Green Death by Madeleine Ribbon

Title: Green Death

Author: Madeleine Ribbon

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic

Length: Novel (394pgs)

Publisher: Madeleine Ribbon (November 2nd, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: For ninety years, the Exclusion Zone has been walled off from the rest of the country. The neighborhood—once a hotbed of political revolution—is now crumbling. Poison from the great catastrophe still hangs in the air. It taints every living thing that breathes it in. It causes rages, great bursts of violence that can’t be controlled. And that makes living within the walls incredibly difficult. But the descendants of the catastrophe survive, and the resistance hasn’t died.

As poison master to the Oligarch, Tryg Sant knows a lot of things others shouldn’t. But when he discovers his family’s darkest secret, his brother tries to kill him. When Tryg’s lover pushes him out of a helicopter and into the Exclusion Zone, Tryg finds himself trapped in a dangerous new world, entirely different from the one he expects. Now he has to learn to survive nearly-feral humans and his own disintegrating mind. Luckily, he’s found an ally in Riot, one of the victims of the Green Death…

ISBN: B07JQXM1MR

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Kobo | B&N 

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I love when I start reading a book and am taken by surprise with the uniqueness of it.

Tryg is a poison master. He keeps to himself and does what he’s told by his older brother. My repulsion for Tryg’s half-brother started early on and grew stronger. Tryg does not want to hurt people with his poisons and so makes antidotes for every one that is asked for. His lover, and brother’s assassin, Arris is trusted with this.

When Tryg discovers the green death, a poison that radically affects a person by driving them to rage depending on the individuals trigger, was produced and used by his family, Tryg wants to make a cure. But his brother beats him and then has him dropped into the green zone to die a horrible death, only he does not die. He meets Riot and a slew of others who are part of a resistance against the government who have been trying to survive since they were bombed a hundred years ago.

I loved everything about this story. Tryg’s knowledge of poisons was mind blowing. His attempts at making an antidote was steadfast, as was his need to survive and control the rages within him. The hierarchy of the green zone was intriguing to say the least. They had their own little world behind the wall.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

Green Death by Madeleine Ribbon Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Green Death

by

Madeleine Ribbon

For ninety years, the Exclusion Zone has been walled off from the rest of the country. The neighborhood—once a hotbed of political revolution—is now crumbling. Poison from the great catastrophe still hangs in the air. It taints every living thing that breathes it in. It causes rages, great bursts of violence that can’t be controlled. And that makes living within the walls incredibly difficult. But the descendants of the catastrophe survive, and the resistance hasn’t died.

As poisonmaster to the Oligarch, Tryg Sant knows a lot of things others shouldn’t. But when he discovers his family’s darkest secret, his brother tries to kill him.

When Tryg’s lover pushes him out of a helicopter and into the poison-filled Exclusion Zone, Tryg finds himself trapped in a dangerous new world, entirely different from the one he expects. Now, Tryg has to learn to survive nearly-feral humans and his own disintegrating mind. Luckily, he’s found an ally in Riot, one of the victims of the Green Death…

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Green Death by Madeleine Ribbon Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Green Death

by

Madeleine Ribbon

For ninety years, the Exclusion Zone has been walled off from the rest of the country. The neighborhood—once a hotbed of political revolution—is now crumbling. Poison from the great catastrophe still hangs in the air. It taints every living thing that breathes it in. It causes rages, great bursts of violence that can’t be controlled. And that makes living within the walls incredibly difficult. But the descendants of the catastrophe survive, and the resistance hasn’t died.

As poisonmaster to the Oligarch, Tryg Sant knows a lot of things others shouldn’t. But when he discovers his family’s darkest secret, his brother tries to kill him.

When Tryg’s lover pushes him out of a helicopter and into the poison-filled Exclusion Zone, Tryg finds himself trapped in a dangerous new world, entirely different from the one he expects. Now, Tryg has to learn to survive nearly-feral humans and his own disintegrating mind. Luckily, he’s found an ally in Riot, one of the victims of the Green Death…

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Faire Protector by Madeleine Ribbon

mr_faireproectorTitle: Faire Protector
Series: The Faire #2
Author: Madeleine Ribbon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel (263 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (June 30th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 hearts
Reviewer: Tams
Blurb: Max’s soul has become a virtual slave to the magical Renaissance Faire, and he can’t leave the grounds. He’s very, very attracted to the Faire’s brewmaster, but Shepherd wants nothing to do with him. Shepherd thinks Max is the reason his cousin got back into drugs, and Max has a bad history—dealing, a prison term, and last but not least, a little four-year stint as the personal assassin of a drug kingpin. For once, Max didn’t do it, but Shepherd isn’t about to believe him.

When Max’s old boss becomes a threat, the Faire that had been his prison becomes his protection. Max hides out at the brewery. As he deals with Shepherd’s bad attitude, the physical and mental side effects of having his soul imprisoned, and guilt over the people he’s killed, he finds himself falling for the sexiest man to ever hate him. But the only way he can keep Shepherd is if he can find some sort of magical redemption for his past.

