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April 15, 2013

Review: Werewolves by Damned by Stacey Kennedy

Series: Magic & Mayhem 1
Format: PDF ARC
Release Date: April 13, 2013
Publisher: Entangled
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
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.

WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED, book 1 of Stacey Kennedy's brand new Paranormal Romance series Magic & Mayhem, is a hodgepodge of otherworldly creatures policing and fighting each other for dominance. The group balancing the power play is The Council composed of powerful vampires, weres, witches, wizards and the like and their "army" are called The Guardians. The Guards are the muscle behind the hair-thin laws governing the Otherworld and Earthworld, they enforce the law and make sure that their fellow Otherworldly walk the strait and narrow. 

Nexi Jones is a special type of Otherworldly, she's the ONLY halfie, part guardian, part witch, in the world which makes her a curiosity, an oddity and right now, a commodity.  This is a pivotal moment for Nexi because she just recently got reunited with her father who is also a Council member. After her adoptive parents and biological mother was killed, she vowed to hunt and kill the vampire responsible for their death. After months of training, Nexi is finally a Guard and their investigations on recent human kills led them to the identity of her mother's killer and nothing will stop her from exacting her pound of flesh. 

Nexi didn't really impress me overall BUT I must admit I was cheering out loud for her at the end once she's come to her powers and embraced who she is and what she can do. I guess that's how it is with introductions, for me Nexi is the type that took a little more work to warm up to but once I got to know her better I have to say she's going to be one badass heroine in the succeeding books. Which is good news because I just bid adieu to SKennedy's other kick ass heroine, Tess Jennings, and I think Nexi Jones is worthy to take her place. 

As for the dude, there's a bunch of promising drool worthy men and Kyden takes the cake! Just look at the cover art, yeah his back is turned but I assure you the front view is nothing short of godlike. The only thing that left me wanting was there wasn't enough Kyden in WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED as SKennedy kept it centered on Nexi and the world building. Aside from Kyden, I have my eyes on Briggs (DIBS!!!), this beta werewolf's got me hot and bothered and I hope SKennedy turns him into one of the main characters in the succeeding books. 

WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED is your formula PNR. I say formula because it has your smorgasbord of creatures, lots of magic, great world-building, sexy as sin men and your heroine troubled, jaded and on the brink of great power and responsibility. It's enjoyable but a little predictable. Don't get me wrong, SKennedy dotted all her I's and  crossed out all her T's but it's not as masterful as her Frostbite series. BUT as this is just book 1, I'd say WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED has enough juice to get me looking forward to book 2.  
Mortals need a lesson to respect the gloriousness a woman provides. The beauty their bodies offer. These are the beings that bear their children, and they put them on display like animals.


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Witty characters, dominant men, danger, action, romance and hot sex―oh my!

My urban fantasy romance novels are lighthearted fantasy with heart squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. But within the stories you’ll find fast paced action, emotions we can all relate to, life threatening moments and a big bad villain that needs to be destroyed.

My erotic romance novels are just that…erotic. There is nothing better than taking the dominant men I love and watching them do wicked things to their women. I make the stories as hot as I possibly can and usually the characters take it a step further to even make my cheeks blush. But I just can’t write without a little humor added into the mix so that’s always a must have in my stories. And of course, what’s a story without a big dose of emotional characters, too.

I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband who gave me my happily ever after. We have two small children who keep me on my toes and can always make me smile. But we also have basically a zoo at our house with one dog and three cats. I love the outdoors, camping, curling up with the latest flick and simply enjoying life.


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I’ve found you, fur ball.

Nexi peered from behind the large oak tree and spotted the small log cabin nestled in the thick forest. The porch light cast a warm glow into the night. Fog settled over the lush grass, and the night was dark, eerie.

Stepping away from her hiding place behind the tree, she strode forward and gripped the dagger tightly in her hand. Keeping the silver blade pointed outward, she climbed the cabin’s porch steps, taking each one slowly to avoid detection.

