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Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy working in law enforcement for the netherworld. When knight Vander approaches her with a case regarding comatose victims, she agrees to help him, imagining the most difficult part will be combatting her attraction to him.But, what Dulcie isn’t betting on is the fact that the case becomes personal when she learns all the victims are somehow linked tDulcie O’Neil is a fairy working in law enforcement for the netherworld. When knight Vander approaches her with a case regarding comatose victims, she agrees to help him, imagining the most difficult part will be combatting her attraction to him.But, what Dulcie isn’t betting on is the fact that the case becomes personal when she learns all the victims are somehow linked to her.When her best friend falls victim to the Dreamstalker, Dulcie must do everything in her power to ensure her friend’s survival, including associating with criminals and accepting the fact that desperate times do definitely call for desperate measures....

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A Tale of Two Goblins Reviews

  • Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
    2019-03-23 17:08

    A Tale of Two Goblins was a delightful surprise and a great read!The spunky, independent fairy is back and better then ever.There is a Dreamstalker going after people that are connected to Dulcie, causing them to drop into a coma and eventually die, but when Dulcie’s best friend Sam falls victim the stakes are raised even higher. Teaming up with the sexy Knight once again it’s a race against time while things start to heat up in other matters, and not just because he is a Loki. The first half of the novel moved a bit slow and I was worried that I’d have the same feelings for it as I did To Kill a Warlock. But by the second half of the book, what I found lacking in the first (romance, chemistry, character/relationship development) was more then made up for here, and by the end I didn’t want it to stop! And lawd, the way it ended was killer, just when we got to what I’ve been waiting for throughout these two books. Evil, evil author…Plenty of action, mystery and suspense to keep readers entertained and the continuing sub plot of Dulcie’s writing a new paranormal novel adds a fun aspect to the story. The plot itself was good and really kept me guessing as to whom the villain was.I still enjoyed the secondary characters more then the main character Dulcie, especially the love interest Knight, but Dulcie’s growing on me and I’m eagerly anticipating the next installment in this series. A fun quick read.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-28 18:19

    ugh.. can this story line get even more frustrating:) Would they just do it and all these men around her how can a girl get so lucky..

  • Alisha
    2019-04-17 16:27

    Quick Take: Dulcie does it again! This installment delivered on every promise made by its predecessor; it was above all fun, engaging, and charming.Review:I was so excited to pick up and read the second book in the Dulcie O'Neil series by H.P. Mallory, having enjoyed the first one so much. As with book one, the cast is the big draw. Technically, there aren't that many figures to keep track of--which is fine by me. It means more face time for the fab five (Dulcie, Knight, Trey, Sam, and Dia). ^_^ Dulcie in particular is in fine form: she's a magnetic character, with different facets to her personality that provide plausible and engaging expression in scenes both light hearted and somber.I get the sense that the author is deliberately keeping a steady pace in revealing her fictional world and in progressing the broader story arcs. I like that! I can see the series continuing to thrill with new elements and twists, even several books down the road (and geez, I HOPE there will be a "several books down the road" to speak of!).This book deals with a creature that stalks and terrorizes people's dreams. As such, there are a few dream sequences, some of which are meant to be ambiguously identified ("Is this someone's dream?") and others which are very clearly nocturnal reveries. In one, the dreamer is even consciously observing her own dream. The devices used for these sequences could've been confusing as flip, but instead worked out wonderfully and intriguingly. Honestly, the third book cannot come soon enough ("soon enough" is August 2011, by the way...but still so far off!!!); I simply must know how the cast of characters develop and fare in their respective conundrums. A Tale of Two Goblins more than proved that the Dulcie O'Neil series will be one to look out for in the future. Moreover, it's put Ms. Mallory on my auto-buy list, for sure!

  • Heather Book Savvy Babe
    2019-04-05 20:16

    The Dulcie O’Neil series has quickly won me over. I love the fun, light-hearted feel to the books. Yes, the characters face dark creatures, and fight bad guys, but there is plenty of humor and all-around great entertainment. The main characters are back in action, from Dulcie, Knight, Bram, even Quillan. I did miss Sam a bit, though, as she spent most of the book a victim of the Dreamstalker. However, Dulcie faced the villains head-on and went to deep, dark depths out of loyalty for her friend. That fierce loyalty drew me to love Dulcie that much more. She is an imperfect heroine, who happens to have fairy magic and human hang-ups.While A Tale of Two Goblins is an urban fantasy book, there are hints of romance. I really like how HP Mallory gives Dulcie’s character several options on the romance front. There is Knight-the handsome new boss, Quillan-the disgraced former boss, and Bram-the handsome vampire, and they are all attracted to Dulcie. They give the story a spicy edge that manages to be light-hearted at the same time. There is plenty of room for possibility, and I am looking forward to finding out what happens next. After reading both of the Dulcie O’Neil books, I will say that I am a huge fan. Book 2 was even better than book 1, and I can’t wait to read more Dulcie O’Neil books in the future. to top it off, the books are very affordable at amazon, these books are an awesome deal. HP Mallory has a new fan! I highly recommend this series to Urban Fantasy fans.

