Auctioned Virgin to Seduced Bride
by Louise Allen
Published by Mills & Boon
Innocent Laurel Vernon is living a nightmare after being kidnapped and put up for auction in one of London's most notorious brothels. Only the memory of private enquiry agent Patrick Jago gives her strength. Even though she only knew him for a few days, Patrick made her feel both protected and weak with desire. When Laurel sees Patrick among the brothel's clientele, she isn't sure if he has come to rescue her or to satisfy his own lust. But she is certain that he intends to bid on her!
A short eBook-only story to tie in with the Shelley Sisters series, and featuring two minor characters from the first book. A fun read, but I think I prefer the novel-length stories by this author.
by Phillipa Ashley
Published by Piatkus Entice
When Miranda finds herself fighting for her home, her job and her heart, sleeping with the enemy may not be the best tactic...
With no family of her own, Miranda Marshall has developed a healthy respect - some would say obsession - with other people's histories. As property manager of a spectacular island castle in Cornwall, she's made St Merryn's Mount one of the UK's most popular heritage attractions. While she may have the castle running like clockwork, Miranda hasn't bargained on its sexy owner returning to claim his birthright.
Dark, handsome and with a rakish reputation, Jago St Merryn not only looks like a pirate but is intent on flogging the Mount to a soulless leisure corporation. Miranda faces the battle of her life as she tries to persuade him to face up to his past and continue the St Merryn dynasty. But Jago has his own reasons for jumping ship and when he throws down the gauntlet to Miranda, she's forced to delve into painful memories she'd much rather keep hidden . . .
This was a perfect book for me. Cornwall, castles, and distinctly dotty locals. Not to mention the dowager who has decided that now her son is back she's going to turn into a hippy and move to San Francisco. One to reread again and again.
The Best Christmas Ever
by Anel Viz
Published by Silver Publishing
Brandon wasn't entirely comfortable about his relationship with Donnie, his simple-minded live-in lover for whom every Christmas is "the best Christmas ever". What was a mature, independent person like himself doing sexually involved with a childish and mildly retarded man?
This short follows Brandon's thoughts as he looks back over his relationship so far and ponders why it works. A sweet little festive tale.
Where the Heart Is
by Kaje Harper
Published by MLR Press
Dr. Trevor Carson had a good life as a city veterinarian, until his father died. Taking over his dad's remote country practice was supposed to be temporary, but Trevor found himself loving the place. If only it didn't mean separation from his partner, Michael. A Christmas visit from Michael gives each of them a chance to decide if home is a place or a person.
This one rang very true to me. Lovely details of how a country veterinary practice works in the best of worlds, and with a host of side characters who turned out to be more welcoming than the homecoming Trevor expected. Plus there are baby animals in time for Christmas
Charley's War: Death from Above
by Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun
Published by Titan Books Ltd
In this explosive new ninth volume of never-before-collected comic strip, including for the first time reproductions of original artwork from artist Joe Colquhoun's archive, things are looking up for Charley after he meets the love of his life. But their wedding is destroyed by the roar of destructive Zeppelin Bombers from Berlin!
Another fabulous instalment in the series, although I believe there's only one more to come. This focusses not only on Charley's adventures, but also those of his brother Wilf and cousin Jack. It also brings back old adversaries from earlier in the series and the art is just stunning, especially the cavalry horses.