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Initial post: Jun 25, 2010 1:47:50 PM PDT
Vanessa says:
Pregnant by the Greek Tycoon Kim Lawrence - H denies his child for pretty good reasons and he really feels bad when he finds out how wrong he was. Was wondering if anyone knows if there are sequels to this book? Georgie finds out that she has some half siblings and they didn't really meet in this book so it felt like there would be more.

Posted on Jun 26, 2010 1:26:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 26, 2010 10:49:33 PM PDT
Michigangirl says:
I don't know the book personally and am not sure if it has sequels.

A few of my favorites in no particular order.

Song of the Waves by Anne Hampson. It's about a girl who has an incurable brain tumor and only a few months to live. Her doctor convinces her to go on a cruise instead of just waiting around to die. While there she meets a man who she thinks she can use to love because she's never loved anyone and because he doesn't really care about her, when she dies he won't be hurt.

Uncertain Destiny by Carole Mortimer. The heroine and hero had a very quick relationship and marriage. When the heroine announces she's pregnant her happy stable home is broken up when the hero first announces that it's not his child, and second tells her that he doesn't want children.

Lovers in the Afternoon also by Carole Mortimer. The heroine was the shy chubby younger sister who winds up meeting her sister's boss. They fall in love and are married quickly but his father hates her, her klutz attacks start to annoy him beyond tolerance and the real end was when she finds out that he'd had an affair with her sister, who was married. She's away from him and her life is starting to calm down when he walks back in claiming that they were both lousy at being married so instead they'd just be lovers. Sometimes I wonder how she managed to pack so many things into one book, but this was really not one single misunderstanding that drove these two apart but everything set against them.

The Greek's Christmas Baby by Lucy Monroe. My absolute favorite ever. The heroine wakes up from a car accident. She almost lost her baby and is put on complete bedrest and her husband is in a coma. When he finally comes out of the coma they find out he's got amnesia. Except he can remember everyone else but his wife and the baby she's expecting. Before the accident happened the heroine was finally sick of the hero's PA and family friend who, for years, had been belittling her and undermining her relationship with the hero. She'd finally started fighting back and when it just didn't work she'd asked the hero for a divorce, that was when the car accident happened. But the heroine discovers she's not ready for a divorce and she'll fight for her husband. That's really hard when the PA is telling lies about her and the hero believes them.

A Whirlwind Marriage by Helen Brooks. The heroine is a very strong outspoken woman who's lived her life doing things for those around her. Now she finds that her husband is having an affair with his ex-girlfriend so she leaves him and attempts to start her life over. When she's actually away from him she realizes how he's managed to take control of her life. The hero isn't willing to just let her go and quickly clears up the misunderstanding. But even though the heroine now realizes that he didn't cheat, she's aware of the fact that he needs to stop trying to control her every move before she can be with him again.

Valentino's Love Child by Lucy Monroe. The heroine and hero had been lovers for a year. She was a widow. Her husband and son had died in a car crash and she was sterile. She was sure that life intended her to never have a family. The hero loved his wife but she died, leaving him with a son. He'd vowed to never marry again. So their relationship was working for them both, until the heroine realized that she was ready to move on with her life and wanted something more permanent with the hero, or at least an idea that their relationship was building towards something. This book was good on so many levels. Though it did have it's moments that made me want to bash the hero upside the head.

Innocent Deception by Rachel Lindsay. The heroine was a singer who just had throat troubles and was told to not sing a single note for months or she could lose her voice entirely. She takes up a job as a nanny and winds up working for a man who owns one of the most famous opera houses. If he finds out she's a singer he'll fire her, but she is managing and falling in love with his overly spoiled daughter and finding out that she has feelings for him. It will all come crashing down when he finds out the truth about her.

Driving Force by Sally Wentworth. Maddy and West had been married but West was a race car driver and not long after their marriage Maddy found she lived in terror of something happening to West. He refused to quit racing for her so she quit the marriage because she couldn't live with the terror. After they were divorced, what she'd been afraid of happened and West was in an accident. His mother wants Maddy to come back and offer physiotherapy to West to help him recover. He's driven everyone else away and she thinks Maddy is the only one he won't be able to. West could walk again but not with his attitude and Maddy is the only one to help him. Not only is she helping him, but in doing so she's putting him right back where she never wanted him to be, on the race track. I thought this book was sad because they both loved each other but neither one could give in. Maddy couldn't handle him racing and he couldn't give it up.

