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A Tale of Two Goblins

(Dulcie O'Neil #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  5,762 ratings  ·  236 reviews
From New York Times And USA Today Bestselling Urban Fantasy Romance Author, HP Mallory, Comes The Dulcie O’Neil Series!

“H.P. Mallory has a quick wit, a fresh voice, and a clever way with words. If you like Charlaine Harris, you’ll love H.P. Mallory!” ~ Larissa Ione, New York Times Bestselling Urban Fantasy Author

If you like your books steamy (this is an adult fantasy
Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published (first published March 21st 2011)
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Dulcie has left the ANC, but Knight has her working as a consultant on cases. Their latest case involves some kind of supernatural that leaves his/her victims in a coma initially before coming back to kill them later while they sleep. The MO is very similar to a Dreamstalker; however, the only two Dreamstalkers in existence are currently locked up. Once Dulcie determines that all the victims have a connection to her, she realizes the killer is after her. She resorts to an illegal drug to stay ...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
A Tale of Two Goblins was a delightful surprise and a great read!
The spunky, independent fairy is back and better then ever.
There is a Dreamstalker going after people that are connected to Dulcie, causing them to drop into a coma and eventually die, but when Dulcie’s best friend Sam falls victim the stakes are raised even higher. Teaming up with the sexy Knight once again it’s a race against time while things start to heat up in other matters, and not just because he is a Loki.

The first half of
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
ugh.. can this story line get even more frustrating:) Would they just do it and all these men around her how can a girl get so lucky..
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick Take: Dulcie does it again! This installment delivered on every promise made by its predecessor; it was above all fun, engaging, and charming.

I was so excited to pick up and read the second book in the Dulcie O'Neil series by H.P. Mallory, having enjoyed the first one so much. As with book one, the cast is the big draw. Technically, there aren't that many figures to keep track of--which is fine by me. It means more face time for the fab five (Dulcie, Knight, Trey, Sam, and Dia). ^_^
Heather Book Savvy Babe
The Dulcie O’Neil series has quickly won me over. I love the fun, light-hearted feel to the books. Yes, the characters face dark creatures, and fight bad guys, but there is plenty of humor and all-around great entertainment. The main characters are back in action, from Dulcie, Knight, Bram, even Quillan. I did miss Sam a bit, though, as she spent most of the book a victim of the Dreamstalker. However, Dulcie faced the villains head-on and went to deep, dark depths out of loyalty for her friend. ...more
Jess James
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Dulcie O'neil is the ultimate Mary Sue of characters. This book has its moments- it really does- but I see much more telling than showing and it gets tiresome. Dulcie gets drooled over (and either almost-raped or forcefully made out with) by literally every single hot dude in the story. The reader is told many times throughout the story that Dulcie Is So Amazing, but she makes rookie, dangerous moves and it's not apparent by Dulcie's actions what, exactly, makes her The Best Cop Ever. I really ...more
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Just when you think her books can't possibly get any better...H.P. Mallory proves you wrong!

A Tale of Two Goblins has an extra pinch of fairy dust that makes it that more special than the first book! There's more action, mystery and romance, along with the side-splitting humor that is H.P. Mallory's trademark. If you're a lover of the paranormal and want a lighter and fun read without stepping away from the genre, look no further and definitely check out this series!

Read my full review here:
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christie by: Bookish Snob Promotions
Shelves: read-in-2011
SPOILERS for To Kill A Warlock (Dulcie O’Neil #1):

A Tale of Two Goblins gets us back in the action with the much-loved fairy Dulcie O’Neil. At the end of To Kill A Warlock she left A.N.S (Association for Netherworld Creatures) because of the outcome of the last case she was working on. (Quill: Shame on you!) She agreed to the role of consultant when A.N.S. needs her. Hopefully this will give her time to deal with the emotional backlash triggered by the events of book 1. It also means more time
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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Having enjoyed the first one so much, I was disappointed by the second. It was an okay read, but not as good. I kept putting off writing this review because I wasn’t exactly sure why I didn’t enjoy this one as much. After letting the thoughts percolate for a couple of weeks, I’ve come to realize it’s three different things.

