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(Sundance #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,954 ratings  ·  235 reviews
A telepath with a lethal twist.

My name is Neely and I'm a telepath-spiker. Not only can I read a person's thoughts, I can also spike deadly power straight into their brain.

But don't worry, I have strict rules about that sort of thing.

I'm hiding again. This time in a California desert truck stop town run by Lucas Blacke, a tiger shifter and alpha leader who's as h

Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published August 14th 2019 by V.C. Group, LLC
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Not gonna rate it cuz I didn't finish it, also it's not bad. It just has one of my ultimate pet peeves in it.

I hate the blackmailing, disrespectful, controlling, dominating alpha trope with all my being. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the trope for characters, I hate what people do with it to make something be sexy when it's not. I also hate the 'traitorous body' trope.

It's not charming or sexy to force someone to further your own agenda. It's even worse when you do it knowingly putting them
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I didn't like it. I actually found it quite boring. Everything was predictable. I got tired of Neely's refusal to admit she was anything other than human, at 51% we still had that back and forth conversation.

Next comes the secret that was no secret. She is a telepath which is rare and a spiker which is even rarer. Her and her uncle move somewhere else because their previous alpha wanted to control her. They move into the town determined to hide her secret. Couple of pages in half the population
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
I am so pleasantly surprised right now!

It's honestly a great feeling when a book you weren't honestly expecting to be very good turns out to be surprisingly awesome. Have a quick plot summary:

Neely is a spiker, a person who can kill others through telepathy. She and her werewolf uncle have fled from pack to pack, being hunted by an evil alpha named Saul Roso, who wants to turn Neely into a werewolf himself. Then she'd be a crossbreed, an insanely powerful paranormal person, and he plans to u
hmm..yeah 2.5 rating for this one

I enjoyed the story for the most part-I liked the h magical background and the supernatural lore...
but the H was kind of giving me pushy alpha bs vibes for a portion of the book, and I wasn't feeling him. No thanks.

Jan 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash-bin
What Nunya said, the only difference is that I forced myself to finish it.

"Inconsistencies early on, poor world building and character development, interactions/reactions/dialogue between characters didn't make sense, the usual tropes of UF especially what is presented as romance or flirting when it really shouldn't be, and more..."

I add a nonsensical plot to it, stupidity galore (both character and situation wise), and total lack of situation awareness.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m not a fan of any of the characters or the writing. I am interested in the FMC species & unique ability. I can also appreciate she’s Hispanic. I like when the FMC is a poc or minority & believe UF/Fiction should have more diversity. I am willing to read on. 2.5 stars
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I loved this, what a unique and wonderful fantasy. Full of action, humour and emotion. I loved the fact the author made me really care about the characters, it's so sad at one point and your heart breaks (no spoilers) I loved Neely so much and she is a treasonous character, sure with her distrust you find yourself arguing with her, but you understand where she incoming from. Lucas is an interesting character, I love d their chemistry and can't wait to see where that will go. ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spiked is one of those books you don’t want to end. The good news is there are more in the series! Woot! This book is full with family and rich in culture. I love the way the author uses Spanish throughout the book but never leaves us wondering what was said. I felt immersed in another time, place, culture…. And oh the bakery. THE BAKERY!

Our Heroine Neely reminds me of Ripley (Alien). She’s kick butt, but not over confident. She’s scared to death, but is determined to save her family even if it
Pretty nice Sunday-like series

It was fun and engaging and fast-paced. Not too deep or too complicated or anything like that, but it was nice.

Yes, nice. Not bad, not good, not anything, just... nice.

I'll go on with the series, sometimes all I'm looking for is a fast weekend-book/series, and this fits perfectly with what I want right now.

Worth reading if you're new to UF and looking for fun or if you're into UF and looking to relax
Jen Davis
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This book wasn't perfect, but I appreciate the author's effort to do some things a bit different. Like the heroine, Neely, an Afro-Latina with a special psychic power. Not only can she read minds, she can spike them, frying her opponent with her ability. She's in hiding from the alpha wolf who wants to force her into his pack... and has made a new home for herself with her uncle in a small southern California town named Sundance.

Sundance is filled with supernaturals, all under the rule
Dec 31, 2019 rated it did not like it

I did not finish reading this. I could not bring myself to. The entire tone of the book shifted after the sample and became everything I was worried it might be. Inconsistencies early on, poor world building and character development, interactions/reactions/dialogue between characters didn't make sense, the usual tropes of UF especially what is presented as romance or flirting when it really shouldn't be, and more. It was like a forced or scripted UF paint by numbers type of feel to it if tha
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was EXCELLENT!

C.P. Rider is a truly gifted author, and I'm astonished that this is the first book of hers published.

There was so much to love about this book: the main character is intelligent, powerful but vulnerable, with intriguing secrets. The other characters in the book are well-written and dynamic, and the pacing is the absolute perfect blend of dialogue, action, and world-building/background. I've read many books recently with pages of info-dumping and internal monologue, so

I enjoyed this, but there were some holes that bothered me in the story and world building that held this back from being better. I didn't understand what all the biting on the back of the neck thing was, the spiker ability was not 100% clear, and why did Lucas keep disappearing to Vegas and elsewhere when he knew the villain was close/there was danger? But for an urban fantasy, I did really like it.

