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A sister kidnapped.An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner.A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is.The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her.Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions.As the owner of the coffee shop Déjà Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kiA sister kidnapped.An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner.A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is.The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her.Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions.As the owner of the coffee shop Déjà Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld. Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is - a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive....

Title : I'll Be Damned
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I'll Be Damned Reviews

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    2018-09-04 21:20

    RATING: 3.5 starsI’ll Be Damned is book one in the Anna Wolfe series by Casey Keen. I enjoyed the book although I was a bit frustrated at times with Anna. The plot was good and held my interest and I really enjoyed all the secondary characters and the potential love interests. The reason for the slightly lower rating is just that it was a bit detail heavy. There was too much description of inconsequential things that frustrated me at times. I loved that the story takes place in Savannah, Georgia. I have always wanted to visit there and after reading this I want to go there even more.Anna lives what she thinks is a normal, somewhat boring life in Savannah. She has recently been hurt by her now ex-fiancé so she has vowed to concentrate on her business. She has accomplished her dream of owning her own coffee shop, De’ja Brew. She has two best friends whom I loved, Kristy and Martello who whenever he speaks, I instantly envision Lafayette from the show True Blood. She has the love of her family, especially her sister Janie. But she also has a younger sister, Cara who is engaged and has turned into a Bridezilla! As of late, though, Anna has been experiencing severe cramping whenever she is feeling stressed. And then her shop gets visited by a very sexy and mysterious man. Then she receives a very strange and disturbing text and she doesn’t know where it came from.“Anna, I am coming for you.”Anna’s parents and sister Janie have been keeping a huge secret from her. Anna is a witch, a very strong witch. The powers have skipped over generations and have been waiting for just the right person and Anna is that person. That sexy man that visited her shop turns out to be Valen who proclaims himself her guardian. Anna will be turning 30 in one month and by then she must reach her full potential as a witch so Valen brings in Roman, a very powerful warlock, to train her. Roman is not only powerful but also very handsome. Anna feels a strong connection with both of these men. But there is someone else that is also waiting for Anna to reach her full potential. The son of Lucifer himself, Micah. Micah wants Anna for himself to overthrow his father and rule the Netherworld. Even though Valen and Roman do their best to train and protect Anna, she continuously makes impulsive decisions and puts herself in danger, making Micah’s quest easier. Anna has gone from being a single, boring coffee shop owner to a Grand Witch with the task of saving not only the Netherworld but humanity as well. Can Valen, Roman and Anna’s friends keep her safe from Micah or will his evil win? “All the events in my life, have led up to this very moment, and were all precursors to what was fated to come; and now nothing will ever be the same again.”All in all, this book did hold my interest and I will immediately be continuing on to book two to see what happens next.

  • ↜ƈɦǟռ☂ɛℓℓɛ↝
    2018-09-11 00:12

    ★★★★I'll Be Damned by Casey Keen (Anna Wolfe Series book 1)I was given this book in exchange for my honest review, so here goes. While I liked the first 6 chapters, they were incredibly slow. We learn a lot of details, the who's, what's, and when's, but not the why's. This was slightly frustrating, because, I wanted to know. Starting late chapter 6, early chapter 7, we really get into the story. It became fast paced, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down. I was sad to see the book end, and seriously annoyed to have to wait til Fall 2013, to read part 2. (view spoiler)[I'll Be Damned, is about a 29 year old, coffee shop owner, named Anna(The Grand Witch). Déjà Brew, is located in the heart of Savannah, Georgia. Kristy(best friend), works for her, and is always supportive. Anna, has always been different, from other people, and feared by most because of it. Martello(flamboyant friend, who, I loved), who believes in Voodoo, so doesn't mind her oddities. So, when not working at the coffee show, the ladies, hang out with him at his bar Wet Willies. A mysterious man, Valen(werewolf), *purring* who is unbelievably hot, walks in the coffee shop, one day, and things become even stranger than normal. Later, Kristy tries to set her up with Shane(minion of The Prince of Darkness), *fanning self* another muscle bond hottie. Next breath taking male to enter, is Roman(warlock) *panting*. Cue stage right, Micah(Prince of Darkness),*blushing* appears, yet another, sexy male. Awe, poor Anna, whatever are you to do, with so many ripped abs and disappearing v's. All these mesmerizing, gorgeous males, chasing after you. You poor thing.Her whole life has been leading up to this, but it is only beginning to become clear. She must now prepare for the Ball of the Netherworlds. It will be held on Devil's Night, also her 30th birthday. This had better go right, or all Hell will break lose.(hide spoiler)]I really did enjoy this book. Although, through all this talk of shadows in the dark, I think I might start to fear the night. Haha, not really, but I bet, I watch the shadows a bit closer, for awhile. As I got to the end, I couldn't help but think, "Well, I'll Be Damned," that Casey Keen, pulled me into her twisted Netherworld of PNR/UF. *laughs* Yep, pun totally intended. But, now I sit in anticipation, *tapping foot impatiently* for book 2. I would recommend, that you go read it now. And I look forward to a reread closer to the next release.Thanks again, to the author, for letting me enjoy a taste of your world.

