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.      

Monday, December 14, 2015

Dakota Cassidy, Moves Like Jagger (Wolf Mates Book 4)

Title:  Moves Like Jagger (Wolf Mates Book 4)
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Rating: Four And A Half Siren Stones

Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy
Keywords:  Shape-Shifters, Wolves, Bears, Cats, Holiday, Christmas, Wolf Mates Series, Mystery
Page Count:  113             
ISBN E-Book:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.   
Price:  $2.99
Publisher:  Self-Published
Reviewer:  Stacey Krug

Blurb/Summary:


Moves Like Jagger, the eagerly anticipated 4th book in the Wolf Mates series by USA Today bestselling author Dakota Cassidy is here. Return to Cedar Glen for a laugh-out-loud cast of characters and a mystery to solve. Love is in the air and danger is on the horizon in this holiday romp in the woods.

The weather outside is frightful, but the romance is so delightful in Cedar Glen! 

Vivienne Hathaway is a cat shifter who's still learning about the ways of the paranormal. Sometimes she finds herself in a bit of a mess as she works out the kinks.

Like looking out from the inside of a dog crate.

Naked.

And on her way to be spayed.

EEK!

When she meets hot bear-shifter, Jagger Dubrov and Cedar Glen's local mobile veterinarian during a catch and release program designed to thwart the population of feral cats in his new hometown, Jagger mistakenly catches Viv, and it's all out holiday magic at first sight.

As Viv and Jagger begin a perfectly fine Christmas romance and get to know each other over eggnog and mistletoe, a problem lurks. Someone’s hunting pets and killing the wildlife in Cedar Glen, a strictly forbidden practice. And that someone? They also want Viv dead.

Review:

You won’t want to miss this little gem of a story.  Dakota Cassidy brings us back to Cedar Glen for Vivienne Hathaway and Jagger Dubrov’s story.  In case you are new to the series, Cedar Glen is a small town of shape-shifters most of them werewolves.  However, diversity is hitting the little town. 

Vivienne Hathaway is a cat-shifter that is best friends with the alpha’s wife JC.  Vivienne is down on her luck and is accepting the help of both JC and Max the werewolf alpha.  She finally feels free enough to shift and run through the town and surrounding woods, that is until she gets caught by Jagger Dubrov.

Jagger Dubrov is Cedar Glen’s newest arrival and is setting up shop as the mobile veterinarian for the area.  He accidentally traps and catches Vivienne during her cat shift.  Hilarity ensues from that point on. Vivienne and Jagger’s comments, quips, and inside jokes had me laughing out loud.  Their chemistry together is palpable.

As they get to know one another and share their love of animals there is someone in the shadows ready to rip them apart.  There is just enough mystery and suspense in this romance to keep you turning the pages as fast as you can.

Moves Like Jagger is a great holiday read for all of you that like to read seasonally.  Dakota Cassidy artfully combined Christmas, mystery, romantic comedy, paranormal romance, and a HEA ending into a fun story to read.  I fell in love with this couple and you will too.