Baehrly Breathing

Goldie Locke and the Were Bears #1

Goldie Locke, a witch whose magical powers lean toward healing, returns in book 1 following the Goldie Locke Baehrly Beginning Prequel. She, Petunia and Goldie's Zombie Chicken Fred have been joined by a menagerie of magical creatures which includes a pair of three headed puppies and a baby unicorn. Goldie now works for the Brothers Baehr Legal Firm and travels the world rescuing magical animals and perusing those who would dare break the magical community laws. She hunts them down.

The first book takes place about three years after the prequel and finds Goldie in the pawn shop of an ogre with a search order demand that he turn over any and all illegal contraband. Imagine Goldie's surprise when she finds a rare dragon egg. Arresting the ogre she calls and talks with Braun Baehr, the oldest of the three were-bears and the one she reported to. She tells him what she would need to hatch and care for the dragon.

Kodi Baehr, the youngest of the three were-bear brothers is waiting in her home. Goldie is not happy they broke up 6 months earlier after she waited 3 years for him to make a commitment to her. He tells her they have a job for her, but other than telling her it has something to do with her working with an ordinary, a non magical person, he can tell her no more without her word that she would do it. When she agrees she has to wait until the next day for the extra details. The following morning she meets Kurt Donovan at the main office. At least she thinks it is the main office. All signs of anything magical are gone including Willow, the water sprite receptionist and her every kind of fruit tree. Kurt does not start on her good side when he refuses to shake her hand and talk pleasantly to her. He chides her about her name. Braun is quick to let him know he will work with Goldie or they will get someone else.

Magical animals are disappearing and their bodies, piles of them are being found everywhere. Some of them have come to the attention of the Ordinary community and the perpetrator is an ordinary. This necessitates the involvement of their law official. Keeping Kurt from learning the secrets of the missing animals as they investigate is not easy. First it is magical goats, then a visit to a troll to find out what the word is on the street. Returning home she once more finds Kodi who is determined to win her back. She has to make him leave and hopes tomorrow she can find out what is going on with an ordinary and perhaps someone magical working together.

The next day starts with man eating horses, then they are called to another dump site. When she finds the body of a pixie, Goldie knows the killer has upped the ante. Not only are they killing animals, now they are killing sentient beings. They had jumped from poaching to murder. Suddenly a shot rings out and Donovan falls to the ground, blood spreading a stain on the grass. Refusing to watch him die, when she could save him, Goldie uses her magic to save him. Thus exposing her world to an Ordinary, a major crime in the magical community when done without clearance. It becomes a matter of welcome to my world for Donovan. Witches, Unicorns, Weres and Dragons. When did he take a right turn away from reality and straight into insanity? He has to get his mind around it and fast before the killer strikes again.

Goldie's first full novel will take you deeper into the magical world than Cindy ever did. There is a darker side to this series, but it is no less funny and endearing. I adored the scenes with Kodi as he tries to get Goldie to let him back into her life, but without making the commitment Goldie needs. Now she has a were and an ordinary drawn to her. What is a girls supposed to do? Ignore it all and hope it goes away of course.

Ms. Reeves has expanded the description of Magic Central, Goldie's neighborhood and the variety of animals and beings to be found there. Her characters come to life and off the page to run through your mind long after the book ends. You will hear them whispering to you or imagine their going about their lives as you await the next installment.

You will be pulled quickly into the story and will not want to leave when the story ends. Ms. Reeves offers a complete story in Baehry Breathing, that could stand on its own easily, but she also leaves you with a little twist that will have you panting for Baehrly Bitten, Book 2. Stop on by and see what a baby dragon looks like. Or perhaps you would prefer a three headed puppy? A cute unicorn? or maybe you want a zombie chicken of your very own? Check and see them all when you drop in at Goldie's home and try to pick your favorite. Although I think it would break Goldie's heart to part with any of them.

See you soon as I plan to hound Ms. Reeves for a book 3. Maybe I will go and read Cindy Eller's Cupcake series again while I am waiting? Yeah, that works.

Book Blurb for Baehrly Breathing

A spin-off of the popular Cindy Eller series.

The first book in the Goldie Locke and the Were Bears series.

It's difficult to be taken seriously when you are a member of the Magical community and saddled with the unfortunate name 'Goldie Locke'. It certainly doesn't help if you are also about five feet tall, blond, and most commonly described as 'cute.'. What was a girl to do?

Become one of the most dreaded Magical environmental lawyers of all time?

Goldie isn't there yet, but she's well on her way when a case drags her into uncharted territory-- working with Ordinary officials to figure out why 'unusual' remains are being discovered all around New England.

With her hands full and a new dragon on the way, Goldie's hunches about this case may prove to be all-too true-- this stuff is bad business!

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2013 4.50