Monday, March 9, 2020

Dakota Cassidy, What A Nunderful World (Nun of Your Business Mysteries Book 5)

Title: What A Nunderful World (Nun of Your Business Mysteries Book 5)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy 
Rating:  Five Siren Stones 
Genre:  Mystery, Paranormal Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Keywords:  Demon, Ex-Nun, Owl, Possessed, Talking Dog
Page Count:  195              
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services
Price:  $4.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Printed Book:  $10.99
ISBN Print:  979-8618790055
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug 

 Blurb/Summary:

Hello! It's me again, Trixie Lavender and my best demon friend the stoic but adorable Coop.

Things have been going pretty great for us these days. Inkerbelle's Tattoos is doing well financially. Our clientele is growing by the day, and we're about to purchase the guest house we’ve been living in from our dear friend Knuckles.

Finally, we'll have the roots we've so desperately yearned for. Now, if only we could figure out how to get rid of the troublesome demon inside me...

We’ve also been focusing on Coop and her efforts to live her best life. As a newb to Earth, she’s on a quest to experience as much as she possibly can and that includes her latest passion, makeup.

While attending an event for Coop’s favorite beauty guru and online superstar Glitzy Mitzy, we watch in horror as she dies right before our very eyes.

Naturally, we suspect foul play, but with no clues, and the police not calling Mitzy's death a murder, we have little to go on. But does that stop me? Nah. So you know what that means—it’s time to break out our best spyware and solve this murder!

Review:

What A Nunderful World is book 5 in the Nun of Your Business Mysteries. I highly suggest reading them in order because each book leads into the next with an overall mystery running through them. However, in my opinion, if you are not able to read the first four books then this is a good book to jump into the series on, as it has back story from several of the other books and it is a complete mystery in and of itself. If you want complete character back stories, then you will need to read the other four books.  

The entire “family/gang” is present in this story and we see how they all work together to help solve this latest mystery. In the previous book, Trixie’s secret demon possession is revealed to one of the main characters and this tends to add another layer of humor and help for both Trixie and Coop.

The book was a fun mystery to read with a plot twist that kept me guessing. I found it interesting that there were no new characters added to the “family”. What A Nunderful World is a good addition to the series leading us to the next level of the overall mystery. I expect that we will be visiting Trixie’s past very soon to find out what her future will hold.

I received an ARC for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Dakota Cassidy, You Dropped a Blonde On Me





Title:  You Dropped a Blonde On Me
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating:  Siren's Best Book Stone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Keywords:  Millionaire, Trophy Wife, Senior Citizens
Page Count:  370        
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon.com Services LLC     
Price:  $2.99
Publisher:  Self-Published 
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug

Blurb/Summary:

***Dear readers,

PLEASE NOTE, this book and the subsequent series were previously published in 2010 by Berkley Publishing. The series has new covers with some some minimal changes and revisions to the manuscript. Essentially, there have been no significant changes to the story. Please take care before mistakenly purchasing twice.***


From pampered to pauper...

Maxine Cambridge, former high school beauty queen turned trophy wife, has officially been traded in for a newer, younger model. From a mini-mansion to her mother's eight hundred square foot retirement village, Maxine and her teenage son Connor are left with nothing and life is looking pretty bleak for this one-time rich girl.

Maxine hasn't worked in twenty years at being anything more than her very rich, very-soon-to-be-ex-husband's eye candy and a stay-at-home-mom. She doesn't know the first thing about making a livable income, but she's going to find out as she scoops poop and hosts bingo night at her mother's village to earn some cash.

In the midst of fighting her mad insecurities, getting her footing while wearing her mother's hand me downs, and desperately looking for a way to support herself and her son, in walks Campbell Barker--former high school classmate--a one-time geek turned total smoke show.

Campbell gives her glimpses of who she used to be before she became someone's dress up doll. Before she was a neurotic, conclusion hopping mess. Before she lived in a world that revolved around someone else's opinion of her and he refuses to believe she's no longer the vivacious, smart girl he once had a major crush on.

But the harder she fights the notion that the old Max is gone, the more she finds herself again and now she's ready to take back what was once hers and fight for her new life!

Review:

Raw, heart-felt, and emotional are the three words that resonate with me after reading You Dropped a Blonde On Me.  The plot and characters are so well developed that you feel like you are living the story with them.  Strap in for an emotional roller coaster as you live Maxine’s divorce with her.

Maxine and her son Connor have wonderful support and help along the way.  Her journey is fraught with baggage landmines everywhere from living a life for someone else.  Maxine comes into her own on her own time frame with plenty of ups and downs along the way.  Dakota Cassidy’s humor is prevalent throughout and she provides a HEA.

You Dropped a Blonde On Me is a wonderful Contemporary Romance with plenty of topics that will hit close to home for many, but the humor will keep you reading throughout the night.

*NOTE: Previously published in 2010.

Received an ARC for an honest review.