreams

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Anderson, Sarah M., Rodeo Dreams (Rodeo Dreamers, Book 1), (Richmond, Surrey:  Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).

Title:  Rodeo Dreams (Rodeo Dreamers, Book 1)

Author:  Sarah M. Anderson

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Debt; Gendered Expectations (Men); Gendered Expectations (Women); Injury; Interracial Relationships; LGBTQ; POC; WOC

Blurb:

Love is one unpredictable ride

Ride straight to the top of the rodeo circuit—that’s June Spotted Elk’s dream. Yes, bull-riding is a man’s world, but she won’t let anyone—not even a sexy, scarred stranger—get in her way.

Seasoned bull rider Travis Younkin knows what it’s like to make it to the top—and then hit the bottom. Back in the arena to resurrect his career, he can’t afford a distraction like June. No matter how far he’ll go to protect her from the danger. No matter how deeply the stubborn and beautiful rider gets to him…

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the rodeo, where dreams are made – and broken – in eight seconds in the arena on the back of a two-ton bull.

Men like Travis Younkin have been riding bulls for years – and Travis has the scars to prove it.  He’s trying to make his way back to the top of the bull-riding world, but there’s one rider who’s standing in his way – June Spotted Elk.

June was born to ride bulls.  The fact that she’s a woman in a man’s world doesn’t slow her down in the least.  She’s out to prove she can ride with the big boys – and she’s not about to let something like an old schoolgirl crush on her favourite rider, Travis Younkin, get in her way.

Travis knows how dangerous bull riding can be and he’s determined to keep June safe.  But when his concern turns into something  more, they’re both risking their rodeo dreams.

Rodeo Dreams is a sensual story about fighting for your dreams and falling in love.  I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it!  This book will always hold a special place in my life because I sold it almost six years after I wrote it.  Rodeo Dreams is a real-life example of the power of perseverance.  Be sure to stop by www.sarahmanderson.com and join me as I say long live cowboys!

Sarah M. Anderson

Harrington, Nina, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Boss?

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Harrington, Nina, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Boss? (Those Summer Nights, Book 1),  (Richmond, Surrey:  Mills & Boon, 2014).

Title:  Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Boss?  (Those Summer Nights, Book 1)

Author:  Nina Harrington

Imprint:  Modern Tempted (KISS)

Issues:  Debt; Recession

Blurb:

Enemies make the best lovers… 

Scott Elstrom craves freedom, adventure and exploration…so leaving the wilds of Alaska behind to save the family company isn’t top on his list of priorities! And getting the traditional CEO portrait painted by one feisty, quirky, sexy fireball? Not in a million years! 

Antonia Baldoni needs this commission. Just because the new boss won’t play along, it doesn’t mean she’ll back down! But suddenly Toni’s not sure if it’s determination that’s got her pulse racing…or something altogether less appropriate! Trouble is, this battle of wills is not so much hard work…it’s a lot more like fun!

Dear Reader,

Parents.  We love them dearly, but sometimes they pass on a heritage and family expectations that we cannot shake off-no matter how hard we try.

Antonia Baldoni knows about expectations.  Toni is the fourth generation of the Baldoni family of artists to paint the portrait of the CEO of Elstrom Industries.  She needs the money to help pay for her younger sister’s gap year, with something left over for the university fees.  Toni has taken care of her sister since their parents’ deaths.

Only the new CEO is not the academic cartographer Lars Elstrom but his adventurer son Scott.  Scott Elstrom has been brought back from Alaska to take over the company because his father is ill.

Scott certainly does not have time to sit around long enough to have his portrait painted!  He might be the last of the line but he is not going to let two hundred years of heritage go down without a fight.

The one thing he does expect is that quirky and stubborn Toni Baldoni might just be the girl he needs to help him save Elstrom Mapping-and give him hope for a second chance at love.

I do hope that you enjoy travelling with Toni and Scott on their journey to discover how they can put the past behind them and move forward together to a new life.

I would love to hear from my readers, and you can get in touch by visiting www.ninaharrington.com

Nina