Tuesday, November 21, 2017

WITCH SLAPPED by Dakota Cassidy

Series:  Witchless in Seattle #1
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Publish Date:   03.31.2016
Publisher:  Dakota Cassidy
Category /Genre:  Paranormal, Cozy Mystery
Recommended for:  18+ due to mature content
Received from:  Dakota Cassidy (as an Audible gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Witch Slapped
Date completed: 01.24.17; 06.28.17; 10.01.2017

Description from the publisher:
"Oh, good. Not a problem. I'll invoke the Gods of Pilates. I'm sure they'd be happy to help. Hang on just one sec while I dial them up. Oh, wait. I can't. Know why I can't? Because my hands are tied behind my back with zip ties, Win!"

A rib-tickling cozy mystery complete with an ex-witch, a dead British spy, a cotton ball bat and a cast of suspects that will keep you guessing right up to the end! Witch Slapped from USA Today bestselling author Dakota Cassidy is book one in her new cozy mystery series Witchless in Seattle. Join the hunt for a murderer with Stevie, Winterbottom, and Belfry in a race against time as the local police prepare an eight by ten cell for our intrepid ex-witch.

What's a girl to do when she's a broke, shunned ex-witch with a very tiny, very hungry bat familiar named Belfry to feed?

Hello. My name is Stevie Cartwright, and I've been witchless for thirty days.

If only there was a support group for down-on-their-luck ex-witches who've had their powers slapped right out of them (literally). Just as I was licking my wounds after returning to my hometown of Ebenezer Falls, WA, and navigating my suddenly non-magical existence with the help of my familiar, the only friend I have left in the world--things got sticky.

Enter an ex-spy and newly departed spirit named Winterbottom, who's infiltrated my life with his sexy British accent and a couple of requests...

Thanks to Belfry's successful attempt to use me as a human antenna to the afterlife, I can somehow hear Win. I should be ecstatic; helping departed souls used to be my witch specialty. It's like I got the teensiest piece of my old life back. Except Win's dropped me right at a dead woman's feet.

Madam Zoltar, the town's beloved fake medium, has been murdered, and Win wants me to catch the killer.

My old life won't be worth much if it gets me whacked before my new life has barely begun--and that seems to be exactly what the killer has planned!

Content Notes: This cozy mysteries women sleuth series has a complete cast of oddball characters from witches to ghosts and bats to psychics. Witchless in Seattle Mysteries is a spin-off of Dakota Cassidy's popular Paris, Texas Romance Series.

WITCH SLAPPED is the first in the Witchless in Seattle series.  They do need to be read in the order of release, not because of a continuing story, but because of references to previous happenings.

Stevie, the witch… or should I say ex-witch… is a hoot, but her bat, Belfry is the star.  The banter between them is enough to keep a smile etched on my face despite the murder they are trying to solve while keeping Stevie out of jail and alive.  Add in Winterbottom, a British spy who has become a ghost, and the quips really begin to fly.

I loved this story so much, that I have already listened to it three times and I’ll be pushing “play” again real soon.  This one is safe to listen to at work, so that’s where I listened while doing my data entry.  Luckily, I work with a man who respects my space enough to allow this indulgence.  I only wish I had more of the series (hint, hint for anyone thinking of Christmas).

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted Audible – hey, it was a prize, ya’all – my opinions are my own and are given freely.

The Witchless in Seattle series:
  1. Witch Slapped
  2. Quit Your Witchin’
  3. Dewitched
  4. The Old Witcheroo
  5. How the Witch Stole Christmas
  6. Ain’t Love a Witch
Also from Dakota Cassidy:
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Werewolf
  • F.M.P. Society
  • Moon Over Manhasset
  • Ruff & Ready
  • Whose Bride Is She Anyway?
  • Catnipped
  • Blood Lite
  • Sex with Your Ex
  • The Polanski Brothers: Home of Eternal Rest (released in 4 parts)
  • Sexylips66
  • A Were-Cat Christmas
  • She-Roe
  • Ain’t Your Mama’s Bedtime Stories
  • Confessions of a Wannabe Witch
  • Werecats and Werelocks Collections
  • Jingle Spells
  • Who Ya Gonna Call?
Accidentals Series:
  1. The Accidental Werewolf
  2. Accidentally Dead
  3. The Accidental Human
  4. Accidentally Demonic
  5. Accidentally Catty
  6. Accidentally Dead, Again
  7. The Accidental Genie
  8. The Accidental Werewolf 2:  Something About Harry
  9. The Accidental Dragon
9.9 Interview with an Accidental
  1. Accidentally Aphrodite
  2. Accidentally Ever After
  3. Bearly Accidental
  4. How Nina Got Her Fang Back
  5. The Accidental Familiar
  6. Then Came Wanda … with a Baby Carriage
  7. The Accidental Mermaid
Wolf Mates Series:
          1.      An American Werewolf in Hoboken
          2.      What’s New, Pussycat?
          3.      Gotta Have Faith
          4.      Moves Like Jagger
          5.      Bad Case of Loving You
Hell Series:
          1.      Kiss & Hell
          2.      My Way to Hell
Plum Orchard Series:
0.5 Talk This Way
            1.      Talk Dirty to Me
            2.      Something to Talk About
            3.      Talking After Midnight
Paris, Texas Romance Series:
          1.      Witched at Birth
          2.      What Not to Were
          3.      Witch Is the New Black
          4.      White Witchmas
Ex Trophy Wives Series:
          1.      You Dropped a Blonde on Me
          2.      Burning Down the Spouse
          3.      Waltz This Way
Fangs of Anarchy Series:
          1.      Killing the Alpha
          2.      Girl Most Lycan
          3.      Where in the World is Gannon Dodd?
          4.      In the Zone
          5.      Revelation
Fangs of Anarchy: Outlaw Alpha Series:
          1.      Bound
          2.      Undone
          3.      Fugitives
          4.      The Ultimatum
          5.      Justified
Vampire Thing Series:
          1.      It’s a Vampire Thing
          2.      Doing Desi
Lemon Layne Mystery Series:
          1.      Prawn of the Dead
          2.      Play That Funky Music White Koi
The Ex-Files Series:
          1.      Mayhem and Maddie
          2.      Maxie’s Man
          3.      Kinky Katy
          4.      Vicky the Vixen