  • Jess
    2019-04-12 18:22

    Dulcie O'neil is the ultimate Mary Sue of characters. This book has its moments- it really does- but I see much more telling than showing and it gets tiresome. Dulcie gets drooled over (and either almost-raped or forcefully made out with) by literally every single hot dude in the story. The reader is told many times throughout the story that Dulcie Is So Amazing, but she makes rookie, dangerous moves and it's not apparent by Dulcie's actions what, exactly, makes her The Best Cop Ever. I really wanted to like this series, but the combination of the super-forced characters and the completely out-of-the-blue villain has solidified my decision to not read the next novels in the series.

  • Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
    2019-04-19 22:31

    Just when you think her books can't possibly get any better...H.P. Mallory proves you wrong!A Tale of Two Goblins has an extra pinch of fairy dust that makes it that more special than the first book! There's more action, mystery and romance, along with the side-splitting humor that is H.P. Mallory's trademark. If you're a lover of the paranormal and want a lighter and fun read without stepping away from the genre, look no further and definitely check out this series!Read my full review here:http://romancingthedarkside.blogspot....

  • Amanda A
    2019-03-27 20:23

    3.5 stars

  • Christie
    2019-04-15 19:24

    SPOILERS for To Kill A Warlock (Dulcie O’Neil #1):A Tale of Two Goblins gets us back in the action with the much-loved fairy Dulcie O’Neil. At the end of To Kill A Warlock she left A.N.S (Association for Netherworld Creatures) because of the outcome of the last case she was working on. (Quill: Shame on you!) She agreed to the role of consultant when A.N.S. needs her. Hopefully this will give her time to deal with the emotional backlash triggered by the events of book 1. It also means more time to work on her novel. Acting Chief of Headquarters (& super hot Loki) ,Knight, approaches Dulcie about a case involving a possible Dreamstalker who has rendered several victims unconscious and trapped between a state of life and death. When Dulcie realizes she has a connection to almost all of the victims she becomes concerned it might be personal, and she quickly agrees to help. Over the course of the case Dulcie finds she has to make some tough choices to stay one step ahead of the Dreamstalker. The sophomore novel in this UF series is just as full of action and suspense as its predecessor. It also has the snark and wit I’ve come to associate with the sassy fairy, Dulcie. Events do take a darker turn when Dulcie makes some hard choices in order to save the victims of the Dreamstalker. It fit and gave the plot a nice amount of depth. No fluff here! She is still being pursued by some seriously hot guys and hasn’t dealt with her commitment issues (who can blame her!). I was thrilled that we got to know the men in Dulcie’s life a little better including the fascinating Bram. If you dig vampires, you will fall madly in love with him no doubt. Even after two books I still can’t decide who I think she should be with. I can’t even pick a favorite! They all have qualities that I need the romantic interest in books I read to possess. What a lucky fairy!Not only does this series contain great characters, but the author also offers up a solid plot with multiple twists and turns. This is a series that is going places! If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy I recommend giving Dulcie O’Neil’s world a try.

  • Kim
    2019-04-14 16:22

    Originally published at http://kimheniadis.comHaving enjoyed the first one so much, I was disappointed by the second. It was an okay read, but not as good. I kept putting off writing this review because I wasn’t exactly sure why I didn’t enjoy this one as much. After letting the thoughts percolate for a couple of weeks, I’ve come to realize it’s three different things.The first reason is the love interest, or actually the lack of love interests. In the first book, there were three, and some could even say four guys, lusting after Dulcie. But in book two, it was mainly all Knight. Not that that’s a bad thing, but for me it just wasn’t as interesting as when she had a bunch of guys after her.You do have a bit with the vampire, Brom, at the beginning, but then he disappears for pretty much the rest of the story. You also have Quin, who was her boss in the previous book, reappear. But this time their relationship is completely different. And as for the demon who runs the S&M club, he very briefly gets mentioned.The second problem is the story didn’t have as much action as the previous one. Granted the bad guy was in a dream world, and when one is sleeping, not a lot goes on. But even when Dulcie and Knight were going around town looking for clues, it was not too exciting.The final reason is it felt too short. It could be that I had purchased the six book set, and on the bottom of my Kindle it said 23% when the book ended. But that was because it was in regards the first two books, and there are four more to go. The story ended well, and there are a few threads dangling for the next book to start with, but I was just expecting more. This book is only 185 pages, so compared to the 300-500 page books I usually read, it is shorter.Even though this book wasn’t as good as the first, I’m still looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Maybe Knight and Dulcie will cool off a bit, and she’ll end up hooking up with one of the other guys.

