Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Strange Familiar by Cassidy Hunter

Fate finally brings Olivia her Familiar… too bad fate is a bored bitch with a dark sense of humor.

At last, Olivia Brew’s Familiar has found her. Now that the search is over, her weakened powers and strength will be restored, and she can get on with her witchy life. But there’s a problem. Her familiar’s not exactly what she expected. And she just might be falling in love with him.

Kane Oliver’s got problems of his own. He’s not interested in being anyone’s pet, and he’s got secrets so deeply buried even he isn’t aware of them. Though he can’t deny the powerful connection between himself and Olivia, he’s not exactly Familiar material. And there are beings more powerful than either of them who want to keep it that way…

I obtained the above information from Etopia Press!

This was not a super short book, but let me just say that I read it in almost... almost... one night. So I will post my little warning to those of you who have a thing with short stories and the connection...

For those of you that know me... and those that don't this is my little statement about short books.... I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story could have been made longer... but it is a short story. So with that said.... here is my review.

This book rocks! Ms. Cassidy gave me wit, humor, love, passion, pissed off fury, some serious witch kicking ass and of course some explosive hot smut! The pages never stopped turning on the Smutty Pad. Hell, I think I even heard her (the Smutty Pad) purring a couple of times at some of the heat coming from those pages. Oh this is just a tease... Just wait till I tell you more.

Ms. Cassidy allowed me to enter the world of Olivia... A witch who is losing her powers. Fading, growing weaker by the day. If she does not find her familiar... She could die. A witch needs her familiar, like we need air to breath. It is a part of who they are, no seriously the familiar is really a part of them. Not one for giving up, Olivia chases every creature she finds just to see if that is her familiar. That is the thing, a witch never knows who or what their familiar is until it kinda hits you smack dab in the middle of... Well, your whole being. So, the only thing as important as breathing to Olivia, is finding her familiar... Her other half. Olivia gets mocked at by her sister, pity from her mother and her dad... Well... he is her dad, what's he going say. Lol.

What I like about this part, is that witches live in a human world. They don't go around announcing their arrival or anything, but they live within the human society. Actually... a lot more other creatures live among the humans... they just don't know it. Ms. Cassidy did a great job at blending in those facts. Paranormal world within the human world. I mean just think if you found out your neighbor was witch...

**Cecile ponders... well Hell that would explain a lot about my neighbors, lol ~ anyway...*

What would you do... I mean she or he could Hocus Pocus your ass and then what?? So I think it is cool that she mixed the worlds together. But then she added in the demon world... The ugly, dark, hellish world. Not a place I would want to visit... Unless of course you do not mind becoming a shell of yourself to be a slave to the touch, taste, feel and need of sex. The demons in this world crave the physical touch. The need to drive you wild is what they live for, but that is all.

**Isn't that like most men, lol.. just joking out there...**

What happens when Olivia finds out her familiar is human... and not just a mousy human man. Oh no, her's has to a pissed off, drop dead gorgeous man ~ Kane. Pissed off because things are happening to him that he can't explain and he has an aunt who he thinks is a little loony telling him he is haunted by evil spirits. But he is desperate to try anything to be back to his old self. But there are things Kane does not know about himself... his precious aunt has been hiding from. And they could very well cost him his life.

Kane is a lawyer, a very good lawyer. And until a little while ago, he was on top of his game. But slowly, his strength, vitally, stamina and just every day things seem to be fading, slipping from him within his grasp. His aunt sends him to a woman who claims she can heal him.

**Rolls eyes here... He doesn't believe in hocus pocus witch stuff**

Kane was set on just getting rid of the whatever the hell he has as fast as he could and go back to the life he knew. But what was about to happen would rock his world and turn it literally inside out and upside down.

These two, Olivia and Kane, make a powerful story line. One male, all alpha and he-manish ~ fighting a battle he is not sure how to win. One woman, who is determined to keep what is rightfully her no matter the cost. But what are these two really willing to sacrifice to have what they truly want?

This book was really great! I mean, you have a Mamma Witch protecting her baby girl, kicking some butt. You have some lying to others to protect the feelings and emotions of others. You even have some very dark stuff happening... Suspense, drama, ass-kicking and some hot sex... What more could you want, really? Hell, I wanted my own demon by the end of the book. I mean really...