Purchase Link: http://www.loose-id.com/faire-protector.html

Review: Max brought evil, hatred and danger to the Faire for which he is being punished by losing his soul. Locked away in an amulet worn around the neck of the Fae Joryk, his soul remains there until his penance is served. What neither Max nor the Fae realize is that there is a thread binding his soul to him and Joryk, forcing him to obey even the most miniscule of requests. Furthermore, it’s unclear if Max will even survive once the amulet is destroyed. His soul should revert back to his body, but that scenario is looking less likely with each passing day.

Max was not a nice person in the human world. His reputation precedes him, and makes it difficult for his attraction to the sexy brewmaster, Shepard, to actually go anywhere. Shepard doesn’t trust the human, can’t stand the sight of him, and is livid when Joryk sends Max to work for helping with the brews. Watching Max every day, listening to him and seeing firsthand how much Max wants to change makes it harder to hate him though. When the strain of the amulet becomes clearer and more draining on Max, Shepard is there to care for him, and the attraction they share becomes too strong to overlook.

An uneasy partnership is born of a mutual adoration, sex in the strangest of places and Shepard’s need to take care of the fragile young man. But Max has more than just the possible deadly effects of the amulet to contend with. The demons of his past are literally haunting him, and his old boss won’t give up on finding him, even if it means taking down the Faire and the people Max has grown so found of in the process.

This was an intense read and not necessarily due to the content, more like the ever looming threats that kept me on the edge of my seat. Between Max hearing voices that is actually his minds way of dealing with his inner demons, the possibility of his death when the amulet is destroyed, and the mob boss constantly lurking around the Faire trying to find a way inside to get to Max… my head was spinning.
My hang up with the story was that there was so much going on at times I was confused, especially toward the end in the caves. And the complete 180 that Shepard did, pretty much in a blink threw me as well. But overall, it was a very intriguing read that kept me guessing right up until the very end.

If you are a fan of Fae, hard luck cases getting a second chance and the possibility of a happy ever after, then this is a story for you.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Fletcher Lunatic Asylum by Madeleine Ribbon

c53152c44b8e1aa6abf02ff4b6cd5f60.image.300x450Title: Fletcher Lunatic Asylum

Author: Madeleine Ribbon

Genre: Paranormal Erotica / Ghost-Story / Halloween

Length: Novelette (41 Pages)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (October 26th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Jonathan, a paranormal investigator, is hired to check out an abandoned asylum. The facility’s owner is positive that there are dozens of hauntings, but Jonathan is less optimistic–until he finds his very own ghost in the old morgue.

Jonathan comes to the Fletcher Lunatic Asylum to investigate reports of paranormal activity. The whole place gives him the creeps, but he needs to finish the case so the asylum’s ghost-obsessed owner stops bothering him. When the owner won’t go down into the basement of one of the buildings as he gives Jonathan the grand tour, Jonathan needs to find out why.
When Jonathan investigates, he finds a very real ghost haunting the old morgue. He’d expected that. He just didn’t expect that ghost to be so interactive.

Product Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/fletcher-lunatic-asylum-ebook-p-60432.html

Review: Well, it’s that time of the year when we celebrate Halloween and everything creepy, horrific, and/or haunted. Of course, I’d be reading stories in the spirit of the… dead…? Undead…?

Here we have Jonathan, a paranormal investigator, visiting on a business trip and Lunatic Asylum long closed and out of work. However the owner of the place can’t make use of it in any possible way because of… ghosts. He swears the place is haunted and Jonathan is going to have to prove it with facts.

While everything looks pretty normal around the Asylum things take a drastic change for the worse, or rather chilly, when he steps foot at the morgue. Paranormal activity-check! Creepy factor-check! Conversation with a ghost-check again!

What else is there to happen…?

So my impression was that this is a very decent little creepy story. It could be more, much more, but I suppose that was not the intension. The way the author tried to make a balance out of a dreadful ghost and romance blooming I thing she managed to write a tame sort of ghost story. That’s not to say I didn’t like it, I did, and boy did I enjoy our scary at first ghost Ernie. The way he used his… energy… yeah, that was cool and managed to bring some heat through the chills. My inner freak would have loved the scary factor to have been higher and higher, but don’t you mind me, I’m weird.

For all you who like ghost stories this one is recommended. It also has some logical king of explanation (sort of) on the how’s and why’s of an afterlife. Enjoy!

 

Blessed Curse by Madeleine Ribbon

BlessedCursesLGTitle: Blessed Cursed     

Author: Madeleine Ribbon     

Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy     

Length: Novella (168pgs)    

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (7th August 2013)   

Heat Level: Low – Moderate     

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts 

Reviewer: Pixie     

Blurb: Though he’s a sorcerer with a talent for creating blessings, David can do very little with any other magic. He works the night shift for his cousin’s magical supply shop because he’s cursed—his brother did it when they were kids—and now people can’t stand to be near David since he inspires irrational fear. Many experts have tried to remove it, but the curse has proven completely binding. Then David meets Vaughn at his brother’s wedding. 

