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Recent Release Review- Contracted As His Cinderella Bride

Contracted as his cinderella bride

Title: Contracted As His Cinderella Bride ( Conveniently Wed)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Heidi Rice

Source: Free for Review from the publisher

Publisher: Harlequin, July 16, 2019

Pages: 225

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon:

From penniless delivery girl…

To billionaire’s bride?

The perfect summer Ally Jones spent with gorgeous French billionaire Dominic LeGrand was unforgettable, despite her unrequited feelings. Now Ally’s a struggling courier and is stunned when her latest delivery brings her to Dominic’s door. Yet what’s even more shocking is his proposal! Dominic needs a temporary wife, but with the enticing promise of his expert seduction teasing Ally to her limits, can she really just play the role?

Heidi Rice is a new to me author and she delivers a very good read. Ally is trying to finish her fashion designing course and working as a courier. She is overwhelmed and tired when she finds herself at Dominic’s door. So when he offers her a marriage of convenience along with picking up her tuition and giving her a million pounds she finds it hard to refuse so she jumps all-in. But Heidi loved him once a long time ago and she finds herself falling again. The big question is will Dominic ever be able to love.

If you are looking for a well written, quick, escapist read then this might be in your wheelhouse. It didn’t quite push all the right buttons for me but I think that is just because my taste doesn’t run to these billionaire stories. I can recommend this one to CR readers who don’t have billionaire prejudices.

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11 Fridays til Christmas Review- A Proposal For Christmas by Linda Lael Miller and Lindsay McKenna

Title:  A Proposal For Christmas

A proposal For Christmas

Genre: Holiday  Contemporary Romance Novellas

Author: Linda Lael Miller and Lindsay McKenna

Publisher: Harlequin, Sept. 24, 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 4.5

Description from amazon.com in bold type:

Linda Lael Miller and Lindsay McKenna present two enthralling stories about the redemptive power of the holiday season

STATE SECRETS by Linda Lael Miller

Secret Service agent David Goddard never expected to spend his Christmas surveilling the president’s cousin. But after weeks of studying her, he finds that Holly Llewellyn’s life continues to remain a mystery. Tangled in the controversy swirling around them, David wonders, is it her secrets that fascinate him…or Holly herself?


Deet’s review– No surprise that this accomplished author has written a good story.  Holly is under surveillance because her brother is a fugitive suspected of treason.  Holly and David have fallen in love at first sight but the secrets each is keeping from the other threatens to explode their budding romance. This story’s setting is the holiday season and beyond into January. The characters are well fleshed out and side characters add to the story.  It is an interesting premise and Ms Miller pulls it off beautifully.

Deet’s Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating:5

Christmasy Feeling: 4


Morgan Trayhern’s toughest mercenary, Colt Hamlin, is looking to lie low this Christmas, but he may just have a change of heart when his matchmaking boss puts him in the path of Montana’s prettiest widow.


Deet’s review:   Abbie lost her husband in an auto accident two years prior to her friend Laura asking her to let Colt help her with the decorations for the annual Five-Days of Christmas parities held by the Black Ops headquarters.  Colt was recently off a mission and was suffering from PTSD and Laura thought he was too reclusive and needed to get out in society more.  Abbie and Colt had instant rapport that escalated to romance.

The fact that this hero was traumatized and cried quite a bit and got all emotional, made this story not quite what I want in a romantic hero.  That the H/h got engaged after knowing each other for five days also seemed a bit too much. ..for me.  The story was certainly well written, and if you are up for a totally schmaltzy story and have a full box of tissues handy then you will love this story.

Deet’s Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating:5

Christmasy Feeling: 5  sexy_santa_4-257x400

Coming Next Friday: Mistletoe and Magic

mistletoe and magic


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