Smoke Show by D.N. Erikson

Emmy Davis, the world’s most famous fox shifter, went missing two years ago. And I’ve just been hired to find her.

smoke showTitle: Smoke Show
Author:   D.N. Erikson
Series:  Tess Skye #2
Publish Date:  August 17, 2021
Source:  purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description: Emmy Davis, the world’s most famous fox shifter, went missing two years ago.

And I’ve just been hired to find her.

If only things were that simple. The cops have no leads. Other PIs haven’t fared any better. The trail is colder than an arctic winter. And to make matters worse, a mysterious creature from Javy Diaz’s past has taken an alarming interest in the case.

But all that might be the least of my problems. Because you know everything you’ve heard about the pitfalls of social media?

Yeah. Turns out it’s worse than that.

Way worse.

And having 113 million crazed fans breathing down my neck as I search for their lost idol might prove more dangerous than crossing paths with whoever actually took her in the first place…

Smoke Show is the breakneck, action-packed second novel in the new Tess Skye urban fantasy series. It must be read after the first book, Drop Dead.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

You know how the next book in a series loses some of it’s shine?  Not in this series!  I am so happy I found this author because they are amazing.  Another book-in-one-day kind of story.

This story does not stray from the urban fantasy genre.  No sex, no romance.  There is an over arcing story that follows the agreement Tess and Javy made in the first book.  To help people.

You’d think this would be a fairly straight forward plot line.  1. missing person 2. search for person 3.  found person story done.  Yeah, not so much in this story.  There are a lot of twists and turns in this story and the action?  It was a page turner.  I was glued to the book from the first page.  There are 3 friends that are social media influencers and they came up with a fantastic idea to boost their ratings, except the plan did not go according to script.  I would love to tell you what happened, but I feel like one slip and it’d ruin the anticipation getting to the end of the story.  It all ends well, so no fears there.  When I got to the end, it was like a lightbulb moment when all was revealed.  It was so simple, but yet complicated.  I enjoyed the ride greatly.

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Drop Dead by

I just woke up in a motel.  I have no idea who I am or how I got here.

drop dead skyeTitle:  Drop Dead
Author:   D.N. Erikson
Series:  Tess Skye #1
Publish Date:  January 20, 2021
Source:  purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  I just woke up in a motel.
I have no idea who I am or how I got here.
But I do know three things.
There’s a body on the floor…and one in the bathtub.
There’s a bullet in my shoulder. And it hurts. Bad.
And there’s a vampire warlock right outside the door. And he’s coming to finish the job.

Drop Dead is the first book in the new urban fantasy series starring Tess Skye.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

First of all, I loved this story.  It was well written and it was never slow…ever.  There is no sex – pure urban fantasy.  There is death and some of it is a little gory too.

Tess is a Soulwalker.  Someone that can live the last few minutes of someone’s life as well as re-animate them.  It’s a dang cool trick and it sounds like it could make a human full on insane.  Tess is fighting the odds in a losing game.  It’s really quite amazing that she actually finishes the year long fight in good vs. evil.   Tess is the last Soulwalker and there are many magical creatures that are out in the public eye because of the Great Reveal.  This time, the cops are against the good guy and are corrupt all because of one guy that, again, wants all the power.  There are Immortals, Vampires and probably others that haven’t been mentioned yet.  I guess the reason I liked this story so much was because it didn’t duplicate something I’d already read.  This book popped up after I read Demon Rogue by this same author.  If I had to measure in stars, I’d rate this book one more star higher than Demon Rogue.  If you like urban fantasy and a fairly fast paced, but not complicated story, this is the book for your next planned escape.  I really enjoyed it.

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Demon Rogue by D.N. Erikson

I’m Kalos Aeon. I’ve been around for longer than you could know – and most people don’t want to know me, being half-demon, and all – but right now I’ve got a big f’in problem.

demon rogueTitle:  Demon Rogue
Author:  D.N. Erikson
Series:  The Half-Demon Rogue #1 AND Demons and Bounty Hunters #1
Publish Date: June 18, 2016
Source: purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  I’m Kalos Aeon. I’ve been around for longer than you could know – and most people don’t want to know me, being half-demon, and all – but right now I’ve got a big f’in problem.

A woman just came into my office, and I gotta say, from the photo she slipped me, someone’s got a serious issue with the supernatural.

Life expectancy is looking kinda low if I don’t figure out who’s kidnapping magical creatures, selling their blood and trying to reveal magic’s existence to the mortal world. Last time that happened it didn’t end well. I’m not optimistic about this time, either.

Joke’s on me, anyway, for setting up a magical salvage and retrieval business. 50% of an item’s magical essence and a per diem can’t cover the damages this job is gonna inflict.

Money and magic aren’t of much use to a dead man. And If I didn’t have a code (yes, I’m a demon with a code), then I would jet out of Texas faster than a vamp at a sorority party (you don’t want to know).

But I agreed to the gig, she paid the cash, so I gotta see it through.

Did I mention the super-powerful wiccan – who I used to have, ahem, relations with – just returned from a long hiatus in a place worse than hell? And she’s still obsessed with finding a certain god’s spear that I may or may not have.

Seriously. This situation is code red. I’m almost willing to accept help from wizards. On second thought, no wizards. I hate you guys. I’d rather die.

So um, if I don’t make it through the next three days, anyone want a talking dog that’s read too much for his own good? Because the way things are going, Argos is gonna need a new home after the spells stop flying…*

*His only request is that you suck less than Odysseus. Apparently, the epic poems got that all wrong, and that guy was a major asshole. Or my dog might just be bitter. Tends to rub off when you live with a demon.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This was a good book.  I almost read it in one sitting, it was that good.  I can describe this story through other books I’ve read.  It’s got a pinch of Harry Dresden, except instead of Bob, there is Argos.  It’s got your standard villains that want to rule the world.  It’s also got trolls, warlocks and other magical creatures.

