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Cursed by Magic box set: Book Review.

Cursed by Magic
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ghosts, witches, angels, vampire
Bayou Moon Press, LLC
(27 Mar. 2017)

Immerse yourself in the riveting world of vampires, shifters, mages, witches, ghosts, mediums, angels, and all things magic. A thrilling collection of the finest in urban fantasy. Sit back and binge on five full-length novels that will have you on the edge-of-your-seat. Romance, magic, mystery, and shocking twists that will leave you breathless. * * *

A 5 full length set of firsts in series. Some have been reviewed separately here on this site.

Spirits, Stilettos, and a Silver Bustier – Deanna Chase 
Pyper Rayne–medium and coffee shop owner–seems to have attracted a ghost. But he’s not just any ghost. He’s a witch and able to appear in solid form…sometimes. If only he’d stop disappearing on her. And Pyper needs his help. When she becomes target numero uno and the prime suspect in the shop owner’s death, it appears her ghost holds the key to solving the murder. In between stolen kisses, Pyper will need to get to the bottom of all of his secrets if she wants to stay alive and out of jail…and maybe finally get that date he keeps promising her.

Whiskey, Vamps, and Thieves – Selene Charles
Meet Scarlett Smith, Southern Vampire Detective…

Not too long ago she was just a regular Southern Belle in love with her soldier, dreaming of a life full of babies and white picket fences.

Now she solves murders and drinks a little type-O on the side. No big deal, she’s certainly nothing special or amazing…right? Except every once in a while she senses something stirring inside of her. Something dark. Something ancient. And something very, very powerful. But for now it’s just easier to pretend she’s nothing more than a vampire with a badge and a gun who just so happens to have the hots for not one, but two different shifters one of whom is her step-brother.

Sterling – Dannika Dark

Zoë Merrick knew nothing about immortals until she was brutally attacked by one and left for dead. When she awakens, a strange power is coursing through her veins. It’s not until a warrior named Justus De Gradi walks into her life that she discovers she’s a Mage–able to manipulate energy and use it as a weapon. Justus vows to serve as her protector and teacher, but she’s still struggling with letting go of her past. Will Zoë learn to accept her fate and trust those around her, or will she fall victim to the predators in the Breed world?

A Spirited Manor – Kate Danley

Grieving widow Clara O’Hare accepts an invitation to a séance in the remote country home of Lord Horace Oroberg. Joining her around the table are Oroberg’s cad of a son and his mousy fiancée; her overbearing mother; a renowned scientist; a lovely suffragette; and the dashing young medium, Wesley Lowenherz.  But before long, the group’s fascination with the spirit world calls up something sinister, and Clara and Wesley are pulled together to solve a murder most foul.

Cast in Angelfire – SM Reine  

As a half-angel, half-human mage, Marion Garin is the most powerful witch in the world.  Or so she’s been told.

Unfortunately, she’s lost her memory, and now Marion doesn’t know much of anything. Casting magic? Forget about it. It’s not an accident, either. Someone powerful wanted to take Marion out of preternatural politics, and they succeeded.

She’s told that a man named Seth Wilder could help, but she’ll have to find him first. He’s been missing for years. Marion needs to track Seth down and fix her memory before her unknown enemy finishes the job…

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Islands and Weddings

Vampires’ Last Dance:
Witch Island Brides #1
Deanna Chase
paranormal, vampire, romance, humour
Bayou Moon Press, LLC
(5 April 2018)

Introducing Love Spells - Get your Laugh Out Loud Paranormal here!

She’s a witch who carries a family curse, destined to never get her happily ever after. Felicia Patterson has come to terms with the fact that she’ll never get to be with her one true love… whoever he happens to be. But when the sexiest vampire she’s ever seen walks onto Witch Island, she can’t help her fluttering heart.

He’s a vampire who’s been burned before, destined to never love again. Christoph Parks has sworn off relationships. In the century that he’s walked the earth, he’s only known heartbreak and disappointment. But one smile from the island’s sassy florist has his icy heart melting. And now that the pair have been thrown together to save their loved ones’ wedding from imploding, can they also overcome a brutal curse, find a way to trust, and finally get the love that they deserve?

Set on an island full of supernaturals and a wedding destination. Our heroine, Felicia, is a florist and a witch, who provides flowers for not only the weddings but sometimes also the brides’ pre-marriage celebration called a bachelorette here – and this can well take place in a very raunchy nightclub where the strippers are either vampires or wolves! Either way, they have really good bodies and plenty of pizzazz and not afraid to show what they have! Our hero is the Best Man to the wedding around which this story is set, and he is a vampire – Christoph.