  • Ctrl, Alt Books!
    2018-09-01 18:25

    I'll be Damned is a paranormal, urban fantasy that stars Anna, a coffee shop owner. She knows that she has always been different from others, but has kept her secret hidden for years. Anna's sister, Janie, is kidnapped by a demon. Valen, a hundred plus year old werewolf, finds himself in Deja Brew. He doesn't make his presence known and he doesn't introduce himself right away to Anna. Anna soon finds out about Valen, and about the secret powers she has always had.Anna is one of the most powerful witches and may be the only one of her kind. With the help of Valen, her powers awaken and she learns how to fight. Valen, being a werewolf, can only teach Anna so much. Valen brings Roman to Anna's house to teach her magic. Anna finds herself pulled between Valen and Roman, both handsome and both utterly confusing. While looking for Janie, Valen, Roman and Anna go to a party that all the Netherworlders go to. Everyone told her that it probably wasn't the best idea and Anna realizes they were probably right.I really enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to continue the series. This book was full of romantic tension and packed with adventure. I recommend this book for those looking for a great urban fantasy story!~Layna

  • Judy
    2018-09-02 21:17

    This is the first book in the Anna Wolfe Series by Casey Keen. I received it during a book tour and said that I would give an honest review. However, being totally honest, I had a lot of problems with this book. To be fair to the author and the book tour, I waited until the tour was over to post this review.The book opens on the lead character, Anna Wolfe in the middle of a nightmare. One she has almost every night. She describes an unholy landscape filled with rivers of lava, jagged mountains and confusion and anxiety. Sometimes she is injured in the dream, sometimes she escapes harm. But always, there is a malevolence in the air that scares her. Anna has lived with this as long as she can remember.Next up she also give us a description of growing up and going to school, unable to make friends because of how "odd" she was. Strange things would happen around her and if she concentrated she could move things with her mind. Anna even managed to shatter her eighth grade classroom windows because she was being teased and mocked by her classmates. The claim was that people were just able to sense the wrong-ness about her. Then we fast forward 16 years. Anna is having a rare night out with her visiting family. One younger sister is going on and on about her wedding and allows Anna to zone out. She is feeling depressed about a recent break up with her boyfriend. Anna is trying to not fight with Cara about the monopolization of the conversation with wedding plans when Anna has to rush off to the restroom due to agonizing cramps. These cramps have been ongoing for awhile, but getting more intense over time. She finally heads back to the table and her other sister Janie asks to stay with her until the wedding. Anna agrees after some argument.Okay, by this point we were on page 15 and the first line of dialogue didn't happen till page 8. I was getting very frustrated with the shear amount of info dump going on. And it just never got any better. There is very little dialogue to be had in the entire book. This was a major downer for me, as I love clever and witty dialogue.Some examples of my further frustration include the unrealistic running of her coffee shop. Anna lives almost an hour away from her shop, yet she opens at 6 am till 10 pm most every day, and manages to have time for drinks after work. Really? When the hell does she manage to sleep? Plus there seem to be no employees except one "best" friend who works with her during the busiest parts of the day and on Anna's day off. There was a mention of baked goods smelling good, but no mention of where they came from. This shop is supposed to be such a large part of her life, her pride and joy, and yet what little information we get about it seems so unlikely and contradictory I couldn't wrap my head around it. I understand that the main story isn't about the coffee shop, but when major scene happen in it, it should be portrayed accurately. Then there is Anna's cramps and nightmares. Apparently she has never told her family about them. At all. Ever. Later we find out that her parents knew that she was going to be having physical issues but never bothered to tell her, but they told her sister Janie. They knew that as it got closer to her birthday the problems would increase, but they waited for her to come to them. Apparently they didn't want to "worry or alarm" Anna. Finally, I just couldn't seem to connect with the character of Anna. I kept getting Mary Sue vibes. The further we went in the story the more and more she seemed to be able to do. There was a scene where Roman was going to try and teach Anna some self-defense manuvers and "wham" she just automatically started doing it. Jumping over trees and almost out running the werewolf? No problem. Out one night with her friend and employee, they get chased by demons and she manages to out drive them and get away, while half drunk in the dark in unfamiliar territory. Sure. Tells her friend that she is apparently a hereditary witch with supernatural powers, does friend freak out? Nope. Just says, "I see ghosts, so I have issues too." It was just too much for me.I wanted to like this book - the premise sounded fun, the cover looked great, and I got it for free for reviewing it. And yet I didn't. Not even a little bit. There is potential here, but the execution left a lot to be desired. I gave this book 1 star on Goodreads. It just had too many flaws for me to find any enjoyment in.

