Fighting Mad by Kathy Bryson

Fighting Mad by Kathy Bryson
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (291 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Laid off from her job at the bank, Carla turns to her friends for support only to find they’re more concerned about their jobs. The one person she can count on is local bartender Murphy, but what kind of example is that to set for her daughters? Having learned the hard way, Carla’s not depending on any man, even if he is cute, charming, very kind, and some kind of leprechaun?

Murphy is used to sneers. Clurichauns are the redheaded stepchildren of the leprechaun world and then there are the late-night throw-downs at his bar. What he wants, however, is to protect the dainty little mom who ogles him when she thinks no one’s looking. He knows she’s fighting overwhelming odds, but she’ll need more than bravery when the conflict between the King and Queen of the Fairies becomes outright civil war!

Carla is a single mother with two teenage girls. Her struggle to make ends meet becomes worse when she is downsized from her part-time job at the bank. From that moment on her life becomes haywire with strange happenings, weird comments from her friends and her new wedding planner business seems doomed before it’s even started.

The background of the book appears to be based on Shakespeare’s plays, in particular Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the author has woven this delicately into a modern setting. Leprechaun’s, clurichauns, fairies and many other beings from the Fey world populate the town of Fayettville, but Carla is oblivious to them all.

At times I wondered how Carla could not realize she was living in a fairy tale, not a pleasant one admittedly, but nonetheless a world of mythical beings. Even her daughters knew Murphy, the bar owner who Carla had an infatuation for, was not of this world.

I could sympathize with her when her world seemed to be going right, only to take a turn for the worse. The number of times this happened seemed to cast doom over her life, but she carried on trying.

Things come to a head when the Fey decide to go to battle on Earth, rather than their own domain. I did wonder if Carla would sit back and let things happen without any protest, especially as Murphy seemed determined to protect her no matter what. A satisfactory but unexpected ending ties up the story nicely.

I believe this is part of a series, but this book has a strong storyline is definitely a stand alone novel.

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