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After a close encounter of the hotspot kind, Nadine’s paws are full figuring out how to feed her thirsty vampire of a brother, trying to convince the CDC she actually can be a shapeshifter infected with the lycanthropy virus, and dodging the pack of crazy women out for her blood—or her brother’s body. She’s not sure if they want her or her brother, but she doesn’t want to f After a close encounter of the hotspot kind, Nadine’s paws are full figuring out how to feed her thirsty vampire of a brother, trying to convince the CDC she actually can be a shapeshifter infected with the lycanthropy virus, and dodging the pack of crazy women out for her blood—or her brother’s body. She’s not sure if they want her or her brother, but she doesn’t want to find out. Nadine knows one thing for certain: her backwater town is too small for everybody coming to pay her family of two a visit. Maybe she doesn’t have a male platypus’s venomous spurs, but she’s ready to put up a fight to protect her brother, and not even the sexy plaid-clad stranger strutting his stuff is going to lure her away from home. Assuming she’ll be given a choice in the matter is only the first of her mistakes. Warning: this novel contains the mythical plaidypus and other deadly puns, romance, bodies, a minimum of two Canadians, and a mandatory magical adventure to Australia. Proceed with caution.


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After a close encounter of the hotspot kind, Nadine’s paws are full figuring out how to feed her thirsty vampire of a brother, trying to convince the CDC she actually can be a shapeshifter infected with the lycanthropy virus, and dodging the pack of crazy women out for her blood—or her brother’s body. She’s not sure if they want her or her brother, but she doesn’t want to f After a close encounter of the hotspot kind, Nadine’s paws are full figuring out how to feed her thirsty vampire of a brother, trying to convince the CDC she actually can be a shapeshifter infected with the lycanthropy virus, and dodging the pack of crazy women out for her blood—or her brother’s body. She’s not sure if they want her or her brother, but she doesn’t want to find out. Nadine knows one thing for certain: her backwater town is too small for everybody coming to pay her family of two a visit. Maybe she doesn’t have a male platypus’s venomous spurs, but she’s ready to put up a fight to protect her brother, and not even the sexy plaid-clad stranger strutting his stuff is going to lure her away from home. Assuming she’ll be given a choice in the matter is only the first of her mistakes. Warning: this novel contains the mythical plaidypus and other deadly puns, romance, bodies, a minimum of two Canadians, and a mandatory magical adventure to Australia. Proceed with caution.

30 review for Plaidypus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Damn, I really wanted to like this one. I think I might need to take a break from this author for a while. I love the series and main characters but its getting predictable. I liked Nadine and Leonard, I liked the beginning and the zombie moose Icy. I started getting bored with the new truck and the shopping spree. Nadine was a strong capable character but as much as I like Lucy, he became a pop up spoiler and smothering Nadine with protection. It felt like she’d faded into the background with t Damn, I really wanted to like this one. I think I might need to take a break from this author for a while. I love the series and main characters but its getting predictable. I liked Nadine and Leonard, I liked the beginning and the zombie moose Icy. I started getting bored with the new truck and the shopping spree. Nadine was a strong capable character but as much as I like Lucy, he became a pop up spoiler and smothering Nadine with protection. It felt like she’d faded into the background with the appearance of Kannika, Bailey and the other stronger characters. After Ernesto’s redemption, there was an abrupt shift as if they couldn’t be bothered to go on. I did enjoy Lucy getting hit by the stone and releasing the geese of the apocalypse. I’m still enjoying the bigger picture and will probably still pre-order the next one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Selenay

