Cursed City (Shadow Detective #1) by William Massa

Author’s Synopsis

My name is Mike Raven, and the weird and supernatural are my life. Monsters murdered my parents when I was eight. Turns out my folks were paranormal investigators and Hell always settles its debts. Naturally I decided to join the family business. For two decades I’ve studied the occult and traveled the world hunting nightmares. Vampires. Shifters. Demons. Wraiths. I’ve faced them all. But my greatest challenge still lay ahead…

From the moment Celeste stepped into my office, I knew she was in trouble. Black magic trouble. Her father had promised her soul to a powerful demon on the day she was born. Now, twenty-one years later, the forces of darkness were gathering to collect their long-awaited prize. Guess who’s about to pick a fight with the Devil himself?

My Views

This story is all action to the point where I was feeling a little exhausted at Raven’s exertions. The plot is good and the demon action and fight scenes are just right so I followed Raven to some seriously dangerous places. The hint of a possible romance in the future had me intrigued, if he can possibly stop fighting demons for long enough to date.

This book is the beginning of a very interesting series and it reminds me a little of the series with good old Sam and Dean in but with less humour and hotness. Don’t let the lack of humour stop you because there’s a darkness in this series that’s just waiting to be explored.

Cursed city



Crash (Westside Wolf Pack #1) by Zoe Perdita

Author’s Synopsis

The sexy tattooed wolf threw away his chances of ever becoming pack alpha at seventeen, and Ben, the pack’s omega, has no idea why. Ben Singer has been in love with Axel from the time they were teenagers. Ben thought they were mates, but Axel tore Ben’s heart into pieces and stomped that dream into the mud.

When Axel’s uncle kicks Ben out of their Pittsburgh pack, it’s the chance the omega has been waiting for. Then Axel demands to accompany the smaller wolf. He’s determined to go with Ben, even if the omega doesn’t want him around. While desire stirs between Axel and Ben, years of heartache haunt them. Can the alpha and omega let go of their past in order to find a bright new future together?


My Views

This book captivated me immediately. Ben’s character is warm and eternally hopeful and as the story progresses we see just how strong he is. Axel’s hardship is heartbreaking but the tough character wears it like a badge of honour as any knight in shining armour would. Perdita unfolds pieces of backstory along the way and it flows smoothly against the current time plot, creating a highly emotive and un-put-downable novel.


Bear Faced Lies: A shifter Romance Novella by Merryn Dexter

Harriet’s bad luck just doesn’t seem to let up so when a handsome stranger helps her out at the cattle market she doesn’t get her hopes up. When he offers her help on the ranch, she’s reluctant after everything she’s been through but his calm manner and easy way with animals are too good to let go. It doesn’t take long before her work-based interest and her lonely heart intertwine but they both have baggage. Will Harriet end her spell of bad luck and will Tobias divulge his secret?

This is a cute shifter romance with an edge. It was an easy read with likeable characters although Tobias’ use of the word ‘sweetheart’ was a little too frequent for my liking. I did, however, really enjoy the addition of Clyde who gave the ranch a proper old cowboy feeling.

Bear Faced Lies

The Accidental Sire (Half-Moon Hollow #6) by Molly Harper

Who plays ultimate Frisbee with weights, anyway?

When a vampire game turns into a tragedy at a human-vampire mixer, Megan finds herself turning to the vamp side. That near death experience is the beginning of a run of bad luck for Megan and anyone who gets close to her. Between Jane’s expert guidance and her newfound skills, not to mention a new on-off boyfriend, can Megan get to the bottom of the mystery that she has become?

This is another great example of Harper’s work. A mixture of sweet, sexy, and funny with an extra dose of Southern humour and you’ve got a great read. I’m even getting used to the freaky child vampire with the psychotic tendencies. The only thing I will say about this author is that she doesn’t write quick enough, I’m ready for the next instalment.

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Fight (Caged Trilogy #2) by H. G. Lynch

Having been caught and made prisoner once again, Tilly is helpless. The fact that Dominic is incarcerated with her makes everything worse. She doesn’t dare resist the witches request because Dominic will pay for it in pain and the witches know just how to cause pain.

The first book in the series brought up plenty of questions and many of them are answered in this story. Tilly’s whole life has been one long sentence of misery and servitude but that doesn’t stop her falling in love. Her strength and endurance shine through even when others around her turn their backs.

Frank’s orders cause major conflict and Tilly is still pulled between the two male wolves like an eternal triangle. This is not just a love story. Lynch is particularly adept at pulling readers into the action and creating an addictive story.


The Blackwater Legacy (Bloodlines Legacy #2) by Apryl Baker

When Saidie starts college, she meets a group of people who she becomes firm friends with. They all seem to have a supernatural element to them and she doesn’t mind being the only normal human amongst them. The trouble is she isn’t a regular human, but it takes the not so fresh, recently buried, animated corpse of her dead dog to tell her that something is amiss.

When Alex’s uncle sends Saidie away to learn how to use her newly awakened gift of necromancy, she hopes to be able to control her unpredictable gift but something terrible is going on in the colonial plantation and she is trapped.

Saidie’s gift makes for an interesting character and I was hooked on the story from the start. Full zombie action is interwoven with love interest and although they seem an unlikely mix they work. This book was even better than the first in the series and I can’t wait to read the next. Baker has an addictive style of writing that leaves you hungry for more.

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Run (Caged Trilogy #1) by H. G. Lynch

Tilly finally escapes her captors and runs for freedom. The forest, usually her friend, seems alien and full of dark surprises but just as she thinks she’ll succumb to the darkness she is rescued. Three handsome brothers are among her saviours and it doesn’t take her long to lose her heart but with a past that is hell-bent on catching up with her can she afford to stay and risk her friends’ lives?

This paranormal story is a little different, and it offers a new perspective on the young adult and paranormal genres. Lynch unwinds the story at a fairly fast pace but allows us to indulge in a little romance in between. The imagery is full and expansive without going into long description and the scenes are vibrant.

I’ve read books by this author before and she has a very fresh and lively character development skill. Tilly, Spencer, and Dominick are easy to relate to and very likable and I’m looking forward to seeing Tilly get her man in the next instalment.