  • WildAboutBones
    2019-04-12 19:13

    This is the second in Mallory's Dulcie O'Neil series with vampires, werewolves, goblins, loki, witches, fairies, elves populating the streets of Splendor, CA along with the humans and a new threat causing people from Dulcie's past and present to fall into a coma for days before dying.The chemistry between Dulcie and the three males who want her is off the charts. Bram, Knight, Sam, Trey are back helping Dulcie with this latest case. Quill even makes an appearance.Bram is celebrating his 300th birthday as a vampire and is even more gorgeous than even and more enamored with Dulcie.Knight, still his uber sexy and delicious self, is back to drag Dulcie into an ANC case and torment her with all his flirtations.Quill, still his paranormal romance book cover sensual self, comes to Dulcie's rescue when she needs some not so legal help and when he thinks she needs assistance in a fight.Enter Dia, a sleep goblin and Chief of nearby Moon ANC precinct to lend her help with the case as well.Once again, even though the sexual tension is high, there is more talk than action in that area. In my humble opinion, Dulcie needs to give in and get her a little sumthin' sumthin' with at least one, if not all, of these three hunks she has panting after her.Okay, so this is not strictly a paranormal romance anymore since, according to the authors who participated in the Is it Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy event in Sept 2011 on BittenByParanoramalRomance.com since it doesn't meet the requirement of a couple getting together and staying together in a single book. However, it has lots of humor, sexual chemistry, romance (in its way), studly gorgeous males and who cares if Dulcie hasn't made up her mind yet and we need to read more fun to find out? We get more of the characters this way.Can't wait for the next book in the series.

  • Lynsey (A Bookish Life)
    2019-04-10 18:21

    Well now. I've gone from 'like' to 'love' over the space of two books. I 'liked' the plot for book one, but I 'loved' the plot book two. It wasn't that it was better written either because the standard was already high, but it was just more interesting because it had such devastating repercussions for Duclie's personal life. I also loved the new characters that were introduced. Dea, for example, was a nice surprise. I'd grown quite attached to her by the end. I hope she's a regular feature from now on. And getting to know the characters we'd already met before more... intimately was fun too. Especially Knight and Bran. Bran has his moments, but ultimately always ruins it for himself by being a total narcissist. And Knight....ah, Knight. I love Knight Vander!!! (Extra exclamations marks were required- you have no idea). I just can't hide it any longer. I need to confess it to someone. He's too cute/hot/sweet/arrogant/funny/sexy for words. And I think we saw a different side to him in this book, too. Okay, the Knight that we met in book one- the self-confessed "cocky bastard"- is still very much there, but we discovered new depths in A TALE OF TWO GOBLINS and were it a test, he would have passed with flying colours in the "is also a pretty freaking nice guy" department.This book wasn't perfect. The BIG BAD was unguessable (my red squiggly line maker says unguessable isn't a word, but it so should be) and there were also some pretty major time discrepancies going on between what was said in book one, and what's said here in this one, which in the end I just decided to overlook and make it up for myself. So I was perhaps a bit generous giving it a full five stars (which is not like me at all!), but I enjoyed it so much it seemed mean to mark it down.So here they are, a full house: 5 Stars! ★★★★★Now go out and pick up this series right now!

  • Sharon
    2019-04-16 19:09

    H.P. Mallory has struck Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Gold!She has combined mystery, romance, supernatural creatures, thrown in a heaping spoonful of humor and *3 big hunks of burning alpha male . Put this all in a book and shake…you get a story that sings to me!Let’s get the formalities out of the way…The story is told in the first person POV. Dulcie is a fun smart-mouth heroine and I don’t think I will ever get tired of being inside her head. All the secondary characters are quirky and well developed. The mystery and action are fast paced and clever. Mallory has done an excellent job of slowly revealing the main characters flaws and secrets. All the while, introducing us to a new and exciting world.Now, onto the important things. We all read PNR (paranormal romance) for one reason, smexy men (okay, maybe I am generalizing, but let’s be honest ladies. ;) ) Dulcie has not one, not two, but three incredibly sexy alpha males who care (i.e. want to get in her pants, as she puts it) for her.read the rest of my review:http://www.loveromancepassion.com/rev...

