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Two Reviews for Leela Ash

Nanny to the Shifter and Claimed by the Alpha-daddy. Both for Stonybrooke Shifters the series.


Nanny To The Shifter


Blurb :

***It all seemed just too good to be true…for them both…will this mutually beneficial arrangement BLOSSOM into SO MUCH MORE? or will it be the END of them both?***


He needs a Nanny…BADLY…but he can barely pay for things as it stands…how will he be able to afford one?


She desperately needs a job…but with her own child to care for now, how can she possibly get a job caring for another’s child?


Sometimes fate steps in and turns our biggest fears and weaknesses into our biggest strengths and opportunities…delivering us exactly who and what we need at just the right moment…but will this be one of those times? or will if just be another bitter disappointment for them both…?


This is a Stand alone Shifter romance with no cheating and an HEA. It is meant for mature 18+ readers.


Review: goodreads my rating 5*

Naughtiness 3 *


Absolutely love this series so very much even though they can be read as stand alones they are amazing and can be binge read, I am completely addicted.

Awesome hero and heroine aswell as two very adorable little girls huge spectrum of emotions and very addictive.

Thank you so much for writing them Leela they and you are amazing xxxxxx 

Claimed By The Alpha-Daddy


Blurb :

***He has CLAIMED her, but was it a mistake? And can they come together to save everything he has worked for before it’s too late?***


Gabe is angry. He’s angry that his wife died, and he’s angry that his pack is urging him to move on. He’s a loyal guy, and the idea of abandoning his wife’s memory leaves him cold.

But when he lays eyes on young and sexy Valerie, the wolf within him is awakened.

She’s the kind of pretty that only girls who don’t think they’re pretty can be, and when he finds her being harassed outside his store, he has no choice but to step in.


Without thinking twice, the wolf stakes its claim on her, forcing Val into his life forever.

Both of them are panicked by the mistake, and things go from bad to worse as Gabe begins to uncover a conspiracy involving the land where his shop resides. Gabe knows he can’t betray his late wife, especially not with a girl half his age, but when he is forced to take her into his home for protection, will he be able to save her from himself?

Review : Goodreads my rating 5*

Naughtiness 4*


Absolutely utterly loved this book, Leela most definitely does not disappoint as always with epic stories of her awesome shifters, with each one I read it becomes my next favourite,

Another fantastic story with heartbreak and heartwarming, from danger to joy. A little darker but every bit as awesome as the others.

keep them coming Leela xxx









Shell’s Review of Captive for the Sheikh’s Pleasure by Carol Marinelli

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My review
If your a fan of Carol’s books, like I am then you are going to love this book.  I mean who doesn’t love a sheikh, for me its the robes and imagining what his body looks like under them (sigh).  Sorry about that my mind wonder off.
Both as you can gather Ilyas and Maggie come from different worlds, Ilyas is the son and heir of the king and Maggie from the age of seven has been in foster care.
Even though Ilyas was brought up with all the riches in the world his childhood wasn’t a happy one, he was taught from a young age, that he would be king, and it became even difficult when his brother Hazin was born, because they weren’t brought up as brothers, but mainly as strangers.
From what I read about Ilyas parents, I found them to be cold towards their sons and never encouraged them to play together or have a close bond like brothers should.
Now Maggie did have a lovely childhood and was loved by her mother, but that all changed when Maggie was seven and she had to be put into foster care.  But her mother did leave her some money, which Maggie received when she was twenty-one and she was told in a letter to go and see the world.
As I was reading about Maggie, I found her to be strong and yes she was cynical and she came across as defensive, but you would be having spent so much time in foster care.
From here I won’t reveal to much, but lets just say from Maggie meeting Hazin, in what I will call a rather unfortunate circumstance, Ilyas then takes it upon himself to kidnap Maggie.
Please don’t fooled into thinking that Ilyas, doesn’t have a heart because he does, and he makes Maggie realise that there are people who care for her a lot.
So for me I will give this book 4/5 stars.
The book is on pre-order at and is released on 1st December.
I received this book from Netgalley, for the Mills and Boon Insiders.  In return for a honest review.

Shell’s Review of The Viking’s Warrior Bride by Harper St George

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A battle for power and passion
A skilled archer with the heart of a warrior, Gwendolyn of Alvey has proven herself capable of defending her homelands. But the threat of invasion and her father’s deathbed wish force her to do the unthinkable: wed Vidar, leader of the enemy.
Duty to form an alliance between two powerful clans binds Vidar to Gwendolyn, but desire tempts him to distraction. Her nature is to dominate, but he’s determined to seduce her into submission on the battlefield – and in the bedchamber…
My Review
This book was just amazing, don’t you just love a strong, feisty woman, who is not afraid to use a crossbow and stand up too her husband.  But I did find that Gwendolyn had a vulnerable side, which she kept hidden and it was only in the privacy of her bedchamber, that you could see what was on her mind.

