Wednesday, January 31, 2018

REVIEW A Season of You by Emma Douglas

Sportochick's Musings ~ If you want a delightful romantic read this is it.


A Season of You

Cloud Bay #2 A Christmas Novel

by Emma Douglas


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


It's Christmastime in the quaint island town of Cloud Bay, where love is always in season... Will Fraser has believed in love at first sight since the day he first laid eyes on Mina Harper five years ago. There was only one problem: She was happily married. Then, when Mina's husband was killed by a drunk driver, Will figured she'd want nothing to do with a guy who owns a whiskey distillery. So he's kept his feelings locked away, knowing that not even a Christmas miracle would be enough to melt Mina's heart. . . Mina believes her days of true love are behind her. Since losing her husband she's kept to herself, content to do her own painting and stay out of the limelight that comes with her famous family. But when, after a freak accident, Will comes to her rescue, Mina can't quite get him out of her mind. As curiosity turns into a fling during Cloud Bay's first Christmas Festival, she finds it harder to convince herself that her feelings for Will are just mistletoe-inspired. Could Mina be ready to lay the past to rest and finally admit that what she really wants for Christmas--and forever--is Will?


If you want a delightful romantic read this is it. Will is a man that will warm your heart as he slowly tries to win over Mina. The authors presentation of his thoughtfulness and caring for where Mina is coming from is done in a respectful manner that shows him as a strong man not weak. Not strong as in alpha man pound your chest strong but a silent strong and steadfast type of man. This is the ideal man that most women say they are looking for.

Mina's back history is a main part of this story and her feelings about her past impact the major part of this storyline. Her character is well written showing her weaknesses and struggles as she adjusts to feelings she doesn't want. There are parts of Mina that one thinks is overkill but I can say that her reactions are honest and true since I have a friend who has lost her husband and I have been there through her loss.

For this reader I would of like a little more meatiness to this story but I will read more books by this author because her story was full of compassion and understanding without making either character milque toast. For this reason I give it 3.5 STARS.

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Emma Douglas has read like a wild thing since she was small. She discovered romance novels at an age that way probably way too young but she survived unscathed. When she realized you could make up stories as well as read them, she started taking notes about what the characters wandering through her head were telling her and then, eventually, books happened. 

Before the books happened she did the usual things (was a band geek (and a geek generally), had crushes on rock stars and fictional characters, spent chunks of her summers on an island beach, got a degree in something sensible that doesn’t involve writing about kissing, became a black belt in internet procrastination, fell down the rabbit-hole of craft, traveled a bit, indulged her love of baked goods, got bossed around by cats, began a quest for the perfect margarita, and napped to recover from all of the above. 

She still does most of that plus the writing thing from a tiny house which her feline overlords have kindly agreed to share with her.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Heart wrenching 4.5 STARS - The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

Sportochick's MusingsThis book deserves a healthy 4.5 STARS because of the authors ability to hit woman's rights, abuse, revenge, forgiveness and love in a meaningful manner.

The Bride Who Got Lucky

The Cavensham Heiresses #2

by Janna MacGregor


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


He would do anything to protect her. Even marry her… 

The son of a cold-hearted duke, Nicholas St. Mauer isn’t one to involve himself in society…or open his own heart to anyone. But driven by honor, the reclusive Earl of Somerton feels obliged to keep a watchful eye on Lady Emma Cavensham. She possesses a penchant for passions unbecoming a woman that finds Nick in constant peril of losing his well-structured solitude. She even dared kiss Nick once―an utterly unladylike, and delightful, lapse...

Emma can’t deny the appeal of the earl’s attention, and occasional affection, but she has no need for a man. There are worse fates than spinsterhood, as Emma knows too well. She still mourns the loss of her dear friend Lena, and is determined to prove Lena’s husband responsible for her death before he lures another innocent woman into a brutal marriage. But as Emma pursues her prey, a compromising moment upends all her plans. Now, with gossip swirling and her reputation in tatters, Nick may be the only man brave enough to join in Emma’s cause.. and fight for her heart.


The dramatic Prologue shattered my heart and I was heartbroken for Nicholas. It is hard to imagine how anyone can treat a child the way he was treated. But it was a genius move on the authors part to draw this reader into the plot of the book.

Emma and Nicholas, the primary characters, were very robust and multi-faceted but at times I was frustrated with both Emma and Nicholas for being so tunnel visioned in their beliefs. The author handles this delicate area with finesse and the reader will be rewarded with the display of many emotions and the cracking of their individual hardheadedness and stiff beliefs.

Claire and Alex from The Bad Luck Bride book 1 of the The Cavensham Heiresses series play an important role in this book and it was lovely seeing how their life evolved years later. Their assistance for both of the primary characters created the additional meat to this story.

