Friday, October 21, 2016

📚✍🏼 REVIEW My Addiction by Cassie Ryan

In a novel of erotic passion and deep commitment from the author of My Obsession, an undercover cop finds a soulmate who surrenders to his healing touch.

My Addiction
by Cassie Ryan

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Publisher ~ random house publishing ~ loveswept
Categories ~ adult contemporary,erotica, suspense
Audience 18+ 

In a novel of erotic passion and deep commitment from the author of My Obsession, an undercover cop finds a soulmate who surrenders to his healing touch.

Fiercely independent and determined to free herself from her father’s manipulation, tech expert Kate Fretwell finds a refuge in L.A.’s elite BDSM dungeon scene as the hot new thing to political and Hollywood A-listers. Still, all that glitters gets old, and Kate soon tires of the stream of well-heeled masters who expect her to be at their beck and call. Then she meets a very different kind of Dom—one whose quiet confidence, strength, and command bring her most willingly to her knees.

Undercover FBI agent Dex Alexander fits right into his assignment to expose terrorist links to one of L.A.’s most popular clubs. The case has reawakened a desire to find the perfect companion, and he knows that beautiful, vulnerable Kate is a woman he could love. But when her father’s corruption unwittingly makes Kate the target of a bigger enemy, Dex brings her to his Phoenix home—and his dungeon, Club Desire. Here she shows him just how eager she is to give him everything . . . and more.

I liked Kate a lot. She is determined and stronger than she thinks. It was interesting to watch her character when she was with various Dom's and when she deals with her dad. The interaction's with her dad is portrayed in such real detail that the reader wants to scream at her dad, "Listen and don't talk". Her character shows a woman who is empowered and knows how to take care of herself even when things do not turn out the way ones hopes.

Undercover Dex for some reason didn't connect with me. He was hot, protective of sub's, and dedicated to his career but somehow I couldn't feel myself falling madly in love with him. I do feel he was the perfect match for Kate and that he understood her unlike anyone she knows even her father.

The most dynamic parts of the story for me was from chapter 25 through the end of the book. I will say I was pleasantly surprised with the direction the author took the story and how it ended.

I give this book 3 STARS because I couldn't connect with the hero but I did like the story and plan to read more of her books.

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Cassie Ryan (a.k.a. Tina Gerow) started her published writing career writing steamy paranormal romance under another pen name. However, when one of her critique partners, Brit Blaise, suggested she try her hand at erotic romance, she gave it a shot! After all, shes not a girl to turn down a challenge of any type. So, she pulled out all the stops and wrote the first several chapters of what would become CEREMONY OF SEDUCTION. 

After hearing Audrey LaFehr from Kensington speak on a new erotic romance line shed started called Aphrodisia, at RWA Nationals, Cassie sent in her partial and went back to writing. So, when Audrey fished her partial out of the slush pile and offered her a three book deal, Cassie Ryan was officially born.

Cassie lives in Phoenix, Arizona and besides being a write-a-holic, is a frequent speaker on several writing and motivational topics.

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5 🌟 ✍🏼 📘 REVIEW A Night of Forever by Bronwen Evans

Sportochick's Musings ~ The author is the queen of prologues drawing the reader immediately into the drama.

A Night of Forever
The Disgraced Lords #6
by Bronwen Evans
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Publisher ~ random house publishing ~ loveswept
Categories ~ historical romance

Distrust is no match for desire as a proper young miss and a self-professed rogue hunt down a murderer in this thrilling Disgraced Lords novel from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Taste of Seduction.

Arend Aubury trusts no one besides his fellow Libertine Scholars. After his family escaped from France, penniless and persecuted, only the Scholars took him in. So when the stepdaughter of the villainess who has been plotting against them approaches Arend with allegations against their enemy, he suspects a double cross. Yet Isobel is a tantalizing prize, with lips as sweet as champagne and skin as creamy as Camembert. Is she a feast for the senses—or a bitter trap?

Lady Isobel Thompson dreams of marrying an honorable gentleman with a spotless reputation, a trait that Arend seems to lack completely. But Isobel believes that her stepmother is responsible for her father’s death, and only Arend has the skills to uncover the truth. As a cover, Arend suggests a fake betrothal—and soon Isobel finds herself forgetting that their courtship is a ploy. He’s so different from the man of her fantasies, and yet he’s so terribly handsome, so dangerously intoxicating—and all Isobel wants is more.

The author is the queen of Prologues drawing the reader immediately into the drama. With finesse her pen keeps the reader guessing and wondering how this drama will play out as they read further. She creates descriptive antagonistic interchanges and sexual tension between Arend and Isobel that keeps the reader glued to the pages.