  • Lidia
    2019-04-10 14:03

    I must say that the covers of these books are fantastic as is the protagonist, smart and beautiful, a woman who can do magic but prefers to rely on itself and on the strength of his will and his ability to defend and investigate. Dulcie wants to be a writer and also writes a book about pirates, but I'll have to pull the mouth because paranormal romance, you do not find that ironic? But the thing I like is the story, but interesting, exciting, being actively involved from the first page and then book after book. We become attached to players, which are well described and have a character all its own. The fact that there are many jokes does not distract from the story and the personal lives of Dulcie and Knight: their relationship grows up and without forcing. Funny that when Dulcie curses, appoint Hade, and Knight is a Loki, a new character, and not much really. So this is not the usual fantasy book, but the original one, because reality and fantasy are intertwined in a realistic way in which the protagonists are are people with real problems and feelings

  • Naoms
    2019-04-17 18:27

    It's official, I am enjoying this series. Dulce is just too entertaining for her own good. She is a loyal friend, a badass fighter and apparently a really hot girl.The book starts with Knight bringing Dulce on to a Dreamstalker case. What follows is Dulce finding herself in situation after situation, all with varying levels of hilarity, sadness and exhilaration. The author takes her heroine to places in this book that truly surprised me. Even with its light tone, this book has dark points and Dulcie truly reaches rock bottom.I really enjoyed the fact that we got a deeper look into the world, the creatures and the magic. Now it's time to read more about Dulcie's past. Maybe it's not important, but when a character has an absent parent, I assume that parent is going to show up.

  • Lorre
    2019-04-06 19:08

    I loved it as much as I loved the first book in this series !H.P. Mallory is definitely in my top 5 of favorite authors.A Tale of Two Goblins is a fabulous book and the story really sucked me in.After I finished it, I immediately bought and downloaded the next book in the series so I could keep reading about Dulcie O'Neil and her entourage.

  • Jaime Arbuckle
    2019-03-23 15:17

    I am obsessed with this series. The first book started off a little slow for me, but afterwards I literally could not put these books now. H.P. Mallory just has a way with words. In A Tale of Two Goblins, Dulcie and friends must fight off an unknown and unseen enemy. This creature is a dreamstalker that seems to be attacking all of Dulcie's known acquaintances, even some that she doesn't necessarily remember from recent events. The killer invades their victim's dreams and attacks from within their own heads and apparently they have a bone to pick with our favorite heroine. The Dulcie and Knight adventures continue in this novel as well and just keep on heating up. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen throughout this book. Dulcie is one bad ass, tough as nails chick with a fiery streak to her that I love. With a little help from her friends, Dulcie and the ANC go after the monster who seems bent on destroying their victims slowly but surely and is putting Dulcie and everyone she's ever met at risk.

  • Linda C
    2019-04-04 14:16

    Dulcie has just finished her first novel and sent it off when she is contacted by the ANC, Association of Netherworld Creatures, police agency where she used to work, to assist on a difficult case. Knight, her former boss, wants her because it looks like many of the victims are people associated with her. They have been put into a coma by a ‘Dreamsnatcher’ and one victim has already died. All known dream snatchers are in prison so this is a mystery. Then Dulcie’s best friend, Sam, is put in a coma and Dulcie knows someone is targeting her. Dulcie must work with former colleagues and quasi (shady) friends to figure it out, often hovering on the edge of good and bad. It was an interesting premise, but I got lost in some of the lucid dreaming concepts. Dulcie also seems to be the desire of every man she knows and attracted to each of them for different reasons. I found this off putting.

  • Tamara Hull
    2019-04-05 18:25

    This series makes me grateful for my KU account. The series is SO BAD it's like a train wreck you can't look away from. Fortunately for the Author I've spent countless hours on planes, trains and automobiles in the last few days and needed something that wouldn't distract me from everything else going on. Where do I start? The heroine, Dulcie is some piece of work. I thoroughly dislike her, I hate how she thinks she's the best at everything, I hate how she never listens to anyone around her, I hate how she's not a person who makes girlfriends but every man that lays eyes on her just wants to f*ck her. No one likes a bitch in heat, seriously.Knight, I liked this guy initially but seriously, I'm not an alpha-male fan unless it's coupled with an equally bull-headed alpha-female, not some vapid ninny like Dulcie. The 'sexual tension' the author keeps referring to starts grating almost immediately. Just get your shit together already.Even free I feel like I overpaid for this book...

