Cauldron of Tales by Sonia Hightower, Lorraine Nelson, Chacelyn
Pierce, Angelina Rain, and Nikki Prince
Genre: paranormal romance, anthology
Length: novella (71 pgs.)
Rating: 3 STARS
Heat: 4 HANDCUFFS
This anthology of witch-inspired short tales is mostly romance with a little horror thrown in the mix. The first story follows a medieval herb-woman dabbling in witch craft after being falsely accused of it, while the rest of the stories are all contemporarily set. While all the stories have some romantic or sexual element, none of them are long enough to get really involved in the
I found the writing to be well done, but the briefness of the stories kept me from loving them. One, however, rose to the top for me. "Past Potion" by Chacelyn Pierce creates a story with enough back story told to actually draw the reader into the predicament between the two characters. I enjoyed the final showdown between Willow and Salem and cheered for them to work things out. In the final analysis, these stories were enjoyable and if the lack of depth is
overlooked, they certainly make a fun short "witchy" read.
Contemporary Romance - Suspence - Novel
TBR reviewer: Luta Wolf
It's been fourteen years since Jordan Powell ended her relationship with Nate Thrillson and she is still not over him. She never expected to see him again.
Nate is hiding a deadly secret and plans to live out the rest of his life alone. When he is
assigned as head investigator to a missing dogs case he doesn't expect to be working so closely with the town veterinarian, Jordan.
As they work together to discover who is kidnapping these dogs, old feelings are brought
to the surface. Can they be together again or will other problems force them apart?
Jordan Powell had her revenge and it still haunts her to this day. She thought she had moved on and made peace until she sees Nate Thrillson again. He wants answers to what was done to him and a chance to explain that her revenge was never needed. In the midst of trying to get everything figured out a mystery of missing dogs begins to unfold. Will they ever get the chance to put the past behind them and concentrate on the future.
I’m not always a fan of plots that are about finding love again from a past relationship, however, the author played this pretty well. It never crossed that line of “how in the world could you take that person back”, so as a reader, I felt able to lay back and enjoy.
The first few chapters were a little choppy, with the character connection hard to come by. The details were also a little slow in coming but once we get into the real meat of the story, it began to flow much more seamlessly with an added plot of animal cruelty that not only educated but pulled at the heart-strings.
I only have one real complaint and that is the characters, they were a study in extremes. It made for some hot bed romp scenes but by the end, I thought I might need to go out and get some bi-polar medication. Nate Thrillson is a typical male in his in ability to communicate which as you can imagine caused no end of problems but add in his extreme ego and you almost have a cave man. Jordon gullibility as a teen had me wanting to scream but at the same time want to cheer for the sheer creativeness and determination. While as an adult she is less naive, she’s only gotten more creative and determined with a bit of an ego herself.
All together this is a really enjoyable book that I had fun reading.