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Marks of the Mazza (Book #1 in The Mazza Series) by Blake Blessing – Review by Liz Vrchota

Marks of the MazzaMarks of the Mazza by Blake Blessing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is going to be one of those series that will get me in trouble. Firstly, I must say I was blown away that this is Blake Blessing’s debut novel. Girl has some writing skills! I am an avid fan of reading alternate lifestyle romances because usually they are intricate stories with layers that you just don’t find in a one on one relationship storyline. That said, this is also a difficult thing to write and can make or break an entire story or series. This was absolutely not the case here! This was flawless, emotional, and gripping. There was just the right amount of slow burn romance between the parties involved with the bonus additions of paranormal twists to keep you extra intrigued.

Isolde Bardot is not your average naiveté lead female. She can hold her own, and really she needs to because when she gets into the wrong Uber she will have to handle a whole new world and all its complexities. There is never a dull moment for her between her ‘Lusty Legion’, confusing and realistic magic, and different realms? I was so bummed when the book ended, not a killer cliffhanger, but enough I will be anxiously on the edge of my seat awaiting the next in the series now! Thanks for such an amazing adventure Blake Blessing!

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Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1) by Blake Blessing – Review by Candida Hopper

Marks of the MazzaMarks of the Mazza by Blake Blessing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1)
By Blake Blessing
I will admit this is the first reverse harem book I have read and I am so glad I decided to go with it. I love the diversity in all the characters involved. This book drew me in from the beginning and kept me captivated throughout. Isolde was just getting by, working two part time jobs and going through the routine of life as a loner. That all changes the night she accidentally gets into the wrong vehicle that she thought was her uber. She is suddenly thrust into a world of magic and she’s told she is the “Mazza” which is the answer to the Fennine/fae, they believe she can bring great change. As Issy is trying to wrap her mind around this huge responsibility and learn their ways, there are also people trying to hurt her. I found while I was reading I was being taken on many different directions, I wasn’t sure who is good, Who is bad? Which is awesome!! Just when you think you might have a grasp there’s a twist in the plot and I found myself rethinking what I thought I knew. I loved the different angles and how bits and pieces of information were revealed. I found myself invested in these characters, I so badly want the lusty legion to be the good guys!! I absolutely loved reading this book, i just couldn’t put it down, and now I’m going crazy waiting to read the next one!!! The author did an exceptional job creating a wonderfully well written story that captured my attention!! I highly recommend this book!!

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Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1) by Blake Blessing – Review by Heather Lovelace

Marks of the MazzaMarks of the Mazza by Blake Blessing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A well paced read, I enjoyed this book and the characters. The characters are well defined and believable. The storyline has a steady pace. The author did a good job telling the story and drawing the reader in. It had action and plenty to keep me on my toes. A good book and one I will recommend to others.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace

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Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1) by Blake Blessing – Review by Katie Matthews

Marks of the MazzaMarks of the Mazza by Blake Blessing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit when I first picked up this book I wasn’t quite sure what it was going to be about, I just knew that I was very intrigued by it and fancied reading something a little different. I wasn’t sure if Reverse Harem was something would like as I had never read a book in this trope before. I did actually really enjoy the story and was glad that I took that chance on something different. I thought that the writing was good, the pace and flow of the story perfect and I really liked the characters. It was interesting to read how all the characters interacted with each other and I think the books set up the start of the series really well. There were some good twists in the story and my attention was definitely captured from beginning to end.
I am looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

@katiem

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Marks of the Mazza (Mazza Series Book 1) by Blake Blessing – Review by Heather Bahm

Marks of the MazzaMarks of the Mazza by Blake Blessing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marks of the Mazza, by Blake Blessing, is the first book in the Mazza series. This is a reverse harem story intermixed with a paranormal theme. The author captured my attention with this unique story telling. One woman, four men, danger, suspense/mystery, longing, distress overlap throughout this story. There is not one slow minute in Marks of the Mazza. Blake Blessing did an outstanding job of delivering within the first chapters, igniting character interest and the start of story as the character(s) will embark on more than they anticipated. I am not usually one for harem themed stories, but Blake Blessing did this in a way that it just a small piece of the story and not the main focal point. I felt this was a tastefully done story and am anxiously awaiting the next book of this series.