  • Michelle McCaulley
    2019-04-04 14:04

    Fantastic and funFun characters, emotional pull, surprise, smiles, and even bittersweet. It's got it all and I'm going to read the whole series. Oh and that illustration for the cover is beautiful, great job all around.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-30 18:03

    A Tale of Two Goblins by H.P. Mallory presents me with quite a dilemma. How to classify these. Some call the series urban fantasy (I hate that genre by the way... a lot of the stuff lumped in there was PNR, and nice and steamy PNR at that, until this new "urban fantasy" classification came along and spoiled all that good fun and turned off the hot water. Like the stories and authors are too good for those scenes. I blame Fifty Shades of Crap for that - good authors don't want their stuff thought of as the same type of crap. That's just my guess. Anyone know of a better reason, let me know and I will happily retract what I just said. But for now, that's my conspiracy theory du jour.Cozy mysteries usually have even less steam than this (and it's pretty scarce here, a few references, scenes that never lead anywhere, and a few rare curse words). So, not really sure it belongs there. And not PNR, well, because despite the burgeoning relationship between Dulcie and Knight, there really isn't much "R" in that. Not to mention, the formula is more like the cozy. You know, we have a mystery and watch it trying to be solved, only to have the culprit be someone that we never ever could have guessed - because only the author knows (there were not hints, no foreshadowing, and often the character makes its first appearance when the cuff are about to come out). But, there are definitely fantasy elements too - fairies, werewolves, loki, witches, demons, etc. So, what to do; how to classify this series. I am sticking with the previous decision to let these sit in mysteries because to me, they feel much more like cozy mysteries than anything. But... I reserve the right to totally change my mind, for any reason whatsoever, at any time. I can do that because this is my blog. :)I didn't review the first installment, To Kill a Warlock. But I really enjoyed it. I finished that and immediately bought a whole bunch of H.P. Mallory's other stuff (including Dulcie #2). With fingers crossed that they would all be as cute and as much fun. I am so glad I did - this didn't disappoint.We have a little mystery here - someone is after Dulcie and they are going through people in her life to get to her. We have a little paranormal - as vamps go, Bram is pretty cool and Dulcie's fairy powers are fun too. We have a little romance - Knight is really into Dulcie and she is probably falling for him too. We get more time with our main character and get to see her in action, the lines she is wiling to cross to save a friend and who she really is. We see what, in my opinion, is the appropriate amount of crass from her too when she refers to the a*hole after her and her friends. These aren't huge novels nor do I think there's any danger of them being considered great literature like Wuthering Heights or anything, but they are fun little reads and a good way to occupy time while on line at the grocery store and they made me chuckle. So despite not knowing what the heck to call their genre, I will be reading Great Hexpectations very soon!

  • Evelyn Amaro
    2019-04-06 22:29

    Review originally posted on ParomantasyAction-packed, edge-of-your-seat, heart-racing, laugh-inducing, mystery-solving, tear-jerking, sexually charged page-turner of a read. To sum it up: This book has it all, and then some. Just when you think H.P Mallory's books couldn't possibly get any better, she writes the next installment to the series and manages to do the impossible - to one up a previous book that was thought of as "un-upable." Yes, it's not a word, but this book deserves one of my famous portmanteau terms aka "Evie's completely made up" words.Dulcie is back and avoiding the world. After being betrayed by her friend and boss Quill, she decides to lay low and completely avoid men, especially one man in particular...Knight. Unfortunately for her, Knight is unavoidable and has a case he needs her to work on. A number of people are going comatose and all roads lead to a Dreamstalker. The problem is that all of his victims link back to her. With the number of victims adding up, Dulcie agrees to help Knight on the condition that the relationship is purely platonic. But all hell breaks loose as Dulcie not only tries to battle the threat of the Dreamstalker, find out who he is and save the victims, but she also has to battle her growing feelings for Knight and the pain inflicted by the loss and betrayal of Quill. Things get even worse when the Dreamstalker ups the ante by taking her best friend as his latest victim. With the stakes higher than ever, Dulcie goes against all she believes in to save her friend. With everything to lose, she throws caution to the wind and risks it all to save the one person who has stood by her side. With her life spiraling out control, will Dulcie be able to save her friend and defeat the Dreamstalker or will she die trying? The Dreamstalker is striking, time is ticking, the victims are dying and it's up to Dulcie to stop him.Take book 1 of the series: To Kill A Warlock and times everything you loved about by 10 and you have A Tale of Two Goblins. Everything is amplified: The sexual tension between Knight and Dulcie is through the roof, the mystery is even greater -with twists and turns in every corner, the action has been turned up with Dulcie risking her life for her friend, and the laughs and tears are aplenty as we join Dulcie on the ride of her life! This book is a must read for every paranormal romance and urban fantasy fan!I do have one complaint: I have to wait in high anticipation for the next installment to come out :-)

