The Jilted Jinn
(The Deadicated Matchmaker Book #2)
paranormal, mythology, romance humour
Katie Harper is in a self-imposed dating drought. After getting dumped at the altar a record three times after she refused to continue granting wishes, she’s done with the men in Midnight Cove.
Done, that is, until her best friend secretly makes a dating tape for her and sends it to the dating agency. Immediately after, men start knocking on her door. Despite her friend giving out her home address and the mass of weirdos begging for her hand in marriage, Katie can’t help but be secretly flattered.
But the man currently restoring her historical home has other plans for her once he realizes what’s happening. And he isn’t going to let her go without a fight.
How to find your mate in a town of paranormals – why use a dating agency. Speciesm not permitted.
SE Babin always writes a good humorous novel with great heroines – you always wish you could speak the way they do! Such great turns of phrase and very snarky.
In this book you find that Jinn really do need to spend time in their bottles to rest – but not that often – and when they are their bottle they are unable to protect themselves – so they must keep themselves well hidden.
They can grant wishes of course – if they want to – unless you just happen to know the very specific turn of phrase that can compel them.
So new information here about a race we know little about. But then we learn a lot in this series…
The Clumsy Clairvoyant
(The Deadicated Matchmaker Book 3)
S E Babin
contemporary fiction, romance, humour, fantasy
Grace Banner can’t date.
Well, she can, but it isn’t any fun because she can see the future and occasionally hear the thoughts of others. Plus...she’s an enormous clutz. As in she can barely even lift a glass without disaster striking. In desperation, Grace turns to the mysterious woman at The Deadication Dating Agency who promises to find her a match.
Lucas Marsh isn’t interested in dating, but when his brother purchases him a membership to a dating agency, he humors him. Just once. But when he meets Grace he can’t help but be interested. Until he finds out about her powers. And her complete inability to walk without running into something. Lucas is a man with secrets and dating a clairvoyant is out of the question. He ditches her on their very first date, leaving Grace alone and rejected.
But one thing Lucas doesn’t know is that the mysterious force behind the town’s agency isn’t ready to admit defeat. Her spotless track record isn’t going down just because of a few little secrets...
I really like
SE Babin’s writing style, especially her snappy speech for her heroines when they meet douche bag males!
But for our heroine it is not always good to know when bad things happen. Even worse for you to black out and not remember what you said.
Especially as it seems you are prophesying that some bad things are going to happen to this magic own that Portia established. This fun town where all sorts of fantastic species meet and fall in love to a design that only Portia knows, and which is why she has established the dating agency that this series is based around.
Babin is currently one of my favourite authors. And I am reading lots of her series.
The Nerdy Necromancer
The Deadicated Matchmaker Book 1
S E Babin
contemporary fiction, romance, humour, fantasy
Helen Reaper has a weird relationship with the dead. As in she can bring anyone or anything back to life, so she’s constantly bombarded by people begging her to restore their loved ones, their pet fish, that cute girl who fell off a building while taking a selfie. Super. Annoying. So Helen becomes a necessary introvert and a homebody, choosing to absorb herself in books instead of real life.
The Deadication Dating Agency, the mysterious matchmaking service in her town of Midnight Cove, comes to her in the form of a mysterious letter and a cute little puppy.
They know someone who’s already dead who won’t mind her talent one little bit.
Can a woman who raises the dead find a love that stays alive?
SE Banin writes funny stories about romance with heroines who are a little bit dotty
(and which I find fun to read as a result)
and in this book she is nerdy and with a strange ability. Necromancer with a difference, she can bring back a person or creature. Make them alive again.
This is not something you want to advertise too widely as you will get bombarded with people who want to bring back dead pets and people whether for love or revenge…
Thus her dating life has suffered… but a Dating Agency has her in their sights… and so the story begins. They want to help her find her Soulmate and….
The Goddess Chronicles
paranormal, mythology, romance
A new day. A new boss. A new job that may not be all it's cracked up to be.
Hades has given Abby what appears to be an easy task. Wrangle his errant wife Persephone back to the Underworld. No problem, right?
When Abby finally finds her, things don't go well. Persephone isn't happy to see her, nor is she willing to even entertain the possibility of going back to the Underworld. She's found a mortal and is determined to get him down the aisle. Considering Persephone is already married to Hades, there's something not quite right upstairs with her.
As wedding bells grow closer for Persephone and her unsuspecting mortal groom, Abby begins to wonder what Hades sees in this wretch of a girl and why she's even bothering to try to bring her back home.
But as with most things involving Olympus, things are not always as they seem. Much to Abby's chagrin, it's not just Olympus getting involved this time. Join Abby and her friends for the wedding of the century, complete with bad bridesmaid dresses, paranormal drama, and cake testing. By the end of it, someone is either going to be married...or dead.
Book 1 in this series – new to me – didn’t quite convince me, but it was light and breezy and all about gods and Olympus and I wasn’t going to quibble. The interesting thing I’ve found with series is that either improve as the author gets to know her trade and her characters better, or disintegrate as the author had one brilliant idea bt didn’t know how to follow it up.
This was the former. The books got better. And ended up a 4.5….
Book 2 improved in style and tension and left you with a cliff-hanger and unresolved situation, so you needed to sort it in book 3. As I read book 3 I journeyed through jealousy, magic, prophecies and epic quarrels and unrequited love. Nothing too small happens in these books. They are always epic happenings with un expected results! No real plan but Abby bumbles through and comes out ahead – just.
I do suspect that the author has been watching the TV programme Lucifer as her description fit him to a tee – apart from the singing and piano playing. Although one should suspect the good voice from the actor as he comes from Wales – a total Black Welsh.
And then we have the mystery of the daemon and is there a Heaven and a Christian God and if so, what about all the other mythic deities and their heavens. Can of Worms.. and a serious case of Google to find out just who these creatures are.
Well done SE Babin. You totally hooked me and you have done lots of research too on myths.