This book is full of beliefs and values that form who Emma and Nicholas are deep down to their core. It doesn't stop there though. The author takes the reader further into the story creating the question; "When does one beliefs become an obsession that is more detrimental than life preserving?"

At the end of the book the readers will see that sometime forgiveness is the greatest reward one can have or give. That money and integrity are not enough for happiness. 

This book deserves a healthy 4.5 STARS because of the authors ability to hit woman's rights, abuse, revenge, forgiveness and love in a meaningful manner.

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My Reviews Of The Cavensham Heiresses Series

The Bad Luck Bride #1 ~ My Review Buy at Amazon
The Bride Who got Lucky #2 ~ My Review Buy at Amazon 




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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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Protecting Olivia - Susan Stoker’s Operation Alpha By Riley Edwards





Protecting Olivia - Susan Stoker’s Operation Alpha
By Riley Edwards

Your new favorite book is available now. Protecting Olivia - Special Forces: Operation Alpha. Susan Stoker's hot SEALs and the RED TEAM.

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When the daughter of a White House aide goes missing, the President calls in Zane Lewis and his team of former special forces soldiers to find the missing girl. The Red Team, having a well-earned reputation for being the best, discovers the true motive behind the kidnapping, and all hell breaks loose.

All Olivia Cox wants to do is escape her life. The harder she tries to break free from the pressure and obligations of her stifling family, the faster she sinks into a nightmare of her own making. This latest decision may be the last one she ever makes. Finding herself in a dingy room handcuffed and held prisoner, Olivia becomes an unsuspecting pawn in a game she didn’t know was being played.

Just when she’s made peace she’s going to die alone in the dark, Olivia's given a second chance. She knows she should be terrified of her tall and imposing rescuer, but when his piercing green eyes lock with hers and his deep rumbling voice tells her she’s safe, all rational thoughts fall away - she's mesmerized.

Leo “Panther” Gillonardo is a former SEAL who thought he knew the game better than most. He's a professional, a tier one contractor. She’s the mission. Protecting Olivia should be his only objective. So why does he keep finding himself in her bed? Even if she's fully clothed and terrorized by memories of her kidnapping, he knows better and is desperate to keep Olivia at arm's length. As the days pass it becomes nearly impossible to keep his growing attraction under wraps. The stakes are high, and his heart is on the line.

With a drug cartel in hot pursuit, Panther and the Red Team have no choice but to take Olivia on the run. With time running out, Wolf and Abe offer them protection from the deadly warlord Gomez. Alone in Abe's mountain cabin, sparks fly. Giving in seems inevitable, and Olivia must decide if she’s all in or if she’ll fold as Panther plays a no-holds-barred game of the heart.

From the political corruption of Washington, DC to the sunny shores of California, follow Susan Stoker’s Navy SEALs, John “Tex” Keegan, Matthew “Wolf” Steel, and Christopher “Abe” Powers, on a thrill ride when they join the RED TEAM on an epic mission.



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OTHER BOOKS BY Riley Edwards

Nightstalker - https://books2read.com/u/4DAMYO
The Gift - https://books2read.com/the-gift-re
The Awakening - books2read.com/awakening-re

Unbroken part one - A Collective Novel - https://books2read.com/u/brglpZ
Unbroken part two - A Collective Novel - https://books2read.com/u/mgKQzD
Free- A Black Ops Romance - https://books2read.com/u/bP1W0Y
Freeing Jasper - A Black Ops Romance - https://books2read.com/freeingjasper
Finally Free - A Black Ops Romance - https://books2read.com/finallyfree

ABOUT Riley Edwards



Riley Edwards is a bestselling multi-genre author, wife, and military mom. Riley was born and raised in Los Angeles but now resides on the east coast with her fantastic husband and children. Her two eldest children have flown the coop and are now serving in the US military. Riley also has a teenage daughter that is the source of laughter and wit around her house. Her youngest son is a "bad-ass" in training and is very much a mini version of his Alpha father.

Riley writes heart-stopping romance with sexy alpha heroes and even stronger heroines. Riley's favorite genres to write are romantic suspense and military romance. (Those are also her favorites to read.) She's known for her jaw-dropping plot twists. You know the ones? Those pivotal scenes in a story that when executed so flawlessly it leaves you breathless and begging for more? Yeah, those! She's mastered the art of blending suspense, romance, and smoldering sexy times. It's like Criminal Minds, and the Spice Channel mated, and a perfect love child was born.

To learn more about Riley's books, please visit, www.RileyEdwardsRomance.com. And don't forget to sign up for the Riley's Rebel's Newsletter.


