Sunday, January 5, 2014

Tangled Up in Trouble by Olivia Hardin

Genre:  Adult Urban Fantasy
MAUCs Series, Book 2

Description (taken from Goodreads):
Lynlee Lincoln isn’t just a witch, she’s also a Neutralizer. Her job is a juggling act to keep magical and undead clients out of trouble. But getting back together with her old flame throws one more ball into the mix and romance with a guy who has two kids can get complicated. When her old mentor asks her to investigate the goings-on of a dark witch, things turn messy. The witch is stalking supernatural creatures to collect ingredients for a potion that Lynlee can’t seem to figure out. To keep those closest to her from becoming the next victims, she may have to confront the demons within herself.

One of the things I like about this series is it kind of portrays love in the real world, err paranormal world (close enough).  It's about established adults that have a past behind them, and the romance isn't all hunky-dory new and fresh.  It's something that takes work, as I imagine most romances in the real-world would be.

Lynlee is still attempting to establish herself in a relationship with Beck when she hears from her old mentor, Tig.  Beck, the handsome flame from her past, has two kids that he's raising and trying to do right by.  And very slowly does the responsibility for the welfare of these kids move to Lynlee.  And it puts her in some situations that she hasn't seen before, moments to do right by the kids, moments to mess up, and moments to fall in love with Beck.  Anyways, back to Tig, the one who interrupts this romance.  Tig asks Lynlee to investigate a witch.  And once she starts, she realizes there are some ulterior motives in play.  And soon, everything begins to come full-circle on her and cause a whole lot of chaos.

As you saw above, I'm enjoying this series.  It makes me laugh, and I like watching the average in-and-outs of a Neutralizer who also happens to be a witch.  We see friendships, a paranormal job go awry, more paranormal creatures popping up, romance, and happy moments.  I guess it's more relatable to me than some other books.

I think those looking for an everyday adult paranormal novel should give Trolling for Trouble a go.  It's a short story and pulls you in easily.  And who knows, you might find a favorite series in it.  I'm definitely looking forward to more of Lynlee's adventures.

Thanks goes to Olivia Hardin for providing me a review copy.

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