  • April Wood
    2018-09-18 19:21

    Anna Wolfe owns the local coffee shop, Deja Brew, and surrounds herself with family and friends who love and support her. On the outside, you could say she lives a normal life... But if you take a closer look, you would see her life consists of all things magic, which would be alright if Lucifer's son wasn't out to claim her as his own...Now, Anna is mixed up in a love triangle between a wolf and a warlock, hiding from the devil himself who kidnapped her sister, and she has to go through supernatural boot camp to prepare herself for her 30th birthday --when her magic will cement itself. And she thought her biggest problem would be dealing with her other (annoying) bridezilla sister, and her upcoming wedding... Nope, afraid not. Her sister's wedding demands are the least of her problems. Anna is caught up in between a supernatural war. If she loses, she will become the bride of the devil's son, Micah, and everyone she cares about will die at his hands.I'll Be Damned, (Book One of the Anna Wolfe Series), by Casey Keen, is a supernatural, paranormal fantasy, with a twist of romance! The characters are well developed, and I enjoyed Anna and her friends, especially Martello --who reminded me very much of Lafayette from HBO's True Blood. I wondered as I was reading I'll Be Damned, if Author Casey Keen modeled Martello after him. Either way, that is how I pictured him while reading. Shane's character was lost on me, he just kind of disappeared, as well as Josh, who was mentioned in the beginning as Kristy's "go to guy". I'm curious to see if those characters come forward more in the next part of the Anna Wolfe Series.I liked that Anna owned a coffee shop. I tend to gravitate towards stories where the protagonist owns either a coffee or bakery shop. One teeny tiny thing that bothered me about the shop was that it was run by two people, herself and her best friend Kristy. Their hours must of been killer... Anna closes the shop down to focus on what was going on in her "new" life, and Valen tells her he is going to "take care of her". What about poor Kristy?! I noticed later it was mentioned that Kristy was working double shifts, but I didn't know WHERE. Was the coffee shop reopened? Or is Kristy some kind of superwoman able to work multiple full-time jobs around the clock? Maybe I missed something, but it did make me go hmmmm as I was turning the pages.There is so much to love about I'll Be Damned. It combines witches, wolves, magic, and romance! Anna is feisty and headstrong, and I love that about her! The cover for the book is awesome. It is a book I would be proud to display on my bookshelf. When it ended, during a rather suspenseful moment, I yelled, "C'mon!" --I can't wait to start the next book in the series!4 Stars! I'll be damned if you don't enjoy I'll Be Damned!!! :)I was given an E-copy of I'll Be Damned, by Author Casey Keen in exchange for a fair & honest review.

  • Jessica Andersen
    2018-09-04 18:06

    I made it over halfway through this book. It took until almost the halfway point for all the character whining and foreshadowing to quit and some semblance of the of the story to start. The first person narrator was not good. She was all over the place. She doesn't drink hard liquor, it gives her a hangover, but then that's all she's drinking in the book. She knows people are out to get her, but she takes off after her kidnapped sister, who she sees out the window standing in her backyard, without telling any of the friends staying at her house what's going on. She is the dummy you yell at during the horror movie. The main male character, Valen, starts off all mysterious and quickly just turns into a jerk. I'll come into your coffee shop, stare at you, leave without speaking. Once we finally speak I'm all the sudden completely in charge of you, even though you are 29 years old. Of course, to be fair, the main character, Anna, does act like she's about 11. This had some good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Perhaps if the main character didn't annoy me so much, I could stick with it and enjoy the story. I gave it one star because the world the author was building didn't really seem that interesting to me, and that was ultimately the last straw. The supernatural stuff was pretty much all stuff you've seen elsewhere, if you read much in the genre. The character's story wasn't that compelling, more just annoying.Her family decides to keep it a secret from her that she is a witch, and potentially a really powerful witch. Really? But Valen shows up and becomes their best friend and they decide to hand over the secret magic book that she needs to completely commit to memory, like yesterday?Anna's friends are annoying. One is basically Lafayette from True Blood, with an even worse dialect written in. And her best girlfriend is just there to introduce her to one of the bad guys and eventually admit she can see ghosts. I am normally forgiving, and I have read some poorly written and poorly edited books. This one suffers from poor proofreading as well as needing some editing for content. Nothing happens for the first third of the book, and it doesn't really get going until the halfway point. Maybe I was more annoyed because I actually paid for this one, it wasn't a Kindle freebie. I normally finish books I pay for no matter how much they annoy me. That also goes into my one star rating. I hope the author does some re-editing and re-working of this first book before she tries to put another one out there. There is something here, the Savannah Georgia setting is nice and the main character has some good points. The pacing and dialog really killed it for me.

  • Natasha Murray
    2018-09-12 18:23

    An Exciting and Absorbing PlotI’ll Be Damned is the first in a series of three and well worth a read. The protagonist, Anna Wolfe has a feisty character and has for a long time know that she is different. We have all felt awkward about ourselves as young adults and it is a dream come true, if you doubt yourself and gorgeous men are interested in you. Anna’s relationships with Valen, a werewolf and Roman, a warlock, certainly get your heart racing and the writing absorbs you.Casey Keen has written an absorbing saga with colourful characters, a classic love triangle and an exciting plot. Her descriptions of the landscape and people are wonderful and it is difficult to put this book down.Thank God I have the next in the series to read, as the first book ends with a dramatic cliff hanger.

