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Marks of the Mazza

(Mazza #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  78 reviews
I was just minding my own business, trying to win in life (while in reality just barely passing) when I discovered the existence of a secret race, who think I’m the answer to their prayers.

The Mazza, they called me. Someone who bears the marks of all four houses of this mysterious people, holding untold powers. Every time a Mazza has appeared in their history it has signa
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Published September 27th 2018
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Apr 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Listen, I will be the first to admit the romance sub-genres have some dodgy assholes as heroes with their creepy and highhanded behaviour called romantic and someday things may change but till then we just have to cringe through it and draw our individual lines to what's tolerable. Marks of the Mazza falls way beyond that line and I just couldn't find anything that even remotely tried to redeem the guys.

There is just one downfall after another when it comes to the harem. It starts with the kidn
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Marks of the Mazza is the first book in the Mazza Series, and incredible debut by Blake Blessing. It is a brilliant fantasy with a paranormal/reverse harem/polyamorous romance. There is also lots of action, adventure, danger, drama, suspense, and mystery. Here’s where I will come clean and admit that I usually avoid harem/reverse harem books as they aren’t really ‘my-cup-of-tea. But having said that, this book is certainly an exception to that rule…. the story has really won me over. It w
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ok just started a new book and I’m only a few pages in to be fair but ... already the “harem” has knocked the MC unconscious kidnapped her stripped her to “check for secret marks” and now refusing to let her go back to her normal life. And also she only gets her “powers” till she bonds with another. They are just kissing her like they own her and the MC is just going along with it... yep by this point DNF ! So far the MC isn’t reacting like a normal person would- kicking and flipping screaming a ...more
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Rambling Reader
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Isolde has lived a pretty simple life, a pretty monotonous one. She goes to work, her apartment, and there's not much adventure in between. Since her family died when she was very young, she was a product of an imperfect foster system.

Everything changes when she's suddenly "drugged" and kidnapped by four strangers who seem way too invested in her to be anything ordinary.

Isolde, or Iss/Issy, is likable enough, but her wishy-washy attitude kind of irritated me. At first she seems to get too comf
Marks of the Mazza by Blake Blessing is a reverse harem read that, strangely caught my eye, not with the RH but with the actual plot line.

This was my first read by this author, and since I'm not into RH that much anymore, I choose them wisely. I have to say, this was one of my better picks and, it captured me enough to continue with the story.

I have to say, despite me tiny animosity agents RH, I was quickly drawn into this story. The plot, that gets our MC mixed up with all these sexy men, is
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful first book from a new author. This book keeps you interested from beginning to end, with great characters and an exciting story line. I'm looking forward to the release of the second book in this series.
Rhema Philip
Dnf 13%

Ridiculous. When strange men try to grope you: RUN (or aim low). You should not, under any circumstance think it’s fine that they drugged you, took off your clothes and then spout magical drivel (without proof).
I blame twilight for this.

Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first I've read by this author. MARKS OF THE MAZZA is book 1 in a new series. This book sets up future stories generally well. The characters are well described and we know everyone's role in the story.

If you aren't familiar with "Reverse Harem" it is when one woman is taken care of by multiple men. It is explained that while this isn't a poly relationship, there won't be any jealousy because the friends already love each other and want the best for each other.

There is a bit of suspe
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book filled with intrigue, supernatural politics, romance, compelling characters and plenty of steam!

I highly recommend :)

Full review on my blog <3

- Alated Bibliophile
Well, that was interesting.

RH (Reverse Harem) books have been my addiction lately. It's making it extremely hard to get into any other type of book because inevitably I find myself wanting the H in all of my reads to end up with every single male character that catches my eye, and I get grumpy AF when that doesn't happen. I'm am so down with #whychoose right now.

