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Book Review: A Proposal Worth Millions by Sophie Pembroke

 



“Attraction…. It’s just that. We all feel it from time to time, with all sorts of people; it’s what we do with it count. Sometimes we ignore it, and sometimes we act on it and see what happens next.” ~~ Sophie Pembroke (Book: A Proposal worth Millions)

After reading ‘From Good Guy to Groom’ I wanted to skip this line. That story just destroyed my good impression of Harlequin’s this line of books.

Anyways, ‘A Proposal worth Millions’ is a different story by an author I have not read.

So I took a chance. Let’s see how this one fared….

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mills and Boon.

Main Characters: Sadie Sullivan, Dylan Jacobs.

‘A Proposal Worth Millions by Sophie Pembroke’ ~~ Synopsis:

After the death of her husband Sadie is struggling to keep his dream alive as a legacy for their son. Sadie is running into financial troubles, trying to maintain the hotel.

Her husband’s dream hotel project isn’t the only one dragging her down, but also the fact that they are so far away from her home country in Turkey. She misses her family. Thankfully, she has a friend working for her and he finds a possible investor.

Sadie is determined to wow the investor with her presentation and get the money that’s needed to make the hotel a success. 

But she’s not expecting to meet Dylan as a prospective investor. They used to be friends and he’s her husband’s closest friend. Maybe in other circumstances she would have been happy to have him around.

Sadie prefers to avoid Dylan since the night when he made a move on her and she wondered what if she’s met him before her husband.

But she knows she cannot afford to think like that, as Dylan never hid the fact that he’s not the commitment type. And Sadie has always craved the safety of a stable relationship.

Now that he’s here, she cannot avoid him, nor could she afford to stay aloof.

Dylan may not be into getting into committed relationships in his personal life, but he’s good with business. Dylan could help Sadie save the hotel for her son as a legacy.

Dylan thought Sadie’s aware of his arrival. But it doesn’t take him too long to realize she’s shocked to see him there. For Dylan, Sadie is the one who got away. He always wondered what if he’d met Sadie before his best friend.

But he knew when they had met and he knows it even today that he is not the kind of man Sadie wants in her life.

So he stayed away from her. There’s only one time when in a drunken state his true feelings got out and created awkwardness between them.

Soon Dylan finds out that though Sadie is committed to making the hotel a success, it’s not something where her heart and mind is. He wants to help her, but he also wants her to understand what she’s committing to.

He also begins to wonder for how long their meetings would stay professional, considering their sizzling attraction and now that they could act on it. So he takes a chance and offers Sadie a tempting business and personal offer.

Sadie knew from the start that working with Dylan would be tough, considering their attraction is as strong as it was years ago. But is she someone who could have a good time and not care afterwards?

Review:

It feels good to read a feel good story and that Yay once again, I found a good story in this line.

I just wasn’t sure about Sadie & Dylan as Sadie comes across as too reluctant. But they have the chemistry that’s difficult to ignore from the start.

The author builds up Sadie & Dylan’s relationship slowly and steady until everything comes across nicely in the end.

The biggest attraction of stories in this line, for me, is the chemistry between the characters that the authors bring out without getting explicit. Not that I have anything against explicit story-lines, but it’s sometimes good to just read a good story.

‘A Proposal Worth Millions’ is a smooth and a nice love story for a nice weekend. You’d try this one if you’re looking for a sweet romantic read. 

 

“Sometimes you have to stick with a plan for a while to see its full potential. You have to give it time to work.” ~~ Sophie Pembroke (Book: A Proposal Worth Millions)

 

Hit or Miss: Hit.

Ratings: 4star/5.

Buy:  Amazon  |  iTunes

Happy Reading!

 

Friday

Book Review: A Dog and A Diamond by Rachael Johns

 



Series: Book 1 ‘The McKinnels of Jewell Rock’

When you want to read what some call sweet or clean romance, where to look. No further than Harlequin’s pastel pink line of books, that’s how I recognize them in the stack of books.

Lately I have come across some books in this line that gave me the impression that they are becoming slightly bit steamy. Nothing against such romances, but it’d be nice if the publishers kept this line as is.

Anyways, let’s find out a bit about ‘A Dog and A Diamond’….

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mills and Boon.

Main Characters: Chelsea Porter, Callum McKinnel.

‘A Dog and A Diamond by Rachael Johns’ ~~ Synopsis:

Chelsea is the Breakup Girl. For the uninitiated, she breaks up on the behalf of people who are too scared to do it themselves. The idea came to her when she did it for one of her friends.

Since she’s stayed on amicable terms with her exes, she turned her ability to break up without fuss into a successful business.

That’s how she meets Callum and for the first time fumbles doing her job. Then she runs away from his office after breaking the news of his breakup.

Callum has been engaged to marry Bailey for a long time. He doesn’t even remember what his reasons were. They certainly had nothing to do with love. Other than that Bailey is a good friend and is his mother’s best friend’s daughter. Now that he thinks of it, he probably wanted to prove to his late father that he’s old and wise enough to run the distillery.

He feels shocked and a strange sense of relief when the woman calling herself The Breakup Girl, announced his breakup. 

But...

Who breaks up with other people’s girlfriend or boyfriend for a living? 

What kind of a job it is? 

Is it even a job or is he being fooled?

To get some answers, he follows Chelsea and ends up getting entangled in her search for her missing dog.

When Chelsea gets home and finds the door open, she doesn’t make much of it. Not until she finds her dog missing. She cannot afford to lose her dog too. There’s no one else in her life to come back home too.

