The Reading Cafe 6th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration with Jennifer Hayward

The Reading Cafe 6th Anniversary Celebration Giveaway with Jennifer Hayward

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Jennifer Hayward is graciously offering a signed paper copy of CHRISTMAS AT THE TYCOON’S COMMAND and a signed, paper copy of SALAZAR’S ONE-NIGHT HEIR, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card to ONE (1) lucky commenter.

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Christmas at the Tycoon’s Command by Jennifer Hayward – Review & Giveaway

Christmas at the Tycoon’s Command by Jennifer Hayward – Review & Giveaway

 

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Shy Chloe Russo is dreading her first Christmas running the family business. Working with Nico Di Fiore is the last straw! Once, Nico’s kisses promised Chloe every sensual delight, until he coldly rejected her. Now he’s her very commanding, very arrogant boss!

Control is paramount to Nico—after his father’s bankruptcy lost him everything, nothing will distract him from succeeding. He’s always kept a tight rein on his craving for Chloe, well aware she alone has the power to disarm him. But now, unable to deny their connection, Nico is determined to reclaim control and take Chloe as his own!

 

 

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Christmas at the Tycoon’s Command begins with Chloe Russo being  summoned back to New York by her “boss”, Nico Di Fiore.  She knew the time had come to assume her duties at her family’s company, but that didn’t make it a task she looked forward to.  Her parents, who were killed in a terrible accident, had built the company from the ground up and it was time to take her rightful place in the company, after burying herself in her work in their Paris lab.  To say she was not looking forward to it is a huge understatement.  It still galled her that her father had named Nico to head the company instead of her Uncle Giorgio.  But what galled her even more was Nico’s rejection years earlier.

Nico thought that he had readied himself for Chloe’s return.  He was all about controlling everything and everyone in his world.  However, once he sees Chloe, he worries that said control will be even harder to control.

During a board meeting in which pitches are made for the Christmas season, Chloe unveils her ambitious plan to put her company, Evolution, back on top.  Even though Nico is not convinced that she can pull it off, he gives her the okay to test the waters with the unveiling of her new product.  Once he green lights the program, he makes it his mission to guide Chloe in order to help her come out of her shell and assume her place in the company. 

As Chloe gets her campaign off the ground, a PR nightmare ensues.  She and Nico have to work hard to handle everything thrown at them.  However, when secrets are revealed and feelings are hurt, Chloe is afraid of not only losing her campaign, but Nico as well.  Not that she ever thought he’d be hers to lose….. And, his actions are proving that thought true.

Christmas at the Tycoon’s Command is another wonderful  addition to Hayward’s long list of enjoyable stories.  The chemistry of the two main characters is amazing.  Chloe has always been a shy behind-the-scenes kind of girl.  I loved seeing her come out of her shell and facing all of her fears head on.  Nico, however, is the one who surprised me.  In one sense, he’s your typical alpha billionaire type, but it is his back story and his justification for the things that he’s done that will pull you in.  This one, more than any other written by Hayward, in my humble opinion, was more of an emotional read.  Christmas at the Tycoon’s Command will pull you in at the very beginning and keeps you turning the pages faster and faster.  It also does what, to me, signifies a great author:  leaves you wanting more.  I absolutely can’t wait for the next one.  Well done, Jennifer Hayward!  Very, very well done!!

Reviewed by Vickie

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Salazar’s One-Night Heir by Jennifer Hayward – Review & Giveaway

Salazar’s One-Night Heir  by Jennifer Hayward – Review & Giveaway

 

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The challenge: take revenge for a decades-old injustice…

Tycoon Alejandro Salazar will take any opportunity to expose the Hargrove family’s crime against his–including accept the challenge to pose as their stable groom! His goal in sight, Alejandro cannot allow himself to be distracted by the gorgeous Hargrove heiress…

Her family must pay, yet Alejandro can’t resist innocent Cecily’s fiery passion. And when their one night of bliss results in an unexpected pregnancy, Alejandro will legitimize his heir and restore his family’s honor…by binding Cecily to him with a diamond ring!

