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Review: Sucks To Be Me (First Fangs Club #1) by Kristen Painter #PWF #2020AudiobookChallenge

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Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Sucks To Be Me by Kristen Painter. It’s the first book in her new paranormal series, First Fangs Club.

Plus it’s part of a new reading genre that I’m really excited about. Paranormal Women’s Fiction or PWF for short.

What is Paranormal Women’s Fiction?

Well, 13 amazing paranormal romanceurban fantasy and paranormal cozy mystery authors have teamed up to write books where the protagonist is a woman in her 40s or older. As a menopausal woman within spitting distance of the big 5-0, I’m overjoyed at this new genre and can’t wait to buy them all! (You can check out the ones I’ve read by following the tag PWF.)

What’s Sucks To Be Me about?

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Review: Sucks To Be Me (First Fangs Club #1) by Kristen Painter #PWF #2020AudiobookChallengeMy Rating:
Title: Sucks To Be Me by Kristen Painter
Series: First Fangs Club #1
on 16 February, 2020
Formats Available: Kindle with Narration, eBook, Audiobook, Paperback
No. of Pages: 384
Length: 10 hours 1 minute

A Paranormal Women's Fiction for anyone who feels like age is just a number and midlife still has magic!

When 49-year-old Belladonna Barrone’s mobbed up husband does her the favor of dying in a car accident, she thinks she’s finally free of the crime family she unwittingly married into. Then the boss tells her that she has to complete her husband’s last job before that freedom is truly hers.
No big deal, she figures. Until things go south in ways she never imagined. Suddenly she’s thrust into a whole new world that makes the mob look like kindergarten. Vampires and werewolves are real? How is that freaking possible?

Her dreams of a new life disappear faster than wine at book club as more problems arise from her husband’s dark dealings and the unbelievable complications caused by her supernatural entanglements. Only her strength and determination (and some wild new friends) will see her through this next chapter, but the odds are against her. How much more can her life suck? She’s about to find out…


Source: Kindle Unlimited, Bought
Purchase Links:Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible

Last year, I decided that shorter reviews were the way forward me and my blog. 😉 Consequently, I only write full detailed reviews for the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organiser (ARCs).

What did I think about it?

A Wonderful New Series That I Can Sink My Teeth Into.

I’ve read and enjoyed a few other books by Kristen Painter but this one felt slightly different: less light-hearted. This is a good thing as the setting for this book needed more weight. This book proved that Kristen can tweak her writing style to accommodate different reading genres. I absolutely love that her main character in this new series is a middle-aged woman. I did chuckle and smile, recognising many nods to women of my age, although, I wish some of Donna’s trademark middle-aged qualities hadn’t disappeared – I wear my middle-aged trademarks as badges of honour.

As with the other books I’ve read, I found this book very easy to read and loved Kristen’s writing style.

I engaged quickly with our protagonist, Belladonna aka Donna because she demonstrated all the personality traits that I crave in a main character. Donna proved to be intelligent, resilient, resourceful and had plenty of gumption. Although Kristen wasn’t breaking the mould with any of her characters, I enjoyed that she created a wealth of them with various personalities. Each played their part to progress the story. I really enjoyed the plot with all its twists, turns and different threads which kept me reading. Enjoying how some threads were satisfactorily concluded by the end, while others were left to continue into the next book.

I downloaded the narration and enjoyed B.J. Harrison’s performance.

The story is written from the point of view of our protagonist, Donna, with no “head-hopping“. In my opinion, the pace of his narration captured her maturity and personality. I liked his vocal variances during the dialogue for the different characters in this story.

I don’t think that there’s any offensive content within these pages – language, violence or sex. However some of the implied violence linked with the mafia theme is frightened. Therefore, I’d recommend this book to lovers of second-chance stories and standing up for what’s right. Readers who want courageous protagonist who create their own destiny. Read this one 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

Books in the Series

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Buy First Fangs Club in print, audio and eBook formats through the usual sources, including:

Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible

About Kristen Painter

Author - Kristen Painter

Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning paranormal romance and cozy mysteries. The former college English teacher can often be found on Twitter, Facebook (where she loves to interact with readers) and her blog.

She's also the co-founder of the award-winning writer’s site Romancedivas.com.

Kristen lives in FL with her retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents.

About B.J. Harrison

Narrator - B.J. Harrison

It started when he did Muppet impressions at a talent show. He was 8. He killed it. BJ later became a scenic artist and sculptor for TV and film, where for 20 years, he listened to audiobooks every day.

In 2007, when his Classic Tales Podcast hit the scene, BJ Harrison wowed audiences with his voicing skills. Now, over 580 audiobooks later, he continues to impress critics and listeners alike. From eldritch witches to young ingénues, from marble-mouthed gangsters to Shakespearean Danes, BJ has an astounding array of character voices, dialects, and accents at his fingertips.

He still does a mean Swedish Chef, but nowadays it only comes out when he’s banging pots around in the kitchen. Or cooking.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts, I really appreciate it.

I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you add this one to your groaning TBR piles. Or any of the First Fangs Club books! 😉

Bye for now,

Flora x

Sucks to be Me by Kristen Painter

About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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