Saturday, May 7, 2011

Black Magic Woman-Christine Warren

Black Magic Woman
Christine Warren
St. Martin’s, Apr 26 2011, $7.99
ISBN: 9780312357207

Daphanie Carter has mixed feelings about the Prince Charming who her sister Niecie loves (see Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here). On the one hand he seems nice and genuinely cares for her sibling, but on the other he is not quite human. Though she was raised in a mixed race home, Daphanie may have some tolerance, but still she wants to know a lot more about the Others before embracing her new brother-in-law Mac.

Quigley the imp under the table at her sibling’s wedding reception invites Daph to a nightclub frequented by the Others. At the joint, root beer soaks Charles Antoine D’Abo the witch doctor who blames Daph for his damping. She apologizes but also faults him for rushing in the bar and refuses to back down when he demands she grovel. As his job is to protect humans from the Others, Guardian Asher Grayson intervenes. When she becomes the target of magic, Asher gets involved trying to keep the mortal safe while wondering if she bewitched him.

The latest Others romantic urban fantasy is a jocular tale as the tough human female and the bewildered guardian fall in love. Although the story line is somewhat thin, fans of the series will enjoy this entertaining thriller as Asher’s refrain is “I’m Not In Love (10 CC) while trying to protect Daph that from a magical assault.

Harriet Klausner

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