Monday, May 2, 2016

Dakota Cassidy, Witchless In Seattle Mysteries Book 2


Title:  Quit Your Witchin’ (Witchless In Seattle Mysteries Book 2)

Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Mystery
Keywords:  Witches, Taco Man, Cotton Bat, Murder, Medium, Spy, Afterlife, Seattle, Witchless In Seattle Mysteries
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services LLC   
Price:  $4.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug


Blurb/Summary:


"“Hands off, Sticky Fingers Louise. No touching evidence. You do remember how that went down the last time, don’t you? Think Montblanc pen and accusing someone unjustly.”


There's been another murder in Ebenezer Falls, Washington State, and Stevie, Winterbottom, and Belfry are on the case…sort of! USA Today bestselling cozy mystery author Dakota Cassidy's newest addition to the Witchless In Seattle Mysteries, Quit Your Witchin' is a hilarious thrill ride of food trucks, suspects, and spirits for our intrepid spy-in-training. This whodunnit will keep you guessing from beginning to end!

Poor Tito the Taco Man…it’s “nacho” lucky day…

Yo quiero taco man!

Hello again! It’s me, Stevie Cartwright, ex-witch and new Madam Zoltar! I was fresh off the murder-suspect list and just settling into MZ’s psychic medium shoes-with the help of my bat familiar Belfry and spirit spy Win-when another death rocked sleepy little Ebenezer Falls, Washington State.

Tito Bustamante, my beloved purveyor of mouth-watering Mexican munchies, has been found dead in the food truck court! Rumor has it Tito was stickin’ his chimichanga where it didn’t belong, and my gut-not to mention his less-than-natural death-says murder.

No one is above suspicion. Not Tito’s own wife and daughter, not his arch food truck enemy Jacob…certainly not the son Tito didn’t know about, newly arrived in Ebenezer Falls and getting cozy with my hired help.

Do join me (and try not to point and laugh) as I juggle catching a killer with the home renovations from hell, snooping for clues about Win’s previous life, gabbing with and eavesdropping on the locals, and enduring a visit from my very unwelcome, very annoyingly gorgeous ex-coven leader-all while continuing to adjust to my new witchless existence!

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:

Thoroughly enjoyed the trip back into Ebenezer Falls in the second book Quit Your Witchin’ of the Witchless In Seattle Mysteries.  Stevie Cartwright is settling into the town, becoming a contributing citizen, and dealing without her witch powers.  Winterbottom, Stevie’s ghost spy, is as charming as ever.  He’s become very protective of Ms. Cartwright and with good reason.

Alas, Tito the taco man has been murdered.  That’s the second murder in this small town in less than two months and Stevie is in the middle of all the action again.  She just can’t help it.

Never fear, Belfry, her cotton bat familiar is up for any challenge!  Between Belfry and Winterbottom they have to help Stevie solve the murder mystery and keep her alive in the process.

There is plenty of action in Quit Your Witchin’ to have you glued to the pages.  The characters and setting are full of small town charm and snark.  Dakota Cassidy portrays the small town gossip and cattiness well and will have you laughing and cheering on Stevie Cartwright as she finds her way.

Quit Your Witchin’ contains a visit from a character in another related story.  Secrets are revealed that will have you stewing in anticipation for the next book.  Great story and beautiful cover art are not to be missed.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dianna Love, Rogue Belador

Title:  Rogue Belador: The Belador Series Book Seven
Author:  Dianna Love 
Rating:  Siren's Best Book Stone 
Genre:  Paranormal Fiction
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Immortals, Dragons, Beladors, Medb, Witches, Fae, Gryphons, Demi-God, Goddesses
Page Count:  364             
ISBN Print Book: 978-1940651743  
Price:  $12.99
ISBN E-Book: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Publisher:  Silver Hawk Press LLC
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

Tagline:  Immortals fear little … except a secret in the wrong hands.

