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!
[NOTE: review book provided by publisher]