Monday, August 27, 2018

REVIEW of the EXCITING READ Dark Alpha's Hunger by Donna Grant

Sportochick's Musings ~ The dramatic beginning to this book in Chapter One will have the reader on the edge of their seat. I mean to say it was powerful. Memorable. Impactful.

Dark Alpha's Hunger

(Reaper #6)

by Donna Grant

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

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Dark Alpha's Hunger is the sixth paranormal romance novel in New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant's Reapers series featuring a brotherhood of elite assassins who wage war on the Fae at Death's behest--and the women who change their hearts.

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’m coming for you…

Where Death leads, I follow. Nothing will stop me from my duty – not even the darkness that claims me. It’s the music that leads me from the dark, returning me to my brethren and a new foe that has risen. Learning who hunts Thea could be the key to unraveling what we need to know to defeat our enemy. The Half-Fae’s music stirs a passion within me that I’ve never known. For her, I will break my vow of silence. For her…I will risk everything.

Another dynamite book for the Reaper series by Author Donna Grant. The reader will finally find out what happened to Eoghan a Reaper taken by the bad guy Bran. So, for this reader I am happy that I got more answers to my questions from previous books. There are still some unanswered, but I am expecting an answer in the next book to this series.

The dramatic beginning to this book in Chapter One will have the reader on the edge of their seat. I mean to say it was powerful. Memorable. Impactful.

Eoghan never talked in the previous books so this book really was a shift and will cause the reader to wonder what caused his vow of silence. Seeing the inner working of his mind adds a lot of dimension to this book and as he becomes more comfortable with regards to protecting Thea the reader will see why he is a strong leader and protector.

Thea plays a violin and I swear I felt like I could hear her play the writing was so dynamic in this area. I don't play an instrument, but I felt the flow of the sound like Eoghan did. Discovering who is her mom is a shock and quite honestly the turning point in this book for all future books to this and connecting series.

This book is filled with so many emotions and the interaction of all the characters add so much life to this already fantastic read.

recommend everyone who reads paranormal romances reads it and give it 5 STARS.

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My Reviews Of The Series ~ 

Dark Alpha's Claim (#1) My Review           Amazon
Dark Alpha's Embrace (#2) My Review     Amazon
Dark Alpha's Demand (#3) - My Review      Amazon
Dark Alpha's Lover (#4) My Review          Amazon
Dark Alpha's Night (#5) My Review           Amazon
Dark Alpha's Hunger (#6) My Review       Amazon
Dark Alpha's Awakening (#7) My Review       Amazon
Dark Alpha's Redemption (#8) My Review       Amazon

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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Sunday, August 26, 2018

REVIEW Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase

Sportochick's Musings ~ An entertaining read

Hooked on a Phoenix

Phoenix Brothers #1

by Ashlyn Chase

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Publisher ~ Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres ~ Paranormal Shifter Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy


Misty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston's financial district. She's had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.

Gabe Fierro is a firefighter―and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank's vault...where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.

A Phoenix, paranormal character really adds interest to this book and of course Gabe and Misty being locked in a vault doesn't hurt to keep this readers interest. 

But seriously how many brothers ask their male buddies to keep an eye on their sister thinking all will be well. The author does a great job of interpreting this for the reader in a sometimes-humorous manner. Quite honestly, I was amused watching Gabe continually shut Misty down while Misty continually worked at breaking his walls down.

Throughout the book the reader will see numerous examples of Gabe trying to honor his boyhood friend and yet struggling to come to terms with his feelings for Misty. This area was handled realistically and with finesse.

Misty is unique with her life experiences which make her appear older than her years. The way she pushes against Gabe's walls in her attempt to get him to see her as a woman was at times painful but also rewarding in her strength of character to give it one last try.

Even more prominent in this book was the relationship between tight families and secrets.

I give Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase 4 STARS for its entertainment value.

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My Reviews Of The Phoenix Brothers Series

Hooked on a Phoenix #1 - My Review       Amazon

Ashlyn Chase has been a registered nurse for 20 years. During those years, she wrote articles for professional journals and a thesis, but eventually, thank goodness, discovered the joy and freedom of writing fiction.

Ashlyn considers herself lucky. Her degree in behavioral sciences is a combination of psychology and sociology, so she has worked with and studied people most of her life. She never has to write out exhaustive character sketches to understand her characters or predict how they will behave. That doesn't mean they don't surprise her. Sometimes they take her on grand unexpected journeys. For her, it gives "character driven novels" a whole new meaning.

Ashlyn has learned to go with the flow. To enjoy the journey is not only one of her writing goals, but also a challenge in life so she tries to follow where the story takes her. As such, she has lived in 17 different places over the years. At last, she's all settled down and comfy in New England. 

