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Happy Holidays

Date: 29th December 2021, Posted by mollie

Dear Reader,

My usual holiday email anticipates a whirl of family traditions after a busy year.  This year,  we planned for small, quiet and joyful.

We are in Code Red in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand—the highest alert level for Covid. It all seems so surreal. Everyone is wearing masks and feeling fearful.

I made a leap for freedom and joined my family in Wellington. You may have read one of my shirt love-inspired hometown romances set there, Twist of Fate.

It was so lovely to be back home. New Zealander’s haven’t been able to fly around much—and definitely not overseas (you can’t get back home because all the quarantine spots are booked.)

My daughter, Hannah, gifted me the most precious present—a Giraffe Experience at Wellington Zoo. If you’ve read Claimed by the Sheikh where the hero rescues giraffes and other endangered animals, you’ll know I have a soft spot for giraffes.

Love All of Me—my Bay of Islands Christmas Romance.

While I’ve been locked at home, writing and paintings have given me a lovely escape, a way to dive into alternate worlds of beauty, love and peace. 

An unexpected lover…

After surviving a horrific accident Kate Miller is plagued by guilt. Hiding both her mental and physical scars, she shuns love and escapes into work—finding meaning and purpose in running her global manuka honey empire.

Beautiful and smart, when Gianni Romano demands she sell the business to him, her passions are inflamed. How dare he think he can buy the only thing that gives her a reason to live?

Gianni Romano has ventured to New Zealand by the one thing he’d love to escape: family The Romano fortune and name has followed him wherever he goes. But that only made the headstrong Italian more determined to strike out on his own. Now he’s on the cusp of achieving world acclaim.

Only one woman stands in his way—Kate Miller and her refusal to submit to his demands. The spark they have flames hotter than a Sicilian sunset, but when emotions run deep and lives are on the line, will mixing business with pleasure be the bedrock for a lifelong love? Or will it all explode like an angry volcano?

Love All of Me is a true romance, brimming with the promise of a happily ever after. Set in The Bay of Islands, New Zealand—one of the most beautiful, unspoiled, sensuous places in the world.

Love All of Me is part of Mollie Mathew’s bestselling series, Passion Down Under Stories.

If this is the first time you have read a Passion Down Under love story, you can easily read each book as a standalone.

Enjoy other full-length contemporary romances by Mollie Mathews: Sex With StrangersThe Italian Billionaire’s Scandalous MarriageFlight of Passion and Claimed by The Sheikh

I am so grateful for the wonderful reviews.

Romance along with sorrow and angst

Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2021

Love All of Me was a quick-paced read with a lot of angst and sorrow leading up to the happily ever after. The characters of Kate and Gianni meet and sparks seem to fly. When they are thrown together again unexpectedly – he’s Santa and she’s his elf to give out gifts to poor children – things really ratchet up a notch. The story has a lot of depth to it due to their pasts.

The story had a lot of threads woven together to add layers to the story. There were vivid descriptions of the land, his home, the volcanoes which play a major role in the story, and the bees. I loved the imagery of the bees and Gianni’s thoughts on them were interesting. There were family and friends along with Kate’s dog, romance, loving and love. The story is set in New Zealand and Italy. There is nice closure with a happily ever after. I wished the story had gone on a little longer. I love the details on the cover and how the title was voiced throughout.

Ms. Mathews is an author whose books are filled with love, some heat and great locations. I look forward to reading more of her books.

Captivating Romance!!

Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2021

I absolutely loved this romance book set in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands. Gianni has fled to New Zealand to flee from his family and Kate is in New Zealand running her global Manuka honey empire. Kate and Gianni are realistic, strong, independent, sexy, and confident. Kate is irate when Gianni demands she sell her business to him. Kate and Gianni are struggling with personal issues and just want to escape their lives. They end up having sparks that are hotter than an inferno. Their journey with each other is sensuous and in one of the most tranquil places in the world, their happily ever after came when they were at their most vulnerable. I recommend reading this phenomenal romance that will set you on fire, this author is extraordinary and knows how to captivate her reader’s hearts and attention with passion and hot, steamy romance.

