Monday, March 20, 2017

Dakota Cassidy, Prawn of the Dead (A Lemon Layne Mystery, Book 1)

Title:  Prawn of the Dead (A Lemon Layne Mystery, Book 1)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Siren's Best Book Stone

Genre:  Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Keywords:  Amateur Sleuth, Spider Monkey, Cops, Murder, Zombies
Page Count:  208                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital
Price:  $3.99
Audio CD: $24.99
Publisher:  Book Boutiques
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug  

Blurb/Summary:


"My name is Lemon Layne, and if asked to describe myself, like maybe on a dating site (which is never gonna happen), I'd have to go with best convenience store/barbecue joint owner in the Pacific Northwest. I live in the tiny tourist town of Fig Harbor, Washington with my adorably neurotic best friend, Coco Belinski, my a-little-left- of-center (read totally out there) mom, May, and my troublemaking pet monkey, Jessica Fletcher.

Oh, and last but certainly not least, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool amateur sleuth. Yep. I'm literally incapable of resisting a good mystery. No matter how great or small, I love to stick my nose into...er, help solve a crime. From the mysterious disappearance of Ho Hos in my store, to a lost piece of jewelry, I'm always ready to put on my Sherlock Holmes cap (I really do have one. Got it when I was eight).

When I find my mother's ex-boyfriend murdered in our convenience store bathroom with a piece of his skull missing, and my mom's a suspect in a murder investigation, my mystery solving goes from zero to a hundred. To really make matters worse, the town's local conspiracy theorist and official doomsday prepper, Cappie somehow finds out the victim isn't just missing a piece of his skull--he's missing a piece of his brain!

And that's when off the wall Cappie starts spreading word the zombie apocalypse has officially arrived in our tiny burg. Total chaos ensues and I have to pick my way through everything from weekend warrior zombie hunters to medical mysteries in order to catch a killer!"

Review:

Dakota Cassidy has a knack for creating quirky characters that are endearingly addictive.  Lemon Layne and her entourage are a hoot!  This new mystery series was so easy to engage in and connect with the characters that I didn’t want to put it down.  I absolutely love Lemon!  She’s a strong independent woman who knows her own mind and isn’t afraid of anything.  Lemon has a wacky mom named May, a best friend named Coco, and a spider monkey named Jessica Fletcher.  These characters are hysterical together and will have you laughing out loud.

As the story progresses we get to journey along with our amateur sleuth Lemon as she tries to clear her mom’s name of murder.  Of course she gets herself into all kinds of weird predicaments that end up leading her to new clues and trouble.  Cappie, the town wackadoodle, instigates more trouble by egging on zombie hunters based on evidence that the victim is missing some of his brain.

Prawn of the Dead is immensely entertaining.  There is not a dull moment in the book.  The plot moves swiftly and takes on unexpected twists.  It appears that Lemon has a mysterious backstory that I’m hoping will come out later in the series.

If you like a great story, want to be entertained, and love to laugh then look no further this book is for you!

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lara Adrian, For 100 Nights: A 100 Series Novel

Title:  For 100 Nights: A 100 Series Novel
Author:  Lara Adrian
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Erotic Fiction
Sub-Genre:  Contemporary Erotic Romance
Keywords:  Billionaire, Painter, Artists, Mystery, Murder, 100 Series, Suspense
Page Count:  214                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
Price:  $4.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:

Avery Ross is living a dream. After struggling all of her life to make ends meet, a chance meeting with a powerful, darkly handsome man has catapulted her into a dazzling new world of penthouse luxury, elegant parties, and a wild, consuming passion with her billionaire lover, Dominic Baine. Nothing is out of his reach in business or in pleasure, yet the only woman he wants is her. Nick sweeps her to sensual heights she has never dared explore, commanding her body the same way he commands her heart. Yet Avery knows the fantasy she's living cannot last.

With dark secrets and a dangerous enemy haunting her past, Avery must find a way to trust Nick with the truth before it destroys everything they share. But Nick is harboring secrets of his own as well. And when they come to light, Avery will be forced to decide if the love she feels for Nick is strong enough to endure a betrayal she may never be able to forgive.

** This book ends in a cliffhanger. A big one. But you won't be left dangling for long -- the next book in the trilogy, FOR 100 REASONS releases this spring! **

Review:

Avery Ross and Dominic Baine kept me glued to the pages.  For 100 Nights is an Erotic Fiction story so if lots of intimate and detailed scenes turn you off then this is not for you.  If intimate and detailed scenes don’t bother you then you will enjoy the scenes and the story wrapped around them.

For 100 Nights is the continuation of For 100 Days and starts up where that story left off.  You don’t necessarily have to read the first book, but you will be missing some of the story that forms the relationship for Avery and Dominic.  Lara Adrian did a nice job of drawing the reader into this story and recapping what happened in the first book in subtle ways that don’t interfere with the progression of the storyline.

The plot has a nice steady pace and the characters that readers fell in love with in the first book are all present in the second.  More secrets are revealed in For 100 Nights.  The main characters definitely lack communications skills which could stem from the fact that neither have had any healthy relationships in the past.  They seemed to be working through them and then the ending took me by surprise.  Readers are left with a cliff-hanger ending.  However, the ending is suspenseful enough that it won’t make you insane but bring you back for more.

If you are following the 100 Series then you can’t miss this book!