Reviewed by @hbahm

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Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1) by Blake Blessing – Review by Debi Kircher

Marks of the MazzaMarks of the Mazza by Blake Blessing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1) by Blake Blessing

5 Stars

Ok so this is my first book by this author as well as my first reverse harem. I’ll admit I was a bit worried before I started but the synopsis had me interested enough to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised that it was nothing like I thought it was going to be. Now it might have something to do with this author and her style of writing. I enjoyed every page and I especially loved the strength and sassiness our lead character showed, and I fell in love with every one of “her” guys, one of them took me a bit, I had a feeling there was a story to tell there and I was right and he grew on me quickly.

I can not wait for the next in this series, it didn’t end on a holy crap throw your kindle and call the author names kind of cliffhanger, but it did end leaving me with a lot of questions and wanting a lot more.

If you have never read a book in this genre I highly recommend giving this one a try. I loved it and the smooth writing style made it a very easy read.

 

Review by @debikircher

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Marks of the Mazza (Mazza Series Book #1) by Blake Blessing – Review by Angela Hayes

Marks of the MazzaMarks of the Mazza by Blake Blessing
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars

Marks of the Mazza is the first book in the Mazza Series, and incredible debut by Blake Blessing. It is a brilliant fantasy with a paranormal/reverse harem/polyamorous romance. There is also lots of action, adventure, danger, drama, suspense, and mystery. Here’s where I will come clean and admit that I usually avoid harem/reverse harem books as they aren’t really ‘my-cup-of-tea. But having said that, this book is certainly an exception to that rule…. the story has really won me over. It was the beautiful cover and the promise of an epic story that really convinced me to read the book. What I found when I opened the book is an exceptionally well written story that had me engrossed within minutes- so to then find that it’s also the author’s debut novel, just blew me away.
The characters are not just fully realised individuals with their own personalities, but they are also incredibly interesting and endearing as well. I was very quickly and easily invested in them and the outcome of their story. There was a lot going on in the book, but Ms. Blessing choreographed everything into a smooth and captivating read.
Isolde Bardot’s world as she knows it turns upside down from the moment she stumbles into the wrong ’Uber’. She discovers a whole world she never knew existed and that she has an incredible part to play in that ‘world’. The responsibility is somewhat daunting, as is the thought that she now has a Lusty Legion of men to bond with. It’s a confusing and dangerous time for her. For one, it doesn’t feel ‘normal’ to take more than one partner long-term. Then finding out magic is real and there are different realms too, has boggled her mind. But, there are plots afoot that have targeted Issy and her safety in these schemes isn’t guaranteed. So, she’s left questioning it all and feeling the weight of responsibility thrust upon her.
I LOVED this book- from the gorgeous cover to the wonderfully exciting story and the fantastic characters- all showcasing the dynamic writing and incredible imagination of Ms. Blessing.
OMG book two can’t come quick enough for my liking! I need it NOW!! I absolutely can’t wait!
Highly Recommended Reading!!!

Kudos! and thank you, Ms. Blessing!

Review by @angelahayes
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Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1) by Blake Blessing – Review by Maura Harper

Marks of the MazzaMarks of the Mazza by Blake Blessing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first I’ve read by this author. MARKS OF THE MAZZA is book 1 in a new series. This book sets up future stories generally well. The characters are well described and we know everyone’s role in the story.

If you aren’t familiar with “Reverse Harem” it is when one woman is taken care of by multiple men. It is explained that while this isn’t a poly relationship, there won’t be any jealousy because the friends already love each other and want the best for each other.

There is a bit of suspense, humor, sexy times and a decent basis for a story. My ONLY complaint is that if the protagonist is so “woke” I would think she would have some resistance to her new station in life. It was just a little something that bugged me.

I will be reading future installments of this series.

Review by @mauraharper

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