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A Family Affair (Cassandra Palmer #4.1)

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"A Family Affair" is a novella connected to the New York Times bestselling Cassandra Palmer series of urban fantasy novels. It is designed primarily as an "added feature" to the series, and is intended for those already reading the books.
ebook, Free read, 46 pages
Published August 7th 2011 by Smashwords (first published August 6th 2011)
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Sep 03, 2011 Natasha rated it really liked it
'Family Affair' is an 80 page short story that takes up after 'Curse the Dawn' by Karen Chance.
A free short story is always fun, but a free Pritikin story is even better. Pritikin is honestly one of my favorite male characters I've read ever. I loved that when Cassie and Pritikin switched bodies in Curse the Dawn, you got to see into Pritikins mind and find out what he's really thinking. He's a fascinating character whose loyal, strong and although he's not traditionally handsome, he is strikin
Sheyla ✎
Oct 20, 2011 Sheyla ✎ rated it really liked it
What a treat to get a novella where Pritkin is the main character.
He is my favorite character this year (Sorry Eric, Bones, Trent/AL).

The novella starts with Pritkin making a deal with Daddy Demon, Rozier.
Rozier wants Pritkin to stop a demon. In exchange, Rozier will stop trying to kill Cassie. Pritkin agrees to this. He travels to Shadowland (a type of Hell) and later on gets attacked by the thing he was supposed to stop.
Before Pritkin leaves he makes Casanova agree to protect Cassie. Casanova
"It was epic," Rosier said… John scowled.

In A Family Affair, John Pritkin is made to make a deal with his father, Rosier, the Lord of the Incubi: Pritkin has to find and imprison an ancient demon battle queen, Ealdris, in return Rosier stops attempting to murder Cassie.

As Pritkin’s main occupation nowadays is to protect Cassie, it is worth considering, so he delegates Casanova to take care of Cassie, while he is away to chase Ealdris. Casanova is tired of all the fuss over the new pythia, s
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Great story! This is a must read for Cassandra Palmer fans.

It was hilarious and full of action, just what you'd expect when Cassie is involved.

Casanova also plays a large role in the story and his reactions and thoughts toward Cassie were hilarious.

"She was like a disease, a human virus that infected everyone around her, turning off their good sense and making them do things completely against their own best interests. Someone should lock her up, study her, figure out a vaccine before the who
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
haha that was awesome. i love how it was from pritkin's point of view and we got to see cassie from someones else view besides her own. i love reading the cassie palmer books and i love that there from her point of view but this short story was also pretty great :)

im annoyed that mircea got up cassie for sending that present to ming-de when ming-de started it, you can tell mircea still dosnt have the right feelings for cassie and still treats her as a prized trophy. he should of stuck up for cas

This was push through it boring for me. The only thing good was getting glimpses into Pritkin's past and the gifts in the beginning and end. Rosier turns from a evil menacing demon to almost a clownish like character, fist fighting with his servants. More than half of the book is chase, attack, run, and duck. It was just exhausting and not fun for me, last minute impossible saves from more than overwhelming and impossible odd in the space of 76 pages. I really was wondering when can we get to a
Aug 07, 2011 Liv rated it really liked it
Love this story about Pritkin. It was soooooo obvious in this novella that Pritkin felt more than what he was letting on for Cassie. We also saw Casanova again and he was just comical. This was a great addition to the Cassie series!! More, more please!! More of Pritkin would be nice!!!
Hazel G. (I ♥ Mancandy) *Craves the Angst Reviews* .
I loved this short! Karen Chance takes us on one heck of a joy ride with Cassie, Pritkin and Casanova as the point of view drivers. This was a terrific read. I was wholly impressed with the amount of story that was fitted into this clever and thrilling short. We got to see Cassie and Pritkin doing what they do best and we got to see a more prominent Casanova. How much better could it get? But warning, if you haven't read her previous books, check them out first. There are some pretty significant ...more
Mar 10, 2012 Lorre rated it it was amazing
I just love Pritkin so reading this additional free short story about him was a treat.
In A Family Affair, Pritkin is going on a mission for his father. If Pritkin fulfills the mission Rosier promises to stop hunting Cassie.
Off course the mission goes wrong... nothing new here with Pritkin... and off course when Cassie finds out what Pritkin's up to, she has to go help him and get's herself into trouble, which is also nothing new.
So A Family Affair is the typical Pritkin - Cassie mess which is wh
Aug 22, 2011 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans Of John Pritkin who have read the Cassie Palmer series
Finally had the chance to read this little short adventure showcased from John Pritkin's POV. Cassie Palmer is once again in danger and John puts his own life on the line. Casanova is involved and chaos ensues. I am so looking forward to reading Hunt the Moon which is sitting on my To Be Read shelf as it should pick up right where this ended. I want to know what happens to Cassie next!
ok so I may or may not have mentioned this but I adore john pritkin like. a whole lot. A WHOLE LOT!!!! so all these shorts from his pov have been a fucking treat and a delight to read. and them to make this one even better it switches from pritkin's pov to casanova's!!!!! casanova is my son. PRITKIN IS MY SON!!!! I can't believe I gave birth to these two idiot children

