Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dakota Cassidy, House of the Rising Nun (Nun of Your Business Mysteries Book 3)

Title:  House of the Rising Nun (Nun of Your Business Mysteries Book 3)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Keywords:  Demon, Nun, Owl, Dog, Ex-Cop, Murder, Dentist
Page Count:  209                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
Price:  $4.99
Publisher:  Self-Published 
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 


Blurb/Summary:

Trixie Lavender here, ex-nun on the run with her demon friends Coop and Livingston the talking owl in tow!

Things have been going really well for us at our tattoo shop in Cobbler Cove, a district in the heart of Portland, Oregon. We’re making friends with our fellow shop owners, enjoying serving our community, and really getting to know our new friends, Higgs, Knuckles, and Goose.

When we’re invited to a Halloween party at the Peach Street Shelter, how can we resist spending some time with our favorite ex-undercover police officer turned shelter owner Higgs, on a day that involves candy and costumes?

Unfortunately, the day also involves a murder, a spooky urban myth spreading like wildfire among the homeless population about an organ-stealing-madman, and of course, my testy and unpredictable demonic possession…

Join me, Coop, Higgs and the rest of the gang as we relentlessly hunt for answers to the murder of a local dentist and the legend of The Organ Grinder!

Review:


Readers will enjoy their return visit to Cobbler Cove.  Murder and mayhem seem to find Trixie and Coop no matter where they are.  They can’t even go to a Halloween party without someone turning up murdered. 

We learn more about Trixie’s demon and he has some new tricks that leave Trixie and Coop confused.  Trixie and Coop’s relationships in the town are growing and developing.  The sexual tension and teasing between Higgs and Trixie is adorable.

House of the Rising Nun is a great mystery that had me guessing and doubting throughout the story.  This is a page turner!  Make sure you give yourself enough time to read because once you start you won’t want to stop.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Dianna Love, Stalking His Mate: League of Gallize Shifters

Title:  Stalking His Mate: League of Gallize Shifters 
Author:  Dianna Love 
Rating: Five Siren Stones 
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Gallize Shifters, Panther, League of Gallize Shifters
Page Count:  343                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services LLC 
Price:  $3.99 
Publisher:  Self-Published 
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:

New York Times bestseller Dianna Love's Gallize shifters are back with an action packed adventure, a sexy love story and a twist no one saw coming. 

Having spent her life as a captive, Siofra escapes when her power surfaces to save her from an attack, which exposes her as a nonhuman. All she wants to do is find her brother who is also being hunted, then vanish to live free from shifters. That was the plan and it would have worked if a golden-eyed jaguar shifter hadn’t stepped between her and a dangerous jackal, throwing a major kink in her escape when she falls for the sexy protector.

Rory didn’t choose to be a jaguar shifter and is determined to not mate even though he faces death from the Gallize mating curse if he doesn’t. The end may come sooner than he expects when his jaguar loses the ability to heal them, but that doesn’t prevent Rory from racing in to save a young woman from a vicious predator. The moment Siofra is in his arms and his power reaches out to hers, he struggles against the primal pull of the one woman he’s drawn to as a mate. Even if he didn’t feel the need to end his bloodline, she hates shifters.

None of that will matter if Rory fails to stop the deadly Black River Pack from using Siofra in a grisly experiment when she’s caught in a trap. 



Review:

You will love Rory’s jaguar, Ferral the drama cat.  He is hilarious and had me laughing out loud even when the situation was dire.  Ferral brought levity to the story.

Rory is completely conflicted over being a shifter and can’t separate past events and his guilt.  Siofra has been a slave most of her life and has never gotten a chance to really experience any kind of freedom.  These two characters pull at your heart-strings and play on your emotions.

Siofra’s journey to find her brother leads her to Rory.  Both are helpless to the pull they feel towards each other, but they still both fight it.  Rory’s protective side comes out and he wants Siofra to experience life and freedom, even if it can’t be with him.

Their journey to each other is filled with potholes and speedbumps.  An ancient enemy has designs for Siofra.  Rory’s team has been trying to take down the Black River Pack, but Siofra’s plan to protect herself lands her in more hot water with the Gallize.  Jackals and Wolves are hunting Siofra.  Siofra’s brother has disappeared.  Rory’s guilt is a certain death sentence.  And if that isn’t enough, Siofra has power but no idea how to control it.

Read the story to find out how Siofra and Rory deal with the potholes and speedbumps.  Can they fill them in and sail over them?  Or do they sink and wreck?

This is a great installment to the series!

