by Lynne Connolly
Published by Samhain Publishing Ltd
Lord and Lady Strang return from their adventure-filled honeymoon, more than ready to settle into married life. After a few weeks living in his parents’ Piccadilly mansion, Richard and Rose are restless for their own home, a space where they can work out the pattern of their new life together.
House-hunting will have to wait. A maid in the household of Rose’s aunt has been murdered, an act that forces Richard to reveal a dark secret from his past. Despite the desperate passion they share, marriage requires disclosure—something at which Richard has never excelled.
In light of his revelation, Rose must find the strength to delve deep into the bedrock of their relationship while simultaneously facing the height of London society. As they work to unravel the clues that lead to a murderer, an old enemy launches an attack on their already fragile hearts…
One of two books I got direct from the author after the Festival of Romance, and this was a lot of fun. Not enough Gervase or explosions to make it my favourite of the series, but plent of recurring villains to keep me interested. Not to mention a bunch of old friends to keep the parties going.
Village Midwife, Blushing Brideby Gill Sanderson
Published by Mills & Boon
A single mum's happy-ever-after! Moving to the Derbyshire countryside is the new start midwife Zoe Hilton has longed for. She can finally put her past behind her and create a cosy home with her precious little son, Jamie. But Zoe's enigmatic and sexy new boss, Dr Connor Maitland, throws her plans into disarray! Ex-surgeon Connor thinks he is an expert at hiding his emotions, but compassionate Zoe can see that he's struggling with his enforced new role as a country GP. She and her adorable son quickly break down this pensive doctor's defences and open Connor's heart to love once more. But he'll need to go down on one knee to make Zoe's dreams come true!
I enjoyed meeting Roger aka Gill at the Festival of Romance, and I enjoyed the setting of this book. Unfortunately I spent a lot of time getting cross with the medical details. The main premise of the hero's reluctance to form a relationship doesn't fit with the diagnostic background. Plus some of the other minor details of medical procedures were oversimplified in my opinion. On the other hand there is rock climbing in this one again.
by Josephine Myles
Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Out-and-proud travel writer Dan Taylor can’t steer a boat to save his life, but that doesn’t stop him from accepting an assignment to write up a narrowboat holiday. Instead of a change of pace from city life, though, the canal seems dull as ditchwater. Until he crashes into the boat of a half-naked, tattooed, pierced man whose rugged, penniless appearance is at odds with a posh accent.
Still smarting from past betrayal, Robin Hamilton’s “closet” is his narrowboat, his refuge from outrageous, provocative men like Dan. Yet he can’t seem to stop himself from rescuing the hopelessly out-of-place city boy from one scrape after another. Until he finds himself giving in to reluctant attraction, even considering a brief, harmless fling.
After all, in less than a week, Dan’s going back to his London diet of casual hook-ups and friends with benefits.
Determined not to fall in love, both men dive into one week of indulgence…only to find themselves drawn deep into an undertow of escalating intimacy and emotional intensity. Troubled waters neither of them expected…or wanted.
I have a great love of canals, canal boats and boaters, so this book was perfect on that count. Dan's hapless attempts at handling the boat alone also brought back memories, and the cast of characters was wonderfully rich and varied. The story hit a slow patch in the middle, but then it picked up again, and there were scenes in the slow part that might have been more diverting for other readers ;-)
The House at Sea's End
by Elly Griffiths
Published by Quercus Publishing Plc
ISBN 13 9781849163675
Ruth Galloway has just returned from maternity leave and is struggling to juggle work and motherhood. When a team from the University of North Norfolk, investigating coastal erosion, finds six bodies buried at the foot of the cliff, she is immediately put on the case. DCI Nelson is investigating, but Ruth finds this more hindrance than help - Nelson is the father of her daughter, Kate. Still, she remains professional and concentrates on the case at hand. Forensic tests prove that the bodies are from Southern Europe, killed sixty years ago. Police Investigations unearth records of Project Lucifer, a wartime plan to stop a German invasion. A further discovery reveals that members of the Broughton Sea's End Home Guard took a 'blood oath' to conceal some deadly wartime secret. The more information they uncover, the more elusive any explanation becomes. When a visiting German reporter is killed, Ruth and Nelson realise that someone is still alive who will kill to keep the secret of Broughton Sea's End's war years. Can they discover the truth in time to stop another murder?
Definitely my favourite of the series so far, although the final reveal fell a little flat. I just hope that the central relationship can be sustained as the series goes on, or that it gets retired before it becomes wearing.