Friday, October 18, 2019

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Tangled Roots by Denise D. Young - Book Tour & Review



Tangled Roots
A beautiful witch lost in time. A brooding farm boy with magic in his blood and a chip on his shoulder. Dark secrets and shadowy magic. Paranormal romance with a time slip awaits in the first book of this new series.
Cassie Gearhart casts a spell in the forest in the summer of 1974. The next thing she knows, she wakes up to find the world irrevocably changed.
It’s 2019, for one thing. For another, all of her coven members have vanished, leaving behind only one man who holds the key to their secrets.
Nick Felson has sworn off magic, until a confused Cassie knocks on his door in the middle of the night, somehow missing forty-five years’ worth of time. But Nick knows falling for the captivating witch means letting magic back into his life—and that’s one line he swore he’d never cross.
Can Cassie unravel the mystery that transported her decades into the future? And can Nick resist the powerful magic and heart-pounding passion that swirl in the air whenever he and Cassie are together?
The Tangled Magic Series is intended for readers 18-plus who enjoy fast-paced reads, wild and witchy magic, swoon-worthy kisses, and small-town charm. The series is best read in order.


My Review
Tangled Roots is the first book in the Tangled Magic series. 
It follows Cassie, a witch running from her family who finds a coven that takes her in. It's 1974, but one fateful night will change Cassie's life forever.
When she wakes, she's in 2019, and everything is strange yet familiar. And when she meets Nick, the brooding young man who lives in the house where she cast her last spell, her life gets even more complicated.
I like the overall premise of this book. There's magic and witches and time travel. All good stuff. I also liked Ginny and Bailee. 
The only thing I had a slight issue with was the insta-love romance. Now, I know there can be love at first sight, and Cassie feels comfortable with Nick and all, but I feel like this was a little bit too rushed. Cassie ends up in a new decade, losing 45 years, yet she's immediately saying I love you to Nick, and vice versa.  And they sleep together after like 24 hours, maybe less. No judgment (okay, maybe a little), but I felt like Cassie should have reacted a little more strongly to waking up in a new time period. Maybe that's just me, though. 
Also, there was some jarring language that sort of threw me off. I don't mind graphic language (I've written countless kinky erotic fan fiction stories), but talking about what Cassie has on under Nick's t-shirt (absolutely nothing; she slept in it) seemed a little out of place. Especially because most of the book is relatively focused, preferring to deal with the more magical/mystical stuff. Honestly, if there hadn't been any romance, or if there had been even a hint of the beginning of a slow-burn romance, it would have been perfect. 
However, I did enjoy Tangled Roots. The ending left me wanting a little more, and I do hope book two is fleshed out and is a longer read. This one was a tad short, but it's a decent start to a new series. I'm curious to see where it will go.
3.5 stars from me. 


Author Bio –
Equal parts bookworm, flower child, and eclectic witch, Denise D. Young writes fantasy and paranormal romance featuring witches, magic, faeries, and the occasional shifter.
Whatever the flavor of the magic, it’s always served with a brisk cup of tea–and the promise of romance varying from sweet to sensual.
She lives with her husband and their animals in the mountains of Virginia, where small towns and tall trees inspire her stories. She reads tarot cards, collects crystals, gazes at stars, and believes magic is the answer (no matter what the question was).
If you’ve ever hoped to find a book of spells in a dusty attic, if you suspect every misty forest contains a hidden portal to another realm, or if you don’t mind a little darkness before your happily-ever-after, her books might be just the thing you’ve been waiting for.
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