Sunday, April 23, 2017

REVIEW of the amusing captivating My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Sportochick's Musings ~ What can I say; this is an amusing full of heat captivating read much like book one to this series. Author Suzanne Enoch really knows how to write a book that knocks ones socks off.

My One True Highlander

No Ordinary Hero #2

by Suzanne Enoch


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


Rugged highlander Graeme has one thing on his mind—take a stand against the horrible Englishman Lattimer and he will be rewarded with enough money to be set for life. But when his reckless younger brothers take it one step too far and kidnaps a young woman on her way to see Lattimer, Graeme has to intervene. He cannot send the lady back without his kin getting in trouble. And when a damsel this beautiful is dropped into your lap, it’s hard to let her go...

Marjorie should be terrified she’s been captured by highland scoundrels, but it’s hard to live in terror when your captor is a devilishly handsome and sinfully tempting as Graeme is. She cannot stay by his side forever—no matter how her heart may pound at the thought—but Graeme seems to have other plans. This wicked highlander is out to seduce her and doesn’t plan to stop until she’s in his arms...forever...


What can I say; this is an amusing full of heat captivating read much like book one to this series. Author Suzanne Enoch really knows how to write a book that knocks ones socks off.

In this second book to the No Ordinary Hero series I feel in love with both the hero, Graeme and the heroine, Marjorie as well as Connell, Graeme's youngest brother.

Graeme is just a messy character but of course this is to be understood since he is a laird and raising his three wild brothers. The reader will thoroughly enjoy his interactions with his brothers and their shenanigans. 

Marjorie warms my heart with her trying so hard to be accepted in proper society and it is heart wrenching to read through the pages of what happens to her and her reactions. Despite everything she is not a woman to give up thus she gives Graeme a mighty battle. I love when a man falls like a tree for a feisty woman. The reader will enjoy reading the interaction between these two.

The brothers who would be considered secondary characters are in my opinion right up there with Graeme and Marjorie for interest and had me laughing many times as well as feeling pain for what they were going through since their parents' death.

Because this deals with real life situations and finding love one deserves I give it 5 STARS

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My Reviews of the No Ordinary Hero series ~

Hero in the Highlands (Book #1) ~ My Review
My One True Highlander (book #2) My Review


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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REVIEW of the delightful ~ I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett

Sportochick's Musings ~ In the second book to The Wayward Wallflowers series I fell into deep admiration with Beth's character.


I Dared the Duke

A Wayward Wallflowers Novel

by Anna Bennett


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


Alexander Savage, the Duke of Blackshire, is known throughout the ton for three things: the burn scars on his neck, his ornery disposition, and the trail of broken hearts behind him. None of which would concern Miss Elizabeth Lacey in the least—if she weren’t living under his roof. As his grandmother’s companion, Beth is all too concerned with the moody and compelling duke. Incensed by his plans to banish the sweet dowager duchess to the country, Beth refuses to do his bidding. If Alex wants her help, he’s going to have to take her dare…and grant her three wishes.

Alex adores his grandmother, which is precisely why she must leave. A string of unfortunate incidents has him worried for the safety of everyone around him—including the dowager’s loyal and lovely companion, Beth. But the notorious wallflower isn’t as meek as she appears, and as their battle of wills heats up, so does Alex’s desire. He’s dangerously close to falling in love with her…and revealing secrets he’d rather keep hidden. How can he convince her that his darkest days are behind him—and that, for the first time in forever, his heart is true? 


In the second book to The Wayward Wallflowers series I fell into deep admiration with Beth's character. I am not sure this statement is grammatically correct but it is what I mean. Beth needs to be needed, as do most people though they are unaware of this need. The fact that she is conscious of this and finds ways to satisfy this part of herself is spread throughout this book in an appealing manner. I like that the author does give her a backbone to not be walked on and to be able to think of her best interests. It is refreshing to read a female lead character that thinks of others wellbeing. 

