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Review: Repossessed by Shawntelle Madison

RepossessedTitle: Repossessed

Author: Shawntelle Madison

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Warlock Repo Man Chronicles (Book #1)

Publication Date: January 13, 2014

Format: Paperback, 308 Pages

ISBN-10: 1494765764 (CreateSpace)

ISBN-13: 978-1494765767 (CreateSpace)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

Return to the Coveted universe with a new series featuring witches and warlocks! Supernatural matchmaker Tessa Dandridge knows a little mist here and a little magic there will help reckless werewolves and precocious pixies find love. That is, until her magical Smythe scroll is lost in her repo’ed car and she can’t contact her V.I.P. clients. To connect with an important client cavorting in the fifth dimension, Tessa must depend on handsome Rob Shin, a warlock repo man, to enter Limbo and find her Smythe scroll. Rob has money problems of his own, thanks to the bank determined to foreclose on his elderly aunt and uncle’s home. Repossessing magic wands and cursed pianos from disgruntled warlocks isn’t the best pay, but the Navy SEAL works well as a repo man to pay off his family’s debts. Rob’s repossession jobs catch up with him when a powerful warlock seeks to end his life for his constant meddling, drawing Tessa in the middle.

Quick & Dirty: A matchmaker for supernaturals finds herself in a bad situation when her car is repossessed, taking with it her last chance at keeping her business afloat. Now, she must enter Limbo to try and find it, all the while fighting her attraction to her guide, the man who repossessed her car in the first place.

Opening Sentence: From behind the desk in her matchmaking agency office, Tessa Dandridge thought she’d heard it all until her client blurted, “My last date had National Geographic boobs.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

When I first read the plot description for this book, I thought it sounded promising, so I went into it with an open mind. After the first couple of chapters, I thought I was really going to enjoy the book. Unfortunately, everything went downhill after the first few chapters, and reading started to become more of a chore. In the end, the book just didn’t end up being for me.

Tessa runs a matchmaking service for fellow supernaturals. Unfortunately, business isn’t quite booming, and money is becoming more and more of an issue. Her last hope of success comes in the form of a client who can only be contacted using a special scroll that is kept in her car. As luck would have it, Tessa’s money troubles catch up to her at just the wrong time, and she discovers that her car has been repossessed. She doesn’t think she has the time to wait for the appropriate paperwork to be filed so she can get her car back, so she instead decides to begin going on repo jobs with the man who repossessed her car, Rob. During every repo job, there is an opportunity for Tessa to enter Limbo, the dimension where her car is located. All she needs to do is find her car, retrieve the scroll, and then her business can be saved. As she and Rob spend more time together, they can’t fight their growing attraction. There are things Rob isn’t telling her though. Will the discovery of Rob’s secrets tear them apart?

If you’ve read any of my more negative reviews before, you know that I have a hard time liking a book when I can’t connect to the characters. Once again, that’s a big part of why I didn’t end up liking this one. The only character I really enjoyed was the spirit that lives inside Rob’s satchel, and he really didn’t show up all that often. Both Rob and Tessa were extremely underdeveloped. They both seemed very one dimensional, which made it hard for me to bring myself to care about what was going on with them, including their romance.

Another factor that affected my enjoyment of the book was the world building. There really wasn’t any to speak of. By the end of the book, I knew that there were witches, wizards, and warlocks, but I really couldn’t tell you the difference between them or why there was such animosity between the wizards and warlocks. Maybe if I had a better understanding of the universe the book takes place in, maybe I would have enjoyed the plot a bit more.

Overall, this book just left a mainly negative impression on me. It lacked character development and the world building was non-existent, making it very hard for me to enjoy what was going on. I’ve heard good things about the author’s other series (which is connected to this one), so I may try that one someday, but I won’t be in any hurry to do so.

Notable Scene:

He interrupted her escape. “Do you have a roommate?”

“I used to have one when I first moved here. Now, it’s me and my familiar, Kiki. She might make her appearance in a bit for attention.” The cat stirred from her hiding spot in Tessa’s bedroom at the sound of her name.

“You have one pet?” Kiki had jumped into his lap, hungry for affection. her tail flicked like fly fishing pole.

She nodded. Unless she had another and was too busy to miss the elusive feline.

His eyes darted to various places in her living room. “There are nine cats in here.”

Her forehead scrunched from confusion, then to frustration.

“Oh, those were my familiars before Kiki. They all died.”

“Died? Cats live around fifteen to twenty years. There is a roomful of ghost cats in here.”

“Over the years, I’ve had a few problems…”

“That’s not what the short-haired tabby just told me.”

The madness never ended when it came to Rob. “You aren’t an animal empath, are you?” Not only was he wonderful to look at, but he could communicate with Bambi as well.

“Did you really think it was a good idea to put the litter box next to your Uncle Charlie’s magic hat?”

“I can’t believe Little Toes told you that. It was an accident. Uncle Charlie left a dragon in the hat. After the cat used the litter box, he jumped into the wrong place…Why am I explaining this to you?”

She marched to her bedroom to change her clothes and slammed the door for good measure.

“You need to feed Kiki more!” he said.

Warlock Repo Man Chronicles:

1. Repossessed

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FTC Advisory: CreateSpace provided me with a copy of Repossessed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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