Tuesday, June 16, 2020

5 STAR REVIEW Flame by Donna Grant

Sportochick's Musings ~ This is not a common story so I give it a big 5 STARS for the constant tension and heartbreak in this storyline.


Dark Kings #17

by Donna Grant

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

Flame is the next Dark Kings book in New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant's series.

If she believed in destiny, she would believe they were meant for each other.

But that fire was put out long ago. . .

Living among the Dragon Kings, Cain has spent lifetimes learning to distrust both mortals and Fae. He is a warrior born—and every instinct demands that he fight to keep his own kind safe. But when a fringe member of the Dark Fae contacts the Kings with an urgent warning, Cain is torn for the first time. How can he trust this beautiful creature when resisting his primal attraction to her is battle enough?

Noreen is horrified by what her kind and the malevolent Others are planning for the Dragon Kings. Dark Fae or not, there are lines she will not cross—even if it means risking her life. But she never imagined that she would risk her heart until she meets Cain. She wants him with a soul-deep desire that frightens her…and endangers them both. Is saying goodbye to everything Noreen has ever known worth a love that will span time and realms?

Cain is not a Dragon King I knew much about but in this book I found out how critical his part was in the death of the human who betrayed Ulrik. The story continues to unfold by bringing into Cain's life everything he hates causing him to grow and learn more about the Dark Fae and mortals. During this time he is faced with the fact that possibly not everything is black and white. I admire his strength to decide to leave his mate to do the right thing knowing he would never be happy again. 

Noreen is quite the shock for the reader and Cain. In my opinion she is the first really really deliberate bad girl to appear as a mate against her will. She comes across one way and then through a series of events she ends up a different way. Or does she? That is the part that adds the interest to this story. Will her hidden evilness win or will the good girl she was as a child remember everything in time? This was the very needed drama to this story.

In this story Rhi makes an appearance finally after the death of her friend Balladyn, the murdered Dark Fae King. Rhi is by far my favorite female character in this series along with Con. Both of these will star in the next book to the Dark King Series and I have waited a long time for a resolution to their unrequited love. 

This is not a common story so I give it a big 5 STARS for the constant tension and heartbreak in this storyline.

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

My Reviews Of The Dark King Series ~ 
Darkest Flame #1 - Read Not Reviewed
Fire Rising #2 - Read Not Reviewed
Burning Desire #3 - Read Not Reviewed
Hot Blooded #4 - Read Not Reviewed
Night’s Blaze #5 - Read Not Reviewed
Soul Scorched #6 - Read Not Reviewed
Passion Ignite #7 - Read Not Reviewed
Smoldering Hunger #8 - Read Not Reviewed
Smoke and Fire #9 - Read Not Reviewed
Firestorm #10 - My Review
Blaze #11 - My Review
Heat #12 - My Review
Torched #13 - My Review
Dragonfire #14 - My Review
Ignite #15 - My Review 
Fever #16 - My Review 
Flame #17 - My Review
Inferno #18 - My Review (Coming soon!)

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

REVIEW Marek by Felicity Heaton

Sportochick's Musings ~ The author Felicity Heaton's development of these characters is superb causing this reader to pay close attention to what she was reading earning this book 5 STAR's.


Guardians of Hades #4

by Felicity Heaton

Genres ~ Paranormal Romance

Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Earth, Marek was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai. Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence.

Haunted by a betrayal that shattered him and set him on a dark path of vengeance, Marek closely guards his heart, as determined to keep it safe as he is to wipe the scourge of vampires from the world.

Until a hunt lands him in the presence of a beautiful woman who threatens to steal that heart as she battles his sworn enemy, her graceful moves igniting a passion so fierce and hunger so deep it consumes him.

Caterina’s sole purpose for the last decade has been freeing her brother of the curse of being turned into a vampire. When an alluring dark warrior steps in to help her battle a nest of bloodsuckers, her entire life is tipped off balance. She knows deep in her heart the warrior can help her save her brother, but can she trust a man who is driven to slay every vampire he meets?

