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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Review: Whatnots and Doodads by Stacey Kennedy

Title: Whatnots and Doodads

Author: Stacey Kennedy

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Buy Link: Buy Whatnots and Doodads Here!

Rating: You Want to Read

Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell


For Bryanna, a witch from the Asheville Coven, magic is on the fritz. Shunned by her coven and her boyfriend Layton for her unruly magic, she seeks a new life for herself. It just so happens, fate steps in and brings her to Strange Hollow--a place where being different is not only acceptable, but encouraged.

When Bryanna arrives in Strange Hollow, Zeke, a demon gone good, is burning with Hell’s fire over her. Not only has she set his world ablaze, but he’s found one soul he can save. He’s determined to free her from the insecurities that have damaged her soul.

Together they experience lava-hot passion as they weave their way through a tornado of emotions. But when Layton returns for her, will Zeke’s attempts to break the unworthy cage woven around her be enough to keep her in Strange Hollow forever?


The joke of the powerful Asheville coven, Bryanna was an embarrassment to her long time boyfriend Layton. Running seemed like the obvious solution to Bryanna, which is how she ended up stranded on the side of the road in her broken down Volvo and nothing but her haywire magic to aid her. Zeke is a resident of Strange Hollow, an isolated enclave for outcast paranormals. He is also a demon. A demon who has made the decision to stop sending souls to hell and do some good in the world. He sees the magic in Bryanna and wants to help her embrace her uniqueness, but Layton is determined to bring her back.

Whatnots and Doodads is a funny and sexy story. It is a perfect little amuse bouche for your eyes. The characters were quirky and engaging with just enough snarkiness so it is not gaggingly sweet. This is an adult fairytale with all the prerequisite parts. The damsel in distress, the damaged hero, the weird fairy godmother, the dastardly villain, and super hot sex. I get the feeling that the occupants of Strange Hollow could be showing up in future works of Ms. Kennedy, and that is truly something to anticipate. I am intrigued by this premise of outcast paranormals. I keep flashing back to the Island of Misfit Toys in the Rudolf special. In one scene there’s a vampire sharing a table at the local diner with a were porcupine. *snort* It is this type of skewed imagination that keeps Stacey Kennedy’s books fresh and imminently enjoyable.

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