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dianna Love, Dragon King Of Treoir: The Belador Series Book Eight

Title:  Dragon King Of Treoir: The Belador Series Book Eight
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 
Page Count:  344                
ISBN Print Book:  978-1940651781
Price:  $12.41
ISBN E-Book:  1940651786
Price: $4.99
Publisher:  Silver Hawk Press LLC
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug  

Blurb/Summary:

The Treoir dragon holds the fate of the Beladors in one hand ... and his own in the other.

The Beladors finally have a true leader in Daegan, their new dragon king, but life is far from secure now that they've inherited his enemies. As their Maistir, Vladimir Quinn played a risky role in freeing the dragon from the lair of their enemy, the Medb. Quinn now faces a heavy price for his part. The Medb queen is out for blood. Vigilante killings erupt among Atlanta's secret preternatural community and all fingers point to the Beladors.  The dragon king has his first real test as a ruler when he has to choose between protecting his people and entering a hostile realm full of deities capable of killing a dragon.  But as a two-thousand-year-old warrior, Daegan has never shied away from any battle.  Quinn, Evalle, Storm and friends race to discover who is trying to turn the entire VIPER coalition against the Beladors before war breaks out. With the clock also ticking down for Quinn, who has been ordered to hand over Kizira's body to the Medb queen, Daegan reveals an even greater reason to prevent the queen from using necromancy on the body beyond the secrets Quinn protects.  

Freedom is never free. Not when the powerful gods and goddesses poised to decide Quinn's fate see an opportunity to also destroy a threat to their existence - the last dragonshifter.

Review:

Dianna Love is the master of subplots!  There is so much going on in this book.  Dragon King Of Treoir is action-packed paranormal fiction sprinkled with romance, mystery, intrigue, and suspense.
 
You would think by the title that this was going to be all about Daegan the Dragon King, but it is so much more.  The main plot picks up from book seven and continues Quinn’s journey.  Dianna Love cleverly introduces a new character into the mix at the beginning that plays a vital role in this story and hopefully stories to come.  Then we are treated to all the subplots and machinations going on in the periphery of the main storyline.  Between the Medb, Macha, Dakkar, Evalle, Storm, Adrianna, Isak, Quinn, the new character Reese, and the new threat to everyone’s existence there is no slowing down once you pick this book up and start reading.

This book does not have as much of a romance undertone to it as past books.  There seemed to be more action and maneuvering of characters.  Dragon King Of Treoir is setting up the next part of Dianna’s series by putting all the characters out there and defining their roles in the war to come.  Dianna Love set up the characters in a way that gave us several stories going on simultaneously.  It was very intriguing and engaging!

If you are just new to The Belador Series, then start from the beginning so you can experience the journey as the author intended.  If you are a fan of the series, then don’t miss this installment or you will be lost for what is to come.

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

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Dakota Cassidy, How the Witch Stole Christmas

Title:  How the Witch Stole Christmas (Witchless In Seattle Book 5)  
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Mystery
Sub-Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Keywords:  Witch, Spy, Cotton Bat, Medium, Afterlife, Ghosts, Murder
Page Count:  156                
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
Price:  $3.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:

The game is afoot in Ebenezer Falls, Washington, and this time someone is trying to ruin Christmas!

With twists, turns, and suspects aplenty, amateur sleuth Stevie Cartwright is determined to find a murderer and her missing familiar before the silver bells tarnish! 

USA Today bestselling cozy mystery author Dakota Cassidy serves up mayhem and murder in How the Witch Stole Christmas, Book 5 of her bestselling series, Witchless in Seattle Mysteries

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas--!

Er, not so much. . .

It's Christmas, and I, ex-witch, Stevie Cartwright declare this my favorite time of year! I love the decorations! The food! The Hallmark Channel holiday specials! This year promises to be better than ever because for the first time in a very long time, I'm going to have more than just Cheez Whiz, Triscuits and the wish to be surrounded by family and friends. 

My carefully planned holiday bonanza includes all the usual suspects. My bat familiar Belfry, my dog Whiskey, my ever-present ghostly spy friends--dashing Brit Winterbottom, stalwart Russian Arkady and my parents. 

However, nothing comes easy for this amateur sleuth, not even a neighborhood decorating contest. You know, the one I've been painstakingly prepping for months? Something goes horribly awry with my Christmas display (think bikini-clad carolers, pink flamingos and real, live turkeys) to start. 

But the worst? The dead body of the famous Chef Pascal Le June in my nativity scene! 

It becomes clear someone's trying to ruin my Christmas, and that someone must pay! But when Belfry goes missing, and the danger takes on a paranormal edge, I find I have more to lose than ever before. . .

This cozy mystery has a complete cast of oddball characters from witches to ghosts and bats to psychics. Witchless In Seattle Mysteries is a spin-off of Dakota Cassidy's bestselling paranormal romance series, A Paris, Texas Romance.

Review:

If you are looking for a good mystery to curl up with on Christmas Eve, then this is it!  The gang in Ebenezer Falls, Washington does not fail to entertain.  Stevie Cartwright has entered the Ebenezer Falls Christmas decorating contest and absolutely nothing goes according to plan.  The dead guy in her nativity scene doesn’t go unnoticed, but her beautifully planned Christmas decorations are ruined! 

How the Witch Stole Christmas is book five in the Witchless In Seattle series.  This book is not a cliff hanger and contains an entire story, but to get the most out of your journey with Stevie Cartwright you should read the previous stories.  Wonderful characters from the series play key roles in this book.

This book has a great plot with steady action and momentum.  Stevie Cartwright’s predicament will pull at your heart-strings and keep you reading.  Dakota Cassidy’s writing will leave you wanting more of Stevie and Winterbottom.  The cast of secondary characters and the level of snark are both highly entertaining.