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Add it to Rock ‘n Roll

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Coven Daughters 1
Kat Turner
Fiction, Fantasy, Magic. Witches
City Owls Press
1 Sept. 2020
two star - Add it to Rock 'n Roll

Helen undergoes an initiation ceremony to unlock latent magic in a desperate attempt to save her business. Her inexperience with witchcraft results in her accidentally hexing Brian, a famous rock star and her old celebrity crush. They fall in love while Helen struggles to lift the curse, but some cultist associates in Brian's inner circle want to harness the cursed energy to ensnare Brian in a possession plot motivated by greed. As Helen grows in her power, will her newfound competence as a spirit witch allow her to lift the hex, save Brian, and halt this Scarab-affiliated cult's scheme?

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An interesting take on magic but somewhat muddled in how it is explained.

The story has elements that in theory should keep the reader interested, but the style and storytelling minimise the interest rather than maximise.

I got to 50% of the way through, convinced I must be near to the end but was disappointed to find I wasn’t, and gave up.

2 stars for the right audience – which wasn’t me.

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Tempt me not?!

Midnight Temptation
Ravens Hollow Coven Book 2)
Shari Nichols
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
City Owl Press
jun 30th 2020
four star - Tempt me not?!

What are the stakes for falling in love?

That’s the question tarot card reader Gillian Howe ponders when she hosts a supernatural speed dating event. Making the perfect match is her passion, too bad she can’t find one for herself. A chance encounter with a wealthy vampire provides her an opportunity to attend an exclusive after-party and prove she isn’t opposed to love. But she finds herself plunged into a secret society of trancing, blood bonds and human escort rings. The night ends in a police raid and of all the vampire detectives in Raven’s Hollow, Garrett Mulroney shows up at the scene. Even if he is scorching, hot, he accused her of a crime she didn’t commit and nearly ruined her life.

Fate has thrown them together again…

Garrett has been down this brutal road before and it didn’t end well. His sire tried to force him into a life of debauchery, but he chose to uphold the law instead. The fact    that the one woman he can’t seem to get out of his mind or out of his lust-filled dreams is at the center of his investigation doesn’t bode well. It’s a good thing she hates his guts, because it helps douse his growing desire for her and focus on the case. But when Gillian’s cousin is kidnapped into the Du Sang Brotherhood, she becomes the prime witness. Now they’re forced to put their differences aside and go undercover by pretending to be a couple. The more time Garrett spends with Gillian, the more he wants her in his life—and in his bed.

Knowing who to trust and who to love becomes a matter of survival, and possibly the only way to take down the Brotherhood.

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As this was a series, I decided to set the scene with book 1 of the series.This was useful to understand the background if not the characters per se, as they were very minor in book 1.

I also hoped that the writing would have improved as so often happens, as the authors develops the series and setting. And it had.

But only marginally.

I didn’t feel though that this book could stand alone. It needed to be set within a series. And unlike the work of RJ Blain, these vampires were standard. Mostly blood drinkers of unwilling victims. But with our hero fighting against tis sterotype.

I found the witches rather unconvincing in the spellwork – too simplistic in the word usage – and thus too easy to be misapplied. And their potions were made too easily – lack of effort all round really. Which meant that the story line lacked drama. And I found the ending unsatisfactory.

And is it a vile or a vial? What holds a potion in US spelling? Author please let me know.

As you can’t allocate half points, I’m giving this a 4 when for me it was really 3.5.

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