Tested by the Night by Maxine Mansfield *Review and Giveaway
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Tested by the Night
by Maxine Mansfield
Mia Hammerstrike was always the meek, mild mannered, spare to the heir. But when her brother abdicates his position as heir to the throne of Alaria, she is faced with a decision—marry a man to rule her people or take on Queen Adrina’s Challenge so that she can someday rule the country herself. After all, why should gender decide her future? Granted, the broad shouldered, dreamy eyed barbarian sent to look after her during her quest makes her VoT glad she’s of the female persuasion.
Barbarian Talon Starkweather made a promise a long time ago, and now he must make good on it. He must play bodyguard to his best friend’s sister, a little princess on a big mission. There are those who want her to fail, but he vows to help the barbarian princess earn the right to rule. There’s only one problem—while he’s protecting the stubborn and insatiably lusty female, who is going to protect Talon from the one woman trying not only his patience but also his willpower?
Their journey leads to danger, passion, and a battle of wills, and both will find themselves Tested by the Night.
Talon shook his head. “You see, princess, that’s what I’m talking about. That’s why you need someone watching your back at all times. I’ve been attacked by a frigging dragon, for God Draka’s sake, and all you can say is what’s her name?”
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure how to take this book. It is so over the top, that part of me thinks that the author is writing with her tongue firmly in her cheek and, if that is the case, brava! If Ms. Mansfield intended the book to be serious, I do apologize for not taking it as such. However, I’m going to go with the fact that I think it to be tongue-in-cheek because I enjoyed the book from that perspective. From the truly outrageous names to the stereotypical quests, this book embodies all that is cliched about fantasy novels and, rather than becoming cliched itself, the book ends up being an extremely enjoyable read. Talon epitomizes the Alpha male but Mia is anything but a damsel in distress. The sex scenes are hot enough to melt the ice deserts of Bane, so this book is only recommended for mature readers.
As I mentioned at the beginning of my review, this is book five, and that does show in that there are a host of characters that have more backstory than is detailed in this book. However, Ms. Mansfield has done an excellent job in making this book as stand-alone as she could. There is no cliffhanger ending and there is an HEA ending, both of which are pluses in my book.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write fantasy, erotic romances. I live in the far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer. I have one very special man, his three equally special children, and our six delightful grandchildren in my life. Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel. Oh, and gnomes! Many, many gnomes! Visit Maxine at http://www.maxinemansfield.
Maxine Mansfield will be awarding $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host. Additionally, Goddess Fish Productions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.