Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Review - Werewolves Be Damned by Stacey Kennedy

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.

Note: Book was provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Nexi Jones has been living life as a human in the human realm her whole life, until one night when her world shifted on it's axis. She's finding it hard to believe that a HUGE wolf is attacking her family, and not only that but it shifted into a man. Trying to battle between what she's seeing and believing, shes even more shocked when Kyden runs in calling her by name and he's wearing only a kilt?? He manages to kill some of the attacking wolves and then whisks her of to the Otherworld to keep her safe.

It's there she meets her real father, and finds out she's not human, but part witch and part guardian. When she was taken into the Otherworld it activated her powers, which were put under lock and key to protect her from having to find out about the Otherworld to begin with. Now all she wants to do is hunt down the were who killed her family. she's gotten in trouble with her father for doing just this, but her determination won't be undermined. After a trip and finding she was hunted, and not her doing the hunting, her father and Kyden decide it's time to train her so she can do whats she's been doing from the start...hunt the were who hurt her family.

Who better to train her then Kyden. This both intrigues and infuriated Nexi as she's not sure what to make of him. Sometimes he can be an arrogant jerk other times he's a sweet guy! His hot-cold attitude just makes her attraction to the guardian stronger and she knows this attraction isn't one sided. As she's training and learning her skills she goes out on missions with Kyden, to find out that the attacks in the human realms aren't miscellaneous...but aimed at Nexi! Add in her soul-sister witch who has truly unique and highly valued power and you have a deadly team.

As she find out who or WHAT is hunting her, she grows in her strength and powers as her witch half comes into play. When things go from bad to absolute worse, she must rely on Kyden to help keep her safe, but what happens next is a turn I didn't see coming. I can't elaborate too much as it would spoil some of the best part of the story, but what I can tell you is this is where Nexi shined as a character! She grew into herself and her role as a potential lover for Kyden, the ultimate guardian to her father, and to the full strength of her witch powers. How she handles her situation is not something for the faint of heart when faced with danger and the unknown, but she does it splendidly, cleverly and with cunning! I loved seeing her in action and doing her worse to make the villain get his sweet revenge for all he's done to her family - both human and otherworld.

A 5 star start to Stacey's new series! Magic & Mayhem is set to be one you'll come to love. Werewolves Be Damned is a excellent first in an intriguing new series sure to please any Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance fan. From the building love to the action Stacey put it all into this new series! So if you love the romance, but crave action then this book is for YOU!

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