The Bellini Bride by Michelle Reid Hero and heroine are lovers but he's being put pressure on from his family to marry. He finds he doesn't really want to give the heroine up though.

In the Tycoon's Bed by Kathryn Ross. The hero and heroine work together and are having an affair. The heroine realizes suddenly that she's starting to develop deeper feelings for the hero and decides it's time to end the relationship. The hero doesn't want to take no for an answer. They still have something good so why end the relationship so early? Afterward the heroine finds out she's pregnant, a small miracle since she thought she couldn't, and she decides it's time to go home and start her life again, without the hero.

The Greek Tycoon's Unexpected Wife by Annie West. This was a surprise read for me. The hero is about to get married, it's actually his engagement party when his wife shows up to return his ring. A few years ago the hero had been traveling when war broke out in the country he was in. In order to get a girl he'd promised to help, they'd gotten married. Before they made it safely across the border, a bomb went off and he thought she was killed. Now the hero thinks she's there to get money but the heroine didn't actually realize the marriage had been real. As time passes the heroine falls in love with the hero and he realizes that he likes having her in his life and wants to make it permanent. The heroine just isn't willing to settle for less than love. I can't honestly say I've read anything by Annie West before but I loved this book.

Posted on Jun 26, 2010 4:17:55 PM PDT
Mistress in Private by Julie Cohen is the only Harlequin Romance I've ever rated 4*. I really enjoyed it.

Posted on Jun 26, 2010 5:53:36 PM PDT
JenaSpring says:
Mistress of Deception by Miranda Lee.

Until I read this book, I didnt know HP could have a strong heroine. Most of the HP are wall bangers for me because of the doormat-whiny, virgin, scared of everything, prudish heroines, who usually gets on my nerves.

In this book, she's not a virgin (how shocking!), she's had a "healthy" love life with another man ( feeling faint yet?), she does not take s!@#t from the H, they're equally well matched. I was completely, I mean COMPLETELY enthralled with this book because I just never found a heroine like this in any HP....

That was my first Miranda Lee book, but of course the next book was a complete flop lol. However, I'm still hoping her other titles are like this book, so let me which titles to try if you're familiar with her work. <3

Posted on Jun 26, 2010 9:32:39 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Vanessa -- Given that I am an utterly hopeless HP Addict, I do have a list of favorites.

Here is my list of the top ten. I enjoy them, others hate them, what more can I say?

#10 Temptation by Charlotte Lamb-- 17 year old seduced by 30 something guy, who lies to her about being married, has her fall completely in love, and then dumps her -- and that's just the first 3 chapters. Said innocent tries to commit suicide and is prevented by Bohemian father, she turns 21, moves to the big city, new boyfriend's father turns out to be old lover who is no longer married and still wildly in love. This alone could have ended with HEA but not in Ms. Lamb's world. The no longer innocent h decides she wants to see the H bleed and proceeds to extract her revenge in a manner worth of a 40 year old.
This was the first HP I read where the heroine was not a doormat and at 15, I really admired her chutzpah. We do get the HEA but wow what a ride to get there.

#9 -- Abduction by Charlotte Lamb- another doormat h who steps up and takes charge. The h is a very sheltered 19 when she meets the H, she was also very isolated as a child. They marry, she feels lost and depressed, the H slaps her and she leaves. She realizes she is pregnant and proceeds to make a life for herself. Her son is kidnapped, the H finds out and then they are together again, except she isn't a doormat and she expects him to bend to her wishes this time around. He is still arrogant alpha male but she is more than a match for him and his conniving family. Really admired the heroine in this one.

#8 The Loving Trap by Daphne Clair-- the h was brutally raped prior to the start of the story, she has a small shop which she is being pushed out of by the H who needs to expand his corporate headquarters. The h pursues her and finally she decides to try marriage, it doesn't work out and then he finds out about the attack. She leaves him, but he comes back and they manage to work things out. I actually liked the H in this story, once he realizes what happened he goes all out to make sure the h is happy and secure. The h herself really tries to overcome the past and both succeed admirably.

#7 The Italian Billionaire's Pregnant Bride by Lynne Graham-- "I think that christening my yacht Diva Queen was an act of prophecy, delzia mia" with lines like that, how can you resist this book? The h is tough but nice and doesn't let the macho male H get away with much of anything. As the H says " You don't just get mad, you get even." I really enjoyed that because she puts him in his place and isn't spiteful.

