Harlequin Mini-Reviews and Giveaway

I love Harlequin romances! Here are my mini-reviews and a chance for one commenter to win the book of their choice (from the books reviewed) in either print or digital.

About the book:

Ever wonder what happened to the guy most likely to…

Score with the prom queen?
Lauren and Seth were the high school “it” couple—until Seth disappeared on prom night. But a reunion gives Seth a chance to show Lauren an evening long overdue.

Not date a Playboy Bunny?
Ali was the highlight of geeky Will’s high school years. But now that he’s ditched the nerdiness, he’s 100 percent of calculated hotness…and Ali won’t be able to say no.

Ride out of town on a Harley?
Rebel Scott “Rip” Ripley always had a thing for the elusive Erica. But reunion night holds a few sexy surprises when Erica decides it’s time to take the bad boy for a ride.

I really enjoyed this anthology. Each story is about reconnecting with “the one that got away”. The characters are well-defined and the back story between the couples told quickly in the beginning of each story. The book reads very quickly and the stories are sexy and romantic.

the book girl gives THE GUY MOST LIKELY TO… a 4/5

About the book:

The moment he sees Melissa Weber, photographer Jack Shea knows he wants her—as a model. (And maybe a little more.) Stunning, serene and very, very sexy, she’s perfect. But keeping his hands off Melissa is going to be way harder than he thought….

Once Melissa is in front of the camera, she comes to life, channeling a raw passion that the camera—and Jack—find irresistible. But each time she bares her body and soul, the intense sexual current between them grows stronger. And the more they give in to temptation, the more they both risk becoming exposed!

It took me a while to get into this story, but once I did I really enjoyed the characters and romance. Jack is charming and flirtatious, but underneath he is not as confident as he comes across. The women in his life think that he is a player, but he isn’t. He is looking for someone special and really likes every woman that he sleeps with. Melissa is a different kind of heroine. She has hypertension and has spent time practicing yoga and taking classes in order to keep herself calm and busy. When she is around Jack her blood pressure evens out and she feels better than she ever has. The sex scenes are electric and well written.

the book girl gives LIGHT ME UP a 4/5

About the book:

“You are so wrong for me.”

Levi had to agree—he was. He was leaving Chicago in a few short weeks. He didn’t do commitment—ever. But everything about this night, this girl, was so good. So right. Until at 11:59 p.m. she got out of his bed, got dressed and left!

What had he done? Things had hardly started and she was off! Yet he was bored with simpering women he couldn’t get rid of. Elise was a breath of fresh air. How was he going to find her…and get her back in his bed—for the whole night this time? It seemed Mr. Levi-and-Leave-Them might have found the one woman to leave him begging for more.…

My favorite thing about this book is the way Levi and Elise find themselves in a full-blown relationship when all they wanted was a one-night stand. It’s so sweet and romantic the way their relationship evolves. Even though there are some bumps along the way Levi and Elise are perfect for each other. Levi had a bad upbringing and doesn’t think he is capable of a relationship and Elisa has a plan that she doesn’t want to a man to interfere in. These two have to find a way to overcome their fears. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the ending. In the epilogue there are references to characters that haven’t been a part of the story and the way they are written in it seems like the reader should know who they are.

the book girl gives NEVER STAY PAST MIDNIGHT a 4/5

About the book:

The man behind the reputation

Connor Matthews has to be the only surgeon ever to ride his motorbike into the E.R.! And Dr. Kate Graham is determined to disapprove, even if it made a sick little boy’s dream come true. Connor’s love-’em-and-leave-’emreputation is hospital legend, so Kate’s steering well clear. Although, Connor’s sinful sexiness is coming critically close to cracking the shield around Kate’s fragile heart….

Heartbreakers of St. Patrick’s Hospital
The delicious doctors you know you shouldn’t fall for!

This story felt flat to me. The relationship between Connor and Kate happens behind the scenes mainly. We are told that they get close, but don’t see it. When they do finally come together it seems to happen to quickly. Also, Kate is very cold and standoffish, but the reader isn’t told why until the end. The characters would have been more likeable if the reader had been let in on why Kate was the way she was.

the book girl gives THE LEGENDARY PLAYBOY SURGEON a 2/5

About the book:

Spurned and publicly humiliated by the father of her child, Princess Emmeline d’Arcy has no ring, no wedding date and no legitimacy for her unborn baby.

And the last straw? Having to trade in her gilded lifestyle and pretend to be her twin sister, otherwise known as Sheikh Makin Al-Koury’s personal assistant.

Accustomed to being waited on hand and foot, Emmeline finds herself having to jump to the click of her boss’s skillful fingers—day and night! But once the sheikh uncovers her shameful past, will his touch be nothing but a scorching memory?

Princes Emmeline came across spoiled and selfish in her sister’s book (NOT FIT FOR A KING?), but in HIS MAJESTY’S MISTAKE we get to see the real Emmeline. She has spent her whole life being told what is wrong with her and never being praised for the things that she accomplished. Makin has spent his life being loved and nourished and is shocked when he sees the way that Emmeline is treated by her mother.   I love the way that Makin protects and takes care of Emmeline. The romance between the two of them is sweet and lovely. I really enjoyed this story.

the book girl gives HIS MAJESTY’S MISTAKE a 4/5

About the book:

The news that wild socialite Veronica St. Germaine has cleaned up her act and stepped into her father’s shoes as ruler of a Mediterranean principality creates a tabloid frenzy! But it’s not just the paparazzi that are out for blood.…

Duty demands that bodyguard Rajesh Vala must protect Veronica—whatever the cost.… But Veronica has always rebelled against commands, and she isn’t making Raj’s job easy!

He calls it safeguarding. She calls it being held captive at his beach house. Both realize that the attraction between them is inconvenient.… Veronica is forbidden, not for bedding!

Veronica and Raj have both had unpleasant pasts that have led them to want very different things. Raj doesn’t believe he will ever have a home or family and Veronica wants nothing more than a family of her own and a man who loves her. These two shouldn’t work together, but they do. They balance each other in a way that makes them perfect for each other. Their story is tense and emotional.

the book girl gives CAPTIVE BUT FORBIDDEN a 4/5

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