Thursday, January 27, 2022

Witchful Thinking by Kristen Painter [Review]

Witchful Thinking (Happily Everlasting #4) by Kristen Painter
Format: ebook
Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Date read: January 3, 2021

Happily Everlasting
1. Dead Man Talking
2. Once Hunted, Twice Shy
3. Fooled Around and Spelled in Love
4. Witchful Thinking - Paperback | Kindle
5. Total Eclipse of the Hunt
6. Curses and Cupcakes
7. An Everlasting Christmas

Kristen Painter
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there's no such thing as normal.

Charlotte Fenchurch knows that, which is why she’s not that surprised when a very special book of magic falls into her hands at the library where she works. As a fledgling witch, owning her own grimoire is a dream come true. But there’s something…mysterious about the book she just can’t figure out.

Leopard shifter Walker Black knows what’s odd about the book. It’s full of black magic and so dangerous that it could destroy the world. Good thing the Fraternal Order of Light has sent him to Everlasting to recover it and put it into safe storage. If he has to, he’ll even take the witch who owns it into custody.

That is until he meets Charlotte and realizes she’s not out to watch the world burn. She’s sweet and kind and wonderful. Suddenly protecting her is all he wants to do. Well, that and kiss her some more. But dark forces seem determined to get their hands on the book, making Charlotte their target, and Walker worries that he won't be able to protect her from them – or the organization he works for.

Can Walker and Charlotte survive the onslaught of danger? Or is that just witchful thinking?
Thoughts on Witchful Thinking: A newbie witch who's come into possession of a powerful book and a shifter who hunts witches who abuse their powers. Yeah, these two are DEFINITELY going to spark off one another with those odds in their favor. HA.

The fact that the book chose Charlotte is already a mark against her since the last witch who owned the book used it for nefarious purposes. So Walker comes into this sort of thinking the worst. Well, at least he's expected to think the worst. But Charlotte is sweet and kind and doesn't give off that bad magic vibe which sort of befuddles Walker. Because he has orders when it comes to the book and the witch it's bound to and falling for a sweet, powerful newbie is making him question what he's been asked to do.

On Charlotte's end, she doesn't quite know what to make of the charismatic shifter who's showing an interest in her. She likes him, but as the truth unfolds, she's not sure who she can trust. I mean, she does trust him, but THINGS HAPPEN and danger is lurking around every corner.

I'm still enjoying my time in Everlasting. It's fun and a little twisted and that's pretty much what I'm here for. *thumbs up*

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Fooled Around and Spelled in Love by Michelle M. Pillow [Review]

Fooled Around and Spelled in Love (Happily Everlasting #3) by Michelle M. Pillow
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Date read: January 3, 2021

Happily Everlasting
1. Dead Man Talking
2. Once Hunted, Twice Shy
3. Fooled Around and Spelled in Love - Paperback | Kindle
4. Witchful Thinking
5. Total Eclipse of the Hunt
6. Curses and Cupcakes
7. An Everlasting Christmas

Michelle M. Pillow
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there's no such thing as normal.

Anna Crawford is well aware her town is filled with supernaturals, but she isn’t exactly willing to embrace her paranormal gifts. Her aunt says she’s a witch-in-denial. All Anna wants is to live a quiet “normal” life and run her business, Witch’s Brew Coffee Shop and Bakery. But everything is about to be turned upside down the moment Jackson Argent walks into her life.

Jackson isn’t sure why he agreed to come back to his boyhood home of Everlasting. It’s like a spell was cast and he couldn’t say no. Covering the Cranberry Festival isn’t exactly the hard-hitting news this reporter is used to. But when a local death is ruled an accident, and the police aren’t interested in investigating, he takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of the mystery. To do that, he’ll need to enlist the help of the beautiful coffee shop owner.

It soon becomes apparent things are not what they seem and more than coffee is brewing in Everlasting.
Thoughts on Fooled Around and Spelled in Love: A little (possible) murder. A little mayhem (Thanks, Aunt Polly!). A little romance above the coffee shop. Oh, and a possibly cursed camera that could or could not be lying through pictures. Because curses like to confuse and confuzzle, don't they?