# 6 The Multi-Millionaire's Virgin Mistress by Cathy Williams--Okay so the H has a lower income bracket than most HP Hero's and the h isn't exactly a virgin, but any HP that opens with the h jumping out of a cake for the H has got to be interesting. This one was way more than that. After the cake incident the H and h separate and then run into each other years later. The H is still interested and is also engaged but the engagement breaks up and the h has very strict rules about when and where they will see each other. She hasn't forgotten how casually the H dismissed her as not being good enough for his life before and she is not going back there.
The h keeps her dignity and her independence and the H is totally in love by the end of the book. A very satisfying read.

#5 Tempestuous Reunion by Lynne Graham -- this one has a doormat h but she was a sweet doormat h and dyslexic, the H was a jerk but really reigned it in around the h. I thought the h did really well for the obstacles she had, and I liked the fact the Hero was very quick to own up to his mistakes and make things right and help the h with her issues.

#4 The DeSantis Marriage by Michelle Reid-- The Hero is hot and funny, the heroine strong and sweet. The scene with the prenup is hillarious, you really believe in the chemistry and the relationship building of the couple and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

#3 Marriage Meltdown by Emma Darcy-- When Ms. Darcy is good, she is very very good and this book about a man who is thinking of cheating and a wife who won't tolerate it is a fantastic study of how people can grow in a marriage.

# 2 The Ultimate Betrayal by Michelle Reid--Ms. Reid is one of my favorite HP authors, and this book about a marriage breakdown caused by infidelity is one of her best.

#2a Reckless Conduct by Susan Napier-- shy, ordinary woman lets loose her wild side and bleaches her hair. This book was hilarious, Ms. Napier outdid herself with the story of a woman insearch of her true self and the handsome H who wants her to find him.

#2b The Italian's Wedding Ultimatum by Kim Lawrence--Ms Lawrence's Italian Hero's are almost always irresistible and Alessandro is no exception. The h Sam is funny, smart and great to read. This book and The Carrides Pregnancy both have really yummy heros and totally great heroines.

#1 The Spanish Groom by Lynne Graham -- When Ms. Graham gets it right she really gets it right. Cesar is a cross between Cary Grant and Captain Jack Sparrow. Daisy is not your typical misfit heroine but a really nice person who has the wisdom of a zen master. Put the two together, along with Cesar groveling to a dog and building a pond for a homicidal goldfish also named Cesar, and this book blows away most other HP's.

I would also add that Lovers in the Afternoon and A Whirlwind Marriage were total keepers for me, so I enthusiastically recommend all of them.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 2:11:05 AM PDT
boogenhagen says:
I have to add one more just because this book is what The Last Grand Passion by Emma Darcy should have been -- The Sicilian's Defiant Mistress by Jane Porter-- horrible angst, passionate yearning, an utter betrayal and a beautiful HEA all in the name of love. This is a great book and Ms. Porter is definitely one of the newer HP authors to watch.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 2:25:54 PM PDT
SusieQ says:
I hated TEMPTATION. I'm sorry - I had the complete opposite reaction to the heroine, I didn't think her vengeful thoughts lasted long enough, and I thought the (older) hero was especially creepy & his alpha-male pursuit of the heroine when she's barely 17... and then later when she dates his SON, was worse.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2010 2:37:49 PM PDT
SusieQ says:
I've had some luck with Sara Craven; lots of times her heroines are too ultra-wimpy, or her storylines are too much silliness, but I'd put these on a top-ten list:
The Count's Blackmail Bargain
Marriage By Deception
Irresistible Temptation
Comparative Strangers
One Reckless Night
The Tycoon's Mistress
Also, Michelle Reid's THE PRICE OF A BRIDE; THE DARK SIDE OF DESIRE; PASSIONATE SCANDAL, and Diana Hamilton's THE BILLIONAIRE AFFAIR have been good reads.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2010 7:34:39 PM PDT
Reader in NJ says:
Boogenhagen, I usually agree wtih you. In the case of JP's book I disagree. I hated the fact that the H did not tell the h that he was married. He put her in the position of being the OW without her knowledge. Many women will not get into a relationship with a married man regardless of the status of the marriage -- for moral reasons, personal reasons, whatever. The H took the h's power of choice away from her. She might not have agreed to this relationship if she had all the facts. I found that very disrespectful. He basically made the choice for her.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2010 10:56:19 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Reader In NJ--I do think it was a rotten thing to do, and I really hated the H in The Last Grand Passion because of it (who kept saying he still loved his wife). In this book, I actually was kinda empathetic as to why he did not tell her. I do agree she should have had a choice but then we wouldn't have gotten the story, so I was prepared to overlook.
I also wondered that the h did not figure it out on her own. With an accident like that, a court case and the family being as prominent as it was, she never Googled him? Especially if she was as desperate to be with him as she says. I think the h was lying to herself when she says she couldn't guess.
The conniving lying aside, I loved how angsty and melodramatic the writing was. I think I was just in the mood for over the top melodrama and this book hit the spot. I also liked his passionate declarations and the whole wedding theme.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2010 8:16:27 AM PDT
Reader in NJ says:
Boogenhagen, There were many similarities between the two books. In TLGP -- the h ends up pregnant and has the child. In TSDM, the h was pregnant but lost the child.

