Harlequin Manga

Playing the Dutiful Wife Harlequin Manga by Carol Marinelli and Takako HashimotoMistaken for a Mistress Harlequin Manga by Jacqueline Baird and Marito Ai

I’d completely forgotten that Harlequin was releasing manga line until they started appearing on review book sites a few hours ago!

You can find manga (Japanese comics) everywhere these days. I was in a bookshop yesterday, and a huge proportion of the “Classics” section was filled with manga versions of nineteenth century literature!

I’ve never read a manga book by Harlequin before. Has anybody else? Maybe I’ll give one a go…


The Week: 19th – 25th May

Euromaidan Kyiv Ukraine Tryzub

I’m back reading my historical books, and as usual loving some parts and then ten seconds later being driven mad by the anachronisms and Americanisms! I need to move on and read another genre for a while, I think. Variety is definitely the key to staying sane.

It’s Ukrainian election day, and we’ll be spending it protesting outside the Russian embassy in Canberra. People are coming from all over Australia for the demonstration. This was not a good week for Ukraine. Many Ukrainian soldiers were killed. It could all be resolved if Russia just pulled their troops out of Ukraine and stopped reminiscing about the Soviet Union, but Putin is too much of a megalomaniac for that to happen.

I’ve got to say, it’s unsurprising but also disheartening how many stupid, rude people there are on the internet, and how any mention of Ukraine brings them crawling out of the woodwork.

My review of 200 Harley Street: Her Perfect Stranger by Carol Marinelli


My review of Scars of Betrayal by Sophia James

Scars of Betrayal by Sophia James

My review of 200 Harley Street: The Proud Italian by Alison Roberts

200 Harley Street The Proud Italian by Alison Roberts

My review of Testing the Limits by Kira Sinclair

Testing the Limits by Kira Sinclair

My review of Fortune’s Prince by Allison Leigh

Fortune’s Prince by Allison Leigh

My review of Avenge Me by Maisey Yates

 Avenge Me (Fifth Avenue #1) by Maisey Yates

200 Harley Street: Her Perfect Stranger by Carol Marinelli


Can you fall for a man you’ve never met?

Head nurse Helen has a secret. Every day for the past six months, she’s been falling ever so slightly in love with a stranger. She knows that he catches the 7:02 train to London with her. She knows he has gorgeous green eyes. And she knows it’s not an accident that their eyes meet so often across the crowded train aisle. She just doesn’t know his name…

But one morning, Helen’s world collides with her perfect stranger and her life is turned upside-down. Aiden Danaher is even more irresistible once they start talking, and as for when they start kissing…Helen simply doesn’t want to stop! But surely you can’t fall in love with someone you’ve only just met?

200 Harley Street: Her Perfect Stranger by Carol Marinelli

This was a free read on Harlequin’s website.

It was a complete coincidence that I found this story the same night I downloaded a review copy of a book in the 200 Harley Street series. I figured I should read the freebie before the book.

I really like that Harlequin/Mills and Boon do these free reads on their sites. I haven’t read a bad one yet, and it gives you a chance to discover new authors.

Her Perfect Stranger is a quick story with a good premise. Two people see each other on a train every morning, not knowing that they’re connected to each other through work. But one day we have a woman who is in tears on her way to work – the same day she turns up wearing an engagement ring. Like I said, I thought it was a good premise!

I wasn’t so sure at first about having a heroine who worked in a cosmetic surgery clinic, but it turned out okay.

One thing I didn’t like was the way the story was presented on the site. The layout was terrible and there was no indication when we were in another character’s head. You’d be reading and then suddenly the point of view would change. I guess this is because of the way it was uploaded onto the site, but it was pretty frustrating!