Monday, May 8, 2017

YA Cover Reveal The Librarian by Christy Sloat @Christysloat

Title: The Librarian
Author: Christy Sloat
Genre: YA Historical Romance/Time Travel Romance
Release Date: June 17th, 2017
Cover Design: Pretty AF Designs



Blurb:
He’s from 1892 England, she’s in a small library in 2017. And that's just the start of their troubles.


Emme never meant to stay in Maine. She'd come only to find a librarian for her Gram's library, a custodian for the collection of mysterious books she'd promised to protect. On a dark, wintery night, alone in the library, she takes her first glance into one of the antique novels and finds herself transported to 1892 England staring into the eyes of handsome and dashing hero Jack Ridgewell. As each chapter passes she learns you can truly fall in love with a character in a book, that book boyfriends are real and Emme must choose between the real world, and his.


When the last page is read he's gone and Emme feels the cold loneliness of lost love. Will she find Jack again, or will their love be forever lost? The answer lies within the pages…

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34415420-the-librarian


Author Bio: Christy Sloat resides in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and her Chihuahua, Sophie. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. She is the bestselling author of twelve novels including, The Visitors Series, The Past Lives Series and the award-winning Slumber Duology.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

5 STAR Review Restrained Under His Duty by Stacey Kennedy

Sportochick's Musings ~ When you want a very hot and sexy book that will keep you enthralled to the last page, you need to read author Stacey Kennedy. I have never been disappointed in any of her books. 


Restrained Under His Duty

Dirty Little Secrets #3

by Stacey Kennedy


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Publisher ~ Random House Publishing ~ Loveswept
Genres ~ Adult Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Romantic Suspense


An uninhibited politician’s daughter falls for her loyal bodyguard behind closed doors in this scandalous novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and Tied to His Betrayal.


As the chief of security for a prominent senator, Ryder Blackwood is stunned when an anonymous source sends him a compromising photo of his boss’s twenty-five-year-old daughter getting down and dirty in an underground sex club. If it gets out, the media firestorm could ruin her father. More troubling for Ryder is how arousing he finds the whole situation. He’s known Hadley Winters since she was a kid. And now she’s the woman in all his most private fantasies.


Wild behavior helps Hadley get through those painful, lonely nights, but she’s been waiting a long time for a man like Ryder to protect her from herself. Ryder is raw. He’s real. And he makes her feel safe. Now that they’ve both become pawns in a blackmailer’s dangerous game, there’s more at stake than her father’s political career. As the intimate threats tear apart a tender new love, Hadley is forced to trust Ryder with her life—and her heart.

Don’t miss any of Stacey Kennedy’s seductive Dirty Little Secrets novels:
BOUND BENEATH HIS PAIN | TIED TO HIS BETRAYAL | RESTRAINED UNDER HIS DUTY


When you want a very hot and sexy book that will keep you enthralled to the last page, you need to read author Stacey Kennedy. I have never been disappointed in any of her books. 

In this Dirty Little Secrets book #3, Ryder Blackwood must keep Hadley Winters safe from blackmailers. So, begins the story of this beautiful women who needs her private fetishes to deal with life and a security officer who at all costs is trying to ignore her hotness. 

That's the short and sweet of it but...... there is much more to this story than meets the eye. Ryder has known Hadley since she was young. He cares for and respects her father and won't cross any line to damage his strict professional and personal lines. Once the reader understands this part of him they then pray that he'll let loose and just once let go of his very firm emotional control and give in to Hadley's needs and desires.

The seesawing sexual tension between these two main characters is 5 star hot and it should not be read in public if you don't want to share it. For me the authors love scenes are superb, not only well written but executed as well.

The plot to this story is complex and takes readers into many different directions as there are two plots happening simultaneous. Her ability to keep the reader focused at all times, keeps this part of the book solid.

I give it 5 Stars for superb execution and being ultra-hot.


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.




My Reviews Of The Dirty Little Secrets Series ~ 

Bound Beneath His Pain #1 ~ My Review
Tied to His Betrayal #2 ~ My Review
Restrained Under His Duty #3 ~ My Review


USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy has written more than 30 romances, including titles in her wildly hot Club Sin, Dirty Little Secrets, and Filthy Dirty Love series. Her books are about real people with real-life problems, searching for that special thing we call love...in a very sexy way. When she’s not burning up the pages and setting e-readers ablaze, she’s living her happily ever after with her husband and two young children in southwestern Ontario. She’s a firm believer that wine, chocolate, and sinfully sexy books can cure all of life’s problems.