  • Ana
    2018-08-21 18:09

    And now you lost me. 20% into the book and I couldn't take it anymore. Anna is an idiot and managed to annoy me to no end in just 89 pages. How? By not doing anything at all in 89 pages that's how. By taking more than a paragraph to describe her makeup and a full two pages to describe whatever she was doing which was nothing like I already mentioned. I was bored to hell. Anna was boring. Janie guessed it, BORING. Martello, her gay friend, talked like this: "Girl, what is you doing? You looks like a damn fool". No. You look like a damn fool for talking like THAT. Her family How can I say this properly? Depressing and BORING. Maybe it gets better. Maybe it's good for someone else. Personally, I am done. Good luck.Rating: 1.5 ★

  • DeeDee Andrews
    2018-08-31 23:59

    Casey spun a great yarn about Anna, her friends and a bunch of super-naturals that all want something from her. Casey's great writing style kept me on the edge of my seat. Dang that Anna, I kept wanting to grab her by the shoulders and shake her and tell her things like "Don't go running in the woods alone, you stupid girl". Anna has a gift for getting herself in near death situations. The book ended with Anna in a very bad way (No spoiler here). I'm waiting on pins and needles for the next installment, in the Fall.I'm just wondering, with so many super-naturals showing up, how do you know who the good-guys are? And, what if the really hot good-guy turns out to be a bad-guy? How do you know who to trust? So many questions, I'm dying for the answers. Hurry, Casey, I need the next book!

  • Melliane
    2018-09-05 20:17

    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewWhen I read the synopsis and that I saw a story featuring a witch who does not know who she is, as well as the presence of some demons, I knew I had to read it! Yet perhaps I expected a little too much, because even if the story is interesting, there are some points to note.Anna is a young woman like any other who lives in Savannah since her boyfriend broke up with her. Now she has to take care of her sister’s marriage, a girl who seems to be interested only in her little person. But as Janie, her other sister, decides to move home to take care of Anna, and thus to stay away from her husband, Anna’s life will be completely turned upside down. In fact she is launched in a world she does not know anything about and all her new abilities attract a large number of people. Yes because it seems she is in the middle of a war where she is the key. And while her sister disappears, kidnapped by a demon, Anna will have to quickly understand about her new powers to save her and finally know who she really is.Anna was a really interesting character to discover, and it is true that the men who enter her life in a few days are all fascinating and mysterious. We discover Valen, the werewolf who seems more than interested by our heroine; Roman, a powerful wizard who might also want something from her, but also Micah, the son of Satan who has big plans for the young woman, whether she likes it or not. On a whole, I must say that I enjoyed discovering everything but it’s true that some things have bothered me a bit. While the discovery of the characters is really nice as well as the discovery of the plot, I must tell you about some other things. First, I had some problems with the discovery of the heroine’s identity. I found a little unreal how her parents handled this story. But this is not all, I saw a little something between Valen and Anna but it’s true that I really found the couple Anna/Roman not a lot credible. But my biggest complaint was my lack of understanding what was happening. Yet with the end of the novel, I am also curious to see what the author has reserved for her readers as it must be said that the characters are not found in an easy situation.To conclude this was an interesting novel even if it lacks of something for me. I could also see some errors in the text and it is true that it still bothers me a little, especially as I’m not English, I don’t usually see these details in my readings. I’m still curious to read more.

  • Archer
    2018-09-03 17:06

    Taken from: sister kidnapped.An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner.A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is.The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her.Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions.As the owner of the coffee shop Déjà Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld. Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is - a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive.My Thoughts:After taking a while to find the book for my Nook, I contacted the author and to my surprise she actually contacted me back and helped me locate the book on Smashwords. I know "I'll be damned" is the title of the book, but I'll be damned is also what I said when she actually contacted me back.What a fantastic book to read, only to have it end with the second one being readily available for my consumption.I mean seriously, it had such a welcoming feel to it; I was able to jump right into the world of Anna Wolfe and not feel lost. It felt like home and had the greatest characters. I loved Martello; every woman needs a friend like that in her life. And Kristy, while she has the whole "Otherness" going on that I won’t go into, so reminds me of my best friend. I couldn't be happier with the series and with the Author who wrote it, who set the bar way high for personal interaction with her fans or would be fans. I just want to say, thank you, and keep writing.

    2018-09-07 00:58

    Originally reviewed at rating: 2 out of 5 stars**Please note, book was gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review**As you can see, this book didn't quite do it for me. I'll Be Damned had great promise but it struggled to come together. One of the biggest issues I had was the pacing. I've read many books that have slow starts but start to pick up about a quarter of the ways in. That, I can live with but this book was simply too slow for me. Unfortunately for Anna and company, it wasn't until I hit the 70%+ mark that I became interested and even then, it took a character introduced late in the story to strike said interest. Maybe it would have flowed better and picked up faster had not every single detail been written out about every single person, action, location, etc. That alone can get disrupt a story and add the fact that it's written in first person, very very difficult to pull off in my opinion.I had trouble connecting with the main character because it was if her priorities were all over the place. She discovers something shocking, something that disrupts not only her own life but all those she loves and holds dear. She is given a book that will guide her and prepare for what's to come and yet it sits, collecting dust for far too long. The romance is secondary and a little watered down but at the same time, she kisses basically every male in the book aside from family and the token gay BFF. Granted, it's not always of her own will but figuring out where her heart and wants lie is a bit confusing. I gave two stars because 1. Writing isn't easy. It takes balls, patience and grit. 2. The 'idea' intrigued me and I enjoyed the character Roman a great deal. I only wish he had been introduced sooner. There is definitely an audience for this book but unfortunately, it isn't a series that I plan to continue.