**You know what they say about a man with big hands and big shoes.... Well if this book is any indicator about demons... Then where do I sign up**

Ms. Cassidy... You know I will be stalking you... waiting for more! Awesome book!!

Now for the moment you have waited for
Giveaway Time

Cassidy Hunter has teamed up with me to do a little give away of.....

What do I want from you...
Tell me what are the three names in the excerpt??
That's it!
Oh and leave your email address so Cassidy can get in touch with you!

This little giveaway is Internationally Open

Ends Saturday, January 29th

Winner will be announced

Sunday, January 30th
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  1. I loved that excerpt ;)
    The three names were: Aunt Herman, Olivia and Kane.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! Wish me luck! :)

    entrelibros_blog at

  2. Sounds like a very interesting story :)

    The names: Aunt Herman, Olivia and Kane

    Have a great day!

  3. Wow sounds hot~

    kane, olivia (love that name) Aunt Herman

  4. Good luck, everyone!

    Thank you, Cecile!

  5. Not entering, but I'll mention it Friday!

  6. Great review! I love the little *thoughts* you inserted in the middle of the review. I live out in the woods so I could *wink* be your witch next door. :D

    I like the idea of a reluctant familiar... but I bet he'll come around.

    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Aunt Herman, Olivia and Kane.

    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

  7. Sharli~ Hi there! Welcome and thanks for coming over! It is always nice to see new faces! Oh wasn't that excerpt freaking hot! And just imagine, the whole book is like that!
    Thanks for playing!

    host~ Hey honey!!!! I got your messages! I will be getting on those very soon!! Hugs to you honey! And thanks for coming over!

    Tina~ Thanks for coming over! Nice to see you! Good luck!

    Cassidy Hunter~ Hey honey! You are welcome! Thanks for sharing!

    Chris~ Thanks honey! 3/5??

    Sweet Vernal Zephyr~ Oh honey, thank you! You know I am always trying to make it interesting and I could not help my remarks!! This book had me going!!! It is quite hot! Ohhh is that an invitation?!? You know I love a good witch every now and then! Heheh!
    Hugs honey!
    OH and he comes... **giggles** around!

  8. Want to double your chances to win? Come on over to my website and say hello! I'll give away another copy of Strange Familiar to one of my visitors.

  9. I'm always looking for new authors to read, sounds good! The names: Aunt Herman, Olivia and Kane.

  10. Aunt Herman, Olivia and Kane
    and i love boks that deal with supernatural powers

  11. This sounds awesome.Nice cover too.
    Great review Cecile.
    Aunt Herman,Olivia,Kane.

  12. Sounds like a great book! The 3 names mentioned were Olivia, Kane, and Aunt Herman. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  13. oops, forgot my email, it is

  14. Oooh I'm loving this book and the excerpt makes me want to read more!
    The three names were Olivia, Kane, and Aunt Herman.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  15. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. The names are Aunt Herman, Olivia and Kane.

  16. This sounds like a great story. Thanks for a chance to win it.

    The name are - Aunt Herman, Olivia and Kane

  17. Thanks for the heads up on this one - I have my calendar set for the release of Asylum....

    Nice that this is set in a familiar world - I really hate the announced/heralded witches and wizards thing..

    Aunt Herman, Olivia and Kane.


  18. [...]wit, humor, love, passion, pissed off fury[...]

    Wow! Sounds like a great combination! Nice review C.

  19. Aunt Herman, Olivia and Kane

    This sounds like a good one.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  20. Aunt Herman, Olivia and Kane. Thanks for the review. Another hot alpha male, yum! I ask... Is there anything better?

    Thanks for the chance for another rockin read.

  21. Thank all of you for commenting. I wish I could give you all a copy! Good luck everyone :)

  22. Thanks for the contest! This sounds like a great book :-) The names are: Olivia, Kane, and Aunt Herman.

    smaccall @

  23. What a great review, this looks like a fun story.

    Aunt Herman, Olivia and Kane

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  24. Have to check this new publisher out. Like the cover and the blurb.

    Aunt Herman, Olivia Kane

    linze_e at

  25. I would love to read the book.
    The three names are Aunt Herman, Oliva and Kane,


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