#Review of In the Cards by Ariel Dawn

Hi everyone! 

I know, it’s been a while, but… life happens… and not in a fun way! 


I’m back with a review! 

So, here’s the thing, my editor recommended this box set to me. Which I couldn’t get my hands on because Amazon loathes me (nothing new, it’s a long story that I will not get into here). However, she really wanted me to read it since she’s the one that edited the story and being in a funk with my writing and EXTREMELY sleep-deprived, I agreed. She reached out to the author, and I got a copy to review.

Without further ado, I’ll post the details to the collection below, then sweep into my review. Keep in mind, I’m only reviewing one story. 

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08JM8DF3G?tag=k067c9-20

Blurb: The veil is thin. Darkness calls. Will you answer?

Halloween curses plague the daring heroes and spunky heroines in this spirited collection of tales. A Cursed All Hallows’ Eve brings you 20+ stories stuffed with everything from dark gods to brooding shifters, delivering hours of decadent, pleasure-filled reading from bestselling and award-winning urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors.

If you can’t get enough of those supernatural creatures—vampires, ghosts, witches, demons, and fae—this limited edition collection will alternately thrill you with the spicy and tempt you with the sweet. Delve into these worlds where the living haunt the dead and the undead tempt the breathing.

Answer the call, because this Halloween, not all the costumes are disguises.

Now, I’m going to dive right in. Slight spoilers ahead!

The story is about Ember, a psychic specializing in tarot readings. While preparing to meet customers she reads her own fortune. At the end of the day, a blue-eyed hottie comes in asking for a reading. He draws the same cards she did earlier in the day. To top it off, she’s been dreaming about him for as long as she can remember. 


I’m going to shut up now and just tell you what I thought. 

Honestly? It wasn’t my cup of tea. I like stories that surprise you, that mislead you, twists and runs, a red herring or two along the way. I like a story that’ll punch you in the gut and heal the hurt down the line.

This wasn’t that. 

It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong. It’s well written (if riddled with cliches and cheesy tropes, but then, that was the point, I guess!). If you want a sweet story with a HEA, that’s got minimal spice and no surprises lurking and you love the soulmate angle, this is for you. 

For a Halloween story, it was adorable. Might not be my usual must-read, but I wouldn’t say no to reading something else by this author. That said: rumor has it she’s about to release book 2, which centers on Ember’s best friend, Ava, who’s a bit of a mystery. 

Stay safe, everybody and stay true to yourself! 

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