Genres: Holiday Romance, Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on December 4, 2020
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Gingerbread decorating and the holiday activities get interrupted by a icy situation straight out of the North Pole. Loved returning to this new series featuring a witch with a sketchy magic related to animals, a certain sexy secret magical investigator, and a Christmas-themed mystery to solve.
Grimoires and Gingerbread is #1.5 in the series and a ‘tweeny’ novella that can standalone if necessary.
It has been six months since Rosella’s return to her home town, the magical Winterfalls, and her loving quirky family broke and needing to start over. The people of the town mostly treat her like a pariah for her type of magic, but her family and friends have always been supportive and she is slowly starting to get past the attitude against her and see herself as a worthy witch.
At the moment, her family’s bakery, Sugar Shack needs all hands on board to meet the sweets rush for the Christmas holidays. She loves being busy and forgetting that a certain magical mystery man who she shared some attraction with is ghosting her. Then, he’s there on a new case and needs her help. The only witness in a magical heist is a squirrel and Rosella can communicate with animals. With a Santa’s elf investigation team in tow, off they go to save Christmas.
In the first book, I was a little iffy about Rosella. She was hurt by the way some people treated her so she ran away to live among the non-magic people world and cut off her family and friends when she did it. But, in this one, she is settling back in among her family and making an effort to help and enjoy things. Orion Croft is part of that because he is an outsider and a man of mystery who proved to her that it didn’t matter what a few small towners thought. He saw her magic as a strong gift and she was able to team up on a case and see it for herself. Now, there is a new case and she is eager to help him on it even as she tries to pretend that she is unaffected that he dropped their texting and ignored her for a few months. She fools nobody about her interest.
It was a cute and light Christmas mystery that was solved, but also shows that there were darker forces behind the issue and those will be ongoing in the series. Those who love paranormal cozy mysteries should definitely check out the series.
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