  • Jessica Figueroa
    2018-09-13 21:21

    Close to her 30th birthday, Anne keeps noticing strange things happening. Chalking it up to being paranoid with no proof to tell the cops Anne doesn't take her situation seriously. It wasn't until her sister Janie disappears and a man claims to be her protector. Anne not sure what to believe any more. All Anne knows is that in order to save her sister she must suck it up and learn what she can to get her sister back. Even though the beginning was slow for me, I really liked this book and look forward to the next book. I loved seeing the tension between Anne, Valen and Roman. If she sticks to anyone I really hope its Valen. I loved how dedicated Anne was to getting her sister back that she has to believe in the unbelievable in order to get her sister. The only character I had a strong dislike to was her sister Cara she drove me crazy in the little that I've seen with her. And when it came nearing the end of the book, I wasn't surprised how it turned out with her sister. I really liked Anne's two friend who stuck by her. Even Kristy who didn't like anything to do with paranormal anything, seen past that minor problem and stood by her friends side. Oh one of the down side to me personally when it came to the book was how long the chapters where. I'm the type of person who won't stop reading till I reach the end of a chapter to do anything. So if its late at night (Like right now when while I'm writing this review) and I'm tired but want to reach the ending of the chapter first I have to get through to maybe up 15-20 pages or more.Overall I loved the book and look forward to reading the next book!

  • Emi Lia
    2018-09-05 23:11

    ** I received a copy of this book for an honest review**Great Story! I really enjoyed this book; Casey Keen does a great job on her debut novel. I can absolutely relate to Anna, I have two sisters as well and boy what a pain that can be sometimes, lol, and I've always wanted to visit or live in Savannah. Anna is leading what she thinks is a totally normal life, until a few mysterious men walk into her life. Valen tries to introduce her to her new world as easily as he can, but with the kidnapping of her sister and her birthday coming up, Anna must learn everything she can to protect herself, and save her sister as well.At first I thought Anna was taking her good ol time and being a bit bratty, but she actually realizes her behavior and knows she’s being bratty, so she adjusts her attitude about it and does what needs to be done in order to save the ones she loves. I’ve read plenty of books with a whiny and bratty heroine who just doesn't own up to their responsibilities till the end, I’m so happy that was not the case in this book though. But I will admit I do wish Valen and Anna would have taken the next step in their relationship, the sexual tension between them was palpable. And Roman, well he was just too sexy and his back and forth banter and competitive demeanor with Valen is quite comical to me. I've had plenty of male friends like that, lol. Martello and Kristy, Anna friends, are absolutely awesome; they have Anna’s back 100%, and help her anyway they can through this, even if it’s with a beverage, lol. I hope to see more of them in this series. I definitely recommend it and I look forward to the next installment in the series.  

  • Allie
    2018-08-28 17:08

    Really liked it. The characters are easy to like and get quickly attached to. Storyline is has a nice pace and is compelling.

  • Jamie
    2018-09-12 22:15

    *** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ***I’ll Be Damned is a book by author Casey Keen that takes place in Savannah, Georgia and focuses on a woman named Anna Wolfe. Anna owns a coffeehouse named Déjà Brew located in an old converted Victorian house, which she runs with the help of her best friend, Kristy. But Anna has always known there was something different about her. When she was a child sometimes people who were mean to her would have odd things happen to them, and she could occasionally make things move with her mind. These differences are largely ignored until the present day. For awhile Anna had been having these bizarre episodes of cramping in her muscles, particularly if she is stressed or scared. She has also been having some very vivid, disturbing dreams. Then she meets an intriguing man named Valen who explains to her what she really is. It turns out that Valen is a werewolf. Also, around this same time her sister Janie is kidnapped. She needs Valen’s help to get her sister back and to learn how to grow into her supernatural potential.In general I enjoyed the story. Anna was a very likeable character and the supporting cast of characters was entertaining. Ms. Keen painted a believable picture of Savannah and has a talented way with words. I liked her way of phrasing things. I could tell from her writing that Ms. Keen is well educated.There wasn’t exactly romance in the book so much as the potential for romance. Anna and Valen are both interested in each other but Valen is hesitant to take their relationship further for fear of hurting Anna. This leads to much sexual tension between them and also helps set things up for a bit of a love triangle when another man who is attracted to Anna enters the story eventually. I would have liked to see more than just the hint of romance that we were given but I got the impression that is being left for the next book in the series. What I didn’t like about the book was that it was slow to get started. It seemed to take quite a long time to get to the actual bulk of the storyline. We spent a little too much time at the beginning getting to know her family and then some more time being introduced to Anna’s normal everyday life running her coffeehouse. When it seemed like the story was finally getting started it turned out to be only tiny glimpses of what was to come. I also felt like too much time was spent describing the strange dreams Anna was having. I think the book would have benefitted with less detailed descriptions of the dreams to help the pace of the story. Instead, I would have liked to see how Anna’s “uniqueness” had been affecting her life. It was mentioned at the beginning that when Anna was young she could sometimes make things move with her mind and also caused other unusual things to occur, but there is no mention of this in her present day life (besides the muscle cramps) until after she finds out what she is and starts training to develop her talents.Despite the slow beginning, I did enjoy the book and I am planning to read the second book in the series when it is released. The story was not overly light or too dark, but hit a balance somewhere in the middle. This was the first book that Ms. Keen has published and I think that she has a good amount of talent that will continue to grow as she writes more books.

