Thursday, January 16, 2020

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW for "The Cursed Key" by Miranda Brock & Rebecca Hamilton

The Cursed Key
(The Cursed Key Trilogy, #1)
Miranda Brock 
Rebecca Hamilton
Published by: Evershade Publishing
Publication date: January 14th, 2020
Genres: New Adult, Romance,
Urban Fantasy
A forgotten past, a dark mage, and an unyielding curse. 
Another team beat free-spirited archaeologist Olivia Perez to the dig of a lifetime, and now she’s left with the choice to wait for scraps or brave a dangerous, dusty tomb in hopes of finding other priceless artifacts. Her reward? A mysterious key she has no idea is cursed. Soon, Olivia realizes she’s brought home more than just an ancient rarity. 
Malevolent visions begin to plague her. Unnerved by what they reveal, she casts away the key…unknowingly placing it into the waiting hands of a dark mage bent on destruction. Only when a shifter agent from the Paranormal Intelligence and Tracking Organization arrives searching for the key does Olivia realize what a huge mistake she’s made. 
Forced to team up with the ill-tempered shifter, her journey to reclaim the cursed key leads down a twisting path of dark histories, dangerous magic, and deadly obstacles. But Olivia’s efforts to take back the ancient relic before the dark mage can destroy the lives of humans, shifters, witches, and fae alike are thwarted by her own dark past…and a price steeper than what she’s willing to pay. 
Fans of Tomb Raider and Ilona Andrews will love the blend of urban fantasy, magical adventure, and paranormal romance in THE CURSED KEY from Miranda Brock and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton!

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Rebecca Hamilton~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

Tomb Raider is the obvious inspiration, but we wanted to add more of a magical element to it as well. The end goal was mainly just something fun for readers - an adventure. Every step of the way, we were thinking of what our readers would enjoy and trying to bring that to the pages, from magical obstacles to a slow burn romance.

2) Are there any hidden (or not so hidden) themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

At the heart of this story, we really explore the light in dark in everyone and how people can choose what kind of person they want to be. Doesn’t even matter who you were before - but who are you now? It’s not so much about redemption, though, as it is about being your best self in the moment. You can’t undo the past, but you can change the future.

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

Not in this book… *wink*

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

If I had to pick one person, it would be Nancy Pickard. She’s a fabulous mystery writer, and while I write primarily urban fantasy and paranormal romance, there’s a lot about her storytelling that I’ve found inspiration in.

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

Oh goodness, this is an IMPOSSIBLE question! I most certainly would not have anyone over for a game night. I have horrible social anxiety disorder (this is why I don’t go to signings or live events) and why I read! I like my favorite character to stay inside my books, where I can read about them from the safety of my pajamas without my hair done or make up on.

That said, my favorite literary characters would have to be Alice from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Nero from Blood Bound by Becca Blake (and he definitely can NOT come over). While I have to pass on game night, while I read about them in books I would enjoy a glass of moscato (in about 5 months from now) and a bowl of strawberries.

6) Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

I’ll go with an unconventional yes. It’s not good having books you don’t read unless you’re going to share them with others. So I’m often loaning out books or giving away books I won’t read again to people who haven’t read them yet. But as long as the books are being read, then no, there’s never too many of them!


Author Bio:
New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Harlequin, Baste Lübbe, and Evershade. A book addict, registered bone marrow donor, and indian food enthusiast, she often takes to fictional worlds to see what perilous situations her characters will find themselves in next. Represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA, Rebecca has been published internationally, in three languages: English, German, and Hungarian. 
Author links:
Website / Facebook / Twitter
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From an early age Miranda Brock has always loved fantasy and adventure everything. Since she doesn't live in a world of enchanting powers, mythical beasts, and things unbelievable she has decided to write about them. (Although, if you happen to see a dragon flying around, do tell her.) Born in southern Illinois, where she still resides with her husband and two children, she grew up running through the woods, playing in creeks, and riding horses. What started out as writing poetry grew into short stories and eventually led to her first novel, Souls Discovered. Miranda lives in the country where she finds inspiration in the simplicity and beauty around her. With the help of a ridiculous amount of coffee and some good music she writes whenever she gets a chance. 
Author links:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter
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Friday, January 10, 2020

