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  • Posted May 1, 2013

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    Werewolves by Damned is a perfect example of the kind of book th

    Werewolves by Damned is a perfect example of the kind of book that I usually fall in love with. It has everything: witches, werewolves, vampires, guardians, strong heroine, and a sexy alpha male character. However, as much as I really wanted to just love, love, love it - I didn't. It was okay. I liked it. But it didn't blow me away.

    Let's start with what I did like. I loved Nexi as the female lead in this story. She has an interesting and heartwrenching back story, plus a long, hard road ahead of her. She has been raised as a mortal on Earth, never suspecting that she is actually an Otherworldly mixture of Guardian and Witch. Her real father hid her away with adoptive parents and blocked her supernatural powers from developing after her real mother was murdered. Nexi is oblivious to all of this until the night that werewolves show up at her house and brutally murder her adoptive parents right in front of her. This is where Kyden comes in. *Sigh.* All 6 foot something of him - wearing nothing but a kilt and a six pack. He is assigned to protect Nexi and train her in self defense and how to use her new found Guardian powers. Right off the bat he strikes the perfect balance between overbearing, overprotective jerk, and sensual, sexy, male.

    "Now we're doing this my way. You are mine, Nexi Jones. Get used to the idea. We're together now, and yes, that means your safety is of the utmost importance to me...I would give all that I am to protect you. Love cannot possibly describe what this is between's more"

    Nexi quickly realizes that she has fallen in love with him, and he with her. When Kyden is put in jeopardy trying to protect her, she realizes that she would do anything for him - including risk her own life. This proves to be the catalyst that allows Nexi to fully discover what power she is really capable of...and to what extent she would go to save Kyden's life.

    "I'm so glad I met you. No matter how short our time together was, I don't regret a moment of my life. Not then. Not now. Not ever."

    Besides Nexi and Kyden there is also a whole other cast of secondary characters that really enhanced the story. Nexi gets a chance to know her real father, Drake, plus finds a friend and mentor in the witch Zia, who was her real mother's soul sister. Nexi also finds her own soul sister, Haven, who helps her transition into her new world.

    Now for what didn't work for me. I don't doubt that Stacey Kennedy is a good writer - in fact I really liked the overall "story" in the book, but her word choices and descriptions were so repetitious that it kept pushing me out of the story. The number one example was how many times it was reiterated that Nexi was new to the Otherworld and didn't understand what was going on. She was constantly confused, or lost, or wishing they would explain in normal person talk. I think this was probably just a way for Kennedy to explain the Otherworld in depth instead of just having paragraphs of exposition - but believe me, it got old really quickly after the tenth time someone said "I keep forgetting you don't know any of this ... blah, blah, blah." It's not that it was badly written, because it wasn't. However, these constant shifts in dialogue kept forcing us away from what was going on in the real story, and it irritated me. The second instance of repetition, though, nearly made me put down the book and walk away. Within a twelve page span there were NINE instances of Nexi hugging someone or being jerked or led around by her arm. That was all fine and good, but the awkward way in which each encounter was described just hit me the wrong way.

    Here are some quotes:

    "Releasing Finn, she collided with Talon, and threw her arms around him"

    "Finn gathered her in his arms. She sank into his embrace and wanted him to tell her that this was another terrible nightmare."

    "Without thought, acting on pure instinct, she threw herself into his arms and he caught her, holding her close."

    "She approached Calder, and once in front of him, she wrapped her arms around his shoulders."

    "Another hand tightened around her arm, and Talon pulled her away from Calder."

    "Nexi yanked herself out of Talon's grip, then collided with Haven and hugged her."

    "Talon broke the silence as he snatched up her hand and led her away."

    "A pull from behind her had her glancing over her shoulder."

    "He gathered her in his arms. She rested her head against his chest, accepting the warmth of the embrace."

    Keep in mind these were all different people she was colliding with and throwing herself into. The picture that this painted in my head was of a deranged woman walking around a room full of people and just randomly flinging herself into their arms and then being yanked away by someone else. Very distracting in the middle of a story, lol.