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Monday, January 22, 2018

5 STARS for the super hot read - Cuffed by His Charm by Stacey Kennedy

Sportochick's Musings ~ The perfect 5 STAR ending to the "Scorching Hot" Dirty Little Secrets erotic suspense series by author Stacey Kennedy. 





Cuffed by His Charm

Dirty Little Secrets #4

by Stacey Kennedy


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


A tabloid scandal unites a powerful mogul and a woman from the wrong side of the tracks in this tantalizing novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and the Club Sin series.

The multimillionaire owner of a chain of successful Irish pubs, Gabe O’Keefe loves being in the spotlight almost as much as he loves women. But when all his secrets are exposed in a shameless tabloid, his glistening reputation takes a hit. What hurts most is learning who sold him out: sweet and sensual McKenna Archer, his own employee. Gabe thought he could trust her. But now he’s got bigger problems than keeping his hands off McKenna.

After putting a difficult past behind her, McKenna would never betray Gabe. But she knows someone who would: her brother, a compulsive gambler who owes money all over town. To make things right, McKenna will have to set aside her feelings for her boss. Easier said than done. Gabe oozes pure temptation. But when they team up, McKenna sees that he isn’t the manwhore she always thought. He’s strong. He’s real. And the heat between them is the only thing that makes sense anymore.


5 STAR goodbye to the very hot and sexy Dirty Little Secrets series by author Stacey Kennedy. 

In this Dirty Little Secrets book #4, Gabe O’Keefe wants to break all his rules about not dating his own employee when he falls for McKenna Archer but what he does when he finds out she betrayed him certainly sets this story up to be controversial in some people's eyes. Quite honestly I can't imagine anyone doing something worse and though I wanted to dislike him for it, I just couldn't. I could actually understand how he justified it to himself and how it broke him. 

With everything that has gone on in McKenna's life she is the master of keeping her personal power in spite of events turning it upside down. Along with her depth of compassion and understanding about how people think she is a female character that the reader will feel drawn to. I understand her love for her brother who is only trouble. A part of me cheers her dedication to him and the other part says enabler. 

The author Stacey Kennedy is the queen of showing real people with real problems in a compassionate manner and she does it superbly with McKenna and her brother. In this complex plot she hits on gambling addictions, hurting someone so deeply that you may never be able to correct it or get their love, finding love but giving it up to protect them and letting go of a loved one to love another.

A big 5 STARS for ending this amazing series in a manner that is deeply satisfying to the reader.


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My Review of the Dirty Little Secrets Series 

Bound Beneath His Pain #1 ~ My Review Buy At Amazon
Tied to His Betrayal #2 ~ My Review Buy At Amazon
Restrained Under His Duty #3 ~ My Review  Buy At Amazon 
Cuffed by His Charm #4My Review  Buy At Amazon





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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Saturday, January 20, 2018

REVIEW OF THE SEXY HOT ~ Tempted & Taken by Rhenna Morgan

Sportochick's MusingsA BIG 5 STARS for continuing to hold me mesmerized with Book 4 of this very sensual dramatic series.

Tempted & Taken

(Haven Brotherhood #4) 

by Rhenna Morgan


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Publisher ~ Harlequin Carina Press
Genres ~ Contemporary Romance


Live hard, f*ck harder and make their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six Men of Haven bleed by: taking what they want, always watching each other's backs and loving the women they claim with unyielding tenderness and fierce passion.  

There's no code Knox Torren can't break. He knows no limits when it comes to uncovering intel, especially on anyone who crosses his family. But a skip tracer with a sketchy history presents a puzzle he can't solve. When he finally meets the statuesque blonde with the intoxicating Russian accent, he'll try anything to unearth her secrets. 

Darya Volkova has been living under an assumed identity for years. Searching for a job that will take her out of the dangerous life she's built, she has her sights set on Knox: the best hacker in the business. From their first meeting, though, something far more intimate than a professional connection develops.  

Darya must overcome still-healing wounds to trust that Knox will take care of her in all the ways she needs. And Knox will do whatever it takes to make sure whatever—or whomever—she's running from never touches his woman again. 

This book is approximately 104,000 words 

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise : all the romance you're looking for with an HEA/HFN. It's a promise!


I know I said I was in love first with the very hot and sexy Jace from Rough & Tumble Book #1 of this Haven Brotherhood series and then I had replaced him with the very energetic always on the move Dr. Zeke from Wild & Sweet Book #2. But along comes the very nerdy and sexy as h**** Knox and once again I changed my mind. But seriously girls a computer geek with a smoking body will keep you glued to the pages of this book. His "not me" attitude towards relationships and his dedication to the Haven Family causes the reader to wonder why he has that attitude towards women when he clearly loves his family and their closeness.