When Marek’s enemy emerges from the shadows, and Caterina is pulled down a dark rabbit hole into a dangerous world, will they be strong enough to overcome their pride and their prejudices or will a dark turn of events shatter both their hearts?

If you love Greek gods romance books featuring powerful dark lords of the Underworld and strong heroines who steal their hearts, this paranormal romance series is for you.

Seven powerful Greek god heroes. Seven passionate paranormal romance books. No cliffhangers. Just happily forever afters!

Marek and Caterina make an interesting couple. Both are driven by revenge, protecting loved ones and outstanding battle skills. Their chance meeting starts an exciting fast paced story where revenge is the main theme.

Marek hates two thing Daemons and Vampires. This fact is pivotal to the whole story line. He struggles with his hatred and love surrounding this area. How does one put aside hatred that is centuries old? The author manipulated this area in a manner that showed that love is not blind. It's about making choices and living with them.

Caterina has too much love. She loves very deep and will do anything to protect those she loves. Even go to her death if necessary. What I like about her is how intelligent she is and how quickly she makes a decision. Also, it helps that she is a kick ass fighter and a strong woman. I appreciate the authors ability keep Caterina's character real and not sappy.

This story has an exciting character list with the Illusionist from the past book, a Wraith, Vampires and Daemon's. Oh, wait did I mention Gods, Demi Gods and Goddesses. All Marek's brothers are present in this book with their very distinct individual personalities which makes for a wild time when they are all together. 

The author Felicity Heaton's development of these characters is superb causing this reader to pay close attention to what she was reading earning this book 5 STAR's.

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

Book 1: Ares      -   My Review
Book 2: Valen     -   
My Review 

Book 3: Esher    -   My Review
Book 4: Marek My Review

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Emotional 5 STARS Review When You Wish Upon a Rogue by Anna Bennett

Sportochick's Musings ~ I absolutely love books that bring out this depth of emotion in the reader.

When You Wish Upon a Rogue

Debutante Diaries #3

by Anna Bennett 

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

She knows what she wants.
Miss Sophie Kendall is happiest arranging the secret meetings of the Debutante Underground, a group of women who come together to discuss the weekly advice column The Debutante’s Revenge. What makes Sophie most unhappy is her impending march down the aisle to a man she does not love. But her family’s finances are in increasingly dire straits.

He makes an offer she can’t refuse.
Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire, hasn’t slept in weeks. Desperate to escape his manor house and its haunting memories, he heads for one of his abandoned London properties. There he meets a beautiful, intriguing woman―trespassing. Reese is far less interested in Sophie’s search for a secret meeting spot than he is in her surprising ability to soothe his demons. So he strikes a bargain with her: his shop in exchange for spending one night a week with him.

Is this love for real―or just a dream?
Sophie never expected this to happen. But she cannot deny the fire Reese sparks in her―and soon their shared desire burns bright. Sophie is irrevocably promised to another. But maybe these two ill-fated lovers c
an find a way to risk it all―all the way to happily ever after… 

I cannot even begin to explain how much I loved this book. Author Anna Bennett roped me in quickly with just the blurb. My mind kept trying to figure out how Reese and Sophie could pull off one night a week and not get caught in their era. This was handled by the author in a stunningly believable way.

The book is very emotional as it deals with what we know of today as PTSD, true abiding love, and deep emotional commitments to family.

Sophie is one of those women that people become instantly peaceful around. She has a graceful presence that draws people to her. This alone draws Reese to her. I do not think it mattered to him that she was beautiful as well till much later in the story.

Reese was a surprising character. I at first expected an alpha type man but he was much more than that. He had a soft intellectual side that was very expressive and romantic. This man may be tortured but he had depth to his character making him extremely interesting.

Because I am sentimental this story started me crying almost immediately. It was such a soft emotional feeling that just keep coming and going with the depth of feelings and emotions of this couple paired with the authors superb story line. I absolutely love books that bring out this depth of emotional.

I give it 5+ STARS for the delightful solution to Reese and Anna’s situation.