The plot of the book was just as it’s title suggests.  A Rogue Demon is the main character.  He’s got a destiny that we just learn about in the first book and appears to be the tip of the iceberg regarding the trouble coming Kal’s way.  The editing was good, the story was good and it was entertaining.  So much so, like I said, I nearly read it in one sitting.  There is no sex – it’s not a romance.  It’s a true form urban fantasy.  There isn’t any grisly death and dismemberment – it doesn’t fall anywhere near the horror genre.  Kal doesn’t use magic unless he has no choice and then it always comes with a serious price tag.

I will pick up the next book.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

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The Protectors Series by Teresa Gabelman

angelinaAuthor:  Teresa Gabelman
Series:  The Protectors series
Source: Kindle Unlimited on Amazon

I binge read this series from Charger all the way through to Angelina over Christmas and into New Year’s break.  That included:

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

I like this series.  I don’t know what happened, but after Bishop, the stories were fine but the writing was horrible!  In the kindle books, there were so many typos, punctuation mistakes and sentence run-ons that it was distracting to read.  It’s like the publishers took the author’s books and slammed it into kindle format without editing anything.  The books also felt like they were written by someone else.  The quality of the sentence structures, the speech patterns of the characters, and even the banter between the characters was off.  There was a rescue to the demon realm and it took practically 2 pages, (I’m exaggerating) but it was quick.  Maybe the publishers made the author hurry through the series just to push it to print.  I surely don’t know what happened, but what was a good series sure got boiled down to the bare bones of a story – no edits and all.  Fans of this series will want to know what happened to all the characters, so as long as you can look past the problems and find out what happens, you’ll be golden.

The stories were good – bare bones and all – but good.  The flaws were that every other conversation by the Warriors turned into an all out fight.  Granted, they are indestructible vampires, but these Warriors, that are supposed to work as a team, beat the crap out of each other over the littlest thing.  “I’ll kill you” this and “I’ll kill you that”.   I guess my disappointment in the quality of editing and the bare bones of a story just got to me.  I would love to recommend this series to anyone, but these last few books-I think the publisher really needed to work harder at editing and less at pushing the book out just to say it was there.

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The Bachelor and the Bride by Sarah M. Eden

Dr. Barnabus Milligan has always felt called to help people, whether that means setting a broken bone or rescuing the impoverished women of London from their desperate lives on the streets as part of his work with the Dread Penny Society.

bachelor and the brideTitle:  The Bachelor and the Bride
Author:  Sarah M. Eden
Series:  Dread Penny Society #4
Publish Date:  September 6, 2022
Source:  given to reviewer by publisher but a positive review was not required

Publisher’s Description: 

London, 1866

Dr. Barnabus Milligan has always felt called to help people, whether that means setting a broken bone or rescuing the impoverished women of London from their desperate lives on the streets as part of his work with the Dread Penny Society.

Three years ago, he helped rescue Gemma Kincaid by secretly marrying her to protect her from her family of notorious grave robbers.

But six months after Gemma and Barnabus exchanged vows, she realized her love for her new husband was unrequited. To protect her heart, she left, telling Barnabus to contact her if his feelings for her ever grew beyond a sense of duty.

When Barnabus sends a letter to Gemma inviting her to return home, she hopes to find a true connection between them. But unfortunately, he only wants her help to foil the Kincaids, who have been terrorizing the boroughs of London, eager to gain both money and power.

Heartbroken, Gemma agrees to help, but she warns Barnabus that she will not stay for long, and once she goes, he’ll never see her again.

Yet as the couple follows the clues that seem to connect the Kincaids to the Mastiff, the leader of London’s criminal network, Gemma and Barnabus realize they might make a better match than either of them suspected. Perhaps the marriage that had once saved Gemma’s life might now save Barnabus—and his lonely heart.

But before the once-confirmed bachelor can properly court his secret bride, they’ll need to evade the dangerous forces that are drawing ever closer to the hopeful lovers and the entire Dread Penny Society itself.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel. In other words …SPOILERS. *BEWARE*


Nervous Nellie says…

This story was good.  It had to be because I read it from cover to cover in trade paperback form and mostly in one day.  It’s a proper romance from Shadow Mountain Publishers with the star author Sarah Eden.  I really like Sarah’s writing.  I’ve read a few of her books and have not found one yet that I don’t like.

This story is really interesting.  It shows Victorian England at the time when grave robbing was a source of income for some people.  Gemma is part of the family that deems that their profession.  She is not treated like a family member, but more of a slave worker, so she escapes by marrying Baz.  This is only a marriage of convenience on his part as Gemma has feelings for Baz.  She knows it’s not reciprocated so she leaves.  Funny thing is that Baz doesn’t know he has feelings for her until after she’s gone.

When he needs her to help on a case that involves grave robbing, he asks her back and puts her into danger once again.  On the upside, the longer she stays with Baz, the more his feelings awaken.  They are a great team and I really enjoyed the mystery.  I will have to go back and read it again before the next book comes out just so the story melds together in my head.

The only thing that I found distracting was the penny dreadfuls intermingled in the book.  I pretty much skipped over them because I really wanted to see what happened next.

If you aren’t sure what a penny dreadful is, here is a definition from Wikipedia:

Penny dreadful – Wikipedia

Penny dreadfuls were cheap popular serial literature produced during the nineteenth century in the United Kingdom. The pejorative term is roughly interchangeable with penny horriblepenny awful,[1] and penny blood.[2] The term typically referred to a story published in weekly parts of 8 to 16 pages, each costing one penny.[3] The subject matter of these stories was typically sensational, focusing on the exploits of detectives, criminals, or supernatural entities.

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