Vaughn works for the magical enforcers; picking apart complex curses and making sure sorcerers stay within the law. He has the ability to dampen magical effects around him and loves solving supposedly irreversible curses like David’s. He quickly develops a more personal interest in David. Despite the distance David attempts to keep between them, he finally realizes when Vaughn is injured on the job that he doesn’t want to stay away anymore. But what about the curse?     

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4070     

Review: David is a sorcerer who is skilled at creating blessings, he has very little other magical abilities, but for David it isn’t something he worries over. David has had to live with an unbreakable curse for twenty years ever since his brother, in a fit of childhood jealousy, cursed him, now as an adult no one can stand to be within ten feet of him before the fear drives them away. Vaughn works for the magical enforcers making sure sorcerers stay within the law and breaking curses. When his best friend offers him the opportunity to meet The Impossible Kid, he jumps at the chance to take a look at the curse that has baffled everyone. Vaughn takes a more personal interest in David when he meets him but David put’s distance between them, will David ever give Vaughn the chance to prove he is more than just a curse.

This is a great magic story that isn’t magical cures but does have a magical love. David has lived his life knowing no one can get close to him, so when an enforcer who specializes in breaking curses shows an interest in him he can’t believe it is for himself and not his curse. Vaughn is instantly attracted to David and because of his own birth blessing, he can get close to David, but trying to convince David that he really wants him is hard. As the two become close, Vaughn keeps looking into a solution to David’s curse but his work is getting stressful and hunting for a thief might get dangerous.

This is a great story and although it is about magical people it isn’t too fanciful, both men are wonderful and their relationship is taken slowly as David gets used to being close to someone. Although the story focus’ on David and Vaughn’s relationship and its progress and ups and downs, it also gives us an insight into Arcana (where Vaughn works) but we only really get to see one case. I would have enjoyed seeing even more about the work the Arcana enforcers do but I enjoyed this little taster. I also really liked David and couldn’t help feel sorry for him and his complete loneliness, but the happiness he discovers with Vaughn is really special. Vaughn’s love for David becomes very clear to us when he finds a solution to David’s curse, that was real love.

I recommend this to those that love great characters, magic, finding a love that you will do anything for, a great storyline, and a wonderful ending. 

 

Faire Fugitive by Madeleine Ribbon

Madeleine Ribbon faire fugitiveTitle:  Faire Fugitive

Author: Madeleine Ribbon

Genre:   M/M LGBT, Fantasy & Paranormal

Length:  Novel (201pgs)

Publisher:  Loose ID (June 25th 2013)

Heat Level:  Moderate  Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb:   Devin visits the Renaissance Faire with one goal in mind: to pickpocket enough money for another cross-country dash. His would-be killer is on his tail again, and he needs to get the hell out of town. Once inside the gates, he finds himself under the scrutiny of Ezra, the handsome bartender. But Devin is on a mission, and while he relieves the costumed masses of their money, he also steals a magical amulet from a seemingly-abandoned jewelry case.

An amulet that happens to be Ezra’s.

Devin’s hunter corners him before he can skip town, but Devin escapes with his life and a nasty bullet wound to one arm. He passes out in his car. When he regains consciousness, he finds himself at the mercy of the man he’d stolen from. A man interested in a lot more than the return of his property…

Product Link:  http://www.loose-id.com/faire-fugitive.html

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Devin is a small time criminal on the run from his former friend who is currently trying to kill him. He visits the local Ren Faire with one goal in mind, to pick pocket enough money to leave town and escape before he winds up dead. Between the homophobe Devin calls out and the sexy bartender whose eyes seem to follow him everywhere, Devin is frazzled and calls it a day. His guard is down and Max catches up with him, but the amulet he stole at the faire disguises and protects him, almost.

Shot, broke and scared, Devin makes his way back to the Ren faire and passes out. He awakes and looks into those eyes, the ones that were boring a hole into him yesterday and following him around the faire. Ezra is not just a bartender, he made the amulet that saved Devin’s life. When Devin attempts to return the amulet Ezra won’t have it, he says the amulet chooses who it belongs to. What Ezra wants from Devin is something far more valuable, he wants his love.

The faire takes Devin in so he’s now protected and he begins an unconventional affair with Ezra. Not thinking the relationship will last, he’ll heal and be on his way, Devin requests no actual sex. But there is more to love than just sex and Ezra takes pleasure in showing Devin just what they are. It made the story more endearing that these two fell in love before they actually went all the way, they had a LOT of fun doing everything but the actual act though, I assure you. Right about the time Devin starts to feel safe at the faire and with Ezra, Max shows up to finish what he started. Will Ezra be able to protect his new lover and take him back to his world when the faire ends? Or will he loose Devin before he’s even completely had him?

The story started out a little disjointed and confusing, like the author was trying too hard to make Devin a likeable character. He was obviously a victim of life and circumstance so the confrontation with the jerk at the faire was drawn out and overkill in my opinion. Once you get past the setup and Devin comes back to the faire the story flows better. What I liked best about this book aside from the steamy sex scenes between the two ML, was the brief glimpses of the magic, amulets and jewelry created and its purpose.

A fun rainy day read, if you can give the story time to get past the start it may well be worth your time.