Midlife Fairy Hunter: The Forty Proof Series, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Over the hill, all outta ducks to give, and suddenly life is looking up...even if you're living with a ghost and fighting off werewolves.
Moving back to Savannah changed my life in all the best ways. New job. New friends. As far from my ex-husband as possible.
I didn’t count on the Shadow World intensifying its hold on my life.
Color me surprised, when a new job lands in my lap watching over a fairy ring. Worth ten times what I’d make anywhere else, it seems too good to be true. I take it anyway.
And that’s when things get weird.
Spells are cast on my friends that seems to make them lose their marbles.
I’ve got a Bigfoot baking in my kitchen.
And a skeleton is quickly becoming my go-to guy. Which is silly because the eye candy strutting around in front of me is drool worthy. (I’m looking at you, Crash. Really looking 0_0).
Nothing in Savannah is what it seems, and the magic and undercurrents of this city are pulling me onto a dangerous path.
But with a Fae Queen begging my help, and the darkness closing in, I can only do one thing.
Pop a couple Advil, and kick some serious ducking butt.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 50 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 22, 2020|
|Publisher||Hjinks Ink LTD|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #5,936 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#168 in Paranormal Fantasy
#321 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2020
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You'd think she's 20 years older than I am!
This book, in which Breena, the main character, gets into a whole lot of trouble, whether she asks for it or not, feels soooooo true to how “one of us” would handle situations, making her more relatable to the women who mostly sit around and read these books. She still has a crush on the hot guy, but thinks that he is too hot for her, so she is suspicious, like she should be. None of her usual friends/cohorts are acting normally, so she has to depend, somewhat, on a new cast of characters who make her realize that she doesn’t need that job, that she thought she needed, nearly as much, and that she can form her own “merry band” of supernaturals who will be much more honest and faithful. I won’t talk about the facts of the book, but this second book is even better than the first one, and THAT would have been very difficult. RUN TO READ ALL OF MAYER’s books, if you like fun and laughter along with your paranormal action!
My one critique is some of the little details that were missed prior to publication which I’ve pointed out to Mayer through correspondence. Usually her books are so polished by the time they published that this took me by surprise. But aside from the few inconsistencies I found, the plot twists and intrigue of the story kept me hooked until the very end. Can’t wait to read the next one, and I’m especially excited to hear from Shannon that there will be at least 6 books in the series, if not 9.
The MC also became super annoying to me in this book. For one, she completely invalidates somebody else's struggles because they don't win in a competition when their struggles are stacked against somebody else's. Pain is pain—it's not a competition. I really can't stand characters that show zero empathy.
This character also never really shows agency. She hasn't made any actual changes to improve on the things about herself that embarrass her—and it's clear from the constant comments that she feels shame. She's only where she is because her husband left her—otherwise, it seems like she would have just kept on being whoever other people told her to be.
Which is a huge problem for me, actually. The MC has no identity. She takes on the face of her grandmother in order to be strong after a lifetime of being the wife her husband created. She should be the first one to experiment with ways to discover herself because, even at forty, she clearly has no idea who she is or what her place is in the world.
And it gets old to hear about how she sucks at literally EVERYTHING she does. She can't even rush up some stairs without bouncing off a wall when she's trying to be stealthy. She just complains constantly about not having skills she wants, then does nothing to take steps to gain those skills. Want to know how to apply make up? Um, hello YouTube. Husband stole her house by magic? Why isn't she using magic to get it back?! Especially when he's supposed to be a know-nothing, and she supposedly has this giant book of spells from the greatest witch of Savanah. I'mmm sorry... Did she says she was wise or something? Cuz... Nope.
It just seems like she's someone that wants to world too coddle her and give her everything, and any time she has to actually work for something it's just whine, whine, whine.
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This second book in the Forty-Proof series starts five days after book one, and though you don’t have to have read that, it enriches this one if you have.
Breena is a middle aged misfit, recently moved to her hometown of Savannah after twenty years, to try and get back her dead granny’s house that her ex husband stole from her whilst Bree was incarcerated in a mental health institute he’d put her in - because she could see things that don’t exist - according to ‘Himself’. The ex.
He gaslighted her, emotionally abused her and still won’t let her live life now they’re divorced. And to be honest he’s a weakly weasle of a man with a superiority complex - don’t worry, he’ll get his ‘reward’ as due.
There’s magic in Savannah and Bree now believes in it.
She’s smart, can fight, tell off werewolves and is not afraid to own her mature, burgeoning hormones and man-crushes.
Add in the fact she is a kick-ass, snarky forty-plus woman with curves and baggage - who adopts people wherever she goes - it’s a very fun read. And I love that #PWF is a new emerging sub genre - about time too.
I can also relate to the hot flashes.
Holy Hell this was fab and I know some future bad guys I think; enough bread crumbs and red herrings left scattered to form book three.
So many things were answered in this one; why Crash * a very hot, dubious smith * is, well, complicated, the why of Sarge’s aggression, the importance of the house and - what you really do with boy butter.
Those scenes. OMG I laughed so hard at this.
To top it off, the ‘supporting cast’ includes her ex’s cousin Corb, ridiculously hot and young, a water maid Feish, who looks more than a bit like a fish, Eric the gentle shapeshifter’Bigfoot’ who bakes and gardens, and a wobbly dead skeleton called Robert, and this ensemble rocks.
There’s plenty of tension, action, emotion, laughter and surprises to be had.
I absolutely loved this.
Now go buy it.
Story continues where it finished in first book and it's non stop action packed, full with dangerous twists and craziness. Can't wait for the next book in this series! I highly recommend this series to everyone, no matter how old you're.