Anna is a witch who doesn't use her magic. Jackson is a reporter who has a very useful to his job skill set. She doesn't trust what she's feeling thanks to Polly's past misguided attempts at meddling in her love life. He...well, Jackson trusts his feelings far more than Anna does hers, but you need two to tango and Anna's fighting it.

What she doesn't fight is teaming up with Jackson to figure out what really killed one of her friends. Okay, she fights it a little. Mostly because she doesn't want to believe at first that any of the people she knows from town might be involved in murder. But she gets over that and ends up embracing her witchy side (and embracing Jackson, if you know what I mean) and these two make a good team!

Everlasting is a wacky, quirky town and I'm digging all the different adventures in it. *thumbs up*

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Here Kitty, Kitty by Shelly Laurenston [Review]

Here Kitty, Kitty (Magnus Pack #3) by Shelly Laurenston
Format: ebook
Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Date read: December 30, 2021

Magnus Pack
1. Pack Challenge
2. Go Fetch
3. Here Kitty, Kitty - Paperback | Kindle
3.5. Miss Congeniality

Shelly Laurenston
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
What do you do when you’ve got a hillbilly tiger by the tail? Or maybe the question should be: what wouldn’t you do…

Nikolai Vorislav likes his single life just as it is. Simple, relaxing, and quiet. What he doesn’t need is some foul-mouthed Texas hellcat living in his house, eating his food, flirting with his idiot brothers, and shooting holes in his home with his granddaddy’s gun. But those long legs, dark eyes, and lethal tongue are making Nik insane and he fears he may be caught in the sexiest animal trap ever.

Angelina Santiago doesn’t know how she got from Texas to North Carolina in a night or how she ended up in some hillbilly tiger’s house wearing only a sheet. What she does know is that she doesn’t like good ol’ boys with slow, sexy drawls who can’t seem to stop rubbing up against her. Yet in order to protect her friends, Angie has to stay with a cat who seems hellbent on finding all sorts of delicious ways to make her purr.
Thoughts on Here Kitty, Kitty: It's Angie's turn to get dragged into shapeshifter shenanigans and...she's not one to roll over and let ANYONE walk all over her. Which means, she gives sass and attitude to Nik and his doofus brothers every chance she gets. She doesn't care that the Vorislavs are a family of tigers or that she's outside her own territory. The lady doesn't let anything slow her down.

Meanwhile, Nik is not pleased that his brothers dragged a full-human across state lines and stashed her in his house. He might like pretty much everything about Angie, but he doesn't think a human can keep up with him.

BOY IS HE WRONG. Angie is a firecracker who keeps Nik on his toes. She's a little wild, a lot sexy, and she doesn't show any fear in the face of all the wackiness that's been thrown at her.

Man, do I love these shifters and the humans that capture their attention. They're wicked and wild and a whole lot of fun. *thumbs up*

Monday, January 24, 2022

Selkies are a Girl's Best Friend by Molly Harper [Review]

Selkies are a Girl's Best Friend (Mystic Bayou #4) by Molly Harper
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Date read: January 6, 2021

Mystic Bayou
1. How to Date Your Dragon
2. Love and Other Wild Things
3. Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues
4. Selkies are a Girl's Best Friend - Paperback | Kindle
5. Always Be My Banshee

Molly Harper
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Sonja Fong isn't afraid of a little chaos. As director of the League's research center in Mystic Bayou, a tiny town in Louisiana that's home to supernatural creatures and humans alike, she's responsible for making sure things run smoothly. It's not an easy task when her daily memos include lines like "new equipment is needed because the old equipment was destroyed by a temper tantrum involving dragonfire."

Her job puts her in the path of Dr. Will Carmody, a mysterious shifter who's returned to Mystic Bayou after a long absence only to find that he's now considered an outsider. To make matters worse, the rift – a tear in the fabric of the universe that is leaking supernatural energy into the bayou - is unraveling at an alarming rate. Now Sonja and Will must team up to fix the rift and save Mystic Bayou from certain disaster, all while their own romance is heating up. Can they have a future together while the whole world is falling apart?
Thoughts on Selkies are a Girl's Best Friend: It's Sonja's turn to find her special someone in Mystic Bayou. You might remember Sonja as the intimidatingly organized woman who has connections and the hidden ability to find info on anyone and anything imaginable. She has SKILLS, people. So many wonderful, wonderful skills.