Once she arrived at the front door, she wrapped her hand around the door handle. Rich hunger for revenge burned in her veins and made her intent on one thing: to slaughter the werewolf who escaped the night of her parents’ murder. Not caring what awaited her, she stormed inside, dagger pointed, ready to kill.

The simple cabin had two large brown couches near a wood-burning stove, a kitchenette behind the living room, and a quilt-covered bed resting in the back. And that was it; there were no other rooms to investigate. No secret hiding places she could see.

No damned werewolf.

She cursed, shut the front door behind her, then trotted down the steps to return to her hiding spot. On her way across the yard, she glanced at the space to the right of the tree, which looked much like a heat wave, indicating that the portal to the Otherworld remained.

In some places around the world—or the Earthworld, as supernaturals had called it—there were permanent portals to the supernatural realm. This portal had only appeared because Nexi had travelled to this cabin from the Otherworld. Once she passed through the portal again, the gateway would vanish.

Magic had its perks. Quick travel was one of them.

Nexi shook her head at how normal all this magical stuff seemed now. Just over a month ago she’d never believed in anything that went bump in the night. Now she knew all those things existed, and in fact, she was one of them.

To her horror, she had learned that her birth mother, Tillie, had been murdered by a power-hungry vampire, Lazarus. All those years ago, her birth father, Drake, had protectively decided to block Nexi’s supernatural abilities. He had planned for her to live and die as a mortal. Now with her return to the Otherworld and the removal of the block on her true identity, there was no going back.

She was no longer plain, human, Nexi Jones.

She was Nexi Jones, part guardian, part witch.

Looking away from the portal and to her hiding spot until the werewolf returned, she hurried her steps. She wasn’t ready to return to the Otherworld yet. Not until she had the werewolf’s head as her wall ornament would she dare go home.

Just as she neared the tree, a woodsy scent that had nothing to do with the forest mixed with the citrusy aroma of aftershave. A blink of an eye later, the dagger she held was now at her throat, a hard body closed in on her back.

“You smelled lovely when you arrived.” The low voice by her ear held a faint English accent. “But I never imagined you’d be so pretty.”

The blade pressed into her skin, not drawing blood, but implying that if the werewolf chose, she’d be destined for the grave. “I’m…”

“Going to explain yourself.” He lowered the dagger, took hold of her arm, and jerked her forward.

In a few short strides, the werewolf tossed her through the threshold of the cabin, and slammed the door behind them. He sauntered to the couch, sat down, and regarded her. “Now then, darlin’.” His olive skin was stunningly flawless, and his chocolate-colored hair was spiked tall. “Why would a pretty lass like yourself plan to attack me?”

“Don’t move.” That charm wouldn’t fool her. “Stay right where you are.”

“My mouth is the only thing moving.” His slanted amber eyes raked over her. “Would you like me to stop talking?”

“No.” She hesitated then added, “Only your mouth can move. Nothing else. Tell me what you know.”

He gave her a long look. “I’d be glad to tell you anything you’d like, love.”

His kind face and soft voice wouldn’t trick her. He was a werewolf. She was certain, which was another oddity.

After the block on her supernatural abilities had been lifted, she could identify a supernatural creature as if knowing the difference between a brunette and a redhead. “Tell me why you killed my family.”

“That’s an interesting accusation.” He cocked his head, studying her with a frown. “But I think the more important question is who are you?”

She lifted her chin. “The lass who’s going to cut off your furry wolf balls.”



5 comments:

  1. I'm planing to read this book soon, maybe sooner after reading this part of your review: "there's a bunch of promising drool worthy men". :)

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    1. Yes but dibs on Briggs... seriously! LOL

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  2. Glad you came around to cheer for Lexi. The mix of the para creatures sounds intriguing.

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    1. Yeah, lot of creatures in the mix keeps it interesting.

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  3. Hmm, this Kyden fellow sounds like my cup of tea! And Nexi sounds pretty cool as well. I'm most definitely adding this book to my wishlist! Lovely review, Braine! =)

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