  • Karissa
    2019-03-30 17:02

    I got a copy of this book through Bookish Snob Promotions as part of A Tale of Two Goblins blog tour. I read the first book in this series, To Kill a Warlock, and really enjoyed it. I have also read Mallory's Jolie Wilkins series and enjoyed that as well. This book was another fun read; it is focused around a mystery and Dulcie's snarky sense of humor really keeps things moving.Dulcie has finally finished the romance novel she was writing and is working on writing her second book. She is no longer part of the ANC, but has offered to do consulting work for them. Then one morning she goes out jogging and is accosted by...Knight. Knight wants Dulcie to consult on a case and he won't take no for an answer. People loosely connected to Dulcie are falling into comas and Knight needs Dulcie's help to sort it before these people go from coma to a more permanent state of repose. They think a Dreamwalker may be involved, but of course nothing is ever that straight forward.I actually liked this book a lot better than the first book in this series (and I liked that one too). This book is very heavy on the mystery end of things and Dulcie spends a lot of time trying to solve the complex mystery surrounding these magical comas. There's is some play between Dulcie and the three men in her life (Quillian, Brom, and Knight). Mallory does an excellent job of keeping things steamy between Dulcie and Knight without getting too explicit.I enjoyed the inclusion of some new faerie types, there are some great new characters as well. I was a bit sad that Dulcie's girlfriend, Sam, was out of the picture most of the book. The book is fast-paced, has a decent plot, and is engaging. Mallory's writing style is highly readable; making the book a fun and quick read. There is a lot of humor in here; Dulcie continues to show a lot of attitude and toughness throughout.The books wraps up nicely; leaving a couple threads dangle for the next book. I have really enjoyed this series overall; it is light-hearted, fun, and creative. Overall an excellent addition to this series. I really enjoyed reading this book; it was fun and very engaging. A perfect escape read. Dulcie still reminds me a bit of Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison's the Hollows series. The major difference being there is more humor in this series; if you like light-hearted urban fantasy you should give this series a try.

  • Stacie
    2019-04-17 15:19

    Wasn't totally impressed by this book either. Like I said in the review of the first book, I want more details, more explanations of this world. Still entertaining and a solid 3 star book.WARNING Contains spoilers from the first book so don't read on if you haven't read the first book!Dulce now has a lot of free time on her hands, without being a regulator at the ANC to keep her busy. Thankfully that gives her time to finish her book, but unfortunately that means dipping into her savings to cover the rent. Then Knight's sexy ass confronts her on a jog and gives her a case on her consultant status. Its about some attacking people's dreams and killing them slowly. She accepts especially when the case might turn out to be personal. Dulce has to find out who's seeking revenge before her best friend dies. This pushes her to do things she never thought she would do.We get a little more explanation, but not a ton. Yeah, there are types of goblins. We meet a new one in the name of Dia, the head Regulator in the neighboring district. She was a great character and it surprised me at how close and how fast Dia and Dulce became friends, considering Dulce isn't a social butterfly. I was glad she had someone else's support when she was fighting for her best friend. You see Dulce's relationships grow with other characters as well. Tension with Knight is nearing it's exploding point but they can't give in right away, of course, but hopefully it comes soon! I do like how the author pokes fun at books, titles, and various other things to the reader. Like in the first book after her historical romance failed, how Sam pushed her to do a paranormal. And she was like who reads that? Bahaha, got a kick out of that! I'll continue the series but I don't know how quickly. I got the first three as a pack.

