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Love at the Haven Series by Stella Shaw

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Stella Shaw
12 April 2021
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Reviewed By: Josh Dale


Tell no one, is dark suspense thriller that has you on the edge of your seat. The story is full of danger pretty much from the start.


Poor Tag, has it rough, he is not really living his life, more like struggling to survive.  I won’t spoil the story by saying anymore about Tag’s life, on that it broke my heart.

So, when a stranger approaches Tag and offers him $1000 for him to turn up at a private party, the offer is too good to refuse, the only problem is these kinds of offers are usually too good to be true.  Tag is not stupid; he knows that he is likely to have to have sex with one or more men.

But he did not expect to be drawn into a deadly game or teaming up with Delaney special operative.

Delaney is a special operative of an underground special branch of MI5.  He has a strict rule of never getting involved romantically.  He believes that is why he is so good at his job.  He has no one to worry about.  One-night stands is all that Delaney allows to scratch the itch.

That is until, he meets Tag, a young man that has a mouth that never shuts up, and sometimes digs him into a deeper hole.

They both are running for their lives when the operation that Delaney was working on seems to go off the rails.

The danger feels so real and really does have you biting your nails.  It turns out that Delaney can not even trust and rely on his own colleagues or boss.

I am usually good at working out where the story is going.  But Barbara has done an outstanding job of weaving multi threads together, and you truly cannot predict who are the good guys and who are the people that seem to want Tag and Delaney dead.

The banter between Tag and Delany brings much welcome lightness to this dark and dangerous world that our characters find themselves in.

This story is a true Barbara Elsborg masterpiece.  We have a Grumpy/Sunshine dynamic between Tag and Delaney.  Tag is fiery, unpredictable, and never shuts up, oh and he is a chocoholic too.  The humour true Elsborg style.

I was amazed just how real the sense of danger felt, as it grew more and more dangerous.  I really felt like I was one of the characters, living their dangerous situations.  Barbara has written some amazing books, The Jonty Series (Unfinished Business, Archangel Assassin and the lost and found series.  I think this one certainly ranks in the top three of her books.


Barbara Elsborg lives in Kent in the South of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Volcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.

After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.

Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they were to write.

Thirteen facts about me

1. I’m blonde, but after having spotted one grey hair - I now dye my locks with mixed results. I know I should read the packet but hey, what can go wrong? My nicknames – badger, skunk (purely the look!!), snowball and pinkie. Yes, that time it really did go wrong.

2. I hate milk. Can’t drink it, smell it or even look at it.

3. Writing. I really do love that. I started by making up episodes of TV series with me as the heroine. You name it, I’ve been in it. My range is from paranormal to suspense to contemporary to erotica but everything I write has a touch of romance and humor. Well, I think I’m funny. My family laugh at me all the time.

4. Former life – a sad cautionary tale. Started off as a government inspector – spying on people trying to cheat on their taxes. A short period as a media planner in an advertising agency. I fled that at dead of night. Several years selling cyanide – mainly to Sweden for the largest chemical company in the UK. Grand title of export manager. There was just me in the department. Had kids. Ughghghg. Then went to work as Government Inspector, spying on teachers. I was so popular, you can’t believe. Thank goodness I married well. (Married for money anyway)

5. No I didn’t, dear. Husband is financial whiz. Met at university when he was bringing a sack of potatoes to my flat mate. Romance is his middle name. Gifts to me include – supermarket vouchers, hedge trimmer and a hammer drill and reduced flowers past their wilt-by date. He spent most of his life in the aerospace industry making missiles. He’s atoning for his sins by doing my shopping.

6. Two children. Daughter a lawyer. Son has escaped to live in Texas. Enough said.

7. Books – I ADORE. I read at least one a day. I have thousands as I can’t stand to part with them. I read at lightning speed. 70-80 pages in 20 minutes. That’s fast? Right?

8. What do I do all day? Write. All day if I can. It’s my world and I love it. Start at 8.00 and finish late. Interspersed with journeys on the internet and satisfying needs of husband. No, not those sorts of needs. Really!! I was thinking of making coffee.

9. Worried about – possible visit from FBI. Research for one of my thrillers did involve some investigation into how a fetus would decay under a boat shed. Research into plastic handcuffs brought a deluge of porn. Well, that was my excuse and I’m sticking to it. I find I need to keep checking dubious sites. I might be addicted.

10. I’m very tall. 5’10 and a bit. I used to be very self-conscious about my height. Now I don’t care. I’m far more worried about other bits of me.

11. I won the prize at school for ‘Good Conduct and Example’ It was the worst day of my life. Well, one of them. I so want to be bad. Sigh.

12. I am incapable of telling right from left at crucial moments. Won’t be flying jets anytime soon.

I’m struggling now. I’m really not interesting.

13. Ohh, I was once kicked by a giraffe.

Phew, made it.



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