Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dakota Cassidy, Polanski Brothers: Home of Eternal Rest Part One


Title:  Polanski Brothers: Home of Eternal Rest Part One
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating: Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Sub-Genre:  Paranormal Mystery
Keywords:  Vampires, Detective, Mystery/Suspense, Alpha Male
Page Count:  43           
ISBN E-Book:   Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Price:  .99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug

Blurb/Summary:

Spencer Polanski is an embalmer at her family-owned funeral home. Perfect job for a vampire, really. Especially one who's sans a working schnoz. That’s right. She has a bum nose. A plus when preparing the dead for eternal slumber—a big fat zero when it comes to sniffing out your true life mate. 

Devoid her sense of smell, it’s business as usual when a clueless Spencer meets Larkin McBride. The detective's at Polanski’s to attend the wake of his best friend when he discovers something very unusual… 

He can hear Spencer’s every thought. 

Her every vampire thought. 

So what’s “Detective McYummy” to do when the luscious Miss Polanksi’s thoughts are consumed by the body count in her sleepy town…and the possibility that the murderer could be one of her own kind? 

*Author note: Dear readers, Please note, if you recognize this title, this book, originally published in 2006, is a rerelease and has been updated, revised and expanded. Second, 
This is part one of approximately a four-part serial. You know what that means? That’s right—cliffhangers (cue evil music). But wait! Before you hate, I hear anticipation is good for your complexion, and even your hair. I don’t know if that’s true or just a rumor, but is it worth the risk? Nonetheless, I solemnly swear to keep the stories coming swiftly, so your heads don’t asplode from waiting!

Review:

A different twist on the vampire archetype.  The Polanski family is a family of vampires that runs a funeral home.  They have strict rules to live by.  They do not bite humans, they are not allowed to have sex until they find their mate, and everyone in the family has found their mate by using their sense of smell.

This really puts Spencer Polanski in a tight spot because she has no sense of smell.  She fears that she will forever, and forever for a vampire is a long time, be alone.  It’s hard to meet other vampires when you are the only embalmer in the family business.  There’s not much hope of a vacation or time off.  However, Spencer is always on duty at the funeral home which is where she runs into Detective Larkin McBride.  It just so happens that Detective McBride can read Spencer’s thoughts. 

Spencer is a funny and strong female character.  Larkin McBride is the alpha male detective out for answers.  Their dialogue is witty and funny.

Polanski Brothers Home of Eternal Rest Part One is a serial story.  Other parts will release within a few weeks of each other.  This first part was a great introduction to the family and major players in the story.  Dakota Cassidy set the ground work for what I thought so far was a funny paranormal mystery with the hopes of some romance.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mahalia Levey, Kiss Me Deadly


Title:  Kiss Me Deadly
Author:  Mahalia Levey
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Releases July 31, 2014
Title:  Kiss Me Deadly
Author:  Mahalia Levey
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Sub-Genre: Erotic Romance
Keywords:  Rock Band, Touring, Second Chances   
Word Count:  61,903            
ISBN E-Book:  978-1-63105-268-2   
Price:  $5.99
Publisher:  Secret Craving Publishing
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:

When Sameera Kattan's band Final Regret gets signed, she is over the moon with excitement. But becoming a superstar overnight is so surreal that she doesn't quite know what to do with the fame and public adoration. If only her longtime friend Jimmy, the lead guitarist for Crimson Rage would celebrate with her. Instead she's out on tour with a broody male who goes from hot to cold in seconds, putting a strain on their renewed friendship.

Jimmy O’Riley can't function with Sam around. Seeing her is like a ray of sunshine and a knife in the gut at the same time. Jealousy clouds his judgment whenever a man lays hands on what should've been his years ago. Endless liquor and fast women fail to bring him the distraction he needs to survive. One thing he knows for sure is, a tour bus is sure is a tour bus is no place for them to put ghosts to bed.

Review:

Kiss Me Deadly is an emotional rollercoaster ride filled with family drama.  Mixed in the family drama are some deep seeded emotional issues and abuse, both physical and mental, that will have the reader reeling as the story flies by.

This is a story that follows others so I would recommend reading the previous stories or you will be a little lost.  If you plan on reading this one first, it will only spur you on to read the other stories to fill in the back story on this group.

Jimmy O’Riley has had some page time in the other books and now we get to hear his story.  His story just happens to be wrapped around
Sameera Kattan and what transpired between them and their families.  These two, with their shared history, light up the pages both in and out of the bedroom.  Their love is plain for all to see.