So, this is a cute, funny, vampy story starting with the dildo flower bouquet for the pre-wedding party, and carrying on in the like vein. Food that has spells on it (to make you high without drugs), food with spells on it counter the high or hangover potions, curses, and adventures.

Nicely written as a shortish story and a good start to a series.

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When it is the time for a Witch:

The Age of Witches , Book Cover The Age of Witches ,
by Louisa Morgan
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Little Brown Book Group UK, Orbit
Pub Date 23 Apr 2020

'A MUST-READ FOR THOSE WHO LIKE MAGIC, LOVE AND A LITTLE BIT OF FEEL-GOOD FEMINISM IN THEIR HISTORICAL FICTION' Library Journal

A young witch must choose between love and loyalty, power and ambition, in this magical novel set in Gilded Age New York and London.

In 1692, Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch. Two hundred years later, her legacy lives on in the scions of two very different lines: one dedicated to using their powers to heal and help women in need; the other, determined to grasp power for themselves.

This clash will play out in the fate of Annis, a young woman in Gilded Age New York who finds herself a pawn in the family struggle for supremacy. She'll need to claim her own power to save herself - and resist succumbing to the darkness that threatens to overcome them all.

In 1890 Harriet Bishop our first witch, forages in Central Park for herbs and creates potions for healing – a traditional occupation for the Wise Woman. She has a great niece Annis who was soon to be coming into her ‘powers’ and would need instruction as to the use of them, Harriet does not trust her sister-in-law Frances to do this correctly, if at all. Frances dabbles in black magic after all. And Frances is not Annis’ real mother. It is directly down the Bishop line that the strongest magic flows and Frances is not quite a direct descendant.
The Bishop women are strong but some want power more than to help others and this novel looks at how women in this time and age could find power – and use it. A novel about strength and determination and matriarchal lines of power.
Written in a suitable style for a turn of the century novel without being heavy but literary and stylish.

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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

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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They all can’t fit in – normality

Magic Misfit: A Reverse Harem Academy Romance Book Cover Magic Misfit: A Reverse Harem Academy Romance
(Raven Academy Book 1)
A. Caprice
paranormal romance, young adult
kindle

The Raven Academy could save my life… if it doesn’t kill me first.

 

Waitressing might pay my bills, but it’s my cage fighting at night that really cranks my gears. Until some weird hidden power helped me win a fight. Now no one wants to step in the ring with me.

And my life is going from weird to worse. The same night a werewolf tried to tear out my throat, a guy shows up telling me magic exists AND goes on to prove it. And, oh yeah, my life is in danger now that my abilities have started to show.

Apparently the answer is for me to follow this hottie professor to some Raven Academy and learn magic. School was never my jam, but at least this one comes with a hot demon who’s helping me train and a sexy fellow student who seems to be interested in more than just study hall. Throw in Professor Sexy Pants tutoring me privately to improve my magic, and it’s every girl’s dream.

Until I find out I’m part of some save-the-world prophecy, and the fate of all supernatural creatures rests on my shoulders. Great.

If my sexy consorts and I can’t pummel my magic into shape soon, we’re all doomed…

Magic Misfit is the first book in the Raven Academy series, a reverse harem romance with a university-age heroine having all the fun. Get this book if you like kick-ass heroines, steamy heroes, and smexy scenes so hot they’ll steam up your e-reader,. All characters are 18+.

This is a fun young adult book with a reverse harem theme as she just can’t decide on which of the males ‘courting’ her, she wants. So difficult to decide I guess… although at least the Professor tries not to get involved with her – serious offence to fraternise sexually with a student you are teaching – and in some unis, any students even when you are not teaching them. You get thrown out.

Add in a sort of school – well they call it a university – but more like a college without degrees but thematic in types of magic, where most people attend at 17 years – normal for the USA, and she is older, and…

So there are the bitchy girls, the in-crowd, the young guys who are top of the ‘leader’ board with competition for their attention and jealousy – you get the idea.

I really like the idea that someone thinks it makes him look like a Professor because he wears a ‘vest’. I assume one like the one below or with buttons. Personally, having worked in a number of British universities and having known Canadian, American, Spanish and other nationalities of Professors well, I have never ever met a Professor wearing one….

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Do I want to read more of these – it being book 1 of a series? No, but not quite my scene even if fun and should appeal to those who like this trope variant.

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