 

Review:

Salazar’s One-Night Heir begins with Alejandro accepting a challenge from a friend:  survive two weeks without your money and your affluence.  Alejandro accepts the challenge and finds himself at the Hargrove family ranch as “Colt Banyon”, a lowly stable groom.  There is a history between the two families, one that left Alejandro’s beloved grandmother seeking revenge, and also puts Alejandro in the position to discover the truth and finally get justice.  The last thing he needs is to be intrigued by Cecily Hargrove’s presence. 

As Cecily tries to get herself, and her horse, back into top competing form, things aren’t going well.  To top it off, a new groom, Colt, is telling her she’s going about things all the wrong way.  She storms off, not believing the audacity that someone, especially a new groom, would ever challenge her.  What she can’t understand is why she can’t get that confrontation out of her mind…. She can’t afford any distractions, but as time passes, it becomes more than obvious that the attraction goes both ways.  They resist, but ultimately give into the passion firing between them.  After all, what can one night hurt……………..

Salazar’s One-Night Heir is another nicely written story by Jennifer Hayward.  Cecily is a character who is independent, and at the same time, needful.  Once you learn more about her mother and her past, your heart will ache for her.  Alejandro is, in a word, delicious.  His love and devotion to his grandmother will endear him to everyone.  However, it is his fierce protectiveness that develops for Cecily that will pull you in.  If you’re looking for a quick and fun read with well developed characters and a hot romance, you’ll not go wrong with this latest installment from Jennifer Hayward.  Well done, Jennifer Hayward!  Very well done!

Reviewed by Vickie

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A Debt Paid in the Marriage Bed by Jennifer Hayward – Review & Giveaway

A Debt Paid in the Marriage Bed by Jennifer Hayward – Review & Giveaway

 

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The unwilling Ricci wife…

Angelina’s world is shattered when Lorenzo Ricci walks through the door of her engagement party and demands she call off the wedding–because she’s still married to him! She left the formidable Italian to save her heart, but now, with her family business at stake, Angelina must consider his terms…

In need of an heir, Lorenzo will use any means to reclaim his wayward wife and return her to their marriage bed. He’ll make her debts disappear if she repays him…in desire! The chemistry may be alive and well between them, but can they survive their tempestuous reunion unscathed?

 

Review:

A Debt Paid in the Marriage Bed begins with Lorenzo returning from a business trip abroad, only to be surprised with some astonishing news:  due to a slip up by his legal team, he learns he’s still married to Angelina…..over a year after said divorce was “final”.  Knowing he should be upset, he can’t help but wonder if this isn’t the answer to a bigger problem.  After being summoned by his father earlier, he was told it was now up to him to produce a Ricci heir, due to his sister-in-law’s infertility issues.  (It’s not as cold as it sounds.)  However, the biggest problem?  Oh yeah….he’s still inlove with Angelina.

Angelina has found a spot to escape her engagement party to get a little air.  Imagine her shock when she turns to see none other than Lorenzo standing before her.  Once he informs her that they’re still married, she has to tell her intended that their wedding is off.  She also knows she should have been more upset about that little ditty, but she can’t help feeling a little relieved.  After all, no one could ever stir her emotions the way Lorenzo had.  Both, good and bad.

What follows is an emotional story where both Angelina and Lorenzo have to face their fears and their pasts.  Angelina grew up in a wealthy and socially connected family that left a very bitter taste in her mouth when she saw what it did to her parents’ marriage.  Even though she and Lorenzo had explosive chemistry, she couldn’t help but grow to resent him when he became distant when working on a big deal that would take him away from her, both physically and emotionally.  So, she did the only thing she could at the time: she ran.  Lorenzo knows that he’ll have to do things differently this time around.  He’s harbored guilt he has never shared with anyone, but knows he’ll have to face it, not only with himself, but with Angelina.

Once they both realize the love they truly have for each other, both are bound and determined to make it work.  There were a few bumps along the way that, in my humble opinion, only made their connection stronger.  A Debt Paid in the Marriage Bed is ultimately a story about facing your past, and your fears, in order to achieve the future that you both deserve.  If you’ve never read Jennifer Hayward, this would be a great place to start. But, I have to say, if you’ve never read her, you are missing out.  You always leave one of her stories feeling as if you actually know her characters personally and you have a bit of a brighter outlook on life.  A Debt Paid in the Marriage Bed is no exception.  Well done, Jennifer Hayward!  Very, very well done!