BOOK BLITZ for "What Lies in Paradise" by Leah Cupps

What Lies in Paradise
by Leah Cupps
Publication date: January 10th, 2020
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
She’s got 400,000 fans. One of them could be the killer. 
Instagram Influencer Sydney Evans carefully curates her enviable public persona. Despite being freshly widowed, she’s eager to strike a pose at her best friend’s extravagant destination nuptials. But Sydney’s feed goes dark when she blacks out on the plane, awakening to discover another guest poisoned to death. 
With the FBI keen to use Sydney as an insider, she takes the arm of a rookie undercover agent hoping to capture something incriminating. But a deadly run-in exposes a shocking criminal underbelly lurking beneath her own picture-perfect marriage. And if she doesn’t solve the case before her friends tie the knot, the culprit will make sure her next selfie is her last. 
Can Sydney catch a murderer or will the wedding become a funeral? 
What Lies In Paradise is a fast-paced standalone thriller. If you like real-world issues, lavish socialite parties, and electrifying twists and turns, then you’ll love Leah Cupps’ provocative mystery. 
Buy What Lies In Paradise to join a deadly digital whodunit today!

Prologue:

The circular steel barrel of a Glock nine-millimeter pushed roughly against Sydney’s left temple. The gun was searing her skin, still warm from the last bullet fired. One large, tan, muscular arm wrapped around her neck, threatening to snuff out her last few breaths.
I should have seen this coming, she thought. I should have known that if I agreed to go along with this ridiculous plan, something terrible would happen and I’d end up dead.
A series of images from her life began to scroll across her brain, like the snapshots from her Instagram feed. She in pigtails blowing out the candles for her sixth birthday. The fabulous pink satin dress that peeked out from her graduation gown, bright enough to match to her beaming smile. A picture of her at a café in Paris posing with a freshly baked chocolate croissant and a steaming cappuccino. She could see the images, but all she could think about were the choices she didn’t make and the people she neglected.
If she survived this moment, gun pressed against her temple, maybe she would start spending more time with her head in the real world, where life was messy and not one picture-perfect square after another. That was her mistake: projecting the perfect life made her believe she had the perfect life, but she didn’t. Had she tapped the Do Not Disturb button every once in a while, maybe she would have sensed the lies that had begun to weave their way into the real world around her. She could have fallen in love with someone different, someone who led a simple, boring life, like an accountant or a mechanic. But who was she kidding? Love doesn’t work that way.
Although there was shouting next to her ear, the voices sounded far away. All Sydney could hear was the blood thumping through her head and the whoosh-whoosh of her heart beating. The large tropical bushes that lined the walkway reached up toward the sky and bent down to form a canopy over the four of them, giving them respite from the burning Jamaican sun. She was not alone, but that didn’t make the situation any better.
She could still hear the soft call of the ocean behind her but all she could see were palm leaves and the crushed gravel pathway beneath her. Sweat was pouring down her face, neck, and back, soaking the pale blue chiffon dress she had just posted herself wearing on social media a few hours ago.
If only my followers could see me now, Sydney thought.
She heard the click of the pistol’s slide, chambering a round. Sydney didn’t believe in bad luck, but this situation might surely change her mind. Why me? she thought as the world started to blur around her like a watercolor painting. She began to taste the tangy bit of blood forming at the back of her mouth. He was holding on too tightly. If only she could wake up from this nightmare and be somewhere else. Like when she woke up at the airport.
That was the beginning.



