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Counterfeit Magic (Otherworld Stories #10.4)

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The first rule of a supernatural fight club?
Don’t kill your opponent.


When the fighters come with lethal spells, werewolf strength and half-demon powers, that can be a lot tougher than it sounds. It’s hard to attract talent if they know they might not leave the ring alive. So when fighters at a California club start dying … it’s bad for business.

Witch detectives Paige Winte
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Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published December 2010 by Subterranean Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Tatiana
Paige's books are not favorites of mine and I dislike the narrator of her audiobooks in a major way. The Paige/Lucas pairing never worked for me romance-wise. It is just so infinitely dull! In this novella their relationship has a particularly rinse-and-repeat quality to it. Whenever I got to some vague allusion to the fab schmexy times these two apparently have behind the closed doors, I couldn't stop myself from rolling my eyes. How many times should this be repeated? Please, show, don't tell! ...more
Samantha
Dec 15, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, urban-fantasy
Counterfeit Magic takes place right before Waking the Witch and is told from Paige Winterbourne's perspective. In this novella, Paige and company are hired to investigate a death in one of the supernatural fight clubs. I really loved this one, even though it ends a little abruptly. What really drew me in was seeing the emotional struggle Paige and Lucas were facing as he steps firmly into his role of heir to the Cortez Cabal. I would highly recommend this to fans of the series.
Frankie
I first ordered this off Amazon but of course the book was limited edition like most of her novellas now and I was unable to get it. However I have managed to get it in audio book form, which is new for me. It took me a while to get passed the annoying voice reading it to me.

I found Paige’s character felt very different to what I’ve read in books, her character seemed more picky of people and less forgiving. Normally she’s very nice even to cruel people. Her relationship with Lucas also didn’t
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
This is a mostly Lucas and Paige novella w/ some Savannah (who for a portion of this goes by "Georgia" lolz), and a dash of Adam.

1. Lucas and Paige are not my favorite. No reason that I can point at with my finger--they just aren't.

2. Sometimes I think I'm fooling myself when I think that I only have a couple of major book turns offs: child victims, rape, cheating . . . those (I thought) were the big ones. If any of those three things happen in book, chances are it's going a get a BIG thumbs dow
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Danya
May 16, 2010 Danya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, urban-fantasy
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Kelly
Oh, guys. Before I even attempt to do justice to Kelley Armstrong's gorgeous world I need to talk about how very, very pretty this book is. I sprung for the signed, limited edition hardcover of this little beauty and I am so incredibly impressed by it. The interior artwork is gorgeous, the paper is heavyweight and it feels downright decadent against my fingers. If I could date a book, I'd date this one. It's just that pretty. *swoon* I totally get why people COMMIT CRIMES against other people ov ...more
Mel
Oct 09, 2011 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bitten was the first ever Urban Fantasy book I ever read and still one of my favourites. So I get very excited whenever a new Otherworld book is released – and disappointed when I can’t get my hands on them straight away. Counterfeit Magic isn’t a full novel, but a novella that was originally a limited edition release complete with beautiful art work. I wasn’t able to get my hands on a copy, but a couple of years later and the magic of e-books means I can finally read this story, set shortly bef ...more
chucklesthescot
Paige and Lucas have had relationship issues since Lucas started working with the Cabal, whose members ignore Paige. Now Paige is feeling jealous as Lucas has to work with an attractive young client who is obviously trying to seduce him. Savannah goes undercover at a supernatural fight club to find out what happened to the woman's brother.

I prefer stories about the wolf pack but this was a decent story focusing on Paige, Lucas, Adam and Savannah. I'm not a Savannah fan because I find her to be a
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Caroline
Apr 07, 2012 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, prose, audio, library
This is a short novel that comes late in a 'series' so it's probably not a good place to start. But I'd heard good things about Kelley Armstrong, and was feeling like a short audiobook, so I picked it up on a whim from the library. It's not anything earth-shattering, but it scratches a nice itch, because it's a fantasy story set (mostly) in the real world that is about grownups living their grownup lives. Instead of a coming-of-age story about the epic battle of good and evil, or a romance about ...more
Jennifer
Nov 15, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing

I love the Women of the Otherworld series and have wanted to read this novella since it first came out. So after getting a kindle this week Counterfeit Magic was my first ebook purchase.