    You can read this book on its own, but I wouldn't really recommend it. Instead, I would at least re-read Hoofin' It. The Lucy-books (e.g A Chip on Her Shoulder, Whatever for Hire and some more) have a lot of tie-ins as well. I read every last magical romantic comedy so far and it's quiet satisfying to see all the threads and different storylines cross and entangle. That said, something you have to get used to with many books in this series is, that the expected end is not the one that will really ha You can read this book on its own, but I wouldn't really recommend it. Instead, I would at least re-read Hoofin' It. The Lucy-books (e.g A Chip on Her Shoulder, Whatever for Hire and some more) have a lot of tie-ins as well. I read every last magical romantic comedy so far and it's quiet satisfying to see all the threads and different storylines cross and entangle. That said, something you have to get used to with many books in this series is, that the expected end is not the one that will really happen; more often than not, everybody works towards a goal and talks about it and everything, but then it ends way different. (I don't want to spoil but if you've read several books of this series, I guess you know what I'm talking about) So for me, these books are more like talking a walk in this world, enjoying the way and everything that pops up around me instead of an adventure with a lot of tension and a goal that has to be reached. Another thing is that there are no sex-scenes and I would be very surprised if the author would ever write one. That's not a bad thing just something to adjust your expectations to.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather Hammond

    Awesome read, mate! Loved it, as I love all her stories. Nadine and Leonard are so cute together, in a sensible grown up polite Canadian way. Loved the cameos from other characters as well, Lucy is always a delight. Now I have a new nickname for snakes too; danger noodles!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adena Lee

    The author's light-hearted yet serious prose was just what I needed to pick me up after a couple of really stress-filled days, and it was a fun, enthralling mental escape. I just had to read this as soon as I checked the table of contents. Why? 2 words - "zombie moose". Any reader whose imagination does not go into overdrive on reading those words either needs a significant injection of curiosity or resurrection. Thanks, Ms. Blain for a wonderful read! The author's light-hearted yet serious prose was just what I needed to pick me up after a couple of really stress-filled days, and it was a fun, enthralling mental escape. I just had to read this as soon as I checked the table of contents. Why? 2 words - "zombie moose". Any reader whose imagination does not go into overdrive on reading those words either needs a significant injection of curiosity or resurrection. Thanks, Ms. Blain for a wonderful read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    So this one is tough to rate. The first 10 chapters I’d give 4 stars. The problem is that everything after that feels like aimless conversation. There’s next to no plot progression (and the plot that was introduced in the beginning is completely scrapped), previous characters are brought back without contributing anything to the story, and the resolution to the new shoehorned-in plot doesn’t come. The entire reason all the characters end up on Australia is never addressed on page. The entire sec So this one is tough to rate. The first 10 chapters I’d give 4 stars. The problem is that everything after that feels like aimless conversation. There’s next to no plot progression (and the plot that was introduced in the beginning is completely scrapped), previous characters are brought back without contributing anything to the story, and the resolution to the new shoehorned-in plot doesn’t come. The entire reason all the characters end up on Australia is never addressed on page. The entire second half of the book is just an exercise in frustration.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    {Since GR won't let me give accurate stars like (redacted) does I have to round up. This a 4.25 to 4.5 star read for me which won't reflect on GR if I round down.} While not my favourite entry in the series, this is a very fun read. I think someone could probably manage to read it as a standalone but it's better to read in order. At the very least, I'd suggest they read Whatever for Hire first. Playing with Fire and Hoofin' It would also help, but I feel like Whatever for Hire gives a decent feel {Since GR won't let me give accurate stars like (redacted) does I have to round up. This a 4.25 to 4.5 star read for me which won't reflect on GR if I round down.} While not my favourite entry in the series, this is a very fun read. I think someone could probably manage to read it as a standalone but it's better to read in order. At the very least, I'd suggest they read Whatever for Hire first. Playing with Fire and Hoofin' It would also help, but I feel like Whatever for Hire gives a decent feel for the proper (view spoiler)[hellish (hide spoiler)] vibes, if someone doesn't want to read multiple books before starting this one at least. One of the things I appreciate about Blain is that she isn't high angst, even when she writes traumatized characters (in other stories). An oasis in the time of covid and the ram ranch resistance tbh. But that can sometimes make denouements fizzle a little... to the unfamiliar reader. Contextually tho, I think it's generally got consistent internal logic when that happens. This is one of those stories, but it makes sense for the characters when you think about it. Really hoping they make cameos in other books btw. Would I recommend it? Duh, of course, I always recommend this series. Would I recommend it as a gateway to the series? Not as much. I feel like if I didn't have my knowledge of the universe this story exists in, I might have found it less entertaining. It's not that she didn't provide details about existing characters or anything, I just think that when things slowed down or took a weird 90° turn it helped that I was used to it. I understood THE VIBE. I knew it would pay off. New reader might not get that. Still, it was a fun romp I thoroughly enjoyed as a belated birthday present to myself.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pam Collins

