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New Release Review and Giveaway: Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe (Bound by Hades #2)

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Marked By Hades
Reese Monroe

 

Tagline:  One choice away from eternity…

 

Blurb:  For 911 years, Gatekeeper companion Justin Bradford has denied the possibility of being mated to only one woman. He enjoys them all too much to settle down. So when he feels his mate’s Ahavah mark surface, his first instinct is to ignore it. But when he sees the leather-clad beauty in need of his help that’s easier said than done…

Yvonne wakes up naked on a cold park bench in a small town with no memory of who—or what—she is. All she knows is the gentle man who woke her was turned to dust when she touched him. And now the strange mark that appeared on her shoulder throbs in the presence of the raven-haired man now offering to help her…

As Justin and Yvonne navigate the mystery of her past, their bond grows, but the secrets they discover and the sacrifices that must be made could be enough to rip them apart for eternity.

 

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Review:

Well-written, but a bit confusing–it probably would be a good idea to read the first book in the series before this one. It doesn’t quite work as a standalone. Right from the first page I felt a bit as if I were floundering, trying to catch up with the characters. Even by the book’s end, I still didn’t quite feel totally on top of things.

That said, it is an interesting world that Reese Monroe has built here–I just need a cheat sheet! I like the good versus evil theme, the concept of the Mates, and the idea of the Artifacts that were created to (hopefully, one day) defeat evil. The identity of the seventh artifact blew me away-I absolutely didn’t see that one coming! Justin and Yvonne/Dyre are sympathetic characters, and I’m looking forward to seeing where they will go in the future books in the series.

But hopefully by then I’ll have read book one, so I’ll more completely understand what’s going on! 😉

(It’s absolutely worth the 99-cent price right now, though–pick it up while it’s still on sale and then indulge yourself with book one. That’s my plan!)

Rating: 3 1/2 stars, C+ rating

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Author Bio: 

Originally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her lovable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training to run her first marathon.

Reese Monroe is a contributing blogger at the widely popular site New Adult Alley and has been part of the New Adult revolution for years having penned over thirty novels in the exciting new category.

Connect with Reese on Twitter, through Facebook or her website. Reese also writes as Lynn Rush and you can find her alter ego here.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Reese Monroe/LynnRush Reese Monroe/LynnRush

    Thank you for participating in the tour and taking the time to read Marked by Hades! 🙂

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