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Review of Burning The Devil by Jen Ponce

 

 

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Genre: mystery, suspense, horror

 

Synopsis

Gwen Colburn hasn’t had an easy life, so when she meets Neo Tucker, it seems too good to be true. Gwen’s rough childhood makes it difficult for her to trust, but Neo’s respectful and caring manner make her drop her defenses. Not everyone in Gwen’s life finds Neo so trustworthy, however. Sam has been following Neo’s story for years—and the many lives that are lost in his wake. When the man who murdered Gwen’s sister returns, Gwen wonders if he may be connected to Neo. Is the killer really connected to Neo, or do the rumors of supernatural involvement hold some truth?

 

My Review

Jen Ponce once again had me riveted to my iPad while reading Burning The Devil. I was hooked from the beginning by the intriguing character of Gwen. She’s a mechanic with a horrific past, and she can’t quite disentangle herself from the emotional damage it inflicted upon her. I could feel the burden and the pain that Gwen lived with and could easily imagine how difficult that must make her life. Neo was the swoon-worthy gentleman of a woman’s dreams. He was kind and understanding of Gwen’s issues, and he was a good man that asked Gwen’s permission to kiss her. All of the characters were complex, with both dark and light sides, which made them identifiable and kept me engrossed in their world. Burning The Devil has elements of mystery, suspense, romance, and horror, and the pace of the story was perfect for keeping me captivated. I think Burning The Devil has enough layers to appeal to a broad range of readers, including those who like a little romance and supernatural, in addition to readers who love mysteries and thrillers. I recommend giving Burning The Devil by Jen Ponce a read. And be sure to check out her many other incredible books at her website, www.JenniferPonce.com. You’ll be glad you did!

 

About the Author

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This world needs more readers. Readers are open-minded, imaginative, and more empathetic. Picking up a book, whether one of Jen’s fantasy-fueled novels or someone else’s thriller, puts another person’s perspective of the world in your hands. (Unless you’re telepathic, then you’ve already experienced being in another person’s head. Good thing about books? Organized thoughts. Bad thing about people’s heads? Unorganized chaos, judging from my own stream.)
Pick up a book and enter a new world. See Tibet without getting on an airplane. (Good for those of you who are afraid to fly.) Live with cannibals without getting eaten. (Good for those of you who don’t want to be eaten.) Become a lion-tamer, an assassin, or a lover. Ride a dragon, eat a dinosaur (Come on, who hasn’t wondered what they taste like?), or fall in love with a man who looks like Fabio.
Do it from the comfort of your couch, your bed, the hard, plastic seat on the subway next to the man dressed in pink taffeta, singing songs about chickens. Whatever you do, don’t stop reading. And if you haven’t started reading, grab a book!
Jen’s love for reading came from her mom, who valued books above all things (except maybe the Dallas Cowboys and Michael Jordan.) She writes for the same reason some people run marathons, climb mountains, sculpt, paint, or put on suits of Mentos and jump into vats of Coke: because there is a fire burning inside her that doesn’t let her NOT do these things. Writing is necessary, like breathing or double chocolate chip cookies and perfectly salted potato chips.
Reading is not a lost pastime and Jen refuses to believe that something so magical could ever go away. Even during the zombie apocalypse, she will be reading. She will have to learn how to wield an ax in one hand while holding her book in the other.
Jen lives in the Panhandle of Nebraska, with her boys, her cats, her goldfish Reggie and a large supply of books that help insulate the house in the winter and expand her mind.
She loves connecting on Twitter (@JenPonceAuthor) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/JenPonceAuthor) You can also send her email and she’ll write back. Visit www.JenniferPonce.com to figure out how to do all of the above.
Jen. Writer of kick ass women and oogy monsters. One-handed, ax-wielding zombie hunter/reader.

