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Wrath of the Goddess by Lauren Dane

Rowan is back.  And she is ANGRY and wants revenge.  Will she get it?

Title:  Wrath of the Goddess
Author:  Lauren Dane
Series:  Goddess with a Blade #5
Publish Date: June 10, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: purchased by reviewer

Publisher’s Description:  A wedding day should be one you remember fondly, but for Rowan Summerwaite, the fond memories are swept aside by the brutal murder of one of her dearest friends. She heads back to Las Vegas to track down those responsible for the death and finds there’s so much more than a killing. A multilayered conspiracy involving multiple groups of paranormals begins to show itself, and Rowan is on the hunt with her wrath burning from within like holy fire.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

Lauren Dane is back with Rowan Summerwaite and her vampire husband, Clive.  They have to miss their wedding festivities because of a terrible tragedy.  SPOILER AHEAD!!!

Rowan’s friend is murdered over video at her wedding reception while she watches helplessly.  Can you freaking imagine!!  If I knew this aspect of the story, I’m  not sure I would have read it.  I guess that’s why authors spring things on  me and get me to read their books.  It was a horrible tragedy, but Rowan’s reaction was not what I expected.  I expected her to be angry.  Angrier than she was.  I expected a few gaskets to be blown and maybe a room or two destroyed.  She was angry but it was a flat kind of angry.  Everyone was asking her constantly if she was okay.  It felt so off.  She felt coddled and Rowan has never been coddled.  Once she got back to the US, things started falling into place better, but Rowan still didn’t act nearly as Rowan-esque as I expected.

The mystery was good. The characters were good, but the character that was killed is going and does leave a hole a mile wide.  I enjoy the banter between Clive and Rowan, but I enjoyed Theo much more this time around.

There was some pretty gruesome death scenes so there is that warning.  All it all, it was a good book.  I just didn’t feel it this time.  This “eh” book won’t stop me from following the series though.

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Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues by Molly Harper

A short story from Molly Harper means a quick visit to the residents of Mystic Bayou!

Title: Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues
Author:  Molly Harper
Series:  Mystic Bayou #2.5
Publish Date: June 6, 2019
Genre: paranormal romance
Source: purchased by reviewer
Narrators: 
Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis

Publisher’s Description:  A hilarious new standalone novella brimming with otherworldly charm from the reigning queen of paranormal romantic comedy Molly Harper!

Ingrid Asher is the newest resident of Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shapeshifters, vampires, witches and dragons live alongside humans.

Ingrid doesn’t ask for much. The solitary tree nymph just wants to live a quiet life running her ice-cream shop in peace. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to shake her new neighbor, Rob Aspern, head of the League’s data science department and so good looking it just isn’t fair.

If there’s one thing Ingrid doesn’t need, it’s someone poking around in her business. But the more she gets to know the hunky mathematician, the more she finds herself letting her guard down. Can she trust him with her secrets, or will her past destroy everything?

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


Nervous Nellie says…

I’ve always heard of nymphs but I’ve never actually read a story about one.  I have been following the story as it unfolds in Mystic Bayou as it chronicles the mysteries within.

This was a short story and standalone, so there were really no advancements to the Mystic Bayou mysteries.  What this story line revealed was a newcomer to the Bayou.  She was a tree nymph who could command the plants and trees.

I can’t say with absolute honesty that I loved this story.  It felt like huge chunks were cut out and edited to hook the sentences together.  I guess what I’m trying to say was that it was ok.  It didn’t really add to the Mystic Bayou mysteries since the following book only mentions Ingrid as the ice cream shop owner, but come to think of it, none of the matched couples make an appearance unless it’s Zed and Danni or Bael and Jillian.

I’m having a tough time rating this book.  Maybe a 3 and 5/8.

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Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter

Another fantastic trip into the life of Nell Ingram and the PsyLED team.  They have to solve a mystery with the vampires.  Can Nell handle the maggoty feeling long enough?

Title: Circle of the Moon
Author:  Faith Hunter
Series:  Soulwood #4
Publish Date: February 26, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Netgalley

Publisher’s Description:  Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately she’s been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned–and to find true friends.

Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. Rick calls Nell from a riverbank–he’s naked, with no memory of how he came to be there, and there’s a dead black cat, sacrificed in a witch circle and killed by black magic, lying next to him.

Then more animals turn up dead, and team rushes to investigate. A blood-witch is out to kill. But when it seems as if their leader is involved in the crime, the bonds that hold the team together could shatter at any moment.

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


Nervous Nellie says…

This was again a fabulous addition to the Soulwood series. Nell is coming into her own after having a rough few years. She is a strong protagonist and I love how she can manipulate people by using the “church lady” persona. I like Nell because she has a lot of common sense and she uses it. She’s relatable. Her magic is of the land and grows like the land would grow.