I really enjoy Savannah and Paige so it was great to get to read another story featuring them. I will be so sad when the last book 13 comes out.

Counterfeit Magic has Paige and Savannah go undercover in a supernatural fight club. We get some of Adam and Lucas too!

I love this series. So I enjoyed the novella. It's
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Robin
Feb 04, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard not to like this book. The witchy/cabal contingent are some of my favorite characters in the Armstrong-verse, and this focused on them. It seemed the shorter format kept everything moving along too, no dead air. No side trips. No distractions. I wanted more, which is a great thing to say at the end of a novella. I would give this five stars except......well, it was a little unbelievable. I mean, really? I loved the resolution, though, I really did. Served him right. But, you know, I ju ...more
Star
Mar 29, 2012 Star rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please note: this is a novella set in the Women of the Otherworld universe. Keeping this mind, I very much enjoyed this short foray into Paige and Lucas's business life. However, as it is in any world, things are not as as simple as they seem on the surface. With just a short 141 pages, Ms. Armstrong has you in her grasp. I read this book in one sitting and if you are a true fan of the series, please find a copy to buy or borrow and lose yourself in it's pages!
Katie
Partially, this has just never been my favorite subsection of this world and partially it rested on a plot I don't like much. (view spoiler) I also didn't totally follow the larger plot.

BUT. Mostly, I read this because I needed to read writing that just flowed for me and Kelley Armstrong's does that.
Melanie
Dec 25, 2010 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this story, but then I have not read a book or short story in the Women of the Otherworld series that I haven't liked (though stories with Clay are my favorite). This story really makes me want to read Spell Bound.
Donna
Jan 03, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, kindle-read
This was a short novella, and took me a couple of sessions to read. It features Lucas, Paige & Savannah in one of their investigations into supernatural goings-on. Can't really say much more about it, but if you are a Kelley Armstrong fan you will enjoy it.
Alysa Farrell
I found this book a little rushed, I normally don't read the point whatever books in a series as they tend to not really be useful to the story arc...this one felt a bit strained...but it was a quick read and easy, getting interrupted while reading wasn't a big deal as it was easy to pick up again quickly.

Not a must read in this series, but it was entertaining.
Ella
Jan 08, 2013 Ella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short one.
The basic premise is that a beautiful half-demon client named Ava shows up at a supernatural detective agency demanding to speak only to the lawyer-turned-PI Lucas Cortez (who also happens to be a Sorcerer), who is still dealing with the fallout of his brother's death and his ascension to what is basically acting CEO of the Cortez cabal (Cabal's being the most powerful political and financial organizations in the supernatural world and very much "old boys clubs") his wife, T
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Katie Michaels
“Counterfeit Magic” is the latest installment in Kelley Armstrong’s fabulous Otherworld series. It’s not a full length novel, but a limited release novella. The narrator in this installment is Paige, an independent and optimistic witch, who runs an PI agency with her sorcerer husband, Lucas. It’s great to have a Lucas and Paige story. We’ve seen the evolution of their nine year relationship since the very beginning, with Dime Store Magic. And I’ve always rooted for them.

Anyway, the story begins
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Catherine
Good, fast read. I liked it.
Kale
Sep 22, 2011 Kale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Paige is back in the most current edition of Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Other World Counterfeit Magic. Mysterious deaths are happening at an underground fight club, and Paige is determined to solve this case regardless of her client's obvious interest in her husband. But Paige trusts Lucas. Doesn't She? Trouble is brewing in martial paradise for Paige and Lucas.

The story picks up a few years into the future like Waking the Witch where Savannah is fully legal, Adam is a partner in her and L
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Shelley
Counterfeit Magic takes place within Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld setting and features some of the characters from that world. Paige, Lucas, Savannah, and Adam, all who work for Cortez-Winterbourne investigations. I like Paige and Lucas and wish sometimes that people wouldn't just ignore them for more Elena and the rest of the werewolf pack.

