Monday, July 30, 2018

5 STARS Audio REVIEW The Wayward One by Danelle Harmon

Sportochick's Musings ~ Rich with descriptive imagery and fully developed characters the reader will be enthralled with this book.




The Wayward  One

De Montforte Brothers #5

by Danelle Harmon

Narrator ~ Wayne Farrell

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Publisher ~ Danelle Harmon, Inc.
Genres ~ Historical Romance


The bluest of blood; the boldest of hearts; the de Montfortes will take your breath away." 

Irish Captain Ruaidri O' Devir has no love for the English. Taken from his family and pressed into the Royal Navy at a young age, he is now a commander for the fledgling American Continental Navy, hand-picked by John Adams himself to steal a potent new explosive from the British. Ruaidri expects to be successful in his mission. What he doesn't expect is to fall in love with the sister of the man he's crossed an ocean to abduct... 

Beautiful Lady Nerissa de Montforte is the youngest sibling in a powerful and aristocratic English family. Fiercely guarded by her overprotective brothers, she pines for love after a longtime betrothal was cruelly cut short. When she accompanies her brother to a demonstration of his new explosive, she never dreams that her wildest longings to find love and freedom are about to be fulfilled ... by a man who is wrong for her in every single way except the one that matters most... 

The spectacular conclusion to the internationally bestselling DE MONTFORTE series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Danelle Harmon!


Book Plot - 5 STARS
What an amazing book! I enjoyed the plot and the interaction of all the characters from this book who also appeared in previous books to this series. Rich with descriptive imagery and fully developed characters the reader will be enthralled with this book.

I felt a great deal of compassion for Lady Nerissa de Montforte as she tried to overcome her disappointment of the failed engagement with Perry and her older brothers interference with her life. Her feisty rebellion against her restraints was handle with finesse and brought tears to this readers eyes.

Compassion is the word I think of in regards to Irish Captain Ruaidri O' Devir. How he survived his childhood to become the adult he was shows great strength of character and a dark desire for revenge. This is one character that the term "Don't judge a book by it's cover" fits to a T. He really made this story work. Ruaidri won my heart from the first page and many times throughout the book I had tears in my eyes regarding situations he and Nerissa got into. But for me the most memorable was the conversation with Narissa's oldest brother, Lucien and he in Boston it's caused a pang in my heart and tears to flow.

This book is an awesome display of family love, honor and forgiveness.

Narrator - 4.25 STARS
Narrator Wayne Farrell did an outstanding job on the male voices and accents. In the beginning I struggled with his female voices but the book was so well written that eventually I forgot my feelings regarding this and began enraptured in his narrating.


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My Reviews Of The De Montforte Brothers Series ~ 
The Wild One #1 - My Review
The Beloved One #2 - My Review
The Defiant One #3 - My Review
The Wicked One #4 - My Review
The Fox and the Angel #4.5 - My Review
The Wayward  On #5 - My Review



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Danelle Harmon has written seventeen critically acclaimed and award-winning books, with many being published all over the world. A Massachusetts native, she has lived in Great Britain, though these days she and her English husband make their home in New England with their daughter Emma and numerous animals including five dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and a flock of pet chickens. Danelle enjoys reading, spending time with family, friends and her animals, dog showing, plane-spotting, and sailing her reproduction 19th century skiff, Kestrel II.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Big Alpha in Town by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, Kate Baxter

Sportochick's Musings ~ Three hot sexy stories that will entertain the reader.




The Big Alpha in Town

by  Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, Kate Baxter


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Publisher ~ St. Martin's Press Griffin
Genres ~ Paranormal Romance


Three hot stories about three sexy shifters from a trio of today's hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden!

Bearing His Name
Meeting his mate should have been cause for celebration. There’s just one teeny tiny problem. Jade thinks Ark might have impregnated her sister. He didn’t, but convincing Jade is going to take a bit of honey.

Owned by the Lion
Keir’s been told to stop playing the field and settle down—difficult advice for a hard and hot man with a lion’s heart to follow. But his sights have always been set on Ally. She’s his mate, plain and simple. With her sweet and delicious curves, she’s nothing but sugar and trouble all rolled into one. But he’s known her and sparred with her for years. She’s his best friend’s little sister, and it’s going to take a whole new level of convincing that he’s the mate for her.

No Need Fur Love
Moving with his pack to the tiny town of Stanley, Idaho has Owen Courtney a little on edge. With literally no women in sight, Owen will be lucky to find a date, let alone his true mate. But you know the saying about a werewolf walking into a bar…

Gorgeous wood nymph Mia Oliver is on a mission: Find a suitable male to get her good ‘n pregnant and provide her with an heir. But when Mia decides to pick up a gorgeous and oh-so willing werewolf at the bar, she realizes she might be in over her head. …


Bearing His Name by Eve Langlais
A truly cute story about a pregnant sister with a very protective older sister trying to find Mr. Daddy. At first I was a little thrown off by how the men of Ark's Greek bear family treated relationships with woman but then again they treated food the same. All in all it was a fun read with the true daddy adding a fun twist to the story.

