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Grave Magic Bounty

(Forty Proof #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  9,916 ratings  ·  959 reviews
When divorce comes your way, don't let the ex get you down. Get ready for a whole new laugh-out-loud adventure. Because life is just beginning . . . as a midlife bounty hunter of the supernatural!

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One day I’m married, living in Seattle, and magic isn’t real.

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Paperback, 338 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Independently Published (first published February 16th 2020)
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Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Midlife Bounty Hunter is book one in the Forty Proof series by Shannon Mayer.

Breena is a 41 year old heroine starting over. Her ex-husband has done a number and saddled her with all his debt and stolen her Grandmother’s house out from under her. She needs money and fast.

I liked Breena. I could relate to her and some of her life experience. I liked that she’s smart and resourceful. At times she did come across as a bit whinny, but the humor took me away.

I liked Robert. He’s the skeleton that Bre

Shannon Mayer is new to me as an author, this is the first of her books that I have read, although I do have others on my tbr pile! I picked this up because of the synopsis and having recently read about an 'older' main character in a book, this appealed to me....

What an absolutely great book! At first I was a little unsure, the characters, the plot, the world... but somewhere along the line I became hooked! I absolutely love Breena and her history. I love Robert, Crash, Feish and
Tracy D.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost died laughing.

First thing's first: I really appreciate the over forty protagonist. Smart, resourceful, and experienced, coupled with insecurities pushed on her from society (and a failed marriage) about her age. I identify with most of that and enjoyed it!

I felt super nostalgic after reading about Robert - a talking skeleton that Breena befriends in the cemetery. She offers him a chocolate bar for his help, but a part of me wonders what will happen if she gives him.... wine. Reminded
theresa m parrino
Mar 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

To be fair, I only made it to chapter 4 and gave up in disgust. The MC sounded like a whiny 20-something, not a 41 year old fully grown woman. Her reference to her ex as "Himself" was cringey and the dialogue was trashy. I'm assuming there is some marketing ploy for these books about the paranormal and women in their 40's, but my god, that doesn't mean the author needs to mention this character's age constantly. The premise was absurd- staying with the ex's cousin who she barely knows becau
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I absolutely loved this, so much more than I was expecting. So glad I gave this author and this series another chance and fell in love with it. I can't wait for more! ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love it, this book is life! No for real, hear me out. The story flowed effortlessly and held my interest throughout. It was funny and totally entertaining. Here’s the kicker, our heroine is over 40 and basically obsolete in the world because she gave her best years to a guy. If that doesn’t ring true to a lot of us. It was a nice change being able to completely relate to a character. Add in a paranormal twist and now we’re having some fun!

I also love how this book is helping to introduce a gen
This was a really entertaining read even though there were a few irritating tics. But by the end I’d forgotten them all.
Mike Finn

I don't send many books back to audible and ask for a refund but this was one of them.

I'd wanted a light, slightly silly, paranormal read that my wife and I could listen to together in the evenings to wind down. 'Grave Magic Bounty' seemed to fit the bill. The main character is a recently divorced woman in her forties returning to her home in Savannah after twenty years away to start a new life and re-enter the Shadow world that she had run away from when she married.

It started to well enough wi

May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
*1.5 stars* - I really wish they would gives us the options for half stars.

Anyways, I checked out the reviews for this book and thought I'd give it whirl.
I liked they idea of a grown woman who has already lived some of her life and has learned from it and is going back to her roots after being fucked over.

That being said, that's not what I found when I read it. I couldn't connect with the main character because I found her really annoying. I get that her ex treated her like shit for years and
Jenni Bishop
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shannon Mayer "Grave Magic Bounty" (Forty Proof #1) is a wonderfully original and quirky look at our heroine who is over 40 and starting over. I pissed myself laughing out loud all the way through. Shannon is a loose cannon when she writes and trust me you would not want her any other way. Shannon and the other Fab 13 are taking the world by storm by showing that being over 40 does not mean the end of life but something to be celebrated, pee pads and all. This brilliant story takes us on a journ ...more
I really enjoyed the story here - the setup and the world. And I love Breena, the main character.

But I seriously dislike most of the secondary cast, dislike how they constantly belittle and manipulate her, and I loathe Corb. There is NO excuse for the horrible, abusive shit that has fallen out of his mouth this whole book. I don't think he's any different than her ex. And it's going to take a hell of a lot to change my mind, so currently, the thought of him as possible love interest makes me thr
Emma James
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my third book in the PWF genre in this group of 13 authors and I LOVED it!

I have several of Shannon's books on my Kindle, but not cracked any open yet, so this is a complete case of going in cold turkey with this author.

This was a fun read with a great cast of characters.

I love Robert.
Jinx grew on me.

Sarge, Corb, Eammon... are all well-written characters, but it is still early days to know more about them all and Crash... well, I have a lady boner for him.

Visually Robert (in my mind) i
Such a great book.
A 40 something divorcee returns to her home town of Savannah to regroup and hopefully save her grandmother's home from her bastard ex-husband.
She takes a job as a supernatural investigator / bodyguard in the hopes of making some cash...only to discover she's actually pretty good at it.

Great fun from start to finish.
Laura Martinez
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the forty proof series, and the heroine is over forty. Breena is out of shape, Advil popping, and she gives zero ducks!! She is a total badass that I have come to love!!
I absolutely enjoyed following Bree in her journey. From the beginning I knew her journey would be tough, but her character evolved throughout the book. I love her! Bree’s funny lines, and quick thinking was fun to read. I loved her side kick Robert. I hope to see more of him as well. I could definitely
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
When I read that this was a laugh-out-loud paranormal fantasy where the main character is a 41-year-old divorcee who's sidekick is an animated skeleton named Robert, I thought, yep that's me set.

