Tag Archive | novella romance

S is for Sheikh #atozchallenge #ABCofRomance @AprilA2Z

The Sheikh’s Bargained Bride (Harlequin comics) ♥ ♥♥

When Sabrina’s father dies soon after her wedding to Sheikh Adham, she is told that it is custom in her husband’s host country to allow time for bereavement. Considering how Adam was before they got married, Sabrina cannot understand his cold attitude as if he is not really attracted to her.

Sheikh Adham’s attitude has nothing to do with respecting her time for bereavement but thinking that Sabrina was deceitful, calculative, and manipulative.

While Sabrina thought she found the love of her life, Adham gave mixed signals. His hot and cold demeanor towards her had confused me also. Even though he explains his reasons, I was still confused. He was very affectionate in public as if he was the dutiful, loving husband. However, in their home when it was just the two of them, it was the opposite at times. I would have been less confused if he had not been overly lovey-dovey in public while in private acting as if he was disgusted that he was so attracted to her.

Initially, I agree that Adham had reason to feel that he had been wronged and tricked into marriage. But he was so distrustful of her that he did not see the truth about her actions. At that point, it was not a matter of miscommunication but rather he let his emotions cloud his judgment. If he had looked at things logically, he would have figured it out sooner.

I did like the ending though. Sabrina showed that she was made of strong stuff. She was not going to allow herself to be at Adham’s mercy or whim, yearning for his affection and melting at his touch when decided to bestow it upon her. I wanted to yell, “You GO GIRL!” She had enough respect for herself not to permit Adham to treat her any kind of way. That was the only way for Adham to come to his senses and see error of his actions.

Book details from Goodreads
Kindle Edition
Published January 21st 2014 by Harlequin K.K. / SB Creative Corp.

Available on Amazon


In Bed With the Highlander

In Bed with the Highlander ♥ ♥ ♥♥


Moirag is on a holiday to research her family history. She is staying in a castle for the night in the year 2013. When she wakes up during the night, there is a hot guy in her bed and the year is 1715.

Gavin is a highlander whose fortune is getting better and better. Yet, he does not know what to make of Moirag and her story.


I was not prepared for the time travel aspect of the book (I missed that tidbit when reading the synopsis), but I loved it. In any event, this was a fun short story that is about 70 pages.

The back-and-forth between the two characters was entertaining. Both were trying to figure out what happened.

Gavin was definitely intrigued by Moirag because she was like no woman he had ever known. It took some time for Moirag to come to terms with the fact that she travelled through time and was not in an elaborate dream sequence. I think that would be a normal reaction if a person was mysteriously thrust back in time. And if it was a dream, no time like the present to get to know this hottie Highlander.

Since the story was short, I do not want to say too much and give anything way. However, what made this book for me was the way it ended. LOVED IT. Too cute. Perfect. Whenever time travel is involved, there could be a few different possible endings. Not everyone fits each story line. The author got it right with this one.

It may only take about an hour to read, but this book will have you wanting to sleep in an old castle to see if time travel is really possible. What would you do for the chance at meeting a sexy Highlander? 😉

Handsomest man in the country

The Handsomest Man in the Country, #1 The Traherns: ♥ ♥ ♥


After the Civil War, Mallory is forced to go west when her parents died. Through a series of misfortunes, she is forced to marry Trahern. Since she had to marry out of necessity, there was not any attraction between the two main characters. In fact, Mallory initially described her husband this way, “I did never seen the back end of a mule as ugly as this man”. Trahern realizes that he is a man with not many options. He is, however, willing do what it takes so that Mallory does not regret marrying him.


This was a cute story about Mallory and Trahern getting to know each other after the forced marriage. I do not prefer stories told in the first person point of view, especially when the character is from a different era. Mallory talked and viewed the world like the backwoods, country girl she was. Some of her points of view were humorous, but at times it took me a minute to understand what she was talking about. This story was sweet enough to compensate for the fact it was told in first-person point of view.

As a novella, The Handsomest Man in the Country, #1 The Traherns is a short read for the afternoon or at the doctor’s office. The end is worth the purchase. If you do not mind first-person point of view novels, I would suggest this author’s series because I think they will all be very interesting.

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A short story that can steam up some of your time

Just One Night (Decadence Creek): ♥ ♥ ♥


Chase owes a lot to Addison’s father since he helped him get his life together when he had a jail record. So he knows a relationship with Addison is out of the question.

If only she was not so desirable…

Two years ago, Chase turned Addison down when she wanted a relationship with him. With Addison back in town for a wedding, Chase’s self-control is not as strong. Addison is trying to come to terms with her attraction for Chase as well.


Since this was a short story, there was not much to review. The couple has history which is alluded to many times. It is the love-lost-the-first-time trope. Chase does not think he deserves someone like Addison even though it is obvious that he is head over heels in love. Addison has a way of breaking through his resolve. Overall, I liked how the story ended. Happy. It is great that the villains attempt to separate the couple backfires and results in them coming together. This is a very short novella and will probably take about an hour or less to read. Hence, the review is very short as well.

Note: the love scenes are steamy and there is some profanity (more than a few F – bombs)

If you do not mind steamy love scenes or profanity, this is really cute short story.

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