Shell Cunliffe

Shell’s Review Dylan (Dragon Hearts 4) by Carole Mortimer

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51J8YaznanLDYLAN is the 4th book in USA Today Bestselling and Amazon #1 Bestselling Indie Author, Carole Mortimer’s, paranormal series, DRAGON HEARTS.

Author’s Note: Beware of very sexy alpha dragon shifters on the hunt for their fates mates!

Waking up in a curtained cubicle in a human hospital wasn’t the worst experience Dylan had ever had in his centuries-long existence, but it was certainly not something he would ever have expected to happen. As a dragon shifter, human ailments didn’t bother him, and if he was ever injured then transforming into his dragon would heal him. Besides, he and his brothers had always avoided human hospitals because the doctors there had a habit of carrying out tests and asking for X-rays that would clearly tell them the Pendragon brothers weren’t human.

Opening his eyes to find his fated mate bending over him, his human fated mate, was even more of a shock. Yes, three of his brothers had found their fated mates in the past year, and they had all been human, but Dylan had never thought it would happen to him too.

Holly Barnes wasn’t only human, the name tag attached to her white coat said she was also a doctor. And the singular most beautiful woman Dylan had ever seen, with her glossy auburn hair, dark green eyes, and voluptuous body.

A & E doctor, Holly Wilson, didn’t know what to make of her newest patient. Apart from the fact he was the most gorgeous and sexy man she had ever set eyes on. He was also extremely tall, over six and a half feet of dark and dangerous bad boy, if her assessment was correct. But she hadn’t been able to find any visible injuries on him when she examined that ripped and toned body, no head injury or anything else to explain why he had been unconscious when he was brought in to A&E. He looked perfectly normal to her, almost as if he was sleeping, rather than injured.

Having him suddenly raise his eyelids and look at her with glittering blue eyes, that didn’t appear fevered or pained, but gazed up at her as if she was Christmas, birthdays, and every other holiday celebration combined, was more than a little unnerving. Even more so was having his fingers curl like steel bands about her wrist and have him call her his fated mate.
Holly had enough problems in her life right now without some crazy man telling her she now belonged to him. Even if he did look like a Greek or Roman god and made her knees go weak.

Until Dylan knew what had happened to put him in the human hospital in the first place, he knows he shouldn’t even think about claiming Holly as his mate.

Staying away from his fated mate altogether proves impossible, but is Dylan putting Holly’s life in danger by continuing to seek her out at every opportunity?





As you know if you have been following the series of not why not, this has been a great series so far.  For me I cannot recommend this series highly enough.

This is book 4 and this time we are following Dylan, who I would talk a little about, but this time I’m going to talk about his fated mate Dr Holly Wilson.

Holly is a level headed woman, which she is…but she is also strong, because not only has she looked after herself but she has brought up her younger sister Gayle, since their parents died.  Now Gayle is young and over the years has got way with things, I should also point out Gayle is very good with computers, and this time has done something which brings two characters from The Alpha series into this series.

So the two characters are Gregori Marovic from Midnight Alpha (Alpha 4), and Nikolai Volkov from Warrior Alpha (alpha 6) and if you remember he is Gregori’s bodyguard.  And the reason these two characters are back is because Gayle has taken some money from Gregori bank account.

When I read that my jaw hit the floor, its a good job I wasn’t drinking my tea, it would have gone everywhere.  It was wonderful too see two of my characters back even though it was for a short while.

So for me I will give this book 5/5 stars.  You can now buy the book atAmazon and all other retailers.

The next book is Gregor and is on pre-order at Amazon and is released on 25th may.


Shell’s Review The Scandalous Widow by Erica Monroe

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It started with a whisper…

Rumors, gossip, and secrets all have a way of unraveling at the worst possible time. Follow each story as it leads you through a path of mystery and intrigue. Lady X’s gossip sheet tells all and it leaves everybody talking. The rumors have the potential to ruin lives and with each whisper a new scandal arises.

