Aug 4, 2015

Review: Smoke on the Water

Abandoned beneath a black willow tree on the banks of a northern Wisconsin creek, Willow Black spent her entire childhood in foster care. Her entire life she's had terrifying visions, and it is these visions that eventually land her in a psychiatric facility. And so Willow takes her meds and believes she is getting better. Until she meets a fellow patient who doesn't think she is crazy at all. She thinks Willow is a witch.

Willow's psychiatrist, Dr. Sebastian Crane, works hard to resist his feeling that he and Willow are destined to be together while also working to convince her that strange occurrences aren't the result of witchcraft… until he is thrown into the middle of a storm of supernatural events that can't be explained any other way.

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Willow had much tougher time growing up then her sisters as she was in and out of foster care since she was found as a baby.  She has always had visions when she looks into water and no one to teach her how to turn it off.  One of her visions involved a man with a knife trying to kill her, so when she ran across that man, she attacked him.  That vision ended her up in a mental institution for the criminally insane.  Another vision introduced Sebastian which helped her to keep going. 

I loved the characters which were realistic.  The dialogue was witty and the plot flowed along at a good pace.  I really enjoyed the fact that secondary characters from earlier books received their time in the sun in this one. 

I enjoyed this book with its added grit to the tale but the timeline did throw me off a bit.  The first two books in this series ran one after the other whereas this last book overlapped Heat of the Moment.  I don't mind either way but I do prefer that it be consistent.

Sisters of the Craft has been a fun series to read.  One that I would categorize as brain candy because even though it touches on some dark subjects, it seems just far enough from reality to feel lighter and makes for an enjoyable and quick read.  Overall, I am very happy that I was given the opportunity to review this series. 

To see my reviews of the earlier books just click on the titles.

Review: Heat of the Moment

A spell that tore three sisters apart is broken four hundred years later, when the magic in their blood reunites them. Now, one of them will discover her gift—and reignite a love long thought lost…

Flame-haired Becca Carstairs was born to be a veterinarian. Since childhood, her affinity for animals has been special, and her healing touch nothing short of magic. But only Becca knows the truth—that she alone can hear the creatures’ voices. She’s always trusted her sixth sense… until a string of missing pets, an attempted murder, and a face from her past converge into one explosive mystery, with her at its center.

Is haunted Owen McAllister, the boy who broke her heart ten years ago, related to the sinister crimes that have peaceful Three Harbors, Wisconsin, on its guard? Or is his reappearance part of the answer to questions that have troubled her all her life? As Becca delves into her strange heritage, she’ll have to fight for her life… and the man she will always love.

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I am not sure why but I have found in some series that the second book will lag.  I will end up reading just so I can get to the next book.  I am so happy to report that HEAT OF THE MOMENT is not such a book. If anything, this book is better then the first book.

I tend to be drawn to any book about animals and one where the heroine can actually talk to them.  I am so there. I love the character of Becca.  She is just that tad different and not quite sure why she doesn't fit with the rest of the family but she is really happy with her choice of profession.  

She had grown up with Owen and fallen in love with him before he up and left.  She's never gotten over his departure though neither has he.  They run back into each other at the scene of animal sacrifices.  

I found that I enjoyed this book much more then the first.  It's not any longer but Becca and Owen have a history which helps to explain the swiftness at which their relationship develops.  There was some great dialogue, instances of male pride, sexual chemistry and danger.  What more could a reader desire?
I do recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy paranormal romance.  It's a quick read and now is the perfect time to pick up all three so you can just go from one book to another.. 

Aug 2, 2015

Review: Dave vs. The Monsters

Monsters,” said Vince Martinelli. “There are monsters on the rig, Dave.”

Dave Hooper has a hangover from hell, a horrible ex-wife, and the fangs of the IRS deep in his side. The last thing he needs is an explosion at work. A real explosion. On his off-shore oil rig.
But this is no accident, and despite the news reports, Dave knows that terrorists aren’t to blame. He knows because he killed one of the things responsible.

When he wakes up in a hospital bed guarded by Navy SEALs, he realizes this is more than just a bad acid trip. Yeah, Dave’s had a few. This trip is way weirder.

Killing a seven-foot-tall, tattooed demon has transformed the overweight, balding safety manager into something else entirely. A foul-mouthed, beer-loving monster slayer, and humanity’s least worthy Champion.