Death and Relaxation

Death and Relaxation

by Devon Monk

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Exciting new urban fantasy by national bestselling author, Devon Monk

Monsters, gods, and mayhem...

Police Chief Delaney Reed can handle the Valkyries, werewolves, gill-men and other paranormal creatures who call the small beach town of Ordinary, Oregon their home. It's the vacationing gods who keep her up at night.

With the famous rhubarb festival right around the corner, small-town tensions, tempers, and godly tantrums are at an all-time high. The last thing Delaney needs is her ex-boyfriend reappearing just when she's finally caught the attention of Ryder Bailey, the one man she should never love.

No, scratch that. The actual last thing she needs is a dead body washing ashore, especially since the dead body is a god.

Catching a murderer, wrestling a god power, and re-scheduling the apocalypse? Just another day on the job in Ordinary. Falling in love with her childhood friend while trying to keep the secrets of her town secret? That's gonna take some work.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158521706
Publisher: Odd House Press
Publication date: 06/18/2016
Series: Ordinary Magic Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 8,253
File size: 477 KB

About the Author

Devon Monk is a national bestselling writer of urban fantasy. Her series include Ordinary Magic, House Immortal, Allie Beckstrom, Broken Magic, and Shame and Terric. She also writes the Age of Steam steampunk series, and the occasional short story which can be found in her collection: A Cup of Normal, and in various anthologies. She has one husband, two sons, and lives in Oregon. When not writing, Devon is either drinking too much coffee or knitting silly things.

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Death and Relaxation 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters in this book! The heroine has plenty of friends and family which read as more authentic. Even though she has this great support network she struggles with loneliness. Preach, Devon Monk!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moved along well and was hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the concept. Love the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it. Best thing since ever. I couldn't put it down. All the way. It was swag.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this book, the concept was a nice change from the usual urban fantasy. The story was quick paced, and held my interest even while being a bit predictible. I look forward to seeing the characters develop a bit as the series continues.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
This is a good story but the book ended in the middle of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow boring oring boring Dont care about any of these people or the story Pretty sure i wont bother to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of characters begging for more words, the9 unfinished sub plots do their job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story. Definitwly reading book 2
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kristi_c More than 1 year ago
I love this trilogy. You get to see relationships develop and change, the mystery keeps your interest, and the banter is great.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Charming storyline, very original. I really enjoyed this book and will read the second book in the series.
IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
I love reading any book by Devon Monk. Each series has a distinct voice. I have my favorites of her series and this has been added to that list. A much more lighthearted book than her others, practically a paranormal cozy. Great setting in a small town along the Oregon coast, a place I'd love to visit, especially now that I know its secret. Deities and non-humans need a place to have fun too, escape their workload, so they come to Ordinary. They leave their powers at the door in the care of the Reeds. Specifically Delaney Reed, chief of police and leader of the Reed family now that her father has passed on. Such a superb premise, exactly what I have come to expect from Devon Monk. Only the Reeds and the other vacationing deities and non-humans know the secret. There are human residents and many visitors to the town but they are kept in the dark. Great characters, especially the town cranky-pants. What has made him so bitter? I hope Devon delves into that in future. The interactions between the vampires, weres, and vacationing deities is great. Rules must be followed and keeping the town running looks to be a handful. There's a mysterious love interest, Ryder Bailey, who is back in town. Made for some interesting dreams on my part since I read this book each night just before sleep. Apparently my subconscious thinks Ryder looks like Matthew McConaghey. A definite recommend for this and I look forward to the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story! Good characters!
croush12 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! Monk does a great job giving each character a unique personality and weaving them together into a community. She has a unique sense of humor in her writing that I love (amber alert god...cracks me up every time). Good paced plot. Not a cliffhanger ending, but lets you know there is more to come. Enjoy! On a separate note, I know writers can never write fast enough to suit their readers (guilty) so am loving the pace at which Ms. Monk is releasing her books recently!
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
Devon Monk has a new series! Small town politics, family legacies, lost loves, vacationing gods, mysterious deaths, and lots and lots of rhubarb. Be sure to check out this fun new series. What drew me to this book: I’m a big fan of Devon Monk; I love her Allie Beckstrom and House Immortal series. So when I saw she had a new series coming out, I was pretty excited. Plus, the cover, designed by Lou Harper, is lovely. Why I kept reading: Death and Relaxation is a lighter series than I’m used to from Monk, but I really liked it. It’s a murder mystery, a light urban fantasy, and a bit of paranormal romance all in one book. The small town of Ordinary is home to many things—the Reed family, the Rhubarb festival, and every type of supernatural creature and divine immortal imaginable. The Police Chief, Delaney Reed, gets to deal with it all, including vacationing gods, old boyfriends, the death of a god, and the rehousing of the god’s power. Oh, and judging the Rhubarb festival—and she doesn’t even like rhubarb. At one point, I thought I had the romance part of this book figured out; but I was totally wrong. At least, so far. I never did have the murder figured out. I like that! The end of the book hints that there are much bigger things in store for Ordinary. With so much going on in this small town, I have no doubt there will be more good things to come. Why I recommend it: Monk’s new book is great entertainment. It gives you a little taste of several genres and the mystery is unpredictable. The town and characters are interesting and quirky, as you might expect from a small town. The ending is satisfying and yet hints that things are about to get serious. I’m really looking forward to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like urban fantasy. I reaf a lot of it. It has interesting characters, plots, and world building. I bought this book because the writer has done some really good urbaan fantasy stuff, and i figured it couldnt possibly suck. I was wrong. This is not an irban fantasy novel. Its ladyporn with an urban fantasy background duct taped to it. It might very well be a very good harlequin romance, but any male teading it will find it about as entertaining as sticking a fork up their nose. No one who likes this book is able to maintain any right to complain about the worst mysogenist B action movie tripe hollywood has to offer.