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Self-Care: My Personal Favourites

So it’s been a little while since I last did a self-care post. I thought I’d post a little update of my favourite methods of self-care after a long/stressful day or just because to maintain wellbeing.

Just a little disclaimer: Not all methods of self-care work for everyone. Find what works best for you providing it is positive and not self-destructive.

LUSH BATHS

Y’all know how much I love Lush products and one of my all time favourite things to do is to have a Lush bath. No matter what kind of day it is, but especially if I want to pamper myself, I’ll get one of Lush’s many bath bombs, get some music on and just relax in the gorgeous colours and scents.

I’ve yet to try quite a few Lush’s bath bombs but one of my all time favourites is Twilight. I LOVE me some lavender!

If I choose to have a shower instead of a bath, I love to use the Rub Rub Rub shower scrub to exfoliate and use a body lotion like Dream Cream afterwards. Either way I feel super pampered!

ROMANCE BOOKS

Yes, I do read and write romance as part of my work but like many people that do, it’s stemmed from their love and passion for the genre. As well as for work, I read for my own enjoyment and romance is just a genre I’ll never get sick of.

Nothing like curling up with a good book and being swept up in a good story to help wind down!

MUSIC

I’m a huge music lover. I can’t go a day without listening to some music. When it comes to my tastes, I like pretty much everything from Chopin to Stormzy to everything in between.

A particular favourite is country music. It’s great to kick back to, rock out to or be moved by (let’s face it, “Whiskey Lullaby” can even make the most hardened of men shed a tear!).

There’s always a story in the song and the genre’s got some seriously talented artists! Some of my favourites are Dustin Lynch, Josh Turner and Chris Young.

Side note: I’ve recently come across Luke Combs and his song, “Hurricane” and I honestly can’t stop listening to it, it’s such a good song! If you’re a country fan and haven’t heard it, I highly recommend you do!

EXERCISE

I’ve been getting back in to doing more exercise (being a Pilates lover!) after being a little neglectful recently.

As well as Pilates, I love dancing and a channel I’ve recently come across is The Fitness Marshall on YouTube. Basically a guy called Caleb Marshall creates original dance workouts to popular songs with an array of dancers.

Their workouts are intense and their humour and positive nature is so contagious it doesn’t even feel like you’re doing a workout in the traditional sense! 

You just keep on dancing and before you know it you’ve been working out for half an hour, so it’s a great way to exercise! If you haven’t seen Caleb’s channel, check it out on YouTube 🙂

 

What are your favourite ways of self-care? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you! 😀

 

Hope you enjoyed this post, guys! 🙂

Happy Thursday! 🙂

 

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Review: Falling For The Seal by Mia Ford

Hey everybody! Coming at you with a review of a book I’ve read just recently.

Falling For The Seal by Mia Ford.

I’ve seen a few of Mia Ford’s books on Amazon and read another of her stories before this one (which I’ll be reviewing later on).

Also, this is the first romance/erotic novel I’ve read where the hero is a Navy SEAL, a hero archetype that’s been growing in popularity again over the last few years (Navy SEAL heroes have had an on/off popularity for the last twenty years or so). So I thought I’d give this one a whirl.

So here we go and as always, guys: SPOILER ALERT!!

US Navy SEAL Captain Shane Mavic and Annabelle Lee were high school sweethearts. That was until a young and stupid Shane cheated on Annabelle and tragedy struck his home, forcing him to either face jail time or join the military.

Years later and one abusive marriage later, divorcee Annabelle has moved on and is a vet in their small hometown in Texas. But her world is turned upside down when Shane comes back. Shane has never forgiven himself for breaking Annabelle’s heart all those years ago. Could Shane and Annabelle have a second chance at happiness?


I’m going to be honest with you guys: I didn’t really like this one.

The setting was certainly good. Small town Texas, I personally love settings like this.

I could see what the author was doing, creating a second chance romance for two characters, but the cheating element just doesn’t bode well for me. To me, it shows that the hero broke the heroine’s trust in one of the most unforgivable ways.