Blurb/Summary:

As Tzader Burke searches for a way to save Brina of Treoir’s failing memories, he discovers someone who can help her if he is willing to sneak into the heart of his enemy’s stronghold—TÅμr Medb. He’ll do anything to protect the woman he loves from becoming a mindless empty shell, but his decision could be the catalyst for an apocalyptic war. The deeper he digs for the truth, the more lies he uncovers that shake the very foundation of being a Belador and the future of his clan. While battling on every front, a secret is exposed that two immortal powers have spent thousands of years keeping buried. Tzader and his team have no choice but to fight for what they believe in, because the world as they know it is never going to be the same again.

Review:

Absolutely amazing sums up Rogue Belador quite nicely.  This book had me enraptured from beginning to end.  Rogue Belador is book seven in The Belador Series, and while it is a wonderful book on its own, I would highly recommend reading the entire series so that you too have an amazing experience.

The characters in this book just stay with you days after reading the book.  The story continues to play in my head and I can’t wait for the next installment of this series.  I will not give out any spoilers because that would just ruin your adventure.  What you need to know is that the plot clips along, lots of secrets come out, some things are put to rest from previous plots, and some things are put into motion at the conclusion of this story.  You can see now why you will need to brush up or pick up the previous books.  Run to the library, download them on your electronic devices, or buy them in the store.  You will not be disappointed.

Dianna Love did a fantastic job of balancing the story and romance between Tzader and Brina.  For those Storm fans there is also more juicy tidbits between him and Evalle.

Rogue Belador is an action packed book from beginning to end.  All your favorite characters end up on stage in this book at some point, and we are introduced to several more.  If you have been waiting for answers from the previous stories your wait is over until the next adventure!



Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dakota Cassidy, Witch Slapped (Witchless in Seattle Mysteries Book 1)


Title:  Witch Slapped (Witchless In Seattle Mysteries Book 1)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating: Siren's Best Book Stone
Genre:  Paranormal Mystery
Keywords:  Witches, Medium, Spy, Afterlife, Seattle, Cotton Bat, Witchless in Seattle Mysteries
Page Count:  190             
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital   
Price:  $4.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug

Blurb/Summary:

"Oh, good. Not a problem. I'll invoke the Gods of Pilates. I'm sure they'd be happy to help. Hang on just one sec while I dial them up. Oh, wait. I can't. Know why I can't? Because my hands are tied behind my back with zip ties, Win!"

A rib-tickling cozy mystery complete with an ex-witch, a dead British spy, a cotton ball bat and a cast of suspects that will keep you guessing right up to the end! Witch Slapped from USA Todaybestselling author Dakota Cassidy is book one in her new cozy mystery series Witchless In Seattle. Join the hunt for a murderer with Stevie, Winterbottom, and Belfry in a race against time as the local police prepare an eight by ten cell for our intrepid ex-witch.

What's a girl to do when she's a broke, shunned ex-witch with a very tiny, very hungry bat familiar named Belfry to feed?

Hello. My name is Stevie Cartwright, and I've been witchless for thirty days.

If only there was a support group for down-on-their-luck ex-witches who've had their powers slapped right out of them (literally). Just as I was licking my wounds after returning to my hometown of Ebenezer Falls, WA, and navigating my suddenly non-magical existence with the help of my familiar, the only friend I have left in the world--things got sticky.

Enter an ex-spy and newly departed spirit named Winterbottom, who's infiltrated my life with his sexy British accent and a couple of requests...

Thanks to Belfry's successful attempt to use me as a human antenna to the afterlife, I can somehow hear Win. I should be ecstatic; helping departed souls used to be my witch specialty. It's like I got the teensiest piece of my old life back. Except Win's dropped me right at a dead woman's feet.

Madam Zoltar, the town's beloved fake medium, has been murdered, and Win wants me to catch the killer.

My old life won't be worth much if it gets me whacked before my new life has barely begun--and that seems to be exactly what the killer has planned!

Content Notes: This cozy mysteries women sleuths series 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 popular A Paris, Texas Romance Series.

Review:

This was a fabulous paranormal mystery story.  I loved the characters, setting, and plot.  Stevie Cartwright is a character from the Texas Romance Series, but fear not if you have not met her before in your reading.  Dakota Cassidy properly introduces Stevie in her very own series and you will love her. 