I found the main character Breena funny, some of the side characters interesting, and the book quite entertaining if not entirely satisfying. But the constant referrals to Breena's age and the fact that she is "old" and "past her prime" in every single chapter gets a bit tedious. She sounded and was tre
Alison Motherwell
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I started this book I wasn't sure what to expect. I've read loads of Shannons books and the age of the characters never factored into it, so when I heard of this new over 40s strong female character movement I didn't know what to expect. How different would it be from her usual writing style, how relatable would the characters and world be, would it add to or take away from the overall sense of wonder her stories provoke. The honest answer is it made no difference Shannon created a world th ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I’ve had a beer or two, but... in the past couple of weeks, I’ve read books from three separate series, all with a 40-something female protagonist in a paranormal setting. Being a 40-something female myself, I’m going to assume I’m the target reading audience. Yes, I’ve made a few I’ll-informed decisions in my youth, yes, my body is a LOT different than when I was in my 20’s, but seriously!!! What’s with the never ending barrage of negative comments, from Breena, no less, on the current st ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Breena O'Rylee may be a 41 year old divorcee but that doesn't mean she can't take care of paranormal business! When she takes on a mysterious job in a graveyard Breena knows it's going to be weird. But she doesn't remember quite how weird it can become.

This book was so ducking funny. I love that Breena was such an aching, tired, sassy badass. She was a very realistic character, you know besides the paranormal part. Very well written and lots of excitement. It was super entertaining and I couldn
Pallavi Subramanian
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I wish we could rate halves because rhis book is really not 4 star. My God the ageism is incessant and RELENTLESS.

For all that the book is about an old person *eyeroll*, the formula is very much the much-maligned, cliched YA. Misunderstood, down-on-her-luck, but plucky/sassy heroine, belittled and disrespected by almost everyone, slowly realising her potential, TWO potential love interests (what's a YA without a love triangle) and clearly gearing up to be the one who saves the world.
Cassandra Nina
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Forty is the new 20 right? Just ask Breena O’Rylee, after a few life changing events bring her home to Savannah, she has an opportunity to pick up where she left off so many years ago. This newest Shannon Mayer book will keep you on your toes, the whole time. Get ready to laugh your tush off and jump into the thick of the supernatural world.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Shannon Mayer blows me away
With brilliant story and a first in a new series that has me seriously excited.
For more to come this is my first time reading anything by this author and I have to say I throughly enjoyed her writing style and this story.
Jessica Frances
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pwf
So good.

I loved it. Breena was smart, ingenious, kind and tough. She pulled her boots up and got on with what she needed to do, even in the face of ridicule. After her self doubt allowed her to be held back and smothered, she stood up and let her true self flourish.
I really enjoyed the drama, adventure and mystery. So many plot twists. So many times I wasn’t sure who were the good guys and bad guys. With characters and a world that were both rich and entertaining. Until an ending that I’m at o
Laila Nelke
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This changes everything! Love. Love. Love this new concept! Finally Paranormal world gets older, wiser, witty kick ass heroines. They are more dangerous than much younger ones because everyone just underestimate them.
"..they don't know the power of a woman who owns every part of herself."
It was so freaking fantastic! Enjoyed every minute of it. I felt Bree’s every movement and hurting with her as if it was me.
Loved every character- some to love, some to hate. Yelled, shouted and laughed with al
Sheri P
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you crave stories of magic and exploring unknown realms of possibility, all through the lens of a feisty over forty heroine, this is a book for you! I am so excited this is part of a series, which means there is so much more of this new world to explore!
We meet Bree while she is interviewing for an unnamed job that requires unique skills. Throughout the book, Bree encounters an intriguing cast of characters, not to mention the swoon-worthy men, and establishes unlikely friendships. As she fac
Adrienne McFarlane
Brilliant read

This book explores how even as a woman of middle age, you can be a badass. Pain abounds, but badassery remains. The main character is a bitter divorcée with an ability to see into the paranormal shadows. She is taking her life back after a repressive marriage. She is fighting for her place against ageism and sexism. Her deceased grandmother is helping her find her path. Great story.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

I loved this book because it's funny, well written and I can relate to the heroine. I look forward to more of this series.
Lindsey McBride
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Speechless. Stunned. In the best way!

Shannon Mayer has brought, in my opinion, a game changer! This first in series book is in a class all it’s own, quite literally. PWF is a new subset in the literary world that focuses on women who are older, wiser, and quite frankly more bad*ss in their own rights. Shannon Mayer’s typical brand of magic and sass are found all throughout Grave Magic Bounty but with one key change, Breena O’Rylee is “old” 🙄 but don’t let her number fool you, after a jerk ex-hus
Norma's Nook
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finally! A paranormal world where the FMC is around my age! At 41, Breena is having to start over. Fresh from a divorce to a total a-hole, she returns to her home city of Savannah, Ga to start over with nothing.

This book spoke to my heart. Breena is my soul sister! Sassy, but confident. All out of ducks to give, she is brave and strong, despite needing to get in better shape (don't we all ;) ) She's so smart and really well written. She's a defender and I just adore her. I feel if she were real
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading this author for years, and I’ve really enjoyed her books. Every time I start a new series, I know it’s going to be great. I went into this new one knowing this, but I must say I was blown away. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while, and it’s definitely the best I’ve read by this author. At first, I admit I wasn’t sure. I was a little tired about hearing how “old” Bree was and how she is mostly washed up. Hey, I’m older than she is! LOL! Anyway, after that, it was a ...more
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