    Fun with an edge! I highly recommend this hilarious book, and the fascinating series associated with it, to readers who love reading, what may seem like, a slightly irreverent Fantasy. It truly isn't tho, as you read the books, you'll see that faith in a higher spirit is essential to the stories. I particularly enjoy the way the devil character loves God and his brother Arch Angels. The longer I live, the more certain I am that God has a great sense of humor, as well as a Love for all creation. I Fun with an edge! I highly recommend this hilarious book, and the fascinating series associated with it, to readers who love reading, what may seem like, a slightly irreverent Fantasy. It truly isn't tho, as you read the books, you'll see that faith in a higher spirit is essential to the stories. I particularly enjoy the way the devil character loves God and his brother Arch Angels. The longer I live, the more certain I am that God has a great sense of humor, as well as a Love for all creation. I am so thankful Blain is still writing this series, it brightens and lightens my heart.

  8. 4 out of 5

    S. Gleason

    Moose and Canada Geese I don’t know where Ms. Blain gets her plot twists from, but I sincerely hope the well never runs dry. While the story follows the theme of the series, in that the main character is hopeless at recognizing a love interest, this one is by far the best at twists and turns in the story line. It also ties up some loose ends from previous books in a way only Ms. Blain can manage, without the resolution feeling trite or like it’s an afterthought. While all her stories are funny as Moose and Canada Geese I don’t know where Ms. Blain gets her plot twists from, but I sincerely hope the well never runs dry. While the story follows the theme of the series, in that the main character is hopeless at recognizing a love interest, this one is by far the best at twists and turns in the story line. It also ties up some loose ends from previous books in a way only Ms. Blain can manage, without the resolution feeling trite or like it’s an afterthought. While all her stories are funny as hell, be they dark or light humor, she always manages to explore the main characters emotions in a deeply thoughtful manner. Thank you for making reading fun again!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    Oh God I adore these books!!!!! Nadine had a moose hit her car and it killed her brother and the moose 😲 They then hit a hotspot that's been churning out Vampires. The moose becomes a zombie, for a while, and her brother a Vamp. But the run is, they live near a town that sees a Vamp and kills them without a care. So she needs to keep Mathieu 'alive'. Things start to go pair shaped when three vampire sisters and a hunky plaid wearing wolf turn up. Then Lucifer gets involved and all bets are off. Along wi Oh God I adore these books!!!!! Nadine had a moose hit her car and it killed her brother and the moose 😲 They then hit a hotspot that's been churning out Vampires. The moose becomes a zombie, for a while, and her brother a Vamp. But the run is, they live near a town that sees a Vamp and kills them without a care. So she needs to keep Mathieu 'alive'. Things start to go pair shaped when three vampire sisters and a hunky plaid wearing wolf turn up. Then Lucifer gets involved and all bets are off. Along with a trip to Australia!!! Absolute corker of a book. PLUS we got to see my favourite Cindercorns 😁😁😁😁 I hope this series runs for ages 🙏🙏🙏👍🏻😉😁

  10. 4 out of 5

    M.F. Moody

    RJ Blain never fails to bring the goods. Let me state, I am an Australian. There were a LOT of things about our country that RJ Blain got spot on. We love embellishing how dangerous our country is. We do have some odd food that we adore. We also make a mean iced coffee. And I'm pretty sure that death by paddy-melon and Horses of the Apocalypse is getting off lightly for desecrating one of our oldest, most famous, and most sacred sites. I have yet to read a book of hers I did not love. As long as R RJ Blain never fails to bring the goods. Let me state, I am an Australian. There were a LOT of things about our country that RJ Blain got spot on. We love embellishing how dangerous our country is. We do have some odd food that we adore. We also make a mean iced coffee. And I'm pretty sure that death by paddy-melon and Horses of the Apocalypse is getting off lightly for desecrating one of our oldest, most famous, and most sacred sites. I have yet to read a book of hers I did not love. As long as RJ Blain continues to write, I will continue to buy and read her books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    plot an excuse to romp with old characters Honestly, the plot in this book was somewhat thin though important to the world building. What it really does is give us some wonderful new characters while checking in with old ones and helping you better understand the world. And it does so wonderfully. If you were hoping for a book focused on a fresh romance, that part is also rather thin. The humor is crazy and on point as always if you liked it in all the other book and haven’t been getting sick of plot an excuse to romp with old characters Honestly, the plot in this book was somewhat thin though important to the world building. What it really does is give us some wonderful new characters while checking in with old ones and helping you better understand the world. And it does so wonderfully. If you were hoping for a book focused on a fresh romance, that part is also rather thin. The humor is crazy and on point as always if you liked it in all the other book and haven’t been getting sick of it