Alex's hidden secrets are surprising and painful. It is clear throughout the book that he didn't understand how one moment in time could affect others for the rest of their lives and possibly ruin his future. In his character one sees how one's thoughts create a life that is not satisfying and can in fact be very destructive. 

Secondary characters in his grandmother and his close friend Darby the Marquess of Daberville add very interesting scenes to this romantic amusing and fun read. I really enjoyed this read and love how it addressed bullying in a discrete manner.

I look forward to the next book in this series and give this book 4 STARS for addressing how destructive words can be to one's future.

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My Reviews of The Wayward Wallflowers Series ~
My Brown-Eyed Earl (Book #1) ~ My Review
I Dared the Duke (Book #2) ~  My Review
The Rogue Is Back in Town ~ Coming Jan 2018


Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided that books with balls, dukes, and gowns were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Other weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

My Sugar Daddy by Trinity Blacio

Sportochick's Musings ~ I give this 3.5 STARS for surprising me with the direction on the plot.


My Sugar Daddy

Book One in the Sugar Daddies Series

by Trinity Blacio


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Publisher ~ Riverdale Avenue Books
Genres ~ Erotica, Menage, BDSM


Struggling single mother Laura McGill figures she has nothing to lose and everything to gain when she impulsively signs up online to meet a sugar daddy. After losing her virginity to a two-timing married man, she's out to find security for herself and her infant son Max--and hopefully a man she can love. 

Brothers Daniel and Grant Wilmot are handsome and rich-and seeking a Rubenesque beauty whose lush curves will cushion their hard loving. Leaders of a security team comprising former Special Forces operatives and a dating website that serves as a cover for their military activities, Daniel and Grant--and another brother, Roman--are smitten by Laura's generous proportions and sweet manner. 

But before the relationship can get too far, a classified government project goes awry--and the Wilmot brothers are forced to pick up the pieces. But will Laura reject them when she learns the truth about the secret they carry?


An unexpected read is the thought that comes to mind as I write this review. I was drawn to the blurb then cover and was looking for an erotica read when I decide to select this book. I wasn't sure how I would like this book the opening chapter wasn't filled with enough drama for me.... but lo and behold this book picked up the paced and soon I was cheering for both Daniel and Grant to have a happy ending with Laura. 


What was exciting was the addition of Roman their other brother into the storyline. With his presence, the plot thickens and this book takes a turn to the exciting. I love how the story expands and adds elements.

Secondary characters are not as developed as the primary but they are presented in a manner that makes the reader curious to know more about them. Thus, I look forward to reading the next books to this series.

I give this 3.5 STARS for surprising me with the direction on the plot.

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Trinity Blacio is the #1 Amazon romance bestselling author of such paranormal erotic romance series as the Running in Fear and Masters of the Cats series, as well as a number of dark fantasy, erotic romance, erotic horror and ménage titles. She is a PAN member of the Ohio chapter of Romance Writers of America and is the bestselling author of a paranormal stepbrothers series that made her an All Romance eBooks and Siren bestselling author. 

Coming from a split family, Trinity Blacio has lived in Minnesota, California, Michigan, Florida, but eventually settled in the state where she was born—Ohio. She has an Associates Degreee in Psychology and Social Work from Lorain County Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sneak Peek Giveaway The Undaunted Debutantes Series by Christina McKnight


Three innocent debutantes must work to solve the mysterious death of their childhood friend. With undaunted determination, they pledge to not only expose the man responsible for their friend’s tragic death on her wedding night, but to also uncover other unscrupulous men of the ton who would jeopardize the future of other young women.
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Title: The Disappearance of Lady Edith
Series: The Undaunted Debutantes Series (Book One)
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Word Count: 45,000

Synopsis:
One tragic night changed sensible, proper Lady Edith Pelton’s life: when her best friend fell to her death, pushed down a flight of stairs by a nefarious lord.  Now, Edith dedicates her time watching the man she thinks is responsible, while gathering other information to expose other scoundrels posing as gentlemen of honor about London. But when her spying is noticed by a perfect stranger, Edith finds herself with two mysteries—what happened to her friend, and how to win the heart of a brilliantly handsome lord.