Parts of Darya's personality drew me in instantly. Key was her ability to survive the roughest of times, devote her time to being better as a coder and her desire to live. But even more so, was her hidden sweetness that had not been broken with the past three years of her life. the biggest impact for me was the phrase she lived by "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow.". This greatly impacted me that she chose to live a life of meaning in spite of her past. This is a great lesson for everyone.

Like the other books to the Haven Brotherhood series there is enough intrigue to keep a guys interest and the love scenes are just down right scorching hot appealing to both men and women. 


A BIG 5 STARS for continuing to hold me mesmerized with Book 4 of this sensual dramatic series.

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

My Reviews Of The Men of Haven Series

Rough & Tumble (#1) ~ My Review  Buy On Amazon 
Wild & Sweet (#2) ~ My Review       Buy on Amazon 
Claim & Protect (#3) ~ Not Reviewed
Tempted & Taken (#4) ~ My Review     Buy on Amazon 
Stand & Deliver (#5) ~ Not Reviewed     Buy on Amazon 


A native Oklahoman with two beautiful girls and a fantastic husband, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie and has a resume that reflects her passion for new experiences. Since graduating with a Bachelors in Radio, Television, and Film at Oklahoma State, she’s racked up positions ranging from on-air radio talent, skip tracer, and promotions director, to real estate agent, project manager, and business analyst.

Like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dawn to dusk. To combat the crush of reality, she’s turned to romance as her primary source of escape ever since she cracked the spine on her first Christine Feehan book years ago. Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who fight to keep the women they want.


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Friday, January 19, 2018

Something to Howl About by Christine Warren

Sportochick's Musings ~ A great opening for a new series and I look forward to reading more books to this series to see how the Author develops the series.

Something to Howl About

(Alphaville 0.5)

by Christine Warren


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Publisher ~ St. Martin's Press Swerve
Genres ~ Paranormal Shifter Romance


WELCOME TO ALPHAVILLE, where the she-wolves and alpha-males play. . .for keeps, in a brand-new paranormal romance series from New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren.

Dr. Annie Cryer has been called many things: Genius. Child prodigy. Scientific wonder.

Wolf Shifter.

Banished from her pack years ago, Annie’s lone wolf wandering has brought her to Alpha, Washington, home to all shifters who don't quite fit in in the "normal" shifter word. Now Annie has the chance to go back home...if only she can make good on a favor her alpha owes the mayor of “Alphaville.” But it's not much of a favor when you're helping the hottest shifter in town...

Grizzly shifter Jonas Browning has a clan in trouble. They haven't had a child born in over a hundred years...and their clan faces going completely extinct. Genetic scientist Anne Cryer has been sent to help save them. But what Jonas doesn't count on is being irresistibly drawn to the small wolf shifter, and his bear isn't about to let her go...

Hip Hip Hooray for smart woman...... Anne is definitely a smart sexy woman with a secret and this combination creates a story that is an enjoyable read. The authors development of the mystery behind Anne's exile from her pack and what she has to do to get back into their good graces is the driving force in all her actions in this book. But oh, what a quandary she gets herself into when she meets sexy Jonas. How she finally makes a decision on what to do is priceless and a turning point to everything she desires.

Jonas comes across as a big sexy in-charge guy and throughout this story he keeps to character is all situations except his thoughts on Anne. I felt his reactions regarding her were entertaining and thought provoking. Another intriguing part of his character was how much he loved and cared for his clan. It shows is everything he does.

This is a great opening for a new series and I look forward to reading more books to this series to see how the Author develops the series. I would especially want to read a story on John Jaeger but only the author knows if he will get a story.

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My Reviews Of The Series 
Something to Howl About #0.5 - My Review   Amazon
Baby, I'm Howling For You #1- My Review      Amazon



Born and raised in coastal New England, Christine Warren lived in the South and the Mid-Atlantic before hopping to the other side of the country to take up the life of a transplant in the Pacific Northwest. She completely bypassed those states in the middle due to her landlocking phobia. Hmm, need to research a scientific term for that...

When not scrambling frantically to complete her latest writing project, Christine spends most of her time as a crazy animal lady, hanging out with her dog Levi (he’s the one with the hair) and pretending to train him to have some manners. She also hangs out with her horse, Cal—a thoroughbred with a craving for strawberry licorice twists—her goddog, Merlin; and her best friend, fellow author Hannah Murray. In addition to playing with her pets, Christine’s hobbies include identifying dog breeds from photos of their underbellies, appreciating fine and not-so-fine wines, shopping for the perfect pair of Christian Louboutin shoes, and most of all reading things someone else had to agonize over.

She enjoys hearing from readers and can be reached via email sent to Christine@christinewarren.net or by postal mail to Christine Warren, PO Box 871900, Vancouver, WA 98687-1900.

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