Virgo Rising by M.J. Marstens – A Book Review

Posted April 5, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reverse Harem, Reviews / 1 Comment

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Virgo Rising

(The Afflicted Zodiac – Book 1)

by M.J. Marstens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fast Burn, Paranormal RH

Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

Interesting…. check it out on KU.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads… cause I don’t even really KNOW how to describe this!)

Hi, I’m Zahra Delsol. . . the white Zahra Delsol and I want to tell you about my interview from hell.

And a potential vampire.

And the dream sex.

And the never-ending embarrassment.

Oh, and the obscenely, inappropriate office moments.

There are some silver linings. . .  like a free mini-vacay in Tucson (with some demons).

 I’m just a girl trying to make it in the world of internet astrology. . . Actually, I am just a girl trying to pay off her student debt and looking to live life to its fullest (which mostly entails reading in my free time and googling researching information).

So, I would love for you to join me in my Trust Tree of Truth, where I am unfailingly honest and you are abidingly nonjudgmental. Do I need to sell this more or did I have you at ‘dream sex’?

The eight planetary gods of astrology all suffer from an afflicted moon caused by the very woman who betrayed them. Imprecated to be ruled by their darker natures, they must find a way to break the curse before it is too late.


I’m all over the place with this book – I both loved it and disliked it, but not quite in equal measure. Love won out, saved by an ending that redeemed the rambling heroine and the far too arrogant Alpha males (in their defense, they ARE Gods… so…)

It was mixed up, messed up and muddled to an astrological semi-perfection, creating its own natal chart of humor and lust – with a solid dash of myth and snark.

I will keep an eye out for Book 2 and make a series judgement based on how that book reads. Will there be answers? Will it make more sense?? Or will it bumble it’s way through the cosmos as well? We’ll see… and I will let you know.


First Person, Multiple POV

Ending Type


Steam Level

Level = DAMN GIRL! Oh, and the pairings here: MMMMMMMMF….. seriously.


  • Funny!
  • It will drag you back to your teens when you spent hours pouring over your own astrological chart and compatibles (just me??)
  • 4th wall?
  • Hot!


  • Disjointed.
  • Rambles.
  • MUCH too fast.
  • Editing.
  • That cover…. but I think it’s been updated?


Favorite Line

This is astrology, not astronomy, and I did not make up the rules. (22%)



4 out of 5 Stars

This is Free on KU and it is different enough from most RH’s to garner a ‘pick it up’ from me.

Published February 28th, 2019

346 Pages

Please note, this is a Reverse Harem novel with sexual themes and scenes more suited to an adult audience. 18+

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