Review: Life’s a Witch (New Orleans Nocturnes #3) – Carrie Pulkinen

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Paranormal Rom-Com, Comedy, Satire, Humorous Dark Comedy

Author Blurb:
# of Pages (per Amazon): 172

Crimson Oliver is a bad witch.

She’s not wicked, but every spell she tries to cast goes awry in one way or another. After her last screw-up, the high priestess has threatened to bind her powers and turn her human for good.

Crimson’s solution? Challenge the priestess to a battle of magic she can’t possibly win.

Not without a miracle, anyway.

Enter hotter-than-hellfire demon Mike Cortez. He’s a devil’s advocate who can make anyone’s dreams come true…for a price. He’s had his eye on the seductive witch for a while, and Satan is in the market for a new assistant.

But Mike wants to date her, not damn her.

When he accidentally makes a deal condemning Crimson to an eternity of satanic servitude, they’ll have to go to hell and back to outsmart the devil and save the witch’s soul.

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Review: Shift Happens (New Orleans Nocturnes #2) – Carrie Pulkinen

© Carrie Pulkinen

Paranormal Rom-Com, Comedy, Satire, Humorous Dark Comedy

Author Blurb:
# of Pages (per Amazon): 178

Sophie Burroughs is determined to be a witch. Her grandmother was a witch. All the other supes say she smells like a witch, but she can’t cast a spell to save her life.

Sprouting fur is so not on her to-do list.

But when a smokin’ hot werewolf bites her and then accuses her of crimes against his pack, she has until the next full moon to prove him wrong and stop his magic from transforming her into a wolf.

A romp in the sack would be a nice bonus, too.

Trace Thibodeaux didn’t mean to bite Sophie. The red wolves have been cursed, she’s the prime suspect, and if he wants to keep his rank in the pack, he has to end her magic by any means necessary.

But that doesn’t include sheathing his sword in a witch’s scabbard.

He’s gotten into bed with the enemy before, and that’s a mistake he’ll never make again.

Or will he?

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Review: License to Bite (New Orleans Nocturnes #1) – Carrie Pulkinen

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Paranormal Rom-Com, Comedy, Satire, Humorous Dark Comedy

Author Blurb:
# of Pages (per Amazon): 166

Drinking blood sucks.

Governor’s daughter Jane Anderson is used to getting what she wants. When a girls’ trip to Mardi Gras thrusts her into the arms—and fangs—of New Orleans’ hottest vampire, he gifts her with immortality, super strength, and a complexion to die for.

There’s only one tiny problem. Jane faints at the sight of blood.

When Ethan Devereaux meets Jane, his cold, lifeless heart learns to beat again. Convinced she’s his late fiancée reincarnated, he turns her, claiming her as his own. But when Jane wakes up dead in Ethan’s attic, she’s loud, obnoxious, and downright ornery. He doesn’t know if he should kiss her or stake her, but one thing’s for certain…

She is so not his long-lost love.

But Ethan turned her, so he’s stuck with her. Jane has three weeks to learn the ways of the vampire and get her license, or she’ll be staked. If Ethan can’t help her overcome her aversion to blood, his undead life might also be on the line.

Join the supes of New Orleans Nocturnes as they lighten up the darker side of the Big Easy in this fast, steamy romantic comedy.

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The Hidden Court (PNRU #1) – Dominique Kristine

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My Brief Synopsis:
# of Pages (per Amazon): 349

In a world where everyone knows magic, and magical creatures, exist, things are a little different than we see them now. However, before mages, shifters, fae, and vampires can go on to become doctors, lawyers, or teachers, they have to spend four years at a magical university to ensure they can be trusted to use their powers and gifts for good.

The problem? Graduating doesn’t guarantee you won’t turn to the dark later, and once you do, there’s no going back. Nosferatu attacks and murdered magical creatures weren’t what Skylar Corazzi were planning on when she went away to school, and she’s pretty sure there’s something bigger going on around Chicago than they’re being told about. The only problem is no one seems to really want to listen to her suspicions. Other than a super hot raven shifter who’s training in the night class to become a sentinel, a profession Sky finds infinitely more interesting than being a fairy godmother, but isn’t an option open to her.