Mahalia Levey had me laughing out loud at this cast of characters with their antics and in tears from their pain.  She also included a very wonderful and surprising plot twist.  I will not spoil it for anyone, just go read the story! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dakota Cassidy, Fangs of Anarchy - Forbidden Alpha (Part 5): Revelation

Title:  Fangs of Anarchy – Forbidden Alpha (Part 5): Revelation
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Vampires, Werewolves, Demon, Biker Gangs 
Page Count:  65            
ISBN E-Book:   Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Price:  .99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug

Blurb/Summary:

Oh, Claire’s really done it now. As if her week hasn’t been bad enough, what with the blood and the drowning and the head bashing and the intense sex… Okay, that last one was pretty awesome. But now she’s gone and got herself caught in the clutches of a paranormal so evil, he makes Satan look like a sissy. This baddest of all baddies is her key to beating a murder rap—if he doesn’t kill her first. 

Where’s a bloodsucking knight on shining chrome when you need one? 

Tonight, at long last, fangs will flash, fur will fly, heads will roll, and dastardly deeds will be revealed in this heart-pounding, breath-holding, secret-exploding final episode of Fangs of Anarchy—Forbidden Alpha! 

*Author note: Dear readers, Please note: This is part five and the conclusion of a five-part serial. This is not intended as a stand-alone read.

**This book is intended for adults over 18. Contains some explicit content. 

Review:

Dakota Cassidy starts us right off from the cliff-hanger in part four.  It’s a dark place to start.  Even though I questioned Claire’s ability to take care of herself in parts one-four, I was worried for her anyway.

The darkness and plot continues and builds into a crescendo of war and battle.  I’m relieved to see that Claire redeems herself and lives up to being a werewolf, finally!

Even through the darkness and war, Claire and Irish’s love rings true.  There was a good balance of hot steamy romance and sarcastic humor to keep the dark story line in check.

As with the previous parts of Fangs of Anarchy, the secondary characters play pivotal roles in part five as well.  The readers get the full story as it all comes together in this final book episode.  Dakota Cassidy does not disappoint with plot twists and surprises to the very end.  As a reader, I was very satisfied with the ending and how it all came together.

This may be the end of Irish and Claire’s story, but the author left plenty of other characters to explore in this world and an ongoing plot to be revisited. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Title:  Talking After Midnight
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Siren's Best Book Stone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Keywords:  Phone Sex, Plum Orchard Series
Page Count:  448            
ISBN E-Book:  9781460334560
Price:  $6.39
Print ISBN:   9780778316312   
Price:  $6.39
Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA 
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug

Blurb/Summary:

Shields up, sugar—things in Plum Orchard are about to get real.  

Marybell Lyman is notorious for two things:

Her look. The wicked hairstyle, multiple piercings and practiced sneer that say: "Stay back—I bite." 

Her voice. The syrupy lilt that's her bread and butter at Call Girls, the prim little town's flourishing phone-sex company. 

Hunky handyman Taggart Hawthorn is mesmerized by the contradiction: such sweet tones inside such a spiky shell! He wants to know more about mysterious Marybell, to hear more of her sexy talk—all for himself. 

But Tag's attentions, delicious as they are, have Marybell panicked. She's been hiding a long time. She's finally got a home, a job and friends she adores. She won't have it all snatched away by another stupid mistake—like falling in love. So when Marybell's past comes calling, she and the Call Girls will prove no one handles scandals like a Southern girl!

Review:

Dakota Cassidy’s wicked sharp sense of humor had me laughing out loud in Talking After Midnight.  That was not the only emotion Dakota Cassidy was able to evoke from me.  Combining all the human and animal elements at various points it was impossible not to shed some tears.

I really love the characters from the Plum Orchard Series.  Both Marybell Lyman and Taggart Hawthorne are brought to life through their trials and tribulations that they endured.  It was these trials and tribulations that were wrapped in mystery plot bunnies that hopped and built to the conclusion of the story.

As usual in this series, the secondary characters played very important roles in helping the hero and heroine reach their destiny.  Showing us that even fictional characters need other people.

Marybell and Tag are hilarious together.  Marybell’s standoffish attitude and Tag’s unrelenting spirit had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see how they would end up.  I found it interesting that Marybell was able to effectively turn off her work life from the phone sex company in her relationship with Tag.  What they shared was just between them, except that Dakota Cassidy shared their super-hot steamy love scenes with us.   

The plot and characters are fantastic in Talking After Midnight.  I would definitely recommend this book.