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TOUR REVIEW The Dangerous Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden

Sportochick's Musings ~ This entertaining read is filled with tension and intrigue as well as many secrets.




The Dangerous Billionaire

A Billionaire SEAL Romance

by Jackie Ashenden


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Publisher ~ St. Martin's Press Romance
Genres ~ Contemporary Romance, Military


Navy SEAL Sullivan "Van" Tate has been called home to reluctantly inherit an empire and finds himself facing the most difficult mission of all: love.

Nothing about Sullivan "Van" Tate is what it seems. A Navy SEAL raised among the New York City elite, Van prefers heart-pounding action over a Wall Street corner office. But when his adoptive father dies and his business rivals move in to overtake his empire, Van must suit up to save the company and protect the one woman most forbidden to him…and the object of Van's most dangerous desires. 

Chloe Tate is as ambitious as she is gorgeous. With a newfound independence, Chloe is no longer a prisoner on her father’s ranch. But everything changes when losing her father may also mean losing her life. Even with her survival on the line, Chloe can’t deny the burning attraction she feels the moment she locks eyes with Van, her rich, rough and ready, foster brother and the new head of her father’s company. Tall, dark, and muscled, he's the one man who she has no business being with. But how can she resist a Navy Seal Warrior when he’ll do anything to protect her?



This entertaining read is filled with tension and intrigue as well as many secrets. The men are military and very tough cored.... an interesting combination for the woman who love their alpha's as such!

Three Tate brothers are Van the oldest and heir, Lucas who has my complete attention and Wolf the youngest brother. In this book, we get Van's story and a secret letter is given to him on the event of their foster dad, Noah's death. Also in this story is a younger sister, Chloe, Noah's daughter. 

Secrets are so bad, they destroy people and break apart families. Further in this book the reader will see how all the lies and falsehoods can become very complicated.

The author does an interesting job of building the story and leaving room for the next books of this series. She introduces some back history of this family and events in Van's past that make him the hardened man he is today. Also, she leaves little nibbles of what is going on in Lucas and Wolf's current life. Of course, these little nibbles only make me crazy with wonder on what the heck Lucas was up to.

I admired Chloe and how she taught herself to be a survivor. Living without love and the touch of others is a horrible existence. Her character is heart breaking and rewarding to read and I felt the author presented her in a believable manner combining her roughness and softness.

I give this 3.5 STARS because I felt I need a little for umph to the storyline though I was thoroughly entertained and will read the next book to this series.


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.



My Reviews Of The Tate Brothers Series ~ 
The Dangerous Billionaire #1 ~ My Review


Jackie Ashenden lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr. Jax, and their two kids and two cats. When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.

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4 STAR REVIEW TOUR The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

Sportochick's Musings ~ I give this 4 STARS for showing how fears and hate can be overcome in a manner that is life changing.



The Bad Luck Bride

The Cavensham Heiresses #1

by Janna MacGregor



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Publisher ~ St. Martin's Press Romance
Genres ~ Historical Romance


All were shocked at the announcement of the “cursed” Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen! —Midnight Cryer

No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse...

Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancĂ©e in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s his good fortune that the “cursed” woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper...

“Full-bodied romance...with intelligence and heart."—Cathy Maxwell
"Captivating characters and a romance that sizzles."—Eloisa James 
"Will leave you swooning."—Sabrina Jeffries

The Bad Luck Bride is the first in a new Regency romance series from Janna MacGregor!


I love a book that can make me cry and in this book, I did several times. The author has the ability to present some scenes with and between Claire and Alex that just wring your heart.

Overall I don't like people who are users and out for revenge but family love and pain I do. This book is a mix of both and as the story progresses you see the effects of how one affects the other. For me this book was very emotional because of Claire's fears, curse and how it affects her life and ability to love. But also for Alex who is so driven by pain as to seek a horrible revenge.

Alex well he is another story. The reader will feel his pain even as he administers him revenge and you will feel a compassion for his reasons even if you do not agree. There is much about him that the reader will not admire but it is balanced for all the ways they will learn to care for him and his ways.

Throughout this book, you will read firsthand how misunderstandings occur, how love is everlasting yet can bring great pain, but mostly you will see that there is always a chance for personal growth and forgiveness.

I give this 4 STARS for showing how fears and hate can be overcome in a manner that is life changing.


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


My Reviews Of The Cavensham Heiresses Series ~ 
The Bad Luck Bride#1 ~ My Review



Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers. The Bad Luck Bride is her first novel.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

4 STAR Review ~ The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall

Sportochick's Musings ~ Wow a great fairy tale romance that is a little on the dark side with lots of love and light shining through. 