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Title: The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna
Series: The Undaunted Debutantes Series (Book Two)
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Word Count: 45,000

Synopsis:
Lady Lucianna Constantine, a quick-witted hellion, has no doubt who is responsible for the murder of her dear friend—and she will stop at nothing from exposing his transgressions, and those of every despicable man in London. Though her two dearest friends were unwilling to point a finger at the dastardly man, Lucianna has witnessed the cruelty of London’s Beau Monde her entire life…starting with her own father. She is more than willing to singlehandedly take down every vile man that crosses her path. However, what happens when a most honorable man discovers Luci is the abhorrent woman who ruined both his life and stripped him of his rightful future?

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Title: The Misadventures of Lady Ophelia
Series: The Undaunted Debutantes Series (Book Three)
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Word Count: 45,000

Synopsis:
If only Lady Ophelia Fletcher—quiet, reserved, with her nose always stuck in a book—had witnessed the death of her friend that fateful night. Now she writes a column, Mayfair Confidential, that she uses to expose men with unsavory pasts to make amends for holding her tongue the night her dear friend was murdered. She is more than willing to never call attention to herself. But when a handsome stranger arrives to meet with her father, Ophelia can’t help but do a little investigating for her own benefit. At last, Ophelia has stumbled upon an adventure of her own—but does she possess the skills necessary to solve the mystery without the assistance of her friends?

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Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

RELEASE DAY Dark Alpha's Lover by Donna Grant

Sportochick's Musings ~ Have you read Donna Grant's Reaper series? The books are exciting and so unique. In this book I have fallen in love with the very hot, sexy and broken Fintan.

Dark Alpha's Lover

(Reaper #4)

by Donna Grant

Publisher ~ St. Martin's Press Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Genres ~ Paranormal Romance


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There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I am coming for you...

I answer to no one but Death. I am impenetrable, impervious, immortal. I exist to do Death's bidding and no one--not Reaper nor human nor Fae--can stand in my way. Except for the bewitching half-Fae, Catriona. She swears the magic in her family passed her by, but I know better. This woman is strong. This woman is powerful. And when her abilities surge forth, no one will be able to stop the Dark Fae from coming for her. Except for me. I want to keep her close. I want to keep her safe. I want lose myself to her, again and again...





So many authors start to run out of new material after years of writing but Author Donna Grant is not hat author. Her books continue to surround the reader with sharp details, intrigue, brokenness, redemption, evil, mystery, paranormal happenings and love. In this fourth book of A Reaper Novel series the Reaper Fintan takes center stage though the other Reapers make appearances as well as Death. Let me not forget to mention Constantine King of the Dragon Kings along with Roman and Cain from the Dragon Kings series also makes a cameo appearance in this book. I can't wait to see where that meeting leads in future books.

Non-emotional Fintan trusts no one except Death and the other Reapers. He has never known anyone to just want to touch and love him because everyone feared him. It brought tears to my eyes the words written about this character. It is so hard to even imagine never being loved. The author did an outstanding job of portraying his strength while slowly exposing his weaknesses which caused this reader to fall deeply in love with his character.

Would we be able to be as strong as Catriona? Losing loved ones, finances, and just waiting to die; forces some people to become more resilient or others to just give up and die. Catriona's personality was exciting, empowering, brave, and very well written. Her brain is amazing and she solves a puzzle that no one else guessed. It was quite brilliant in concept.

This story is fast paced and full of exciting moments with some spiciness thrown in. For this reason I give it 5 STARS.

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My Reviews Of The Series ~ 

Dark Alpha's Claim (Reaper #1) - My Review
Dark Alpha's Embrace (Reaper #2) My Review
Dark Alpha's Demand (Reaper #3) My Review
Dark Alpha's Lover (Reaper #4) My Review




New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s the author of more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories. The acclaimed series features a thrilling combination of dragons, the Fae, and Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.

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