 

Books By Jen Ponce

Devany Miller Series (Dark Fantasy):
The Bazaar: Book 1
Slip Song: Book 2

Demon’s Cradle: Book 3
World Weaver: Book 4

Queen Trilogy (Horror):
Bug Queen: Book 1

Blood Tetralogy (Horror, LGBTQ, Erotica)
Blood Curse: Book 1
Blood Drunk: Book 2

Test Brothers Series (Romance):
Counting On Your Love: Book 1

Hell Wrecker Serial (Dark Fantasy)
Addiction: Part 1

Craving: Part 2

Short Story Collections:
Things That Creep
Touch But A Web

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Review of Shadows in the Water by Kory Shrum

Genre: Fantasy Crime Thriller

*I received an advanced copy for review; however, I also purchased the book (and I have no regrets!).

Louie Thorne was not granted an easy life. From childhood, Lou has had a special ability that has made being normal a difficult task since she must be alert in water and darkness. When her parents are brutally murdered, Lou learns to master her powers to destroy the crime family that killed her family. While the darkness now makes Lou feel safe, it has also taken away any hope of living a normal life. So Lou’s aunt convinces Lou to help a retired DEA agent on a missing person’s case. Her aunt hopes to reign in Lou’s darkness, but it may just be that Lou’s darkness is the only thing that can bring the truth of her parents’ murderer to light.

 

 

Shadows in the Water sucked me in even faster than Shrum’s Jessie Sullivan novels—and I’m a big fan of the Jessie novels. Shadows in the Water is a completely different kind of story from the Jessie Sullivan novels, and I have to say, I think Shrum has found her niche in thrillers. I loved how there were several points of view, and I was impressed at how well they all came together in the end. Lou was an intriguing character with her special abilities and her cold demeanor. I thought her lack of emotions was well written and made her an interesting character, but it made her difficult for me to connect with. However, I enjoyed Lou and my lack of connection to her, while noticeable, did not affect my enjoyment of the book. On the other hand, I fell in love with King, Mel, and Konstantine. King and Konstantine were full of emotional depth, and Mel’s sassy attitude made me instantly like her. Shadows in the Water was hard to put down; I really wanted to read it all in one sitting. I was glad to see this was the start to a new series because I hated to see this book end! This is a must-read novel, and I highly recommend it.

 

You can purchase Shadows in the Water from Amazon.

 

If you haven’t read the Jessie Sullivan novels, take a look around Kory Shrum’s website and check out her books. Dying for a Living is free on Amazon.

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Review of The Devils Who Would Be King (Book Four: Royal Pains) by Nina Mason

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Disclaimer – This book and review are intended only for those 18 years and older

Today, we are featuring The Devils Who Would Be King, the fourth and final installment in Nina Mason’s historical erotica series Royal Pains. Set in Scotland and England during the Restoration period, Royal Pains follows the political, religious, and erotic exploits of the Duke and Duchess of Dunwoody.

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Here’s the blurb:

Their loyalty, faith, and love will be tested like never before…

Maggie, pregnant and missing Robert like mad, invites Gemma Crosse to help ease her loneliness, only to get swept up in a whirl of naughtiness and heartache. Meanwhile, rebellion is brewing to the north, where her husband is acting as a spy for the king, who grows drunker with power by the day.

Will Maggie and Robert’s love be strong enough to weather the coming storm? Or will the winds of change blow their world apart?

Buy the book now in Kindle or paperback!

 

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Haven’t read the first three books in the series? No worries. You can buy the first book right now for only 99 cents! Check out all four books in the series here: Amazon.com. They’re also available for free through Kindle Unlimited.

 

Here’s an excerpt from The Devils Who Would Be King:

 

When Maggie returned to the bedchamber, she found Robert waiting just inside the door. Before she could say aught to him, he captured her mouth with such passion she fell back against the jamb, needing its support as she reeled under a dizzying rush of desire.

It felt wonderful. Glorious. Better than anything else in the world. She ran her hands slowly up into his hair, over his stubbled jaw, across his hard shoulders, and along his strong arms. Yes, he smelled ripe, but his stink was pure raw male animal musk. She found it far more arousing than offensive. Moving her hands around to his back, she pulled his body firmly against hers, feeling all over again how much she had missed him.

Playing house with Gemma had been all well and good, but her friend was not Robert. No one was, or could ever take his place in her heart or in her bed. Suddenly ashamed of her behavior, she broke from the kiss.