The Lady and the Highlander

A Highland Fairy Tale #3

by Lecia Cornwall


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Publisher ~ St. Martin's Press Swerve
Genres ~ Historical Romance, Fairy Tale


Laire MacLeod’s father has married a mysterious widow who is a vain beauty that deals with potions and spells. Laire does not drink them with the rest of her family and is the only one who could see through her stepmother’s games. When Laire flees to find help from her Uncle the Lady’s huntsman follows her with orders to kill. Laire must survive in a dangerous new city and find the antidote to a poisonous potion before it is too late.

Iain Lindsay is cursed. He is bound for seven years to be the hunter of a Lady who uses him to bring back birds to use in her potions. When Laire MacLeod escapes the Lady’s nets, Iain tracks her to Edinburgh, where she’s found shelter with an unusual band of thieves, but he cannot bring himself to harm her. Instead, he finds himself falling in love with the MacLeod beauty.

But a Highlander’s oath is his bond, and the price for helping her is death, both his own, and of those he loves.


Wow a great fairy tale romance that is a little on the dark side with lots of love and light shining through. Author Lecia Cornwall puts together a brilliantly written plot in this book that was so involved and detailed that I was in awe.

There is so much to this book that I can't talk about because I don't want to ruin it for those who will read it. So a few things I will share is that there are truly evil people in the world such as Bibiana, Laire's new stepmother, and Babiana's servants the French manservant, Rafael, old Terza, and her dark and dangerous sealgair, Iain. The reason for their deception and what they intend to do is stuff out of fairy tales. 

Another this about this book is that not all evil people are truly evil, are they? I just couldn't believe that Iain was as evil as he was coming across. and I kept wanting him to redeem himself as he hunted Laire to kill her.

How the innocent Laire goes about trying to save her family while running for her life still makes my heart skip a beat. I was on the edge of my chair praying she would get away and find help to save her family. 

There is a whole cast of surprising secondary characters that will warm the readers heart when they read this book. I want to tell everyone about them but then that will really spoil the story. I am sorry but this is a book you should read to get the full flavor of it.

I give this 4 STARS for the authors ability to show the darkness and the light of people with hope, redemption, the desire to survive and love as its main theme.


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


My Reviews Of A Highland Fairy Tale Series ~ 
Beauty and the Highland Beast #1 ~ Not Reviewed
When a Laird Finds a Lass #2 ~ My Review
The Lady and the Highlander #3 ~ My Review



Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review #Giveaway Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

Sportochick's Musings ~ Chocked full of intrigue, secrets and adventures Author Valerie Bowman draws in the reader with this fully developed romantic storyline.



Never Trust a Pirate

Playful Brides #7

by Valerie Bowman



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Publisher ~ St. Martin's Press Romance
Genres ~ Historical Romance


The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother’s estate with a ravishing, raven-haired maid leads her to believe he’s actually a viscount, Cade’s renegade life is thrown wildly off-kilter. And even though a case of mistaken identity can be quickly set to rights, matters of the heart are quite different…

Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust—and win her heart—as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?

Never Trust a Pirate is part of the Regency-set Playful Brides series by Valerie Bowman.


Chocked full of intrigue, secrets and adventures Author Valerie Bowman draws in the reader with this fully developed romantic storyline. One of the things I highly respect is how the author runs us on a merry chase in this book trying to solve the mystery behind who Cade Cavendish and Danielle LaCrosse really are behind their cool facades. The addition of the steamy sexual tension between these two make this a hot romance as well.

The hero of this book, Cade, will cause any woman's heart to beat quickly as his character comes across as the bad boy type. His constant evasion of speaking the truth was frustrating for everyone who cared for him but it really adds to the story by causing the reader to wonder who he really is and is he really as bad as we think.

Danielle, the heroine, is the perfect person to foil and mess with Cade's cool reserve which she does quite often. Her character drew me in because she is not a helpless female in spite of her hard times. I love her "take no prisoner" philosophy as well as her softer side towards her ill mother and the others in the Cavendish household. I'd like to think that if I was in her position I would be just like her.... strong and not a victim.

I give this book 4.5 STARS for creating characters that are hard to pinpoint and neatly categorize.


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


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Valerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her mini-schnauzer, Huckleberry. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. She is the author of the Secret Brides series, starting with Secrets of a Wedding Night, Secrets of a Runaway Bride, and Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage.

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