Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dakota Cassidy, Wolf Mates Box Set

Title:  Wolf Mates Box Set
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Werewolves, Shifters, Mystery/Suspense, Vampires, Curse
Page Count:  539             
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.   
Price:  $5.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:
An American Werewolf in Hoboken-- 

Wooing a life mate can be hard enough for a wolf, wooing one while under the threat of a curse even more so. 

Wooing a mate while pretending to be her dog? Nearly impossible. 

After being drugged and captured by Animal Control, Max Adams is on Hoboken's doggie death row when his life mate adopts him, takes him home, and promptly names him Fluffy. While JC, in all her new-pet-owner-ness, feeds "Fluffy" vile kibble, dresses him in mortifying dog couture, and schedules to have his manhood removed, Max's human side gets to know JC. Especially in the biblical sense. 

Hopefully well enough to make her fall madly in love, mate with him under the full moon, and move with him to Cedar Glen to live happily ever after forever and ever amen. And fast. 

Because the curse comes with a deadline...and the clock is ticking. 

What’s New, Pussycat?-- 

Martine Brooks is in a pickle. Derrick Adams is in a jam. 

Pickles and jam. Not exactly a hot combo. Unless the "pickle" is a sultry, sassy cat shifter and the "jam" is a gorgeous hunk of wolf. 

Derrick is cursed to die if he doesn't make the woot-woot with his life mate on the night of the next full moon. Martine's been held captive by a power-hungry warlock for six long months, forced to do his bidding before finding herself stuffed in a cat carrier and ditched at a 7-Eleven. 

After rescuing her from a Dumpster, Derrick and Martine strike a mutually beneficial deal: Mate, save a life, walk away—both alive and kicking. Win! Yet, there are kinks in the plan. Like the fact that Martine's one-time captor is on the hunt, planning to extinguish all of her nine lives at once. Or the fact the curse threatening Derrick's life is about to throw him a monster curve ball. 

But the biggest kink might prove to be Derrick and Martine themselves, two avowed commitment-phoebes...who are beginning to wonder what forever looks like. 

Gotta Have Faith— 

Five years ago, Brock Adams disappeared from Cedar Glen, New Jersey, never to be seen or heard from again, leaving behind his wife Faith, his daughters…and two sons under a family curse. 

Give up everything. That was the deal. Give up his werewolf pack, his family and his immortality, in exchange for finally, finally ridding his sons of the deadly curse. But when a disguised Brock sneaks back into Cedar Glen, he finds the curse still very much in effect. He also bumps into Faith, who he aches for just as much now as the day he left. 

Coming back was a horrible idea. Winston, his foul-tempered fairy friend, told him so. But did Brock listen? Noooo. He’s listening to his heart and his libido, and both are begging for one more moment in Faith’s arms. So what if she doesn’t even know it’s really him? And one of his sons hates him? And he’ll have to leave again? And he has a vindictive witch on his trail…? 

***Author Note: Dear readers, Please note, if you recognize these titles, these books, originally published in 2006, are a rerelease and have been updated, revised and expanded.

Review:

These books are awesome on their own, but it was so much more fun to read them in the box set one right after the other.  The three stories; An American Werewolf in Hoboken, What’s New, Pussycat?, and Gotta Have Faith are all interrelated and surrounding the Adams Family curse.  I promise not to give away too much, but basically the Adams men have to go on a journey to find their life mates.  The journey is always fraught with danger, the possibility of failure, and imminent death.  Never fear though, Dakota Cassidy’s characters laugh in the face of death and are forced to do all kinds of crazy things in the name of love.

The first story is about Max and JC.  Both strong and confident characters that will make you laugh.  In the second story we meet Derrick and Martine.  Both pig-headed and stubborn characters that have to learn to trust.  In the last story we get Faith and Brock’s tale.  Faith and Brock are Max and Derrick’s parents.  They are the epitome of loyalty. 

Each story has a great plot with twists and turns.  Some plot twists are more like mini tornados that will leave your jaw on the floor.  Every couple has their hot, hot, hot moments some a little more scorching than others. 

