April's Fool by Jax Stuart


April's Fool is a low angst read of found mates, and we return to the Northarbor Coven. There are more revelations unmasked to see Damon find his partner.

From the blurb:

Damon will never regret freeing his best friend, even if it has put him in a powerful witch's sights. For a human, even an accomplished hitman, a witch is a dangerous enemy to have.  

Damon was thinking of leaving the hitman life behind when in a stroke of irony, a hit is ordered on him. Soon, nowhere is safe, not even the demon realm. He finds himself under the protection of Mori, a demon prince and his best friend's dad. Damon doesn't do love, but he can't deny they share a connection. How can he guard his heart from the sweet demon?
As a prince, his people love Mori, yet no one has caught his attention quite like Damon. The hitman is hiding more than a tragic past. Mori wants to learn his secrets and earn Damon's love.

It will take more than Mori and his bodyguard to protect Damon, but when the Northarbor Coven gets involved, everything becomes more complicated.

Was Damon a fool for thinking that Northarbor and a life with Mori could be his fresh start?

April's Fool is the second book in the Northarbor Coven series, with a hitman who loves to be creative in his work and a golden retriever type demon. Someone meets their end to a peanut allergy and there is some violence. Best read after January Blues.

Molly Otto's Review:

The follow-up to January Blues, where we get to see our favorite assassin again, meet his better half. Damon and Mori have that right balance where Mori knows what Damon needs to stay level-headed, while Damon is the protector he needs to be able to go between realms. And even better, we get to catch up with Sweetwater Pack to see how their live have changed since last visiting. So many new revelations are uncovered, making you just need more from this universe to see how it all plays out! Cannot wait to see what Jax has in store for us next!

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"𝐈 𝐣𝐨𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐈 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐮𝐩 𝐦𝐲 𝐥𝐞𝐠. 𝐇𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥. 𝐈𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐈'𝐝 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐩 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐩 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐞."

Like many paranormal readers, I am a sucker for some tail play and as an incubus who feeds off of sexual energy Mori sure knows how to use it to his advantage! Unfortunately, we have to wait a bit until he can put that tail to "proper" use since a certain son and bestie *cough ahem Cody cough* decides to be a bit of a cockblock so to speak. I honestly didn't blame Cody. He wanted to make sure both his father and best friend didn't end up hurt or even hurting the other. I think it also benefited both Mori and Damon in that it gave them time to really get to know one another instead of just burning up the sheets. Though have no fear, these two definitely do that as well!

Plot wise we have a bit of a crazy pickle going on. Basil is still being a giant salty pain in the ass. I cannot stress enough how much I cannot wait for that witch to get what's coming to him. He's also got a few new tricks up his sleeve, but then again so does our beloved hitman! Not to mention there are a plethora of HOLY CRAP surprises in this book which I absolutely will not spoil here.

"𝐁𝐞 𝐚 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐛𝐨𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐨𝐮𝐭."

I enjoyed all the cameos from Toth and Cody. It was wonderful seeing them still so happy and in love. I also really liked Thyme, though something is definitely going on between him and Oak. And I cannot forget to mention Parker, Damon's handler and bestie. He's the closest thing Damon has ever had to family and I loved the bond that they shared. Oh, OH! and then there's sweet Barr! If you don't find him absolutely precious, then you probably have a heart of steel.

Happily, this isn't the last we are going to see from the Northarbor Coven. There are still plenty of possible couples teased by Miss Stuart and the overarching plot is sure to continue in book 3. It's a toss up for me on who I'm hoping will be next, but either way I'll be reading it!

Rogue's Review:

This is the second in a series, it's not a standalone as it starts concurrently with the first book, January Blues. It's been a while for me since I read that book and I was a little confused at the start, but that's on me as I should have re-read that in preparation. This is a paranormal, chosen mates, with a dash of found family and a villain that just won't give up.

I liked Damon and Mori in the first book, and even better here together. There was an instant connection between them, not unusual for mates but this was different as Mori chose Damon, and they're not fated. There's a lot of different threads of story going on here, but they do all come together neatly at the end, albeit with the one loose thread that I'm dying to see tied up.

Mori and Damon have great chemistry, and truly do fit together so very well. I loved Damon's reveal too, and happy he found family in the end after being alone for so long.

I really enjoyed this and do look forward to the next.

April's Fool is currently available as an e-book and paperback and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription