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Crate & Peril (Love Spell Paranormal Romance)

by J. D. Warren

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Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Oct08

“Crate & Peril” by J.D. Warren is a lighthearted romp through a world filled with some very odd characters. Warren’s fairies (and they HATE to be called that) are definitely NOT like the ones from your childhood tales. Instead these ‘Kin’ are enigmatic and complicated. They have as many complexes as your average Jerry Springer guest and at times, they can resort to some pretty horrific acts...but that’s the ‘bad’ fairies. The good ones are still complicated and sometimes hard to understand, but at least they don’t consider humans as vermin!

This second book in Warren’s series picks up where “Bedlam, Bath and Beyond” left off. The heroine Samantha has hooked up with our hero Cor (all the fairies have nicknames because their real ones are long and dorky) and provides information and assistance to Cor’s band of Storm Ravens. The Storm Ravens are the ‘enforcers’ of the world of the Kin. They hunt down wrong-doers and other Kin who are ‘playing’ poorly with humans and deal with threats in both their ‘human’ and animal forms. In the first book Sam was rescued from a trap set by a truly evil fairy that is looking for a kingdom in hell. All that’s left for this nasty female Kin to do is come up with the required human baby sacrifice. Thankfully, Sam and Cor along with his Storm Ravens were able to thwart the nasty Kin’s plans. In this second book, the nasty Kin is back and this time her plan is even more heinous…a dumb human blonde has been impregnated with the Devil’s baby in order to grow the sacrifice. Sam and Cor become entangled in this plot and must do their parts to save the day. Along the way, Sam discovers some new friends, some new enemies, secrets about her heritage, and some secrets about Cor and his lineage.

Although there is plenty of humor in “Crate & Peril”, there’s also quite a bit of action and romance. There are plenty of interesting secondary characters that took me a bit to keep straight. Sam is a complex and sometimes unlikable character that requires more thought than your average romance heroine. The rules and history of Warren’s fairy world become more important in this second book and do require some concentration to keep up with. The setting in California is a bonus, as where else would a fairy tale land be set in today’s modern world? On the downside, the sex between Sam and Cor seemed almost to be inserted every so often to keep adult readers interested rather than an integral part of the plot. Of course, that may just be me!

In all, I enjoyed this second book in J.D. Warren’s series more than I did the first. “Crate & Peril” didn’t take long to read and kept me entertained and thinking the whole time. It’s not a book I’ll put on my keeper shelf, but I will keep my eyes open to see where Warren takes this interesting cast of characters next. ( )
  jjmachshev | Nov 27, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0505526999, Mass Market Paperback)

She lost three years of her life to the mysterious shape-shifting race known as the Kin. But Samantha Dorringer is ready for revenge, and she fully expects Cor, the enigmatic leader of the Storm Ravens, to help. When they hear that a Hollywood agent is trying to smuggle his A-list clients into the Kin's lands to keep them forever young, they rush to investigate.

For Sam and Cor, mingling with the brightest stars and battling the darkest forces known to mankind is all part of the job. What Sam doesn't anticipate is an old high school friend carrying Rosemary's Baby, or a silver-haired rival stirring up secrets from Cor's past. Together, the pair will let nothing stop them--including their red-hot attraction for each other--as they plunge headlong into the Lifestyles of the Winged and Famous.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:06 -0400)

She lost three years of her life to the mysterious shape-shifting race known as the Kin. But Samantha Dorringer is ready for revenge, and she fully expects Cor, the enigmatic leader of the Storm Ravens, to help. When they hear that a Hollywood agent is trying to smuggle his A-list clients into the Kin?s lands to keep them forever young, they rush to investigate. For Sam and Cor, mingling with the brightest stars and battling the darkest forces known to mankind is all part of the job. What Sam doesn't anticipate is an old high school friend carrying Rosemary's Baby, or a silver-haired rival stirring up secrets from Cor's past. Together, the pair will let nothing stop them, including their red-hot attraction for each other, as they plunge headlong into the Lifestyles of the Winged and Famous.… (more)

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