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

First Earl I See Tonight #1 - My Review (coming)
The Duke Is But a Dream #2 - My Review (coming)
When You Wish Upon a Rogue #3 - My Review

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Gone With the Rogue by Amelia Grey

Sportochick's Musings ~ Two very intriguing main characters lead us on a merry chase.

Gone With the Rogue

First Comes Love #2

by Amelia Grey

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

A powerful handsome rogue finally meets his match in Gone With the Rogue, the second book in the First Comes Love series from bestseller Amelia Grey.

She had an acceptable marriage of convenience. Now widowed, can this determined and beautiful mother find true and forever love?

The sinking of the Salty Dove took her husband’s life―but it didn’t drown Julia Fairbright’s courage to endure. She creates a proper life for herself and her young son. But now, the ton’s most notorious rogue is back in London, and how he makes Julia feel is anything but proper. She can’t deny the desires he awakens in her, even though she knows that the handsome devil will surely break her heart.

Garrett Stockton owns a successful shipping company and is rumored to have a woman on every continent and half-a-dozen in England. The truth, however, is that Garrett has but one mistress: the wide open sea. That is, until he meets Julia, whose spirit of independence matches his own. What begins as a flirtatious battle of wits turns far more passionate than either of them could have imagined. Suddenly, Garrett’s only desire is to sail into the sunset with Julia as his wife and young Chatwyn his son. But she won’t take his hand―how can he convince her that his love is real and his heart is hers?

The author Amelia Grey created two very intriguing main characters to lead us on a merry chase in Gone With the Rogue book #2 of the First Comes Love series. Julia is looking for her freedom from a domineering controlling father-in-law, the Duke of Sprogsfield who threatens to take away her son if she ever marries. She is always getting in trouble and trying to not get exposed. Clearly, she is a lively woman who just lacks the desire to tow the line to the Duke. She loves her son and does everything possible to keep him with her and safe.

Garrett Stockton has more character in one finger then most men and the author does an outstanding job of portraying who he is integrity wise and socially. It is rather amusing how he reacts to Julia and his desire to assist her in her quest and keep her safe. Garrett is a very intelligent man and it doesn't take him long to figure out what driving Julia's quest.

The reader will find this a fun read that makes them laugh occasionally throughout the book. On the flip side it will also cause an occasionally chest pain for the hurt both these people have but don't share.

I give this 4 STARS for be a fun read.

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

The Earl Next Door #1 - My Review
Gone With the Rogue #2 - My Review
XXX - My Review

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The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey

Sportochick's Musings ~ A delightful plot earning it 5 STARS.

The Earl Next Door

First Comes Love #1

by Amelia Grey

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

What does a Wickedly Wonderful Widow really want? One noble suitor is about to find out. . .

Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, is all on her own after her husband’s sudden death. The good news? Losing him allowed her to find herself. Finally, Adeline is free to do, go, and be as she pleases. She cherishes her newfound independence and is not looking for another man to wed. But seeking out a new lover? Well, that is a whole ’nother story. . .

Lord Lyon, son of the two-timing Earl of Marksworth, wishes to have a respectable, loving wife someday. When he meets the beautiful and self-reliant Adeline, Lyon is instantly smitten. But Adeline would rather have the handsome suitor in her bed than to take his hand in marriage. It’s a scandalous proposal—and one that’s hard for Lyon to refuse. Unless the fire of his passion can melt Adeline’s resolve. . .and he can find a way to be the Wickedly Wonderful Widow’s lover for all time?

Finally, Adeline gets the life she should have had when her husband was alive but for her disastrous marriage and his love for another. In spite of everything that her deceased husband did to her while he was alive, she still has a compassionate heart to help others. So, when she goes to the docks to go through his belongings to verify he was on the ship she meets two other widows, Lady Kitson Fairbright and Mrs. Brina Feld. The three of them start a school to teach the young daughters of sailors who lost their lives on the ship.

What follows is an often times amusing story of the Lord Lyon trying to figure out what to do with the beautiful unconventional Adeline and the running screaming girls next door.

This story is a feel-good story. It shows how to take tragedy and turn it into something good. Along the way Adeline learns how to open her heart to the possibility that she can have the life she always thought she was getting with her marriage. Adeline works on her fears around men and to be honest she will surprise the reader with her solution to her feelings for Lord Lyon.

