#BookReview #UrbanFantasy // Mystic Bonds by C.C. Solomon

Mystic Bonds
Paranormal World #1
by C.C. Solomon

I’m a little on the fence with this one, there were parts I loved and other aspects that didn’t work for me. Times when I couldn’t put it down and others where I had to re-read a paragraph to make sense of it. The ending was quite a shocker and definitely has you intrigued as to what will happen next.

I liked Mina, she really didn’t have her s##t together but for me this actually made her much more realistic and eminently more likeable. I would have liked a little more depth from some of the supporting characters, particularly Erik, Charles and Phillip, at times I felt I learnt more via what others TOLD me, rather than through what I experienced. However there was enough development for me to enjoy the book.

I know this is both (a) fiction and (b) PNR/alternate reality, therefore “made up”, but some elements of the plot just stretched the imagination. Looking at blurbs for future books I’m presuming the bad guy in this (who wasn’t paranormal) was perhaps being helped by other “beings”, however in this book there was no real recognition or acknowledgement of his actions being impossible. The characters also felt more Young Adult than the late 20’s early 30’s they were meant to be. In fact had the very brief, single sex scene been removed this could easily have been a YA book.

At times I was totally absorbed by the story, particularly during scenes of action and scenes heavy with dialogue. Sadly there were passages where the heroine actually narrated the story to the reader, rather than allowing them to experience it for themselves. It was almost as though someone was recounting an event or memory, resulting in the story losing it’s flow and pace and disconnecting me from the book. This very tell not show experience extended into the somewhat limited emotional aspects of the book. The very brief mention of how Mina felt, and that information was sometimes very contradictory, conveyed no essence of fear, anger, anxiety or passion. The lack of any detailed descriptions of feelings was a significant negative for me.

On balance there were more positives than negatives for me and at some point I hope to continue with Mina’s story.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Fannce

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44047432-mystic-bonds

Synopsis
Mage Amina Langston thought surviving the supernatural apocalypse, which killed fifty percent of humankind and changed most of the surviving population into paranormal beings, were the biggest challenges in her life. That is, until she and her brother go on the run from non-gifted humans who want to steal their magical blood to make a power-giving serum. Now she’s in search of a handsome stranger who keeps appearing in her dreams and a secret paranormal city to help free those still held in captivity for their blood.

During her journey, Amina befriends several other magical beings also searching for the mysterious town, including a sexy were-jackal who distracts her from locating the man of her proverbial dreams. However, when the group finds the city, it’s filled with dangerous magic and a barbaric were-pack. Facing these new troubles, will Amina take down her human pursuers and save the other paranormals she left behind or end up in greater peril?

#BookReview #Fantasy // Dream of Dragons by Aja James

Dream of Dragons
Dragon Tails #1
by Aja James 

Overall I very much enjoyed this fantasy/PNR fusion, and despite initial concerns it does read as both a standalone and separate to the Pure/Dark Ones series. I did put this down for a few day, fairly early on, as I found the character of Erebus to be extremely irritating. I’m pleased to report that he did get less so as the story progressed, though that may equally have been because we saw less of him. He was an OTT camp mix of Julian Clary and John Inman’s character (Mr Humphries) from Are You Being Served?


Since I had only reached the 11% mark, I picked this back up and actually went on to enjoy it. Whilst it didn’t take itself too seriously, the author blended Arthurian and Welsh legends together, twisted them sideways and created quite a compelling story. It even, in part, explained why those tales are so blurred. It wasn’t the most complex of world building, but it very much suited the story, setting and characters, so I’ve no complaints there.



What didn’t work for me, hence temporarily setting it aside, was (a) it starting with a sex scene between two characters from a previous series and (b) Erebus. This is a spin off, in effect an entry point for new readers who have zero connection to Ere and Sorin, who care not one jot for them, so for us the sex scene felt clinical, a little crude and entirely unnecessary. It took far too long to meet and get to know the actual protagonists of this book, Rui and Wolfe – much longer than it’s taken me to mention them!



Rui left me cold at first, but that’s all part of her character arc and it didn’t take long for me to absolutely adore this little firecracker. She was a beguiling and utterly believable mix of kick-ass warrior and naïve kitten-y dragon. She’s definitely up there as a favourite heroine. Wolfe was so mean, moody and ruggedly gorgeous, I loved him from the first moment we met. Not only did I buy their developing relationship, I was fully invested in it – I may even have had a “must be hayfever” moment or two towards the end. Sigh. So good.



In summary I went from regretting requesting an arc of this (and the next one) to having found an author I want to read more of. If it hadn’t been for that initial “gah!” of the first few chapters I probably would have given this 5 stars. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Song of Dragons.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Fantasy Romance

Contains sex scenes and very mild violence

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56338749-dream-of-dragons

Synopsis
Every lore of every clan, across time and space, dreamed of dragons. Did you ever wonder why?

Erebu and Sorin fought through countless lifetimes of trials and tribulations to find one another again. They even conquered death. But Ere’s rebirth requires a price: he must answer the Celestial Summons when it comes and faithfully complete each task the Jade Emperor sets before him.

On the bright side, he doesn’t have to perform miracles alone. Sorin will be right there with him. One the not so bright side, his Fate, the Fate of all dragon Kind, and by extension, the Universal Balance, depend on the successful execution of each quest. No pressure.

His first task is find and retrieve the Jewel of Dreams.
Location: Unknown. Time travel will be required.
Clues: Too few. But there may be a dragon-slayer, a king, a wizard, and a few mythical monsters along the way.
Accompaniments: His beloved Sorin (who is all he needs!) A humorless, anti-social female dragon (who he doesn’t need). Though her kickass fighting skills do come in handy in a pinch.
Timing: ASAP. Determined by an arbitrary Sandglass in the Jade Emperor’s possession.

The end of the world may be just around the corner. Along the way, enemies may become lovers, reluctant friendships may form, and lots of hot, desperate, this-may-be-the-last-time-we-have-sex sex will definitely be had.

And who knows, you may never want to wake up from this…

#BookReview #SpaceOpera #SFR // Andromeda’s Pirate by Debra Jess

Andromeda’s Pirate
Heroes of Andromeda #2
by Debra Jess

Thank you to Netgalley and Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op for providing an arc copy of this book.

Whilst I like romance in the books I read, first and foremost I want an engaging and action filled story, which I definitely got with Andromeda’s Pirate. The author’s characterisation was excellent with two well rounded complex individuals in Kelra and Darvik, along with a wide ranging and varied cast of supporting characters. The world building was also very pleasing, sufficiently complex and neatly woven into the story so as to avoid the dreaded info-dump. I loved the idea of how the “puppets” were utilised in this story and though that term often felt derogatory to my mind it clearly wasn’t within the universe setting.

Cleverly used foreshadowing allowed for a variety of possible outcomes, so whilst you know that the story will have a positive outcome and HEA the specific journey taken to get you there felt neither predictable or trite. This is a world that I would gladly read more of, I will definitely be exploring the Debra Jess’ previous work. Connecting with Kelra and Darvik was incredibly easy, they were immensely likeable individuals with motivations that made relating to them absolutely effortless.

The emotional aspects of the book would have benefited from being shown rather than told. I need to see how feelings are developing through the emotional, psychological AND physiological impact that results. Descriptions of stomach fluttering, heart pounding, blood rushing moments were sadly absent, which left me having to accept Kelra and Darvik’s feelings for one another as a fact, as opposed to being utterly convinced that they were meant to be. However, for me, this book is still far superior to so many SFR’s where the “alien/space” element could be removed and the story still work. This was very much a space opera story with a side or romance, and if that is your preference too then I highly recommend this book to you.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Science Fiction Romance

Contains some brief sex scene

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58469969-andromeda-s-pirate


Synopsis
Darvik Hart is Andromeda Galaxy’s most notorious pirate. Kelra Shade’s reputation for capturing pirates is nonpareil. So why would Kelra offer Darvik a treasure beyond imagination to bring her on board his ship?

After a lifetime of dedicated service to Mantic Corporation’s private navy, Kelra believes she’s earned the right to hunt for the alien that killed her parents. Manitac’s refusal, however, forces Kelra to turn to the only pirate who’s eluded her because his strategic skills are a perfect match with her own.