Owned by the Lion by Milly Taiden
Ally is one feisty woman with too much financial responsibility due to medical bills. The way she goes about getting the money is pure genius from her friends. Keir is finally getting his just due for all the women he has slept with because his mate won't give him the time of day due to his reputation and all the annoying woman. It was quite a fun experience watching him try to get out from underneath all the women to show Ally how much she meant to him. In the end this story was delightful and definitely entertaining.

No Need Fur Love by Kate Baxter
Owen is just a wolf who wants a mate. It's not asking too much is it. Unfortunately he has his hands full when he discovers his one night stand is his mate and she wants nothing to do with him. 

There is a very distinct storyline to this story and how everything is resolved is dramatic. The most interesting part of this story is that the woman is the one who does the one night stand and how Owen goes about finding her was brilliant.

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Sweet Home Highland Christmas by May McGoldrick

Sportochick's MusingsAuthor May McGoldrick develops this storyline in a subtle and delightful manner causing this book to deserve 5 STARS for the uniqueness of the storyline.




Sweet Home Highland Christmas

The Pennington Family #1.5

by May McGoldrick 


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


Freya Sutherland is a desperate aunt trying to keep custody of her precocious young niece, Ella. After the death of her father, Freya is willing to do anything to prove she's capable of being Ella's guardian, even if if means marrying for security instead of love.

Recently retired from the military, Captain Gregory Pennington wants nothing more than to make it home in time for Christmas. When his brother hears of his plans to return to the family estate for the holidays, he asks Penn to escort some travelers to the bordering estate.

When Freya and Penn meet their chemistry is instant. Once they realize he's their escort for the journey, there's no escaping their attraction. But Penn has plans that do not include a wife and child. And Freya has responsibilities as Ella's guardian, no matter her growing discontent with her upcoming marriage. With Ella conspiring to get them together, Penn and Freya might just experience a little magic during the holidays.


An adorable lively story with Ella, a precocious 5-year-old girl older than her years and how she tries to marry her aunt off to Penn. Truly a story that will make you laugh while feeling all romantic and warm inside.

Penn is the perfect newly retired military man. Set in his ways and use to being alone but always willing to do his duty. It is amusing to watch how he falls in love with Ella and he begins to unthaw. As the story progresses and his life changes he realizes that possibly he could have more than he ever imagined.

Freya affectionately nicknamed Fie is Ella's aunt and guardian after her sister's death. This strong woman goes against convention to do what is right because she loves her niece and is willing to sacrifice her dreams to keep her niece. I love strong women and this story emphasizes this attribute in Fie to perfection.

Author May McGoldrick develops this storyline in a subtle and delightful manner causing this book to deserve 5 STARS for the uniqueness of the storyline.


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My Reviews Of The Pennington Family Series 

Romancing the Scot (#1) - My Review   Amazon
Sweet Home Highland Christmas (#1.5) - My Review   Amazon
It Happened in the Highlands (#2) - My Review    Amazon
Sleepless in Scotland #3 - My Review (coming)



May McGoldrick
(a.k.a. Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick)

Two peas in a pod, a pair of halfwits, the Laurel and Hardy of romance fiction...Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick were married in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin 68 years ago before a worldwide television audience. After a honeymoon tour of their oil fields in Iran, they embarked on a writing career that has produced dozens of New York Times bestsellers, two Academy Award Winning film adaptations, and a Nobel Prize for Literature. After all this, fortune FINALLY smiled on them and they won the New Jersey Lottery. Taking their two sons, Nikoo and Jim spent a year backpacking through Africa and then seven years in Tibet, teaching the Dalai Lama the subtle intricacies of Scrabble. Upon returning to the States, these two storytellers wrote forty adult and young adult novels, three of which were RITA finalists and three which were NJRW Golden Leaf winners. They have also written two nonfiction works. Nikoo picked up an engineering degree somewhere along the way, and Jim has a PhD in 16th Century British literature. 

These two write under the pseudonyms of May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey and now reside in northwest, Connecticut. 

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Taking Chase by Lauren Dane

Sportochick's Musings ~ Powerful example of surviving spousal abuse and learning to open your heart to a worthy man.



Taking Chase

Chase Brothers #2
by Lauren Dane

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Publisher ~ Harlequin Carina Press
Genres ~ Contemporary Romance


Cassie Gambol is on the run. In what seems like another lifetime, her ex-husband nearly ended her life and effectively ended her successful career as a vascular surgeon. But even though the justice system found him guilty of attempted murder, he fled while awaiting sentencing and Carly Sunderland became Cassie Gambol. Fleeing Los Angeles, she heads to small and off the map Petal, Georgia to start her life again. 