  • Desiree
    2019-03-23 17:23

    Hm. Yikes. At the start of the book Dulcie's determination to keep Knight at arm's length for what seemed like "just because" reasons was really annoying. I couldn't hang with the excuses about her ex, it didn't fit - it felt like just that, a stupid excuse. Her whole resistance felt like a plot device that served no real purpose, especially considering the ridiculous jealousy thing she had going on every time Knight sneezed in the direction of another woman. Knight's hitting on Dulcie and being super verbally vulgar and physically pushy when she'd made it clear -- several times -- she wanted his advances to stop was just beyond the pale and made me pretty much hate him. When someone tells you "no" or "stop" or "I'll work with you on the condition you pull your god damned head out of your ass and get it through your thick fucking skull I'm not interested - and keep your fucking paws off me while you're at it", you don't keep pressing them. You stop. Period. Even if it's clear they're actually attracted and warring with themselves. But no, of course he doesn't stop and that really made me almost hate him. I actually wanted to slap the both of them for being assholes regarding that, and it was hard to give up my grudge against Knight as the rest of the book carried on. That said, I really liked the plot of this book as far as the Dreamstalker business went. It was creative and the advancement of that part of the plot was well-crafted and fun for the reader, with just the right amount of suspense and details given at the right time. STUPID CLIFF HANGER ENDING (that is, the cliff hanger aspect is unfair and torturous, not that the ending was stupid). Yet again, an easy, fun read.

  • Ashley
    2019-04-13 19:11

    "A Tale of Two Goblins" is the second book in the Dulcie O'Neill series. In "A Tale of Two Goblins", Dulcie finds herself going up against a dreamstalker, a creature who infiltrates his victims sleep in order to kill them, who has targeted Dulcie through her friends and acquaintances from her childhood. With her best friend being the latest victim to be targeted, Dulcie takes it upon herself to fight the dreamstalker one on one on his turf. Placing herself into deep sleep, Dulcie comes face to face with the demon and finds herself fighting not only for the lives of those she cares about but for her own life as well.It's not often that a sequel is better than the first book, but in the case of the Dulcie O'Neill series, I found that the second book was more enjoyable and a better all around read than the first. One of the things I loved most about this book is that Dulcie finds herself up against a unique foe, a creature who is able to enter other people's dreams at will, attack them thus forcing them into a coma, and then slowly kill them over a matter of days. I especially enjoyed the fact that all of the victimes were linked to Dulcie, going as far back as a classmate from her childhood, and that it was this linkage that Dulcie was able to figure out that the dreamstalker wasn't necessarily a dreamstalker after all, but instead someone who had a personal vendetta against Dulcie and had decided to drink dreamstalker blood in order to gain his powers.After reading "A Tale of Two Goblins" I find that I am now a fan of the Dulcie O'Neill character and series, whereas I wasn't completely sold after reading "To Kill a Warlock." I now greatly look forward to the next Dulcie O'Neill story.

  • Christine
    2019-04-10 17:02

    Another excellent book by H.P. Mallory and a great sequel in the Dulcie O'Neil series. I really do enjoy the grittiness of this series. The language that is used, the stories that are told, the seedy underbelly of crime... Dulcie may be a Fairy but she is one bad ass Fairy that can kick your butt if needed. The characters have flaws and are not perfect and it is nice to see those cracks in the surface every now and again. H.P. has found a way to blend all of the above with just enough sexual tension and humor to make for some outstanding books.Oh.. and what an ending?!? Talk about being left high and dry wanting more. Thankfully I can immediately start the next book in the series which is Great Hexpectations because if I had to wait after that steamy scene to see what happens next I would be very sad.As always, I very strongly recommend anything by H.P. Mallory, she has turned into one of my favorite authors in a very short time frame. Her books are such a fun to read and truly do leave you craving more.Some of my favorite passages:"Like I said before, I'm hard to kill."Trey shook his head and started for the door. "You two just need to do it and get it over with." Knight was right behind him. "I couldn't agree with you more."Tweety be damned."And be sure to show up because this is one of my better secrets."