Flushed and short of breath, she said, “Forgive me.”

“For what?” he asked, eyebrows drawing together.

“You were jealous when I went to bed with Juliette. I should have guessed how you would feel about Gemma, whatever you might have claimed to the contrary.”

A strange, unreadable look crossed his face before he stepped away from her and averted his gaze. “How funny that you should bring up Juliette, for I encountered her in my travels.”

“Juliette?” Maggie frowned and furrowed her brow, unsure she’d heard him correctly. “Was she not hanged?”

“No.” When he returned his gaze to hers, she was sure she saw guilt there. “King Louis bribed the judge to release her.”

“King Louis?” she asked, growing uneasy. “Why would he pay to free a Huguenot?”

“Because she is not a Huguenot,” he told her with growing fervor. “She is Romish, like us, and has been working in secret for her king and country. I ran into her in Orkney, awaiting the rebel ships. We joined Argyle’s forces together, posing as man and wife to protect our covers.”

“Man and wife?” she repeated, shocked again. “Did you..?”

“God, no!” He laughed, though nervously. “I was as faithful as the day is long—not that it was easy, given the sleeping arrangements.”

Though relieved he had not cheated on her, Maggie could not let such an inflammatory aside go unremarked upon. “Whatever do you mean by that?”

Before he could answer, someone knocked on the door. Presuming it was the servants with the hot water, Maggie pulled out of Robert’s embrace and went to let them in. After directing them to the bath closet, she went to check on Gemma and wee Jamie. Both, to her delight, were sound asleep. With any luck, they would not stir until morning, giving her hours yet to celebrate her husband’s homecoming.

Returning to the bath closet, she watched the maids fill the tub, offering instructions when necessary. When all was prepared to her satisfaction, she sent them away before returning to Robert’s bedchamber, where she found him seated upon the needlepoint settee in the window alcove, removing his boots and stockings. As he reached around to unfasten his cravat, he looked up to find her watching him.

“Shall I remove the rest?” The wolfish grin he gave her set her blood afire. “Or would you prefer to do the honors?”

“Let me,” she said, excited by the idea of peeling off his clothing, layer by layer. Doing so would afford her the chance to discover his body anew.

He got to his feet and stalked toward her like a predatory animal. When he was only inches away, he spread his arms wide and laughed. “I’m all yours.”

She started with his waistcoat, working the buttons out of their holes in silence. As much as she wanted to inquire further about Juliette and their sleeping arrangements, she wanted him naked even more.

When the waistcoat was off, she tugged his shirttail free of his breeches. Sliding her hands inside his shirt, she relished the feel of his flat belly and muscular chest. Locating his nipples, she gently pinched them between her thumb and forefinger.

Groaning with pleasure, he shut his eyes.

She pressed a kiss to his stubbled chin before unbuttoning the ruffled cuffs on his sleeves. When they were open, he lifted his arms so she could pull the shirt off over his head. Trembling at the sight of his naked chest, she kissed and licked each of his nipples to hardness before moving to his breeches. As she untied the ribbon closures, she did everything in her power to tempt and arouse him. When his breeches fell, she wrapped her hand around his c**k.

“Oh, Rosebud, my sweet seductress,” he breathlessly whispered. “You certainly know how to drive me wild with desire.”

She gave his erection a few ardent strokes before letting go. Yes, she knew how to inflame his passions, but she also knew when to back off to prolong the seduction.

He stepped out of his puddled breeches and kicked them aside before gripping her shoulders. “Now, it is my turn to undress you,” he said with a devilish grin. “For I should like you as naked as a nymph whilst you give me my bath.”

