Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Review – ‘Reunited by their Baby’ by Jennifer Taylor

We can’t let April go by without featuring Jennifer Taylor’s last book, ‘Reunited by their Baby’, which is published this month.  So we’ve asked reader and reviewer, Helen Sibbritt – who needs no introduction to readers of this blog – to review the book for us.  Thank you Helen!

Reunited by Their Baby (The Larches Practice), by Jennifer Taylor

Review by Helen Sibbritt

medical1I love the medical line from Harlequin, they are heart-warming, moving and emotional stories with a sensual pull and heroes and heroines that are rich in character and very easy to love, and this one ticks all of those boxes. I practically inhaled this one, a second chance romance that left me feeling very happy as I am sure it will anyone who reads it and I do recommend that you read it. I loved the setting a small town in The Dales filled with fabulous characters that all add to the story.

Beth Andrews is a GP at the Larches Practice she has a beautiful daughter Beatrix and she is single and quite content with her life, that is until her ex-husband arrives on the scene. Callum O’Neill, is yet to meet his daughter and that is why he is here. Beth has never gotten over the way Callum left, she thought they were very happy, they were trying to have a baby and things weren’t working out and he left. When Beth realized she was pregnant she wrote a letter but he never acknowledged it, Beatrix is ten months old now and a lot of things have changed, but has she stopped loving him?

Callum is a doctor, he grew up without love from his parents and when old enough travelled, he has done a lot of work with aid agencies in Africa and that had taken his time that is until he met Beth and fell head over heels in love with her. They married settled into working together at The Larches and Beth wanted a baby, Callum was a bit unsure about that but was happy with the idea, that is until they weren’t succeeding and he felt Beth needed to let go and he left and divorced her. A year later he finally received the letter she sent and rushed back to meet his daughter and to try and win back the love of his life.

This really is such a beautiful story, trying so hard to have a baby pushed them apart and now gorgeous little Beatrix will pull them together. Neither had ever stopped loving each other, there was a lot of misunderstanding and thinking they were doing the right thing instead of talking but now Beth is so untrusting of Callum and he has a lot of convincing to show her his true love, they are so good together. I loved this story, there are so many emotions happening. Ms Taylor has written a keeper, one that I highly recommend.

I am very saddened that Ms Taylor has passed away and this is her last book and a fabulous story it is. Her stories will always be there to read and re-read she has left a lot of happiness in this world.

‘Reunited by their Baby’ is available now from Amazon, Harlequin, Mills and Boon UK, Mills and Boon Australia and many other good bookstores.

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Guest blog – Fiona McArthur

Thanks so much for welcoming me back and huge congrats to the RITA finalists. Super dooper great news.

In my news I’m lucky enough to have two books out this month with two different publishers and I’d love to share them over here on LITBM. I think both have beautiful covers and the stories still warm my heart.

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HEALED BY THE MIDWIFE’S KISS is the my second book in the Midwives of Lighthouse Bay Series and my 35th Medical Romance for Harlequin Mills and Boon.

Finn, my single dad doctor, has the cutest baby daughter in Piper and I just love, love, love the way they interact with each other. Then again, widowed midwife Catrina does too, though with a pang for what she’s believes she’s never going to have. Catrina is my Lighthouse Bay midwife, the one who lives in the second cottage on the hill overlooking the gorgeous beach, and I love this book, love these people and love Lighthouse Bay. It was so good to drop in there and catch up with previous characters and I hope you enjoy your visit because there’s more romantic Lighthouse Bay books coming next year.

HEALED BY THE MIDWIFE’S KISS is available now.

My second book this month is out as a paperback in April but the ebook is out now on all platforms.

Mothers Day_FCAMOTHERS’ DAY has a long history with medical romance, some may remember my second ever book for HM&B way back in 2002 which I have the rights back to now. I’ve always wanted to delve into the lives of those secondary characters of Jacinta and Noni’s Aunt Win as well as watch Noni drag Iain into the real world of families. Thankfully, Penguin Random House in Australia loved the idea and here we have a great big, juicy book, full of strong women. I’m so proud of it and can’t wait to share.