Reviewed by Vickie

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A Deal for the Di Sione Ring by Jennifer Hayward – Review & Giveaway

A Deal for the Di Sione Ring by Jennifer Hayward – Review & Giveaway

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“Marry me, sell me the ring and I will fly you out of here tonight.”  

Hotel magnate Nate Brunswick’s faith in marriage was destroyed by his father. But in searching for the ring that his beloved grandfather has asked him to retrieve, the illegitimate Di Sione who hates weddings finds himself inconveniently engaged!  

The alluring owner of the ring, Mina Mastraintino, can only pass it on once she’s married. Quick vows and an even quicker annulment should be easy…but the exquisite impromptu wedding night gives them both far more than they planned! 

 

Review:

A Deal for the Di Sione Ring begins with Nate Brunswick visiting with his grandfather, who is holding on to life as he makes a request of Nate:  find the Di Sione ring, which he had to part with long ago.  Even though Nate has more important things to do, he agrees to search out the ring.  He flies out once he gets a lead on the ring, only to have a  chance encounter with an intriguing maid at the hotel he’s staying in.   Of course, he is immediately struck by her exotic looks, and has a bit of fun with her, but ultimately sends her on her way.

Mina leaves the hotel flustered by her encounter with the handsome billionaire.  She has to get ready for dinner with her fiancé, which is something that she is not looking forward to.  She does not want to marry him, but he is wealthy and powerful, which is why her mother has arranged said marriage.  Mina continually tells herself that she has to do this in order to help her mother, who lives way beyond her means, even though she will be trapped in a loveless marriage.  To say dinner does not go well is a gross understatement.  The next day, Mina prepares for her wedding, even though she’s told her mother this is not what she wants.  As everyone leaves Mina to await the carriage that will take her to her wedding, the doorbell rings.  She opens the door to find the handsome Nate Brunswick standing there….shocked.  Once Nate discovers that she holds the Di Sione ring and she is about to marry a man whom she does not love, he makes her an offer she can’t refuse.  What follows is a whirlwind of activities that ultimately saves Mina from a fate not of her own choosing, and thrusts her into the business world that she’s always wanted to be a part of.  For Nate, it’s a means to an end.  However, neither are prepared for feelings that flair, all in the name of the deal for the Di Sione ring….

A Deal for the Di Sione Ring is a wonderfully written tale about two characters that draw you in immediately.  Even though Mina is a bit naïve, the reader will feel for her and her predicament.  It’s obvious very early on that Nate is a bit broken, but when they come together sparks fly and their chemistry is palpable.  This is the first I’ve read of this series, but have already bought the previous six so that I can read the Di Sione  back stories.  Each book in this series has been written by a different author, which in my humble opinion, is no easy feat.  The characters are intriguing, as is the storyline.  Of course, Jennifer Hayward is the reason I read this installment, but she has introduced me to a world that I definitely want to know more about.  If you’re a fan of romance, you’ll find this one to your liking.  If you’re a fan of romance written Jennifer Hayward’s way, you’ll love it!  Well done, Jennifer Hayward!  Very well done!

Reviewed by Vickie

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Marrying Her Royal Enemy by Jennifer Hayward – Review & Giveaway

Marrying Her Royal Enemy by Jennifer Hayward – Review & Giveaway

 

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The man she loves to hate… 

Most women would kill to be draped in ivory lace and walking up the aisle toward King Kostas Laskos. Stella Constantinides isn’t most women. But for peace in her kingdom, she’s agreed to marry the man she once bared her heart to with disastrous effect. 

The feisty princess refuses to be his pawn, yet one night in their marriage bed proves that Stella will never be immune to her husband’s charms. Soon Stella begins to see a truth behind the sins of their past…and she finds herself doing what she swore she’d never do—fall for her husband!

 

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Princess Stella Constantinides of Akathinia needed a break, so she took one without her entourage to draw attention.  Imagine her surprise when King Kostas Laskos of Carnelia approaches her on said break.  There is history between the two back to when they were children.  A history that broke Stella’s heart and, unknown to Stella, affected Kostas as well.  Kostas convinces Stella to listen to his offer and leaves her with lots to consider.  If she marries him, it would unite their two countries.  It would also help Kostas prove to the Carnelian citizens that he is not his father, who had not been more dictator that anything else.  It may also place her in danger, as there are factions in Carnelia that look to unseat Kostas and his reign and continue in the ways of his father. 