    Anyway, if you can look past the habitually confused and overenthusiastic hugger that is Nexi Jones, you will probably enjoy this book. The plot is good, and I will most likely read the sequel when it comes out.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

    If you're a fan of Stacey Kennedy you might recognise this story

    If you're a fan of Stacey Kennedy you might recognise this story as being the novel version of (THE WILLOW - THE MAGICAL SWORD BOOK ONE ) BY Kennedy, Stacey (Author) Paperback Published on (07 , 2010).
    The author must have decided to turn the novella into a full length story. Give it a sexy cover and an enticing title and hey presto.
    The main character is a hybrid witch/guardian hidden in the world of humans. The beginning shoots out of the gate like a hare on a mission and then bam, the reader is thrown from the violent prologue into the subdued world of the guardians.
    I found that a bit bizarre to be honest. I am all for a pre-story but going from prologue to first chapter needs to be a little more subtle.
    In general I felt if the author had slowed the pace down and spent some time creating characters with depth that this would have been a stronger story. As it was I didn't connect with any of the characters. Nexi was very 'let's go all Lara Croft' without any semblance of actual experience or skill. Who goes hunting werewolves without any training?
    The vibe of the book was very YA, as opposed to the New Adult it is supposed to be. The only obvious difference being the extracurricular spicy scenes.
    I recieved a copy of this book via NetGalley.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    Great read with lots of action, an exciting story with a good pl

    Great read with lots of action, an exciting story with a good plot and likeable characters. The first book in the Magic & Mayhem series, Werewolves Be Damned is a great start to what I'm sure will be a great series. If you love alpha-males like I do, and stubborn kick ass females like I do and sexy, steamy loves scenes then you need to get this book!!

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

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    Stacey Kennedy has created an intriguing world of supernaturals

    Stacey Kennedy has created an intriguing world of supernaturals and magic that keeps you guessing and leaves you craving more! 3.5 stars

    Nexi Jones' normal life comes to a screeching halt the night her adopted family is slaughtered by werewolves. She is reunited with her birth father and learns that she's no ordinary human that same night. Born of two supernaturals, Nexi is half-witch and half-guardian, the only one in existence. For this very reason she's been hidden from the supernatural Otherworld all of her life.
    Kyden, the revered guardian has been trusted to keep Nexi safe, which proves to be harder than any enemy he's faced during battle. Her stubbornness and inexperience should be enough to keep him away, but Kyden finds himself attracted to Nexi as much as he tries to deny it. Nexi longs to avenge her family's death, but in order to exact her revenge, she must set her pride aside and rely on Kyden's fighting skills and training. She'll need all the help she can get when an impending supernatural battle between good and evil reunites her with the man who stole her life long ago and now threatens to tear her apart from the ones she loves.
    I love a fierce, snarky and imperfect heroine in my books and while Nexi didn't fail to meet these requirements, I have to be honest and say that I didn't connect with her the way I thought I would. She handles learning she's part of a supernatural world with more grace than I would and adapts pretty well to her new situation, but something was missing for me. I respect her determination and bravery but her passion for vengeance (which is justified) overshadows her character, I feel I didn't really get to know the real Nexi. That being said, she did step up her game towards the end of the book, in my opinion, you have to admire a heroine that takes charge and ends up saving the hero! I hope to see her grow into the heroine I know she can be in future installments.
    When it comes to swoon-worthy men, I have no complaints when I read a Stacey Kennedy book and Kyden met all my expectations. He's part badass, part gentleman and every bit of sexy! He's a warrior with a romantic side that just melts your heart. I really enjoyed the sexy banter between Kyden and Nexi while training, their chemistry was off the charts but I was expecting a little more interaction between them before things got all hot and heavy, especially with Nexi being a virgin and all. I would have loved to have a little more time getting to know Kyden and his backstory, but understand that wasn't possible because the story's stars are Nexi and the world building. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll get more of Kyden as the series progresses (don't let me down Stacey!).
    The supporting characters in Werewolves Be Damned are just as captivating and each leave their mark. Nexi's friend Haven is a character I definitely want to see more of, she's fun and sarcastic and brings an innocent quality that's refreshing. We're also introduced to the sexy and flirty werewolf, Briggs who I instantly became smitten with! Valor, the werewolf Alpha is another character I want to get to know more of. These two werewolves can interrupt any time as far as I'm concerned. There are a few scenes I feel were a bit rushed in the story that I wished could have been fleshed out a little more, but overall the story flowed.
    Werewolves Be Damned is the perfect balance of romance and fantasy. I enjoyed Nexi's journey of self-discovery in the midst of the loss and heartbreak and how she's not tainted when it comes to love. The story's filled with non-stop action, a steamy romance, heroes, villains...oh, and if you're not already on board, there's werewolves, witches and vampires too! If you're new to Ms. Kennedy's work you're sure to become a fan after this book, if you're already a fan, you'll fall in love all with some charming new characters!
    {I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.}

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    Posted May 26, 2013

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