  • Linda
    2018-08-25 19:09

    I’ll Be Damned by Casey KeenAnna Wolfe is a twenty-nine-year-old, who has led a sheltered life and has no idea who she really is. Having suffered from nightmares her whole life, which she never bothered to investigate, seek guidance, or advice for, Anna has become a master at pushing things aside to deal with them later. Avoidance seems to be her motto, as it is repeated endlessly through the story. “I need to talk you in person, not over the phone… I’ll give you the details later.” “I can’t wait to leave these annoying worries at the door.” “I really don’t want to even think about this right now.” “…concluding I’d rather wing it than make it tangible.” “I tuck them away in the nether regions of my brain promising myself I’ll address them after all of this is over.” Anna comes across as whiny and weak, not a good start for a heroine.I’ll Be Damned has a good story somewhere in amongst all the unnecessary words and repetitions. Ms. Keen loves her words and overabundant descriptions about everything. However there seems to be only one kind of tree in Savannah, Georgia, but she illustrates it beautifully over and over again. In the beginning Anna is a pretty bland character and seems insecure despite her professional accomplishments. She does, however, make several half-witted decisions throughout the story, which only lead her into trouble. Her best girlfriend is a huge party girl who has a good heart. Anna’s other friend is a flaming gay black man from Louisiana who owns a local bar down the street from her coffee shop, Deja’ Brew. Martello is by far my favorite character, but I found his speech pattern a bit disparaging, which I can only write off as the author’s prerogative. His character has a lot of depth and he is Anna’s most supportive friend. Valen makes a slow appearance, which portrays him as more of a creeper than a guardian. But, after this rough start, Valen is the only other character with any meaningful depth. The sexual tension between Anna and Valen is scrumptious and I found myself wishing this wasn’t a young adult book.The plot is VERY slow to develop, even after Anna starts to learn the truth, because all she wants is a normal life. Avoidance will make it all go away, right? With her powers starting to awaken, Anna has no choice but to learn to control them and face her new reality, which is filled with strange creatures from the Netherworld, werewolves, demons, and warlocks. The political aspect of the Netherworld is unique and only lightly touched on in this book. There is a good story in here somewhere. The ending has a dramatic cliffhanger, which wasn’t really a surprise. For those interested in continuing this series there are two other books published so farFYI: I’ll Be Damned is the first book in The Anna Wolfe Series. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** August 19, 2016Format/Typo Issues: Small number of proofing errors that range from missing, extra, and wrong words. I think a good editor could help Ms. Keen focus on the core of this story.

  • Laura Grody
    2018-08-25 19:07

    How would you feel if you found out that everything you thought your life was, wasn't? That's what happens to Anna Wolfe in I'll Be Damed, Book 1 of the Anna Wolfe Series. Anna runs a coffee shop in Savannah, GA called Deja Brew and thinks her life is fairly ordinary, until she's hit with pretty staggering news: she's a witch. And not just any witch, but a really, really powerful one. With that knowledge, her entire world is turned upside-down as she learns that not everything is as it seems, and not everyone is who or what they seem! To add to that, she's caught between a strange love triangle between a strikingly sexy werewolf and a handsome and powerful warlock. Oh, and did I mention the future of the human race is at stake? She has that to consider, too. So, no pressure.I really enjoyed this paranormal romance by debut author Casey Keen! My favorite thing about it is the story itself. Learning you are a powerful witch when all along you thought you were an ordinary, klutzy, "plain Jane" would be a fascinating turn to anyone's life, and I found myself facing the gravity and excitement of this discovery right along with her! Though Anna takes a while to accept this new reality, when she finally does, she embraces her new-found powers and masters her new skills with ease. I love the parts where she's being trained on how to harness her powers and use them. It made me want to jump in there and train right along with her so I could harness my own powers and feel as exhilarated as she does!My other favorite thing is Casey's descriptive writing. She has a real gift for articulating the character's feelings in a way that's like, yeah, THAT's what it feels like to be in this situation! And she has a wonderful gift for describing the details so that you really feel like you're experiencing what the character is experiencing. You can almost see, hear, smell, taste, and feel what Anna Wolfe does and you go through everything right along with her. I also liked that the story is written in the present tense. My own current debut novel is also written mostly in the present tense, which I thought was an unusual move, but I was happy to see someone else employ a similar strategy.The only real criticism I have is about the pacing in the first 5 chapters. I felt like it was taking such a long time to get to the meat of the story and I found myself wishing that some of her wonderfully-described details were skipped over now and again in order to speed things up and get to it a little quicker. But, that's me, and I am much more of a big picture person! Also, the end will - by design - really leave you hanging. But luckily, Saved By the Spell, the 2nd book in the series, has just been released, so we will not have to wait too long to find out what happens to Anna next! All in all, this was a wonderful debut story and I want to congratulate fellow first-time author Casey on a job well done and wish her every bit of success in her writing career!

