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Blood Deal by Brad Magnarella

How can one man find so much trouble? It’s not even when he’s looking for it?  Professor Croft gets pounded, spelled, glamoured, beat on and even has the blood sucked from his own body – with his permission! Talk about a glutton for punishment.

Title: Blood Deal
Author: Brad Magnarella
Series: Professor Croft #2
Publish Date: October 17, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: James Patrick Cronin
Source: Purchased through Audible.com

Publisher’s Description: Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and … nervous as sin.

Tonight’s the night I tell Caroline the truth: about my feelings, my magic, everything.

So why am I surprised when Detective Vega calls me to a new case? An elusive creature is chewing up residents in a housing project run by rival gangs. One more mangled body and the place will explode into warfare.

Problem is, someone’s protecting the killer. All signs point to the vampire Arnaud—who’s just upped the stakes. If I don’t send Detective Vega down a trail of bad leads, he’ll snatch her child. But is Arnaud trying to derail the investigation or twist it to his own ends, ones that could reshape the city?

Worse, Caroline has disappeared, and I’m under suspicion. No one believes I last saw her with Angelus, a mysterious hunk and full-blooded faerie. Dangerous no matter how you slice it.

Two cases: one personal, one professional, and both going to hell in a hurry.

Time to wizard up.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

This is an urban fantasy, no sex, lots of violence that comes in various forms and though the ending is good, I believe it will be a very dangerous step for our beloved professor to take.  ALSO, I want to warn those nervous readers like me, Everson’s relationship with Vega is very rocky.  I have all the faith in the world that Author Magnarella will make everything right again.  If he doesn’t then….well…us readers will just have to set him straight. 😉

I will admit that I was drawn to the fact that Everson Croft reminds me of Indiana Jones and Harry Dresden wrapped all up in one.  I mean, really? Who could refuse that face? Check out the cover – it’s fantastic.  Anyway, Everson thinks his life is quiet for the moment and wham! he is pulled into not one, but two separate investigations.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**  I want to say that Everson was trying to be a good guy and Vega took his actions way to the extreme end of the reactionary spectrum.  I learned that Vega’s nickname or maybe even real first name is “Ricky”.  I learned she grew up in a neighborhood that was not known for it’s white picket fences and block parties.  I also learned that she is one tough broad.  She takes a gut shot and she powers her way through it enough to tell Everson how to stitch her up.  Incredible.  I also learned that if she trashes this relationship with Everson, she is making a huge mistake.  It feels like he’s the only one that will back her up and help solve the murders that no one else can touch.  Also, I think Caroline is very selfish to put Everson in the difficult spots that she is putting him in.  She could have at least checked in with him to tell him – “Hey, I know I left the party before you got back, but I wanted to touch base with you.”  That would be the considerate thing to do.  Anyway, it is what it is and that’s why it makes for a good story.  Oh, and one last thing.  Everson should have took the ring option instead of the information about his mother.  He just should have.***END OF SPOILERS***

This series is great to read but even better to listen to.  The narrator does a very good job and he fits my image of the voice for Everson Croft.  Grab the book or the audio – you won’t be sorry.  Oh, and for those of you up to book #3, like me, Mr. Magnarella assures me that the audio will be out by the first week in April and book #4 will release in print and audio closely to the same time together.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

…you might try  Yancy Lazarus series by James A. Hunter, Cisco Suarez/Black Magic Outlaw series by Domino Finn or Immortal Vegas series by Jenn Stark.

Demon Moon by Brad Magnarella

Another demon to fight. Another dark spirit. Another vampire. Another day in the life of Professor Croft.  Will this be his last?

demon moonTitle: Demon Moon
Author: Brad Magnarella
Series: Prof. Croft #1
Publish Date: July 30, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description: Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and behind-the-scenes wizard.

Show me an amateur conjurer, and I’ll stop him before he gets himself killed.

That’s the idea, anyway. But New York City isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t mean the recent crash.

Amateur casters are calling up creatures they shouldn’t be able to. And there’s been a murder at the city’s most hallowed cathedral, a message in blood on the victim’s back the NYPD wants me to interpret, like yesterday.

Something tells me I’m in over my head. And that’s not just Chinatown’s newest mob boss, a scary-powerful vampire, or my possessed cat talking.

No matter how much magic I hurl, worse keeps chasing bad, and I’m amassing enemies like they’re aluminum cans.

Did I mention the end of the world might be nigh?

Damn. Maybe I’m the amateur here.

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


Nervous_Nellie_100Nervous Nellie says…

Combo Harry Dresden, Indiana Jones & Yancy Lazarus. Urban Fantasy, no sex, plenty of magic, no cliffhanger.

This was an amazing ride. The protagonist held the best features I love in other books. The writing was absolutely engaging and I read the whole book in one evening because I couldn’t stop. I am excited to find another series to read!

Okay, if you haven’t tried this series, try it.  It kept coming up on my recommendations and I kept putting it off.  Yeah. Yeah.  I see you, Professor Croft.  I’ll get to you soon. Well, I couldn’t handle the nagging and started it after work one night. I have to tell ya, I couldn’t stop until I finished.  It was AWESOME! Truly.

Like I said, Professor Croft is a combination Harry Dresden, Indiana Jones and Yancy Lazarus except his story takes place in a different version of New York City.  I can’t decide if it’s post-apocalyptic, but Everson does mention a “crash” and basically a vampire is in charge of Wall Street – where there is a wall…again.  Like Indy, Professor Croft has a self-important “supervisor” at the college that really wants him out.  There is another professor that Everson has the hots for and she is not aware of the wizard life he leads. I think she thinks he’s a hopeless drunkard and criminal, but he’s really just trying to keep the mundanes and the world for that matter safe.  There is also the matter of his ancient ancestry.  He descends from…well, read the book.  You’ll see.

badge5v5The story has got twists and turns to it that I never saw coming.  I was led in a direction and I followed it hook, line and sinker.  Then after I chastised myself for falling for that ruse, I fell into another one.  Don’t think for a moment that this is an easy mystery to figure out because I was lured into a false sense of security and at the end when all hell broke loose (literally) I was in shock and awe.

Yes, I’ve already bought the next in the series, but I have to pace myself.  There are only two in the series so far along with a prequel.

Other recommendations…

…you might try  Yancy Lazarus series by James A. Hunter, Cisco Suarez/Black Magic Outlaw series by Domino Finn or Immortal Vegas series by Jenn Stark.

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