Author Bio:
Leah Cupps is an entrepreneur and author. She has built and sold several businesses, and documented the process in her first book #MomLifeInc. 
She always has a passion for stories and spends her evenings writing novels. Her debut novel is, What Lies in Paradise, will debut in January, 2020. 
She writes Thriller, Mystery, Suspense and Action & Adventure.
Leah's novels are fast-paced, thrillers that will keep you up at night as you can't wait to see what happens in the next chapter. 
Leah lives in Indiana with her husband, three young children and two small dogs. When she isn't losing sleep writing her next novel or scaling her next business, she enjoys running and spending time with her family. 
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW for "Demon Bound" by Chris Cannon

DEMON BOUND

by Chris Cannon

Publication Date: January 6, 2020
Published by: Entangled Teen
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery, Suspense


SYNOPSIS

When a summoning goes awry, suddenly booknerd Meena’s summer job becomes something drastically different. Instead of cleaning eccentric Carol’s house, she’s bound to a demon as his soul-collector. Soon Meena discovers that the boring, pageant-obsessed, bonfire-loving town that she’s never fit in to is a hotbed for soul-sucking demons, demon-hunting witches, and vampires who just wanna have fun… And then she comes into her own powers.
Could things get any stranger? 
Good thing she meets new guy Jake—who gets her and still hangs around.
When Jake’s mom sends him off to his Aunt Zelda’s for the summer, he thought he’d be bored. But nothing is what it seems in this town. His aunt isn’t just odd, she’s a witch who fights demons and tries to maintain the magical balance of the town. Jake should get the hell out of there and, he would leave, except for bad-ass newbie witch Meena, who looks at him like he matters.
He never counted on sticking around, 
but Meena’s bound to a demon who wants to destroy her soul—
and Jake’s finally found someone worth fighting for.

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~ BOOK REVIEW for Demon Bound ~

****(4) out of 5 Stars!

This was an absolutely incredible book!  It starts out normal enough, then gets weird, and then weirder still, then kind of dreary and depressing, then almost hopeless... and then there's a big twist that comes out of nowhere to save the day (and the ending)!

The relationship that develops between teens Meena and Jake is adoreable and delightful to watch.  Even against incredible odds and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, these two still manage to find a way to not only form a relationship but create a deep emotional bond.  

Several of the peripheral characters are amazing in their own right, some in a good way and others in a bad way, some in ways that surprise us.  

The ending really came out of nowhere and was totally not what I was expecting.  That it occured at the hands of a kick-butt girl made it all the better!

The ending here was definitive and (against all odds, and with all things considered) fairly happy.  At one point, I did not think that could possibly occur; I was certain we were headed to a major cliff-hanger, which I would have been totally upset about!  But the author did pretty much wrap up the major plot points of this story.  Still, there are plenty of additional items that could be addressed a sequel, and lots of other characters to be explored in addition to these two, should there be future volumes.  

There were a number of questions that were never answered, which I found quite annoying.  Those and the extreme angst the book made me feel at some points are why it is only getting a 4 instead of a full 5 star rating from me.  But overall, it was an incredible read, and one that I highly recommend; it's definitely going on my favorties list!

I received a free eBook copy of this title from Indie Sage PR,
and have willingly provided an honest review.




ABOUT CHRIS CANNON


Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series, the Boyfriend Chronicles, and the Dating Dilemma series. 
She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.
She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. 
You can find her online at www.chriscannonauthor.com.


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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

BOOK REVIEW for "Some Like it Plaid" by Angela Quarles


Some Like it Plaid
by Angela Quarles
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Published: November 18th, 2019 
Published by: Entangled: Amara

SUMMARY

When Ashley Miller sees a Craigslist ad for an all-expense paid vacation to Scotland with a handsome Highland “escort”, she’s all over it. Worn out from working two jobs to pay off the debts her scam artist ex-husband left her with, she just needs a friggin’ break already. Rolling, misty mountains of the Scottish Highlands, here she comes!

But one minute she’s sipping a latte and the next she’s zapped to the 2nd century and promptly informed she’s managed to wed her handsome Highlander without even an “I do.” Oh, hell no.

After a devastating tragedy, Connall’s tribe is left with few marriageable women. When his Druid priest suggests a place filled with bonnie lasses, he of course agrees to go fetch one for himself. But nothing prepared Connall for his sassy new wife, nor his tribe for a woman determined to see equal rights for all women.

Now the men are threatening revolt if he can’t rein his young wife in, but it might be too late. The women are demanding the men get “woke”—which of course makes no sense because they already woke that morn—and give women “the vote,” whatever the bloody hell that is. Despite all that, Connall can’t stop wanting to convince his wife to get naked, and he’s starting to wonder if he’s been bewitched.