Darvik refuses to risk his crew’s freedom with another head-to-head battle with the sexy pirate hunter who’s haunted his dreams. Yet he cannot turn down Kelra’s challenge, or the treasure she offers, to help her get revenge on the creature who killed her family.

As they plunge headlong together on a reckless crusade, the lines between hunter and prey become blurred, and a passion ignites between the two of them that threatens to derail their mission as they set the nebula on fire.


If you like Lindsay Buroker, Michael Anderle, or Glynn Stewart, you’ll walk comfortably inside the pages of this galactic sci-fi romance meets space opera adventure.

#BookReview #SFR #SpeculativeFiction // Wave Rider by Michelle Diener

Wave Rider
Verdant String #5

Michelle Diener

This book, by new-to-me author Michelle Diener, has definitely put her on my “favourites” list. SFR spans a wide spectrum and I have found myself frequently disappointed by books that have very few true speculative fiction aspects to them. Stories where the setting could easily be changed to any town or city on Earth and the narrative still work. Thankfully this is from the other end of the spectrum, proving to be an exciting, action-packed and fast paced story with plenty of elements to please any SFR fan. When I requested the book from Netgalley I wasn’t aware it was book #5 in a linked series, however the author wrote it in a way that allows it to be easily read as a standalone. Given how much I enjoyed this, it is very much my intention to read more of the author’s work.



Anja and Cal are both strong, resilient and relatable characters whom I very much enjoyed getting to know. One improvement for me would have been to have had a more comprehensive backstory for them. Whilst I knew their personalities and jobs there was no history given for either protagonist – I don’t even know if Anja had any family! Thankfully it didn’t stop me enjoying the story. The pair had amazing chemistry and whilst the romance aspect perhaps felt a little rushed, a touch underdeveloped, I was happy to forgo that part in return for the suspense and sci-fi aspects of the plot. I quickly found myself caught up and immersed in this world and just couldn’t put the book down.



The world building was solid, the author doesn’t overload and for a few aspects I had to read between the lines. However I got the impression that more information is provided in earlier books so I can’t find fault there. If I had read them in order I wouldn’t appreciate too much recapping each time, so for me it was the perfect balance. I was very much reminded of Carol Van Natta and Jess Anastasi by what is a must read for any SFR fan.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Science Fiction Romance

Age 14+, Contains some violence and a glossed over sex scene

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58544116-wave-rider


Synopsis
Isolated . . . Verdant String scientist, Anja Farucci, is frightened. Her calls for help from her remote coastal research station on the moon Fynian have been going unanswered, and strange things are happening with the leviathan pod she’s studying. Out of options, she sets out on the dangerous three-day journey to Rinc, Fynian’s only city.

Stranded . . . Cal is a wave rider, and if anyone understands leviathans, it’s him, but when Kada, a young leviathan, grabs his boat and strands him on the southern peninsula, Cal is at a loss to understand what is going on.

Thrown together . . . When Cal and Anja cross paths, they discover Anja’s communications have been deliberately sabotaged. Someone doesn’t want anyone coming or going from the southern peninsula. When the people involved start hurting leviathans, though, neither Cal nor Anja can let it go.

What they don’t know, as they get deeper and deeper into the mystery, is that the secret they discover in the cold waters of Fynian’s ocean will change them forever.

REVIEW – Dystopian/ PNR Romance // Aeterna by Kim Bannerman

Aeterna

by Kim Bannerman

This got off to a shaky start for me, there was far too much info dumping at the start of the book, slowing the pace for a while. I also found some of the descriptions overly detailed and unnecessary for developing the story. However once we get to Bo, the story picked up and I found myself much more engaged by what is essentially a blend of paranormal, suspense and romance. Once I’d got through that first third the plot picked up in intensity and I found myself not wanting to put the book down.



It took me a while to understand Marcus’ motivation, he felt a little lacklustre at first but we really get to know him as the story progresses. There was also good character growth and I soon found myself captivated by him. Bo was a really fascinating character and I very much enjoyed seeing how the pair of them interacted together. I would rather have had more time spent on developing their relationship and less on the early over explanation. On balance, however, this was still an engaging read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Fantasy Romance

Age 18+, Contains scenes of vampirism, torture and sex

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58243911-aeterna

Synopsis
Vampires have conquered the living world, eradicated human society, and rule an undead empire from their underground palace of Aeterna. No longer forced to hide in the shadows, they build a luxurious metropolis of epicurean excess, savage rituals, and royal lineages, all existing in perfect eternal harmony.