The memory of this is brought back in Juju Wheeler, the woman Shane cheated with making an appearance to add a bit of conflict between him and Annabelle upon his return to Texas.

I understand the whole deal is that Shane realised he monumentally screwed up, but cheating is just a no-go for me personally as a reader. Many of you may disagree with me and that’s perfectly fine, but even though I really tried to see past it I just couldn’t. That just wasn’t for me.

Annabelle I liked very much. You feel a heck of a load of sympathy for her given her experience with Shane and then her abusive ex-husband (a former classmate of her and Shane’s). The residents in the town love her and you can’t help but feel quite protective over her.

In the beginning I thought Shane was rather arrogant with his insistence on counting years, days, hours etc. and bragging about how many women he’s been to bed with.

However as the story went on, I did see some redeeming features shine through, mainly when he runs in to Annabelle again. So although his bluntness and the cheating element meant he wasn’t my type of hero, he did have some redeeming features that showed he’s not a terrible person and I can understand in certain respects why Shane has appealed to readers.

Also, the chemistry between Shane and Annabelle was captured very well when they meet again for the first time in years. Although I wasn’t keen on this story, I really liked that scene.

I also liked how Mia Ford outlined Shane’s upbringing and Annabelle’s adversities. It was detailed and concise, and her description of these settings you can easily imagine.

It explained some elements of why Shane was the way he was in certain regards and how Annabelle has thrown herself in to her work.

However, when it came down to the sex scenes, (word of warning: they are quite graphic) I found them quite repetitive. They say the same things to each other every time (even when Shane’s with a different woman before returning to Texas, the same things are said then.) and lacked in romance.

Yes, they would certainly appeal to many looking for a steamy read, but I personally found them more crude than steamy and poorly written.

Given that this is a second chance romance, I would have liked to have seen more of the character’s feelings and more sensory writing, but that’s just my own opinion.

So even though I’ve read other works by Mia Ford which I personally enjoyed, I didn’t really like this one unfortunately. This one just wasn’t for me. But if you loved this book, fantastic! Let me know in the comments what you enjoyed about it 🙂

 

Hope you enjoyed this post, guys! 🙂

Happy Monday! 🙂

 

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Swooning Sundays! Dating The Rebel Tycoon by Ally Blake

Hello everyone and welcome back to Swooning Sundays, where I review some of my favourite romance novels!

This week’s instalment is Mills & Boon’s Dating the Rebel Tycoon by Ally Blake, which I received as a Christmas gift in the 3 in 1 Taming The Rebel Tycoon By Request book.

So, on with the show and as always guys: SPOILER ALERT!!

Growing up at a posh Australian high-school, Rosie crushed on class heart-throb and rich boy Cameron Kelly. Years later and by chance, businessman Cameron and astronomer Rosie cross paths again and to Rosie’s surprise, Cameron asks her out!

But Cameron is hiding something, keeping himself guarded to relationships. Will Rosie melt this Australian tycoon’s heart?

This book was certainly very different to any of the others I had read at that time. One word I would used to describe this story: Refreshing.

The stories I was accustomed to reading had HUGE conflicts right from the start (not that that’s a bad thing, I love a good explosive story as much as the next person) but this story approached it in a very different manner.

There are obvious conflicts that run throughout the story, such as Rosie and Cameron’s polar opposite upbringings (her not being wealthy at all and him coming from an obscenely wealthy family) and how their strained family relations make them both apprehensive of getting close to people romantically.

That being said, it wasn’t the type of conflict that was “in your face”, especially when it comes to Cameron, the “black sheep” of the family, steeling to see his father again for the first time in years.

That and how his “big conflict” with Rosie was going to play out was more of a slow burner that comes to a crux rather than outright explosive, but left just enough to make me desperate to find out what was going to happen.

I really liked the, “slow burner” effect as it gave more groundwork to focus on building Rosie and Cameron’s romance.