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rosanne Reeve

    A zombie moose that loves to cuddle and a platypus shifter. Do I need to say anything else?? If you have read any other books in the series, there are some familiar (and loved) characters that show up. A couple of loose ends from previous books get tied up in this crazy wild goose chase across Australia and Nadine is caught up in Satin..I mean Satan's shenanigans. I love this series and this book is a wonderfully, crazy, messed up, laugh out loud addition to it. A zombie moose that loves to cuddle and a platypus shifter. Do I need to say anything else?? If you have read any other books in the series, there are some familiar (and loved) characters that show up. A couple of loose ends from previous books get tied up in this crazy wild goose chase across Australia and Nadine is caught up in Satin..I mean Satan's shenanigans. I love this series and this book is a wonderfully, crazy, messed up, laugh out loud addition to it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Enjoyed our trip to Aus, my own country :) Would've liked more of a connection between Nadine & Leonard, as they didn't spend much time together I didn't really feel the connection. Nadine had more of a connection with Lucy Satin McSmartypants & Darlene. I did love Icy, the zombie moose though, that was very clever. Also enjoyed the Chief Quinns' and seeing Kanika & Malcolm. Looking forward to the next book in Dirty Deeds 2, next month! Enjoyed our trip to Aus, my own country :) Would've liked more of a connection between Nadine & Leonard, as they didn't spend much time together I didn't really feel the connection. Nadine had more of a connection with Lucy Satin McSmartypants & Darlene. I did love Icy, the zombie moose though, that was very clever. Also enjoyed the Chief Quinns' and seeing Kanika & Malcolm. Looking forward to the next book in Dirty Deeds 2, next month!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    I liked it! This is one of those books that you need to slow down to read. It's got a lot of characters, most we've met before, and new characters that are the main story in this book. What happens here is very involved and convoluted at times, yet it manages to bring full circle previous storylines! There is a lot happening here. So take your time, slow down and totally ingest the story. It's different, but I hope you like it. 🐝✋🐺 I liked it! This is one of those books that you need to slow down to read. It's got a lot of characters, most we've met before, and new characters that are the main story in this book. What happens here is very involved and convoluted at times, yet it manages to bring full circle previous storylines! There is a lot happening here. So take your time, slow down and totally ingest the story. It's different, but I hope you like it. 🐝✋🐺

  15. 4 out of 5

    JW USA

    ok The characters, dialogue and tone are identical to all the others in the series. The style remains firmly entrenched in long conversations with the action off screen. I found it frustrating that Nadine and Leonard did not actually spent time together once the Australia trip happens. After Nadine stated they hadn’t spent enough time together to know if they were suitable mates suddenly because of the plaid shirt they’re mates.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Grensberg

    I have read all this series! I actually started this series out of order because I didn't realize it was a series. I have since read every book. I love the humor of the books. I love that there is not much sex, and the sex that is, is only alluded to. But it doesn't make the romance any less. I have read all this series! I actually started this series out of order because I didn't realize it was a series. I have since read every book. I love the humor of the books. I love that there is not much sex, and the sex that is, is only alluded to. But it doesn't make the romance any less.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Moriah Maloney

