Friday, February 16, 2018

Off Limits by Clare Connelly

Sportochick's Musings ~ Don't read this book if you don't like reading sexy heart throbbing scenes.

Off Limits

by Clare Connelly

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Publisher ~ Harlequin Dare
Genres ~ Adult Contemporary Romance

“I want to taste you tonight.”

With chemistry this hot, it’s worth getting burned… 

Billionaire Jack Grant is totally off-limits to Gemma Picton. He’s wild, deliciously dangerous… and her boss. When working late turns X-rated, it’s better than her wildest imaginings — and Gemma’s imagined a lot! But Jack has major emotional baggage, so when Gemma starts wanting to heal his heart as well as enjoy his body, she knows she’s in big trouble…

Well this was a hot read..... not doubt about it. But also it was a well written story about loss and how someone deals with it instead of dealing with the grief. Quite honestly I am surprised that Jack didn't spin out of control sooner. For this reader he came across the pages as hot, hot, hot and truly won the reader over.

Gemma is a rock star because she truly understood her boss and her boundaries, working diligently to keep them in place. I do admire that she also kept her personal power in this making a tough decision and following through with it. Hats off to the author on this point.

Don't read this book if you don't like reading sexy heart throbbing scenes. For me I was enthralled with her development between Gemma and Jack.

I look forward to more from this author and give this a solid 4 STARS in writing and the hotness of the read.

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

Clare Connelly grew up in a small country town in Australia. Surrounded by rainforests, and rickety old timber houses, magic was thick in the air, and stories and storytelling were a huge part of her childhood. 

From early on in life, Clare realised her favourite books were romance stories, and read voraciously. Anything from Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, to Mills & Boon and (more recently) 50 Shades, Clare is a romance devotee. She first turned her hand to penning a novel at fifteen (if memory serves, it was something about a glamorous fashion model who fell foul of a high-end designer. Sparks flew, clothes flew faster, and love was born.)

Clare has a small family and a bungalow near the sea. When she isn't chasing after energetic little toddlers, or wiping fingerprints off furniture, she's writing, thinking about writing, or wishing she were writing.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Shattered Fear by Tara Thomas

Sportochick's Musings ~ I need to know who the two mystery men are.

Shattered Fear

Sons of Broad Series

by Tara Thomas

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

From New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me, writing as Tara Thomas, comes an explosive new romantic suspense series.

Welcome to the sultry streets of Charleston, where simmering desire and dark danger rule...

Forbidden love never felt so good...

She’s got a killer to catch.
He just might be it. 
Undercover detective Janie Roberts needs to find out for sure if Brent Taylor is a murderer.
Handsome, wealthy, and sexy-as-sin Brent Taylor. 
She’s got to get close enough to learn his secrets.

But getting this close is dangerous in more ways than one…

For a novella this was an intense fast read. The opening was very suspenseful and so well written, to the point that I was afraid this book would be too scary for me to read. Once the author got into Janie working undercover I was able to read with enjoyment. 

This book for me offered two things the very well written suspense portion and the relationship between Janie and wealthy Brent that I felt could of been more robust. 

The relationship between these two main characters and Janie's profession felt like a weak point for me. I felt that Janie as a cop needed to be a little stronger and hard headed. Brent was just hot. Need I saw more.

Given this feeling I still feel this book is a worthy read. I need to know who the two mystery men are. I have an opinion. Let's see if I am right.

The opening is really a 5 STAR but because of the other reason stated above I give it 3.5 STARS and look forward to the next book 

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

My Review Of The Sons of Broad Series
Shattered Fear - My Review     Amazon
Darkest Night - My Review To Follow    Amazon

Tara Thomas’s love of books and writing started as a child and though she wanted to be an author, she decided a degree in science was more practical. After fifteen years in the pharmaceutical industry, she returned to her first love and hasn’t looked back since.

She writes erotic romance as Tara Sue Me. Her Submissive Series novels have been on both the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists. Her novel THE MASTER earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, was awarded Best Romance of 2016 from Best Book Awards, and is a 2017 RITA Finalist for Best Erotic Romance.

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Baby, I'm Howling For You by Christine Warren

Sportochick's Musings ~ A quick easy dramatic read.

Baby, I'm Howling For You

(Alphaville 1)

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.

Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?

Having read Something to Howl About Book #0.5 of this Alphaville Series I was curious to see if this series would continue to expand in richness. I was not disappointed in this book as it expanded on the characters from the previous book.

Renny's character starts out in a dramatic way encouraging the reader to fall in love with her life threatening situation. It isn't hard to like her and want a better life for her. Her character expands throughout the story and you will find a need for the ending of the stalker behind her fear. 

Mick's character is a little harder to get your head around. He's everything a woman would want but still his character felt elusive creating in this reader a desire to have him be a little bit more approachable. But that being said he was portrayed exactly as the author intended and the reader will want to know his back history which created who he was in the present day.

All in all this is a quick easy read but I would of like a little more depth to the characters. For that reason I give this 4 STARS.

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

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 or by postal mail to Christine Warren, PO Box 871900, Vancouver, WA 98687-1900.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

AUDIBLE REVIEW OF The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

Sportochick's MusingsThis audible 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 Narrator scores a 3.5 STARS.

The Bride Who Got Lucky

The Cavensham Heiresses #2

by Janna MacGregor

Narrator ~ Rosalyn Landor

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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.

Narrator - 3.5 STARS
Narrator Rosalyn Landor does a fine job of narrating but I would have liked her to talk a little faster. I tried changing the speed of the narration in the application but it went too fast then. The differentiation between male and female characters though good were a little distracting for me. I needed the line between them more defined. None of this took away from the audible book but compared to reading the book it did stand out in my mind as a slight bother.

Book Plot - 4.5 STARS
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.

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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Monday, February 12, 2018

Release Day GIVEAWAY Enthrall Climax by Vanessa Fewings

Title: Enthrall Climax
Author: Vanessa Fewings 
Genre: Erotic Romance 
Release Date: February 12, 2018 
Cover Designer: Drue Hoffman at Buoni Amici Press 

The strikingly dominant Cameron Cole and his beloved Mia Lauren return for the eagerly anticipated finale of the erotic romance series by USA TODAY bestselling author Vanessa Fewings. The romance has never been hotter. The danger has never been higher. Mia Lauren is set to become the wife of powerful billionaire Cameron Cole. A lifetime of realized dreams and fulfilled desires lay ahead...but their entire world is about to come crashing down. An intimate betrayal fractures Cameron’s empire, springing forth new threats from every direction. Everything is at risk. Everyone is in danger. Before Mia and Cameron can relish the rewards of the journey, they must survive its climax. Some passions live forever. This isn't the end. This is the climax. ENTHRALL CLIMAX is the final novel of the ENTHRALL SESSIONS, the bestselling erotic romance series by Vanessa Fewings. **Mature Audiences only **Contains dark themes and explicit content.**

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Vanessa Fewings is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the ENTHRALL SESSIONS. THE CHASE is the first in her sizzling new romantic trilogy from HQN Books followed by THE GAME. The third book in the series THE PRIZE will be released in June 2018. Prior to publishing, Vanessa worked as a registered nurse and midwife. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and has lived in Great Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, Cyprus and the USA. Born and raised in England, Vanessa now proudly calls herself an American and resides in California with her husband.
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