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Naughty cats – and older women?

Cheetahs Never Win: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) Book Cover Cheetahs Never Win: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count)
A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) #5
RJ Blain
contemporary fiction, romance, humour, fantasy
RJ Blain
2 Jan 2019

Witnessing a double homicide dumps Aaron Clinton into the middle of a gruesome murder investigation. To stop the budding serial killer from striking again, Aaron’s forced to join forces with a reformed cop and a colony of cranky cats.

Warning: this novel contains cats, murder, more cats, mayhem, cheetahs, mischief, felines, a serial killer, romance, humor, puns, generalized hilarity, and whipped cream used in inappropriate fashions. Proceed with caution.

A fun story with lots of sniggers and a cherry on top!

I now know a lot more about Texas than I did before, not necessarily to its benefit of course, and oh Fire Ants! I suspect I have been a victim of these ants or their relatives in India when I once sat down in a woodland – certainly something nasty bit me several times on my behind! And it hurt…

This is ‘universe’ that I am not familiar with and it took a while to understand the creatures that inhabited it, and I must say that angels that are missing their heads sounds very creepy. Maybe the author was inspired by The Winged Victory of Samothrace  a famous statue where the head has been lost, or the fables that say that good deeds result in angels being born – but without heads, wings, faces etc. Whichever, I found their idea disconcerting.

That above, I liked the story and it was long enough to satisfy me, – a lot of these fantasy novels I find are rather short, but this was a good length which meant that several of the characters could be developed as well as the two main protagonists.

This was book 5 in the series and so I went back to book 1 –

Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) 

by RJ Blain  (Author)

each book deals with different characters in this universe.

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Baking with Magic

Fairytale Ambrosia Book Cover Fairytale Ambrosia
(The Knead to Know Series) #1
Liz Schulte
contemporary fiction, romance, humour, fantasy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(27 Jan. 2016)

Maggie Edwards can’t sleep, eat, or die—but, she can bake. However, just before the Halloween grand opening of her bakery, a pesky reporter witnesses an accident in her kitchen and gets a little too close to the truth. If she can’t convince him to keep quiet, not only will she lose her chance at happiness, but they both could lose their lives. Fairytale Ambrosia: When your professional life is going well, fate has a way of ruining everything else. At least, that’s what’s happening to Maggie Edwards. While her bakery is taking off without a hitch, her personal life is going up in flames. Her best friend needs Maggie more than ever, a demon is out for her blood, and Boone keeps having visions of a magical woman kidnapping people in their sleep. Maggie has to hurry up and figure out how to balance her human friends with her very supernatural life before someone pays the ultimate price.

Also reviewing Psyche Souffle #3 in the series.

So we learn from this series that half-vampires don’t eat blood but black
souls, preferably those of demons. They love to bake but can’t taste anything  and don’t need to eat anything in the food line. Hmm.    

I quite liked these stories but found them too short and that everything was resolved too easily. there was not enough suspense.

Very light.

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A goddess for the different city

Sin City Goddess Book Cover Sin City Goddess
Barbra Annino
Fiction, fairytale, occult, thriller, crime
Thomas and Mercer
2013
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“It was hotter than Hades' closet in Las Vegas, and brighter than a Zeus-fueled lightning bolt.”Goddess Tisiphone, Avenger of Murder, spends her days playing poker in the underworld, far away from mortals - and all the terrible mistakes they make. But when her sister turns up missing, Tisi reluctantly agrees to bring her sister back from the most unholy place in the world: Las Vegas.Teamed up with Archer Mays, a recently deceased - and easy on the eyes - FBI agent, the anger-prone deity must keep her temper long enough to battle demons, save her sister . . . and unravel a plot sinister enough to destroy the realm of god and man forever.From the author of the enchanting Stacy Justice mystery series comes the highly anticipated first book in her new Secret Goddess series: a book that proves hell hath no Fury, because she's in Las Vegas.

            This story had some good ideas with new gods and goddesses and demons for me – not come across them but willing to believe they are in the pantheons.

But that said I found the story style was rather pedestrian and thus did not inspire me to research these gods etc.

I did rather like the idea of Dionysius being behind the idea of building Las Vegas in the desert, and some of the minor deities taking part in LV shows.

I thought it lacked humour and/or snarky conversation and characterisation.                              

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Let down your hair girl!?






Rapunzel Untamed Book Cover




Rapunzel Untamed




Curse of the Fairy Tales #1





Erin Bedford





fantasy, paranormal, romance,




CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform




(15 Jun. 2018)



A thousand years. No memories. Five powerful mages dying to save her. In the city of Neo New York, mages rule the world. People like Eva, the non-magical kind, mean nothing. The only destiny waiting for her will be to serve the mages for the rest of her days. Except Eva isn’t like other humans. Locked in a tower for a crime she doesn’t even remember, Eva is saved by none other than some of Neo New York’s most prestigious mages, and they won’t let anyone take their new toy away from them. When Eva’s memories make a reappearance, she realizes she might be a little bit more than just a nuisance. Now, Eva must dodge jealous ex-lovers and ambitious council members, all while keeping her past a secret. Whoever said fairy tales had happy endings hasn’t walked a minute in Eva’s shoes.

A fantasy take on the Rapunzel story, with a multiverse where Magic arrived sometime around the 14th century and everything changed. Some people are born with Magic and take a high place in society and  the ‘humans’ those without magic, are basically slaves.

I found this story good as far as it went but in my opinion, it left with too much of a cliff-hanger I realise that this is now a series but..

I also thought it was too short and wanted it to be fleshed out more. I didn’t feel invested in any of the characters enough to really want to read more.

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The Auction and the Vampires






Until Midnigt Book Cover




Until Midnigt




Crimson Fold #1





Erin Bedford





fantasy, urban fantasy




CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform




(29 Oct. 2017)



The Hunger Games meets Cinderella. This fairy tale has no happy endings only dark beginnings. They call them the Crimson Fold. High up in their castle they look down on my little world and wield a silent control. That is, until the invitations are sent out. I never dreamed I’d be selected. They tell me it’s a privilege. I should be honored. But the fear in their eyes doesn’t lie. If I refuse to go, my family will be shunned. If I go, my life and my body will no longer be mine. It’ll be theirs. At midnight it will be over. At Midnight I’ll be his.

So Vampires – the Crimson Fold – rule the world – or at least the City State that Clarabelle lives in and each year they have a grand ball where various members of the populace are viewed – rather like a cattle auction. Their looks and capabilities are tested and then they are assigned to their role in the palace – or not. So the ones that look ‘best for breeding’ are given as lovers – or in marriage to the Royalty. The ones not so good are made into servants.

Because this whole Palace choosing so closely resembled the slave/cattle auction I marked it down a little – although it was probably meant to do this.

I liked Clarabelle and do wonder what her Prince has in store for her, but not enough to want to read the follow on book. Sorry. 3.5 stars

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