Only the more he gets to know her, the more he starts to think she’s just what they needed. If only he survives her next demand...

~ BOOK REVIEW for Some Like it Plaid ~

*****(3) out of 5 Stars!

Granted, historical romance is not typically my thing, but I've read and enjoyed other things by Angela Quarles.  (In fact, her Stolen Moments series is one of my all-time favorites!)  So I thought I would give this book a try.  It was... okay.  Not great, not horrible, just okay.  

The first ten percent or so is the backstory, concerned with explaining to the reader how and why Connall ends up traveling from ancient Scotland to present-day New York City.  It's a bit confusing at first, but things fairly quickly fall into place so that we become aware of what is going on.  Both Connall and Ashley adapt remarkably well to their new surroundings, although he does a bit better than her at accepting things as they are.  

Lack of communication between the two creates a myriad of problems along the way, as they get to know one another and deal with the various issues of life in a archaic environment.  The biggest issue is that both have feelings for each other that they are unwilling to express, and expectations that they don't bother to explore.  Ashley ended up in a much better situation - regardless of how primitive it was - than she was experiencing in her own time.  And (although I totally agreed with her), I found it absolutely absurd that Ashley would expect Connall to change everything about his entire society to suit her 21st Century viewpoints.  But Connall expecting her to fit right in to his lifestyle after having seen what she was used to was nearly as bizarre.  I did like the eventual compromise that they came to, but it was certainly hard won.  

The one real love scene between them was pretty spicy, and some of the other love scenes were equally intense.  The interactions between these two were a bit flat and sometimes seemed kind of forced.  Still, you couldn't help rooting for them to realize and delcare their love for one another.  When they finally did, the writing was a bit sappy, but the sentiment was delightful.  

The peripheral characters were interesting and a lot of the side action was intriguing.  There was mention of several characters who story archs were never fleshed out much, leading me to believe that this may be the first of a series with more episodes to come.  I'd be interested in checking those out to see where things go from here.  

I received a free eBook copy of this title from NetGalley, 
and have willingly provided an honest review. 

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Friday, January 3, 2020

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

FREE BOOK: "Breakup Boot Camp" by Beth Merlin

The Adult Contemporary Romance Comedy
"Breakup Boot Camp" 
by Beth Merlin
is currently FREE on all major eBook platforms,
but only until January 6th, 2020!


After weeks of training to whip Joanna Kitt into shape for her big day, her picture-perfect engagement to her high school sweetheart is torn in two, and Joanna is left out on her perfectly toned rear end. To put the past and her heartache behind her, she sets off for two weeks at the renowned Retreat House Breakup Boot Camp in Topsail Island off the coast of North Carolina.

Despite her sadness, Joanna throws herself into the experience hoping surfing, yoga, spa treatments, meditation, and talk therapy will be enough to help her get over the one man she’s ever loved. But she soon learns the Boot Camp is only the first step to healing her broken heart. Joanna will have to come to terms with the career she abandoned, the loss in her life she never fully accepted, and the role she played in the ending of her relationship.

When she meets Todd Aldrich, the handsome and mysterious hotel chef, 
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Saturday, December 28, 2019

FREE BOOK: “Something Real (An Indecent Apposal, #1)” by Emma Ashe


When tech billionaire, Adam Dreyer, signed up for An Indecent Apposal
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Lissa Garcia, is everything he’s ever dreamed of: 
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Friday, December 27, 2019

BOOK BLITZ for "Can’t Buy Me Love (Sinclair Sisters Trilogy, #3)" by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