With that being said though, it doesn't mean that I still don't want a well-crafted story with interesting characters, an interesti
Shamika Moore
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1)

Isolde is trying to survive her job, adult life and find her purpose. Then she is quickly thrust in a new world with men who say that she is a Mazza, that they are soldiers and she will save them from a war. Adventure, mystery, fantasy, paranormal, sexy times, and action awaits.

The fantasy elements have their own twists; So although the fae are the closest myths to be tied to the Fennin people, it is a brand new tale. The author surprised
Laura Furuta
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1)
By: Blake Blessing
5 out of 5 stars

The story Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1) by Blake Blessing is a paranormal romance book. It is a story that quickly grabbed my attention and I found that I didn’t want to put the book down until I had finished the last page. It is a story that does a wonderful job in world building and had me wanting to know more about the secret race that is described. This secret race has one they
Bubbles The Book Pimp
First in series and first read by this author.

Living a pretty non descriptive life, Isolde, lacks direction..struggling woth two jobs and no family...she wants and craves purpose. After accidently getting into 3 strangers car she is absolutely shocked when they return the next day...and kidnap her!!! Because she is a mazza.. a fae being a fennin...who only appears in times of great crisis..using the powers of her bonded mates to protect. But others want the mazza and until she decides her mates
Candida Hopper
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1)
By Blake Blessing
I will admit this is the first reverse harem book I have read and I am so glad I decided to go with it. I love the diversity in all the characters involved. This book drew me in from the beginning and kept me captivated throughout. Isolde was just getting by, working two part time jobs and going through the routine of life as a loner. That all changes the night she accidentally gets into the wrong vehicle that she thought wa
Erin Davidson
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem is the first book in Blake Blessing’s Mazza series. Isolde – like all of us – was just waiting for an Uber when destiny came knocking. After getting in the wrong car, Isolde discovers the world of the Fennin, an ancient fae like race, with incredible powers, that are on the brink of war. Isolde is a prophesied Mazza, a powerful supernatural, who has the ability to unite all the houses and bring unity to the Fennin. After being abducted by four insanely hot Fenni ...more
Michelle Austin
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marks of the Mazza was an interesting 4 star read and book one of the Mazza series.
This is my first read by Blake Blessing and her debut as well. This is an interesting new twist to paranormal romance/Reverse Harem and my first time reading this genre.

After closing up for the night at her job, Isolde ends up getting into a car that she thought was her Uber, there are very handsome men in the car. She ends up seeing the men again and there is an attraction that she is feeling. After a toe curling
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Blake nailed it with this book. I love the concept of paranormal characters with a polygamous relationship. The storyline is intriguing, funny, and well thought-out; though it leaves room for book 2 (which I am can’t wait to read). Blake does a wonderful job of developing the characters and ensuring that it is not instalove. The book has action, danger, steamy scenes, moments of hilarity and acts of mystery. Isolde is a hoot, I do like that fact that she makes them work to be apart of her bonded ...more
Kerry Baker
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marks Of The Mazza: Reverse Harem by Blake Blessing is the first book in the Mazza Series. A strong story and a great take on a reverse Harem.
Isolde couldn’t be any more normal if she tried. A regular person just trying to get through each day. That is until she finds herself thrown into a world she never knew existed.
Identified as the Mazza she is very rare and highly coveted, by both sides of a burgeoning war.
And as if that wasn’t crazy enough she has four utterly gorgeous men, all of whom s
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is going to be one of those series that will get me in trouble. Firstly, I must say I was blown away that this is Blake Blessing’s debut novel. Girl has some writing skills! I am an avid fan of reading alternate lifestyle romances because usually they are intricate stories with layers that you just don’t find in a one on one relationship storyline. That said, this is also a difficult thing to write and can make or break an entire story or series. This was absolutely not the case here! This ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem’book is the first isntallment in Blake Blessing’s The Mazza Series and what a beginning it is! It is her debut book and she knocked it out of the park! I cannot wait for the next instalment as she left us hanging … well, that is the meaning with a series, right?
In this first book we are introduced to Isolde – the Mazza – someone who bears the marks of all four houses of this mysterious people and supposedly holds untold powers. Their appearance signals great cha
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I give Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1) by Blake Blessing, 4 stars.

