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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Bare Naked Words Presents: Heart of Fire by Meredith Wild & Angel Payne; #BlogTour, #ReleaseBlitz, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #TBR, #Live, #Review


Heart of Fire 
Blood of Zeus Series, #2 
by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Meredith Wild and USA Today Bestselling Author Angel Payne 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Rating:  4.5 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.
#HeartofFire #MeredithWild #AngelPayne #ContemporaryRomance #WaterhousePress #NewRelease #BareNakedWords

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Bare Naked Words Promotions and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". 


He’s forged from heaven.  She’s promised to hell. 

Professor Maximus Kane can no longer deny his passion for his stunning yet mysterious student, Kara Valari. But surrendering to their desires carries more consequences than just violating the Alameda University conduct codes. Kara has defied her destiny. Higher directives have been violated. Now there’s hell to pay. 

It’s a crisis for which there seems no solution, until the explosive secrets of Maximus’s bloodline are exposed. Despite all his doubts and fears, Maximus has no choice but to accept help from his enigmatic father, which means coming to terms with his heritage and embracing a bizarre new world of gods and demons. Because somewhere in that world—in the strange and sordid secrets surrounding his past—is the key to protecting Kara’s future. Nothing has ever meant more to him than saving the treasure of her life and the fire of her heart. 

While earth’s lower realms seek payback for Kara’s transgressions, Kara finds a new ally in a surprising place: the Valari matriarch herself. Beneath the scrutiny of the world press, Veronica orchestrates a plan to protect her daughter by doing what she does best—shining the spotlight on her. But by her side, Maximus can’t escape the glare of the paparazzi. 

Can they buy time and blind their enemies with Kara’s fame? Or will Hollywood’s new “it” couple and their forbidden love incite more vengeance than they’d ever bargained for?   

My Thoughts:

Maximus shows the reader right out of the gate that this book is not a standalone. His and Kara’s story started in Blood of Zeus so if you have not read that book yet please do that first. I think you will be lost if you try and start the series here. You can tell what Maximus feels for Kara and how frustrated she is due to their current situation. The heat that started in the first book continues to build here.

Their story continues with a storyline that has a fine line between our reality and that of mythology and fantasy. When in school I loved the mythology stories and couldn’t get enough. Now I see how some of those characters might act and behave if they lived in my world. Our authors show me that I need to go back and read their original story and then come back and read this series again.

In this current book, I’m on the fence on how I feel about Kara’s mother. I just got the feeling that she wants to run the show and we’ll have to wait and see how she was going to pull the strings next. There’s a lot of crazy going on and I’m glad that I had the chance to watch it all unfold. It also made it difficult to put down.

These authors work so seamlessly together. Unless you’ve gone and picked apart their writing styles, I don’t think you’ll be able to tell who wrote what. And I’m certainly not going to take the time and do that. The only thing I know is that they wrote something that I thoroughly enjoyed as well as renewed my love of mythology. One thing that got me frustrated was these ladies left me with a mystery. It’s a mystery that has me looking forward to when Fate of Storms comes out. I’m left with the same feeling I had when the first book ended – I have months to wait.


Blood of Zeus (book #1)





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Meet Meredith:

Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author. After publishing her debut novel Hardwired in September 2013, Wild used her ten years of experience as a tech entrepreneur to push the boundaries of her “self-published” status, becoming stocked in brick-and-mortar bookstore chains nationwide and forging relationships with the major retailers.

In 2014, Wild founded her own imprint, Waterhouse Press, under which she hit No. 1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Publishers Weekly, and The Examiner. Her foreign rights have been sold in over 23 languages. 

Meet Angel:

USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne loves to focus on high-heat romance starring memorable alpha men and the women who love them. She has numerous book series to her credit, including the action-packed Bolt Saga and Honor Bound series, Secrets of Stone series (with Victoria Blue), the intertwined Cimarron and Temptation Court series, the Suited for Sin series, and the Lords of Sin historicals, as well as several standalone titles. 

Angel is a native Southern Californian, leading to her love of being in the outdoors, where she often reads and writes. She still lives in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and beautiful daughter, to whom she is a proud cosplay/culture con mom. Her passions also include whisky tasting, shoe shopping, and travel. 

 **The Wing, Angel’s monthly newsletter, features monthly giveaways and exclusive fan content. 
 You can also reach Angel via: –Facebook 
Instagram: @angelpaynewriter 
Twitter: @AngelPayneWrtr 

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