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Soul Magic by Poppy Dennison

Soul MagicSoul Magic by Poppy Dennison
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Novel:  63,750 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

Sequel to Body Magic
Triad: Book Three

Blood runs soul-deep. Cormac hasn’t been the same since the night the High Moon Pack was attacked. With his magic weakened, he’s consumed by a bloodlust he hasn’t felt since he first became a vampire. His need to replenish his power makes him a danger to his last remaining family member, and his hunger makes him careless. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles. Feeding from pack beta Liam Benson was supposed to slake his appetite, not leave him craving more.

Simon Osborne and Gray Townsend are trying to fight a being history says shouldn’t exist—one with all three types of magic. The pack must use all of their resources to combat the mysterious triad, even turning to the shady Council of Mages for help. While Cormac struggles to reconcile his past failures with his current desires, Simon must attempt the impossible: an alliance between mind, body, and soul.

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This is the third book of the Triad series.  After reading the last two books I was anticipating this book and the conclusion to the story arc for Gray and Simon.  I thought that we would get more of the relationship of Cormac and Liam but this was sadly lacking.  The story was geared more towards ending the story arc.

The writing was well done.  I was left wondering through most of the story what would happen next.  I love the characters as well.  They are so vivid and interesting.   I will admit I still didn’t see Liam very clearly.  He was a fairly shallow character.  I would have loved more development of the story between Liam and Cormac.  Still the part of the story that involved concluding the story arc was fascinating to me.

I enjoyed the story even though it wasn’t what I was expecting from it.  I look forward to the next book in the series and where the author will take it next since this story arc is complete.

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Accidental Alpha by Poppy Dennison

Accidental AlphaAccidental Alpha by Poppy Dennison
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Wilde City Press
Short Story:  24,000 Words
Purchase at Amazon
Roses:  4
 

A quiet life. A break from the dangers of being a cop. Yep, Lex Tompkins has his future all worked out. That is, until fate—or rather the stray toddler from the house across the street—bites those plans in the ass. Well, technically Lex’s neck. Suddenly, he’s transformed into the Alpha of the secret werewolf clan hiding in the perfect, out of the way neighborhood of Lex’s dreams.

Now Lex is the unlikely leader of a dysfunctional pack… except for Spencer Robinson, the one shifter Lex can’t seem to keep his paws off. Will Spencer be able to teach Lex how to embrace who he has truly become?

Because accidents happen…

…but fate marks its own territory.

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Lex is recovering from a stabbing while he was a cop.  The department has put him on early retirement and disability because he is not in top shape anymore and the psychologist won’t clear him.  He wants to be away from people but his one neighbor has a lot of people over often.  Spencer is the neighbor and though Lex sees Spencer look at him once he believes Spencer isn’t his type.

I loved this book.  It isn’t for everyone.  It is a sweet easy read but it was fun.  Lex is “Mr. Grumpy”, anti-social but after he is bitten his whole life and attitude changes.  Spencer isn’t as well defined as character.  We get that he is hurt that Lex only came after him after he was turned.

My only real difficulty with the book was with the sudden turnaround in attitude by Lex.  I would say that it is all about his turning but it doesn’t quite cover it.  Still I enjoyed the story and characters a great deal.  Look forward to the next in the series.

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Body Magic by Poppy Dennison

Body MagicBody Magic by Poppy Dennison
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Novel:  62,781 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  4
 

A pack is only as strong as its weakest member. Rocky Harris knows how the system works. He’s been on the bottom rung his whole life. But when his alpha consigns him to the High Moon Pack to help them improve security, he finds his beliefs not just challenged but outright assaulted.

Cade Montgomery’s confidence took a hit when the pack’s cubs were kidnapped on his watch. He’s prepared to do anything to protect his family, even if it means working with Rocky. Maybe Cade doesn’t trust Rocky, but with the turmoil surrounding pack Alpha Gray’s unpopular decision to break tradition and mate with a mage named Simon, Cade knows more threats are coming.

Then someone declares war on shifters and puts the entire pack in danger. Cade and Rocky will need each other’s strengths to survive the impending battle—and the power of their growing attraction.

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This is the second in the Triad series.  I really enjoyed the first book.  This book was to be about Cade and Rocky but the focus is pretty split.  This draws a bit from the story.  It was like there were 3 major stories going on.  There was Simon and Gray with their relationship still, the continued unknown threat, and then the Cade and Rocky relationship.  These are left with some issues by the end.  Cade and Rocky are kind of together, looks like Simon and Gray may have council issues still, and the threat is more known now but barely.

I thought the writing was really good.  The transition in view points and scenes were well crafted so that I didn’t get confused.  The characters were as captivating as the last book, we some additions that could get interesting.  I love the new character Riley he seems like a very good addition to the group.

Really the biggest detraction to the book was the amount that was going on.  I am not disappointed by the book or author because of this but it did make the book feel shorter than it was and split my concentration on the various plot points.  I think as this is a series this can be fine as long as the reader isn’t left hanging too long.  Some will think this is a big negative as the book’s blurb makes the story seem more about Cade and Rocky that it really is.  For me the book is more of a continuation of a longer story than an individual book, like serial fiction.

Overall I believe this book is well written enough to carry off the split of the focus.  I really enjoyed it a look forward to reading the next in the series.

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