Is there a grand design or do we decide our own fates? Perhaps if the powers-that-be have a plot, then they also give us the right to revise it. Ashlyn has certainly made detours on her path, but she thinks she's better for it. She's having fun at any rate and hopes that if she enjoys the journey, so will those around her—including her readers.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Review TOUR & GIVEAWAY Captured By Her Cougar by Felicity Heaton

New York Times best-selling paranormal romance author Felicity Heaton is here today for the book tour of her new shifter romance release, Captured by her Cougar, the second book in her brand new Cougar Creek Mates Series. Set in her popular Eternal Mates world, Cougar Creek Mates takes you into the deep Canadian wilderness to a secret place that’s home to a cougar shifter pride led by four sexy brothers, each guaranteed to steal your heart and set it racing! With all four books in the series releasing just weeks apart, this is going to be one hot summer.

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About the Book

Captured by her Cougar (Cougar Creek Mates Shifter Romance Series Book 2)
Felicity Heaton
In the wake of an Archangel attack on Cougar Creek, Storm is seething with a need for revenge against the hunter organisation and the key to it might be the petite blonde mortal he’s locked in his cabin, one he’s determined to make sing for him. Only the beauty has a fiery temperament to match his own, and the more time he spends with her, the more she stokes a fire inside him. One that fills him with a startling and undeniable need to make her sing in another way—in his arms.

Gabriella isn’t going to take her captivity lying down. She’s going to give the pig-headed brute holding her against her will hell until he finally believes she’s innocent. He might be a cougar shifter, but she isn’t afraid of him. Or at least she isn’t afraid of what he is. The way he affects her, the flames that lick through her whenever they’re close, terrifies her though, because the longer she’s around the towering sexy-as-sin shifter, the hotter that fire blazes, and it’s only a matter of time before it burns away all her restraint.
With the mating heat and the attack bringing cougars back to the creek, Gabriella is a complication Storm doesn’t need, but she’s one that he wants… because she might just be his one true mate.

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Storm.... oh his soft side just makes you want to hug him while the side he shows to others is really hot Alpha. A great combination for this reader. Throughout the book you can feel him ready to explode but not with anger as much as with bottled up feelings. There is one dramatic part to the story where he says "Don't .... just.... don't" and my heart just melted with emotion. This is where I got to see the hidden man. 

Gabi was a little harder to figure out. Her tough girl side distracted me from getting to know her at first but as the story progressed I found I really liked her and in fact admired her for all she had survived.

An intense read while keeping the reader fanning themselves at the interactions and anticipation of what would happen between these two main characters. This book deserves 4 STARS.

