Bear a Wee Grudge (Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery, #5) by Meg Macy #bookreview #mystery

Title: Bear a Wee Grudge

Author: Meg Macy

Publisher:  Kensington Cozies

Publication Date: November 30, 2021

Page Count:  288

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

Teddy bear shop manager Sasha Silverman must step fast to find a murderer before an upcoming Scottish festival . . .

It’s springtime in Silver Hollow, Michigan, and Sasha is looking forward to the village’s inaugural Highland Fling weekend. Plans are underway for a Kilted 5K, athletic competitions, dancing, live music, and even a Hurl-the-Haggis contest. Meanwhile, Sasha’s staff is busy crafting custom teddy bears in kilts for the Silver Bear Shop’s vendor booth. But trouble’s brewing behind the scenes, as the obnoxious Teddy Hartman, former owner of a rival teddy bear company, sows seeds of discord about town, targeting Sasha’s family and their business.

Things go from plaid to worse when—just a week before the festival kicks-off—the disgruntled gossip is found murdered with an ax buried in his back. Sasha’s dad is arrested, since he’s a champion ax-thrower. But she doesn’t give a dram what it looks like—Sasha knows that despite the old business rivalry with Hartman, her father is innocent.  So with a spot of help from her friends, Sasha must bag the real killer before her first Fling also becomes her last.

Bear a Wee Grudge by Meg Macy is the fifth installment of the cozy Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery series. Like most cozy mysteries each book of this series contains it’s own mystery within that will be solved so they can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. However, there is some character development that carries over book to book for those reading in order.

The first book of this series introduced Sasha Silverman who after her divorce became the manager of the Silver Bear Shop and Factory which is like a build a bear type of business. Sasha’s parents own the bear factory in the town of Silver Hollow, Michigan but had retired from working the business turning over the day to day operations to Sasha.

Spring has now come to Silver Hollow, Michigan and it’s time for their Highland Fling festival. Sasha’s team have been working hard to come up with their Scottish themed bear to sell at their vendor booth. Things seem to be going great at the festival until Teddy Hartman, a rival in business, shows up causing problems. But it then goes from bad to worse when a axs tossing murderer strikes and then Sasha’s father ends up suspect number one putting Sasha again on the lookout for the real killer.

I have been following the Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery series from the beginning and while the aren’t as over the top quirky and humorous as I am normally drawn to I have found myself liking them more and more with each new installment. The characters in these are likable and the business of teddy bears of course is adorable. The pacing is a little on the slower side but with plenty of twists to each mystery to keep the pages turning. At this point it’s obvious I’ve become addicted and will continue on with the series. 

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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About the author:

Award-winning mystery author Meg Macy lives in Southeast Michigan, close ​enough ​to Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Dexter — the setting of her “Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear” cozy mysteries for Kensington. She is also one-half of the writing team of D.E. Ireland for the Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins mysteries; two books​, Wouldn’t It Be Deadly and Get Me to the Grave On Time​ ​were​ Agatha Award finalists​ for Best Historical​. Meg’s first published book, Double Crossing, won the 2012 Best First Novel Spur Award from Western Writers of America. Meg loves reading historical and cozy mysteries, gardening, crafts, and watercolor painting.

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Cover Reveal: A Land of Never After by R.L. Davennor

A Land of Never After
R.L. Davennor
Publication date: October 26th 2021
Genres: Adult, Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Retelling

All my life, Ive dreamed of the sea.

Mermaids, stormy skies, daring adventures, pirates…it was little wonder I sprinted to the docks the moment I left the orphanage. Eager to begin my new life, I searched for a ship that would have me—and found a thief instead. I chased the bastard.

Now Im trapped.

Im told this place is Neverland, but everything I touch is dead or dying; whats left is hellbent on killing each other. Monsters lurk around every corner, and everyone I meet hides a damning secret. Im thrust in the middle of a deadly feud, and the only one capable of unraveling the curse that plagues us.

Neverland is my home now. Until its done with me?

It will never let go.

Peter Pan meets Pirates of the Caribbean in A Land of Never After, but reader beware: this childrens tale has been reimagined for adult lovers of all things dark and deadly. Content warnings include language, violence, and mentions of gender dysphoria and suicide.

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Raelynn Davennor is an author of fantasy and science fiction, a musician and composer, and a creature of the night.

Nestled among her fictional worlds full of darkness, dragons, and sassy heroines, you’ll often find a musical number or two. An accomplished performer, she’s made appearances with artists such as The Who, Weird Al, and Hugh Jackman on many of the largest stages in the United States.

Raelynn is usually lost in her head, dressing up in costume, or humming a tune she can’t wait to scribble down. When not obsessing over her latest idea, she enjoys pampering her menagerie of pets and pretending she isnt an adult. Her home base is https://rldavennor.com where you’ll find more information, her newsletter, and links to social media.

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Cover Reveal: The Cursed Princess by Alexa Michaels

The Cursed Princess
Alexa Michaels
Publication date: October 1st 2021
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

A fresh and dark urban fantasy abounding with treacherous secrets, desperate fights, and an angsty romances that could ignite the pages.

Im Kyra Baxter. Once, I was human—now, I learn its all a lie.

As the top student at my university and the best intern in Dallas, I thought my life was built in the clouds, and I was on top of the world.

