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Friday, 11 December 2015

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Tested by the Night (The Academy #5) by Maxine Mansfield


Erotic Fantasy



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?” 

3 out of 5 (good)

This book is the fifth book in the series, although I wasn't aware of that until after I'd agreed to review. I don't know if the others are necessary as I was able to understand the story without having read any of the previous stories.

There were lots of moments of humour within this book. I must admit to liking Pierced and his blow up doll moments! I also liked Talon - he is loyal and loveable, although he is constantly reminded of a traitor in his ancestry. The one that I fluctuated on was Mia herself. One moment I was rooting for her to succeed against everyone's expectations. The next I was shaking my head at her 'antics', which including acting like the pampered princess everyone thought of her (including her own mother).

On the whole, this is a well-written and fun book that I enjoyed, with no editing or grammatical errors that I found. However, I don't think that I'll be either reading any of the previous ones I've missed or any of the future books in this series. 

* I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. *

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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  www.maxinemansfield.

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  1. Tested by the Night sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing it, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about it, good luck!

  2. Thanks for sharing your honest review!