Title: Playing Hooky
Series: Paranormal Investigations #1
Author: Rita Webb
Published: January 21st 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
And my 21st birthday.
Just another college day full of classes and more homework than is humanly possible.
…until Jason, my best-friend-since-kindergarten, shows up to take me out for the day.
Like old times: the two of us on a wacky adventure, playing hooky from real life. With his lopsided grin and tickets to a circus full of misfits and monsters, he introduces me to a whole new world—one full of magic and mystery—and turns my reality upside down.
Except nothing goes as planned, and we end up running through the city to find a missing siren before someone brews a love potion with her blood.
Sirens and love potions, witches and elves, and Valentine kisses. Nothing will be the same for me again.
I have one major gripe with this story: It’s too dang short. It felt like I barely started reading and then it was over. Just when things were getting interesting too. As a 100 page novella this book is pretty short, but it’s made even more so by a fast pace that keeps you scrolling right along. Overall, it was a fun, enjoyable romp that you can devour in a single sitting.
While the relationship between Emma and Jason is sweet in its slow development, I have to say the secondary characters stole the show for me. I am amazed by how much punch is packed into this little book in terms of supporting characters. From sirens that will enslave you, to grumpy dwarves to elves whose magic go awry. And all of them to be found in a paranormal circus. Pardon me while I clap my hands like an overexcited kid. Paranormal. Circus. I love me some of that.
The childhood friend romance is one of my most favorite tropes of all time, and this story hits all the right buttons for it. Emma and Jason have been friends practically forever. They go on crazy adventures together, and they have each other’s back. They are just so comfortable together, but underneath it all, that undeniable attraction lurks.
I am very interested in seeing what the rest of this series has in store.
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Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset.
I haven’t changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don’t have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.
When I grow up (maybe a hundred years from now), I’d like to be a superhero, but for now, saving the day, one page at a time, suits me just fine.
With my husband TJ (my own cuddly werewolf), I home-school our three girls, who keep us busy with art, science projects, books to read, dance classes, and walks about the park.