Monday, April 15, 2013

Werewolves Be Damned by Stacey Kennedy

Title: Werewolves Be Damned
Author: Stacey Kennedy
My Rating: A

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Magic & Mayhem #1
Main Characters: Nexi and Kyden
Release Date: April 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
I loved the whole premise of this story. Nexi is an other-worlder who never knew who she truly was until the night her world was shattered by werewolves killing her family and warriors swooping in to protect her. Until that night she didn't even know that otherworlders existed, much less that she was actually one of them. But with that knowledge and her world crumbling around her, the magic holding Nexi's powers in check was removed. 

Nexi is a mixed breed...half guardian (warrior), half witch. The only mixed breed known to exist. The book basically takes place a month after her parents were killed. In that time, she's found out: 
*they weren't really her parents, 
*her real father placed her with them to protect her after her real mother was killed, 
*that she has all these kick-butt powers that she needs to learn how to utilize, 
*that she has a sexy guardian who's completely infuriating to train her.
*that she has a mind-link with another witch
*and that all those things that go bump in the night...witches, werewolves, vampires are real.

She's dealing with a LOT emotionally, but I loved how strong she is. She's completely focused on revenge for her parents deaths and is willing to do whatever she has to to accomplish that. She's one tough chick and I really, really liked her character. 

Then there's Kyden. He's trained her as a guardian. He knows how tough and strong she is, but that doesn't mean that he's okay to sit by and watch her walk into a dangerous situation. He knows she can hold her own, but it about kills him to put her into danger. I loved that about him....he's a serious alpha and not afraid to show it, although he's trying so hard to let Nexi do what she needs to do. The scenes with them at the end...seriously, melt my heart! LOVED!

I *think* this is a 3-4 book series and I can't wait to see where it goes from here!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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