Author: Stacey Kennedy
Series: Magic & Mayhem #1
Publication: April 15th 2013 by Entangled Publishing
Genre: Adult ~ Paranormal Romance ~ Urban Fantasy
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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.
I like Nexi a lot. She had fire, learned to kick ass and was determinded to avenge the death of her adoptive parents. I like that in a female main character + she was part with, part guardian. So that was pretty original, in my opinion.
Kyden, on the other hand I liked a little less. I should've loved him since he's kickass a guardian, dressed in a leather kilt but I don't know... I wasn't his biggest fan. Maybe if there would've been a little more character building for both him and Nexi, as well as other characters, I think I would've liked Kyden and this book a tad more.
I like book that have a lot of paranormal creatures. And this book had a whole bunch of them. I'm talking guardians, witches, werewolves, vampires. That part of the book appealed to me the most because of the paranormal diversity. As far as secondary characters went, I actually loved the sexy british werewolf Briggs. He was way more interesting to me than Kyden was.
The writing was pretty good as well. It wasn't spectacular or anything but I've read way worse. And I thought there were some really funny scenes in the book as well. So overall this book wasn't bad (not at all!) but it wasn't the best either. The start was really good but I had expected a bit more, I guess.
About the Author:
STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Outlander.