I LOVED the hero and heroine straight from the start. I loved Rosie’s wild, laid-back, doesn’t-suffer-fools attitude and Cameron’s easy going humour. 

The exchange between them in the beginning was a great ice-breaker in to the story and I loved Rosie’s good-natured ribbing of Cameron throughout, something the driven businessman’s peers never dare to do.

The character development for both Rosie and Cameron was very well crafted, so props to Ally Blake for two of my favourite characters!

As opposed to other stories, the pace is rather easy going, the majority of the story taking place over the space of three days. 

This is mainly Rosie and Cameron enjoying each other’s company on an array of different dates, which made for many a lovely, swoon-worthy moments.

Their attraction to each other is more smooth rather than outright physical attraction, again which I liked.

Yes, the physical attraction is DEFINITELY there, but Rosie and Cameron’s development is more a gradual progression of how much they actually like and bounce off each other.

These two “clicked” intellectually from their first meeting, as opposed to a no-strings-attached, purely sexual relationship that grows in to love that we see in many other novels.

It’s a story that definitely focuses on the central romance and there’s very little explicitness, so if steam’s not your thing then this book is for you.

Although as I said before, this book does have an element of the slow burner, which can go one of two ways. Personally I really liked it, but if you prefer incredibly explosive stories, this one might not be for you.

So, I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a laid-back read that’ll definitely make you go, “awwwww!” by the end.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post, guys! 🙂

Happy Sunday! 🙂
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Mystery Blogger Award!

Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a fantastic Thursday wherever you are in the world 🙂

I’m so thrilled to say I’ve been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! 😀 A ma-hoo-sive thank you to the lovely Julia from The Honey House for nominating me. She writes some awesome content on beauty, makeup and fashion, check out her blog linked below!

https://thehoneyhouseblog.wordpress.com/

So, the rules for this award are:

  • Feature the award logo/image on your blog post
  • List the rules
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • Mention the award creator and link their blog
  • Tell readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions provided
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers and notify them by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird/funny question (specify)
  • Share and link to your best post(s)

Ok, so the creator of this award is 19-year-old Okoto Enigma https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/ Thanks for creating this award, honey! 🙂

3 THINGS ABOUT MYSELF

  • I hate coffee. I’m a tea girl through and through.
  • I was brought up on Sabrina the Teenage Witch Stargate SG-1 (*raises eyebrow* Indeed!)
  • When I was 16, I went to see Les Miserables on the West End with college. To our surprise, we ended up running in to the musical’s composers (Claude Michel-Schonberg, Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzmer) Nick Jonas (who was sitting a few rows in front) and Christopher Biggins. What a crazy night!

MY ANSWERS

  1. Where are you from, and what is your favourite thing about it?

I’m from England, UK. I’d have to say my favourite thing about England is its gorgeous countryside. If you’ve never been in to the Peak District in Derbyshire (luckily, I don’t live far from there) I can’t recommend enough for you to go. The scenery is something else! That and our rich literary history 🙂

2. What is the best food you’ve ever had?

I have a lot of favourites! But one of the best foods I’ve ever had has got to be the chorizo at a French restaurant called The Bistrot Pierre.

3. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do?

Be able to play Chopin’s Ballade No1 in G Minor op. 23 on the piano, or Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending on the violin (Nicola Benedetti’s rendition is amazing!)

4. What is your go to movie when you’re in need of a laugh?

The House Bunny. Anna Farris screaming “CAR WASH!” at the top of her lungs will never not be funny!

5. What is an embarrassing song you sing in the shower? (Weird question)

Even though “O Mio Babino Caro” or Tosca’ s “Vissi D’arte” aren’t embarrassing arias by any stretch, my trying to sing it with my limited Italian is! Haha!