But don’t be fooled into thinking that her husband Vidar is a push over, because he isn’t and eventually he sees a different side to Gwendolyn.  There were a couple of moments in the book that made me chuckle, especially when Gwendolyn and Vidar were jealous at each other, but they just wouldn’t admit their feelings for each other.

All I will say is this comes highly recommended and I give this book 5/5 stars.

This book can be bought from

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

Shell’s Review of A New Life For Christmas by Liam Livings

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A house exchange between two single men leads to a romantic new life for both of them.

Oliver and Kyle live thousands of miles apart, but each needs a break from his current life and love. Enter the Cloud B&B website, a wonderful new way to exchange homes for the holiday. They both muster their courage, and decide to visit another continent for Christmas.

In the UK, Oliver has been pining after his neighbour for far too long, living his comfortable but quiet life in a town in the New Forest. When his crush moves on in the worst possible way, Oliver is seduced by the chance to stay in fun-loving, sunny Miami.

In Miami, Kyle is a club owning workaholic, who suddenly discovers the man he lives with has been unfaithful. Yet again. As consolation, Kyle is tempted to see first hand the picturebook charm of the New Forest in winter.

Both of them find not just a new setting but a new romance. Oliver makes a big effort to shed his inhibitions and meets a musician, Mark, who plays in the Florida bars, and who may be just as cautious and polite as Oliver in making the first move.
And while Kyle’s trying to come to terms with England’s very different culture—and food!—he’s charmed by Oliver’s best friend Edward, who’s bold and sexy, but secretive.

Will Oliver take the leap of faith and encourage a lover who can and will give the commitment he deserves? And will Kyle find a man who can be loyal and also offer Kyle the family life he needs?

But perhaps more importantly—when Christmas is over, can a new life survive?

My thoughts

Liam is a new author to me, he asked me if I would like to review his book, of course I said yes.  Don’t you just love reading new authors, mainly they are taking you on different journey to one that you are used to, and sometimes its refreshing to read a new author.

My Review

This was a great book to read, and I can thoroughly recommend it.  For me Liam caught the magic of Christmas with also the just right amount sexual tension, you knew what was going to happen without being told and it was lovely to read.  They was also some what I call chuckle moments, which lifted the book.

I cannot express how I much I loved reading this book.  All I can say is I will definitely be reading a lot more of Liam’s books.

I will give this book 5/5 stars and this book is available to buy from Amazon.

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

Shell’s review of Her Christmas Night by Nicole Locke

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A knight to protect her – this Yuletide
By order of the English King, Alice of Swaffham searches London nobility for the traitor dealing information to the Scots. Little does she know that the mysterious spy she seeks is the man she once loved and thought she’d lost forever…
If Hugh of Shoebury felt unworthy of Alice before, as the Half-Thistle spy, he can never claim her heart. Now he must fight not only to keep his dark secrets – and Alice – safe from a vengeful king…but also his burning longing for her at bay!
Lovers and Legends
A clash of Celtic passions
My Review
I just loved this book, and of course I can highly recommend it.  This is the type of book you want to read, on those cold nights with a cup of hot chocolate.
According to Elizabeth, Alice has always being stubborn and head strong, and she is not wrong.  Now to understand these points when Alice was six she made a vow that she would marry Hugh.  The reason Alice made this vow is because Hugh had saved her from a well and ever since she been a afraid of the dark, but Alice had always stayed true and she never married because no man could ever be like Hugh.

It was just a shame Hugh never thought of Alice in the same light.  Because when they next meet Hugh thinks Alice is the king’s mistress.  But in this case Hugh was definitely wrong, because the king has asked Alice to become a spy to find the traitor who is sending information to the Scott’s.

Now what Alice doesn’t know is that Hugh is spying on Alice.  I can’t reveal much more, all I can say is that Hugh has always felt he was never good enough for Alice.  which is silly because to Alice he has always been in her heart.

So if you want to find out what happens, you will just have to buy the book.  The book is available to buy from Amazon.

I will give the book 5/5 stars.  This was ARC copy from the author in return for a honest review.



Gwessie’s Review Feature for Never Too Late.

