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Dead Ringer

(The Journals of Octavia Hollows #5)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  32 reviews
With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysterie ...more
Kindle Edition, 76 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Anchor Group Publishing

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Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Knowing that her stalker has abducted her entire coven has put Octavia's hunt for Elba's body on hold. She will do anything to save the women who raised her and her search for them begins in New Orleans. Retracing her steps seems to be working well for her so far so she heads back to the boxing gym she used to work at. When she realises her old boss and one of the new fighters Reid have got themselves in some kind of trouble with an underground fight club she knows she has to step in and help bu ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2019

I received an ARC copy of this book. Man oh man this has to be my favorite book by far.

It seems like Octavia is just full of so many adventures and has a big heart to help anyone who needs her. Right within the first few pages I was already laughing when she was confronted by the officer, I was just thinking oh man she is going to be in a world of trouble now how will she get out of this. And then comes her lovely sarcastic answers, and quick thinking and I know she will be okay. We get to get
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages

This story was AH-MAZING!! I don't think that I will ever get tired of the adventures of Octavia and Bacon go on.

The characters are phenomenal. I absolutely love learning about Reid. He is one awesome character. And of course, I can't forget Octavia and Bacon.

The story-line was incredible. I was so addicted to the story that I had a hard time putting the book down. I can't wait to see where Rourke takes us next. I highly recommend this read.
Jennifer Treviño
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ready, Set, Off we go into the underground boxing world of New Orleans with our favorite duo. An exciting vacation from reality as I flipped each page faster & faster. I swear each book in this series continues to outshine the last. It is impossible to choose a favorite with all of the different scenes, excitement, & new characters coming through Octavia & Bacon’s lives...but Dead Ringer screams “Me for the win!” The suspense, drama, & snark were on point. Then Rourke threw in some heat to bump ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, werewolves
In Dead Ringer, we find Octavia and Bacon outside New Orleans as she continues to find her mysterious stalker and uncover his motives. Octavia has been here before, so readers are treated with glimpses into her past. That good old snarky sarcasm that we have come to associated with Octavia is in full force right from the start. This book had me laughing out loud during my morning commute. Once again, Ms. Rourke brings out her unique creativity when it comes to building a story around a different ...more
Nanette Bradford
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wolfing out!

Every book in this series is different with the exception of Octavia’s wit. I love her smartass comments in the heat of the moment. They make her a fantastic character to read. I also love how every book she grows a little more. Learning more about who she is and not backing down no matter what. This chapter of her life brings her back to a dark time. A time she’s not really proud of but she’s. It the same broken girl she was then. She’s seen more and done things that no other perso
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
After the cliffhanger(ish) ending of Drop Dead Gorgeous, I expected this story to jump straight into the hunt but it didn't. Instead, it took a random detour - a pit stop if you will - at an underground fighting circuit where Octavia helps a fellow supernatural - Reid - understand what he is as well as help an old friend (and a new one) out of a really sticky situation. It was funny, fast-paced and wholly enjoyable but didn't do much to drive the overall plot of the series forward - namely findi ...more
Megan | A Page to Turn
Another great installment in the Octavia files - this time she's returned to a place she knows well, a small town in Louisiana! She goes back to a gym where she used to work, meets up with an old friend, Jack - and of course, finds a new supernatural soul to help! But this time, she doesn't have to use her own skills as a necromancer to help him out! Reid comes with his own barrel of issues, and the sexual tension is HIGH as ever, and the one-liners in this one are on point! Jack & Bacon's shopp ...more
Paranormal Tendencies
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now my type isn’t usually the muscle head, gym freak. Those pretty packages are usually just that. But Octavvia meets up with a muscular guy that also has a brain and a big heart. Cue the swooning…. Reid is a keeper. If he dies and Octavia doesn’t bring him back we riot! Lol Seriously, I hope he is in the next books. He and Octavia seem to have pretty good chemistry and they make a good team when it comes to taking down the bad guys.
I give Reid..I mean Dead ringer 5 stars!
Seriously, if you have
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this new installment. It had the feel of the first few books, which had me so wrapped up in the fast-paced adventure that I was surprised to reach the end. I really liked the twists regarding Octavia's new friend, totally unexpected. I've enjoyed many of the sidekick's we've met along the way, but I'm glad it looks like one will be sticking around. It seems like we're close now. The overall intensity has been ramping up and I can't imagine how it's all going to work out. I have some expect ...more
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Octavia Hollows is my all time favorite female badass! She is snarky, witty, and funny. I LOVE HER! I totally want to be friends with Octavia and her with a jaunty, hat wearing side-kick Bacon.

Dead Ringer is my new fave in the series. This installment is non stop action and hello Reid. He sounds absolutely yummy.

