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review 2017-08-25 03:00
A chuckle-inducing and magickal fantasy
Camp Arcanum - Josef Matulich

So, Marc, MIchael and Eleazar come to the small, university town of Arcanum, OH to set up grounds for a new Renaissance Faire on behalf of their employer. They can tell straight-off, that this isn't your typical university town, but it takes awhile for them to understand why. Pretty much everyone in town practices magick in one form or another -- and those who don't seem pretty aware of it. This awareness seems to end around the city limits, however.

 

Early on, Brenwyn -- the head of the local coven -- stops by to ask if they can still use some of the grounds for a ritual. Seeing a way to accommodate the locals and maybe dress up the grounds, they agree. Sparks and pheromones fly between Marc and Brenwyen -- Marc's inherently leery of romantic entanglements, but his resistance starts faltering immediately and I can't imagine any reader being stunned when he abandons it entirely.

 

Marc is the super-responsible crew leader, a workaholic with issues. Michael is the artistic one, ready enough to do the brawny work required on the site, but who cares more about the design. Eleazar is their loyal friend and juggler -- who spends almost as much time with the prep work as he does ogling and fantasizing about the local co-eds and/or harassing Michael and Marc about their love lives/lack thereof/anything else he can think of. He's a lot of fun, really. Michael was fine, but I could've used some more time with him to really get a handle on his character. Marc is the readers point-of-entry into this world, it's his eyes that we see the world through.

 

Brenwyn is sassy, saucy and an outrageous flirt. The members of her coven are loyal, and just about as sassy as their Head. There's a warlock running around who is some sort of ex- to her, and that's the nicest thing that could be said about him, so we'll stop there. The thing is that in this world, magick exists, it's real, and many people live with knowing that (more without knowing that).

 

While work progresses on the Faire-grounds, a rivalry of sorts gets underway -- with Brenwyn, Marc and the others on one side, and Drenmwyn's ex- and his acolytes on the other. And it all seems to be focused on Marc, which he can't seem to figure out. Oh, and there are demons, and other assorted supernatural beings flitting around. Our working men, and the coven leader, have to unite to try to stop the ex- (as well as other nefarious beings in the area).

 

Early on, I felt like Matulich was trying just a little too hard with the quasi-sibling rivalry between Michael and Eleazar, and even with the flirtation between Marc and -- well, everyone. It was like he was insecure about things and was trying to make sure his readers understood things were amusing, rather than trusting his writing. If he'd dialed back about 10-20% early on, it would've helped me appreciate things. I either acclimated to his writing style, or he dialed back, I'm not sure which -- not sure it matters. It didn't take too long to settle in to Matulich's style and start chuckling at his characters and writing.

 

This was a fun read -- off-beat, humorous, with some characters you want to spend time with, with an interesting magic -- sorry, magick -- system. There's a sequel to out there, and after reading this, you'll probably be hoping that there's more in progress, too. A thoroughly enjoyable, light read, with just a hint of darkness.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/08/24/camp-arcanum-by-josef-matulich
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review 2017-08-10 02:08
A WINTER SCANDAL by Candace Camp
A Winter Scandal - Candace Camp

A baby is found in the manger in the church where Thea's brother is vicar. She goes after the man she thinks is the baby's father who turns out is not but she's involved in the mystery of who left the baby and why. As she gets to know Lord Morecombe she throws conventions to the wind as does he. They may both think they are focused on the baby but, as anyone with a pair of eyes sees, they are more interested in each other. The baby brings out sides to them that they would never have discovered by following convention.

I liked this story. I liked Thea and Gabriel. They make a good couple. She does not let him mow her over and he discovers there is more to a woman than companionship in bed. The mystery is good as Gabriel must unravel the past and realize his mistakes. I plan on reading the rest of the series.

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review 2017-07-25 03:58
Through Her Eyes
Through Her Eyes (Mind's Eye Book 4) - Deborah Camp

Title:  Through Her Eyes

Author:   Deborah Camp

Publisher:  D. C.

Series:  Mind's Eye Book 4

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: 5

Review:

 

"Through Her Eyes" by Deborah Camp

 

My Thoughts......

 

As always this author brings it all up front and center for the readers..."Through Her Eyes" featuring Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker.  Hold on because there will be much going on in this romance and mystery read that will definitely keep your attention. I liked the story that surrounded both of the characters in that they both had some personal demons that they were battling through.  How will they make it though all of it and now looking for a serial killer?  Well,  this is where I say you will have to pick up  this good read to see how these two will catch this serial killer who seem to have 'been murdering for more than a decade' on the streets of New Orleans and now it looks like there maybe someone else who is also involved.  

 

Be ready for a read that will have you holding your breath as you are reading through some horrible details as this author gives to the reader in this well written story.  In the end will  these two find the HEA medium? Will their personal problems be worked out? Will Levi ever pop the question to Trudy that she longs to hear?   Well, again you will have to pick up 'Through Her Eyes' to see how this story comes out in the end that will definitely leave you wanting more from these two psychics.

 

Thank you to the author for the early read of "Through Her Eyes" where I gave my honest opinion of the read.

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review 2017-07-17 00:00
Camp Lake Omega
Camp Lake Omega - Penelope Peters Camp Lake Omega - Penelope Peters It was easy to finish the story in one sitting and I did enjoy it and felt it was better put together than the one book I read previously by this author. The story itself was paced well and entertaining, it was easy to get sucked into. Jim is an omega that lost his bonded mate after just a week. When he’s invited back to Camp Lake Omega as a counselor he sees it as a last chance to enjoy himself before his parents urge him back into the bonding pool.

Zachary (Zach) Ito is the camp director for Camp Lake Alpha, located directly across the lake from Camp Lake Omega. He by chance meets Jim when he returns one of the canoes that floated away from Camp Lake Omega. Zach doesn’t realize Jim is an omega since he has a neutral scent. Thinking Jim is a beta Zach doesn’t immediately realize what kind of danger he’s put them both in by allowing close contact. They both can’t seem to stay away from each other and finds themselves crossing paths plenty of times.

I definitely thought this was a cute and sweet read. I loved that Jim was so forward and didn’t give up just because he was discouraged. I love the tension and chemistry both characters had together. I enjoyed learning about the alpha and omegas in this universe and how they differed from each other. I also like that the author tried to touch upon the subject of anatomy, control and pheromones of alphas and omega and the psyche of betas.

A free copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2017-06-28 13:26
Through Her Eyes (Mind's Eye #4) by Deborah Camp
Through Her Eyes - Deborah Camp
I LOVE the Mind's Eye series, and Through Her Eyes is no different. The story is fast-paced, with plenty going on. There are not too many characters so that you lose track of who did what or said what and when, but enough that you get varieties of view points. Our two main characters, Levi and Trudy, both still have personal demons to battle, although I loved seeing the progress that both of them made. As a woman, and not having gone through what Levi did, it was easier to empathise with Trudy's demons, as I think most women will be able to. Still, Levi's character has changed as the books have progressed, and it was nice to see it commented on in this book by various people. He has made progress, still has a way to go, but definitely made some!
 
The story itself was once again a gruesome read - enough detail given that you felt the horror of it, without it being too much and putting you off your cornflakes! You also get a personal insight into just how much doing this 'job' can impact both Levi and Trudy. Trudy's strengths are coming on in leaps and bounds, and with Levi by her side, soon her self-confidence will follow.
 
This was exceptionally well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. A nice twist to the ending, before you get your HFN with Levi and Trudy, leaving you once again wanting more from this psychic duo. Absolutely recommended by me.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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