Review: Surprise Package by Donna Alam

surprise packageTitle: Surprise Package

Author: Donna Alam

Year of publication: 2018. The author kindly gave me a copy to read and review

The heroine: Marketing employee Izzy (Isobel) ?

The hero: Cabinet maker Greg Hamley

The blurb: Technically, I might be breaking and entering. I didn’t come down the chimney, and I’m no Ho (Ho Ho).But I did get my hands on his . . . Surprise Package.

When I arrive at my remote holiday cottage, I don’t expect to find a hot Scotsman in my bed. I also don’t plan on being snowed in with him. He says I have the wrong address—that the cottage is his. But I think there’s another story. One I’m determined to get out of him.

Meanwhile, we’re stuck. Running out of clothes and sharing body heat. Okay, so that’s just wishful thinking. Because the man is the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen in pajama pants, let alone touched . . .


I was man-handled in my bed by a hot brunette. I thought Christmas had come early. But then the snow came, trapping us. Good job we get along like a house on fire. Sparks flying. Fingers burned. We’re hot for each other now, but when the snow melts will we find out we’re just too different to make this work?

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: If you want a hot, sexy story that will make you want to move to Scotland right now, then this is the book for you! Donna Alam is one of the best romance authors out there and she doesn’t disappoint with Surprise Package.

It’s December and Izzy has made her way from London to a remote cottage in Scotland to attend a friend’s wedding. Her love life is a disaster and her best friend has cancelled on her at the last minute, but promises to make it up to her with a fabulous gift. She didn’t quite expect the gift he bestows upon her to come in the form of the sexy Scottish man she finds naked in her bed, but given the unremarkable way her love life has turned out, she doesn’t kick him out.

Greg insists that Izzy is in his home and there’s been some sort of mix up, but before they can sort anything out a snowstorm hits, leaving them both trapped in the cottage. They try to fight their attraction to the stranger before them, but it doesn’t take long before lust takes over and they’re indulging in the hottest sex either of them has ever had. In between the bouts of sex, they get to know each other better, revealing secrets about their past.

When the storm finally eases several days later, it’s time to return to the real world, but neither of them really want to go. Will their pasts come back to haunt them, ruining any chance they might have of being together? Will Izzy’s secret destroy everything? Can they actually make a relationship work, living in two countries? You’ll just have to read it and find out! Another scorching hot, five star romance from one of my favourite authors.

Review: Hard by Donna Alam

hardTitle: Hard

Author: Donna Alam

Year of publication: 2018

The heroine: Make up artist Paisley Byrne

The hero: Businessman Keir McLain

The blurb: A man walks into a coffee shop and gets offered a job in porn.
Sounds like the start of a joke, right?

Or every man’s fantasy. Until I remember I’m trying to be a good man. A single father. One who doesn’t do casual relationships, let alone get paid for sex. But for those curves and that mouth? Any man might change his mind.

It was an honest mistake . . . I’m new to the “adult entertainment” business. So when I’m sent to interview for our next production, I assume the hottie with the coffee is him. Lord knows he’s hot enough to take a starring role. Especially in my fantasies. And with that accent, the aural he gives must be ahh-mazing. I thought a hard man might be fun for the night. But a good man? He might be everything.

Standalone or series: Part of the Hot Scots series, but can be read as a standalone

The review: This book was really fun! Paisley is an American living in London after having moved to be with her singer fiancé, Robin. When she finds out he’s been cheating on her, she ends the engagement and moves in with her best friend, Chastity, who runs Fast Girl Media, a company that produces erotica. Paisley also works there, doing make up and whatever else Chastity needs her to do.

When Chastity sends her to interview a potential actor for a role in an upcoming shoot, Paisley mistakes the handsome Keir McLain, a Scottish businessman, for the actor in question. He’s just gone into the coffee shop for a drink, but when attractive Paisley beckons him over, he can’t help but see what she wants. He’s amused to find out she’s mistaken him for a porn star, and he can’t get her out of his mind after he leaves.

Not long after, they’re both at the same wedding, along with Paisley’s ex. When Robin threatens Paisley, Keir steps in and they end up in a room at the hotel. The sex is amazing, so they decide to meet up again. Soon, it’s an every Friday night thing; Keir has a young daughter, Sorcha, and is not looking for a relationship after being screwed over by his ex, Sorcha’s mother. So they both pretend it’s just a casual relationship, but soon enough they realise it’s not.

This book is funny, with great supporting characters, lots of dirty talk, and incredibly hot sex. If you’re a sucker for a Scottish man (like me!) you’ll love Keir. Paisley is a nicely written heroine, and you’ll find yourself cheering for both of them.