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Happy Book Birthday Bluestocking Belles Review Feature

will give a short intro to The Bluestocking Belles aka Belles in Blue, and can very often be found on their fb Page, or their website


That is when not writing awesome books or hanging out on the tatler or in Vauxhall Gardens. For the last few years that I know of these lovely friends have come together for Christmas time to release an anthology,  of which some of the money goes to the Malala fund ( To find out how to help with the Malala Fund the Web address is )  to help vulnerable girls around the world get educated and empower them. This alone told me they were awesome ladies, after I read Anthology Holly and Hopeful Hearts I knew they were awesome and have been stalking them as a reader since and have gotten to know more about them and read more of their books.

This year 25%of the proceedes will go to the Malala Fund at the moment the anthology ebooks is £0.99 till the 15th of November then it goes up to £2.99.

Think its time to show you the awesome cover.

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Isn’t the cover gorgeous, sorry had to fawn over it the purple, you know me 🙂 along with stars it’s beautiful.

Now for the blurb

Eight authors and eight different takes on four dramatic elements selected by our readers—an older heroine, a wise man, a Bible, and a compromising situation that isn’t.


Set in a variety of locations around the world over eight centuries, welcome to the romance of the Bluestocking Belles’ 2017 Holiday Anthology.


1181 The Piper’s Lady by Sherry Ewing

True love binds them. Deceit divides them. Will they choose love?


1354 Her Wounded Heart by Nicole Zoltack

A solitary widow, a landless knight, and a crumbling castle.


1645 A Year Without Christmas by Jessica Cale

An Earl and his housekeeper face their feelings for one another in the midst of the English Civil War.


1795 The Night of the Feast by Elizabeth Ellen Carter

One night to risk it all in the midst of the French Revolution.


1814 The Umbrella Chronicles: George & Dorothea’s Story by Amy Quinton

The Umbrella Strikes Again: St. Vincent’s downfall (aka betrothal) is assured.


1814 A Malicious Rumor by Susana Ellis

A harmonious duo is better than two lonely solos for a violinist and a lady gardener.


1886 Forged in Fire by Jude Knight

Forged in volcanic fire, their love will create them anew.


1916 Roses in Picardy by Caroline Warfield

In the darkness of war, hope flickers. In the gardens of Picardy, love catches fire.


It’s Never Too Late to find love.

💕 💕 💕 💕 💕 💕 💕 💕

My Review

My Goodreads rating 5*

Naughtiness 2.5*


Absolutely Brilliant Anthology, I love every single book in this anthology, our fantastic Belles never disappoint. This is the third anthology I’ve had the good fortune to read, this time I was very luck to read an arc in time for the release.


As always I never give spoilers but can say all who love historicals romance and Christmas will adore these stories, as the blurbs show we have everything from medieval to early 19 hundreds, each story is fantastic and along the way we meet some friends who have been or referred to in some of the Belles past books, which tickled me up very much they know who they are. We have heart breaking to heart warming with twists and turns each keeping you hooked till you reach the end in every one.


I very much highly recommend this anthology and look forward to seeing what the lovely Belles do for next year.


Thank you Jessica Cale, Elizabeth Ellen Carter, Susana Ellis, Sherry Ewing, Jude Knight, Amy Quinton and Nicole Zoltack for giving us this amazing anthology to read 💕

Shell’s Review of The Silent Duke by Jess Michaels

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Born mute, Ewan Hoffstead, Duke of Donburrow was abused by his wicked father and wretched younger brothers until an uncle swept in to save the day. Still, he carries the scars of his past with him, including a terrible belief that perhaps a “person like him” truly doesn’t deserve the title his uncle fought so hard for him to earn.

Recently widowed Charlotte may be the proper Countess of Portsmith to Society, but when she is around Ewan, she still feels like the enraptured little girl who met him decades before when her brother was best friends with him and his cousin.

A planned trip to spend Christmas with their families at Ewan’s estate reunites the old friends. But when a storm keeps the others from arriving on time, Charlotte decides to stop living in fear and pursue the man she has desired and loved her entire life. Ewan cannot resist her seduction, but he fears giving in to his heart. Especially when the family that disposed of him returns and threatens not only his life, but that of the woman he loves.

My Review

Well what a book, I just loved it from start to finish a absolute must read…this series is just getting better and better.

As you know I won’t be giving spoilers, What I loved most about this book was the chemistry between Ewan and Charlotte.  I just loved the way Charlotte wouldn’t give up and one by one she brought down the barriers that Ewan had placed around his heart.

Ewan had thought the barriers that he had put in place were there to protect him, but in the end they became a hindrance and in the end with the help of Charlotte and his friends and family they managed to break them down.

As I said earlier this is a must read and I will give 5/5 stars.  This book is up for pre-order and is released on the 14th November.

You can this book and all the other books in the series from

I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review.