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Review of Deception (Book 2 of The Demon Hunters) by A.S. Fenichel

Deception Cover

 

 

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

 

Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing

Date of Publication: July 7, 2015

 

Blurb:

 

When Demons threaten Regency London, only a Lady can stop them.

 

Lillian Dellacourt is beautiful, refined and absolutely lethal. She’s also the most feared and merciless demon hunter in The Company. She’s come a long way from the penniless seamstress’s daughter sold to the highest bidder, and it wasn’t by trusting a man, let alone an exiled Marquis with more on his mind than slaying the hellspawn . . .

For Dorian Lambert, Marquis de Montalembert, being sent to keep track of Lillian is no mean task. He’s wanted the fiery vixen since he first heard of her five years ago. But wooing the lady while fighting the demon uprising is no easy feat, especially when the lady’s tongue is as sharp as the Japanese sai blades she favors for eviscerating the spawn of hell.

These two will have to learn to trust each other fast, because the demon master is back, and he’s planning to turn Edinburgh into a living hell…

 

My Review:

 

Deception by A.S. Fenichel was an excellent novel. It was packed full of action, steamy romance, and of course, demons! I loved the characters every bit as much as I loved the plot. (This is the second of the series; however, it can be read as a standalone, which is how I read it.) I’m a sucker for a strong female character, and Lillian is a badass woman. The kind you definitely want to have with you if you’re in a fight with demons. I adored her from the very beginning, but I loved watching her grow even more. Dorian was a fantastic character as well. He’s secure enough in himself that he supports Lillian’s independence and her non-ladylike (for the time period) behavior. He’s the kind of man who’s happy to have a woman at his side that can kick demon butt with him, and he’s also a sweet man who cares deeply about those he loves. The other characters in the book were just as much fun to read as Lillian and Dorian. There was a lot of demon killing and plenty of suspense and action to keep me riveted. The mix of fantasy, romance, and history is a winning combination, and I highly recommend reading this book.

 

 

About the Author:

 

A.S. Fenichel

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Multi-published in historical, paranormal, erotic and contemporary romance, A.S. is the author of The Demon Hunters series, the Psychic Mates series, and more. With several books currently contracted to multiple publishers, A.S. will be brining you her brand of edgy romance for years to come.

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden. Her babies are both rescues and include a demanding dog and a temperamental cat both of which bring constant joy and laughter.

 

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Web Site- http://asfenichel.net/

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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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Review of Where Freedom Rings: A Tale of the Underground Railroad by Steven Donahue

Where Freedom Rings Cover copy

Genre: historical fiction, African American literature

 

Where Freedom Rings: A Tale of the Underground Railroad by Steven Donahue follows a family as they attempt to escape slavery. Kelsa and her husband, Wade, are slaves in the household of Jackson Mallard. They and their sons live in constant fear of punishments because violence toward slaves is a common occurrence. When a slave from another plantation visits, Kelsa learns that there are ways of escaping from the torment of their life of slavery. Wishing for a better life for her sons and freedom for herself and her family, Kelsa makes a plan for them to escape. But their journey to freedom is not an easy one. Hardship follows them on their journey, from disasters to slave hunters. Despite the risks, Kelsa longs for her family to finally know freedom.

 

Steven Donahue has written an excellent story of a family risking their lives to find freedom in Where Freedom Rings: A Tale of the Underground Railroad. Around every corner is a new trial or fear, which kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next and if Kelsa and her family would make it to the North. Kelsa was a strong female character who loved her family, and although afraid, she was willing to risk her life to give her sons a better one. I quickly fell in love with her. The story was full of action, but it also showed the emotional nightmare that came with escaping slavery, such as the fear of getting caught, which made it easy to identify with the characters and their plight. I think the author did a great job of telling a tale of the harshness of slavery, the intense desire for freedom, and the obstacles that slaves faced in trying to attain their freedom. I loved this story and highly recommend reading it.

 

You can find more about the author, Steven Donahue, here:

http://writersd56.wix.com/where-freedom-rings