  • Eclipse Reviews
    2018-09-16 00:05

    Anna Wolfe is just trying to get over her ex and the fact that he dumped her for a younger version. So far things are going alright. Her coffee shop Dejavu Brew is doing fine, she has two awesome friends, one awesome sister and of course the sister that came from hell. But fine was covering her life, well until she starts getting weird text messages and some weirdo starts following her around.   Her friend Kristy introduce her to a guy, but immediately Anna feels something is way off with this guy, and try to avoid him. And then there is the stunning, handsome to die for, Greek God that stumbles into her coffee shop a few times and makes her go all heart thump crazy.   But soon her weird things turn into really bad and crazy things. Her sisters gets kidnapped, demons are chasing her, Shane the weirdo doesn't want to go away, oh and The Greek God turns out to be a guardian werewolf that needs to protect her from evil. Oh yeah, Anna's boring life just went epic.   Anna is an interesting character, her new life has her scared and frustrated most of the times, and yet she can really whip out a can of anger. I loved watching her go from scared woman to all magic bombs mad. She has a hard time keeping the guys either off her or out of each other's kill zones. Valen was also very interesting and I love the chemistry between him and Anna, although Roman also has a great presence and between the two it's an interesting challenge. Martello was my favorite character with a great since of humor, but also Anna's wingman most of the times.   The story starts off slow and gradually develops into a fast pace. Over all, the novel was well written with an interesting plot. I have to say I was frustrated with the men in this novel, man do they need a push. Except for Micah of course, he totally step up to the plate. I loved the training Anna goes through and as she discovers her own strengths and powers. Pretty soon she is totally kicking butt. But Anna has one big flaw; she never listens to Valen and ends up in big trouble. It's going to be awesome to see what happens in book two, and happens with Anna and Valen.   Quote from the book: "Girl, I needs somethin' stronger than tea," Martello replies, following her.

  • Melanie
    2018-09-14 00:22

    2*sWhat can I say? I hate giving less than favourable reviews and this is a mixed bag of pluses & minuses. On the plus side the author has a good story, the idea behind it is good and I liked what world our main character was being brought into, her hidden background, what that means for her and the people that would use it for their benefit. On the minus side the pacing was terrible -for me- the author tends to be overly descriptive, writing every little detail - seriously, one morning scene of getting up, ready & breakfast took about 5 kindle pages -TMI- and it wasn't needed and harmed the story for me because it bogged it down. Then stuff would happen storywise and I'd perk up, but back to being long winded when the excitement was over. There was just too many times when I lost interest through the filler so the story didn't flow well at all. I also didn't like that every man who met her - wanted her and she wanted them - nope, give me one good love interest, maybe another for flirtation but not 4 and also her gay pal was like a carbon copy of Lafeyette out of True Blood. I forced myself to read it to the end and didn't even get any answers because it has a cliffhanger - CBA to read book 2 even if it is half the size of this. I really wanted to like this and maybe with a good edit & a lot of pages removed, it could be a decent read but in it's current form I was left felling like I had wasted a chunk of my life =(

  • Beth
    2018-09-01 18:17

    ***This book was given to me by the Author and Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock for a honest revies***This book was a good read. It is a paranormal light romance that has great characters, a good plot, and a cliffhanger. It has a confusing start that I believed to be a little jumbled and some parts seem out of place as an intro to a book. After that it has a good flow to its story. This book kept me guessing and on edge about what will happen next. It is definitely not a book that can be a stand alone due to it having a cliffhanger. It has relationship drama, family drama, comedy, and mystery. I reccomend this book for people who like these types of paranormalAnna is the Main Character who starts out as a average person with everyday problems. Then her world is turned upside down when she finds out she is a witch and must save her sister . She has two best friends Martello and Kristy who are quirky and fun. There are two men warring for her affections while trying to help her adapt to her new life changes and prepare her to save her sister.This book kept me guessing and on edge about what will happen next. It is definitely not a book that can be a stand alone due to it having a cliffhanger. If you are not a fan of series books I do not reccomend this book for you.