MOTHERS’ DAY celebrates mums and those who aren’t really your mum but mother you anyway. And of course this is Jacinta’s pregnancy journey so if you know someone who’s having a baby there are so many really fun antenatal scenes during the classes in the book. I’m sure they’d love it too.

MOTHERS’ DAY is available as an ebook, now.

When I had my four under four boys, and was working two days a week as a midwife, my next door neighbour mothered me when my mum was working. She’d sneak to my washing line and fold all my clothes, or take the boys next door and tell me to just read a book for an hour. You can guess what I read. Yep. Medical romance. She was wonderful. We all know someone who mothers you, it could be your awesome mum, a big sister or someone else, and you are so very thankful for them. I’d love to hear about your special mothering person or someone you mother because you understand. Mum’s are awesome.

Warmest wishes for a safe and joyful Easter.

xxFi

Book Awards, Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Exciting News! RITA Finalists

Colour us thrilled!  The RITA Finalists this year have included two Medical Romances, and no less than four Medical Romance authors.

Warmest congratulations to Amy Andrews (who is a double finalist!!), Scarlet Wilson, Avril Tremayne and Marion Lennox.  We’ve asked authors to say a few words, and included details of their books.

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Amy Andrews – ‘A Christmas Miracle’

I’m super thrilled to be a RITA double finalist. It’s been my dream and goal to one day final in this prestigious award and I can’t believe when it finally happened (I’ve been entering for 12 years!) two of my books finalled! I’ve been floating since I got the email and expect to float all the way to Denver. At least it will save me an airfare 🙂

I’m extra excited to see 2 medicals final in the awards. If one of them wins it’ll be the first medical ever to have won the RITA so fingers crossed for both Scarlet and I!

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Her knight in shining leathers!

Trinity Walker has learned the hard way to stand on her own two feet for her sick son Oscar. But, when ex–army surgeon Reid Hamilton walks into her life and offers her a job and a home, she can’t refuse!

He might ruffle her feathers, but Trinity can’t help falling for this knight in motorbike leathers. Reid never expected this little family to bring such sparkle into his cynical life, but now he’ll do whatever it takes to give Trinity the love she deserves this Christmas!

 

 

 

Scarlet Wilson – ‘The Doctor and The Princess’

Getting the call about the Rita was a little unusual.  I knew it was Rita call day and I’d emailed a few friends that morning to wish them luck.  I still work full time and was just about to start chairing at meeting at 2pm when my phone rang.  My first surprise was that I had a signal – the place where the meeting is held is notorious for no cell phone coverage.  The next surprise was the New York flashing up on my screen.  Since I don’t know anyone who stays there my stomach gave a little flip and I just smiled at my colleagues and said, “Sorry, I have to get this.”  So, they all listened while I got my Rita call from Damon Suede.  I’ve been nominated before but what makes it so special this time is that it’s one of my medical books that is a finalist.  We all adore our line, but it isn’t as popular in the US, so I’m delighted that five RWA members have read it, and thought it worthy to final.  I’m even happier to have Amy Andrews waving the medical flag beside me.  Go Medicals!  Who knows, my next med might be set in Denver!!

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Her very own Mr Darcy.

As a rule, Gabrielle Cartier prefers the title ‘Dr’ to ‘Princess’. And when sexy surgeon Sullivan Darcy joins her humanitarian mission in the jungle, she’s desperate to explore their chemistry. Until sudden news of her brother’s abdication means Gabrielle must return home to rule!

Sullivan longs to offer Gabrielle the support she needs but the pain of loss haunts him. Yet she stirs long-dormant feelings in him, feelings that give him the courage to confront his demons…and the determination to win his princess!

 

 

 

Other Titles by Medical Romance Authors

Avril Tremayne – ‘The Dating Game’

What chaos there was a the house the morning I found out I was a finalist in the RITAs.  I’d missed a call at five o’clock in the morning (I am not an early riser believe me) and I was checking my emails at a more dignified nine o’clock-is when I saw the news.  Screaming ensued, right at the time a delivery man was at the door handing something over to my husband and I’m sure he wondered if I was being held captive upstairs and tortured.  And there was thereafter much rejoicing – in fact, there still is!

