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.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dakota Cassidy, Play That Funky Music White Koi (A Lemon Layne Mystery Book 2)

Title:  Play That Funky Music White Koi (A Lemon Layne Mystery Book 2)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Four Siren Stones
Genre:  Cozy Mystery 
Keywords:  Amateur Sleuth, Murder, Mystery, Spider Monkey
Page Count:  208                
ISBN E-Book:  978-1-944003-82-1
Price:  $3.99
Publisher:  Book Boutiques
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug  


Blurb/Summary:


My tiny town of Fig Harbor's just recovering from our last tango with murder, only to be faced with yet another—and this time, it sure looks an awful lot like a vampire's on the loose in the Pacific Northwest.

Vampires are just Twilight fiction, right? 

I'm not so sure after a murder victim is found in my koi pond right next to my favorite fish, Koi George, (not good!) with bite marks on her neck, and a gothic antique chalice next to her body with what sure looks like blood residue. 

By now, everyone knows I can't keep my nose out of a good mystery. But when I literally try to stay out of the fray while our town conspiracy theorist is yelling vampires have invaded our beloved Fig Harbor, I have no choice but to gather up all the garlic I can buy and put my sleuthing shoes back on!”

This contemporary cozy mystery has it all, from the local doomsday prepper to an out of control pet monkey, a mother who would drive a saint to drink, and of course a dead body in the Koi pond.

Review:

Lemon Layne is like a magnet for trouble.  She also has snooping in her blood.  Sleuthing is like her drug.  There is no way she can stay out of the murder mystery that landed in her backyard much to the chagrin of Justice.  All he wants is for Lemon to be safe after her past troubles.

Play That Funky Music White Koi is a cozy murder mystery with some plot twists.  This is book two in the series and we get to see a little more into Lemon’s fiancĂ©e’s murder.  His murder is holding her back from living her life and seeing what is right in front of her.  One of the characters being questioned in the murders helps Lemon realize some of her short comings. 

This is a cute story with the same quirky main characters from the first book.  I was a little disappointed that the characters didn’t have more developmental growth in this second installment.  Very little new information or backstory was shared on Lemon and her main crew.  However, it feels like it is building up to something and I’m curious to see what is coming next.  

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dakota Cassity, Then Came Wanda...With A Baby Carriage (Accidentally Paranormal Series Book 15)

 Title:  Then Came Wanda…With A Baby Carriage (Accidentally Paranormal Series Book 15)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Four And A Half Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Zombie, Baby, Vampires, Werewolves, Demons, Skinwalker 
Page Count:  198                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital
Price:  $3.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:

There’s almost nothing Wanda Jefferson wants more than a family to call her own, and she’s almost got it all with her husband Heath, a beautiful home in the suburbs, and her soul-satisfying work with her best friends as part of OOPS—a paranormal crisis hotline.

Yet still, there’s a tiny hole in Wanda’s heart she longs to fill with a baby. As she and Heath explore adoption, and finally bring home a beautiful baby boy with the support of their friends and family, everything that can go wrong, does.

First, no one, not even Nina the baby-loving vampire, can soothe the cranky infant. He’s cries constantly, bringing Wanda’s insecurities as a new mother out in full force. Then banshee, Sal Brice and sexy skinwalker, Grey Hamlin show up, and yikes, do they have a tale to tell—one that involves a diabolical plan that threatens Wanda’s newly formed family!

You know what that means, right? Hell hath no fury like the OOPS women on a case!


Review:

The OOPS family is growing by leaps and bounds and babies, oh my!
Then Came Wanda…With A Baby Carriage is book 15 in the Accidental Series and it is a novella.  All the main OOPS girls are involved in the plot line along with their husbands.  We get a really clear picture from an outsider’s perspective as to how supportive and loving this extended family is to one another.

I found this to be a tearjerker of a story.  The plot will run the reader through the entire gamut of emotions.  Wanda starts out with the baby and the story works backward for us to see how Wanda ended up with him.

Novellas are shorter than full novels, but this story didn’t lack heart, meat, or satisfaction.  There is not a dull moment!  Dakota’s brand of humor is stamped on this book throughout the emotional roller coaster.

Wanda’s story is a nice addition and transition for the Accidental Series.  The new characters Sal Brice and Grey Hamlin may open new paths for the series.  I can’t wait to see where Dakota Cassidy takes the OOPS girls next!  Don’t miss out on this book if you are an Accidental Series fan!

This book received a Four And A Half Star Rating on Siren Book Reviews.
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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Lara Adrian, Midnight Unbound: A Midnight Breed Novella (The Midnight Breed Series)

Title:  Midnight Unbound: A Midnight Breed Novella (The Midnight Breed Series)  
Author:  Lara Adrian
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Breed, Hunter, Vampire
Page Count:  162                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services, LLC
Price:  $2.99
ISBN Print:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Price:  $7.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

Blurb/Summary:

As a former Hunter bred to be a killing machine in the hell of a madman's lab, Breed vampire Scythe is a dangerous loner whose heart has been steeled by decades of torment and violence. He has no room in his world for love or desire--especially when it comes in the form of a vulnerable, yet courageous, Breedmate in need of protection. Scythe has loved--and lost--once before, and paid a hefty price for the weakness of his emotions. He's not about to put himself in those chains again, no matter how deeply he hungers for lovely Chiara.

For Chiara Genova, a widow and mother with a young Breed son, the last thing she needs is to put her fate and that of her child in the hands of a lethal male like Scythe. But when she's targeted by a hidden enemy, the obsidian-eyed assassin is her best hope for survival . . . even at the risk of her heart.



Review:


Midnight Unbound is a standalone novella in the Midnight Breed Series.  As a reader, you can truly enjoy and appreciate this story without the entire series background.  Scythe was a secondary character in a previous story and I was hoping that we would get to know more about him.

Scythe and Chiara Genova’s story is a journey of two people that have been betrayed and wronged, both wanting to love again, neither wanting to put themselves out there to be hurt one more time.  Theirs is a story of growing trust and friendship.

Scythe puts himself on the line to protect Chiara and we get to find out how incredibly deadly he is.  Chiara is no shrinking violet and her hard-working attitude shows through in everything she does.

The story has a good plot, moves along at a steady pace, and keeps readers engaged and turning the pages.  Midnight Unbound is a wonderful addition to the series with some surprises.

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