23/100 Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston

I have been waiting for this book for about 4 months, and it really did not disappoint.  I love that it was almost 70 percent of the way through the book before they had sex.  I still had to skip quite a few pages for the sex, but the plot-line existed as more than just a way to get to the sex.  These books are usually set a few months apart, or a time indeterminate, but in this case the author has allowed her characters to age ‘off-screen’ and come back in new variations than when they were left in their last books.  I love how she keeps recurring characters so that if you have read the series from the beginning you have a much greater understanding of what is going on.  Honestly, if you have not read the rest of the series then do not start with this book.  There are so many ‘inside jokes’ that I am not sure this book would make sense if you read it as a stand alone book.

If you are looking for a funny book full of family drama then this is the book for you.  Should you be squeamish then this might not be the book for you.  Full of violence, fighting, and sisterly love this book about shifters is a great addition to the series.

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16/100 Plagued by Quilt by Molly MacRae

This was an adorable addition to the series, also full of wonder, whimsy, and ghosts.  Well, a ghost and her many adventures.  Kath is going to be spending some time teaching interested teens how to quilt.  Well, okay, she is going to give the history lesson while other members of her Thank Goodness it’s Fiber (TGIF) group teach the teens how to quilt.  Of course, Kath cannot go anywhere without a body being found. So join us while we spend time with fibers and fiber fiends, solve a mystery, and explore the resident ghost.  I love this series and hate that she has only written one more in it.  After the next book I’ll have to find a new obsession!

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14/100 Spinning in Her Grave by Molly MacRae

I am really enjoying this series. Once in a while there is a small portion that drags, and I am quite sad that there are only five books to this series. In this installment we open with a man wanting to shoot at people from the upper windows of The Weaver’s Cat. Okay, so he is planning on using blanks and it is a part of a reenactment skit, but still the thought is fairly appalling. Of course Kat refuses, but things never end there. Pretty soon we have spinners, tourists, and a body on the ground. This convoluted, and fun, addition to the series is a great way to while away a few hours with some great friends. For a fun and funny mystery with a lot of crafting check out this book!

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13/100 Dyeing Wishes by Molly MacRae

Not all sheep are created equal, and when they don’t come running to be fed then you can bet there is something wrong. Join us as we learn more about Granny, the Ghost, and dyeing wool all in one great book. There are a couple of murders, budding romance, and some intrigue along the way.

This is a riotously funny book that drags us along on a wonderful journey of friendship and murder with a few paranormal elements along the way. The ghost that has joined our little troupe, along with the unnamed cat, both add a wonderfully interesting element. Not really for Kat though, who is still trying to get the hang of talking with the ghost, or ignoring her when she can, while out in public around a lot of people that cannot see the ghost. Poor Kat, people are starting to think that she’s losing her mind. I sort of wish her Granny had left her more instructions than just her recipe book, that Kat cannot find.

For a fast paced book full of amazingly funny and warm characters with a dash of paranormal and mystery thrown in this is a great read. Start with the first, but then devour the rest of the series along the way.

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12/100 Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae

This crafty mystery with a paranormal element hits all of the high spots for my interests.  MacRae has a book that starts off with a tragedy but the book builds into a wonderfully funny mystery with plenty of interesting characters.  Between building a wonderful town full of quirky characters there are enough craft references to warm the soul.  I love how the main character is beginning to know more about her, now dead, granny than she ever thought she would have.

Granny was suspected of murder, by one of the sheriffs department at least.  The man did die under unusual circumstances, so to clear her granny’s name Kat has to solve the mystery.  She manages to gather a Posse consisting of her granny’s Friday Night Knitting Group.  Let the wacky hi-jinks ensue.

If you are looking for a crafty mystery novel, light on the romance, heavy on the paranormal, then this is the book for you.  I really enjoyed listening to this quick, but not really fast, paced novel.  The characters are interesting and I am able to get an idea of what they are about without a lot of overly detailed descriptions.  If you don’t know a lot about crafts you might want to google some terms while you’re reading.  Other than that, this is a great cozy mystery for anyone to read!

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10/100 The Vampire’s Werewolf Bodyguard by Liv Rider

If you ignore the two or three graphic sex scenes then this is a decent gay werewolf/vampire romance.  A werewolf bodyguard is having trouble keeping control of his instincts so he is laid off of his security job for a month.  A vampire drank blood that was tainted in an effort to poison him so his sire decided he needed a bodyguard.  Vampire and werewolf meet, the attraction is instant.  So on, so forth, there is a great twist to the mystery, and the standard ending.  It really wasn’t bad, the world building was there but sort of skimmed over.  I would like to know more about the world that they are in, but I’m not invested enough to actually read another book by this author.  Decent, not great.  This is a very fast paced book with a couple of very graphic sex scenes.  So if you are looking for a light read with some steamy gay bits in there then this is the book for you.

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6/100 Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

This is a fairly fast paced murder mystery with an extreme magical bent.  Andrews creates a very fascinating world.  Her world-building tends to be subtle, sort of getting the gist of things as we go along and the plot unfurls.  Honestly, this is the kind of world building that I appreciate.  While I rushed through this trying to figure out who the murderer was, I was able to get the gist of what Andrews world involves.  While some extra information about how the world became what it is in Andrews time, there are enough hints to get the shape of what happened.  I presume that if I continue reading the series I will get more background as things develop.

If you are looking for a Kick Butt female lead, Kate Daniels, that admits to her own insecurities, then this is a good book for you.  A powerful magic user loses her last connection to the past, her family, and Daniels needs to find out who killed him.  Daniels dances between shifters, necromancers that control vampires, and the governing body.  She manages to attract and piss them all off, and seems very tired doing so.

A fast paced, kick butt, novel that leaves a lot more questions than answers.  The initial mystery is solved at the end of the book, but there are a lot of questions left about Kate Daniels as well as the world in which she lives.  I really did like this book and I look forward to reading more.

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