Of all the Libertine Scholars Arend Aubury was the least known. He kept things to himself but he would do anything to protect those he loved, the Scholars and their families. He always seemed to be around but melt into the background in the other stories. Due to his mysteriousness I was drawn to him and was glad to read his story.

From the first books to this series I wanted Isobel to not be part of the evil plot to kill the Libertine Scholars. Arend on the other hand felt she was directly involved and part of the plot. This book finally clears up the picture and for me I was intensely satisfied with the ending. 

Written using a unique writing style where scenes from previous books are written through Arend and Isobel's eyes for a full perspective, the writer adds more detail to the storyline creating a very fulfilling read. Here you can see how Arend comes to believe she is guilty. But you can also see what is happening from her viewpoint and it appears very different. What a great example of pulling in all the other books causing the reader to remember every book to the series.

This is a rewarding series to read and I have enjoyed my memorable journey through the lives of the Libertine Scholars. I was excited to see in the acknowledgements that she was going to do two more books to this series to tell the story of Rose and Helen. I look forward to reading their happy endings.

I give this 5 STARS for a memorable read and the satisfaction of how the series ended but didn't end.

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My Reviews Of The Series ~
A Kiss of Lies (The Disgraced Lords, #1) ~ not reviewed
A Promise of More (The Disgraced Lords, #2) ~ not reviewed
A Touch of Passion (The Disgraced Lords, #3) ~ not reviewed
A Whisper of Desire (The Disgraced Lords, #4) ~ not reviewed
A Taste of Seduction (The Disgraced Lords, #5) ~ my review
A Night of Forever (The Disgraced Lords, #6) ~ my review 

USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with her dogs Brandy and Duke.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

4 🌟 REVIEW A Raven's Heart by K. C. Bateman

Sportochick's Musings ~ this is an amazing fast paced love story with strategic push and pull interactions between the hero and heroine.

A Raven's Heart
Secrets and Spies #2
K. C. Bateman
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Publisher ~ random house publishing loveswept
Categories ~ Historical romance

August 1815. The war with France is officially over, Napoleon’s an exile on St Helena, but Europe is still a very dangerous place to be.

Kidnapped and held for ransom at nineteen, ducal heir William Ravenwood knows the only person he can rely on is himself. Now part of a spy ring that includes his friends Nicolas and Richard Hampden, he’s the smuggler known as The Raven, a ruthless agent who specializes in rescuing hostages and prisoners of war from captivity.

Raven longs to discover the fate of his colleague, Christopher ‘Kit’ Carlisle, who’s been missing, presumed dead, for over two years. He’s also equally determined to stay away from the one thing he knows is dangerous to his health – the bane of his life, his best friends’ infuriating and provocative little sister, Heloise.

Heloise is a brilliant code breaker, one of the English government’s most valuable assets. She’s also loved Raven for years, but considering that he rejected her at sixteen, before her face was scarred rescuing her brother from an icy river, she’s certain he doesn’t want her now, despite his outrageous flirting.

But when Heloise decodes a message that proves Kit is alive and a prisoner in Spain, Raven realizes she’s in grave danger. With French agents determined to silence her, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe – even if that means taking her to Spain with him as an unwilling hostage.

As they face French deserters and Spanish freedom fighters, Raven and Heloise try to ignore the simmering attraction that’s been building between them for eight long years. The differences between them are striking but they’ve always had a strange underlying bond. Heloise might be scarred outwardly, but Raven’s wounds are all on the inside. He knows he’s not worthy of her love—a shadowed Hades pining for sun-kissed Persephone—but he’s not above showing her passion for the short time they’re together.

This is an amazing fast paced love story with strategic push and pull interactions between the hero and heroine. The book is action packed and kept me on my toes figuring out what the next move would be. I loved all the scenic descriptions and the backstories that drove both Raven and Heloise in the present day.

The author incorporates intrigue with Heloise's code breaking and her discovery that Kit, a friend of her brothers as well as Raven, may still be alive. While this put's her at risk it causes her to have to interact with Raven, Heloise's long time hidden love, adding sexual tension to the story keeping it interesting at all times.

Raven's character fights to not get involved with Heloise and it is fun to watch him continually deny his attraction and feelings for her throughout the book. One can only imagine what it is like to be best friends with her brothers and trying to stay away from her but the author displays this beautifully in her writing.

Though this story moves quickly the reader will never feel lost and like me they will want to read the book in one sitting. It's hard to put down a book that is this good.