    Awesome (minor spoiler) I loved this book! I started my husband by laughing out loud within the first few chapters. I loved the callback to older characters and even hints at both what's to come and what's already happened. I'll admit, I was surprised by a few moments, especially towards the end. Also, from unfortunate personalexperience, (spoilers) BEWARE OF ALL GEESE!!!!!! Awesome (minor spoiler) I loved this book! I started my husband by laughing out loud within the first few chapters. I loved the callback to older characters and even hints at both what's to come and what's already happened. I'll admit, I was surprised by a few moments, especially towards the end. Also, from unfortunate personalexperience, (spoilers) BEWARE OF ALL GEESE!!!!!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Trudey Roe

    A laugh out loud romp thru a paranormal world that only seems to be recognizable! Brilliant creativity with enough sass to render some speechless! You may sometimes find yourself looking upside down at subjects you never realized you would ever look at in that way! Open your mind and heart and enjoy A Magical Romantic Comedy!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Short

    Offensive use of sacred land I’m angry that authors still get away with appropriating Indigenous County - I can’t believe this book features non-indigenous vampires muttering unintelligible words to purify the damage of racists to a sacred site, and it’s actually about the vampires getting their souls back? Not one mention of indigenous people - so very very wrong.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather T

    Love I absolutely LOVE this series. Any books with Lucifer and his family are bound to be favorites. I love that justice always prevails on "f*cking a-holes" who are abusers, rapists, or animal abusers. I like that the female characters are tough and have the best men. And I love the moments when these make me laugh out loud. Love I absolutely LOVE this series. Any books with Lucifer and his family are bound to be favorites. I love that justice always prevails on "f*cking a-holes" who are abusers, rapists, or animal abusers. I like that the female characters are tough and have the best men. And I love the moments when these make me laugh out loud.

  21. 4 out of 5

    JustinVal

    Another amazing book in this series! I love love love this book! So much fun and so many favourite characters pop back in! There's so much more to say but I need to go re-read it right now. Another amazing book in this series! I love love love this book! So much fun and so many favourite characters pop back in! There's so much more to say but I need to go re-read it right now.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leah McCoy

    Hilarious I absolutely love this author and her books! I have read them all and find this just as comical and enjoyable as her others. I can't wait till she keeps adding to this world she has created!! Hilarious I absolutely love this author and her books! I have read them all and find this just as comical and enjoyable as her others. I can't wait till she keeps adding to this world she has created!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Loved this book! I can’t say enough good things about this book and the author. This is another story in a world that I want to live in. R.J. Blain is an amazingly talented author. You can’t go wrong picking any of her books!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Gorgen

    good I enjoyed this book. This one had a bit more focus on the female main character than the relationship, but that worked out okay. And our favorite Devil and some related family members play some larger roles. Also, who doesn’t love hot chocolate? It’s the best.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Squires

    Another Ripper Tale I loved this addition to RJ Blain's Magical Romantic Comedy series. I feel like I need to go back & reread Kanika & Darlene's stories before reading this one again, so I get more out of it. Another Ripper Tale I loved this addition to RJ Blain's Magical Romantic Comedy series. I feel like I need to go back & reread Kanika & Darlene's stories before reading this one again, so I get more out of it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica R

    Moose! Geese! Danger Noodles This installment of this series has an absolutely wonderful menagerie off animals. Some of my favorite characters reappeared for stroll through Australia with Nadine to serve justice. I already want to read it again.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Fields

    Amaze-balls!! Totally worth the wait on this one!! I giggled through the entire book! Nadine is an awesome character. I love her quick wit and “stubbornness”! And thank you so muchRJ for including more of Lucy and Darlene!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charmayne

    Zombie Moose I was hooked from the first sentence. A Zombie Moose indeed. I always love RJ's vivid imagination and this book was no exception. It was fun to have some visits from some old favorites and good to be introduced to some new favorites. Well done. :-) Zombie Moose I was hooked from the first sentence. A Zombie Moose indeed. I always love RJ's vivid imagination and this book was no exception. It was fun to have some visits from some old favorites and good to be introduced to some new favorites. Well done. :-)

  29. 4 out of 5

    MaryAnn

    Excellent addition to the MRC universe!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Evans

    Wonderful book that my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed. There are great new characters and special appearances by beloved former characters mixed in a very strange adventure.

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