Thursday, October 8, 2015

Review: Monsters in My Closet by R.L. Naquin

Title: Monsters in My Closet 
Author: R.L. Naquin
Series: Book One in the Monster Haven Series
Published By: Carina Press (July 30, 2012)
Source: Purchased
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?

After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don't get me wrong, I like helping people--and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course...









With quite a few heavier reads lately, I was so in the mood for something lighter and honestly, just something fun. I got exactly what I was looking for in Monsters In My Closet.

I am a huge sucker for secondary characters that are every bit as fleshed out and fun as the main characters. There is just something about knowing that someone has the protagonist's back that makes a read better for me. I need witty banter, humor, and a strong bond between people and thankfully this book delivered on all counts as well as making the main character downright lovable and endearing.

I had so much fun with this! Zoey was so fun and lovable, this read really did have a bit of it all. Humor, suspense, a slight romance, mystery, great unique paranormals, a great setting, really, need I say more.

I am seriously looking forward to reading book two and it definitely won't take me long to pick it up and dig right in. I can tell that these characters are going to be ones that will stick with me for some time.





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

47 comments:

  1. The slight romance, is a little disappointing. I am such a romance fiend. But, if the humor can make up for it, I can get into it. You are the urban fantasy queen. I should just pull up your blog and walk into the library with it, to find the best Urban Fantasy. :)

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    1. LOL! Thanks Jazmen, that actually means a lot! :D

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  2. I like when the secondary characters can easily be interchangeable as the main characters, to be honest. So I'm glad this one has that going for it. Not too sure about the slight romance though...

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    1. I'm hoping the romance gets better in book two. ;)

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  3. Sounds like a really fun read! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'll have to add it to my ginormous to real list lol!! :)

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    1. ;) I know all about huge TBR piles.

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  4. A blogger friend is a big fan of the series. From her reviews it seems all the books are good so I think following the series will be worth your while, Ali

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    1. Oh thanks for that info Braine! I will definitely give book two a shot then!

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  5. This definitely sounds like a lot of fun, Ali! I love it when secondary characters are as fleshed out as the main ones.
    Lovely review!

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    1. Me too they make the book so much better!

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  6. I've been in the same mood lately Ali! I've been passing over heavier reads in favor of ones that I know are just going to be fun, entertaining reads. Glad this was that kind of read for you. And I'm with you on outstanding secondary characters, they always make me happy:)

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  7. Must be something in the air! I've been struggling with this really "big" book on character development for over a month now *shakes head bitterly* And I'm really craving a lighthearted, fun story :)

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    1. So happy I could put this on your radar then Ramona!

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  8. This sounds great! I love books that make me invest in the characters, as well as laugh and have a good time.

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  9. Another fun sounding read that has some of my favorite themes for fall reads! The secondary characters can really make a story "pop" and this seems like it was the case - Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed Monsters in My Closet and got a fun break from heavier reads, Ali! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Kim and I completely agree with you about the pop. ;)

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  10. Oh gosh... you reminded me that I have copies of both the first and second book in this series and I havent' touched them. Glad to know this was a fun lighter read, I think I will need to read this soon.

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    1. I really hope you do, it was so much fun!

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  11. I don't normally do a lot of UF but this sounds great. I love secondary characters when they really add something. Plus a light fun read is always good to break up the heavy ones - Great review!

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  12. This sounds fun! And I agree about the great fleshed out secondary characters. I hadn't heard of this one before but now I'm curious!

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    1. Glad I could put it on your radar Candace!

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  13. Good to know that this book leaves no one flat :D Books that are able to flesh out their secondary characters are good books in my dictionary. I like that it leaves no one out, that everyone is given equal spotlight :)

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. It is nice when that happens and while this wasn't completely equals parts it was done well.

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  14. aww glad you had fun with this one, fun reads are always a must!

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    1. Definitely! We all need them in our life. :)

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  15. Sounds like a fun read. I always need a light book after I've read a couple of heavy ones. Or I won't survive ;)

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  16. This sounds fantastic. Great review Ali! I know that if you liked it I will most likely like it as well. I love witty banter between characters, it just makes me happy. Even if it's mean banter ....hehehe

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  17. This sounds good Ali. I love secondary characters that are developed too.So glad this was just what you needed!

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    1. I bet you would have fun with this series Kim!

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  18. These sound like so much fun and the covers just tickle me. I've got a few of yall now on my blogger list who have enjoyed them :D

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    1. That is so nice to hear Anna because I definitely think these are underrated reads!

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  19. I am trying to figure out why I have never heard of this. It sounds so fun-I am glad you had a good time reading it for sure! I may have to check it out actually :)

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    1. Yay! Glad I posted about it then to put it on your radar!

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  20. Yessss to awesome secondary characters! This kind of reminds me f the Charley Davidson series. I love it! I need this book in my life... I'm gonna go buy it right now :D

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  21. The blurb made me laugh. A monster baking in the kitchen, seems about right. Lol. That sucked me in with just that line alone. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It really was a fun read and a rather clean one too which was really nice, especially in this genre. ;)

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  22. Zoey sounds pretty awesome. I love the fun cover.

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