Sunday, July 22, 2012

All That Jazz (Tremaine)

It's really tough these days to come up with a premise for a paranormal book that will be a "fresh breath" among all of the Twilight-wannabes. Linda Wilson has proven that her lungs are in great working condition as she continues to provide readers with 'fresh breaths' in every book.

50 Ways to Hex Your Lover was the first of the books I'd read by Wilson featuring the main character of Jazz Tremaine, a witch with an attitude. Jazz lives with three other witches who were tossed out of the witchy world because of transgressions some 300 years ago. As they continue to get in trouble and get called on the carpet, their exile appears to be permanent. Since I read 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover I've rollicked through Hex Appeal, Hex in High Heels and am anxiously awaiting another. No, they're not great literature, but they do exactly what they're meant to do. Entertain me. And they do. (The story starts slow, so give it a chance.)

Amazon's description of 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover:

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Jazz can't decide whether to scorch him with a fireball or jump into bed with him. Jasmine Tremaine, a witch who can't stay out of trouble. Nikolai Gregorivich, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire cop on the trail of a serial killer.

The sizzling love affair between Jazz and Nick has been off-again, on-again-for about 300 years. Mostly off, lately. But now Nick needs Jazz's help, and while Jazz and Nick try to figure out their own hearts and resist their ever-increasing attraction, they must steer clear of a maniacal killer with super-supernatural powers. They are surrounded by a hilarious cast of oddball paranormal characters, including Irma, the chain-smoking ghost who haunts Jazz's sports car, Dweezil, her ghoul of a boss, and Fluff and Puff, a pair of bunny slippers with sharp teeth and short tempers (watch your ankles)!

Most readers agree that Fluff and Puff, the monster bunny slippers, are the cutest characters in the book. Although they have a nasty temper, they're easily cowed when Jazz simply lifts her foot (they're afraid of heights). Personally, I think I liked Irma the ghost the best; destined to haunt Jazz's car forever with cigarette smoke and backtalk. Since Jazz is in her car frequently for her job removing hexes from her clients, Irma and Jazz's conversations fill up quite a bit of the book. Of course her conversations (and romantic interludes) with Nick take up quite a few too.

The title was misleading. Jazz never hexes anybody. Much less Nick. And although there's a cat on the cover, there wasn't one in the book. If you're up for a fun read without a lot of brain cell involvement pick up a copy!

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