Review: Shadow Hunter (Rosie O’Grady’s Paranormal Bar and Grill #1) by B.R. Kingsolver

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Rosie O'Grady's Paranormal Bar and Grill #1
B.R. Kingsolver
Urban Fantasy
April 7, 2019
Kindle Unlimited


When my magic manifested at puberty, my parents sold me to the Illuminati. They trained me as an assassin, spy, and thief. But when they sent me to steal a magical artifact that reveals Truth in all things, I discovered that I was working for the Dark and not the Light. The Illuminati trained me well, and paid the ultimate price for their deception.

Thousands of miles away, I landed a job in a quirky little bar. But the scattered remnants of the Order still strive for world domination, and no one leaves the Illuminati alive.


Shadow Hunter is book one in the Rosie O’Grady’s Paranormal Bar and Grill by B.R. Kingsolver. This is my first taste of Kingsolver.

I saw this book on Caffeinated Reviews, so I decided to take a closer look. The cover, blurb, and series title, Rosie O’Grady’s Paranormal Bar and Grill, peeked my interest in this Urban Fantasy series and I saw that it’s on Kindle Unlimited, so I decided to give it a try. I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.

Erin, our heroine, is a young women who was sold to the Illuminati when her powers manifested. She was trained by them to be an assassin and has learned that not everything in the Illuminati world is as it seems; good vs evil, light and dark, black and white. And, she decides to leave the order, but no one gets out of the order alive.

The story isn’t perfect as with most first books in a series, but it moves along nicely with a mix of snark, humor, and building of friendships. Erin is a smart, athletic, and a tough heroine, but she lacks in some areas and you’d think she wouldn’t. One area that got to me was her social experiences. It just did fit and it clashed with what I expected a highly trained assassin would know.

There is also a possible love interest, but Erin is focussed on getting her feet under her and finding out who she is now that she’s no longer an assassin. The suspense and murder mystery keep us on our toes and the world-building is straightforward. The secondary characters are an interesting bunch and I look forward to seeing more of them.

Shadow Hunter has potential and was a decedent start to the Rosie O’Grady’s Paranormal Bar and Grill series. I’m curious to see how/if things will develop a little better and how Erin grows. It’s got some cool bones and fascinating possibilities.

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: Shadow Hunter (Rosie O’Grady’s Paranormal Bar and Grill #1) by B.R. Kingsolver

  1. Shadow Hunter sounds like it might be a pretty good read for me to enjoy! Thanks for sharing your review and have a sunshiny day!

    • I’ve only read book 1 & 2, but plan to read on when I get KU again. It’s been enjoyable. Nice UF. Hope you enjoy and thank you for checking out my review.

  2. I remember seeing it on CR and thought it sounded fun, too. So glad to see it was a little rough like first books, but was still pretty good.
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    • Ya, as first books go it was like most in a series. I’ve found some good reads of CR. Thanks for visiting!

  3. OH, this does sound interesting. First books can be a mixed bag, but luckily you won’t have to wait to try book 2. I look forward to your review of that one.

    • I agree some first books I have mixed feelings. That’s why I like to give a series book 2 or 3 before saying nope, but this series isn’t one of those. It’s been enjoyable and good. I like it! Happy Reading and thanks for visiting.