Of Aeterna’s byzantine rites, the Bloodlet is the greatest: a spectacular hunt held once a century to choose which royal house will ascend the throne. But for Marcus Atreidae, the last vampire to be created before the annihilation of mankind, the Bloodlet offers a chance to explore the ruins of a dead city and learn all he can about those creatures of myth and legend: humans.

Barred from participating as punishment for his curiosity, Marcus sneaks to the surface but, when catastrophe strikes, he finds himself trapped amid the dystopian ruins with an unlikely ally — a beautiful and fearless clone named Bo. Together, they discover a web of lies that stretches all the way to Aeterna’s putrid core. Will the truth of Marcus’ own mysterious past set him free? Or will it destroy an empire?

In Aeterna, Kim Bannerman weaves an astonishing tale of intrigue, betrayal, mystery and adventure. From warrior kings to soothsayers, bio-engineers to slaves, ogres to phantoms, this sweeping epic is as rich and haunting as the undead who populate the city, and sure to delight fans of fantasy and dystopian fiction.

Aeterna is in development with a Hollywood production company and is soon to be a motion picture.

REVIEW – Dark YA Fantasy // These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

These Hollow Vows
These Hollow Vows #1
by Lexi Ryan

Amazing, spellbinding, scheming, heated and powerful, These Hollow Vows quickly drew me in and just never let me go. So full of intrigue and complex twists, you can never be sure just what lies in wait for Brie next. Whilst I had some suspicions, and perhaps even expected a few of the twists, just how they were then woven together, the consequences that resulted from them, left me breathless with awe.



Truths were painstakingly revealed as each layer of the story was slowly peeled away. Not that the pace ever felt slow, every detail held purpose and meaning, foreshadowing allowed us to consider possibilities but each new truth also managed to distract from the next one. There wasn’t a single part of this book that I would change, not one thing. I can not wait for the next book, I do hope the wait isn’t too long, because oh I have to know what Brie will do now, as a woman scorned.



The book is written entirely from Brie’s point of view, a necessary step so that we learn about the fae world, the Seelie and Unseelie courts along with her. I adored her, along with what was quite a cast of supporting characters. I’m hoping we learn a lot more about some of Finn’s crew in the next book, some of them felt more like convenient pegs to hand a plot twist on, but even that couldn’t manage to lower my rating.



Lexi Blake has been hiding an amazing talent for writing high quality and entertaining fantasy.
I’m just happy that she has finally decided to share it with the world. That final twist, well it certainly explained some things, such as why Sebastian so easily forgave Brie for her deceit. I did think he was particularly unperturbed!. I am already looking forward to re-reading this in preparation for the release of book #2.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fantasy Romance

Age 15+, Contains some violence and glossed over sex scene

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53422971-these-hollow-vows

Synopsis
From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes.

Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.

Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie’s only choice is to pose as a potential bride for Prince Ronan, and she soon finds herself falling for him. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. As Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she struggles to resist his seductive charm.


Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart.

REVIEW – Women’s Fiction // The Wedding Dress by Dani Atkins

The Wedding Dress
by Dani Atkins

Three very delightful and very different stories that all bring something special to this wonderful book. Dani Atkins has a very emotive writing voice, and as someone who needs to feel a connection to the main characters it suited me perfectly.



As we hear more and more of Suzanne’s story (#1) the reader just knows that something isn’t right. So whilst the actual “secret” comes as no surprise, there is much entertainment to be found in how the author leads us to that point and how the reveal pans out is both unexpected and rather satisfying.



My only issue was why the person who revealed the secret didn’t just speak face-to-face with Suzanne a little sooner. I did have to suspend my disbelief more than a little with the manner they originally chose to act. However without that delay we wouldn’t have had a story.



Bella’s story (#2) was spell-binding and even had me shedding the odd tear. There is almost a love triangle in this one, though definitely no cheating, in fact Bella is unaware of the true feelings of both men. I loved how the author spun the ending to this one, right until the last moment I wasn’t sure who it would be, though of course it was the man who had always shown his love towards Bella. The man who had quietly shown his loyalty and devotion.