I received an ARC for an honest review.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Lara Adrian, Hour of Darness: A Hunter Legacy Novel, Volume 2

Title:  Hour of Darness: A Hunter Legacy Novel (Midnight Breed Hunter Legacy) Volume 2
Author:  Lara Adrian
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Breed, Breedmate, Russian Mafia, Midnight Breed Hunter Legacy Series, Hunter, Assassin
Page Count:  318                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
Price:  $4.99
ISBN Print:  978-1727535617
Price:  $12.45
Publisher:  Self-Published
Buy-Link:   https://www.amazon.com/Hour-Darkness-Hunter-Legacy-Midnight-ebook/dp/B07DFPC2J2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1538432509&sr=8-2&keywords=lara+adrian+hour+of+darkness
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug  


Blurb/Summary:

Born and raised as an assassin in the notorious Hunter program, Breed vampire Cain has since put his specialized skills to use as a mercenary willing to clean up any problem for a price. Or so he thought. After a job in Las Vegas strains even his dubious code of honor, Cain pulls up stakes and lands in Miami for a much-needed break. All he wants is time away to clear his head and regroup, but then a beautiful young woman is nearly killed in front of his eyes and the ruthless former Hunter becomes the only thing standing between her and a sniper’s bullet.

Marina Moretskova is no stranger to dangerous men. As the niece of a Russian organized crime boss, she’s grown up around killers and criminals. But her uncle wants out now, and he’s enlisted Marina’s help in buying his freedom by delivering valuable intel to a secret contact in exchange for protection. Not even Marina’s bodyguards are aware of her mission, so when an attempt on her life is averted by a handsome, steely-eyed vampire, as grateful as she is for Cain’s intervention, the last thing she needs is the shrewd Breed male nosing around for answers. Cain’s cold, haunted gaze and merciless abilities attest to his brutal nature, yet the rough, solitary Hunter stirs a powerful longing in Marina—a darkly seductive hunger
—that she can neither afford nor resist. With a target on her back and covert enemies closing in from all sides, trust is a risk that can prove deadly . . . and the safest shelter she may find is in the arms of the most lethal man she’ll ever know.

New York Times bestselling author Lara Adrian returns with a pulse-pounding new novel in the thrilling Hunter Legacy series of vampire romances set in the darkly seductive Midnight Breed paranormal story world.


Review:

The Hunter Legacy stories are spin-offs of the Midnight Breed series, but they are standalone stories.  Hour of Darkness is the second volume in the Hunter Legacy series and was well worth the wait.

You can probably figure out from the synopsis above that Cain saves Marina early in the story.  We get both Cain’s and Marina’s history and back story as the plot moves along.  Two more lonely souls there could not be.  These characters will pull you in and have you emotionally involved.

Hour of Darkness is a fantastic story with intrigue and deceit around every corner.  Who can you trust?  Will Cain and Marina learn to trust each other before it’s too late?

Lara Adrian manages once again to write a story that keeps your head thinking and heart throbbing.  I highly recommend trying one of the Hunter Legacy books.  You will be hooked!

I received an ARC for an honest review.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Dakota Cassidy, Hit and Nun (Nun of Your Business Mysteries Book 2)

Title:  Hit and Nun (Nun of Your Business Mysteries Book 2)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Cozy Mystery, Paranormal Fiction
Keywords:  Demon, Owl, Nun, Possession, Tattoo Parlor, Murder
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
Price:  $4.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 


Blurb/Summary:

Sister Trixie Lavender here! After a rocky start (read: murdered landlord) to our arrival in Cobbler Cove, OR, things have finally slowed down. Er…mostly. My demon buddy Coop and I, along with our sassy talking owl Livingston, have settled nicely into our newly opened shop, Inkerbelle’s Tattoos.

We’ve met some awesome people, including new friends Higgs and Knuckles, and we’re forging friendships with our fellow business owners. And sure, we’ve had a few glitches (see Jeff), but we’ve found our groove, our clientele is growing, and everything’s pretty great.

That is, until Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride finds us smack dab in the middle of another murder mystery! Yep, you read that right. Naked people. On bikes. It ain’t pretty. And even less so when a dead, bare biker lands right on our doorstep.
But this ex-nun is prepared this time. There’s not going to be any fumbling-around-in-the-dark nonsense for this girl. No, sir. I’ve trained, sacrificed, studied…

Okay. Not true. I’ve binge-watched a lot of police shows on Netflix. But I’m armchair ready, if nothing else. So ready!
Now, if only the evil spirit possessing me would let me investigate in peace—and I don’t end up dead in the process.
Join me, Coop, Livingston, and Higgs for another Nun of Your Business Mystery!

Review:

If you like your mysteries and paranormal fiction without a lot of superfluous sex scenes, then look no further.  This is a fun mystery series involving an ex-nun that is possessed and her best friend Coop that is a demon from hell.  Each book has a plot line that plays out in full by the end of the book, and then there is the underlying plot that will keep readers coming back involving Trixie Lavender’s possession.

Hit and Nun brought out a different side of Trixie Lavender.  Ever the optimist and ready to forgive is the Trixie from book 1.  In book 2 we see the cynical and pessimistic Trixie come to the forefront.  Trixie wants to help her friend Knuckles, but there are so many obstacles set in front of her during her amateur investigation it leaves readers wondering if the truth will ever come out.

Of course, the obstacles come with danger attached.  I found myself wanting to yell at Trixie like you would yell at the characters in a horror film.  The plot twists will leave you frantic and wanting to read faster.  N0t to mention the overwhelming urge to go to confession there are so many lies to uncover in this story.    

Tune into this series now so you can journey with Trixie Lavender as she navigates her new secular status and all that it entails.   
 

I received an ARC for an honest review.