As a reader, I really liked how each story built upon the previous one while you learned more about all the characters and the Cedar Glen townsfolk.  There are some very colorful secondary characters that I would love to see get their own story someday.

These three stories did not disappoint.  Each had a thrilling part, sexy part, mystery/suspense part, and ended with a HEA part.  Now how they got to that HEA part I’m not going to expand upon because that is the meat of the stories and the journey you must take with these fun characters.  I highly recommend the Wolf Mates Box Set.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dakota Cassidy, Fangs of Anarchy: Book 2 Outlaw Alpha - Part 5 - Justified

Title:  Fangs of Anarchy: Book 2 Outlaw Alpha – Part 5 - Justified
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Vampires, Werewolves, Demons, Mystery, Biker Gangs
Page Count:  47             
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Price:  .99
Publisher:  Self-Published 
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug

Blurb/Summary:

Vampire Liam McConnell was inches away from striking a deal with Angus Sweeten, the foulest, scariest, evilest demon in the land, who holds the key to the synthetic blood Liam’s clan so desperately needs. But that was before Sweeten became sweet on a certain ex-werewolf-turned-vamp. Now the demon wants the impossible. A trade Liam can’t live with… 

The synthetic blood formula in exchange for Freya Ashe—Liam’s mate. 

With Freya’s ex-pack members calling for her head, a sly she-wolf on the prowl with her own agenda, half his clan turned against him and a shifty demon’s sights set on his mate, Liam will have to rely on his Fangs of Anarchy brothers to help get him and Freya—and maybe a few others—through the chaos alive. 

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


Review:

Justified – Part 5 is the conclusion to Fangs of Anarchy: Book 2 – Outlaw Alpha.  Justice is served up in this episode and readers get the HEA ending that followers of the series have been waiting on.

Episode four was a little slow with more relationship building than plot.  However, episode five makes up for it in spades.  Justified is non-stop action and plot resolution.  The answers to all the lingering questions are brought to light.  No spoilers here, read the story and enjoy the experience like I did.

Frey and Liam make a great vampire team.  Go team Freyum!  Dakota Cassidy’s sarcastic wit abounds throughout this final episode.  Freya became one of my favorite characters in the Fangs of Anarchy series because of her witty mouth.

If you are looking for a HEA vampire/werewolf romance series with humor and a great plot then be sure to check out the Fangs of Anarchy series.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dakota Cassidy, Fangs of Anarchy 2 - Outlaw Alpha: The Ultimatum Part 4


Title:  Fangs of Anarchy 2--Outlaw Alpha: The Ultimatum Part 4

Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating: Four And A Half Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Vampires, Werewolves, Biker Gangs, Demons, Murder, Mystery
Page Count:  39           
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.   
Price:  .99
Publisher:  Self-Published 
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug

Blurb/Summary:


How much trouble can one woman get into? Especially when her favorite past-time is quilting? Well, Freya Ashe is turning out to be an atypical ex-litigating ex-werewolf. There’s the newly turned vampire thing and the murder thing and the going-on-the-lam thing. Oh, and the sex thing with the hot-on-hot Liam McConnell, her new vampire mate. 

And when a terrifying demon drops by and issues a few friendly death threats, Freya discovers just how clueless she’s become, how disconnected to everything and everyone around her. That’s was all those Law & Order marathons will get you. Seems her would-be werewolf mate, Courtland Dodd, is nice and tight with the demon Angus Sweeten. The very pile of nasty Liam has been trying to meet with. And he’s this close. 

With intrigue around every corner and a slew of alleged misdeeds piled on Freya’s slender shoulders, she and Liam better be careful. If you make a deal with a devil like Angus, everyone might go up in flames. 

*Author note: Dear readers, this is part four of approximately a five-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 asp lode from waiting! 

Review:

This episode of Fangs of Anarchy 2--Outlaw Alpha: The Ultimatum Part 4 picks up in the tavern with Liam being confronted by Cortland and Petra.  Meanwhile, in the woods, Freya is coming face to face with Angus the demon.

