High Heels and Haystacks by Erin Nicholas

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A boss-employee romance…with a twist.

Only three things stand between Ava Carmichael and her twelve billion dollar inheritance:

1. A year of living in Bliss, Kansas.
2. A relationship that lasts six consecutive months.
3. And pie.

Ava has run a multi-billion-dollar company, negotiated with shark investors, and hobnobbed with business royalty, but she’s about to be defeated by her inability to turn sugar, flour, and apple pie filling into something edible.

Conveniently, the owner of the diner next door, Parker Blake, is magic in the kitchen. And he technically works for her. So she can make him teach her to bake. And, hey, if everyone assumes they’re heating up more than the oven during their time in the kitchen…well, that’s called multitasking.

Parker Blake likes his women the way he likes his coffee: not in his diner. But gorgeous, strong-willed, type-A Ava clearly isn’t going to stop messing up his kitchen—or his simple, stress-free small town life—until the conditions of her daddy’s will are met. So, sure, he’ll teach his “boss” to bake.

But once the kitchen door closes, it’s pretty clear who’s really in charge.

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Title: High Heels and Haystacks
Author: Erin Nicholas
Series: Billionaires in Blue Jeans
Pages: 330
Genre(s): Contemporary, US
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It’s official - Erin Nicholas is my newest obsession.

That should be my review right there because everything I’m going to say from now on is just variations on a theme.

I loved this book. It felt like it took the sass of a Jill Shalvis novel and mixed it with the relationships of a Nora Roberts’ novel - and then added a sparkle that I’ve come to associate with Erin Nicholas all herself.

This is the second book in the Billionaires and Blue Jeans series. While you don’t really have to read the books in order (I personally have yet to read the first in the series, Diamonds and Dirt Roads - but will soon since I just bought it today), I honestly think you’d get a better handle on Bliss, the triplets, and their men/soon to be men if you read them in order. The next book, Cashmere and Camo, comes out in May 2018. Thank God - not sure I could wait much longer than that.

As well as the page-turning writing, I found that the book really captured the magic of two people falling in love. Ava and Parker were kindred spirits who were so similar yet so different. Their interactions - irritation to acceptance to sex to love - felt so real that I actually got that jumpy, happy feeling in my tummy. Beautiful!

Not only that but the book was laugh out loud funny. The scene about the rooster was bloody hilarious - I actually laughed out loud, had to stop reading and then relate it to the other folks in the room.

That happened a lot. You honestly feel like you know these characters. Like they are part of your own life and own world - or more like you are part of theirs. I had to stop myself from constantly asking my own friends and family if they’d heard about Ava and Parker’s shenanigans. Luckily, they already know I’m crazy so it wouldn’t have been too big of a deal if I had!

As I said, I’m full on obsessed with Ms Nicholas’ books and this one is no different. So far, I’ve found that her novels are full of sass, style and sexy times. Plus, her characters say ‘fuck’ a lot and that just makes my little ladylike heart go pitter pat. 5 stars.



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A Bride for the Playboy Prince by Various


To celebrate the royal wedding, we’ve specially selected three glamorous, passionate stories!

Designer Lisa Bailey knows she doesn’t belong in Prince Luciano’s world. Yet when one stolen encounter leaves her unexpectedly pregnant, Luc is determined to claim his queen!

Prince Draco Valenti wears his icy exterior like a suit of armour…. until he meets lawyer Anna Orsini. While they’re at odds in business, in the bedroom Draco’s desire for Anna melts his defences.

Matchmaker Jessica Carter arranges marriages that work. And that’s exactly why Prince Stavros Drakos has hired her. Yet no other woman ignites as intense a passion in him as Jessica does…

It’s time for these rebel princes to meet their match!

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Title: A Bride for the Playboy Prince
Author: Sharon Kendrick, Sandra Marton and Maisey Yates
Series: Girl Meets Duke
Pages: 600+
Genre(s): Contemporary, Mills & Boon
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I’m going to lay my cards on the table right off and say I’m not a huge fan of the Royal Family and even less of all the hoopla surrounding the upcoming nuptials.

