Suck It Up, Buttercup: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (First Fangs Club, Book 2) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
At 49, Belladonna Barrone’s life has taken some interesting turns. She unwittingly married into the mob but managed to get free when her husband died in a car accident. Most recently she was attacked and turned into a vampire, something else she never intended. As with everything, she’s made the best of her situation.
She just didn’t know this newest situation would also result in her becoming the vampire governor of New Jersey. It’s cool, though. The perks are great, the penthouse is spectacular, and the salary couldn’t have come at a better time. Vampire politics, on the other hand, might be more complicated than she anticipated.
She’s handling it all pretty well, including dealing with another governor who thinks she ought to do his bidding and telling her kids that she’s now one of the immortal, when a new wrinkle from her old life complicates things in ways she would rather ignore. But Belladonna isn’t the kind of woman who runs from her problems.
Instead, she makes a plan and attacks. With her friends at her side, everything goes off without a hitch. Or at least she thinks so until a note shows up telling her the one person who’s been instrumental in making sure her past life stays in the past is in serious dangerous. Belladonna suddenly fears she’s bitten off more than she can chew.
But she’s not about to sacrifice a single one of her friends, so there’s nothing left to do but suck it up, buttercup.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 48 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 28, 2020|
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#10,802 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#160 in Urban Fantasy
#260 in Paranormal Fantasy
#587 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Book 2 picks up literally right where book 1 ends, which doesn't always work, but in this case it really allowed me as the reader to feel that I was getting to follow Belladonna's complete journey and transformation. I LOVE that with the vampire stuff being all new to her she asks the questions that often we as readers want to know to (especially as most paranormal worlds have their own unique rules). She's not afraid to let people know that "There should be a handbook for that!". Fans of book 1 will definitely appreciate where book 2 leads you. Personally I prefer it as with all the background set the book is able to move at a faster pace, and I do love a little action (of the fighting kind in this case), and showing that although family is important, sometimes that family can be formed from the outside.
I do feel the need mention that this definitely has a little more of a cliffhanger than the first, which is different from the Nocturne Falls series with each completely wrapped up with an HEA - but the main story is completed and it definitely isn't one that I would classify as "throw the book worthy" (I know you readers all know what I mean) - more like just hurry up and get the next one out required!
An easy, 5 stars from me and my official Melanie's Muses Approved status! (Yes this is new - Yes this is the first time I am posting it - Yes there will be more details soon!)
While dealing with the last of the mess Joe had left behind, Donna is asked for sanctuary by a petite female creature who is half fae and half vampire. Her name is Rixaline and she has just escaped from King Dredward of the Fae. Usually her kind are simply killed, if not made into a servant. But Rixaline is special. She can find anything or anyone. She is still a lowly servant, but often used for her ability. Sanctuary granted, Donna has loyal staff and friends helping Rixaline with clothes and the like, while she tends to other things.
*** THREE STARS! Heads up! This novel ends in the most awful way possible – a huge cliffhanger. (That is automatically one star down from me.) I have not read another book or trilogy that ended in such a way from this author. Had I known about the ending, I would either have skipped this trilogy or waited until all three books were out before I began reading.
All the characters from the previous title return in this installment. If you have not read the first book, titled “Sucks to Be Me”, you need to do so before you begin this one. Each story does not stand alone. In fact, this one practically picks up where the previous one leaves off. I know that I make this book sound bad; however, it is anything but. If not for the cliffhanger ending, this story would have gotten four stars. The characters are fully developed and all the plots and sub-plots are well done. The writing style is easy to read and I could easily identify with Donna. The story is fun to read and full of take-no-nonsense sass! Yet, again, I strongly recommend waiting until all three titles are released. In the meantime, why not go read the Shadowvale trilogy by this author? I enjoyed it even more than this one. ***
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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While I enjoyed the first book in this new series I’m loving the second.
It continues Donna’s new life and it’s ups and downs.
I don’t want to give anything away so I’m not going to say anything more about the story.
It sucked me in (lol) and I happily went along for the ride. It’s lucky that I choose a Saturday because I checked lunch and glanced down to see where I was in the book to discover 92%.
It follows so smoothly in the writing, in the description, in the story that I finished before I was ready to.
My only question - how long til the next one?
The plot and dialogue dance along at a merry pace. The characters are engaging, relatable and, in some cases, endearing. Throw it all together and you have a really fun read.
Highly recommended and I can't wait for the next in the series.