But then…it all crashed hard.

A murdered friend.

A secret world.

A mysterious warrior.

Its safe to say that the life I thought was solid will never rise from the rubble. Its time to move on, and live the life I was always meant for–what I was born for. Except there are those who want to make sure that never happens. In fact, if I dont move quickly, the enemy who Id been hidden from is coming for blood.

The curse I bear has blocked my memories, so Im left to blindly navigate this new world. And when a swarthy male saunters into my life, Im forced to face a ghost from the past without knowing who he is and was, and what he wants.

He says hes here to help.

He admits hes keeping secrets.

As our attraction grows, all I know is that if I want to break this curse, Im going to need his help. And unless I heed the warnings my late friend spent her dying moments telling me, everyone I know and love could end up butchered.

This curse could be the death of all those I hold dear.

If you like fierce heroines, powerful heroes, terrible secrets, and slow-burn romances, then read the urban fantasy The Cursed Princess, the first book in the Kyra Baxter Trilogy!

**This is the beginning of a trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger.

***Authors note: this book is intended for a mature audience in terms of content, language, and passionate happily ever afters!

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When Alexa isn’t writing, she can be found with a book in her lap and a mug of coffee or glass of red wine within reach. A native of the North Woods, Alexa is an avid lake-jumper, beach lounger, and sunshine lover.

Alexa is living a happily ever after with her own steamy hero. Together they have an English Springer fur-baby and would love a few more!

Alexa loves any type of love story. So you can find her writing both contemporary romance and fantasy novels. Instead of making a separate pen name, Alexa just adds her middle initial to her fantasy genre books!

Alexa H. Michaels ~ Author of Fantasy

Alexa Michaels ~ Author of Romance

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Cover Reveal: Gorgeous Misery by JA Huss with giveaway

Gorgeous Misery
JA Huss
(Creeping Beautiful, #3)
Publication date: January 25th 2022
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Wendy Gale isnt the kind of girl you marry. Shes not even the kind of girl you date. Shes not a friend with benefits, shes not one-night-stand, and regardless of what she thinks, she has never been a rebound.

Wendy Gale is kind of girl you kidnap and lock in your basement so she cant ever escape. Shes the kind of girl you tie up. You put a collar on her. A leash. Handcuffs. You chain her to things and gag her mouth. A blindfold isnt a bad idea, either.

Because Wendy Gale is the kind of girl you grab on to—any way you can—and you never let go.

Wendy. Babe. You only need to know one thing about me, OK?

I will never let go.

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JA Huss is a New York Times Bestselling author and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings. Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world. Her book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.

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Wish You Were Gone by Kieran Scott #bookreview #thriller

Title: Wish You Were Gone

Author: Kieran Scott

Publisher:  Gallery Books

Publication Date: November 2, 2021

Page Count:  352

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

For fans of the Netflix hit original series Dead to Me comes “a captivating thriller” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) about what happens when the death of a husband and father isn’t the tragedy everyone believes.

Emma Walsh’s looks-great-on-the-outside marriage is at the breaking point, and she’s finally worked up the courage to confront her husband James about his drinking—his alcoholic rages, his blackouts, the uncertainty and fear his behavior has created for her and their two kids. But James never shows up to meet her as planned, and all her righteous words go unsaid. And unsaid they remain, because the next time Emma sees James, his body is crumpled amidst the wreckage of his flashy car, smashed to its final resting place halfway through the back wall of their suburban house’s roomy garage.

In the aftermath of the fatal crash, she and her teenage children, Kelsey and Hunter, begin to imagine life without the looming, volcanic presence of their husband and father. Buoyed by the support of her two closest friends, Emma struggles to deal with her grief, complicated by the knowledge that James’s legacy as an upstanding business owner and family man shines only because so many people were so willing, for so long, to keep his secrets—secrets that twist into new and unexpected shapes as the mysterious details of his last day of life begin to come to light.

Wish You Were Gone by Kieran Scott is a thriller novel. This one is told by changing the point of view between multiple characters, I believe eight of them. It’s also a novel that is told in different times starting at the accident then having chapters going back to the events leading up to it.

Emma Walsh is one of those people that from the outside it looks like she has everything. A wonderful husband, great kids, nice home. But of course things are not always what you see from the outside. You see Emma is ready to tell her husband that she wants a divorce, that she is tired of his abuse and drunken antics, not only abuse of her but the children too. Just as Emma is about to break the news though her husband doesn’t show up for the meeting and later that night comes home drunk and kills himself running his car into the back of their garage. Is it wrong to feel relief?

Now the first thing I will say about Wish You Were Gone by Kieran Scott is that I know my description on the style of this one may sounds as if it might be confusing but it really wasn’t. Everything in the story is clearly marked and it didn’t take long at all to fall right into the story with each character standing out on their own. I picked this one up with it’s comparison to Dead to Me loving that show and I can see that comparison but the story definitely had it’s own flavor which kept the pages turning the entire time I read. If this one sounds good to you I’d definitely say give it a shot.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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Kieran Scott has written more than fifty novels for children and teens, eight of which have been New York Times bestsellers. She is an executive editor of children’s fiction and lives with her family in New Jersey. Wish You Were Gone is her first adult novel.

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