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Review of The Bazaar by Jennifer Ponce

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*Disclaimer: I won a free copy of The Bazaar. It was not in exchange for a review.

 

Genre – Urban Fantasy

 

Devany Miller is an average woman. She has a husband she loves, a job she feels makes a difference, and two children who are her world. However, nothing can last forever, and Devany’s world spirals when a freak accident at the Bazaar leaves her with a witch, an assassin spider, and a magic heart inside of her. When a demon confronts her about having his spider and magic heart, Devany finds herself even deeper in an unknown world as she becomes the demon’s assassin. Caught up in a world of magic and demons that she knows nothing about, Devany desperately does whatever it will take to keep her children safe from the dangers lurking about. To make matters worse, Devany’s marriage has fallen apart. Without the slightest idea what she’s doing, Devany must protect the innocents, learn magic, and deal with an Originator demon.

 

The Bazaar is full of twists and turns. Every time poor Devany turns around some new awful thing is happening. This story had so much going on that I didn’t want to put it down. The characters were fantastic. Devany is a caring mother and has a fierce protective side. She’s constantly doing things she should not do because she’s running blind in this world of magic since no one has told her any rules. Jennifer Ponce has created exciting and intriguing worlds and a whole host of great creatures. My favorite is definitely Neutria, the bloodthirsty assassin spider. She is a badass even if she is a little crazy. A close second is definitely Tytan though. Although he is a demon, he has a sweet side. And a sexy one, which he loves to torment Devany with. The worlds are well explained, and I could easily imagine they were real. This book is a great start to the Devany Miller Series, and I absolutely recommend reading all of them. There are three books out currently, and I will be reviewing the others in the not-too-distant future.

 

About the author:

Jen Ponce author

 

Jen Ponce lives in the Panhandle of NE with her kids, cats, and fish. She loves stories with elements of fantasy or horror and works hard to put the fantastic in the mundane. Writer of kick ass women and oogy monsters.

 

You can stalk Jen Ponce here:

www.JenniferPonce.com

www.Facebook.com/JenPonceAuthor

www.Twitter.com/JenPonceAuthor

 

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Cover Reveal – Fractured Palace by R.J. Loom

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Fractured Palace

 R.J. Loom

 

Genre: New Adult Romance (Stand alone recommended for readers 18+)

Release Date: TBD

Cover Design: Ariel View Graphic Designs

Add to your Goodreads TBR:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25562159-fractured-palace?ac=1

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Blurb:

They say home is where the heart is.

Ashton Roberts never understood that saying. Heart couldn’t be found anywhere in the rundown bungalow she grew up in. It also couldn’t be found in the luxury estate she moved into when her mother married her stepfather.

All Ashton wants is to get her degree, meet Mr. Right and find the happy stable life she never had. But when life constantly throws her curve balls, she begins to wonder if it really is just a pipe dream.

Until she runs into her former neighbor, Reed Collins.

As a child, Reed had always been Ashton’s silent protector. As an adult, he is everything she has ever dreamed of in a man. If only he didn’t keep her at arms length. But as things heat up, guards drop and secrets are revealed which toss Ash back into the turmoil surrounding a tragic event from her youth.

Will Ashton let her past fracture the perfect picture of her future? Or will the meaning of loyalty, family and love be redefined?

Author Bio:

R.J. Loom is a genre-crossing author who writes New Adult, Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, Psychological Thrillers and some Historical Fiction. She was born and raised along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, where she still resides with her husband, two teenage children and two spoiled dogs. R.J. loves books, music, traveling and anyone with a great sense of humor. When she’s not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, looking for more books to add to her TBR pile or spending time with her family.

Connect with R.J. Loom here:

Facebook – www.facebook.com/RJLoom112

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Review of Smother by Lindy Zart

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**Disclaimer – I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Genre: Dark romance, Amazing (Yup, that’s a genre)

 

Reese works for tattoo artist Leo in Smother by Lindy Zart. Both Reese and Leo have secrets. They both have pasts that haunt them, devouring their present. When Reese gets into trouble, Leo is there to save the day, but his actions have a price. Now the secrets that Reese has worked to keep locked away are coming out of the shadows, and her life begins to unravel. Reese discovers she must face her demons if she is to ever have a future, but old habits are hard to break.

 

If you’re looking for a book with healing, redemption, and hope, then go read Smother! But be warned: it will tear you up first. Reese is an unlikable main character, but she is relatable. She is our anger, our fear, our pain. I struggled through Reese’s hell with her, all the while cringing for her and understanding it was her demons that created the person she had become. Leo, the love interest, is a bit more likable than Reese, but his character is so quiet, so deep, that we hardly get to know him. I’m struggling to write this review without giving too much away, or making it sound as though the characters are not enjoyable. Regardless of how unlikable Reese appears, it is just that quality that makes this book so amazing. Reese is a glimpse into our shadows, and while we might only see her pain and anger and not our own, it is a cathartic read. I am a huge fan of Lindy Zart, and I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her, but this one tops my list now. It was a beautiful, heart-wrenching story, and I highly recommend this book to everyone!

 

You can purchase Smother here

 

About the author:

Lindy Zart

 

You can follow Lindy Zart here:

 

Twitter.com/LindyZart

Facebook.com/LindyZart

Lindyzartauthor.blogspot.com

amazon.com/author/lindyzart

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Review of The Art of Loving (Picture of Love Series Book 1) by S.H. Pratt

Art of Loving cover

***This review and novel are intended only for 18 and over***

 

*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Genre: Romance

 

 

Art of Loving teaser

 

 

Synopsis:

Adam Green knew women.  He knew them to be cold, cruel, and heartless… and he knew that he didn’t want that particular brand of misery.  He scorned his twin brother, Austin, for yearning for the warmth of love and scoffed when Austin followed his girlfriend back to Montana.  When Adam finds himself alone and fighting for life in the hospital, the only person who refuses to leave him is the one woman who makes him the most uncomfortable.

