Hello, my lovelies. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Sucker Punch written by Kristen Painter read by B.J. Harrison. The third audiobook in Kristen’s paranormal women’s fiction series, First Fangs Club.
What’s Sucker Punch about?
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Title: Sucker Punch by Kristen Painter
Series: First Fangs Club #3
Published by Kristen Painter on 6 November 2020
Genres: Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF), Shifters, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Narrator: B.J. Harrison
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes
Newly appointed vampire governor of New Jersey, Belladonna Barrone is fast discovering that life as a vampire isn’t much easier than life as a mobster’s wife. But that experience certainly taught her some things about how to handle the problems that come with being governor. That is until a friend is kidnapped by the fae and his life put in danger, all because of her actions.
Figuring out how to save him feels very much above her paygrade, but she’s the boss and the decision about how to handle this potentially deadly situation is completely up to her. With the clock ticking, she has no choice but to attempt a rescue.
Thankfully, she has the help of her team and some impressive new friends. But going to battle with the fae has painfully real consequences and the outcome of their mission leaves them all reeling. While dealing with the fallout from the fight, Donna once again becomes the target of a jealous vampire rival, which puts her future in question. Somehow, she has to find the strength to keep going and overcome these new attacks.
But there’s only so much a woman can handle. Or is there? With new resolve, Donna knows her only option is to fight back. Who else is going to protect her family and friends? She’s never been one to run from her problems.
Even when her problems feel like a supernatural sucker punch.
I received this Bought for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.Review Format: Audiobook
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But first, what is Paranormal Women’s Fiction?
13 amazing paranormal romance, urban fantasy and paranormal cosy mystery authors teamed up in 2020 to write books where the protagonists are women in their 40s or older. Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF) was born! Since then more authors are adding their books to the PWF genre. As a menopausal woman within spitting distance of the big 5-0, I’m overjoyed that this new genre is gaining momentum and I can’t wait to read more!
Now, on to my review…
What did I think about it?
A Gripping Story That I Enjoyed From Start To Finish.
You can find many of Kristen Painter’s books in my review archives – I love her light paranormal romance Nocturne Falls series. The First Fangs Club series is different: less light-hearted. However, that’s a good thing as they need that extra weight due to some of the darker themes.
I love that Kristen can tweak her writing style to accommodate different genres and I absolutely love that her main character in the First Fangs Club series is a middle-aged woman. I did chuckle and smile, recognising many nods to women of my age. 😉
This story picks up where the last book, Suck It Up, Buttercup left off.
B.J. Harrison is a really good narrator.
Sucker Punch is written from the point of view of our protagonist, Donna. I think the pace of BJ’s narration captures her maturity and personality. BJ varied his tone to convey the appropriate emotion in every scene – he transported me into the story. I liked the voices he created for all the characters and didn’t feel confused about who was speaking during the dialogue.
Sucker Punch was a gripping audiobook to listen to.
Our protagonist, Belladonna Barrone (aka Donna) continues to exhibit all the personality traits that I crave in the main character. Donna is intelligent, resilient, resourceful and has plenty of gumption. However, she isn’t stagnant, Donna is growing into her role as Governor of New Jersey and leads by example. Kristen isn’t breaking the mould with any of her supporting characters. However, I enjoyed that she created a wealth of them with various personalities and roles to play to progress the story. I’m invested in their journey and feel connected to our band of heroes.
I really enjoyed the plot with all its twists and turns and like how some of the threads were satisfactorily concluded by the end while others were left to continue into the next book and beyond. 😉
I don’t think that there’s any offensive content within these pages – language, violence or sex. However, there is implied violence that happens “off-stage” that’s worth mentioning.
I’d recommend Sucker Punch to lovers of second-chance stories. I think fans of women’s fiction will also enjoy it, even if the paranormal genre isn’t your usual thing.
Keep reading to find out more about this series and its author.
First Fangs Club by Kristen Painter
A Paranormal Women’s Fiction series for anyone who feels like age is just a number and midlife still has magic!
Books in the Series
- Sucks To Be Me (First Fangs Club #1) (2020)
- Suck It Up, Buttercup (First Fangs Club #2) (2020)
- Sucker Punch (First Fangs Club #3) (2020)
- The Suck Stops Here (First Fangs Club #4) (2021)
Buy First Fangs Club in print, audio and eBook formats through the usual sources, including:
Now as promised, here’s Kristen’s bio and her social media links.
And because this is a review for an audiobook, here’s B.J. Harrison’s bio and links too.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about Sucker Punch. Have you read any of Kristen Potter’s books? Are there any audiobooks narrated by B.J. Harrison on your devices? Drop me a comment below. I’d love to chat and compare notes.
Bye for now,