Stevie ran into a bit of bad luck and a bad warlock in Paris, Texas.  She came home to Seattle to lick her wounds and try to make a new life for herself.  Unfortunately, she is without all her witch powers.  Fortunately, her little side kick/familiar Belfry, the cotton bat, came with her.  I love Belfry and immediately had to look up cotton bats on the internet.  They are so cute!

Belfry acts as her go between to the afterlife and brings Stevie to Winterbottom.  Winterbottom claims he is a spy and just happens to be dead.  He needs Stevie’s help to solve a murder and offers her so much more in return.

The plot moves forward at a great pace and the dialogue between characters had me cracking up.  Ebenezer Falls, WA is filled with some fun characters that liven up the tale.  As a reader, you will be on the edge of your seat as Stevie falls further and further into the thick of the mystery.

Dakota Cassidy chose Seattle as the setting and her descriptions had me wanting to curl up on Stevie’s bed with a book and that incredible view.  I’m seriously jealous of a fictional character right now!

Witch Slapped is Book 1 in the series, but you are getting a complete book.  The plot line plays out and the story is almost completely wrapped up.  There are a few questions left unanswered to bring you back for more, but no cliff-hanger making you want to pull your hair out.

I highly recommend Witch Slapped (Witchless In Seattle Mysteries Book 1).  You won’t be disappointed. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dakota Cassidy, Bearly Accidental (Accidentally Paranormal, Book 12)

Title:  Bearly Accidental (Accidentally Paranormal, Book 12)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating: Five Siren Stones
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Keywords:  Bears, Vampires, Werewolves, Russian Mob, Zombie, Demon
Page Count:  194             
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
Price:  $4.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

Blurb/Summary:

At the request of their friend Antonia (Accidentally Ever After), Wanda, Marty and Nina find themselves trekking up a snowy mountainside, in search of Toni’s brother. Wanted by the mob, Cormac Vitali is hiding out in the Colorado Wilderness, where the ladies from OOPS finally catch up to him…freshly tranq’d by a bounty hunter. 

Bear shifter Teddy Gribanov realized Cormac was her life mate about five minutes after shooting his big muscly bod with her trusty dart gun. She’d be shocked by that revelation, if she wasn’t too busy getting stabbed, shot, and hunted down by a crooked cop and the Russian mob. Oh, and her psycho ex, freshly sprung from the pokey, and hell bent on making Teddy pay for putting him there. 

Sometimes love finds you when you least expect it—and when it’s least convenient. Join Wanda, Marty and Nina, manservant Archibald, sweet zombie Carl, and demon Darnell as they hatch a plan to bring down everyone standing in the way of Teddy and Cormac’s accidental happily ever after. 

Review:

Bearly Accidental picks up the story line from the end of Accidentally Ever After.  If you haven’t read that you won’t die or anything, but you will be missing out on the basis for this story.  The OOPS ladies, Nina, Marty, and Wanda promise Antonia from Accidentally Ever After that they will do their best to locate her brother.  Thus, we enter the story during the grueling search for Cormac Vitali.

Of course no mission is ever easy for the OOPS gals.  Turns out they are not the only ones hunting down Cormac.  Terry Gribanov is out bounty hunting and Cormac is her meal ticket.  That’s when it all goes wrong.  Meal ticket or not, Terry, can’t turn over her life mate.  Too many questions need to be answered while she keeps her over-protective brothers at bay and both the Russian mob and her ex from killing them.  Dakota Cassidy spins a web of mystery and intrigue that had this reader sticking to the pages.

Cormac Vitali and Teddy Gribanov are delightful characters with depth and passion.  Their romance is a slow burn that sizzles at the end.  I enjoyed getting to know these characters and think they make a wonderful addition to the Accidental family.

Bearly Accidental is full of the trademark snark that you can associate with Dakota Cassidy.  This book also had plenty of tongue-in-cheek ribbing regarding romance books that had me laughing.  The OOPS ladies don’t disappoint with their famous foul language and bickering. 

Overall, Bearly Accidental is a wonderful story with plenty of plot and action to keep you on the edge of your seat.  Dakota Cassidy also included a lot of her Accidental character favorites and references to some of the extended family in this story.  There are no cliff hangers, but you will be left looking forward to the next book.