This is the second book in the MUACs series by Olivia Hardin, though it does stand apart from the first book. The first book is a novelette that introduces you to Lynlee and Beck and is worth reading, though.
I loved this book. It was a fast read that kept me glued to the pages the whole way through.
I like Lynlee. She embraces her role as a Neutralizer in the paranormal world, but realizes that not everyone is going to appreciate her abilities. She also has a heart of gold, wanting to help as many people and creatures as she can, even if they can't really afford it. She has a strong attachment to her loved ones, even though their relationship is quite complicated. I love watching her soften toward his children, too.
Not all magical creatures are good. There is a nasty witch who is wreaking havoc. Lynlee has to get involved, which is her job. But also, she has to reach deep within herself to give up her own beliefs and learned behaviors. Lynlee is on a journey to become more comfortable with herself, in addition to helping others, and possibly becoming part of a ready-made family. Dating a man who has children always present complications, but this family seems worth it. Before she can truly love them, she has to love herself, but hasn't yet been able to do so. She seems to be on that road, though.
If you can think of a paranormal creature, it's in here. Weres, shifters, witches, vampires, nymphs. There are even fun combinations that I've never heard of! I did like the cupid character, because his story reminded me of a series of shorts that I have been writing. There is also a sandman!
There are dark elements to the story, as kidnapping and dark magic ensue, yet the book is a light and fun read. I can't wait for the next one to come out!
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A NOVELETTE- MAUCs Series One: Magical and undead creatures can get into plenty of sticky situations. Lynlee Lincoln loves her job as a neutralizer, but she needs a break from the supernatural chaos after an ultra-busy Halloween night. Coming home, she's ready to collapse into her bed and forget the day... until she discovers two children scavenging through her refrigerator. One look at the pair and she feels a tug on her heartstrings, then she learns their father is the man she spent years trying to forget. When Beck pleads with her to help save his daughter, Lynlee gets thrust into a heap of trouble.
I read this novelette in anticipation of this blog tour. I wanted to know the first part of the story before diving into the second. I loved it! It was a very fast read, because it is short, and made me fall in love with Lynlee. She is spunky and strong-willed, but also demonstrates a big heart. She thinks that she has her life in line, but the arrival of Beck and his kids send her life into a massive upheaval! They get themselves into a bunch of trouble, but Lynlee is the perfect person to figure out how to fix it all. I also developed a bit of a crush on Beck and am starting to fall in love with his kids.
You don't need to read this book to understand what is going on in the second book of the series, but it is worth it. Especially because it is a free read!
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About the Author
When Olivia Hardin began having strange movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long the writing bug had her and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, and she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again. Olivia’s attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Thenl one day she heard the term road scholar and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic.A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.
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