As for the characters, as an alpha, I liked Lucas a lot as he wasn't as overly controllin
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was recommended by Scarlett Dawn as a 5 star read- I totally agree.
I was 25% into the book before I realized how quickly it had sucked me into the story, the world, the people- its fabulous.
I love Lucas- love his sarcasm. Neely- I could have shook her a few times but ultimately I had to respect her "rules". Sometimes you just don't care what people think. Why bog down your life and emotion with what they think?
Great mystery to unravel, characters are strong- really good story. Shifters galo
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Te Amo Mucho Stars

Spiked is the first book in The Sundance Series by C. P. Rider.

The synopsis for this book drew me like a moth to a flame. I attempted to have loose expectations after reading it, in deference to past lessons learned with other novels. It was unnecessary in this instance, Rider did not let me down. It is 6 a.m., I have work in 8 hours, and I have not slept yet. I was unable to put this book down. It tore through me. Neely’s strife gutted me, I loved her from the moment she c
E Varady
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was ok

This book just didn't work for me and I ended up skimming quite a bit. I was frustrated within the first few chapters when she's carted into the Alpha's bedroom and stripped down while unconscious. She wakes up in his arms-because apparently stripping a woman down and holding her in your bed even though you don't really know her is normal. Then he blames her for his sexual response and makes sexual comments that she doesn't welcome. That's called harassment. But does the book address this? No
Jess N
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I really enjoyed this book.

The characters are interesting, even the side characters which isn't always the case (the witches were hilarious). There wasn't a whole lot of backstory(yet), but there was enough for it all to make sense. I enjoyed the banter between the MCs at times and can see why it was mentioned in so many reviews. There is drama and betrayal and past trauma, but it all fits into the story well.
There are some parts that are a bit predictable, but not enough to ruin the st
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Why authors insist on writing in spanish without checking with an actual native speaker, is not too much to ask, especially when is like ten lines in the whole book.
Feb 27, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book had a nice Humor in the beginning.
They didn’t take many things seriously, downside, it was irritating when suddenly they did, especially concerning matters I wouldn’t have while other things I would, which they in turn didn’t.

The plot in itself wasn’t bad, the ideas weren’t either. But inconsistencies, holes and illogical thinking in the world building, unripe characters...made it no fun to read.
The characters didn’t fit their descriptions or the author overdramatised things.
Both I gu
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this.

After a streak of meh books, I can’t tell you how happy I was to stumble across this little PNR gem. This has all the feels, and the central plot was so good. Nelia is a sweet, but troubled character who has been running from her past for too long. It all comes to a head when local shifters are found murdered, and the Alpha, Lucas Blacke, discovers her ability and ropes her into the hunt for the killer.

I did like Lucas, but it was a little dicey at the start thanks to his disregard
Miranda F.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved so much about this book.

I liked the immersiveness of the setting, the main character who is (for the most part) extremely engaging, the cast of characters surrounding her. I liked how all the pieces of the story and the "groups" of magic users fit together, and how the story deepens our understanding of the magic world with the protagonist's.

The writing itself went down very smooth -- nothing felt overwritten or fluffy, and everything was exactly as clear as I wanted it to be. (After rea
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book and really can not wait to read the next one. Lucky me I can start it in the next few minutes. This is the greatest town and all the characters are quirky The witches were a hoot!!
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Why did I waste my time and finish this
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was good. A Mexican bakery and a town with shifters and paranormals, a leading lady with a secret and lone shifters are being murdered.
Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good

For a debut novel, this was excellent. I am immediately checking out the second in the series. Spiked left me unsure of where the next plot twist would be with each turn of the page. I’m interested in seeing where Neely will journey next.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: unlimited

It sucked me in. The humor was great. There was a truly sad scene that shook me up. Will continue the series, definitely.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Was it terrible? No. However, it wasn't particularly fun reading through Neely's self pity about being ultra powerful. For a really powerful telepath, she's incredibly gullible and rather stupid. ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I think I expect very little of the books I find for free on kindle or kindle unlimited and this one wonderfully blew my expectations out of the water.
It had a hint of Kate Daniels, with the MC on the run, hiding and a powerful alpha who was a tiger. A hint, there was one or two other places that it reminded me of Kate but in a good way. I think I hold a lot of my shifter books up to the Kate Daniels standard and this met it.
There was some background, a nuanced approa
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disliked
I liked the idea of the plot, a human h who is shifter but not? But unfortunately the tropes had everything including the kitchen sink, and it just killed my interest. I dislike baking as a plot device, I dislike pushy Alphas, secrets, not telling the H, because it's a secret! The the never ending language mash up, using Spanish to describe the never ending sweets baked by her uncle. I won't buy this author again. ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok not what I expected

For some reason I thought this was going to be a funny sophomoric book, and it was not. Neely was a bit annoying in her refusal to accept herself, but the story was great and she fit that. Lucas was annoying, funny, strong and sexy. This is a series worth starting!
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C.P. Rider has worked as a decorative and mural painter, a fitness instructor, and a background investigator for nuclear power plants, all of which prepared her in strange and different ways for writing paranormal and urban fantasy romance. 

Originally from the California southwestern desert, she now lives a little closer to the ocean with her family, including 3 dogs, a cat, 2 fish, and the occasi


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