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Gabriella glared at the black log burner set against the wooden wall of the small cabin, her fingers digging into her knees beyond the end of her grey pencil skirt, her shoulders rigid beneath her white blouse. Her lips compressed, jaw tensing as she listened to the infuriating silence punctuated only by the rapid but steady pounding of her heart.
He would come back.
He never left her alone for long.
She tilted her head to her left, just enough that she could see the door of the all-too-rustic house and the woods beyond the glass. Thoughts of escape pushed her to rise to her feet.
Her very bare feet.
The bastard had taken her shoes from her the first time she had tried to get away from him.
A sneaky tactic suited to the pig, and one he had completed with a satisfied twist to his bowed lips and a mocking sparkle in his grey eyes.
What sort of man resorted to removing her shoes so if she did manage to break free of her cage, she would be hobbled, slowed as she tried to pick her way through the dense coniferous forest that swamped the mountains in all directions?
Easy to capture again.
Gabi huffed, dragged her gaze away from the outside world, and tried to drag her thoughts away from escape but that was impossible now. Escape had been firmly on her mind for the past twelve hours, since she had come back to the world to find herself a captive. She didn’t remember much about what had come before, only recalled snippets of wandering around the cabin in a stupor, shell-shocked by what she had witnessed.
She stared at the fire, not seeing the flames as they devoured the meagre supply of fuel.
She saw that man killing Alexander.
Saw Alexander attacking Ivy.
Kept hearing Alexander’s words as he had forced her onto the helicopter in Calgary, telling her it was time she witnessed the truth of this world with her own eyes and saw justice dispensed.
Only when they had arrived in the godforsaken cluster of cabins in the disgusting wilderness, she hadn’t seen justice.
She had seen Alexander and two hired mercenaries wielding weapons of war, armed to the teeth against men who had been leading what had looked like the picture postcard of a peaceful life before her half-brother had brought a battle to their doorstep in the name of revenge.
Men who had transformed into beautiful golden cougars before her eyes.
The door opened and she jumped, entire body tensing as her gaze whipped towards it and her heart lodging in her throat.
The man filling the doorway just looked at her in silence, handsome face devoid of emotion.
But there was a softness in his grey eyes as he gazed at her, one that was far from the look she had expected him to level on her after her last pathetic attempt to escape.
One that had ended with him growling at her and grabbing her, hauling her off her feet as if she weighed nothing and dumping her on his worn brown leather couch and telling her in a gruff deep voice not to move.
She hadn’t.
Not because she was afraid of him, but because she was tired, soul-deep weary and didn’t have the strength to move. She just wanted to curl up and sleep, to forget where she was and everything that had happened. She just wanted to go home, back to her family’s mansion in England, to lounging by the indoor pool sipping cocktails and going clubbing with her friends.
God, things had to be dire if she wanted to go out with those vapid excuses for people.
Alexander was gone now. She had no reason to play her part anymore, to smile and please his friends and their friends, keeping them sweet so their investments kept his business afloat.
He was gone.
That still hadn’t sunk in.
She stared at the brute as he ran a hand over his spiked sandy hair, combing it back. A few scars peeked out from the sleeves of his tight black t-shirt, red and raw, and she had a flash of him fighting, launching as a cougar to land on Alexander’s back and bring him down.
To protect Ivy.
And his brother.
Bile rose up her throat as she saw that dark-haired man on top of Alexander, punching him. There had been so much blood. On Alexander. On him.
The man stepped into the cabin and closed the door, dragging her back to him. She studied him as he moved into the small kitchen area to the left of the door, using him to distract her from memories as he poured himself a glass of water, turned and planted his ass against the wooden counter.
Stared right back at her.
“How is the other man?” she whispered, needing to break the silence because it was pressing down on her, felt heavy on her shoulders and as if it might crush her.
His lips twisted in a sneer. “What do you care? Or do you want to know my brother is dead? Like yours.”
She scowled at him for that.
She had never been close to Alexander, but he was her brother.
Had been her brother.
Her eyes burned, but she didn’t have any tears left for him, felt dried up inside, a little hollow and numb, and now that the shock was wearing off, she felt something else too. She felt… relieved.
Was that wrong of her?
Alexander hadn’t been the easiest man to live with, had resented her from the moment she had been born, as if he had blamed her for the fact his mother had remarried after losing his father. He had always made it painfully clear that her life of luxury came from his father’s money too, had made snide remarks about how her father was weak and pathetic, unworthy to bear the name of his family.
A name his mother had insisted on keeping when she had remarried.
It suited Alexander, because he acted just like one, all entitled and pompous.
Had suited Alexander.
Maybe it suited her too, because hadn’t she acted the same way? Didn’t she love her life of luxury and leisure?
“How is Ivy?” She wouldn’t let him get away with refusing to answer that question. “I want to know how Ivy is. She was hurt.”
The bastard just regarded her with cold grey eyes, making it clear she wasn’t going to get anything out of him.
Gabi shot to her feet. “I have a right to know. Ivy is my friend. I was the one who arranged for her funding. I’ve known her longer than you and I want to know how she is! Is she a captive here too? Is that what you all do? You capture women and… and…”
She couldn’t bring herself to say it.
The man’s face darkened, as if he didn’t like the accusation she was hurling at him either, and then calmly set the glass down and pushed away from the kitchen counter. He rounded the brown leather couch, advancing on her, long black jeans-clad legs devouring the short distance.
She stood her ground on trembling legs, her heart hammering against her ribs.
He stopped close to her, towering over her. She barely reached his broad shoulders, had to tip her head back to keep glaring at him. His eyes shifted, growing more golden as he stared down at her.
“I have a right to know.” Those words came out unsteady, trembled on her lips as she faltered, fear getting the better of her. More powerful men than this one had tried to intimidate her and had failed. She wasn’t going to let him win. She wasn’t going to be cowed by some country brute, no matter how much stronger he was than her. She clenched her fists and narrowed her eyes on him. “Tell me how Ivy is.”
He responded by seizing her right upper arm in a bruising grip and she leaned back, grimacing as she tried to wriggle free of his iron grasp. When he shoved past her and tugged her with him, her eyes widened and she shook her head.
He was taking her towards the bedroom.
His voice was a low growl as he uttered, “You gave up all your rights when you invaded our territory.”
Gabi shook her head faster and frantically clawed at his hand, leaving red marks on his golden skin as she desperately tried to prise his fingers off her. Her heart went wild, thundering as fear pounded through her veins.
“Please,” she whispered, her eyebrows furrowing as she looked at the back of his head and leaned away from him, trying to use her slender weight to slow him down.
He yanked her forwards and shoved her into the bedroom.
Her knees hit the bed and she fell onto it, gasped as she twisted to face him, her fear rising to swamp her and leave her quaking as cold sweat slid down her spine.
Darkness descended as the door slammed.
His gruff voice echoed through it. “You’re not to leave that room. If I see you outside it, there’ll be consequences you won’t like.”
Her eyes went wider. She had thought he had been about to deliver consequences she wouldn’t like, and God, it was a relief that he hadn’t. She sank against the soft bed, her breath leaving her on a long tight sigh as all her fear drained from her, leaving her shaking and weak, feeling sick to her stomach.
He moved around the other room, muttering, “Fucking humans… like I’d want one again.”

She frowned at that and pushed up onto her elbows, using his words as a distraction she badly needed as she got her shaking under control. So, he had desired humans in the past? What had happened to make him hate her kind so much?

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Books in the Series

Book 1: Claimed by her Cougar – Available in Kindle Unlimited!    My Review Amazon
Book 2: Captured by her Cougar – Available in Kindle Unlimited!  
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Book 3: Courted by her Cougar (coming 8th September 2018)
Book 4: Craved by her Cougar (coming 29th September 2018)

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

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