You might think that this particular book, seeing as it’s a special Royal Wedding Edition, might be a strange choice for me, but I do really love a Mills and Boon romance and who can resist a commoner who snags a rich, titled and even royal, man? I might not like the reality but I love the dream!

This book contains three full-length stories by three different authors, each giving a slightly different take on the royal wedding theme.

All three books have previously been released but are packaged together in this special edition.

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Crowned for the Prince’s Heir - Sharon Kendrick

The secret she kept from the Prince…

Dress designer Lisa Bailey reluctantly broke off her relationship with Luc, knowing an affair with the Prince had no future. But one last stolen encounter left her quaking with passion, drenched in desire—and unexpectedly pregnant!

Months later, Prince Luciano Leonidas of Mardovia is on the brink of the perfect political marriage when a news article shows Lisa with an obvious bump! His baby. With Mardovian royal blood. Now he must claim his heir at any cost. She might be an unsuitable bride, but she will become his Queen!



I really liked this story. It was fun, fresh and I got into it from the start. I loved the relationship between Lisa and Luc - even if Luc was a little bit overbearing at times!

A ‘surprise’ pregnancy is a well-used storyline but it’s one I can enjoy if the rest of the story is up to scratch - and this definitely is.

Luc might be overbearing and demanding, but Lisa not only holds her own but she only acquiesces to him only on her terms. She’s modern, strong and independent - a worthy heroine for a royal prince - especially one that needs to be brought low by love!

It’s fun, sweet and I enjoyed reading it.

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The Ice Prince - Sandra Marton

Prince Draco Valenti bears his title reluctantly, and wears his icy exterior like a suit of armour that no opponent can penetrate… Except Anna Orsini. She isn’t any ordinary adversary, she’s a high-flying, straight-talking lawyer in a no-nonsense suit and killer stilettos – conflicting signals that perplex, frustrate and attract Draco all at the same time…

Whilst they’re at odds in business, in the bedroom Draco’s desire for Anna has the power to melt his defences – the temptation to play with fire is overwhelming…



After my enjoyment of the first story, this story was so old-fashioned it genuinely enraged me.

I assumed, from the language (faxes, laptops are the new executive toy, Hearts and Solitaire are the only games available…) that this was written in the 1990s. And the disgusting cliches also lend themselves to the age of the story. They meet. He’s disinterested. They argue. She bests him so he kisses her. to shut her up. Against her will. But don’t worry, says she, an unwanted kiss isn’t assault - as she practically swoons about how wonderful the kiss was. *Rolls eyes* To find out it was written in 2011 astounds me.

Oh, and the smatterings of Italian words…I get it, you want us to know he’s Italian so you put mucho Italian words into his perfecto speech. Multo annoying.

I actually hated this book. No - just no.

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At His Majesty’s Request - Maisey Yates

She might not be suitable for the throne…

Matchmaker extraordinaire Jessica Carter arranges marriages that work. And that is exactly what Prince Drakos is looking for. The last thing he needs is someone as unsuitable as her…but none of the beautiful socialites paraded before him excite Stavros as Jessica does. But she can share his bed!

Usually unchallenged, Stavros welcomes Jessica’s defiance – his fingers itch to lower her prickly fa├žade and discover what lies beneath. Will Jessica agree to his final request? One month to exorcise their smouldering passion, before he marries someone fit to be his Queen…



This book surprised me from the first page as it was sharp, snappy and the pages almost turned themselves. There’s no faffing about - we just get stuck right into the story.

The writing is fresh and I loved Jessica and Stavros and their interaction with each other. Jessica was a snarky, vintage loving matchmaker but she was as real as they come. Stavros was every inch the entitled, rich, Greek (sort of - he’s from the mythical kingdom of Kyonos) prince who didn’t believe in love. Yet!

