Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Werewolves Be Damned...But Guardians be HOT!

Werewolves be Damned, Stacey Kennedy, Entangled Publishing
Magic & Mayhem #1
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.


Nexi is just your average, normal, human, until one night when her world is turned upside down and she finds out she isn't as normal as she thought she was...and she isn't human. Finding out your part guardian, part witch would be difficult for anyone to deal with but throw in a hot guy in a kilt who thinks he is the boss of you and I can totally understand Nexi's attitude.

Nexi's favorite word for Kyden, caveman, could not have been a more perfect description of him. And while she knew it came from a place of love it still, rightly, drove her crazy. But I have to say that Kyden's protective streak was totally hot too. One question though...why the shorts under the kilt???

There is a strong and varied secondary cast that added a lot of depth to the story line and really made the story for me. I want to know more about Haven and the connection that she and Nexi share. I also thought the hierarchy set up for the world was interesting and unique. But I do have to say be careful because Ms. Kennedy likes to rock her inner George R.R. Martin and you just never know who is going to survive and who isn't.

The overall story is strong and I loved the characters but there are a lot of editing issues. I had a hard time staying in the story because of the number of wrong and missing words. I do plan on revisiting the world and hope the next book is a little cleaner.

RATING: 3.5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries This book was given to us by Entangled Publishing. Many thanks.

Look for Witches Be Dazzled coming from Entangled Publishing in November 2013!

Stacey Kennedy is an urban fantasy lover at heart, but she also enjoys losing herself in dark and sensual worlds. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who gave her a happily-ever-after. Together, they have two small children who can always make her smile, and who will never be allowed to read Mommy’s books. If she’s not plugging away at a new story, you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Supernatural, True Blood, Lost Girl, and Sons of Anarchy.
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