She’s most touched by Callum actions. He stays around, helps her with her search and getting her home secured. He even reunites her with her dog. So when he asks her to be his plus one, to keep his mother from asking him to find someone else, Chelsea reluctantly agrees.

She doesn’t want to get involved with a client’s boyfriend, not even casually. But there’s nothing casual about their attraction. She could also not forget that he’s in the business of making a substance that’s responsible for the destruction of her entire family.

But it’s also difficult to say no to Callum’s proposition when she knows that she’d not be having a long term relationship and he’s not looking for one either.

 

Review:

Since I had not paid attention to the title, I tensed when I looked at it and wondered – wasn’t there a better title than this? Hopefully, they would not be spending time running after a dog. Now that would not be a romance.

Thankfully, the story isn’t about the dog, but I’m still not happy with the title. And what’s with the Chicklit brand of blurb?  

But I’m happy with the plot, the setting and the characters and everything along with Chelsea & Callum’s sweet love story. What’s there not to love about it?

I liked Chelsea’s unusual job. In the age of the Internet you’d make money off almost any weird idea. It could have some strange consequences as well, something someone like Chelsea may not have thought about.

The author has nicely introduced what I’m guessing are the characters next in line to get their own stories in the next installments. I like it when the authors don’t try to oversell the next stories in the series.

If you get the one right then chances are the readers would try out the next book.

You’d read 'A Dog and A Diamond by Rachael Johns’ for the love of Romance or even a cute fictional dog.


Hit or Miss:

Ratings: 4star/5.

Buy: Amazon    |    iTunes

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday

Book Review: Shower of Stars by Nancy Herkness

 



 “Your friends don’t help you because they owe you, they help you because they’re your friends.” ~~ Nancy Herkness (Book: Shower of Stars)

Saying I just liked ‘The Wager of Hearts’ is an understatement. I loved that series! And when I like some author’s couple of books, I go on an over-reading spree. Just to see if I’d add the author to my go-to-author list.

I liked the blurb of the ‘Shower Of Stars’ so downloaded it ASAP before it leaves Kindle Unlimited.

Let’s see how ‘Shower of Stars’ is….

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Speculative Fiction.

Main Characters: Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Berglund, Jackson Lanett.

Shower of Stars by Nancy Herkness’ ~~ Synopsis:

Charlie’s biggest dream was to have her own kids and live a happy life with her husband. But when the dream of having kids goes terribly wrong and her marriage ends because of that, Charlie becomes an adventure travel writer.

She loves her job, but still wants a child. So she decides to adopt. And she’s hopeful that she’d get her child soon enough. Everything seems fine.

Until then, she’s going to interview the elusive and in-demand meteorite hunter Jack. Everyone wants to know about him after he finds a rock that’s probably from Mars.

Charlie knows, Jack doesn’t like lime-light and she might not get another chance to interview him.

But she decides to save the life of the dog matters more than the interview. She even manages to involve reluctant Jack in her rescue mission and gets another date for the interview.

Jack becomes intrigued with Charlie’s attitude and more so with her long hair. Giving her another date for the interview doesn’t strike him as dangerous. He knows how to deal with a nosy journalist. If he wants to sell the meteorite at a price that would allow him to retire then he’d play along.

Once he gets out of the business, he’d not have to guard his private life.

Charlie thought things were going smooth until another caseworker is appointed to her case. The new one isn’t too thrilled to know about Charlie’s profession.

So Charlie decides to change direction and as soon as possible start doing something else. Like write a book on meteorites & elusive meteorite hunters, one intriguing hunter in particular. It’s a good idea that’d probably generate publicity. The only thing left to know: Jack’s views on her idea.

Jack wants publicity, but he doesn’t want Charlie to write a book involving him. It surely would bring his past in focus and there’s no way he’d allow anyone to go there if he’d help. So he says no to helping Charlie with the information.

Charlie doesn’t like the idea of writing a book without proper research or consulting the source. But she tells Jack that she’d always write an unofficial book on him & his profession.

Jack wonders how he could nip this disaster in the waiting in the bud. So he asks Charlie why she wants to do it. It doesn’t take him long to find out her motivation.

To solve his & her problem Jack comes with an idea: marriage of convenience. If Charlie marries him for a few months, the caseworker would not have much to hold against her. His only condition: drop the idea of the book.

Charlie wonders if she wants the child so bad that she’d fake marry a stranger. Answer in her case is simple: yes, she’d. It’s the easiest solution.

So they go ahead with their fake-real marriage. Before it’s a bit easier to maintain distance, but how to maintain distance from someone one is married to. Charlie & Jack begin to fight off their attraction but….

Jack doesn’t want to get too close to Charlie and Charlie wants to know what his problem is.

To add more complications in their short-term marriage, the caseworker asks Charlie to keep a nine-year old until her relatives are found.

All of a sudden it’s even more important that she & Jack behave like a newlywed. And that would make things complicated as Jack is keeping secrets. His secret if got out in the press might unravel Charlie’s dreams too.

But Charlie wants to help just the way Jack did, but only if he’d allow it.

Review:

I finished this one in a day. But that’s nothing new with Ms. Herkness books. I’m enjoying the new spin on the old idea of girl-meets-the-guy, fall, have some drama and get to their HEA.

‘Shower of Stars’ is different, it not only has good main characters, but the secondary characters, are quite good too. Then there’s a plot, a good one!

I read a lot of romance and frankly, I know the gist by now. I don’t complain because that’s what I love to read .

There’s romance, drama, some suspense and of course stars and meteorites in this one to keep you interested.


Hit Or Miss: Hit!

Ratings: 4 stars/5.

Buy: Amazon 

Happy Reading!