Another book with a similar plot was "A Haunting Compulsion" by Anne Mather. The H's family loved the h but no one bothered to tell her that he was married -- his wife was institutionalized (not in a coma). From what I recall there was no baby in this one.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2010 8:55:29 AM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Reader in NJ--That why I liked TSDM and not TLGP, Porter's book made the whole scenario tragic for me and not callous. I will check out A Haunting Compulsion but Anne Mather hasn't been doing too well with me lately.

I did reread another one recently that I switch between really liking or really hating and that is Jane Bauling's Rage to Possess-- the H is almost psychotic but the make up scene is really sweet, she really does dark angst well.

Did you ever figure out the one where the H cheated and the h couldn't trust him anymore?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2010 6:03:49 PM PDT
Reader in NJ says:
Boogenhagen, In Jane Bauling's book is that where the b***h tells the H that the h fell on purpose in order to miscarry? She also told the H that the h was involved with her husband - but that wasn't true? I read this year's ago and that is all that I have in my spreadsheet about the book.

Nope, so far haven't figured out which HP had the cheating H. I don't care for books with infidelity but the cheating hero discussion reminded of that HP. I do recall wondering if he could be trusted. I'll let you know if I run across it.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 6:14:27 PM PDT
Reader in NJ says:
A couple of my favorites are: "Gold Ring of Betrayal" by Michelle Reid and "The Greek's Christmas Baby" by Lucy Monroe.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2010 7:08:12 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Reader in NJ--oh yeah that's the one, the H goes crazy and the h tries to kill herself because he is such a pig. Like I said, I go back and forth on it a lot and everytime I stumble over it I have to reread and I still can't decide.

Gold Ring of Betrayal is a great book, I have the Lucy Monroe on my never ending TBR pile.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 7:45:47 PM PDT
RomReader says:
My 5-star far:
Lucy Monroe- Greek's Christmas Baby, Scorsilini Marriage Bargain
Lynne Graham - A Savage Betrayal, Heat of Passion, Petrakos' bride
Michelle Reid - Gold Ring of Betrayal
Miranda Lee - A WOman to Remember
Sandra Marton - Marriage on the edge, The pregnant mistress, Bedroom Business, Captive in his bed
Sarah Morgan - Public wife private mistress

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2010 8:08:52 PM PDT
Reader in NJ says:
Boogenhagen, You need to move that LM book to the top of your TBR. I can't tell you how many times I've re-read it -- even though my TBR pile keeps growing.

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 10:05:16 PM PDT
Michigangirl says:
If you're talking The Greek's Christmas Baby I also suggest reading it. I own the book in paperback, plus on both of my ereaders and I have it on my phone too so I'm never without it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2010 6:57:31 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Wow Michigangirl, You do that too? I thought I was the only who kept a paperback and multiple e-books everywhere for my favorites.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 8:30:35 PM PDT
I like most books by Michelle Reid, Lucy Monroe, Lynne Graham. I might be disappointed that some of their books aren't great as my favorites but they never suck outright. I have been able to finish all of their books and have multiple copies of my favorites.