What makes it especially exciting for me with The Dating Game (Long Contemporary Romance) is that it’s my favourite story.  I was so ecstatic with it when it was finished (and that is never, ever the case for me) the wait to see if it would be published was excruciating.  I told my editor it was the best thing I’d written, but I know we’re not always the best judges of our work, so to have this honour in company with so many brilliant authors makes me feel I do know what I’m doing after all.

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Sarah’s brother Adam has been educating her best friend Lane in the arts of the Kama Sutra for weeks, all in the pursuit of Lane’s real target, David Bennet. So when Sarah finds herself alone with David at an exhibition, weeping over her own terrible dating history, they strike up a conversation. A budding artist, he wants to paint her, so she agrees in return for a guarantee that he’ll find her a relationship that can last more than three weeks (her rather dismal personal best).

She reassures herself that she isn’t betraying Lane. After all, Sarah wants marriage and 2.4 kids, and David has made it more than clear he will never want that. Plus he’s going to sleep with Lane any day now. Isn’t he?

 

 

Amy Andrews – ‘Troy’

Troy-300dpi (1)Cocky, young Aussie bull rider Troy Jensen has been busted down to the pro-circuit. He needs wins and points to get him back into the big league and a shot at being crowned champ but an injury forces him off the circuit and into the arms of the woman fate keeps putting in his path.

The first time local Doc Joss Garrity meets Troy, she’s brandishing a lug wrench. The second time, he’s dragging her delinquent teen son home. The third time, he’s in her ER. How he ends up convalescing at her house she’s not quite sure. But it does make it hard to ignore him and their simmering attraction.

As Troy gets to know Joss, he starts to see a life after bull riding for the first time. But can Joss risk her heart on another man who may not come home one day?

 

Marion Lennox – ‘The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby’

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The maid, the billionaire…and the baby

Hotel maid Sunny Raye only went to Max Grayland’s hotel suite to clean—and found herself calming a tiny abandoned baby! With just days until Christmas, the gorgeous but bewildered billionaire demands Sunny help him care for Phoebe over the holidays. She agrees—only if they spend Christmas with her family!

Max is totally out of his comfort zone, but warmhearted Sunny is a revelation. And Max finds he wants more than a nanny for Phoebe—he wants Sunny to lighten his life forever.

 

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Interviews

Welcome New Medical Romance Author, Becky Wicks! (And Announcing a Giveaway)

We’re thrilled to welcome new Medical Romance Author, Becky Wicks!  Becky is an author and freelance copywriter, who had various travel and romance novels published before joining her fellow romantics on the Mills and Boon team.  Her first Harlequin romance ‘Tempted by her Hot-Shot Doc‘ is out in February!

We’d also like to announce our Valentine’s Giveaway.  You can find the entry page here, and there will be a link in the sidebar until the 13th February.  But first, over to Becky… 

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Becky WicksI discovered Medical Romance when:

This was waaaaay back… but maybe after I discovered Mills & Boon in general. I used to read my gran’s as a kid and I have memories of her wielding a can of whipped cream and threatening to spray my books if I didn’t stop reading! Medical Romance came later, perhaps after gaining an indelible appreciation for George Clooney in ER. He changed a lot of lives, that man. And not just on-screen.

I wrote my first story when:

First ever story? Hmmm, that was probably at age 7 or 8. I used to fill huge notepads with stories written in pencil, usually by torchlight in my bed at night. Lots featured talking animals… I even wrote about an orphaned tadpole once (don’t ask). I think I always had a weird imagination; Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton were my inspiration! The romance writing really started later. I did a lot of travel writing first, worked my way around the world as a freelancer before getting signed by HarperCollins to write three travel memoirs. In 2013 I started self-publishing YA and adult romance on Amazon and never looked back.

Where do you live?