Secondary characters are a big part of this story and they build up to future storylines drawing the reader into the desire to read more to this series or other books by this author. I plan to read more. I hope you give this book a chance.

This book is about finding peace with past fears and hurts, forgiveness, and letting love bloom. I give it 4 STARS.

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A master at decoding complex messages, Heloise finds Raven frustratingly hard to read, but as their lives hang in the balance she’s determined to unravel his secrets and unlock his dark, elusive heart…

Kate Bateman (writing as K. C. Bateman) wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she'd 'never finish the thing.' She gleefully proved him wrong with an historical set in the Italian Renaissance. Now writing for Random House Loveswept, her latest 'Secrets and Spies' Regency-era trilogy features her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to alternately strangle and kiss—all mixed up in the intrigue and turmoil of the Napoleonic wars.

When not traveling to exotic locations 'for research,' Kate leads a double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK, each of which has up to 2.5 million viewers. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England and writes despite three inexhaustible children and a husband who has flatly refused to read any of her books 'unless she hits the NY Times Bestseller list.' It is - naturally - her fervent desire to force the semi-illiterate, number-loving cynic to do so. He still owes her that dollar.

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REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

Sportochick's Musings ~ Unique historical romance with an uncommon hero that the reader will fall in love with.

Hero in the Highlands 
(No Ordinary Hero #1)
by Suzanne Enoch

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Publisher ~ st. martin's press romance
Categories ~ historical romance


Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.

Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?

This is a unique historical romance with an uncommon hero that the reader will fall in love with. When I read the prologue I wasn't sure that I would like the book because it felt like it would be about military life more than a romance but boy was I surprised. I actually loved how the author took Major Gabriel Forrester from a lifetime military man to becoming a resistant Duke who was hated by clan Maxwell. 

The story was superbly written showing how hard it is to make adjustments from a military life you love and how many changes need to be made to open your mind and heart to another way of living your life that can be just as fulfilling. The reader is walked through the changes Gabriel goes through and how these changes effect Fiona and the clan.

Fiona gives Gabriel a run for his money and eventually she learns to also open up and understand that things aren't always black and white in life. She goes about showing Gabriel how bad he is as a duke and then....well you will have to read the book. Let's just say it is exciting the merry chase they have with each other.

This story introduces Gabriel's sister, Marjorie, who is a primary character in the next book to this series, My One True Highlander.

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Suzanne was born in Southern California sometime in the latter half of the 20th century. In the way that some people are born knowing they want to be astronauts or cellists, Suzanne always knew she wanted to be a writer. Early dreams of becoming a zoologist and writing true stories about her adventures in Africa were crushed, however, after she viewed a television special about the world’s most poisonous snakes; she did NOT want to write about how she’d been bitten and lost a limb to a cobra. Thankfully at the same time the movie “Star Wars” premiered, and she realized that she could make up adventures and write about them, and not be eaten by deadly predators while doing research.

She dabbled in romantic fantasy writing for a year or two after graduating with a degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, until her affection for traditional Regency romances led her to write one for fun. After several encouraging rejections from publishers, she snared the interest of the world’s best and most patient literary agent, who advised her to revise the manuscript. This ultimately led to the publication of her first book, The Black Duke’s Prize, from Avon Books in the Spring of 1995. A second Regency, Angel’s Devil, followed that Fall.

When Avon folded its traditional Regency line, Suzanne was encouraged to try her hand at historical romance. As she remained keenly interested in England’s Regency period, she decided to attempt another manuscript set in that time. Lady Rogue hit the shelves in March of 1997. She wrote a total of 29 books for Avon, including two anthologies and a five-part contemporary series which received a pair of starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. One of those books, Twice the Temptation, was named one of the five best romances of the year by PW in 2007.

In 2002 her well-known love of all things “Star Wars” led to an invitation to appear on the E! channel in the television special “Star Wars: The Force Is Back”, where she discussed the romance in the movie series and ended up with more air time than George Lucas.

In 2010 Suzanne left Avon Books for St. Martin’s Press, where she continues to pen historical romance novels. Her 31st book, Taming an Impossible Rogue, is set to arrive in March 2012.

Suzanne is known for her humorous characters, sexy bad boys, and whip-sharp, witty dialogue. She currently resides in Placentia, California with several hundred guppies and various other tropical fish, and handful of very loud, spinach-loving finches. And her collection of action figures and statues from “Star Wars”, “Lord of the Rings”, “X-Men”, and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Everybody needs some inspiration, after all.

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