The first reason is the love interest, or actually the lack of love interests. In the first book, there were three, and some
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read4bbpr-review
This is the second in Mallory's Dulcie O'Neil series with vampires, werewolves, goblins, loki, witches, fairies, elves populating the streets of Splendor, CA along with the humans and a new threat causing people from Dulcie's past and present to fall into a coma for days before dying.

The chemistry between Dulcie and the three males who want her is off the charts. Bram, Knight, Sam, Trey are back helping Dulcie with this latest case. Quill even makes an appearance.

Bram is celebrating his 300th
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

Well now. I've gone from 'like' to 'love' over the space of two books. I 'liked' the plot for book one, but I 'loved' the plot book two. It wasn't that it was better written either because the standard was already high, but it was just more interesting because it had such devastating repercussions for Duclie's personal life.

I also loved the new characters that were introduced. Dea, for example, was a nice surprise. I'd grown quite attached to her by the end. I hope she's a regular feature from
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
H.P. Mallory has struck Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Gold!

She has combined mystery, romance, supernatural creatures, thrown in a heaping spoonful of humor and *3 big hunks of burning alpha male . Put this all in a book and shake…you get a story that sings to me!

Let’s get the formalities out of the way…The story is told in the first person POV. Dulcie is a fun smart-mouth heroine and I don’t think I will ever get tired of being inside her head. All the secondary characters are quirky and well
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it

I must say that the covers of these books are fantastic as is the protagonist, smart and beautiful, a woman who can do magic but prefers to rely on itself and on the strength of his will and his ability to defend and investigate. Dulcie wants to be a writer and also writes a book about pirates, but I'll have to pull the mouth because paranormal romance, you do not find that ironic? But the thing I like is the story, but interesting, exciting, being actively involved from the first page and then
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it

It's official, I am enjoying this series. Dulce is just too entertaining for her own good. She is a loyal friend, a badass fighter and apparently a really hot girl.

The book starts with Knight bringing Dulce on to a Dreamstalker case. What follows is Dulce finding herself in situation after situation, all with varying levels of hilarity, sadness and exhilaration. The author takes her heroine to places in this book that truly surprised me. Even with its light tone, this book has dark points and
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lorre by: Chelsea
I loved it as much as I loved the first book in this series !
H.P. Mallory is definitely in my top 5 of favorite authors.

A Tale of Two Goblins is a fabulous book and the story really sucked me in.
After I finished it, I immediately bought and downloaded the next book in the series so I could keep reading about Dulcie O'Neil and her entourage.
Linda C
Dulcie has just finished her first novel and sent it off when she is contacted by the ANC, Association of Netherworld Creatures, police agency where she used to work, to assist on a difficult case. Knight, her former boss, wants her because it looks like many of the victims are people associated with her. They have been put into a coma by a ‘Dreamsnatcher’ and one victim has already died. All known dream snatchers are in prison so this is a mystery. Then Dulcie’s best friend, Sam, is put in a ...more
Tamara Hull
Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
This series makes me grateful for my KU account. The series is SO BAD it's like a train wreck you can't look away from. Fortunately for the Author I've spent countless hours on planes, trains and automobiles in the last few days and needed something that wouldn't distract me from everything else going on.