anyway the contrast bt these two characters is so hilarious to me. pritkin is so intense and clear headed in the face of serious
Aug 23, 2011 Suzisu rated it really liked it
Gawd I'm a sucker for a battered leather coat wearing War Mage....
Love the Pics on Karen Chance's website - yummy!!
you've gotta love Pritkin, he's thawing-out before our very eyes....
Can't think that Cassie is totally oblivious to him or the growing connection between them....
Love it, love it, love it!!
I've been saving Hunt the Moon for my hols next week.... but its oooh soooo tempting
to open it before (!)
Wendy Day
Aug 08, 2011 Wendy Day rated it liked it
I loved the story (I can't get enough of Pritkin) but I can't help but feel that the writing was not up to the usual standard. It wasnt even that the dialogue wasnt as witty or sharp, nor that the action was slower and less interesting and intricate- it was that while the story flowed, it was more like a raw sketch built on notes than a finished peice. That being said, I wish there were more to read!
Nov 06, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ela
Shelves: paranormal
I can't believe I put off reading this for so long. I don't really like short stories but this one is fabulous for any KC fans-really well paced, full of action, humour and some new persceptives. The interplay between the vampires and the demons is great and its nice to see Cassie from a differnt perspective. Made me laugh many times: loved Rosier and Casanova (Rian and Sid) as well as the obvious!.
May 01, 2013 Taภya rated it really liked it
What a great read, downloaded free from Karen Chance's website... This short novella is full of action! and in Pritkin's POV.

Pritkin is the main character, his my favorite male characters Ever.
Casanova plays a large part in the story, his thoughts and reaction are really funny.

A must read for fans of Karen Chance's Cassie Palmer series. :)
Melannie :)
Feb 01, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read
Jan 07, 2012 VampireNovelFan rated it liked it
Okay, Pritkin’s Irresistable

Only a couple of reviews ago I was sort of ranting about this series and whether or not I would be able to keep going. As much as its quirks get on my nerves, I can’t really see myself actually stopping and not seeing Pritkin’s story unfold. While I do think Mircea has potential to be interesting, so far I don’t think the series is living up to it. Pritkin on the other hand remains shrouded in mystery and intrigue even as a lot of his background comes to light. Afte
Aug 06, 2011 Enjee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ebook
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Aug 11, 2011 Esra rated it liked it
Bu serinin mircea dışındaki tüm karakterlerin canımı sıkmaya başladığını anladım. Ha birde casanova hariç :D kısa hikayemiz prtkin hakkındaydı. pritkin'in babası rosier'de işleri yine karıştırdı. pritkin babasıyla onun cassie'yi rahat bırakması karşılığında hapishanesinden kaçan iblis kraliçesi Ealdris'i öldürmeyi kabul ediyor. pritkin'de ,iblis enerjisini hissedebildiği için o yokken cassieyi koruması için casanovayı görevlendiriyor. casanova cassie'den gerçekten nefret ediyor :D adamım bende o ...more
Another free treat from Karen Chance, a longer novella this time. This one is available for free both from her website or from smashwords. It's definitely for fans only, as she actually warns herself at the beginning of the story (she also warns about spoilers, so pay attention to that if you haven't read all of the books yet); she doesn't take the time to introduce the characters or settings, she assumes the reader is familiar with everything. But if you are a fan, you're sure to enjoy it, it's ...more
Sep 15, 2016 RikkasaurusReads rated it it was amazing
This is one of Chance's better novellas/shirt stories.

It packs a punch and has a lot to offer as the story follows a short mission between the main series.

It bounces between perspectives- From Cassie, to Pritkin, and even Cassanova (whom, BTW, I find to be a very irritating, whiny vampire/incubus.) while they deal with a new threat.

I really enjoyed this novella, especially Pritkin's point of view. Overall I would give this a 4.75 stars.