Some of my favorites not from Reid, Monroe, and Graham in no particular order:

The Greek Tycoon's Love-Child by Jacqueline Baird

The Spaniard's Marriage Bargain by Abby Green

Public Wife, Private Mistress Sarah Morgan

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2010 9:04:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 29, 2010 10:40:57 PM PDT
Mae Adamson says:
The favorites that immediately come to mind:

Love Conspiracy by Susan Napier. My all time favorite. I must have read it 20 times. Most recently, yesterday. Psuedo cheating. Hero is a reformed hedonist (now respectable business man)who enters an engagement with the perfect woman, but cannot resist the bohemian heroine who unwittingly stirs old longings in the hero. After a determined pursuit, H gets h into bed and they have an affair while he is engaged to the other. This one has its sad moments(the H basically wore the h down, then proceeded to sneak her around like she was dirty or something), which made the HEA great when it finally came.

Dark Fires by Robyn Donald. More ethically challenged characters! Book opens with heroine engaged to hero's oldest and dearest friend. H proceeds to give h the bum's rush behind the friend's back. Shame on him. Loved the book, though.

Bought: One Night, One marriage. Sexy and emotional.

Untamed Italian, Blackmailed Innocent. The hero had it bad for h. She had bigger problems and did not give a fig about him. He teared up when he asked her to marry him, half expecting her to decline. h did not tell the hero she loved him until the epilogue which took place years and a couple of kids after the end of the main story. I kind of felt sorry for the guy.

Purchased for Revenge by Julia James. Mainly because the hero, who blackmailed the h into the sack, treated her the way a man who would blackmail a woman into bed would likely treat a woman for whom he had no respect. And the heroine reacted realistically. After their night together, I doubt these two could ever be a loving couple, but I appreciated that the writer took a pretty standard HP set-up and took it in a pretty unique direction.

I also loved Mistress of the Groom(forgot the writer). The H and h both needed therapy. I found the book and their relationship quite edgy and even, at times, shocking.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 10:18:59 PM PDT
MBR says:
My favorites would have to be:

1- Bedroom business by Sandra Marton (This book is hilarious and definitely a keeper)
2- Naked in his Arms by Sandra Marton (This book is hawt!!)
3- The Sicillian's Passion by Sharon Kendrick (I re-read this from time to time. This is the best book by the author!)
4- Fletcher's Baby by Anne McAllister (This is the type of book that ties you all up on the insides!)

I can't remember anymore, but I do remember enjoying books by authors Lynne Graham, Sandra Marton and Sharon Kendrick mostly. Though I have grown tired of the ultra rich hero and the simpering heroine storyline and cringe every time I read out the new titles that come out (hello! couldn't they be a bit more original?), Harlequin romances would always hold a special place in my heart :)

And thanks boogenhagen for recommending The Spanish Groom. Definitely piqued my interest.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 11:17:18 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Reader in NJ and Michigangirl: The Greek's Christmas Baby was such a great book! Thanks for letting me know about it. Valentino's Love Child was great too.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 11:18:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 29, 2010 11:23:48 PM PDT
Michigangirl says:
I'm really bad about making sure that my absolute favorites are where I need them when I want to read them. I freaked out for over a week, and wound up buying another copy, when I couldn't find Lovers in the Afternoon.

Mistress of the Groom is by Susan Napier. The hero was kind of weird to me because he wanted a girl who was being pressured into marriage by her family. I don't see how he didn't know. Then he plotted years worth of revenge because he didn't get what he wanted. The part where he basically says have sex with this man for money and she agrees was wow for me. I still don't know how I really feel about that book.

The Sicilian's Defiant Mistress actually made me search out Jane Porter. She did an exceptional job of showing just how incredibly unstable Cassandra was. But I really didn't like the hero. He was a selfish jerk. Everything was about him and what he was going through and I never really felt that he understood what he did to Cassandra. The poor girl needed to be away from him and in therapy.

I really don't like Lynne Graham. She's an auto-avoid for me. Still A Fiery Baptism I consider as her most well written and The Vengeful Husband one of my most well liked from her.

I agree with Michelle Reid and Lucy Monroe. While they have some just okay works, their good works far outweigh the bad. Cathy Williams is another author that I generally like whatever she writes.

Adding, in The Sicilian's Defiant Mistress, she actually did search for information on the internet when she first met him. Considering what a big scandal it all was, I don't see how she didn't know so the only thing I can think of is, the author is a big dork, or she was so delusional and crazy she just forgot it.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 3:19:18 AM PDT
MBR says:
Hmm forgot to mention these..

1- Condition of Marriage by Emilie Rose
2- The Bride in Blue by Miranda Lee
3- Marriage on the Rebound by Michelle Reid
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