Once Stella makes her way home to Akathinia and discusses her decision with her brother, King Nikandros Constantinides, she embarks on a path that she hopes will give everyone what they want.  She also has hopes she doesn’t lose herself in the process. 

Marrying Her Royal Enemy is a wonderfully written story with characters that draw you in from the very beginning.  We’ve gotten to know Stella in the first two books, but this book gives us insight into what makes her tick.  She has a strong sense of honor and is determined to set things right, both with her new home, Carnelia, and with her new husband.  Kostas, even though misguided in the first 2/3 of the book, does truly have a sense of honor as well.  He just had a hard time seeing what was in front of him the entire time.  As Stella starts understanding what has made Kostas the way he is, her heart breaks for him.  Even though he’s vowed he’ll be faithful, but that he’ll never love her, a little of her hope fades.  But, when he truly opens himself up, and truly sees what a wonderful gift has been given him and the opportunities those present, you will fall head over heels for him.  He and Stella are truly a force to be reckoned with.

Marrying Her Royal Enemy is ultimately a story about letting go of preconceived notions and doing what is best, not only for you, but for everyone involved.  And, with all of that, maybe, just maybe, you’ll find yourself AND the love of your life.  Once again, if you’re looking for a quick and sexy read that keeps you turning the pages, you will never go wrong with this one, or any written by this fabulous author.  Well done, Jennifer Hayward!!  Very, very well done!!!
Reviewed by Vickie

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About The Author

Jennifer Hayward

Award-winning author JENNIFER HAYWARD has been a fan of romance since filching her sister’s novels to escape her teenaged angst.

Jennifer’s career in journalism and PR, including years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world, has provided perfect fodder for the fast-paced, sexy stories she likes to write, always with a touch of humour.

Jennifer emerged on the publishing scene when she won Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write global writing competition in 2012. She is the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Best Harlequin Presents of 2014 winner for her book, The Magnate’s Manifesto.

A native of Canada’s gorgeous East coast, Jennifer lives in Toronto with her Viking husband and young Viking-in-training.

 

 

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Claiming the Royal Innocent by Jennifer Hayward – a Review

Claiming the Royal Innocent by Jennifer Hayward – a Review

 

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Found 

When Aleksandra Dimitriou is revealed as the secret daughter of Akathinia’s former king, she’s torn from her comfortable existence and thrust into the royal world…under the protection of Aristos Nicolades. 

Forbidden 

Aristos has orders not to touch the innocent princess, but beautiful Aleksandra calls to the rebellious urges that the self-made Greek tycoon thought he overcame long ago. 

Forever? 

As the heat of their desire rises, the rules begin to evaporate. It’s soon clear that the person Aristos should be protecting Aleksandra from is himself!

 

 

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Claiming the Royal Innocent begins with a party at the palace that’s about to have more fireworks than they believed.  Not that Aleksandra waltzes in and announces who she is to everyone…..But she does draw the attention of one Aristos Nicolades.  Even though Aristos doesn’t consider himself and the king best friends, he knows that something is up with the beautiful woman before him.  And, oh yeah, she’s not the person whose invitation was used to enter the party.  Even though Aristos doesn’t think she’s dangerous, he knows that something is definitely up.

When Aleksandra does get her few moments with the king and tells him her story, she knows things will never be the same.  Not only is she an actual princess, but she’s attracted to the one person that she knows down to her toes that she should NOT be.  But, when war looms for Akathinia, King Nikandros asks Aristos to not only see to his new sister’s safety, but to take her his private island to keep the media at bay.  AND, he issues a warning to Aristos:  keep your hands to yourself.  Yep……

Claiming the Royal Innocent is another great story by Jennifer Hayward.  Aleksandra is as stubborn as she is beautiful and as loyal as she is fierce.  Once she sets her sights on helping Aristos open up about his past and getting his project on Akathinia sewn up, she moves heaven and earth to do so.  Aristos is your typical brooding rich guy and his backstory will make you feel for him.  But when he finally opens up to Aleksandra, you know the two  of them are perfect for each other and will be unstoppable.  Jennifer Hayward has a knack for writing the stories that you WANT to read.  There is humor, a nicely developed romance and a whole lot of hotness.  And, the best part?  They start from the very first word.  There’s no filler, just an awesome story that will keep you turning the pages.  If you’re looking for a quick and sexy read, you CANNOT go wrong with anything written by her.  Phonebooks people!!  (Which means I’d read the phonebooks if she wrote it!  Ha!)  Well done, Jennifer Hayward!  Very, very well done!!!!!