Right from the very first scene in this episode the reader just knows that Petra is going to cause all kinds of drama over being humiliated.  Petra is going to try with everything she is to bring someone down with her.

Liam is still playing Courtland and, as a reader, I am on pins and needles hoping his actions don’t come back to bite him in the butt.  Only time will tell and the next episode.

I was so proud of Freya!  She acted nothing like Claire from the previous Fangs of Anarchy book.  Freya didn’t wait around for someone to come and save her, she took action.  Freya is a wonderful heroine and strong female character.

During this episode things really heat up between Liam and Freya.  It becomes hot, hot, and then scorching hot.  There was a little bit of plot movement and a maneuvering of characters, but this episode was really more of a cementing of Liam and Freya’s relationship.  We also see the beginnings of what eternity means to each of them in regards to the other.

As always, Dakota leaves us hanging with a massive plot bomb waiting to explode.  Don’t miss this episode or you will be lost in the next one.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Dakota Cassidy, The Accidental Dragon

Releases February 3, 2015
Title:  The Accidental Dragon (Accidentally Paranormal Novel Book 9)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Siren's Best Book Stone
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Dragons, Vampires, Werewolves, Demons, Hell, Zombie
Page Count: 304             
ISBN E-Book:  978-1101630266   
Price:  $7.99
Print Book:  978-0425268636
Price:  $11.65
Audio CD: $23.32
Publisher:  Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug

Blurb/Summary:

Firefighter McAllister "Mick" Malone knows he has a protective streak, especially when it comes to his deceased best friend's sister, Tessa. But after twenty-five years of verbal sparring, Mick can't help but notice that their recent arguments have started to feel a lot like foreplay. And while Tessa knows exactly what to say to get him going, Mick is thrown for a loop when he actually starts breathing fire.

Antique-store owner Tessa Preston has loved Mick Malone since she was ten years old—not that she'd ever admit it. Fighting with Mick is the only thing keeping her from an embarrassing romantic confession. But when the sexy firefighter accidentally ingests some ancient dragon scales masquerading as powdered aspirin, Tessa finds herself handling something much hotter than long-simmering sexual tension.

Review:

First, if you are not familiar with the Accidental Series please take note that The Accidental Dragon is Book 9 of the series.  As a reader that likes reading series in order that is what I would suggest, but I know that some people don’t mind reading out of order.  You can read this out of order just be prepared for spoilers from the other books.

Second, run don’t walk to the nearest bookstore and snag your copy as soon as it comes out.  If you are a kindle person then one-click away.  This book was so much more than I expected!

I dare you not to fall in love with these newest additions to the Accidental family.  McAllister (Mick) Malone and Tessa Preston are incredible and handle all the “crazy” with a healthy dose of humor.  Both the hero and heroine are centered and strong, just struggling to make it on their own, each with their own set of heavy baggage.  Mick has been in love with Tessa since they were kids.  Tessa has been in love with Mick since she was a child.  However, they don’t do normal and just talk.  They fight like cats and dogs and now they fight like dragons!

The Accidental Dragon is almost a family reunion of sorts because they have to call on so many different friends to help solve the Dragon mystery.  It has an awesome plot complete with wonderful twists, a snarky, evil Nina, and her badass friends Wanda and Marty.  To my delight, this book brings in previous characters with some slight background, but don’t worry the plot moves forward full speed ahead with constant action and adventure.  You’ll be glued to the story and turning those pages as fast as you can.

Without spoilers, The Accidental Dragon is about friends that become lovers and overcome their tragic pasts that have been holding them back.  Mick and Tessa’s journey is heart-wrenching and beautiful.  Just have some Kleenex nearby.  This story had me crying and laughing.

I love a book with an epilogue because you get to see how the characters you just fell in love with are adjusting to their new lives.  Dakota Cassidy doesn’t disappoint on this front either.

The Accidental Dragon is a wonderful story and I can’t wait to see where the Accidental families end up next!