 

MY NOMINEES

Little Miss Mardy Bum – https://littlemissmardybum.wordpress.com/

Sarah – Life With Lil Red – https://lifewithlilred.com/

Elan Mudrow – https://tricksterchase.com/

Discovering Your Happiness – https://discoveringyourhappiness.com/

Laurie Bell – https://solothefirst.wordpress.com/

Olita – https://olamasalska.wordpress.com/

Lids And Tricks – https://lidsandtricks.com/

Kerrie – Nourish My Life – https://nourishmylife.wordpress.com/

Mel’s Lifestyle – http://www.melslifestyle.com/

Chrissey – The Unabridged Sass – https://unabridgedsass.com/

QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

 

  1. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BLOG?
  2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE AND WHY?
  3. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SONG AT THE MOMENT?
  4. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE COUNTRY YOU LIVE IN?
  5. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU FULL-ON BELLY LAUGHED AT SOMETHING? (FUNNY)

 

MY FAVOURITE POSTS

So far, my favourite posts on my blog are:

  • New Release! Mills & Boon Review: Protecting His Defiant Innocent by Michelle Smart

https://alittlemooresite.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/new-release-mills-boon-review-protecting-his-defiant-innocent-by-michelle-smart/

  • Why Have Single Dad’s Become So Popular In Romance Novels?

https://alittlemooresite.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/why-have-single-dads-become-so-popular-in-romance-novels/

I thoroughly enjoyed writing these and I hope you enjoy reading them! 🙂

 

Hope you enjoyed this post, guys! And once again thanks to Julia from The Honey House for the nomination! Cheers honey! 😀

 

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LUSH Review!: Dream Cream

Hello everyone! 🙂

So, I’ve been looking at when I last did a Lush review and figured one was WELL overdue! So today, I’m going to be reviewing a product I’ve been using for a few months now: Dream Cream!

I was given this hand and body lotion (the self-preserving formula) a few months ago by my mother (thanks Momma!). Up until recently my experience with Lush never really went past some bath bombs and the odd bit of skincare.

So, here is the description of this product on the Lush UK website:

“Softer than freshly-laundered clouds and a gentle oat milk rain; this herbal delicacy has the consistency of cool liquid silk.

Rich, cooling and protective to the skin, the combination of calming chamomile, organic, extra virgin olive oil and creamy, Fair Trade, organic cocoa butter soothes and hydrates.

Sweep all over the body to bedew your skin with fields of soothing lavender and Turkish rose to lull your skin back to tranquillity. Feel serene and petal-soft from top to toe.”

I have quite dry skin on my body and I also have Keratosis Pilaris, a harmless skin condition, “where the skin becomes rough and bumpy, as if covered in permanent goose pimples.” (as referenced by the NHS UK website).

I was recommended Aveeno cream a few years back as it has oatmeal in it which is good for KP. I used it and it’s a great product, but I was wanting to try a more natural alternative that doesn’t test on animals.

Dream Cream is vegan as well. 

The smell is quite earthy. You can definitely smell the oat milk and the subtle tones of lavender so it’s not super sweet.

It takes a bit of getting used to but I personally quite like it. I find it very soothing and calming. If you’re not a fan of earthy smelling products, I wouldn’t recommend this product for you.

I found this lotion incredibly moisturising for my dry skin and once it’s sunk in it feels supple and soft.

Using some of my favourite Lush products, followed by Dream Cream and snuggled in pyjamas is heavenly!

The consistency of this product is smooth and luxurious feeling but word of warning, a little bit goes a long way!

I made the mistake of using a little too much when I first started using it and as it has a lot of olive oil (especially with it being self-preserving) it doesn’t have a fast absorption rate. So go sparingly!

I’ve also heard it’s apparently good for helping to heal tattoos (after watching a review by Youtuber Kiera Rose).

Now, I don’t have any tattoos so I can’t vouch for the product on that ground but if you want to see Kiera’s video, it’s linked below. Check out her videos, they’re awesome. She mentions Dream Cream at around the 13 minute mark. (Disclaimer: I’m not sponsored by Kiera Rose, Lush or any affiliates.)

 

I found it does calm any Keratosis Pilaris I may have but it doesn’t make it completely disappear like Aveeno can do if you use it regularly. That being said, I’m not mad at that as I’m not majorly self-conscious about my KP.