I would love this to be made into a full length book, though it would be difficult to maintain the suspense and secret of who won Bella’s heart. However after the Wedding scene I would love the story to have gone back in time so we could see how and why things played out the way they did. The book deserves five stars for this short story/novella alone!



Mandy and her grandmother’s story was unexpected and yet the perfect way to end the story. Whilst the story was about her gran getting married, for me this was more about the love of family and of acceptance. An entertaining and thought provoking read without being too preachy.


I definitely recommend this book.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Contemporary Romance

Age 15+

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56077293-the-wedding-dress

Synopsis
Three women. Three love stories. One dress. The new heartwarming and uplifting romance from award-winning romance writer Dani Atkins.


Suzanne is engaged to be married to the man of her dreams – except the lead up to her wedding is beginning to feel more like a nightmare. Can Suzanne uncover the truth about her fiancé ahead of her big day?


Bella’s life was on track until the day of the hen party when everything changed. Now she must find the strength to rebuild her future – and decide who she wants to spend it with.


Mandy’s grandmother has fallen in love but her family don’t approve. For her grandmother’s dreams to come true, Mandy has a secret wedding to plan, and a very special dress to find.


These are the three strangers whose stories are about to be woven together by one perfect wedding dress.

REVIEW – Urban Fantasy // Ghost Electricity by Sean Cunningham

Ghost Electricity
(Hawthorne House #1)
by Sean Cunningham

There is quite a wide cast of characters in Ghost Electricity both main and supporting, all of whom are well crafted and nicely rounded. The story is complex, multi-layered and packed full of intrigue. There are lots of strands that are cleverly woven together at the end, but for much of the book I felt as though I was randomly hopping from one random scene to another.



There were over half a dozen different point of view, featuring only very briefly interactions with other protagonists, if there was one at all. Julian and Rob were together for the majority of scenes, Fiona and Jessica were occasionally together but also apart quite a lot, Alice occasionally interacted with Fiona and Julian, but also with other characters, Justin knew about all these players but was on the periphery or manoeuvring in the background. It all just got a little blurry and disjointed since each person had their own agenda and focus. Just as I got into one part of the story it flipped to another scene, then went back to the previous one.



I definitely enjoyed the author’s voice, dialogue felt natural and descriptions were sufficiently detailed without being overly long and tediously complex. The world building was very smooth and felt very much an organic development of the story. Despite my issues this was still a good story, I really liked how the plot gradually unfolded, revealing new snippets of information, new clues or an answer to one question along with a new puzzle to be solved. If you like Urban Fantasy with a dash of humour I do recommend giving this a try, though it won’t be a series I chose to continue reading.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Suspense

Age 15+

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45717303-ghost-electricity


Synopsis
Do you know what happens to ghosts in London?

A girl with a monster in her shadow. A warlock believed dead four years ago. A werewolf outcast from the London packs.

Rob wants a good job, friends to head to the pub with and a solid cage to lock himself in three nights a month. Julian dropped off the face of the Earth four years ago. He’s back and trying to figure out what living looks like. Together they  will face the deadliest of threats hidden in one of the oldest cities in the world.


Fiona has a monster in her shadow but she doesn’t know how it got there. A creature in the shape of a man is on her trail  and he knows things about Fiona she doesn’t know herself. Her ten year old sister Jessica can build machines that defy the  known laws of physics. Accompanied by a brass tortoise and a glass-feathered raven, Jessica will help Fiona unravel the web  of lies that surrounds them both.


And beneath their feet the plague dead of centuries stir in their graves, waiting for the spell that holds them to break…

REVIEW – Speculative Fiction // The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry

The 22 Murders of Madison May
by Max Barry

I’m not quite sure what genre this really fits into. It’s sort of a murder mystery where you already know who the culprit is, what is unknown is which parallel dimension he currently inhabits. However hidden under the surface is a story of self-reflection, personal growth and character development. What I can say without a shadow of a doubt is that I very much enjoyed it. There are layers to this book that are easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention to the small details and little one-liners.



