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That Old Black Magic (A Living in Eden Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Rowen
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Book Description

Reluctant witch Eden Riley knows that codependent relationships aren't good, especially when you're possessed by a sexy but troublemaking demon. Darrak's physical form makes good girl Eden want to go bad, but the constant itch to use the soul-destroying black magic she's recently acquired might force Eden to explore her dark side in an entirely different way.

And when her magic starts manifesting itself without conscious effort, both Eden's life and the possibility of a future with Darrak are threatened-since only one of them might be able to survive this...

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About the Author

Michelle Rowen writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, futuristic romantic suspense, and young adult fantasy. She has been on the Waldenbooks/Borders Group romance bestseller list and was the winner of the 2007 Holt Medallion for Best First Book.Michelle lives in Southern Ontario and is the 2010 President of Toronto Romance Writers. She wields her power wisely. Please feel free to contact her, she loves hearing from readers!

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  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425244938
  • Publisher: Berkley (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Series just keeps getting better February 13, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Michelle Rowen's That Old Black Magic (A Living in Eden Novel) is a great follow-on to The Demon in Me and Something Wicked. Each book in the series has been a bit better than the last. This time the focus is more on Darrak and his insecurities as he faces the possibility that Eden might well find a way to undo his curse--meaning that he won't possess her any more. And at that point, he fears, she won't want to have anything to do with him. He realizes he's fallen in love with her, but it also seems that his feelings aren't fully returned. He can't go back to Hell--what will he do if he can't be with Eden? There's something fantastic about seeing a demon go through these feelings; it's very contrary to literary stereotype, and yet it makes a lot of sense for the character.

Lucifer is still one of my favorite characters; he has a surprising depth to him. Eden is still growing, as well, which I appreciate. Again, however, I find Malleus to be more one-dimensional than I'd like. Given that the organization at least still pretends to be the good guys, too many of the characters are one-dimensional bad guys.

I love the celestial and demonic politicking going on. There's some fascinating backstory that comes to light, and some great views on Lucifer's role in the universe. As usual there's humor, drama, and a good balance between camp and story. The magic-as-addiction thing is a little old (it felt a little overdone even when Buffy the Vampire Slayer did it back in the day), but it is handled very well, and Rowen makes it easy to empathize with. This volume provides a satisfying wrap-up for the three-book arc so far, but leaves room for plenty of future stories--which I do hope Rowen plans to write!

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read! January 12, 2012
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I have to say I really enjoyed this series. This book was my favorite though. It wrapped up the series in a neat package, ties up all loose ends, and left me smiling at the end! My kind of book! You must read all the books in order as they do take place one right after the other. To sum up....Eden Riley is a little psychic, and she finds herself helping the police solve a case involving a serial killer. She is able to find the killer, who also happens to be possessed by a demon. The serial killer dies, and the demon needs a body to survive due to a curse placed on him centuries ago. Well, guess who the lucky demon recipient is.....Eden. So the story goes about her getting to know this demon, falling in love, and trying to break the curse that binds them together....but do they really want to?? You also learn many interesting facts about why Eden is psychic and about her background. If you enjoy paranormal romance, snarky dialogue, passion, and suspense, you will want to read this series! Books in order are The Demon in Me, Something Wicked, and That Old Black Magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want it to end... January 10, 2012
By Amanda
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I loved Michelle Rowen's first book in the series, Demon in Me. Eden is easy to relate to and Darrak is that inner demon we all secretly crave. Areas are steamy and leave you craving more. All three are must reads for those who enjoy the paranormal, romance and suspense filled books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars That Old Black Magic December 14, 2011
By amy
Format:Kindle Edition
That Old Black Magic is the third and final book in the living in Eden series featuring Eden and Darrak. This was a great ending to the story of Darrak and Eden who have had their share of problems since coming together. Darrak and Eden continue on their mission to release Darrak from his curse while dealing with interference from Lucas,Ben and one dead mother.Their journey continues along with humour,witty remarks and 5th grade comebacks, which all result in one entertaining read. This trilogy is well worth a read, with That Old Black Magic one of my favourites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LIVING IN EDEN NOVELS January 3, 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Wrap Up For The Trilogy January 21, 2012
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Ah, the conclusion to the Living in Eden series. I didn't realize this was going to be a trilogy, so that was a bit of a surprise, but it was a welcome one. I love that the author didn't draw it out too long. I'm sorry to say goodbye to Eden and Darrak, but I'd much rather end on a high note, still wanting more, than have the series drag on forever.

This has been a really fun series. If you haven't read the two previous books, I don't recommend you start here. It doesn't stand on its own very well. For the past two books we have seen Darrak and Eden struggle to come to terms with their feelings and the fact that they are stuck together. They haven't had the smoothest path, but they're both still hopeful that they can find a way to get Darrak out of Eden's body, without hurting him. Also, they're highly motivated to find a solution, given that they can't have sex without repercussions until they fix his curse. Sounds simple, right? Right...

The Darrak we see in this book is a bit of a change from the guy we've known in the past two books. I've always enjoyed his voice, so I noticed right off that he was a bit more subdued than he was before. He still had some nice lines, but the jokes and sarcasm weren't as frequent as before. Instead, we saw a more vulnerable side of him. He's finally come to realize what Eden means to him and struggles to reconcile that with their situation and the person he used to be. He also has to come to terms with the fact that he and Eden might not being seeing eye to eye on their feelings and their hopes for the future.

Eden is not quite as likable as she was in the past, but it's (mostly) understandable, given what all has happened to her.
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Michelle Rowen writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy. She has been on the Waldenbooks/Borders Group romance bestseller list and was the winner of the 2007 Holt Medallion for Best First Book and the 2009 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance.

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