I’ve been lucky enough to live in a lot of places since my early 20s (NYC, London, Dubai, Australia), but my traveling brought me to Amsterdam in August 2016 and this is the first place I’ve been in a long time that truly feels like home. I might even get a cat (gasp). I’m British and I grew up in the South Holland District of Lincolnshire, a place that’s also surrounded by tulips. Maybe my subconscious finds a comfort in flowers?!  

My best trait is:

I guess I go with the flow most of the time. My friends would probably say I’m pretty happy and positive in general. Last year a friend pointed me towards an app called Insight Timer, which has been truly instrumental in helping me take time out each day to recharge my batteries. Ironically, it’s a big app that kind of drains my iPhone battery at the same time, but oh well.

My worst trait is:

I’m easily distracted… oh, can you hold that thought, I have to check Facebook….

Five things on your bucket list:

  • Write a New York Times bestseller and meet Oprah Winfrey
  • Marry the man who makes me laugh and gives me butterflies
  • Learn to ski (I’ve only tried snowboarding, and that was in Dubai, of all places!)
  • Buy a house with room in the yard for a ‘writing shed’, or a mansion. OK, let’s just go with the mansion
  • Start a podcast for writers and readers

My first Medical Romance, Tempted by Her Hot-Shot Doc, will be released to retailers (including Amazon, on February 22. The single digital edition will be released to the M&B website on February 01. You can now pre-order the UK version from Amazon.co.uk.

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Madeline Savoia is thrilled to write sexy, infamous Ryan Tobias’s biography—and to accompany him to the Amazon to film his TV show! She won’t be tempted. She’s just been through a breakup and Ryan’s only interest is saving lives—perfect! Only, their passion sizzles before they reach the rainforest. Is three weeks up-close and-personal enough to turn into forever?

Thanks for the welcome, guys! Follow me on Twitter @bex_wicks, and on Instagram at beckywicks. Check out my blog and sign up to my newsletter at beckywicks.com, or find my Becky Wicks Author page on Facebook.

I’ll be scribbling more stories in a caffeinated blur, but distractions in the form of cat videos are always welcome.

Becky xx

Excerpts, Guest Blogs

Excerpt – Greyfriars House, by Emma Fraser

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Prologue

Charlotte

October 1984

The house looms behind me, grey and forbidding in the moonlight. From the turret window a light flickers so briefly I can’t be sure I saw it. Ever since I arrived on the island I have had the sensation I am being watched, that someone wants me gone. But I no longer trust my senses. There is so much that is strange about Greyfriars.

It is very still. As if the island is holding its breath. I move towards the shore. What my great-aunt has told me so far has shaken me. And there is more to come. More secrets to be revealed. I am not sure I can bear to hear them.

As I pick my way along the rough path I think regretfully of the torch left behind in the porch. But I persevere, wanting to put distance between me and the house. The moon and stars provide just enough light although every now and again scudding clouds obscure the moon and I am momentarily plunged into darkness.

I continue through the trees, innocuous in the daytime, but in the shifting darkness as sinister as watching sentinels. Then at last I am in the open again, the sea, glittering in the moonlight, stretching in front of me. I suck in lungfuls of salty air and my pulse slows.

A rustle comes from the copse behind me and my heart kicks as I whirl around. Something has moved within the shadows. I think of the ghostly presences my mother told me about, then immediately dismiss the thought with an impatient click of my tongue. The only ghosts are the ones in my head. Some placed there by Georgina, others of my own making.

Tiger has run off and I can hear cracking of branches as she sniffs amongst the piles of rotting leaves. A shape swoops over my head and I smother a cry. A flutter and a flash. It is just the owl that roosts in the eaves, returning with a mouse trapped in its beak.

It isn’t just the house that unsettles me, or the two women within, it is me, the way I feel inside. Untethered and adrift. A boat without an anchor at the mercy of the wind and tide.

I’d told myself I’d come here to find answers although I knew, deep down, I was fleeing from the world, my grief, my guilt, from having to make a decision about the rest of my life.

