|Thirteen Favourite Mills&Boon Novels
1) Susan Fox, THE PRODIGAL WIFE (bought on 21 March 2003)
A second-chance-at-love story: Five years ago Lainey left her new husband because it turned out he only married her for convenience. Or had he? When she learns that she might have been spectularly wrong about Gabe Patton, Lainey returns to the ranch in order to apologize and to offer him a divorce. Yet to her shock, Gabe insists that they stay married.
One of my all-time favourite romances.
2) Liz Fielding, A WIFE ON PAPER (bought on 14 July 2004)
When Francesca and Guy met for the first time, Guy was mesmerised — yet also unable and unwilling to act on the instant attraction because Francesca was pregnant with the baby of his brother. But three years later, that brother is is dead and has left Francesca homeless and without a penny. In his will, he asks Guy to take care of her and their small son, and enter with her into a marriage of convenience. Soon, sparks begin to fly.
3) Kate Walker, THE TEMPTATION GAME (bought on 21 February 2001 in Galway)
For years, Rachel hasn’t seen her stepbrother with whom she was once so wildly in love as a teenager and who repudiated her love in the cruelest possible way. But now Gabriel is back, dark and brooding — and she is still attracted to him. And it seems he might be, too …
4) Lucy Gordon, THE PREGNANCY BOND (bought on 7 November 2002)
On the night Kelly celebrates her divorce with a party, her estranged husband, a successful overseas journalist, unexpectedly turns up — and at the end of the party both of them end up in bed. And a few weeks later, Kelly realizes she is pregnant. To her surprise, Jake is determined to look after her and support her during her pregnancy. What is more, Kelly slowly learns that Jake is not quite the man she thought she knew so well.
One of the most unusual M&B novel I have ever read: in the course of the novel the hero suffers from severe depression and panic attacks.
5) Emma Darcy, CRAVING JAMIE (bought on 10 February 2001 in Galway)
Another second-chance-at-love story (I love those!): Beth and Jamie had been childhood sweethearts before they lost contact. Years later they meet again, and Beth is shocked to find out Jamie has turned into a cold, emotionless man. But she is determined to find the old Jamie again under the cool exterior of the new Jim Neilson.
6) Michelle Reid, MARRIAGE ON THE REBOUND (bought on 28 February 2001 in Galway)
From the backcover blurb: Shaan had been jilted by Piers Danvers on their wedding day, but Rafe Danvers was waiting to step straight into his half-brother’s shoes. Older, darker, stronger, and head of the Danvers business empire, it was Rafe who had persuaded Piers to abandon Shaan. Now, with the same ruthless determination, he insisted that she become his bride instead, even though until this moment he had acted as if he despised her.
7) Penny Jordan, LOVER BY DECEPTION (bought on 23 November 2000 in Galway)
An amnesia story!!! 🙂 From the backcover blurb: Ward Hunter had reason to despise Anna Trewayne, and an accident had placed her at his mercy. Her memory lost, she mistakenly believed Ward to be a friend and lover…
8) Lynne Graham, CLAIMING HIS WIFE AND CHILD (bought on 21 April 2006)
Part of the M&B “Queens of Romance” series, therefore two novels in one book and both of them second-chance-at-love AND revenge stories (yay for me!). Here’s the backcover blurb:
ONE NIGHT WITH HIS WIFE
Luc Sarrazin’s marriage to Star had been intensely passionate but brief. They’d separated almost immediately and Star had disappeared, but Lucy had never filed for divorce. Eighteen months later, Luc tracks Star down, but then he discovers that Star is the mother of twins!
Only days before she was about to give birth, Emily left her husband, Duarte de Monteiro. Now he has traced her and their baby son, and he wants to bring them back to Portugal. This proud man can still make her knees weak with his slightest touch … but why does he want her back?
9) Janelle Denison, BRIDE INCLUDED (bought on 18 November 2000 in Galway)
And yet another second-chance-at-love-story. Once Seth and Josie were friends and lovers, but the feud between their families separated them when Seth chose to believe the lies about Josie instead of accepting he was the father of her child. But now he is back and owns the deeds to Josie’s home. And even worse: she is honour-bound to marry him.
10) Day Leclaire, LONG-LOST BRIDE (bought on 25 January 2001 in Galway)
Guess what! Another second-chance-at-love story!!! Nine years ago, Shayne was forced to annul her marriage to Chaz, which she has regretted ever since. But when she meets him again at a masked ball, she can resist the temptation to kiss him and seduce him and accept his proposal of a loveless marriage. But will Chaz ever forgive her?
11) Victoria Gordon, A MAGICAL AFFAIR (bought on 10 March 2001 in Galway)
Yup. Second-chance-at-love story, and here’s the cover blurb: When Ruth embarked on her love affair with dynamic Kurtis Goodwin, it was the most wonderful experience of her life. And when their whirlwind romance led to marriage Ruth believed she was the luckiest woman in the world. But suddenly everything seemed to go wrong! If Kurtis loved Ruth so much, why did he spend so much time with his glamorous partner, Rosemary? Perhaps Ruth should cut her losses and leave Kurtis. But, if she did leave, how would he react? Before too long, though, Ruth found herself wishing she’d never asked that second question!
12) Alison Fraser, THE STRENGHT OF DESIRE (bought on 10 February 2001 in Galway)
Second-chance-at-love AND secret baby. *happy sigh* Years ago, the callous behaviour of her womanising husband drove Hope into the arms of his younger brother Guy for one night of love and passion. Now her ex-husband is dead and Guy is back in her life — and he still doesn’t know that his niece is in truth his daughter.
13) Miranda Lee, THE PLAYBOY’S PROPOSITION (bought on 18 January 2001 in Galway)
When Michele is invited to her ex-boyfriend’s wedding, her best friend Tyler, impossible handsome, wealthy, and with an endless string of girlfriends, agrees to accompany her — but only if they pretend to be lovers. And soon, they don’t even have to pretend …