  • Sarah (Workaday Reads)
    2018-09-15 17:19

    I was drawn in by the cutesy cover. Unfortunately, the book doesn’t seem to fit the cover. The summary is more accurate than the cover, but even that doesn’t cover everything.There is just so much going on in this book. It’s a case of too many ideas shoved into one story. This makes it clunky and disjointed, with some parts being skimmed over, and others having too much detail, without there being an overall smooth flow.The part that had the most promise, and was the most disappointing, was Anna’s training. The premise is that when she turns 30, whatever her powers are then, that’s the strongest they will ever get. So when she learns this, she starts training. Good idea, but she picks things up too fast for the story to be enjoyable. There is no struggle. She tries something, and is better than great at it. For everything. It’s just not interesting when everything is easy like that.Overall, I didn’t enjoy the story. The idea was good, but it was just too easy, and too inconsistent. I really wanted to like the story, and there are several good aspects to it, but it just fell flat for me.

  • Valerie
    2018-09-08 16:57

    Very interesting read.. a little slow in the beginning but soon Ms. Anna shows that although almost 30 she is stubbbborn! Anna has a coffee shop... seems more like a recluse but does have a few friends, as any girl probably has gone through, she's had a bad relationship. She throws herself into work. Strange things begin to happen as her 30th birthday gets closer, her one sister Cara seems to be acting like a spoiled twit, and her other sister Janie all of sudden wants to hang with her for a bit.. and she's married. Strange men keep appearing, her sister Janie disappears and now a man named Valen is basically wanting to move into her house to protect her. SO much goes on you really need to keep up. ;)I think really my most favorite character is I swear the way she has him chatting in this book sounds just like LaFayette of True Blood. Its uncanny, but I love it! Of course I'm at the end of the book and a cliffhanger.. but I will surely read it to see if Anna can prevail!

  • Lisa
    2018-08-25 00:13

    This book was Awesome! I mean at first I was really confused on how this book was going to play out but than everything started to come together and I was like this book is awesome! I mean it has so much action, so much strength and really good characters. I didn't think I was going to get into the book but I really did. I thought the background was awesome. I really liked her not knowing everything about herself. I think that makes the story more! I love the little love triangle but I don't really like Roman I think he's a little to cocky. I think Anna needs to be with Valen. I think I love him the most. He is such a great guy I mean come on he just doesn't think he is good enough for Anna which is totally understandable with him being a werewolf but he needs to get his act together because he is totally worth it. I've already started the next book! On too the next book!!:)

  •  Reading In Pajamas
    2018-08-27 18:07

    I'll Be Damned (Anna Wolfe Series) (Volume 1) by Casey KeenPublication Date: March 27, 2013Reviewed by Reading in Pajamas - CoriRated: 3.5 StarsREVIEW:Well I'm officially hooked! I want to see what will happen next! This is not my normal steamy romance read, but I really enjoyed this book. I never knew what was going to happen next in the story so it kept me turning the pages trying to figure things out. There is a love triangle forming between Anna, Valen and Roman. I would start to want Anna to chose one and then change my mind. There is lots of action, suspense and great characters. It ends with a cliff hanger that really left me wanting to know what will happen next. Now I'll be impatiently waiting for the Fall 2013 release!*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jeanae Tyra
    2018-08-28 20:23

    This book was slow at the beginning until chapter 7, where I couldn't put it down. Then I reached chapter 9, I was stuck and mindlessly flipping each page to fill the desire to continue into this world Ms. Keen has so unselfishly created. Honestly, though it started out slow building at a sluggish tempo but once it got there and it felt like your cravings were being serviced it stops. Yes, all the real readers knows what I'm talking about*Dramatic Music* THE END! The book ends sadly but what to expect not like I can just hold her against her will. <_< …>_> I can't, can I?...That's illegal right? JK...maybe. All in all other than the book begins slow at the end it another UF and PNR delight in the making.

  • Rose
    2018-09-19 20:15

    I REALLY LIKED this book.**Honest review for a free read***This is my kind of book. Its mixed the creatures of heaven and hell, hot werewolves, psychics, sexy warlocks, and a smoky shadowalker with a little romance. Anna finds out she is a Grand Witch and goes on to learn and train her powers before her 30th b-day while fighting close encounters with the Prince of Darkness. I wished there was more romance involved but the book was loaded with action!! Keen did a very good job of describing scenes and creatures-very good, freaked me out. If you like Lori Handeland's Nightcreature novels, you will LOVE this series. This book (#1 in series)leaves you handing for book 2!!

  • Celeste
    2018-09-08 17:02

    * I received a free copy of this book, for an honest review. As I read the last chapter, I realized 2 things...1st-I am completely hooked2nd- I am surprised that I was hookedGreat story, it was a bit slow to start off, but I have read many books that you just know the first 3 chapters are always that way. I'm a romance girl, so I was hoping for a bit more in that department, so hopefully book 2 will have something for me, my vote is for Valen.

  • Edith
    2018-08-31 22:04

    Interesting A new twist on the Netherworld and the rival between a love triangle. A bit short for my taste but am interested in finding out how this concludes. I do like the rivalry between the werewolf and male witch for Anna's affections and how so many characters are involved in the main story.

  • Lady Entropy
    2018-09-19 01:04