What surprised me about this book was the emotional and the poignancy. With Jessica’s health history and experiences with her ex-husband, I really felt for her. And towards the end of the book, I had such feels for Stavros and Jess. I willed them to work it out and, I’ll admit it, I shed a little tear towards the end. I would have loved an epilogue but this book is actually part of a mini-trilogy so I’ll be looking for the next and previous in The Call of Duty series in the hopes of reading more of this couple.

A great book all-round.

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This is a good collection - a nice memento to celebrate the Royal Wedding or just a collection of Mills and Boon stories with a royal twist. Or maybe both.

I really, really didn’t like the middle story but the other two were excellent reads and I’d be happy to recommend them.

Even with the middle story, £5.99 (at the time of my review) for two excellent stories is great value and if you love Mills & Boon, you can’t go wrong with this collection.



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A Tycoon's Jewel by Avery Laval


Can a man who came from nothing trust a woman who lost everything?

Six years ago, Jenna McCormick lost it all—her parents, her fortune, and her family's jewelry empire. After the shock wore off, Jenna realized she didn't need her fortune to be happy. Today, she has her brother's love and a small apartment. She doesn’t miss the champagne lifestyle she left behind. But she can never forget the day Grant Blakely stole her family's company, placing himself at the helm. She was half in love with Grant, her father's protege, now the youngest black CEO in Las Vegas history. She never wanted to ask him for help. But now she has no choice.

When Jenna asks Grant for a job, he's certain she must be joking. Even Jenna couldn't have burned through her trust fund that fast. She's persuasive, though, and her appeal hasn’t faded. Grant tests Jenna's resolve: he hires her, but as his assistant. She won't be able to put up with the menial tasks and hard hours of a real job. But Grant fails to predict how the sizzling attraction grows between them as he discovers she's not the playgirl she used to be.

Soon, the spark between them reignites. But can Grant trust her? And can Jenna trust the man who took everything from her?

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Title: A Tycoon's Jewel
Author: Avery Laval
Series: Sin City Tycoons
Pages: 224
Genre(s): Contemporary, US
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This is the first book in the Sin City Tycoon’s series but fear not, it completely stands alone from the rest of the series and you’re guaranteed a happily ever after.

But, damn, Jenna and Grant make you work hard for that happily ever after. Well, more just Grant - if there’s ever been an alpha male who tries to resist falling in love, it’s Grant Blakely. Luckily, that’s the kind of hero that I just adore and boy does Avery Laval write them well. Watching someone like Grant succumb to Jenna’s charms is so bloody satisfying. Even more so because Jenna isn’t trying to trap him or seduce him - despite what Grant himself might think.

As an ex-party girl (I was envisaging Paris Hilton-esque) I assumed it would be quite hard to like Jenna - even though she had turned her life around and turned over a new leaf. Not so, I’m happy to report. I was rooting for Jenna from the first and wanted her to get her happily ever after and get her man.

Grant was high power, all arrogance and all suspicion. Understandably so, since we learn of his motivations and his back story. But I still took pleasure in all the confusion and angst he felt while trying to first outwit and then keep his emotional distance from Jenna. The fact that Ms Laval could write such potentially polarising romantic leads is another testament to the quality of her storytelling.

And the writing really is very good. All consuming and involving - I couldn’t stop the pages from turning and found myself trying to carve out time at all hours of the day just so I could find out what was happening in the world of Grant and Jenna.

I also have to give massive kudos to Ms Laval for her portrayal of mental health and what it must be like for relatives of sufferers of a severe form. The depiction was so emotive that I was stunned speechless by those particular passages.

I really loved this book and enjoyed every moment of reading it. Having previously read the second book in the series, A Tycoon’s Rush, and loving it just as much as I did this one, Avery Laval is well on her way to becoming an auto-buy author for me.

I cannot wait for the third and final book in this series, A Tycoon’s Secret, which comes out in June. I understand it will tie all three books in the series together and I for one look forward to finding out how Grant and Jenna are getting on.

A fun, delicious and page-turning read with lots to sink your teeth into - this is a book I can whole heartedly recommend. 5 stars.



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