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review 2016-09-15 06:58
Review: Here Comes the Witch (Main Street Witches #1) by Ani Gonzalez
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Here Comes The Witch (Main Street Witches #1) by Ani Gonzalez
 
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
 
Age category: Adult
 
Release Date:7 September, 2016
 
Jewelry designer Kat Ramos has come to Banshee Creek to break the famous Hagen House curse and, in order to do that, she must marry Liam Hagen. A vengeful ghost with a deadly history isn’t part of the deal, and neither is love. Will Kat be able to handle both? Or will the mystery of the cursed Hagen House remain unsolved?  
 
 
 
 
 
***Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for a review.***
 
“Let me get this straight: you want to film a Caribbean Santeria ritual that aims to exorcise an Italian ghost during a Chinese ancestor festival?” The plot in a nutshell.
 
What's Good: like it says, it's a light, cozy (sorta) mystery. Lots of pop culture references, one-liners and more mythological name dropping & wiccan terminology than you can shake a stick at. As a spinoff from the Banshee Creek series, the characters and setting should be readily familiar to those fans.
 
The PRoVE crew (Paranormal Research of Virginia Enterprises) were a fun & funny bunch- think of them as the town's version of Mythbusters. You'll enjoy whenever they make an appearance.
 
I also liked the diversity of the town; lots of myth and lore from across the world and a studious avoidance of the same old stale Wiccan-only focus.
 
Amy Chan, proprietor of the local chinese restaurant, was the best character and needed much more screentime. Hopefully this'll happen in future books.
 
What's Bad: see above. Even though it's a spinoff, so much is invested in building up the backstory, characters and squeezing in more magickal mumbo-jumbo than necessary it comes damn close to putting you off. There's a limit to this kind of stuff; a lot of it felt like filler to pad things out because there isn't a whole lot to this 'mystery' and curse- like an Anita Blake novel, after all the buildup the main plot gets wrapped up and fizzles out in about two pages.
 
Theres's no actual sex in the book, just lots of kissing and attempts at building sexual tension. Attempts.
 
The main characters were inconsistent; they know everything about everything that's going on... except when they don't. Main man Liam is as sharp as a crayon. He knows he’s supposed to complete all the traditional marriage rituals in order to break the curse yet doesn’t seem to realize this includes giving someone a chance to object to the wedding, carrying his bride over the threshold of the house, kissing the bride and of course- consummating the marriage. Really? Because everyone else in the town knew all that.
 
The female lead, Kat, ain't a whole lot better- she didn't think of any of that stuff, either. The moment she meets Yolanda (Yoda), she immediately recognizes all the paraphenalia she's wearing and which gods it's dedicated to, yet she doesn't know jack all about casting spells and magic. She literally resorts to books like Wiccan for Dummies and Witchcraft 101 to break the curse on the house. Huh?
 
And it's odd that a place that's such a hotbed for verified paranormal activity that it's become a tourist spot, there's no governmental agency to monitor things. But maybe that's just me overthinking things.
 
What's Left: there's lots to like and lots to scratch your head about. It gets bogged down under its own weight, which is odd for a cozy. Think of it as a book version of an episode of Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie.
 
2.5/5 stars

 

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text 2016-05-12 10:00
Spotlight & Review: Hunted (Crescent City Creatures #2) by Samantha Stone

 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29088982-hunted

 

 

Hunted ~ TRR review

 

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review 2016-05-11 03:00
Enspelled (Crescent City Creatures #3) Samantha Stone
Enspelled (Crescent City Creatures Book 3) - Samantha Stone

 

 

Briony DuBois had no choice but to make a deal with a newly-freed convict who now holds her future in his hands in this spectacular paranormal romance. Every exhilarating experience with the Crescent City Creatures draws me deeper into their world making it so I never want to leave all the wonderful characters and their fascinating world. To make things even better, Briony and Sebastian’s story added a few interesting and different magical elements that added flair to their story and then built up some heavy-duty curiosity regarding Alexander which means I will be waiting on pins and needles for the next book.

 

 

See my full review at:

http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=21704

 

 

 

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review 2016-04-23 09:01
Hunted (Crescent City Creatures #2) by Samantha Stone
Hunted (Crescent City Creatures Book 2) - Samantha Stone

Their pairing could bring a fate worse than death but only Heath and Sophia can keep each other safe in this thrilling paranormal romance.  Wow, the difference between this story and the first one is a marked improvement that really blew me away, I mean I enjoyed the first one and I knew that the series idea and the intriguing characters had lots of promise but I wasn’t expecting the author to take it quite this far, this fast. I was completely wrapped up in Heath and Sophia’s story from the very beginning and I definitely can’t wait to find out what happens next.

 

 

See my full review at:

http://erotic.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=20723

 

 

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review 2016-01-30 19:17
My Feb. 2016 InD'tale Magazine Reviews #1
Banshee Seduction (Montgomery's Sin) (Volume 1) - Diane Saxon

Full review can be found HERE

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-2016-february-indtale-magazine.html
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