I cannot wait to read the final installment in The Journals of Octavia Hollows.
Kira Assad
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a new book in this series, I find myself wondering how can it get any better... and Stacey Rourke delivers! Wow! I thought I had a favorite picked, but this is my new favorite in the series. Octavia is my favorite heroine in a series, hands down. She is such a hilarious bad-ass that there is literally never a dull moment in these books. I highly recommend this book and series! I can't wait for book 6! ...more
Tricia Randall
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dead Ringer is my new favorite in this series. The humor is spot on and witty. There were moments I was questioning Octavia's sanity. With good cause to. She can be as unpredictable as a tornado. Bacon wraps everyone around his little piggy hooves. Even a couple of big men. The porker is a scene stealer at times. He is aporkable. *see what I did there* Haha
The ending has me excited for the next book. I'm recommending Dead Ringer for sure
Niamh Hunter
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed so hard while reading this book that my sides hurt. It had our usual wonderful madness that Octavia brings, with some of the most adorable Bacon moments (Canadian Bacon ha!)

But my biggest take away from this book? All werewolves pale in comparison to a new addition to the crew.

Also the ending.....yikes! That was yucky.

Another amazing insight into the world of Octavia and Mr Bacon!
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I have hung in to follow Octavia in her journey to find Elba. So now she is in Louisiana where she meets up with Reid. Reid is a mma fighter who cannot die and cannot shift into a wolf. He is fascinated by Octavia and follows her to Florida. The reason for Florida is that Octavia gets a package with the Coven's logo and Elba's finger. The banter between Octavia and Reid is funny, sweet and so typical badass Octavia. ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Going back to the gym and Jack meeting Reid These characters are amazing. I laughed so much felt all the things all I can say is oh, My#nonoSquare #teambacon Octavia is everything. This series is so good. I need more of this series. How will it end? Best installment so far. Tho I don't ever want it to cause its that good. ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Underground Boxing.. hmmm Octavia you out shown yourself again. This book better then the last one. I swear these last two books just is making this series so hard to see come to an end. Yes I want Octavia to find her long lost love but at the same time don't want to see this adventure end. Just when you think she can't get anymore badass she does. ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And Another one...!

Octavia and Bacon come back to a place where she has history with the owners. Octavia use to work at a boxing gym and use to work for the owners after her fiance Elba died. Reid is a man who sense of humor matches Octavia and as she solves this poor soul Reid she gets one more clue about her stalker.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another stop in her way to finding out just what happened to her dead fiancées body, this time Octavia finds herself helping someone that surprisingly doesn’t involve raising any dead.
An ominous package has our necromancer heading to Tallahassee........ the place where Alba died!
Lots of intrigue and humour but of course my favourite is still that cute little porker called Bacon.
Jennifer Faulkner
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
10 stars

This is my absolute favorite book in the series so far! Octavia leads us to a town outside of New Orleans for an action packed howling good time! . She picks up a hunky new side kick and, of course, there’s more Bacon, too. This book has quite a few chuckle out loud moments, as well as more snark and sass to round out this part of her journey to find answers in her quest for her missing coven and fiancé. Brilliantly done.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hands down my favorite of the series so far!! So fun!

Favorite Quote:
“I did!” I yelled back, matching the volume of his voice, but nowhere near the intensity. “Until…  you got hopping mad over it. Now I think I’ve made a horrible miscalculation.”

Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it

Four big stars! This series makes me laugh out loud. And I am so very happy to say that the editing in this one was very much improved. Short books but with my Kindle Unlimited I’m ok with that. Now on to book number six!!
Lizz Taylor
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this one down. So far my favorite of the series. I am really looking forward to reading the next book for the grand finale. I love Octavia's snarky wit and Bacon is the best sidekick ever! ...more
Belinda Clemons
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg I love Reid a lot this one was so enjoyable to read. I really love meeting Octavia and her group of friends. And can't wait to see what will happen when Reid and Bacon and her gets to Tallahassee ...more
Stacy Spoonster
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok, Stacey Rourke has made a liar out of me. I said the last book was my favorite. I take that back. This one is my favorite. I laughed right from the first scene and didn't stop laughing until the end. Then there is Reid. Yummy, yummy, my new book boyfriend, Reid. If Octavia doesn't want him, I'm available. LOL And OMG...Bacon!! The little diva. This series keeps getting better and better as it races towards it's conclusion. I can't wait to see how it ends but at the same time I will be so sad ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best yet.

Review to come 😉
Crystal Gray
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed-gems
Reid! I can't wait to see where this goes!
Bacon and Jack's shopping trip hahaha
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One part that I love when Bacon and Jack’s shopping trip was so funny LOL!!!
Howdy Reid. He sounds good.
Can’t wait for the next book.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love continuing along on Octavia's journey. This adventure really upped the stakes and suspense. Dead Ringer was another knock-out, hilarious book for sure. I can't wait for the next book. ...more
Heather Rizkallah
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Octavia travels back to New Orleans to revisit some old friends, butt what she finds there can only lead to more questions and bigger mysteries
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