Will those who find themselves the subject of her scandal sheet escape unscathed and discover who Lady X is along the way?

One Moonlit Tryst by Amanda Mariel Lady Tabitha Pemberton wants nothing more than to enjoy her first season without becoming attached, but when Lady X writes of a forbidden tryst between Tabitha and Colin Brooks, the earl of Harcourt, everything changes. Now Tabitha must choose between her reputation and her desire to remain unattached.

Love Me, Lord Tender by Deb Marlowe Lord Tensford has an old title and an empty purse. He knew it would be difficult to find a Society bride, but after Lady X heeds baseless rumor and brands him Lord Terror, it’s next to impossible.
Until he comes to the aid of Lady Hope Brightley, causing Lady X to re-dub him Lord Tender.
Now he’s a laughing stock and a fortune hunter. But Lady Hope means to repay him and help him find a bride. In the end, will she turn him over to the perfect mate? Or ask him to . . . Love Me, Lord Tender?

The Lady Loves a Scandal by Christina McKnight Many years ago, Gideon Lyndon, Viscount Galway, made a grave mistake. On the verge of rectifying this misdeed, he finds himself faced with his greatest challenge yet: winning back the woman he has loved since the moment he met her. But after a year of silence, convincing his headstrong paramour Sybil Anson to take him back will not be easy. Especially since he can’t even explain why he left—not if he wants to keep her safe.

The Scandalous Widow by Erica Monroe Bow Street Runner Gabriel Sinclair has spent the last three years trying to forget about smart, beautiful Lady Jemma Forster, Countess of Wolverston, who broke his heart when she married his best friend. Her husband’s death thrusts Gabriel and Jemma back together, as they work to find his murderer. Their investigation takes them into the darkest, most dangerous parts of London. They’re perfect partners for solving crimes, but can they be partners in love too?

How to Land an Earl in Ten Days or Less by Ava Stone Known for his silver tongue, Reese Delacy, the Earl of Darling, wagers that he can make any girl fall in love with him in less than a fortnight. Unfortunately, the boast catches the ear and subsequently the pen of a notorious gossip columnist, making Reese a pariah in short order. He seems doomed for failure until he meets a Bermudian beauty who is seemingly unaware of the scandal.
With control of the Caribbean salt trade hanging in the balance, Miss Cara Beckett, left her home to solicit the support of parliament, never imagining she’d become embroiled in a reckless wager.

A Lady Hoyden’s Secret by Dawn Brower Lady Helena Carter has a secret. She dare not reveal it and court her own ruin–or incur the wrath of Lady X. Oliver Hunt, the Marquess of Dashville has problems of his own regarding the Lady of Whispers, and only Lady Helena can help him. As they cross paths, desire sparks between them. Their budding romance is tested as secrets are uncovered, and the revelations will either bring them closer together or tear them apart forever.





Normally I would have read all six of these books, but because I’m a carer for my husband, I could only read and review one of the books.  Over the coming months I will finish reading the other books.

So for this review the book I read was Erica Monroe’s The Scandalous widow.  This is the first time I have read any of Erica’s books and at some point I will be buying more of her books.

At the start of the book a murder has being committed and this is were we first meet Gabriel Sinclair who is a Bow Street Runner and recently promoted to Principal Officer.  Gabriel is used to dealing with murders but this time, this murder brings him into contact with a woman who he has tried to forget for the last three years.  Because the person who has been killed is Philip Forster, Earl of Wolverston.

The woman in question is  Lady Jemma Forster, Countess of Wolverston.  I liked Jemma, she is feisty and she also speaks her mind, and she’s loyal to her friends.  And it through this loyalty that she asks Gabriel if she can help with the investigation and also because she has idea who could have killed Philip.

I loved the back story of why Jemma and Gabriel couldn’t be together.  And why she had to marry Philip.

All in all this was a great book to read and I will give it 4/5 stars.  That’s mainly because I haven’t read the other books.