 

My Review:

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

The Devils Who Would Be King by Nina Mason is the fourth and final book in the Royal Pains series, which follows the love between Maggie and Robert, Duke and Duchess of Dunwoody. Like the previous books, The Devils Who Would Be King is not short on toe-curling romance scenes or political intrigue. While Robert is away on a mission for the king, Maggie finds solace in Gemma’s company. I love how Maggie has become such a confident woman and is able to experiment to find what she truly desires. The women not only enjoy all manner of antics in the bedroom, they also work to have the lives they want despite the time period. One of the things I enjoy about this series is that the women in the book fight, albeit subtly, against the oppressive system of the 1600s. Robert is a man who is easy to fall in love with, and he only becomes more wonderful in this book. He loves his family more than anything, and that makes him a character I couldn’t help but enjoy. The historical characters and political intrigue give this steamy book even more layers to enjoy, making it a book that’s difficult to put down. If you enjoy hot romance (and I do mean HOT) with a side of court intrigue, then this is a series you must read. It is the perfect end to a fantastic series!

 

Here’s more about the author:

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Nina Mason is an incurable romantic who strives to write the same kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, and educate. She has two series out at present, Royal Pains (historical erotica) and Knights of the Tarot (erotic PNR/UF). She also has published three stand-alone novels: Sins Against the Sea, The Queen of Swords, and The Tin Man. The latter two are not available at this time.

Born and raised in Southern California, Ms. Mason holds a degree in journalism from California State University at Fullerton and currently lives with her family in Woodstock, Georgia. To contact Ms. Mason, email her at ninamasonauthor@gmail.com.

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Review of Arc of The Goddess by Rachel Patterson and Tracey Roberts

*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: non-fiction, paganism, spirituality

 

Arc of the Goddess by Rachel Patterson and Tracey Roberts is an instructional book that takes the reader through a year of journeying with the goddess. The book is divided by month and includes information on various goddesses and pagan celebrations (both ancient and modern) for each month. In addition, the authors have included ideas for spell work, altars, ritual, recipes, guided meditations, and much more. The book is written so that the reader can jump into any month to begin the year-long course without having to wait for the beginning of the year to start. The authors have extensive experience as witches, and the book was developed from an online course at the Kitchen Witch School of Witchcraft.

 

Arc of the Goddess by Rachel Patterson and Tracey Roberts is a fantastic informational book on getting to know the goddess. The book includes great information about many different goddesses for each month, as well as including mythological information about each goddess. The book is written so that the reader can jump in at any point, so the information in some places, such as ritual, mandalas, medicine bag, and meditation beads, was exactly the same in each month/chapter. I understand why the authors wanted to make sure the information was available for each chapter; however, those sections were word for word identical. I would have liked to see concrete ideas for each month in those sections, like the authors did for other sections, such as goddess beauty, oil recipes, and energy/spell work. I really love that the authors included so many recipes in the book. There are recipes for oils/incense, food, and beauty products, which I’m looking forward to trying. Arc of the Goddess is full of great ideas and information about connecting with different goddesses throughout the year. Anyone following a pagan path, or just interested in learning about goddesses, should definitely pick up this book and give it a read. I will be using this book over the next year for the course and for many years to come as reference material.

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Review of The Shewstone by Jane Fletcher

*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Fantasy, romance, LGBTQ

 

 

The Shewstone by Jane Fletcher is a fantasy novel that follows Matt, the adopted daughter of a crime lord, and Eawynn, whose father gave her to the temple of Anberith. When a stranger strikes a deal with Matt’s father, Matt takes on the task of stealing a valuable temple artifact, known as the Shewstone. Gaining entrance to the all-female temple is a breeze, but in order to gain entrance to the locked temple guarding the Shewstone, Matt must cleverly flirt with Eawynn without losing her heart in the game. But the theft of the Shewstone has farther-reaching consequences than Matt could have imagined. Now Matt and Eawynn must undertake a voyage and work together to stop a plot that could have disastrous results for their people.

 

Jane Fletcher, author of Lyremouth Chronicles, has written another engrossing story in The Shewstone. The plot is engaging and the world Fletcher created is realistic with a hint of the magical. The writing isn’t bogged down with details; there are just enough to give the reader an understanding of the world. The characters, however, make the story. Matt is cunning, shrewd, and full of confidence, which serves her well as a thief. Eawynn is intelligent and innocent with strict ideas of right and wrong. Although the focus of the story is the action, the romance adds a nice subplot and there are some intense love scenes. Another thing I loved was the names of the Sisters. They had me chuckling. The Shewstone is a great fantasy read, and I highly recommend reading it.