So overall, I’d say it’s a very good product that’d definitely be worth your money if you’re looking for a natural, calming and decent cruelty free lotion.

I would recommend this product.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post, guys!

Happy Monday! 🙂

 

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Swooning Sundays! Mills and Boon Review: Man vs. Socialite by Charlotte Phillips

Hello everyone! Welcome back to Swooning Sundays, where I’ll be reviewing some of my favourite romance stories!*

This week’s instalment is Man vs. Socialite by Charlotte Phillips, part of the Mills & Boon Modern collection. 

So on with the show and as always guys: SPOILER ALERT!!

‘It’ girl and star of reality TV show Miss Knightsbridge, Evie Staverton-Lynch has landed herself in hot water.

How? By bad-mouthing Jack Trent, ex-soldier, host of his own show Survival Camp Extreme and all round national treasure. 

Both shows being under the same production company, the producers come up with a plan to tame to controversy. Get Evie on Jack’s show! 

Both Jack and Evie hate the idea! But as filming for the show progresses, they realise their greatest task isn’t survival. It’s keeping their mits off each other! 


This book I bought back in November 2014 when I was still at university. 

After hours (as I had done most of that week) in the library working on essays, a presentation and sifting through the myriad of information in Employment and Health & Safety Law, I was in need of a much welcome break as my brain was for lack of a better word, fried! 

On my quick break, I thought I hadn’t read a Mills & Boon book in a while. So I popped over to the WHSmith across the road and bought this book. 

I got back in the library and started reading. 

This book has been and so far still is one of my all time favourites. 

We get off to a rather explosive start where Evie’s defamatory comments about Jack have become a national controversy. 

Evie is now public enemey number one and the company that owns both shows (as well as Evie’s PR people) are trying desperately to quell the chaos. 

The exchanges between Evie and Jack in the first chapter sets the tone for two complete polar opposites that are inevitably going to attract. 

This hero and heroine are completely chalk and cheese (at least in the beginning anyway) more than I have seen in most books I have read.

Evie, the designer city girl and Jack, the outdoorsy survival expert.

I certainly had a moment when I thought, “How on earth are these two going to get together?!” 

But I found that only added to the gradual build up of tension as the story progresses and as they begin to bond, making these two one of my all time favourite couples from a romance novel. 

Truthfully, I didn’t think I was going to like Evie at first. The whole ‘it’ girl persona we often see on reality TV shows like Made in Chelsea and TOWIE just isn’t for me. 

But as it turns out, I really liked her. Especially as we see a more toned down, true to herself Evie later on in the story. I thought the transition and character development was rather cleverly done. 

I found Jack to be a rather refreshing hero. Yes, he has his layers and inner conflicts like any other hero, but it’s not overwhelming which is nice.

With him, what you see is what you get, which I personally really liked. 

Despite their being a loggerheads with one another at the start, Jack and Evie’s physical attraction to each other is obvious from the start, very much like in Protecting His Defiant Innocent by Michelle Smart.

The emotional development was done very well (almost more laid back in comparison to other Modern novels I’ve read) so you got Jack and Evie’s transitions in character, their conflict and conclusion without it bombarding you. 

The scenes I particularly loved were their moments away from the cameras. A particular favourite scene being where they’re camped out and talking over the fire (I don’t want to give too much away!).

We see who Evie really is away from the ‘it’ girl image, more relaxed and laid back, and a sweeter side to Jack underneath the in control, assertive ex-Army man. 

Which given what we know of their inner conflicts gives way for some rather touching moments between the two, the outdoors setting making it all the more romantic. I personally thought it was a really sweet scene. 

The setting for the show definitely takes inspiration from Man vs. Wild (love that show!) and the fact it’s set in Scotland only made me lap it up more. (Proud descendant of Highlanders here! 😂) 

Seriously, if you’ve never been to Scotland, I highly recommend you go. It’s beautiful! 