This book developed more of the PsyLed connections than anything. Occum has moved up in her estimation and I delved into Ricky Bo’s past a little more. I have to admit that I do feel sorry for the guy even though he broke Jane Yellowrock’s heart. The story also involved some of Jane Yellowrock and alluded to things going on in her world. Things that will be coming up, I’m sure.

I loved this series as soon as I started reading them. Nell is a character that has flaws. She loves with her whole heart but she also has a pretty hot temper. I know I wouldn’t want to do wrong by her! This is a total 5 star book.

Oh, and my favorite part of the book is Nell taking tea with Ming of Glass.  That was Awesome!!

 

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Book Spotlight The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen

One Book Two is spotlighting author  and her new release in the series.  Below is the blog tour sites participating in reviewing this new book:

Title:
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower
Author:
Nancy Campbell Allen
Series:
Steampunk Proper Romance #3
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Release date:  August 6, 2019
DescriptionHazel Hughes has spent her life believing she is a Medium—someone who can talk to ghosts. But as of yet, that skill has remained frustratingly elusive. She is also suffering from a reoccurring childhood dream of someone who looks almost exactly like Hazel, but this dream version of herself is slowly going mad.

Sam MacInnes is a talented surgeon who runs in the highest social circles thanks to his family’s position and history. When Sam hires Hazel to assist him with his medical practice, he is immediately drawn to her intelligence, wit, and beauty.

Their potential relationship is derailed one evening when a mysterious count arrives in London and reveals to Hazel the truth about her past: she was abducted at birth and her twin sister has fallen dangerously ill.

Hazel agrees to travel to Romania with Count Petrescu in order to save her sister, and Sam insists on accompanying her. The count has secrets, though, and the journey grows more sinister with every mile that draws Hazel closer to her homeland. Even as her feelings for Sam become deeper and more complicated, she fears she might not survive the quest to save her sister with her heart intact, not to mention her life. She must learn to draw on gifts she doesn’t know she has if they are going to ever return home again.

Hazel and Sam must fight their way past dark magic, clockwork beasts, and their own insecurities as they try to reach her sister in the impenetrable Coppergate Tower before time runs out.

 

 

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Dane Curse by Matt Abraham

Reading and reviewing the stories in Eight in the Chamber anthology.  Reviewing book #4

Title: Dane Curse
Author:  Matt Abraham
Series:  Black Cape Case Files #1
Publish Date:  February 10, 2015
Genre: Pulp Fiction
Source:  purchased by reviewer in Anthology, Eight in the Chamber

Publisher’s Description: For a guy like me, who can shrug off bullets and lift seven tons, there’s no better profession than powered crime, and no greater burg to practice it in than Gold Coast City. But after ten years of tossing Buicks at heroes I wised up, took the black cape off my back, and hung out a shingle. Only instead of Dark Deeds Done Daily, this one reads Dane Curse, PI. Now I work cases for the dark denizens I was once counted among. The problems they got aren’t the kind that cops care about, so I do what I can, because sometimes even the unjust deserve a little justice.

At least that’s how it was before the world’s greatest superhero was mysteriously murdered, an act so terrible it threatens to start a war that’ll tear my home apart block-by-block, unless I find the killer in five days’ time. But getting to the truth won’t be so easy. I’ll have to contend with black capes whose powers and pulse cannons can shred my hide. An army of technologically advanced armored lawmen led by a power-mad government schemer. And white caped heroes whose abilities and intentions are both less than pure.

No simple task for a small time PI, so I’ll need every bit of my strength, guts, and powers if I’m going to find the killer, save my city, and maybe even get some justice for the greatest hero the world has ever known.

In Dane Curse, Matt Abraham, winner of Pulp Detective’s 2015 Newcomer of the Year Award, takes us on our first trip through the powered underbelly of Gold Coast City in a fast paced adventure you’ll never forget. If you like white knuckled action, devious dames, and heroic villains then get your copy today, and saddle up with the most exciting detective since Harry Dresden!

 

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


Nervous Nellie says…

This is a review of the fourth story in the anthology.  I wasn’t thinking this was going to be my kind of book.  The cover looked like a graphic novel and the preview seemed a little Dick Tracey-ish.  I was pleasantly surprised.

Yes, this is a superhero kind of book.  The good guys on one side, the bad guys on the other.  And then there are the police – non super heroes.  Kind of bitter lot they are.  Anyway, the cops always work the murder cases of the supers and the regular folk, but if a villain super bites the big one, then no one cares.  It doesn’t mean that he or she isn’t grieved for or missed, it just means there is no justice for the villain.

So, does a supervillain deserve justice?  Dane Curse thinks so.  He’s the only black cape P.I. out there and when a villain is killed, he will search til he finds who did the deed and he never gives up.

This is a fun book but there is only 2 in the series and it doesn’t look like any more are forthcoming, so pace yourself.

 

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