Can’t Buy Me Love
(Sinclair Sisters Trilogy, #3)
by Janet Elizabeth Henderson

Publication date:
December 25th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Three awesome series meet in one explosive book! 
It turned out hell was a small town in the Scottish Highlands. Oh, sure, the locals called it Invertary, but Agnes Sinclair knew better—the town even had an old woman everyone called Satan. If that wasn’t a sign she was in hell, she didn’t know what was. All Agnes had ever wanted was to get out of Scotland, and now she was stuck there with no escape. And all because of one teeny, tiny incident (he totally deserved it!) that got her blacklisted in the hotel industry. Now, her only career option is managing a hotel owned by a guy who looks like Disco Santa, in a town where everyone marched to their own damn beat. And, as if being trapped in hell wasn’t bad enough, a spate of thefts at the hotel makes the owner call in a member of Benson Security to help her get to the bottom of them. Agnes doesn’t need help. She especially doesn’t need it from a sexy single father whose every breath tempts her to reevaluate what she wants out of life. A man who makes her wonder if Invertary is where she truly belongs. 
***This is a full length, standalone romance with an HEA.***

**It includes characters from the Invertary (Scottish Highlands) series and the Benson Security series.**

*You don’t need to have read any other books in any series to enjoy this one!*

Excerpt:

This is the start of the book, where we find out the heroine is in a job she doesn’t want and the hotel she works in has been suffering a spate of thefts since she started. No clues for guessing who’s suspect number one! So, the hotel owner calls in a member of the local security team to look into things. And Logan and Agnes do NOT hit it off!

It turned out the Catholics were right—purgatory was real. And it was a small town in the Scottish Highlands. Oh, sure, the locals called it Invertary, but Agnes Sinclair knew better. She wasn’t fooled by the picturesque loch or the rows of crooked white houses. Invertary was where souls came to have the hope sucked out of them—or whatever it was that happened in purgatory. Not being Catholic, Agnes wasn’t sure what went on there, but with a name like purgatory, it couldn’t be good. All she knew for sure was that she’d only been in town for three weeks, and already she’d lost the will to live.
“You called a security firm to investigate me?” She glared at her new boss, Dougal Jamieson, the owner of Invertary’s only hotel, and he didn’t even squirm.
He tugged down his red tartan waistcoat, which he’d teamed with a pink button-down shirt, and glared back. “I called them in to investigate the thefts. The ones you informed me were happening. Was I supposed to ignore them?”
“You were supposed to let me do my job and investigate them myself. That’s why you employed a hotel manager. To free you up to take care of the pub and build your new conference center.” The conference center that was still in the planning stage because the land Dougal needed to build it was being held hostage by an old woman the town called Satan. Which seemed appropriate, because if this was truly purgatory, Satan should live in it. Right? She really needed to find a Catholic and have them explain this stuff to her.
“You might be the day-to-day manager, but this is still my business,” Dougal snapped.
It was clear to Agnes, after only three weeks in the job, that Dougal didn’t actually want to let go of the responsibility of managing his hotel. So he’d taken to managing her instead.
In detail.
Every.
Single.
Day.
His micromanagement was beginning to make her skin crawl, and the urge to gag him and lock him in a closet grew stronger by the minute.
Dougal’s white brows furrowed as he huffed a breath that made his matching mustache and beard flutter. Her boss was Santa dressed as Elton John, with a booming voice and a deep Highland burr. Talking to him was like having a bad acid trip.
It was on the tip of her tongue to demand to know why he’d hired her when he seemed so set on doing the job himself. But Agnes already knew the answer—her sister’s husband had talked him into it. Yep, that’s how pathetic she’d become. Even though she’d spent ten years studying part time to get a degree in hotel management and had countless hours of practical experience under her belt, she needed her sister to find her a job.
There were days, like this one, when she second-guessed the decision that’d landed her in her current predicament. She’d been offered a job managing a large hotel that was part of a famous chain, and all she’d had to do to secure the position was have sex with the owner. Agnes had politely declined, kicking his nuts into next week as she did so. Less than twenty-four hours later, she’d been blacklisted throughout the entire UK hotel network. Which had led her to this moment—a face-off with disco Santa.
She should have had sex with the creepy hotel owner.
Taking a fortifying breath, she reached deep for what little patience ran in her genes. “I know this is your hotel, and I understand that I work for you. But I just want the opportunity to do my job before you decide you need someone else to do it for me.”
“This isn’t a judgment of your abilities.” Dougal’s voice reverberated off the walls. “It’s an attempt to give you some help. Benson Security can investigate the thefts while you manage the hotel.”
What was left hanging in the air between them was the fact the bulk of the thefts had only started when she’d arrived in Invertary. She looked her boss straight in the eye. “I’m not the one stealing from you.”
He smacked a beefy hand on her desk. “Did I say that?” He turned to the man leaning in the doorway. The man Agnes had been steadily ignoring since he’d arrived with her boss ten minutes earlier. “Did I, at any point, suggest my manager was stealing from me?”
Agnes tossed her long, straight blonde hair over her shoulder, folded her arms over her gray suit jacket, and tapped her toe. Yes, what exactly did the almighty ‘security specialist’ think of this situation?
The corner of the man’s mouth quirked as he uncrossed his arms and ankles and stepped into the room. At about five foot eight or nine, he wasn’t massively tall, but he would still tower over her. He wore a black long-sleeved tee with the sleeves pushed up, a pair of dark blue jeans, and brown suede boots. His thick, mahogany hair, shorter at the sides, was pulled back in a rough right parting. He reminded her of a younger Tom Cruise. Only with a nose that’d been broken at some point and set crooked. They shared the same lean, muscled physique, and the same amused sparkle in their eyes.
“What I think,” he said, “is that we all need to take a step back and calm down.”
And that was all she needed to hear to know he was an ex-cop—it was in his tone. The same tone she’d heard many times over the years. Perfect. This was just what she needed.