When Gabriel agrees to help train Sky in martial arts so she can help protect herself from the beings trying to drink her dry, they raise more than eyebrows. Can Gabe and Sky survive the nosferatu, judgmental academic counselors, and Gabe’s mean girl girlfriend? Or will Skylar become another statistic of the ever increasing darkling attacks?

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Fledgling – Natasha Brown

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My Brief Synopsis:
# of Pages (per Amazon): 244

Ana is about to start at a new school after moving from Colorado to Idaho, and she’s determined to not let anyone there know about her worsening heart condition. Despite her purple tinged lips, lack of stamina, and attempt to blend into the background, she catches the attention of Chance Morgan.

The two become inseparable despite both initially believing dating would be nothing more than a hassle they can’t afford right now. They both take solace in nature as well as each other. However, Ana soon begins to question if Chance is hiding something, and his grandfather’s curious obsession with her Thunderbird necklace is unnerving. Similarly, Chance knows Ana is hiding something from him, though he believes it can’t be worse than his own secret.

Each of their truths may be more than the other can handle, if Ana’s heart doesn’t give out on her first.

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The Princess – Claire Delacroix

Cover of Claire Delacroix' book The Princess.  A sword comes out of the ground behind the author's name with a river, a castle, and a purple sky are in the background.
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My Brief Synopsis:
# of Pages (per Amazon): 352

October 1171
Castle Tullymullagh, Ireland
Brianna’s world is crashing around her.

Rumor’s are running rampant around the castle that Connor, Brianna’s father, considered a king in his own right, has lost the battle. The eerie silence filling the castle has her running for the Great Hall to find out for herself just what is going on, forgetting all proprieties to which she would normally follow; her blonde hair flying and clingy fitted dress forgotten in her panic.

As she surveys the scene in front of her all her worst nightmares are coming true. Fighting to look past the leering looks of the soldiers filling her home, she sees her father on his knees in front of a man she does not recognize. He turns out to be the foreign English King Henry II, he decrees Brianna should marry one of the sons of Gavin Fitzgavin, the mercenary who defeated her father.

Determined to only wed for love, Brianna tries to outwit the king and mercenary by sending his sons on a quest: the man who can return with a gift that makes her laugh will win her hand. Thus begins The Bride Quest. Two of the brothers, Rowan and Burke (the intended husband-to-be) both depart immediately, but eldest son Luc refuses to participate.

In her attempts to persuade him to withdraw his refusal so he will leave her home, Brianna awakens both his forgotten senses as well as her innocent ones. Tending to forgotten gardens and hoping to win the seal to his childhood home, Luc’s unassuming ways begin to win over everyone living there, other than his own father of course.

Though Luc, a former knight himself, has sworn to lay down his sword forever, only he stands between Brianna, Connor (a man who redefines Luc’s definition of the word “father”), and a threat to not only the castle but all their lives as well.

Can Luc save them all before it’s too late, and who will win the spunky beauty’s hand?

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Applied Electromagnetism – Suzannah Nix

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My Brief Synopsis:
Olivia Woerner feels invisible. At only 5 foot 3 and one of the only women at her company (or in her field even), she’s oven overlooked, literally and figuratively. Even growing up she disappeared between her athletic brother and genius sister.

She tries hard at her job, hiding her sarcastic tendencies in favor of coming across as agreeable and nice. That choice bites her when she finally works up the courage to ask Adam Cortinas, the drop-dead gorgeous guy outside her team, for a reference… and he refuses. Olivia’s long-standing crush on Adam is shattered when he callously makes it clear he doesn’t think she’s capable of a leadership position, and she realizes he can’t stand her.

The problem? In order to bring a newly acquired plant online within the insanely short timeline the CIO has created, Olivia and Adam must travel to Texas together and make it happen. Absolutely everything that can go wrong does go wrong and Olivia finds herself in the middle of nowhere with Adam invading both her personal space and her mind.

Can they manage to work around their mutual hatred of each other to bring this plant online and save their hides? And can they survive all the situations they’re thrust into that would give their HR department a heart attack? Or will everything irreparably fall apart around them?