This novella follows Personal Demons, in which Lucas lost two of his brothers during the course of an investigation. He is then asked to take on more
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Nancy O'Toole
When Ava Cookson asks Cortez-Winterbourne Investigations to solve her brother's murder, Paige Winterbourne and Savannah Levine find themselves going undercover in the world of supernatural fight clubs. As Paige digs for clues, and Savannah throws punches (and knockback spells) in the ring, Paige's husband, Lucas Cortez, follows a lead working with the very attractive (and rather flirtatious) Ava. Paige can't help but feel a twinge of unease over her usually rock solid marriage, but there's no wa ...more
Sandy
Feb 10, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Liath
May 07, 2011 Liath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Diese Geschichte ist aus der Sicht der Hexe Paige Winterbourne geschrieben die, zusammen mit ihrem Mann dem Zauberer Lucas Cortez, als Privatdetektiv arbeitet. Die beiden habe sich auf übernatürliche Fälle spezialisiert.
So verwundert es auch keinen als eine Halb-Dämonin die Agentur betritt und um Hilfe bittet. Ava so der Name der Klientin, wollte ihrem hochverschuldeten Bruder helfen, indem sie bei einem Fight Club für „supernaturals“ mitkämpft. Nach dem Kampf kam es zum Streit mit ihm un
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Jessica
Dec 17, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2013
While at the library I wandered the shelves and couldn't decide on anything. I was in one of those strange moods where I didn't know what I wanted to read, didn't want to commit to something just so-so but wanted to get into something good. Fast was also something I wanted since it's the holiday season and I have less time to read with all the family visiting and such. When I saw this little novella I grabbed it. I've never read Armstrong before and thought this would be a good way to see if she ...more
Ian Wood
Jan 18, 2015 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

This year Subterranean Press has published several novellas written by authors who’ve been on my radar but not necessarily at the top of my To Be Read stack. These little books are a perfect introduction to such writers because they’re easy to read in a few hours and I can get the “feel” or “flavor” of the authors and their worlds without spending a lot of time engaged in a longer novel, one that may not even be the end of the story.

Kelley Armstrong’s Coun
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Anika
Sep 22, 2011 Anika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was short but full of everything as usual. Kelley’s always has an amazing story line, it keeps you glue to the book turning page after page to see what will happens next. This story was about Savannah and Paige doing some undercover work as boxer and manager. You can guess who as the boxer was Savannah and you know who won too. They were investigating why boxers were dying at a gym run by two brothers (Ethan and Tommy). At first they thought they it was the younger brother Tommy interfering c ...more
Christal
Fabulous side story for the Winterbourne-Cortez-Levine crew. This takes place before Waking the Witch, but after Paige and Lucas have gotten the family business up and running.

Lucas' last living brother is trying to make it so his little brother will give up the cabal throne and allow him to succeed their father. To do this he employs a woman who's demon brother got himself killed over gambling debts to use counterfeit magic to make Paige believe that Lucas has cheated with her while away on th
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  • Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 (Otherworld Stories, #8.1; The Chronicles of the Black Company 0.3)
  • Blood Lite II: Overbite  (Otherworld Stories, #10.3)
  • The Bitten Word
  • Dates From Hell (The Hollows, #2.5; Otherworld Stories, #5.2)
  • By Blood We Live
  • My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
  • Vampires: The Recent Undead
  • Red Velvet and Absinthe
  • Moon Dance (Blood Bound, #1)
  • Barely Human
  • Armor of Roses and The Silver Voice
  • Caught Forever Between (Hoodoo, #2.5)
  • The Gauntlet (Cassandra Palmer #0.5)
  • The Urban Fantasy Anthology
  • Kitty's Greatest Hits (Kitty Norville)
  • Vampire Love Story Boxed Set (Five Novels)
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a
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Other Books in the Series

Otherworld Stories (5 books)
  • Men of the Otherworld (Otherworld Stories, #1)
  • Tales of the Otherworld (Otherworld Stories, #2)
  • Otherworld Nights (Otherworld Stories, #3)
  • Otherworld Secrets (Otherworld Stories, #4)
  • Otherworld Chills (Otherworld Stories, #5)

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