Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dakota Cassidy, The Accidental Mermaid (Accidentally Paranormal Series, Book 16)

Title:  The Accidental Mermaid (Accidentally Paranormal Series, Book 16)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Four Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Keywords:  Mermaid, Mermen, Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie
Page Count:  248                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
Price:  $4.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:

Esther Williams Sanchez is busy living her life the way she’s always done. Spending time with her pets, working as a divorce mediator, and enjoying her newly renovated cottage on the beach.

She’s also decided it’s high time she learn how to swim to prepare for an upcoming cruise. It’s time to let go of a horrible past experience and take some lessons. 
So at thirty-two, Esther enrolls in the only class at the Y with a spot left. A Mommy and Me class—which seems quite tame, considering her oldest classmate aside from her is three-years-old.

Learn to swim with a bunch of babies and toddlers? Easy-squeezy, right? Er, no. As Esther leaves the pool after her very first lesson, she sprouts a magnificent tail and fins. Oh, and hair the color of a rainbow. Lots and lots of luscious hair.

Lucky for her, the OOPS girls are on site, and as they set about finding out how this happened to Esther, they run into a hunky Australian merman named Tucker Pearson who happens to be the key to Esther’s problem. But Tucker has problems of his own, and they include being kicked out of his family’s bottled water company, booted from his pod, and accused of embezzling over a million bucks. 

Oh, and killing someone… OOPS, here we go again!

Review:

I think that the concept of a mermaid that can’t swim is hysterical.  Dakota Cassidy does a nice job of integrating the OOPS ladies into this accidental making during the Mommy and Me swim class, letting us know that Nina, Marty, and Wanda are carrying on with their lives.

Esther Williams Sanchez is a complex character that I really enjoyed, but I felt that she got overshadowed by Tucker’s problems.  His problems turn into hers once certain facts come to life in the story.  We don’t get to see how Esther would manage her mediator job while juggling a tail and fins.  Would it interfere with her cases?  Nothing else is mentioned about the cruise later in the book which was the whole reason to take the swim lessons to begin with.

The main plot line of the story revolves around Tucker, his problems, and a murder mystery.  The mystery brings Esther and Tucker closer together with the help of the OOPS family.  However, the justice served in the end does not take into account or address the police that were involved.  How were they taken care of?

Esther’s journey to become a mermaid and discover her new abilities is entertaining.  Dakota Cassidy is very creative with Esther’s Mermaid powers.  The story overall is enjoyable.  It is right on track with the other Accidental books in that Esther is made a part of the OOPS family.

I hope that we get to see more of Esther and Tucker in future books.  I would like to know what the future holds for the two of them.  Perhaps they will lend aid during another Accidental making where some of the loose ends from this book can be wrapped up.  We need to find out how old Tucker really is!   

I received an ARC to read for this review. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dianna Love, Belador Cosaint: The Belador Series Book Nine

Title:  Belador Cosaint: The Belador Series Book Nine
Author:  Dianna Love
Rating:  Siren's Best Book Stone
Genre:  Paranormal Fiction
Sub-Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Dragon, Beladors, Immortals, Medb, Witches, Gryphons, Demi-God, Goddesses, Demons, Crows
Page Count:  322                
ISBN Print Book:  978-1940651484
Price:  $14.99
ISBN E-Book:  1940651484
Price: $4.99
Publisher:  Silver Hawk Press LLC
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug  

Blurb/Summary:

New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love's latest urban fantasy is a high-action roller coaster ride in the deadly preternatural world of the Beladors and their dragon king.
Cosaint: An ancient rule meant to protect that may backfire on the Beladors.  
The dragon king loses all patience with the VIPER coalition and declares an ancient rule of cosaint to protect his people, but it may backfire on him. Atlanta’s preternatural underworld is ready to explode just as Vladimir Quinn gets a vital lead on his missing daughter … and so does his enemy. When he faces an unimaginable sacrifice to save his child, the only person who can help him is the one woman he never expected to see again who shows up with her own secret agenda.
Alliances are tested. Secrets are exposed. Battle lines are drawn in blood as Atlanta heats up.

Review:

The Belador Series is like a fabulous fantasy/paranormal soap opera and readers are left on pins and needles waiting for the next episode.

Dianna Love knows how to keep her readers entertained and engaged.  I’m thankful that her imagination is out of this world because it makes for some incredible stories.

Belador Cosaint is the story around Quinn locating his hidden daughter.  However, it’s never that easy.  Every power player in the paranormal world wants to locate Quinn’s daughter to use for their own sick, twisted plans.

Quinn finds help in an unsuspecting friend.  He’s still wary of Reese since she bailed without a word in Atlanta, but there is something compelling about her that he can’t let go.

Quinn and Reese’s interests are aligned in the fact that they both want Quinn’s daughter, Phoedra, safe.  Quinn’s quest becomes a journey with Reese at his side fighting with him and for him.  Being together brings out the best in each of them.

