Thursday, June 27, 2013

Werewolves Be Damned #REVIEW

Werewolves Be Damned (Magic & Mayhem #1) by Stacey Kennedy is a whole new other world.

Nexi Jones—part witch, part guardian, and wannabe kick-ass warrior—can’t throw a punch or conjure the simplest magic. But that doesn’t stop her from hunting the werewolves who slaughtered her human family. She’ll have her revenge, but only if Kyden, the elite guardian, would get the hell out of her way.
Kyden can’t decide if Nexi wants to get herself killed or if she just has no clue what she’s doing. But her father made it clear: keep Nexi safe…or else. Of course, the more Nexi runs toward revenge, the more she needs Kyden’s aid, and as she grows into her power and confidence, so does his desire to protect her. The only problem? She’d rather he dropped dead.

But when a vampire paints a bull’s-eye on Nexi’s back, she’s hard-pressed to deny Kyden and the help he’s offering. Even if it means getting her revenge will be a little bit harder. At least it will still be as sweet.

This story was previously published elsewhere under the title The Willow in 2010, and has been revised and expanded for Entangled Publishing.

I loved Nexi. She had spunk for someone new to an unknown world. I loved Kyden. He had alpha written all over his hunky kilted body. I even loved the secondary characters but there was something that kept me from loving the book. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it. I’ll recommend it to others and I’ll definitely be reading the second book.

There was an infusion of light-hearted moments amid battles, humor surrounded by sexy alphas and sweet and tender moments. These are the pieces that really made the book for me because it gave me a connection to the characters.

My major concern was that the story had a bit of stop-and-start factor, which made it a longer read because it lost my interest at times. Still, I enjoyed becoming part of the world the author created. It was magical with unique elements to give the book an edgy quality without seeming like the hundreds of other PNR series on the market.

I read from the ARC. While I waded through many errors, I’m hopeful those of you who read from the published book won’t have to deal with those.

4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

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