Friday, May 9, 2014

From Harlequin this May ~ International Tycoons!

Now Available from Harlequin!

 The Sarantos Baby Bargain by Olivia Gates

He'd come for the baby and his ex-wife.

Naomi Sinclair had once fallen hard for Andreas Sarantos. Marrying the irresistible Greek venture capitalist had seared her soul with pleasure—and despair. For she soon discovered he was incapable of love. Now her ex-husband is back… to claim her orphaned ten-month-old niece.

Andreas let Naomi get away once. But adopting his best friend's baby girl gives him the leverage he needs to bring his unwilling ex-wife back to his bed. Will having the only woman he's ever wanted erase the scars of his dark past? Or will he lose Naomi, this time forever?

 The Chatsfield Sheikh's Scandal by Sheikh's Scandal

When the Sheikh comes to town…

Sheikh Sayed of Zeena Sarha and his harem of beautiful women are staying at the exclusive, opulent Chatsfield Hotel, London, for the last stop on his worldwide tour before his wedding. But when his engagement is unceremoniously broken, Sayed sets his sights on his sexy chambermaid!

Liyah Amari only took the position as chambermaid to find the truth about her birth father. But her search ends in heartache, leaving Liyah vulnerable to this powerful sheikh's desires. Now their one night of passion could result in a scandalous consequence for the proud Sheikh!

Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!

Gambling with the Crown by Lynn Raye Harris

This sheikh plays to win!

The crown of Kyr holds no appeal for pleasure-seeking sheikh Kadir al-Hassan—his memories of the kingdom are as dark as a desert's night. But neither will he shirk his duty…. Instead, Kadir returns home with a bride so unsuitable, no one will want him to be king!

Long-suffering assistant Emily Bryant is the most important person in Kadir's high-octane life, and the most invisible—until she's promoted to royal bride! Sealing their marriage bargain with a scorching kiss leaves Kadir craving more….

Now Kadir must decide what's really at stake in his royal game—his desert duty, or Emily!,%201

Source:  Received a paperback from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4 stars - Great adult romance that brings a story with the sexy.

First Impressions...

I will admit that I wasn't sure what to expect from this book.  I have never read this author.  The synopsis interested me, though the cover was confusing.  The man with the baby on the cover didn't sound like the uncaring man Noami described.  I knew there had to be more to the story and I was right.

The Characters...

I love Andreas.  From his Greek looks, his accent and Greek endearments, his awaking heart to his mysterious past.  He's definitely got that international tycoon thing working for him too.  He's an enigma wrapped up in the desire and passion he has with Noami.  The first part of the book is from Noami's POV and I don't get Andreas at all.  But then we get some snippets from his POV and I begin to think there is more going on that Noami realizes even if she was married to the man.  And when he finally explains to her, my heart aches and I want to hug him.  I adore him.

Noami and Dora are sweet and I enjoyed them.  Noami is certainly not to blame for not understanding Andreas.  He never told her.  I found her patient.  She loved him from the start and leaving him hurt her.  I admired her for doing it.  Based on what she knew, it was the right thing to do.  But when she learns more about the man she loves, her love grows deeper and it was truly sweet.

The Story...

This book is less than 200 pages and that was the perfect length for me right now.  Not overwhelming in details or length, the story unfolds with passion and mystery.  I didn't guess what could be up with this guy.  He had me baffled.   I kept closing the book to look at the cover.  I'd smile and go back to reading.  And yes, that really is Andreas and Dora together.

Having never read this author, I was delighted with her style.  The story sweeps by without the pain of waiting too figure it out.  The pages just kept turning and it was an easy read.  I, also, really enjoyed how the story went down to the wire.  It was good to the very last page.

Could I Put It Down...

Once.  I read the first 40 pages or so and then quite for the night.  I was trying to figure out Andreas and was confused by him.  Probably the only thing that I would change about this book was a bit from his POV in those first 40 pages.  Probably wouldn't have put it down at all with that.

When I picked it back up, I read it straight through.  Once I started to see the cracks were there and that he wasn't this hard-hearted man, I couldn't wait to figure it all out.   

In The End...

If you love a good adult romance where there's a bit of mystery going on, then this is great one.  It's got all the sexy lovin'  plus the story to hold this book up as a great read.


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