Shane Chase, a man whos held himself away from commitment since his fiance dumped him several years before knows the beautiful newcomer is hiding something. He's wildly attracted to her strength and her underlying vulnerability as well. But the last thing Cassie wants is another big, overwhelming man who wants to control her life. 

A battle begins between Shane, who knows what he wants and Cassie, who tries to keep a distance between herself and the very handsome sheriff. But Cassies ex is back and he wants her dead. 

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, some violent situations. 


A powerful example of surviving spousal abuse and learning to open one's heart to a worthy man.

Stories that impact the reader are rare. This book is one because it shows how a woman can come from such a scary tragic marriage and survive with a lot of ups and downs. I like that the author shows Cassie's venerability as well and her strength to deal with her fears to become a stronger less fearful person. It doesn't make it all fairytale. It shows the struggle that is real in these situations.

Mr. alpha Shane is the wrong personality to fall in love with Cassie but he is what she needs most to keep her safe. There are lessons in this book for him as well. Lessons on toning his energy down and not plowing through situations. Lessons on not assuming you know everything and are always right.

It is an enjoyable rewarding read so for this reason I give it 4 stars.

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





Lauren Dane has been writing stories since she was able to use a pencil, and before that she used to tell them to people. Of course, she still talks nonstop, and through wonderful fate and good fortune, she’s now able to share what she writes with others. It’s a wonderful life!

The basics: Lauren is a mom, a partner, a best friend and a daughter. Living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest, she spends her late evenings writing like a fiend when she finally wrestles all of her kids to bed.

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The Risk of Rogues by Sabrina Jeffries

Sportochick's Musings ~ Love means choosing what matters the most.



The Risk of Rogues

Sinful Suitors #5.5

by Sabrina Jeffries


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Publisher ~ Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Genres ~ Historical Romance


Featuring New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’ “hallmark humor, poignancy, and sensuality” (Romantic Times), this entry in the Sinful Suitors series inspires you to risk all for love.

Lady Anne is shocked when Captain Lord Hartley Corry—her former fiancĂ© who left for India after her father forbade their marriage—returns to England and acts as if everything is all water under the bridge. He never fought for her hand or eloped with her as he promised and he thinks she’d still be willing to marry him? Not a chance.

Hartley is equally shocked to literally run into his past love upon arriving at his brother’s house. Though he yearns to take advantage of this second chance to woo his beloved, he can hardly admit that he is secretly a spy—at least not until he can be sure he trusts her. But convincing Lady Anne to let him prove his sincerity by courting her respectably all over again might be his undoing.Because all he wants is to show her how much of a rogue he can be when the right woman is in his arms… 


Lady Anne is quite an interesting person. With her outrageous hats and her kind heart the reader will fall in love with her like her Captain Lord Hartley Corry did when they were younger. She guards her heart and though her life situation had changed since she last saw Hart, she's lost her willingness to be open hearted concerning him. Her bluntness in dealing with Hart and Fulkham is not only extremely entertaining for the reader but Fulkham also is quite amused with her.

Hart never got over his loss of his love who was now a lady. In this story Hart realizes so many things would have been different in his life if he made different decisions when he was younger and originally in love with Anne. He is persistent yet allowing Anne space to get to know him again and to hopefully fall in love with him all over. 

What Author Sabrina Jefferies does really well is showing what went wrong in the past and why on both of their parts, as well as showing that even the worse situation can change with a heart full of love and the courage to admit your part in the mistakes.

I give it 4 stars for showing readers that there is always hope to overcome devastating errors made in the past and that sometimes being honest means giving up something you also love for something or someone you love more.


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My Reviews Of The Sinful Suitors Series 

The Art of Sinning #1 ~ My Review
The Heiress and the Hothead #1.5 ~ My Review  
The Study of Seduction #2 ~ My Review
The Danger of Desire #3 ~ My Review
The Pleasures of Passion #4 ~ My Review
The Secret of Flirting #5 ~ My Review
The Risk of Rogues #5.5 ~ My Review



Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 8 million books in print in 20 different languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world. 

She always dreams big.


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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cover Reveal Christmas With You By Heidi McLaughlin, LP Dover, Cindi Madsen, RJ Prescott & Amy Briggs



Title: Christmas With You 
Authors: Heidi McLaughlin, LP Dover, Cindi Madsen, RJ Prescott & Amy Briggs 
Genre: Holiday Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: November 2018 



Bestselling authors Heidi McLaughlin, L.P. Dover, Cindi Madsen, R.J. Prescott, and Amy Briggs invite you to celebrate Christmas in Friendship, Massachusetts, where small-town values mean that everyone gets into the holiday spirit and lends a helping hand. When an unlikely newcomer decides to join in and play matchmaker, five couples—each a complete love story by each of our five authors—get their happily ever afters during the happiest time of the year. And these authors share what the season truly means to them.

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Heidi McLauglin

L.P. Dover

Cindi Madsen

R.J. Prescott

Amy Briggs

           





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