Reviewed by Vickie

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Carrying the King’s Pride by Jennifer Hayward – a Review

Carrying the King’s Pride by Jennifer Hayward – a Review

 

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One last New York night with Sofia Ramirez is all Prince Nikandros Constantinides allowed himself before returning to Akathinia, after a dreadful accident took his brother’s life. But before the royal rebel is crowned, Nik discovers that he didn’t leave Sofia behind alone! 

In a baby’s heartbeat, Nik turns Sofia’s world upside down and whisks her away to his Mediterranean kingdom. Dissolving a politically perfect engagement is not what Nik—or his country—had in mind, but this proud prince will do whatever it takes to legitimize his new rule…with a wife and child!

 

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Carrying the King’s Pride begins with Sofia Ramirez attending a swanky party with some of New York City’s elite. And, she knows “he” will be there, Prince Nikandros Constantinides. Even though she has enjoyed her time with the Prince, she knows his m.o. He is a kind of love them and leave them kind of guy. The moment he senses that a woman is becoming too attached, he cuts and runs. Unfortunately for Sofia, she finds herself becoming attached and decides to be the one to end their affair. Of course, they see each other at the party and Nik invites her to his penthouse, where she tells him that she is ready to end their affair. Nik is a little taken aback that she is taking the lead on ending it. He is not used to being the one being let go, after all. They decide to make love one last time, but little did either of them know how much that decision would change their lives. Forever.

After Sofia has left, Nik finds himself wondering why he cannot seem to stop thinking about her and the fact that she initiated the break up. But those thoughts are short-lived as he receives news that his brother has been killed in an accident back home in Akathinia. Even though he and his brother were not close, he knows that the death will devastate his family, especially his father, as his brother was the one who would become King once the time came. Nik had always been more about making money for their monarchy, but with the unexpected death of his brother, he would have other endeavors that he would have to dive in to: becoming King of Akathinia.

Once Nik arrives home, things start to happen quickly. Not only has he lost his brother but the ruler of a neighboring island country has set his sights on Akathinia’s riches and war looms. Nik is also to be married to a woman that will be politically beneficial, but when he finds out that Sofia is pregnant with his heir, all bets are off. He heads back to New York City to confront Sofia and pretty much cons her into going back to Akathinia with him. Once he confronts her about trapping him with this pregnancy, he tells her that they will marry and she will be his Queen. Sofia is devastated that he thinks she got pregnant intentionally, and vows that she will not marry him until he believes her. With so much on Nik’s plate, and Sofia being adamant that she didn’t get pregnant on purpose, he immerses himself into the political machinations of his country as he tries to be the man he feels he needs to be for the good of his family. But, once he sees that Sofia may actually be more of an ally than an adversary, they embark on trying to make things work. Work for themselves, Akathinia and most of all, for their baby. Will Nik be able to be the man Sofia needs him to be? Will he ever be able to believe that she didn’t trap him? Will Sofia ever be able to get through to him? Well, my friends, you will have to read to find out. And, what a read it is.

Jennifer Hayward has once again written a story that grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. Sofia and Nik are both wonderfully written characters. Sofia is strong, independent and bound and determined to make things work out the way they are supposed to. Nik is strong, pig-headed and ultimately very vulnerable. Once you find out a little of his back story and his feelings of never having been good enough, your heart will break for him. Sofia was the perfect person to finally make him see reason and see himself as worthy. Of course, there are bumps along the way, but their journey together will melt your heart. I absolutely loved the political nature of this book. It is not over wrought with politics, but it does play a big part in the story. As I read it, I couldn’t help but draw parallels between the fictitious Akathinia and Monaco. If you’re looking for a quick read that is sweet and sexy with a little intrigue thrown in, this one is definitely for you. If you’ve not read Jennifer Hayward before, you are seriously missing out. She has very quickly become one of my favorite authors and I look forward to reading her beautiful stories for years to come. Well done, Jennifer Hayward! Very, very well done!!

Reviewed by Vickie

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