Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hex Appeal

OK, I'll admit it. There are piles of books in my closet, but I couldn't resist returning to Jazz' world after reading 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover. Linda Wisdom's Hex Appeal doesn't haven't the same suspense, but the characters are just as much fun as in the first book, and the few sex scenes are just as steamy.

Wisdom thrusts the reader right into the middle of Jazz' problems in the opening scene. The witch is in the middle of passionate lovemaking with her vampire lover, Nick, when he unexpectedly bites her. Or does he? It seems that Jazz is having strange dreams lately. The dreams grow increasingly worse, and Nick, and, even Jazz' landlord, Krebs, has strange nightmarish dreams. To make matters worse, Fluff and Puff, Jazz' beloved bunny slippers, are under suspicion for having killed and eaten a Were, a carny who works on the nearby boardwalk. Jazz is so exhausted from her troubled sleep, it's hard to keep her mind on the investigation into the Were's death. And, what could possibly get worse for poor Jazz? What happens when a curse-breaking witch loses her witchy powers?

The trouble with Jazz' dreams isn't quite as enthralling as the storyline in 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover. However, it's worth reading Hex Appeal for the characters alone. Jazz, her fellow witches, Nick, Krebs, and Irma the ghost are terrific characters. However, this time, Wisdom adds some fun scenes with rubber duckies in the bathtub. And, Fluff and Puff have some stiff competition in the form of crocodile shoes, Croc and Delilah, who are man-crazy. Jazz, herself, is such a fascinating character, with her temper, her talents, and her love of all things feminine. It's even hard to resist the corny rhymes Jazz uses when she casts a spell.

I'm sure there will be another book for those of us who have fallen in love with Jazz and Nick. Linda Wisdom leaves the villains out there with hints of worse things to come. But, for now, fans will have to settle for the two enjoyable books in this series, Hex Appeal, and 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover.

Hex Appeal by Linda Wisdom. Sourcebooks, Inc., ©2008. ISBN 9781402214004 (paperback), 368p.

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