Tiger growls. She has emerged from the bushes and is standing in front of the copse of trees, her ears up, her tail rigid behind her. The hair on the back of my neck stands on end. I know she is there before I see her. The figure emerges from the shadows, her face hidden. I have seen her before. Edith sleepwalking I’ve been told. I no longer believe it.

 

Greyfriars House‘ by Emma Fraser is available now in hardback and ebook, and in paperback in May, (available to pre-order from Amazon, now).

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Guest Blog – Emma Fraser

I have to write about stuff that excites, intrigues and delights me. In particular; real heroines of the past, old houses, WW2, and Scotland. And I’ve managed to find a way to incorporate all of those in my latest release, Greyfriars House. It’s a time-slip story, moving between the 1980s and WW2, based around a country house which stands alone on its own Scottish island. is about two sisters, a betrayal and the secret they kept for decades.

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It’s hard to go anywhere in Scotland without tripping over evidence of the past – whether it’s brochs, wheelhouses, viking long houses, castles, country houses, historic cities with their tenements and ‘closes’ or wide open fields and glens that were once the scenes of bloody battles. Wherever I go I find stories I want to write. Who were the people who once lived here? How did they live? Who did they love? What were their hopes, what kept them awake at night?

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Culross – where parts of Outlander filmed
One of over a hundred Green Men carvings in Rosslyn Chapel - home to the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail
One of over a hundred Green Men carvings in Rosslyn Chapel – home to the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail

We Scots have our fair share of local heroines not least Dr Inglis of whom I wrote in my first novel, When the Dawn Breaks. We have many, many others. For example Mairi Chisholm who treated wounded soldiers right on the front line during WW1; the Duchess of Sutherland who like Elsie Inglis set up hospitals to treat the wounded and, one of my favourites (who may yet feature in one of my books) Lady Nithsdale who rode all the way from her home in Traquair House to the Tower of London to rescue her husband – and succeeded. Traquair House was where I discovered the priest’s staircase – a secret staircase that provided an escape route for the resident priest as practising the catholic faith was forbidden during the reformation and once I’d learned about it, I had to use it in Greyfriars House.

In Greyfriars House, I return once again to WW2 and the women who lived through it and who faced unimaginable circumstances.

Finally, we Scots, or some of us, believe in the supernatural. My grandfather who came from the Western Isles firmly believed he had the ‘second sight.’ He said he dreamt of boats pulled up on the shore whenever someone was about to die. Ghost stories have always been an integral part of Scottish life and sometimes, when I stand in a ruin, or am alone in a Scottish glen, I sense the people who once lived there. There is an element of the supernatural in Greyfriars House too.

Do you have a particular heroine you’d like to tell us about? Have you ever felt ‘spooked’ by something you couldn’t explain? Have you visited Scotland and what did you love most? I’d very much like to hear.

isbn9780751566123.jpgThanks to my wonderful medical author colleagues who invited me to post here. On Monday I’ll be posting an extract of Greyfriars House now out in hardback and ebook and in paperback in May (available to pre-order from Amazon, now). I do hope you’ll return here to read it.

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Happy Christmas! We’re taking a break, but we’ll be back in the New Year.

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This year, we’ve decided to take a break from blogging for Christmas and the New Year.  But don’t go anywhere – we’ll be back on the 8th January, refreshed and ready to plunge into our blogging programme for 2018!  We have some great blogs and features lined up for you already.

But before we go, we have a few thank-you’s.  We’d like to thank our regular bloggers, for everything they do to keep this blog a busy and vibrant place for us to meet.  A huge thank you too, to all of our lovely guests, who have joined us during the year.

Most of all, thank YOU.  Our readers.  Our stats, and the responses to our surveys and quizzes, show us that many people come here to read our blogs, and we’d like to thank each and every one of you.  You’re the reason we’re here 🙂  A special mention goes to Helen and Laurie, who have supported us so unstintingly with their comments on the blog this year.

All that remains is to wish everyone a joyful and very Happy Christmas.  We hope you’ll join us again in the New Year!