Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Selkies Are a Girl's Best Friend by Molly Harper

Sonja Fong isn’t afraid of a little chaos. As director of the League’s research center in Mystic Bayou, a tiny town in Louisiana that’s home to supernatural creatures and humans alike, she’s responsible for making sure things run smoothly. It’s not an easy task when her daily memos include lines like “new equipment is needed because the old equipment was destroyed by a temper tantrum involving dragonfire.”

Her job puts her in the path of Dr. Will Carmody, a mysterious shifter who’s returned to Mystic Bayou after a long absence only to find that he’s now considered an outsider. To make matters worse, the rift - a tear in the fabric of the universe that is leaking supernatural energy into the bayou - is unraveling at an alarming rate. Now Sonja and Will must team up to fix the rift and save Mystic Bayou from certain disaster, all while their own romance is heating up. Can they have a future together while the whole world is falling apart?
 Series: Mystic Bayou #3 | Publisher: Audible  | Narrators: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis | Length: 6 hours 33 mins | Genre: Paranormal Romance | Source: Purchased  | Rating: 4.5 Cups

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Molly Harper is one of my go-to feel good authors. No matter the genre—or the format—I know I will finish the book with a smile on my face.
Here’s what’s going on in her latest Mystic Bayou series. Sonja Fong has always been efficient about getting results, which is one of the reasons she’s the director of the League’s research center. She’s always been super focused on the job at hand until she’s tasked with aiding the town’s new doctor, Will Carmody. There’s just something about Will that’s drawing her to him.
Returning to his hometown, Will wasn’t expecting to be treated as an outsider but he’s been assured that Sonja will aid him as he sets up the town’s new clinic. Although he wasn’t counting on the indescribable attraction he feels towards Sonja. Even more surprising, it seems she shares these feelings. Yet Will’s seen what happens to his kind once someone is attracted to them so he’s struggling to trust that Sonja’s attraction is real. With the rift threating the town’s residents, can Will figure out how to trust Sonja before it’s too late?
After just finishing the short story Even Tree Nymphs Gets the Blues (book 2.5), I was needing a bigger dose of Mystic Bayou and that is exactly what I got with this book.
Sonja’s always been a favorite secondary character, so I’m glad she finally got her own book. She’s just the type of person that you’d want as a friend. She’s resourceful and loyal plus her parents are spies, so that’s always interesting.
Will was just as lovable as the pervious heroes in the series were. He’s been away from his hometown for a while, so he’s readjusting to the town and the town’s is readjusting to him.  There’s a bit for him to figure out both personally and professionally.
There was a bit of a clash between Will and Sonja at the start so that made their relationship an interesting one. They had few things to work out. Due to his selkie nature, Will’s a bit guarded so that fact that Sonja’s inquisitive about everything had him a bit suspicious. And, of course, there was a bit of a blowup but, given Will’s past, it made sense he would feel a certain way.
As with the previous books in the series, they’re still dealing with the rift and it’s amped up a bit. Will and Sonja find themselves in the middle of the danger that’s threatening to spill out into the town. There’s some interesting things that was learned in this one.
One of my favorite things about Molly Harper’s books is the sense of community. While this book was focused on Sonja and Will it also told what was going on in the lives of the characters from the previous books and I enjoy that.
Once again, Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis did a stellar job narrating the book and injecting the proper amount of snark into the characters.
Overall, another great addition to this amazing series and I’m hoping we see more of Will’s brother in the books to come.

Mystic Bayou Series
#3 Selkies are a Girl’s Best Friend

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