Opal Fire by Barbra Annino

Opal Fire

By: Barbra Annino
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 276
Series: Stacy Justice Mystery #1
Opal Fire by Barbra Annino

Opal Fire is a paranormal mystery with a splash of romance and a helping of humor.

Stacy Justice did not expect to be set on fire that night, but being raised by witches prepares one for life's little surprises. In fact, she isn't the least bit shocked when her cousin is accused of arson, or when her divorced grandparents sign up for a marriage retreat, or even when her own boyfriend hauls her off to jail. But when a decades-old secret is discovered within the walls of her cousin's bar, even Stacy is rattled. Now, someone wants her dead and she finds herself dodging angry motorists, exploding chickens and a very creepy man who lurks around every corner. As she begins to dig up the past, Stacy learns that even those closest to her have something to hide--and she's about to discover a destiny she never imagined.

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Stacy Justice is just your run of the mill local girl who helps her cousin Cinnamon with her bar The Opal.  She has a Great Dane that stinks up the house, and a boyfriend who is a police officer. She is just kicking it with her life trying to ignore the cray cray magic that her grandmother and her grandmother’s sisters are into.  


When Cinnamon becomes the main suspect after a devastating fire at The Opal, Stacy, knowing that her cousin couldn’t possibly have burned her own business down and risked the life of her cousin and her cousin’s dog, starts to look into it.  Obviously her boyfriend does not think she should. She also realizes that maybe her grandmother isn’t as cray cray as she originally thought, to the point of asking the ladies for assistance. This especially becomes true when Stacy’s life is put on the line.  


So I like this book, but it has a trope that I have noticed in a lot of books that are paranormal mystery romance.  That is the main character is dating a police officer or soldier, or another form of Law Enforcement and their honeys tell them to not look into stuff, and they do it anyways.  


Two things, why do they all date law enforcement?  I mean rule of averages says that it just not possible. Do people really want to read about a woman that is dating a strong man who refuses to listen to him and do her own thing, many times putting her health at risk?  The second thing is why do all of these women not listen to their husbands and boyfriends? Seriously if I didn’t listen to my husband half the time that these women do, I don’t know if I would still be married. It isn’t cute to put yourself at risk just for the hell of it.  At least not in my mind.


Beyond that, since that is just my personal gripe with books lately, I do think this is a good book and I would suggest it.  In fact, I am honestly very interested in the world and would love to read more books in it. Her voice is good and while yes it is a fast read, it is a fun read.  

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About Barbra Annino

Barbra Annino writes about kick-ass women with a flair for humor and a penchant for trouble. Her popular Stacy Justice Witch Mystery books has a total of eleven titles. She invites you to try the prequel, Witch Way to Amethyst for FREE! Check out her Everafter series if you like grown up fairy tales, and Sin City Goddess for a steamy paranormal romance.

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