  • Sapphyria
    2019-04-07 20:10

    This is H.P. Mallory’s 2nd book in the Dulcie O’Neil series. It is just as fantastic as the first book, “To Kill A Warlock.” As noted above, the evil baddy in this book stalks several people associated with her, from second grade classmates to the landlady from whom her mother rented her house. But when it attacks her bestie, Sam, Dulcie is determined, come Hades-or-high water, to take this creature down. She has her vamp bud, Bram, take her to a seedy part of town and to meet a familiar face now involved with illegal potion smuggling. Of course, Knight is still causing Dulcie grief and her heart to flutter 8 hundred miles an hour. This book is laden with awesome amount of sexual tension between Dulcie and Knight; almost to the point of “If they don’t get together by the end of this book I’m going to scream.” You will have to read the book to find out if I had to scream or not. The eventual way that Dulcie deals with the Dreamstalker is nice and risky and really makes you wonder about the types of people our law enforcement have to deal with following an arrest.Again, Ms. Mallory doesn’t disappoint and floods (but doesn’t over do) the book with sarcasm, wit, and, jabs. My favorite jab in the book references BP and the oil leak; while not a humorous real-life situation, the context it is used in the book is superb. The book flowed well and kept my interest throughout. I love mysteries, the paranormal, and romance; this book combined all of these. I can't wait for the 3rd installment that will be released in Aug. 2011.Please note that this book contains "adult scenes" and "adult language."

  • Julia Thorn
    2019-03-28 15:32

    In this exciting sequel, former fairy cop Dulcie O'Neil, who is now a consultant instead of full time work, has to deal with something she's never tackled before; a Dreamstalker, which is a creature that sends it's victims into comas and later comes back to kill them in their sleep. Once again, she is paired up with Knightly Vander, her former boss, whom she is desperately trying to suppress her feelings for. But when the Dreamstalker claims her best friend, it's a race against time to get the Dreamstalker before her best friend is next on the death list. On top of all of this, she has to deal with Knight, who would love nothing more than to be in a relationship with her, and keep herself at arms length. Will Dulcie be able to conquer the Dreamstalker, save her best friend, and manage to get through the case without stirring up her feelings for Knight? Or will her best friend succumb to the Dreamstalker, with Dulcie possibly ending up with a new boyfriend? All in all this was a pretty good sequel. The constant flirting between Dulcie and Knight sometimes made me laugh, but other times made me scream, "KISS! JUST KISS ALREADY!" The unexpectedness of the Dreamstalker and how difficult it was for the duo to conquer it was always exciting and kept me wondering what their next move would be. I would recommend this to people who read the first book, and don't mind a little less-than-fantastic language or slightly mature topics. I use "slightly" as a GREAT understatement.

  • Paige
    2019-04-04 19:16

    Wasn't completely blown away by this, but it did pick up towards the end. This time, a creature's gone too far by attacking Sam, Dulcie's best friend. Not to mention a few others with past ties to her. Although initially they believe it's a dreamstalker, they learn that its more like a close imitation. But with no way of knowing how to fight it, death is coming closer and Dulcie will do anything to save Sam.Including going to Bram in order to find Quinn. Finding her wanted ex-boss brings back her guilt, her feelings, and her confusion on what she's doing there asking him for illegal drugs to keep her awake so the demon can't attack her. Highly addictive, Quinn gives them to her and soon Dulcie is high as a kite. Just as her supply is running low, a lead appears but she can't follow it in time before Knight confronts her on her addiction. Forcing her through detox, Knight is there for her in a way that opens her eyes. But when he leaves just as things look dark, Dulcie can't imagine ever having feelings. Until she learns he's been brought in for questioning surrounding Quinn escape....when she let him go. Taking a risk of meeting the demon in her sleep, Dulcie battles for her life and receives some aid from Quinn. Worried when she can't get a hold Knight, Dulcie fears for the worse and her hidden feelings emerge. When Knight knocks on the door, it appears Dulcie's taking the next step with him.

  • Naj (Unputdownable Books)
    2019-04-18 21:18

    Dulcie O'Neil is back again, and this time a Dreamstalker is after her and have been killing off everyone connected to her. Dulcie O'Neil is a very interesting character filled with pure humor and kick-assery (if thats even a word). She has her positive side, as well as her negative side, which includes the giant wall she built to shield herself from the evilness that we all call men. Throughout the book Dulcie is constantly turning down men who likes her, even if she likes them back. Her attitude towards men is explained somewhere in the beginning of the book. I admire her endless control, and will power. Though she kind of lost it somewhere in between. The plot of the story was firm and all together entertaining and fulfilling though the book was only about 173 pages. It was a blast going through so much in so little pages. H.P. Mallory knows how to write her books. The climax of the plot was fairly good, not so much of a bang but its good enough for such a small book. I'm thrilled to say that I loved this book and it definitely kept me reading and reading all through till the end. If I had the time, I would have finished it all in one day rather than four. I congratulate H.P. Mallory for yet another wonderful book to add to her writing collection. I hope to become as successful as her in the self-published world, when I start writing.