This series is available to buy from Amazon and all other retailers.

I this complementary copy in return for a honest review.

Shell’s Review A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman

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First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it’s the otherway around. . .
General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman’s title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There’s only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife.
Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark’s future into chaos…nor the undeniable desire they’ve rekindled.  Maybe happily-ever-after can happen the second time around in A Duke Like No Other, the next Regency romance from Valerie Bowman.
I became a fan of Valerie’s books when I bought my first kindle, which is now three years ago.  So when I got the opportunity to read her new book, I immediately said yes.

Oh what a book it is, and for me comes highly recommended.  From the moment I was introduced to Mark and Nicole, the book had a hold of me and I loved reading every minute.

This is just a little taster and I won’t be revealing anything that will spoil the book.  Mark is general and spy, but he also a man with a secrets, one being that he is married and has been for the last ten years, but he is also a man that jumps to conclusions very quickly, and yes at times that made me cross with him.  Because Mark wants a promotion he needs his wife back, and the other secret that he has is about his family, he doesn’t talk about his family, but that all changes when a family member is murdered.

Nicole in the mean time has been living in France, mainly over the miss understanding that Mark has jumped to.  Nicole is strong minded and opinionated, while she has being in France Nicole has helped with the local orphanage, of course when Mark reappears and asks a favour all the love and hurt that happened ten years previous does play on her mind.  Nicole does say to Mark she will return to London but she also has condition and to find out what that is you will have to read the book.

I also loved how Valerie kept taking us back to when Mark and Nicole first met and how they was misunderstandings on both part.  I likes how Nicole and Mark come together and help solve the murder.  There is also a family member that I adored and is so funny, especially when Mark is doing some interviews.

I give this book 5/5 stars, if I could I would give more.

The book is on pre-order at Amazon and is released on 1st May.

I received this complementary copy in return for a honest review.

Shell’s Review From Courtesan To Convenient Wife by Marguerite Kaye

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Every woman wants to marry him…
But what if he’s already taken?
In this Matches Made in Scandal story Jean-Luc Bauduin, Parisian society’s most eligible bachelor, is determined only to take a wife of his choosing. And until that day comes he’ll ward off his admirers by hiring Lady Sophia Acton to wear his ring! The passion Jean-Luc shares with his convenient bride is enormously satisfying—until he discovers Sophia’s utterly scandalous past!
This is book 2 and this time The Procurer who as we know is a mysterious lady, has been contacted by Jean-Luc for a assignment, that will take the lady to Paris.  So The Procurer is visiting Lady Sophia Acton, who has her own secrets, these secrets are explained later in the book.

I loved how Marguerite transported me to the delights of Paris, I’ve never been and it sounded fantastic.  We also learn of a tragedy that will change Jean-Luc.

I must also say as well, that I loved how Sophia and Jean-Luc were with each other, and especially when all the secrets were finally revealed.  That’s when I feel in love with Jean-Luc more, he is simply gorgeous.

For me this was a marvellous book and if you haven’t read the first book, don’t worry these are standalone’s so you won’t miss anything.

So with all that taken into consideration I will give the book 5/5 stars.

The book is on pre-order at Amazon and is available to buy from 22nd March.

I received this ARC from the author in return for a honest review.

Shell Cunliffe

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Hi I’m Shell I am one of The 5 Review Sisters, we got together because of our love of reading romances.  My love for romances started when I was 12 and have loved reading them ever since.  My biggest love is Mills and Boon and this year I became a Insider which means I read and review books.  These are the books I like reading:  Modern, Historical and Regency, Blaze, Desire, Cherish and Medieval.  I also like reading Historical and Regency Romances from other authors that don’t write for M&B, I also like reading HOT Historical and Regency Romances as well.  I’m also a carer for my disabled husband and doing the Insiders is something that fits in when my husband is feeling poorly.  I also have my own blog which is you are more than welcome to view my blog at anytime.