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Shiftless – Aimee Easterling

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My Brief Synopsis:
# of Pages (per Amazon): 185

Terra is a werewolf. Sort of.

After fleeing her pack, and abusive tyrannical father, a decade ago, Terra put her wolf in a cage deep in her mind and has not let her out since. As she says in the book, she is “packless by choice.”

Then a chance meeting in a bookstore changes everything for her when she catches the eye of an alpha, in wolf form, and his beta. Despite his initial attempt to talk to her, she flees back to her remote forest cabin, seemingly because she is not chained to the command of an alpha that isn’t hers.

The problem? While on a job for the forest service she works for, her father and bunch of his goons catch up to her – and he wants something. An heir. As it turns out, Terra’s half-brother is a “halfie” and incapable of changing, making him worth nothing to their father who needs a strong male heir who can shift.

Her choices?
1) Return home, marry a man of her father’s choosing, and produce a male heir he will form into another version of himself.
2) Teach the nephew neither of them have ever met how to shift, then deliver him to the pack to be taught the ways of the pack.

Despite being the son of her older sister, who passed away years ago, Terra expects him to be just like his grandfather and every other alpha-like male in their pack. Terrifying, threatening, and all other kinds of terrible. Her first problem? He’s not. Keith is a sweet kid. Her second problem? There’s another alpha standing in her way.

Can Terra bring herself to deliver her nephew to her father and save her hard-earned freedom? Can she resist the alpha who seems to break every alpha trait she’s ever known? Can she decide what she wants and follow through on it before it’s too late – for everyone?

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The Ghost and the Graveyard – Genevieve Jack

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My Brief Synopsis:
Grateful Knight is betting it all on a fresh start – one she doesn’t really have a choice about. Left utterly destitute by her most recent failed relationship, she’s left with the choice of declaring bankruptcy or taking free rent in a house in the middle of nowhere that her realtor father cannot seem to sell, she chooses the latter. She always does the most responsible thing she can.

And that’s about to bite her in the ass.

Pulling into a town of 200, now 201, Grateful nearly crashes her Jeep at the sight of the local graveyard’s caretaker as a crazy daydream takes over out of nowhere. Determined to avoid men until she’s back on her feet, Grateful tries to keep her distance from the super hot (cover model level) Rick, but the very first night he shows up at her door with a stinking bouquet, she can’t seem to keep her hands, or lips, off of him.

The house has secrets, and those secrets want Graceful to learn them. When an angry ghost comes flying at her screaming for her to get out, Grateful flees to the only other person she knows, Rick, but what she sees there is too much for her brain to handle and she passes out cold.

Forced to believe in the unbelievable, face a relationship with a man she doesn’t know but who has known her for lifetimes, and possibly accept a title she isn’t sure she wants, Grateful’s strength, sense of self, and responsible nature will all be put to the test.

As she tries to grasp everything around her, will the secrets and truths be too much for her to handle? Can she accept all of it, or will she turn her back and leave Red Grove, NH all together?

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Blood & Holy Water – Joynell Schultz

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My Brief Synopsis:
Meet Fin – probably the world’s most unusual vampire.

He is trying to atone for committing the most heinous act of killing his wife over 20 years ago by working in the one place it would seem a vampire should never be: A busy ER.

There are two things he needs to avoid at all costs to maintain his life of solitude: Angels and other Vampires. When both show up in his ER looking for him, Fin assumes they are both trying to hunt him down to finally make him pay for his actions.

Giving in to his fate, Fin demands the angel show itself to him, only to discover she is a beautiful, but wingless, creature. Ava arrives in a blaze of light, claiming not only is she not there to damn him, but that he is going to lead her to her miracle. Even crazier, the Vampires are not looking to destroy him either. In fact, they need his help as a medical professional.

The problem is, neither of them give him much choice when it comes to assisting them, so when the most important person in his life disappears, Fin has to trust two of the most unlikely people to help him solve the mystery before it’s too late.

Is it really possible for a doomed vampire to have it all? A carrier, people who care about him, and, most surprising of all, a second chance at love?

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