A light Romantic Read

Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2021Love All of Me is a heartwarming story of two of people who both have issues and is hiding behind them.

Kate Miller and her family went on a cruise to tour of Whakaari in the Bay of Islands in northern New Zealand which a volcano erupted and she became the sole survivor of her family. To keep her father’s memory alive, she rebuilt her father’s beekeeping business for Manuka honey. As a favor for a friend, she agrees to be Santa’s helper where she runs into a reclusive Italian-New Zealander named Gianni Romano. There is instant heat, but Kate fears it and tries to run from it but Gianni isn’t giving up.
Take a trip to the Bays of Islands in New Zealand through the eyes of Mollie Mathews to see how these two found love and happiness.

Love Conquers All… Even volcanoes! Romantic and good read.

Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2021

Love All Of Me is a great read. It has its share of angst and joy. Kate and Gianni have a lot of familial events that play into this story. Well-layered and the interaction, even when it comes to their need for a therapist, is really cool. Disaster and betrayal are balanced out with the realization that they have both dealt with the volcanic activity which leads to love. A quick and balanced read.
Received an ARC of this book and happy to voluntarily review it … Look forward to more.

5.0 out of 5 stars Can they get beyond their pasts to a loving future?

Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2021

I love this story from Mollie Matthews which gives another view into living by the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. Kate Miller is the sole survivor from her family of the volcanic eruption on Whakaari in the Bay of Islands in northern New Zealand. She has rebuilt her father’s beekeeping business for Manuka honey. She really runs into a reclusive Italian-New Zealander Gianni Romano. It seems there is instant heat, but the heat is more of distrust by Kate. Really, they both have issues they have been hiding that prevent moving forward. I hope you will enjoy this story of how the bees bring these two together despite serious missteps. Enjoy a break in a warmer setting!

 Another heart wrenching yet heart-healing story from this gifted author…

Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2021

I won’t detail the story which has essentially been covered in the blurb & prior reviews. What I must mention though is the push & pull between the main protagonists. They both had horrific experiences & whilst she had physical scars & grieved the loss of her family with a heavy dose of self-blame, his were buried much deeper & yet he revealed everything. Loved her almost human mutt & the detailed well-written story that had a lot of angst but underpinning all the drama, the harsh words. they were so sexually connected that they could have put the stars to shame. Highly recommended.

 A nice light read.

Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2021

Kate lost all of her family when there was a volcanic eruption on Whakaari Island. She is left suffering from Survivor Guilt and her only reason to stay alive is growing her father’s honey business. Then she meets Gianni who grew up on the island of Stromboli which has a live volcano. Can Gianni help Kate get over her loss?

 Excellent, you won’t put it down!

Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2021

A fast heartwarming read. You will find yourself longing for Kate and Gianni to heal and love, and heal together. I enjoyed their story and then enjoyed it even more when I learned that the idea derived from an actual natural disaster. I refuse to give spoilers so you’ll have to read it to find out! You won’t set it down…you’ll read straight through to the end!

 Very Emotional

Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2021

A wonderful story about loss and healing. Both Kate and Gianni have sorrows from the past that prevents them from loving someone. Their emotions are brought to life in their journey towards healing and love and makes a wonderful read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Really good

Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2021

Gianni And Kate’s romance ran very hot and they had so much chemistry and passion flying between them that even their animosity towards one another told me of their feelings. The question to me really became can they possibly reach a compromise that can enable Kate to keep what’s holding her together?


2022 Schedule

A couple of final notes before I head back to work.  I’m pleased to share my 2022 publishing intentions.

Flight of Passion: Historical—May
Love in Venice—July

Word by Word: Some Thoughts on Writing, Love, and Life—February
Love Stories: How to Create, Publish and Market Your Books—September

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