So if you haven’t read this book, give it go and let me know what you think! 🙂 
Hope you enjoyed this post guys! 🙂 

Happy Sunday! 🙂 
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7 Moments Everyone Has When Editing Their Story

So you’ve finally finished your first draft! Hoorah!! Now to editing!

1. BEING DETERMINED TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING AFTER YOU FINISHED YOUR FIRST DRAFT.

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2. BEING ON A ROLL AND EDITING LEFT, RIGHT AND CENTRE.

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3. RE-READING A PARAGRAPH AND WONDERING HOW YOU COULD EVER WRITE THAT!


4. WHEN YOU EDIT OUT A SENTENCE THEN REALISE IT CHANGES THE WHOLE PLOT.


5. SELF-DOUBT SETTING IN AND WANTING TO THROW YOUR WRITING IN THE TRASH (LET’S FACE IT, WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE) 


6. THAT ONE SENTENCE THAT YOU JUST CAN’T GET PAST!! 


7. THOSE JOYOUS MOMENTS WHEN YOU’VE EDITED A PART OF YOUR STORY AND YOU’RE ACTUALLY PLEASED WITH IT. 

THE STRESS, TRIAL AND TRIBULATION IS FINALLY STARTING TO PAY OFF 😂 

Hope you enjoyed this post, guys! 🙂

Happy Friday! 🙂
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My New Article On The Mighty

Hey guys, hope you’re all doing well 🙂

For those of you who don’t know, some of the work I have as a writer is being a contributor for The Mighty and my article that I published on A Little Moore last week, Finding Love Again After Relationship Abuse has been published on the site! 

Here is the link if you are interested in reading it:

https://themighty.com/2017/08/finding-love-again-relationship-abuse-domestic-violence/

If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic abuse, please contact the support services linked in the article.

Wishing you all a very lovely Friday! 🙂

 

Copyright, 2017

 

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New Release! Mills & Boon Review: Tempted By The Bridesmaid by Annie O’Neil

Hello everyone! Coming at you with another review of a new release from Mills & Boon! This time from the Medical Romance section!

Tempted By The Bridesmaid by Annie O’Neil.

Disclaimer: This book was received as part of Mills & Boon Insiders. This in no way has influenced my opinions of this book. The opinions are entirely my own.

So here goes and an always, guys: SPOILER ALERT!!

Set in Italy, aristocrat Italian surgeon Luca Montovano meets heiress Francesca Martinelli at the failed wedding of their mutual friend. Francesca, a service dog trainer and former physiotherapist, is assigned a new job at a clinic in the Italian country for paralysed teenagers. To her horror, she discovers attractive Luca is her new boss!

Luca is a man whose scars run deep, determined to keep everyone at arm’s length while he cares for his orphaned niece. Then Francesca swoops in to his life, carefree and full of positivity and laughter, something Luca hasn’t felt in a long time. Will Luca let his guard down for the woman he’s fallen in love with?

This was my first time reading a book from the Medial Romance category of Mills & Boon. The vast majority of stories I have read have either been from Modern, Cherish or Desire, so I was curious to see what a Medical romance was like.

This story was certainly different from any of the others I have read.

The romance between Francesca and Luca, though their attraction for each other is obvious from the start.

It bubbles under the surface and has a gradual build up before they realise they’ve actually fallen in love with each other, in spite of their arrangement: colleagues by day, lovers by night.

I thought the character development, especially for Luca, was absolutely fantastic. Both Francesca and Luca’s struggles were relatable and their relationship’s progression was very organic.

Luca’s guardedness is very true of a man consumed by grief and guilt, determined to look after his paralysed niece, the only family he has left no matter what. However, his near ferocious protectiveness isn’t always necessarily what’s best for him or his niece.

So when Francesca comes in, providing support in the form of her service dogs and her positive attitude injecting some normality in to the kids’ lives, it not only has a positive effect on Luca’s teenage patients, but on Luca himself.

Francesca’s caring nature is infectious and her ties to her own family proves a sobering home truth for guarded Luca.