Author Bio:
Janet is a Scot who moved to New Zealand fifteen years ago. Among other things, she’s been an artist, a teacher, a security guard at a castle, a magazine editor, and a cleaner in a drop in center for drug addicts (NOT the best job!). She now writes full-time and is working on her 19th book. Her books have won several awards, including the Daphne du Maurier award for excellence in mystery and suspense. When she isn’t living in her head, she raises two kids, one husband, and several random animals. She survives on chocolate and caffeine. 

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

BOOK REVIEW for "The Perfect Brew" by Jo-Ann Carson


An unexpected inheritance turns Cassie Black’s world upside-down, and she finds herself the owner of a sentient coffee-house that comes with an inter-dimensional portal and a side of ancient curse. When Cassie is summoned to attend the funeral of her great-aunt, Ophelia, she finds the picturesque village on the edge of the ocean is not at all what it seems. Her benefactor’s death is suspicious, and to make matters worse, after Ophelia’s lawyer explains her will to Cassie, he drops dead in a plate of cookie crumbs. That makes two unexplained deaths, which is two too many for a good witch to swallow.

Up to her neck in mysteries, and weighed down with a curse, Cassie canvases the town to find the murderer. Of course, there are many unusual suspects, a tall, dark and annoying human detective keeps getting in her way, and a seductive warlock offers his assistance.

Will Cassie catch the villain before he kills again? Will she be able to free herself from the curse? Will Sid, her beloved cat familiar with a naughty mind, convince her to play dirty with the boys?

This is the first story in The Perfect Brew paranormal, cozy mystery series, set in the modern world where magic remains hidden or at least tries to. There’s no sex or violence on the page, but be prepared for some serious romance, mystery, and magic. The Perfect Brew can be read as a stand-alone.
 

~ BOOK REVIEW for The Perfect Brew ~

***(3) out of 5 Stars!

This was kind of a fun, quirky read.  Cassie gets drawn in to a slew of things he never saw coming and isn't at all prepared for, but she manages to handle most of them with great care.  

This is a series starter, so there is a lot of backstory and world-building that occurs.  Still, the overall story kind of falls flat.  There just doesn't seem to be as much substance to things as there could be, and the problems don't seem to be as worrisome or urgent as you would think they should.

The characters were all kind of flat, and I had a hard time relating to any of them.  And I really don't understand the whole love triangle thing, because none of them seemed to have much of a connection.  

Overall, this book wasn't great, but it was okay for a quick read when you want something vaguely in the paranormal mystery arena but also very light.  I wouldn't mind trying future volumes in the series to see if it improves any.

I received a free eBook copy of this title from NetGalley, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.