Isolde lives a normal, if somewhat boring, life. That all changed the moment she gets into the wrong car with some men she has never seen before. They say they are another race and she is the one they have been waiting for. That she bears the marks of the four houses of these mysterious beings. And to make things even more interesting, she is supposed to mate with one male from each house of this race. But
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marks of the Mazza is the first one in this series from the debut author. It tells the story of Isolde, who tries to find a purpose in her life. Orphaned at a young age and adopted by old couple, she craved what most people wants the most: love and affection. So, when she mistakenly get inside a car thinking it was her Uber ride, she didn't know that her life will change drastically.

I love, love, love this book. From the engaging way the story was told to the lovable characters, I was thoroughl
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1) by Blake Blessing

5 Stars

Ok so this is my first book by this author as well as my first reverse harem. I'll admit I was a bit worried before I started but the synopsis had me interested enough to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised that it was nothing like I thought it was going to be. Now it might have something to do with this author and her style of writing. I enjoyed every page and I especially loved the strength and sassiness our
Jessica Campagna
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is the first in the series by a new author and I was just blown away while reading it. I love the author's writing style and voice so much that she will now always be on my radar. This book follows the journey of a woman who is finally finding her place in a new world. She is stubborn at first, not wanting to leave her normal human life where she doesn't have much to go to only to blindly follow four hunkalicious men, but she eventually realizes she is where she is meant to be all alon ...more
Heather Gilbert
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up

Fast burn, Paranormal RH, 4 guys (maybe 5?), not quite fated mates, but close. Insta-last, strong draw, she needs to bond with the 4 houses to gain their powers and become the Mazza.. First person, single POV.

I’m not 100% sure what my feelings are about this. There are plenty of humorous moments that made me laugh right out loud, but just as many that made me roll my eyes. She capitulated into the situation a bit too fast for common sense or reason, and the narrative is fairly wea
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marks of the Mazza: Reverse Harem (Mazza Series Book 1)
By Blake Blessing
4 stars

I have to admit when I first picked up this book I wasn’t quite sure what it was going to be about, I just knew that I was very intrigued by it and fancied reading something a little different. I wasn’t sure if Reverse Harem was something would like as I had never read a book in this trope before. I did actually really enjoy the story and was glad that I took that chance on something different. I thought that the writ
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marks of the Mazza:Reverse Harem (Mazza Series book 1) by Blake Blessing
5 Stars!!!!!

Imagine getting into the wrong car and finding your destiny. Wow this book just really had me hooked from page one. I love supernatural and paranormal romances and to add the extra drama well this book has just ticked all the boxes. The author has such a unique and refreshing take on the Fae.

Isolde really doesn't have a clue what she steps into and I just love the whole sort of mystery and
drama that plays out. Th
Gail Guerrero
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marks of the Mazza:Reversed Harem (Mazza Series Book 1) by Blake Blessings

Four Stars

This story wasn’t what I expected. This is both a good and bad thing. I thought the story was going to have more meaning and be about a girl coming into who she was meant to be. Instead you get a girl trying to navigate 4 relationships and possibly help stop a crazy villain. The story wasn't bad it just lacked a goal. I didn’t really get the point of it. On another note I liked the start of Sage’s and Isolde. He
Ashley Carr, LSoR
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book from a debut author. A wonderful beginning to the series. This book had me captivated from the beginning. Issy is floundering in life, working two dead end jobs that are not going anywhere. One day she is closing down the diner and it’s raining so she calls for an Uber but instead of getting into the Uber she gets into a vehicle with two hunky men in it. From that moment on her world is never the same again she is the rest into the world of the Fae/Fennin. All of a sudden she ha ...more
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Blake Blessing is just a working mom that loves art in all forms, and all genres of romance. Although she enjoys writing romance of the steamier variety.

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