Series:  Misadventures #14
Author:  Meredith Wild
Publish Date:   11.21.2017
Publisher:  Waterhouse Press
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Grammar/editing:  book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused
Received from:  Waterhouse Press via Netgalley (as an ARC gifted copy)
Goodreads link: Misadventures of a Virgin
Date completed:  11.21.2017

Description from the publisher:
It’s been years since June Bell shared a stolen moment with her girlhood crush, Kase McCasker. It’s been just as long since Kase’s father nixed the sale of the McCasker farm to expand the grounds of the Bell’s grand hotel. Now that Kase is back home for good, June might be the only person who can persuade him to reconsider the abandoned plan. But how can she face him again after he left her without a word?

Four years ago, unexpected news shook the foundation of Kase McCasker’s world. Escaping Falls Edge for college was the perfect excuse to chase his demons and bury his pain. Now, with a degree in hand and a void he can’t fill, he’s back in the little mountain town he thought he’d never call home again. Searching for purpose, he’s determined to put down roots and take over the struggling farm that’s been in his family for generations.

Time and distance haven’t taken the edge off his preoccupation with June, the spitfire daughter of his father’s rival. He hasn’t forgotten their time together and all the things they did and didn’t do. One look at her has him reconsidering the future and making a dangerous deal to win her over. Is a chance at her heart worth risking everything else?

MISADVENTURES OF A VIRGIN is the fourteenth book in the Misadventures series.  Each stands completely on its own with no reference to another in the series.

The heart knows what the heart wants.  June’s wants Kase enough to save her virginity for four long years not even knowing if he will return to their small town.  Kase wants June, not believing he will ever get more than their one stolen moment four years ago because of the family feud. 

I feel like singing Willy Wonka style, “Come with me.  Suspend a bit of reality.  See what happens in this story…” 

Kase is Dominant and that leads to some hawt foreplay and sex with light BDSM in these early days of their relationship, but first they have to get to that point.  That’s where the suspending reality part comes in.  Some scenes just seemed forced – like the first time June sees Kase at the farm, he runs to the creek to get naked, she follows, and then she leaves after getting her eyeful.  Kase becoming an accomplished, gentle, patient Dom at his young age and in only the four years he’s been gone?  Another suspension of reality, in my humble opinion.  Still, I invite you to suspend those realities, because the romantic gestures are sigh-worthy, the characters are sweet, and this second-chance story is worth it.  I know that I couldn’t put it down and completed it one evening.

Yes, this virgin has found her misadventure and his name is Kase.

Note:  while I was given this book as a gifted ARC, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Misadventures series:
1.      Misadventures of a City Girl (Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss)
2.      Misadventures of a Good Wife (Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt)
3.      Misadventures with a Super Hero (Angel Payne)
4.      Misadventures of a Backup Bride  (Shayla Black)
5.      Misadventures of the First Daughter (Meredith Wild and Mia Michelle)
6.      Misadventures on the Night Shift (Lauren Rowe)
7.      Misadventures of a Valedictorian (M.F. Wild and Mia Michelle)
8.      Misadventures of a College Girl (Lauren Rowe)
9.      Misadventures of a Time Traveler (Angel Payne)
10.  Misadventures with My Roommate (Elizabeth Hayley)
11.  Misadventures of a Rookie (Toni Aleo)
12.  Misadventures with the Boss (Kendall Ryan)
13.  Misadventures with a Rockstar (Helen Hardt)
14.  Misadventures of a Virgin (Meredith Wild)
Also from Meredith Wild:
Hacker Series:
1.      Hardwired
2.      Hardpressed
3.      Hardline
4.      Hard Limit
5.      Hard Love
Bridge Series:
1.      On My Knees
2.      Into the Fire
3.      Over the Edge


AMAZON (hardcover avail 12.05.2017)