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Secrets are a dragon’s best friend. Deception is a close second. Both provide a sturdy armor, allowing half-dragon shape-shifter Dahlia Nite to live undetected among the humans. Walking in two worlds, belonging in neither, she wraps herself in a shroud of lies to hide in plain sight. But nothing stays hidden forever.

When dismembered bodies of multiple species are dumped on the riverbank, the case falls to Dahlia and Detective Alex Creed. Backed by Sentinel City’s new task force, the pair finds themselves urged along by clues that seem too good to be true. Bouncing from one crime scene to the next, they hunt for a clear motive in a murky sea of conflicting evidence. Already on edge from the recent string of unexplained crimes, the city begins to unravel.

Drowning in missing creatures, slaughtered remains, masked men - and the search for her sidekick’s missing sister - Dahlia burns the candle at both ends. Seeking answers, she employs her empathic abilities and uncovers something deeper and more sinister than a simple serial killer’s web. As the dots connect and worlds collide, she struggles to shields her friends from the truth. But secrets can be deadly. And Dahlia’s not the only one who keeps them.

Smoke & Mirrors is the third book in the Nite Fire series.

©2019 C. L. Schneider (P)2020 C. L. Schneider

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Damn it Nite!

Just when I actually thought this series couldn't get any better, Cindy, upped the level and wrote another creature infested mayhem joyride. Dragon shifting, world traveling, blood shedding, sexually dripping beast of a book. Hats off again to the narration of Cassandra King, she brings Dahlia and her worlds to life with the familiarity and warm voices of each character.

Just sat waiting now for book 4, come on Cindy release book 4...

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Oh wow, I didn't think the series could get any better but the author has just sent that up in smoke. I loved it. This is book three in the series (and one I hope keeps coming) it does continue from where the last left of so you should really start at the beginning and work your way though this smoking series, you won't be disappointed. I love the whole world (series) that this very talented author has created and the characters are just out of this world, I especially love the sidekicks humour and fan boy crushes (please don't kill him off). Yes not everybody makes it but somehow this cry baby hasn't cried once, I think it is because you don't get time to mourn before the story is off and running and the next punch or flame is thrown. The plot are so unique but with this series it really works and anything can happen. The story is not just action and fighting but is backed up by a good mystery plot and a long running plot over the course of the three books. I can't wait for the next book.
When a storm washes up body parts and not all of them are identifiable Dragon shape shifter Dahlia Nite and Detective Alex Creed are assigned the case. Alex to solve the case and Dahlia ....well to solve the case and cover up the fact that monster's exists. The more they investigate the more they uncover but with something that has been hidden for centuries, can it really be this easy to uncover or is someone leading them? And to what end? As the two world's that Dahlia lives in, is becoming more and more intertwined can she keep the humans from discovering the truth? As well as protecting her streets from figures dressed in black she also has to keep her promise to Casey, her sidekick and friend, and find his missing sister in the Dragon world or at least keep him safe while he looks. Things are certainly hot but add in a vengeful Dragon queen, a human task force, a detective partner in the dark, old lovers with there own a gender and not quiet human ninjas and things are going to burn.
I like the narrator and am glad she has been the consistent narrator throughout the series because she does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Laura
  • 22-09-21

Secrets Can Be Deadly

Dahlia Nite's whole life has been built on deception and lies, but in this story, those lies may put her very existence at risk. The story is filled with surprising twists and turns and non-stop action. I enjoy both the relationship between Dahlia Nite and her partner Detective Alex Creed, plus the snarky humor often found throughout the tale. This book is even more intense than the last one and I'm looking forward to the next one in the series. I recommend this story with the caveat that there are some sexual scenes described. Cassandra L King's narration is great as she gives each of the characters their own voice. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Amanda
  • 21-09-21

CAN’T WAIT FOR BOOK 4

The Nite Fire Series has quickly become one of my top 10 favorite fantasy series! This third books was no exception. Filled with the usual bad*ssery we’ve seen from Dahlia Nite, we learn even more about the threats to the worlds. Though many questions were answered in this latest edition to the series, the epilogue - as usual - has us begging for the next installment!

As for the performance, what else can I say besides AMAZING. I love how the narrator gives us more than the usual voice over to a thrilling tale, but breathes life into the characters! It’s enough to ensure that I’ll be listening to Book 4 rather than reading it. CAN’T WAIT!!!

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  • Mliss
  • 23-02-21

Loved it

Loved this story it just grabs you and keeps you turning pages. I love all the action and drama!! C L Schneider tells an amazing story and Cassandra King does amazing voices!!

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 13-02-21

Devious Enemies & a Costume Ball

This series continues to be a lot of fun. In this book, we see our hero Dahlia struggling between all her different commitments – her old life versus her new life. She was once a monster that killed without questions or remorse but that was years ago. Yet she’s still struggling with a sense of guilt of her past evils. While I can appreciate how this shapes her character, sometimes I grew a little tired of Dahlia’s inner angst. However, that was a small part of the story. Overall, it was a lot of fun.

I like that Dahlia’s life is messy and that’s partly because she surrounds herself with people she doesn’t completely trust or open up to. As far as I can tell, she’s mostly worried about them judging her and not about them causing her trouble down the road or physically harming her. Yet her hidden side is driving her friends and coworkers crazy. They have questions and they’ve risked their jobs and safety on her say-so. Don’t they deserve answers? And there’s where Dahlia struggles. This angst was mixed in with all the action scenes so I never grew tired of it.

The main adventure in this book is tracking down and hopefully disassembling an exotic animal/people trade ring. Someone is bringing sentient peoples, and other stuff, through a gate and selling them on the black market. This is certainly upsetting and provides an exciting backdrop for the story.

Detective Alex Creed and Dahlia’s best friend Kacy Evans are like two ends of a barbell with Dahlia in the middle. One gives her trust and acts like a sidekick part of the time (Kacy) while the other treats her with open suspicion half the time while also having her back in the field (Creed). Creed and Kacy, along with the rest of the main characters, show Dahlia the different meanings of the word ‘trust’.

Toss in some disgusting and devious enemies plus a few solid rescues as well as a costume ball and you get something special. I loved that this story had like two or three small climaxes at the end, giving us a little more with each one, the surprises kept coming. By the end, Dahlia has made some serious choices about where to put her trust yet she’s also irrevocably forced into facing a whole new challenge – and I hope we get to see Dahlia kick some more butt in the next book. 4.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Cassandra King is always fun to listen to. I like her clear, strong voice for Dahlia. And her deep, gravelly, usually angry voice for Creed is perfect for his character. All the characters are easily distinguishable due to King’s variety of voices. The pacing was perfect and there were no tech issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.L. Schneider. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • 28-01-21

Enjoy them all back to back the world building...

In the previous installments, Dahlia was compassionate, determined, skilled, and driven. Where will things go in Smoke & Mirrors? I was excited to find out. I was not sure there could be more to find in this well-crafted world that Dahlia lives in. She is a half-breed that cannot allow for it to be known that she is more than she appears to be. I find that her strength and perseverance makes her a character to move forward in the world as it ventures in to the future.

Dahlia finds that she working to find out who is dismembering bodies, where her friend's sister is, why all these creatures are disappearing, who are the shadowy men, and what is going on with this dragon queen. If that is not enough for you then consider that this is all told in vivid descriptives, fantastic world-building, and the narration just makes it all the more entertaining.

Cassandra King has returned to narrate the third installment in the Nite Fire series. I say yes. I loved her and the familiarity she brought to the story and the characters.

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  • Warrick Moran
  • 14-01-21

Smoke and Mirrors

Loved every moment of this book. The twist and turns made the book exciting in every way.