Stacey Kennedy is on the blog today. The second in her Magic & Mayhem series, you’ll want to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought after reading the excerpt here and entering the tour wide giveaway where you could win a bundle that includes a Loveswept Mug, Flirt Mug and Ebook Bundle
Witches Be Burned
The first I have read in this series, I adore Stacey Kennedy’s ability to tell a story and have me engaged early on. World building, different characters and non-stop action are hallmarks of this title, but I will say that I did find myself at a bit of a disadvantage not having read the first book.
Since I can only review what I did read, let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and even in the ‘huh’ moments, I was compelled to know what came next. Nexi, the heroine was dynamite in a tiny package! A guardian with magical abilities and a cat familiar named Willow, these two were indefatigable, ready to jump in and mix it up with anyone who posed a threat. Willow also had a smart mouth and a bit of attitude, wholly cat-like (if one is prone to anthropomorphism) and often very funny. Nexi, too, had a great bantering ability, although I didn’t always see her softer side coming out in her interactions with Kyden.
Kyden is the hero, a guardian with a sword and the determination and desire to protect Nexi at all costs, he could be fearsome. Until face to face with Willow. Obviously he is NOT a cat person, but they do work out their moments. I felt bad for Kyden through much of the story: it was apparent he would go to great lengths for Nexi, and that he really wanted her for his own. She just wasn’t as demonstrative or affectionate and their romance felt very one-sided to me.
Action and danger wise – this story was jam packed and loaded: from huge battles to small mysteries and threats, there wasn’t much downtime for our H/h to have some steamy quiet time – but they did manage some of that too, and in typical Kennedy style those moments were steamy. There are some points where the story does drag, some of the action gets long and conversations about feelings and the relationship between Nexi and Kyden were frustrating due to Nexi’s perseveration, but most of the story flowed well and smoothly forward.
I think that if I had read the first book in this series, would have liked this story much more, but as it stands, this is a good story with plenty to recommend, but only if you have read and enjoyed Werewolves Be Damned.
Title: Witches Be Burned
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Series: Magic & Mayhem #2
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 19 May, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon ♦ Barnes&Noble ♦ iTunes ♦ Kobo ♦ Downpour
In Stacey Kennedy’s steamy paranormal romance novel, a rookie guardian sworn to combat the undead risks life and love in a world of violence, witchcraft, and seduction.
Nexi Jones has lost her family, she’s been stripped of her guardian duties, and she’s still learning the ins and outs of white magic. At least she has Kyden, the smoldering hot elite guardian who’s been there for her every step of the way. But just as Nexi completes her training, tragedy strikes the Otherworld when a fellow guardian is murdered by a group of rogue vampires. Ready or not, she and Kyden trek into the Earthworld to hunt down a killer—and Nexi alone will be put to the ultimate test.
Although Kyden knows that Nexi must fight her own battles, his guardian instincts are raging as he struggles to keep her close. The ruthlessness of these vampires is like nothing he’s ever seen. And at their helm is the Black Witch Astoria, a demon with one burning desire: to shed Nexi’s blood in the name of vengeance. What troubles Kyden even more, though, is the warlock who covets Nexi’s heart. Let the devil do his worst . . . all Kyden can do is love and protect Nexi until his last breath.
See the Magic & Mayhem Series on GoodReads
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.