All of this adds up to a delightful plot earning it 5 STARS

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

The Earl Next Door #1 - My Review
Gone With the Rogue #2 - My Review
XXX - My Review

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Cowboy Like You by Donna Grant

Sportochick's Musings ~ Due to the ending and moral of the story I give it 4 STARS.

A Cowboy Like You

Heart of Texas #4

by Donna Grant

Publisher ~ St. Martins Press Romance
Genres ~ Cowboy, Contemporary Romance

In the Heart of Texas, a heartthrob cowboy may get his second chance at love…

Danny Oldman, the handsome Lone Star sheriff, is still single. He tells himself, and anyone who asks, that he is married to his job―and what matters most is keeping the people of his beloved Texas hometown safe. The truth? Danny still hasn’t gotten over his high school crush. She moved away after graduation and took Danny’s heart with her.

Skylar Long never thought she would have to flee Houston and return home―where it all began for her. But that’s what happened after the man of her dreams turned out to be an actual nightmare. Now, Skylar is desperate to escape her obsessive boyfriend. Nothing shocks her more than seeing Danny again and realizing that their long-ago attraction is more powerful than ever. But can she and Danny find a way to fight against Skylar’s wealthy, powerful ex who is dead set on tearing them apart? 

This story opens quite dramatically with Skylar trying to escape her absolutely scary boyfriend. Fortunately for her she has a witness and from the beginning of this story she has to hide for her life.

Domestic abuse is a real thing and in this story the author does an outstanding job of portraying the everyday fear that these victims live with. Her writing feels real and causes an anxiety within the reader much like Skylar's. Skylar understands how she got where she is but sometimes understanding comes almost too late. In this book she is never shown as weak even though sometimes defenseless and scared. I felt her growing stronger and not willing to put up with the ex was handled in a believable manner. 

Danny Oldman, the handsome Lone Star sheriff remembers Skylar from his youth. In fact, he has never forgot her. Reading this series, I always wonder who the woman was that got away and this book solves that question. It also shows how nice people can lose out of a relationship because they don't feel good enough.

As with any book written by author Donna Grant there is a lesson learned. So people jump off the cliff! Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try.

Due to the ending and moral of the story I give it 4 STARS.

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

The Christmas Cowboy Hero #1 - My Review
Cowboy, Cross My Heart #2 - My Review
My Favorite Cowboy #3 - My Review
A Cowboy like You #4 - My Review

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

AUDIBLE ESCAPE REVIEW Highland Fires by Donna Grant

Sportochick's Musings ~ The author Donna Grant always has a way to twist a story to show more facets to a person's personality and this book is no exception. 

Highland Fires
Druid's Glen Series, Book 4
by Donna Grant

Publisher ~ Tantor Audio
Genres ~ Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance

A haunted man....

Once a powerful Fae and heir to the throne of the Fae, Lugus has been given a second chance by his brother the Fae king. No longer immortal, Lugas makes his home off the coast of Scotland as he struggles to cope with his foul deeds and memories of a love that was never his.

A haunted woman....

Ahryn has been bound to the realm of Earth by an ancient Celtic slave bracelet that prevents her from using any of her Fae magic. As her hope dwindles, she spots Lugus and knows he is her last chance. Though he was banished from the realm of the Fae and stripped of his immortality, she trusts him with her life...and her heart.

Lugus is tormented by his past and some of it wasn't his fault. This is the story of an evil man who wants redemption but knows he won't get it and is ready to die.

Ahryn has herself caught in a hard spot and I like how quick she thinks on her feet by seeking help from Lugus. She alone sees the goodness in Lugus in spite of what she knows. 

The author Donna Grant always has a way to twist a story to show more facets to a person's personality and this book is no exception. As you get further into the book you'll see that anything is possible.


My Reviews of the Druid's Glen Series ~ 
Highland Mist #1 - My Review
Highland Nights #2 - My Review
Highland Dawn #3 - My Review
Highland Fires #4 - My Review
Highland Magic #5 - My Review

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