Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blog Tour - Made the Grade: The Mating Game by Melissa Snark | Review & Pendant/Novel Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Melissa Snark, with a review of her latest novel "The Mating Game!!"

ALSO -- Be sure to check out Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to be able to sign up for this blog stop's GIVEAWAY(s)!! [Blog Tour will run on June 25, 2014 -- Giveaway will run from June 9 - 29, 2014]

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 317; Kindle Edition - File Size: 488 KB | Release Date: June 19, 2014 | Publisher: The Wild Rose Press | Obtained: Goddess Fish Promotions

"The Mating Game" by Melissa Snark

Author's Book Description : Two males...two friends...a competition for the right to claim The Heart of the Iron Stone Pack.

An alpha female at her core, Theresa Sanchez struggles to protect her young daughter, but rivalries and politics create volatility in the pack. As Theresa comes into heat, lust and need rule her body. Her pack demands only the most virile male have her. How can she choose only one mate when her body craves two—the virile beta and the man she loves?

Zachary Hunter will do anything to take Theresa as his mate, even if it means killing his best friend. However, Robert Blane is just as determined to ascend to Alpha. Both their beasts howl to mark her flesh, but only one can survive to claim her.

But with enemies circling, they must fight...for the pack, for Theresa, and for a future together.

Warning: Book contains wolf shifters, pack politics, gritty fight scenes, offbeat humor, and sizzling sexual adventures between a ménage of partners.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, two save their pack three friends join together in a mating but will it be enough for everyone?

This exciting novel keeps you entertained with its off-the-wall humor and intense characters! I really enjoyed reading about Theresa & Zach’s friendship turned romance, it was rushed, but sweet at the same time once you learn about their back-story. In addition, I really liked this novel as a setup for this series, since it makes you curious as to how this novel will end while your reading it yet doesn’t leave you unhappy with how it ends even though there is a slight cliffhanger.

However, with that being said, I really wish Theresa, Zach, & Robert’s relationship was better. I mean yes they are good friends and they become mates. Yet, when I read threesome novels the only way I know I’ll, usually, really like it are when I can read each characters’ POVs and when they all stay in their committed relationship. So, because this novel is set up a bit differently than how I typically like to read threesome novels it was harder for me appreciate it as much as I could have. Now I just hope that the three of them get a closer relationship as this series progresses.

Overall, I recommend this series and novel to those to like erotic ménage and/or paranormal romances!

Purchase This Book Here :

Author's Novel Extras : Probably not PG-13 | State of the Snarkology: Cover Reveal THE MATING GAME, Exchange of Hearts, BATTLE CRY Revisions & a Bathroom Reno | Release Date: THE MATING GAME by Melissa Snark | Paranormal Romance Guild May Giveaway || THE MATING GAME | State of the Snarkology: Writing Goals 2014 | THE MATING GAME available in paperback | Goodreads Book Giveaway: The Mating Game | Release Day: THE MATING GAME

Book Teaser(s) :
As they approached the kindergarten playground, he noticed heads turning in their direction and felt the pressure of prying eyes following their movement. “Has everyone always got their noses in other people’s business here?” he asked Theresa in a hushed whisper.
She glanced at him and grinned. “Yes, absolutely. You made a big impression with the other moms the day you picked up Isabel. I’ve never seen so much speculation. No one wanted to believe that we’re just friends.”
Zach huffed and adopted an expression of mild annoyance. “We’re not just friends.”
She laughed. “Yes, I know that but—”
“We should give them something to talk about.”
Without warning, he spun and pulled Theresa into his arms with a great flourish. A startled cry escaped her, but she offered no resistance when he bent her backward and captured her lips in a marauding kiss. ~ within Chapter 13
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Melissa, then please check out her website.

About the Author :

A friend asked me once how I chose my pen name. I told her the following: “Melissa, because when people mix up my first name, it’s the most common goof up. Snark, because it amuses me. A) I love the word ‘snarky’ and B) I love Lewis Carroll.”

As an individual, I’m sarcastic, stubborn and blunt to a fault. I have a strange sense of humor and I like to laugh (usually at my husband or children), but also at myself. I’m not particularly extroverted, although I do enjoy time with my family and close friends a great deal.

At the moment, I’m a stay at home mom who writes in my spare time. I’ve got a B.S. from Arizona State University in Business, and I’ve worked a variety of different jobs, including as a medical device documentation specialist, a technical writer, and an auto liability adjuster.

I live in the San Francisco East Bay of Northern California with my husband, three kids, and three cats. My hobbies include roleplaying, cooking and reading.

I maintain a blog, which I update regularly at The Snarkology.

I enjoy hearing from my readers, so please drop me a line at MelissaSnark at gmail dot com.

Book Excerpt :

Bright and early Saturday morning, Theresa Sanchez opened her front door to discover Zachary Hunter clad in a bright orange dress on her porch. The loose bodice fell low on his chest, displaying dark blond curls and showcasing his broad shoulders and powerful torso. The neon hemline stopped above the knees, revealing muscular calves, strong ankles, and shapely feet.

It was unusual attire for a dominant male werewolf.

She stepped closer and sniffed, seeking to satisfy the impulses of her she-wolf. The earthy scent of him flooded her nostrils—masculine and potent—inciting the heated ache of arousal between her thighs. She licked her lips, hoping that drool hadn’t dribbled down her chin. The man made her mouth water.

“My eyes are up here, love,” Zach quipped in a crisp British accent. His hand lifted and a long, elegant finger tapped her chin.

“Oh, right. Sorry.” She forced her roaming eyes upward, away from his buff chest, striving to remember that she and Zach didn’t play like that. The man was many things to her: best friend, confidant, and protector. He fixed leaky faucets and kept her ancient car running. But of all the roles he played, he remained “lover” only in her dreams.

Giveaways!! (US ONLY) :

  • A Nordic Lights Dolphin Triskilian Pendant for Guidance and Inner Peace to a randomly drawn winner during the tour
  • A signed paperback copy of "The Mating Game" to 2 randomly drawn winners during the tour

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  1. Thank you for the opportunity to share my story with your readers! Thank you also for the terrific review. :-)

    1. You're welcome!! Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you liked the review!

      Have a good night! =0)


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