Where do I start? The heroine, Dulcie is some piece of work. I thoroughly dislike her, I hate how she thinks she's the best at everything, I hate how she never listens to anyone around her, I
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

every series H.P. Mallory writes is excellent...I love Dulcie..this is the second time I am reading the series...because book 11 just came out. I start every one of the series I read over when there is a brake and a new book..every time I re-read this series..ant one my Ms. Mallory gets better...
Michelle McCaulley
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic and fun

Fun characters, emotional pull, surprise, smiles, and even bittersweet. It's got it all and I'm going to read the whole series. Oh and that illustration for the cover is beautiful, great job all around.
Kimberly Gordon-Bercich
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sleep Tight

Adult content, reader discretion advised. Dulce is at it again, finding trouble. Or more accurately, trouble finding her. Quillan, Bram and Knight are all still enamored with her. She is still keeping them all at an arms length.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
continued the series for the sake of it... not the best fantasy series I’ve ever read but it gets the job done. nothing too profound but not bad. just a fluffy read that cures my boredom.
Evan Hodgens
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I suppose sooner or later Dulcie has to get laid by Knight. Not this time. Ho hum.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Loki, Mr. A**hole

I love this series! She really did leave it on a WHAT??? How could she do that to us? Good for me, the next one is out!!
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Tale of Two Goblins by H.P. Mallory presents me with quite a dilemma. How to classify these. Some call the series urban fantasy (I hate that genre by the way... a lot of the stuff lumped in there was PNR, and nice and steamy PNR at that, until this new "urban fantasy" classification came along and spoiled all that good fun and turned off the hot water. Like the stories and authors are too good for those scenes. I blame Fifty Shades of Crap for that - good authors don't want their stuff thought ...more
Evelyn Amaro
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on Paromantasy

Action-packed, edge-of-your-seat, heart-racing, laugh-inducing, mystery-solving, tear-jerking, sexually charged page-turner of a read. To sum it up: This book has it all, and then some. Just when you think H.P Mallory's books couldn't possibly get any better, she writes the next installment to the series and manages to do the impossible - to one up a previous book that was thought of as "un-upable." Yes, it's not a word, but this book deserves one of my
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book through Bookish Snob Promotions as part of A Tale of Two Goblins blog tour. I read the first book in this series, To Kill a Warlock, and really enjoyed it. I have also read Mallory's Jolie Wilkins series and enjoyed that as well. This book was another fun read; it is focused around a mystery and Dulcie's snarky sense of humor really keeps things moving.

Dulcie has finally finished the romance novel she was writing and is working on writing her second book. She is no
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Wasn't totally impressed by this book either. Like I said in the review of the first book, I want more details, more explanations of this world. Still entertaining and a solid 3 star book.

WARNING Contains spoilers from the first book so don't read on if you haven't read the first book!

Dulce now has a lot of free time on her hands, without being a regulator at the ANC to keep her busy. Thankfully that gives her time to finish her book, but unfortunately that means dipping into her savings to
Pint-Sized Vehemence
Hm. Yikes.

At the start of the book Dulcie's determination to keep Knight at arm's length for what seemed like "just because" reasons was really annoying. I couldn't hang with the excuses about her ex, it didn't fit - it felt like just that, a stupid excuse. Her whole resistance felt like a plot device that served no real purpose, especially considering the ridiculous jealousy thing she had going on every time Knight sneezed in the direction of another woman.

Knight's hitting on Dulcie and being
Ashley Reading Stewardess
"A Tale of Two Goblins" is the second book in the Dulcie O'Neill series. In "A Tale of Two Goblins", Dulcie finds herself going up against a dreamstalker, a creature who infiltrates his victims sleep in order to kill them, who has targeted Dulcie through her friends and acquaintances from her childhood. With her best friend being the latest victim to be targeted, Dulcie takes it upon herself to fight the dreamstalker one on one on his turf. Placing herself into deep sleep, Dulcie comes face to ...more
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Another excellent book by H.P. Mallory and a great sequel in the Dulcie O'Neil series.

I really do enjoy the grittiness of this series. The language that is used, the stories that are told, the seedy underbelly of crime... Dulcie may be a Fairy but she is one bad ass Fairy that can kick your butt if needed. The characters have flaws and are not perfect and it is nice to see those cracks in the surface every now and again. H.P. has found a way to blend all of the above with just enough sexual
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