I docked some points because even though I liked the maj
Mar 18, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing
I'm re-reading the Cassie Palmer series. I was avoiding work one afternoon for a bit and visited Karen Chance's website, when lo and behold I found free stories! Yay! It was even more fitting that I was just finishing re-reading Curse the Dawn, so I could read them immediately. I'm also a huge Pritkin fan, so this story was perfect. Thoroughly enjoyable, and new info on a character I love (plus Cassanova, which was pretty awesome).
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Aug 07, 2011 Merve Özcan rated it liked it
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Although this book is slap bang in the middle of the Cassie Palmer series, you can almost read it as a stand alone. The story is a side story from the main story arc and you do kind of need to know who the characters are and their relationships to each other, but these are mostly revealed enough in this short story for you to easily follow.

In this story, Rosier, John Pritkin's demon father has made a deal with him - kill Ealdris, a trapped demoness who is trying to blast her way out of her priso
Feb 13, 2012 Melindeeloo rated it really liked it
A Family Affair is not a standalone story but it is a nice little short connected to the Cassie Palmer series. Cassie appears but part of the fun of A Family Affair is that it is from the male point of view for a change, with a part of it following war mage Pritkin as he's off to recapture a demon to fulfill a bargain to keep Cassie safe from his dad forever and another part it from Cassanova's point of view as he's supposed to keep Cassie safe from demons while Pritkin is gone - easier said tha ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Jenevieve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A short story set in the world of Cassie Palmer featuring Pritkin. Pritkin's father has agreed to a deal with John where if John goes and recaptures this mega-demon, he will stop trying to kill Cassie. Pritkin agrees but the chase he is led on is more than he bargained for and of course, once Cassie finds out about it she is bound and determined to go after him which is the last thing he wanted Just how crazy will it get before the end...that is always the ques
Jan 02, 2015 Eldarwen rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
While obviously not as compelling as the series itself - it is only a novella after all - I rather liked this short story, especially since for a change it was narrated from Pritkin's point of view, with a bit of Casanova mixed in; Casanova being his typical, shrill self (even though he would of course never admit it).

The plot of the story itself was quite interesting too.
I have to admit though that the parts I liked best - aside of course from the obvious, namely that Pritkin is soooo damn clos
May 22, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing
Oh Pritkin, such a great character. I loved finding these short stories offered for free from the author, does a lot to fill in some detail of the world and a fresh perspective.
Apr 27, 2014 Theresa rated it liked it
Short story with Cassie and John/Pritkin. The chapters alternate between their POVs. It takes place shortly after the massive battle that destroyed the inside of the penthouse in ‘Curse the Dawn’. Though this is short, it this has the same complicated, non-stop plot as the rest of the series.

Mercea is away leaving Pritkin and Casanova in charge of guarding Cassie. But of course Cassie gets in trouble anyway. Casanova thinks she is the bane of his life, while John cares for her and is desperate
Nov 03, 2015 Morgan rated it liked it
I wonder how vital it will be to have read this story and the Shadowlands one before reading the novel Hunt the Moon....?
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Karen Chance is the author of two New York Times bestselling series, plus a number of novellas and short stories, all set in the Cassandra Palmer universe. A full-time writer since 2008, she was previously a university history teacher, which comes in handy when writing the time-travel aspect of Cassie’s crazy adventures. She loves Las Vegas, the main setting for her novels, but currently lives in ...more
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“She was the oddest combination of contradictions he'd ever met -innocence and sensuality, candour and diplomacy, anxiety and utter fearlessness. He hadn't even begun to figure out how her mind worked. But she was damn well going to live long enough for him to try.” 16 likes
“After a long time, one small hand moved, slowly, tentatively, tracing the feathers falling around her, stroking the black slashes along one huge wing. She didn't ask where he'd gotten them, didn't ask why they mimicked the marks on his shoulder. She didn't ask, just kept running her soft fingers through the down, along the spines…

"How long will they last?"

"A few hours," he said hoarsely. He should tell her, he thought, that the feathers weren't just a projection. That for the moment for however long the Irin's essence held out, they were an innate, physical part of him. And that her fingers stroking along the marks felt just like they once had, moving over his scars. He ought to tell her, ought to ask her to stop. It's what a gentleman would do, he knew that. But then he was half demon. And tonight, he thought maybe he'd just go with that.

"They're nice," she murmured, pulling one around her.
"Yes." One hand tightened in her thick soft hair. "Yes.”
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