Review: My Kind of Town (The Long Island Coven, #1) by Shelly Laurenston

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My Kind of Town Book Cover My Kind of Town
The Long Island Coven #1
Shelly Laurenston
Paranormal Romance
Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Kindle Unlimited


Emma Luchessi may be a witch from Long Island but she is used to her life being quiet. Some may even say boring. She doesn’t mind boring. Boring is safe. Calm. Peaceful. Like beige. One doesn’t get into trouble with beige. But a wrong turn off a southern highway is about to turn Emma’s beige life into everything but boring.

Kyle Treharne’s a good ol’ boy with a sheriff’s badge and a difficult population to manage. He wishes he had to worry about gangs and drugs and car-jackings. Instead, he has to worry about big cats fighting with wolves, bears fighting over honey, and hyenas fighting with everyone. And now, out of nowhere, he’s got a human outsider riling up all the locals by asking too many questions. She’s just so paranoid. And doesn’t trust Kyle a lick. These city gals. They just don’t know how to relax, do they?

Of course, Kyle is a big cat. He knows how to relax and he’d be more than willing to help Emma learn how. He’d be willing to help Emma do all sorts of things if she’d just give him half a chance.

But it turns out Emma coming to Smithville isn’t a simple accident. She’s been brought here and she’s bringing change and danger right along with her. Lucky for Emma, Kyle and the rest of the town like a bit of danger…

Originally published in Sun, Sand, Sex.


OMG How did I miss this series by Shelly Laurenston. I can’t believe I haven’t read this sooner. I love Laurenston. She always makes me smile and laugh with her stories.

My Kind of Town is a short story in The Long Island Coven series. It does take place in the same universe as her other shifter series, but without any character connections. The Long Island Coven series is an unfinished series, boo hoo, and I do hope/wish the author will one day come back to it; because there are more interesting coven members to explore.

Now onto My Kind of Town. It’s a cute, fun, and enjoyable read. It has a nice blend of witch’s and shifter’s. It was previously published in an anthology, Sun, Sand, Sex. I’m glad it’s out as a single novella available in KU or to buy.

Emma is a witch and a powerful one at that. She likes her quiet life, but when she goes on a mission for her Coven, her quiet and calm life changes.

Kyle is a shifter and the town he lives in has secrets. To ensure that know one finds out those secrets he try’s to keep outsides out.

We are introduced to an interesting town and the characters that live their plus Emma’s Coven. There is a lot packed into this short novella, the romance is steamy, and there is also some fun moments that made me chuckle.

I do feel that this story needed to be longer and maybe more flushed out, but it was still a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed it.

Rated: 3.5 Stars

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

6 comments on “Review: My Kind of Town (The Long Island Coven, #1) by Shelly Laurenston

  1. What a great find, Angela! I love realizing I missed a book by favorite authors and getting to finally read it.

    • It was a nice surprise to find this. Thanks for visiting and checking out my review.

  2. Sounds like a great find! Too bad it’s unfinished, but at least you know that going in.
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    • I wish the author had more in this series and made the stories more fuller, but The Long Island Coven was still enjoyable and fun to read.

  3. Ooo, now this would be purrrfect for the Fraterfest Readathon!
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    • ^_^ Fraterfest Rocks! Thanks for visiting!