Felicity is a very sympathetic character, one I not only liked but found it easy to empathise with. She is flawed, impulsive and, at times, down-right selfish but her strong moral compass, her compassion and ultimately that realisation of just what she had, also made her likeable. Over the course of the story we also get to know Madison May too. The supporting characters were well written, remaining consistent throughout the book and their interactions with Felicity often raised some very thought provoking moments.



Whilst the book wasn’t perfect, it captivated my attention and soon became a story that I didn’t want to put down. The reader was left to occasionally make their own links, to draw their own conclusions. Some may interpret this as a weakness in world-building or clarity of explanation, but personally I appreciate the author allowing me this autonomy. Finally I want to finish with what for me was quite a profound quote from the book. It summed up perfectly the truth behind this fascinating story.

“They’re all the same, though,” Felicity said.
“That’s what I figured, eventually.”

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Science Fiction/ Alternate Reality

Age 17+, Contains violence and murder.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56026187-the-22-murders-of-madison-may


Synopsis
From the critically acclaimed author of Jennifer Government and Lexicon comes mind-bending speculative psychological suspense about a serial killer pursuing his victim across time and space, and the woman who is determined to stop him, even if it upends her own reality.

I love you. In every world.

Young real estate agent Madison May is shocked when a client at an open house says these words to her. The man, a stranger, seems to know far too much about her, and professes his love–shortly before he murders her.

Felicity Staples hates reporting on murders. As a journalist for a midsize New York City paper, she knows she must take on the assignment to research Madison May’s shocking murder, but the crime seems random and the suspect is in the wind. That is, until Felicity spots the killer on the subway, right before he vanishes.

Soon, Felicity senses her entire universe has shifted. No one remembers Madison May, or Felicity’s encounter with the mysterious man. And her cat is missing. Felicity realizes that in her pursuit of Madison’s killer, she followed him into a different dimension–one where everything about her existence is slightly altered. At first, she is determined to return to the reality she knows, but when Madison May–in this world, a struggling actress–is murdered again, Felicity decides she must find the killer–and learns that she is not the only one hunting him.

Traveling through different realities, Felicity uncovers the opportunity–and danger–of living more than one life.

REVIEW – Cosy Mystery // Hexing The Ex by Susanna Shaw

Hexing The Ex
House of Magic #1
by Susanna Shaw

A very pleasant but not terribly memorable story, a candyfloss read that is sweet on the tongue but soon gone. It was nice, gentle, hints of funny, a bit of mystery, nice touches of world building but it never really engaged me and definitely didn’t wow me.



The authors voice was very pleasant, reading the book never felt onerous, but on reflection I think my issues are because this is more of a plot driven read. This meant I didn’t feel that connection to the main character that truly draws me into a story.

Even in a light, somewhat funny cosy-mystery I still want to experience a depth or range of emotion, and that was where the book lost me. Secondary characters lacked the necessary nuance of personality that can be used to add richness and texture to the story. I would love to see the author give more background to her characters, create a life history for them, along with personality traits and quirks.


If you’re looking for a paranormal cosy mystery then it is still well worth picking up this easy to read and entertaining book.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Urban Fantasy Mystery

No sex scenes, mild profantity

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57397428-hexing-the-ex

Synopsis
I didn’t expect to be evicted the first thing I returned from my holiday, but thanks to my roommate Nick, that’s what I was facing.


It’s not exactly easy to find a new place to live in London, so when Phoebe Thorpe spots a room-to-let sign at the window of a magic shop, she doesn’t hesitate. The room is perfect, even if chores are part of the rent. There is only one thing odd about her new landladies. They seem to believe magic exists.

Phoebe doesn’t believe in magic, but unfortunately magic believes in her. A mysterious statuette is sent to her boss, Archibald Kane, and she accidentally triggers a curse meant for him. Naturally, the first person she curses is her ex-boyfriend. But why would anyone want to curse her boss, a perfectly ordinary antiques dealer? Or is he?

Phoebe sets out to break the curse with the help of her new housemates. But it isn’t easy trying to solve a mystery she doesn’t even believe is real. Then again, that hellhound chasing her seemed pretty solid… Maybe there’s more to magic than hexing one’s ex.

This is the first book in House of Magic, a new series by Susanna Shore blending mystery and magic, with a resourceful heroine and plenty of action.