There is a little bit of history in this book so if you need a refresher on some issues you’ll get it.  There is also a romantic relationship that develops between Quinn and Reese which shouldn’t be a surprise based on the previous book.  However, I found this to tend toward more hard-core paranormal action.  So fear not all you fantasy fans!

There are so many plot twists and surprises throughout Belador Cosaint.  If you’re a Belador fan this is a don’t miss book!


I received an ARC to read for this review. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lara Adrian, For 100 Reasons: A 100 Series Novel

Title:  For 100 Reasons:  A 100 Series Novel
Author:  Lara Adrian
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Keywords:  Billionaire, Artists, Painter, Mystery, 100 Series
Page Count:  276                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
Price:  $4.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:

For 100 Days she deceived him. For 100 Nights, he demanded her complete surrender. Now, after all of the secrets and lies and heartbreak, they'll have to decide if their love is strong enough to try again...For 100 Reasons.

Billionaire Dominic Baine stepped into Avery Ross's life when it was at its lowest. Obsessed with the beautiful, struggling artist, Nick was determined to have her. What began as a scorching seduction soon burned out of control, exploding into a white-hot passion neither of them could deny.

Yet Nick and Avery are two damaged people, both haunted by dark secrets with the power to destroy them. And for Nick, the ugly past that shaped him cannot compare to the unforgivable deception that drives Avery from his arms, from his life. Now the man accustomed to having everything he desires must find a way to redeem himself to the only woman he has ever loved.

Avery Ross has known heartbreak. She has known betrayal and loss, but nothing like the pain that loving Dominic Baine has brought into her life. Reeling from the aftermath of his devastating revelation, instead of allowing despair to break her, she builds herself into something stronger--the fearless woman and gifted artist that Nick's passion has taught her to be. Yet her heart is in pieces, and despite everything she has, the one thing she needs is the man whose possessive desires and consuming love holds the power to either save them both or shatter her forever. . . .

Review:

You don’t need 100 reasons to read the finale in this series.  The plot thickens, but keeps up the tempo from the other two books.  More secrets are revealed leaving both Dominic and Avery raw.  For 100 Reasons comes full circle for these characters giving readers a good overview of how they will handle their future problems.  There were some surprising developments that kept me reading for the answers.

Both Dominic and Avery felt more developed in this book, maybe because they started telling the truth and not just what they wanted to reveal to one another.  Real life issues came to light during their journey and took precedence making them seem more authentic.

For 100 Reasons was a very satisfying conclusion to the series.  I would recommend starting at the beginning to experience their whole journey together.  You’ll have to read the book to see how Dominic and Avery end up.  Based on how they handled their issues together readers can imagine a happily-ever-after future.

All of the books we receive at Siren Book Reviews are complimentary in exchange for an honest review. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dakota Cassidy, Ain't Love a Witch? (Witchless in Seattle Mysteries Book 6)

Title:  Ain’t Love a Witch?  (Witchless in Seattle Mysteries Book 6)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Sub-Genre:  Paranormal Fiction
Keywords:  Ghost, Spy, Witch, Cotton Bat, Dog, Turkey, Murder, Mystery
Page Count:  238                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services, LLC
Price:  $4.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:

The name’s Winterbottom. Crispin Alistair Winterbottom. But you can call me Win, ex-international man of mystery, current resident of Plane Limbo, and ghost attached to Stephania Cartwright. 

For reasons unknown to us, Stevie can hear me, perhaps because she’s also an ex. An ex-witch, in her case, having lost her powers shortly before our first fateful meeting, upon her return to her hometown of Ebenezer Falls, Washington. Now, with my guidance—and help from her familiar, Belfry, and the spectral form of my old Russian adversary, Arkady—Stevie spends her days as the town medium, with a little light mystery-solving on the side. 

The latter of which I’d much prefer she’d avoid, considering the constant danger in which Stevie finds herself. You see, the longer we’re together, the deeper and more complex my feelings become for my mini-spy. And the closer she comes to discovering the few secrets I’m still trying to keep…for both our sakes. But when a precious life is on the line, even I know there’s no stopping my dove from going all in to solve the latest mystery that lands on our doorstep—literally.

Along with Arkady and Bel, I’ll assist her in this latest endeavor. Because there’s more than one precious life on the line…including the one I can’t live without.


Review:

Absolutely loved that this was written in Winterbottom’s perspective.  The same lovable characters are in this story and now we get to see them through super spy guy’s eyes.

This time it is Winterbottom’s past that brings trouble to Stevie’s door.  Nothing that two spectral spies, a bat, a dog, and a turkey can’t handle.  Book six in the series brings out a lot of emotional baggage in our main characters.  We get to see Winterbottom’s protective streak take on a whole new level.  Stevie’s maternal instincts are shoved into high gear.  Arkady is stuck in the middle of the turmoil.   Secrets are spilled and it gets messy.

Ain’t Love a Witch? is a fast paced fun read that will leave you feeling satisfied and hopeful in the end.

All of the books we receive at Siren Book Reviews are complimentary in exchange for an honest review.