Bluntly put, Sonja makes things happen. The entire League group in Mystic Bayou probably wouldn't function a fraction as well without her. They'd simply collapse under the weight of empty copy paper boxes and badly collated reports and waste away when their favorite snacks were no longer available.

When Will rolls back into town after an extended absence, he doesn't make the best first impression on Sonja. But the more time they spend together, the more he grows on her. Soon they're canoodling and making plans for dinner and all is well.

Except, you know, when danger rears its ugly head.

A few misunderstandings, a whole lot of steamy kisses, bad guys in not-so-unexpected places, and a town full of surprises. Mystic Bayou is FUN. Unless, of course, you're being tickled to death. *thumbs up*

Sunday, January 23, 2022

RtP's Week in Review (01/23/22)

Reading the Paranormal's Week in Review Bookish Delights Globetrotting...
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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Write On Review-a-thon [96]

It's time for another installment of the Write On Review-a-thon. YAY!

A little about the Review-a-thon:
Brought to you by Reading the Paranormal and the #boutofbooks-ers facebook group. This monthly review-a-thon is a chance to get caught up on outstanding reviews. Bring your to-be-reviewed list, block out some time, write reviews. It's that simple.
This month's review-a-thon will run from Friday, January 28th to Sunday, January 30th.

To find out more about the review-a-thon and future dates, visit the Review-a-thon page.

As for me...
Reviews to be written:
  • {coming soon}

Friday, January 21, 2022

Once Hunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth [Review]

Once Hunted, Twice Shy (Happily Everlasting #2) by Mandy M. Roth
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Date read: January 2, 2021

Happily Everlasting
1. Dead Man Talking
2. Once Hunted, Twice Shy - PaperbackKindle
3. Fooled Around and Spelled in Love
4. Witchful Thinking
5. Total Eclipse of the Hunt
6. Curses and Cupcakes
7. An Everlasting Christmas

Mandy M. Roth
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there's no such thing as normal.

Wolf shifter Hugh Lupine simply wants to make it through the month and win the bet he has with his best friend. He’s not looking to date anyone, or to solve a murder, but when a breath taking beauty runs him over (literally) he’s left no choice but to take notice of the quirky, sassy newcomer. She’d be perfect if it wasn’t for the fact she’s the granddaughter of the local supernatural hunter. Even if he can set aside his feelings about her family, Penelope is his complete opposite in all ways.

Penelope Messing wanted to get away from the harsh reminder that her boyfriend of two years dumped her. Several pints of ice cream and one plane ticket to Maine later, she’s ready to forget her troubles. At least for a bit. When she arrives in the sleepy little fishing town of Everlasting, for a surprise visit with her grandfather, she soon learns that outrunning one problem can lead to a whole mess of others. She finds herself the prime suspect in a double homicide. She doesn’t even kill spiders, let alone people, but local law enforcement has their eyes on her.

The secrets of Everlasting come to light and Penelope has to not only accept that things that go bump in the night are real, but apparently, she’s destined for a man who sprouts fur and has a bizarre obsession with fish sticks. Can they clear Penelope’s name and set aside their differences to find true love?
Thoughts on Once Hunted, Twice Shy: A shifter and a hunter. Everlasting certainly has some interesting pairings, doesn't it? To be fair, Hugh and Penelope as a couple is probably one of the least odd things going on. Between the dead bodies, the suspicious townsfolk, an anti-cursing spell that has some pretty hilarious results, and something fishy happening on the water things are INTERESTING in town.

I'm just going to say Penelope learns some eye-opening lessons when she decides to drop in on my grandfather. She's heartsore from her recent breakup and she's definitely not looking for love. Yet, the (sometimes) foul-mouthed man she accidentally hits with her car somehow manages to steal her heart anyway. And he shows her a thing or two about what's going on around town.

On Hugh's end, getting hit by Penelope's car ends up being a blessing. He might not think so at first, but he ends up with a special someone out of it PLUS he gets to add a grumpy old hunter as his grandfather-in-law. Which amuses me. A lot.

A quirky town, a few dead bodies, hidden talents, tentacles, and a whole lot of oddball friends and family. I like spending time in Everlasting. It's fun.