Angie Hartman was a hopeless romantic wrapped in a pretty package, tied up with a ribbon of realism.  She was thrilled for her best friend, Fiona, when Austin Green showed that love was something Fiona could have, but was terrified that he was pushing her back to Montana and the horror that lived there.  When Austin’s brother, Adam, lands in the hospital, fighting to live, Angie’s past threatens to overwhelm her.  Unable to bear the idea that Adam is alone, she ignores his obvious mistrust of women and resolutely stays by his side.

As Adam and Angie build a tenuous friendship, Adam finds himself reassessing his belief that women were only there to serve as a one night stand and nothing more.  Angie tempts him with her sugar spun kisses, quiet strength, and willingness to see past the growling, grizzly bear behavior that has kept women away in the past.  In an unguarded moment, Angie sends Adam into a terrified panic while pushing her into a dangerous depression.  Can Adam overcome his own past and repair his relationship with Angie before it’s too late?

 

 

Full cover Art of Loving

 

 

My review:

 

The Art of Loving by S.H. Pratt is an exciting love story with plenty of complications. The characters were realistic, with the kind of baggage that real people have, which is something I love in a story. I was able to identify with the characters, which made me care about whether or not they got their happy ending. I absolutely loved that the main female character, Angie, and her best friend were pierced and tattooed. I love to see female characters that are strong, and Angie and Fiona are women who work to overcome the traumas of the past and find love without sacrificing their own identities. There were plenty of hot sex scenes, and just when I thought happily ever after was assured, some new issue came along that had me yelling at my iPad but also kept me hooked into the story to find out how it would resolve. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will be going back to read The Crazy Mountain Series (Austin’s story), and I look forward to the next book.

 

 

Purchase links:

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Loving-Green-Brother-Picture-e…/…/

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-art-of-loving-2

 

Where to stalk S.H. Pratt:

SH Pratt

 

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/S-H-Pratt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7161156.S_H_Pratt?from_search=true

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SHPratt701

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+StefaniePratt/posts

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/shprattauthor/

tsu: https://www.tsu.co/SHPratt

Amazon: amazon.com/author/shpratt

 

 

 

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Blog Tour and Review of The Duke’s Bedeviled Bride by Nina Mason

****This review and the novel are intended only for 18 and older****

 

Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Genre: Historical romance

 

Today, we are featuring The Duke’s Bedeviled Bride, book two in the erotic historic Royal Pains series by Nina Mason. The series, set in Scotland and England during the Restoration period, is available in e-book or paperback.
Buy it now at Amazon.com

 

Here’s the blurb:

The tawdry tale of the Duke and Duchess of Dunwoody continues
Maggie Armstrong, the long-lost illegitimate daughter of the heir
presumptive to the throne, is bedeviled by her husband’s limited
definition of fidelity. After observing him in a ménage à trois at the
court of King Charles II, she is determined to bring him around to her
way of thinking, by any means necessary.

Robert doesn’t mind being punished for his transgressions. Rather,
he enjoys being whipped, especially by his beloved bride. Unfortunately,
her heart might not belong to him alone. His younger brother, who he’d
sent abroad to clear the way for himself, is coming home sooner than
expected, and Maggie’s feelings for Hugh may not be as dead as her
husband had hoped.

Both duke and duchess soon learn, to their peril, Hugh Armstrong is
not the honorable man they’d been led to believe. Insanely jealous of
his brother’s situation, Hugh will stop at nothing to strip Robert of
all he holds dear, including his life.

But the real danger for Robert and Maggie is not the villainous
Marquess, but the growing friction betwixt Catholics and Protestants in
Restoration Era Great Britain.

Can their love survive the trials that await them?

Here’s the trailer:

 

 

My review: 

 

The Duke’s Bedeviled Bride by Nina Mason is the second installment in the Royal Pains series. The first book, The Devil in Duke’s Clothing, should be read before reading the second book. I absolutely loved this book, possibly even more than I did the first book. There were plenty of twists and turns, which kept me tethered to my phone until I had finished the book. Although there were plenty of sex scenes, this book was a little more focused on the established relationship between Maggie and Robert and the trials they encounter from Robert’s brother, Hugh, and the growing conflict between Catholics and Protestants. The sex was hot, the conflicts had me cringing, and the characters were well written. I had already come to love Maggie and Robert from the first book, but enduring the trials with them, I grew to love them even more. I love how Nina Mason peppered historical terms and French throughout the novel (and for those, like me, who didn’t understand some of the words, she does include a short glossary of the terms in the back of the book). The book does end on a major cliffhanger, and I can’t wait for the next book to see how it resolves. I highly recommend reading this book (and the first, of course) because it was an engaging and exciting read in a well written historical setting.

Here’s the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Here’s a little about the author:

Nina Mason, author
 Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong affinities for history,
mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of
books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and
enlighten.

She is the author of The Queen of Swords, a darkly erotic Scottish paranormal
romance/urban fantasy; The Tin Man, a political thriller; Devil in
Duke’s Clothing, an erotic historical set in 1680 Scotland; The Duke’s
Bedeviled Bride, the follow-up to Devil in Duke’s Clothing; Starry
Knight, the first book in a new PNR/UF series; and Dark and Stormy
Knight, book two in The Knights of Avalon series.Born and raised in Orange County, California, Ms. Mason
currently lives in Woodstock, Georgia.

Here where you can find Nina on social media:

 

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