As well, the very real conversations between the two, Luca’s guard going up after we see a glimpse of “carefree Zio Luca” and the conflicts between them on the best methods of care for their patients proves a very truthful emotional development throughout the story with a lot of depth.

The characters are three dimensional, which when dealing with sensitive topics covered in this story is exactly what’s needed.

As well as this, I learned a lot about medical conditions and their methods of care I wouldn’t have known previously. I found it informative and I also enjoyed picking up some Italian along the way!

So to see two characters on different sides of the spectrum sharing a common purpose, doing their best to rehabilitate paralysed children and coming together, made it very enjoyable to read and an altogether lovely story.

Looking forward to reading some more Medical Romance! 🙂

 

Copyright, 2017

 

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New Release! Mills & Boon Review: Protecting His Defiant Innocent By Michelle Smart

Hey guys, coming at you with a review of a new release from Mills & Boon Modern!

Protecting His Defiant Innocent by Michelle Smart. Book #1 of the Bound to a Billionaire trilogy.

Disclaimer: This book was received as part of Mills & Boon Insiders. This in no way has influenced my opinions of this book. The opinions are entirely my own.

So anyways, on with the show and as always: SPOILER ALERT!!

Francesca Pellegrini is a young woman determined to honour her late brother’s philanthropic pursuits in the dangerous Caribbean island, Caballeros. To her horror, she crosses paths with Felipe Lorenzi, a security tycoon assigned to protect her as par the wishes of Francesca’s family.

The two immediately lock horns but despite their heated exchanges in between Caballeros’ corruption and shady characters, Francesca and Felipe try to keep their burning attraction for each other under wraps. Will this bodyguard be able to protect this woman without falling in love?

For the many romance novels I’ve read so far, this is my first time with a bodyguard hero. And I have to say I loved every minute of it!

I loved Francesca and Felipe’s chemistry, which in my opinion was practically bubbling off the page!

Felipe’s definitely the strong, silent type with a heart of gold underneath that many a reader goes ga-ga for. Admittedly, I’m no exception to this rule! Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a hero that can protect you? (Cue the Whitney Houston music!)

I thoroughly enjoyed the fast-paced energy in this book when they are on Caballeros, an island ravaged by a natural disaster and rife with corruption. It definitely left me very eager to know what happened next.

Francesca’s fierce determination to honour her brother Pieta’s memory is touching, but I could definitely see why her family brought in Felipe to protect her, as we see in the beginning her disregard for her safety in order to get the job done. She definitely needs him!

The emotional development between Francesca and Felipe definitely comes from their fiery exchanges as well as the more tender moments between them in the later stages of the book. Like in many romances, both have what the other desperately needs.

Be it Francesca’s capacity to love and her close emotional ties to her siblings or Felipe’s strength, finite discernment and sobering life experience, it makes them a very good match.

This laid the foundations for their growth, with Francesca becoming wiser to how certain things are done, very much taking away the rose tinted glasses (with Felipe’s experience in his job and the fact he is older helping along with this) and the gradual reveal as to why Felipe is so elusive and avoiding of personal relationships.

Given the nature of Felipe’s job this is relatable, as his inner demons aside, it is not uncommon relationships to strain and/or suffer at some point if one or both people are in dangerous jobs.

And although at times I found some of Francesca’s decisions either reckless or doing more harm than good (admittedly, once or twice I had a moment of “Girl, what are you doing?!”) but given her own circumstances, it is for the most part, understandable. Grief can make you do some pretty crazy things.

Amidst all the serious and the burning chemistry, I loved the more light-hearted moments in this book from the restaurant dancing (easily one of my favourite bits of the book. I found it a funny and adorable scene) to the witty exchanges between Felipe’s colleagues, James and Seb (given the opportunity, I would love to see more of these characters!)

I found this a very good read, a great introduction to the bodyguard hero and a new favourite!

Very much looking forward to Michelle Smart’s latest instalment to this trilogy! 🙂

 

 

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