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50 Ways to Hex Your Lover Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2008
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When she isn't getting into trouble with her oddball companions—a vicious pair of bunny slippers and a frustrated ghost who haunts her sports car—hot-tempered witch Jazz Tremaine earns money lifting hexes and driving limos for Southern California's All Creatures Limo Service. When the vampire cop she's loved and hated for centuries, Nikolai Gregorivich, seeks her help in catching a serial vampire slayer, Jazz fends him off to focus on her own problems (the sleazeball limo service owner; a client who generates supernaturally disgusting odors). She can't resist her sexy vamp lover for long, though, especially as clues in the killings point to an evil figure from her past. With clever writing, a high sensuality factor and an unfettered imagination, Wisdom makes a sparkling entry into lite urban paranormals. (Mar.)
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"The story will bewitch you, the characters will embrace you, and you just may read this in one sitting!" - Manic Readers
"50 Ways to Hex Your Lover is a quick and highly entertaining read with fun and well developed characters. This book has it all: paranormal romance, humor and a suspenseful plot." - I Just Finished Reviews
"Populated by charming and witty characters, the world Wisdom has built is one that lives vibrantly in the mind of the reader. " - Romance Reader at Heart
"This is a fun read. The storyline is cute, the characters are interesting, and the book is full of personality. Jazz is spunky but tough, and Nick is a gorgeous hero." - The Ginger Kid's Den of Iniquity
"50 Ways to Hex Your Lover is a laugh riot, a great romantic suspense thriller, and a wonderful paranormal romance all wrapped into one. " - Romance at Heart
Linda Wisdom can add this reviewer to her growing list of fans, and I am very much looking forward to the sequels in her HEX series! " - Wild on Books
"It's a sexy book, tempered with terrific humor. " - Lesa's Book Critiques
"Overall, I truly enjoyed 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover and I can't wait to start Hex Appeal." - Literary Escapism
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Jazz is a “young” witch, who was banished from the witch realm in 1313, along with twelve of her classmates at The Academy for Witches, for a period of one hundred years. Initially, one hundred years. Every time she uses magic in a way the Witches' High Council does not approve of, additional time is added to her banishment. Fast forward to 2007, where Jazz earns her living as a curse eliminator, and a limo driver for a service that caters to all things inhuman. She has a human roommate who is her best friend, a pair of vicious bunny slippers named Fluff and Puff who eat anything they can get a hold of, and a 1956 convertible she shares with the former owner's dead wife, Irma, a ghost who is cursed to remain in the car – the one curse Jazz has not been able to figure out how to eliminate.
Then there's Nick, the vampire she loves to hate. They've had a very on again off again relationship for centuries. Now he's in town, investigating the disappearances of vampires, and he wants Jazz to help him.
With Jazz and Nick, Ms. Wisdom has created an interesting world of witches, vampires, dwarves, and other assorted creatures. Jazz is a fun and lively character, and as she goes about her day we learn bits and pieces about her magical powers and that interesting world I just mentioned, without the author ever having to info dump on us. Jazz spends much of the first part of the book bantering with Irma and her roommate, Krebs, and trying to avoid talking to Nick. But eventually she finds herself drawn into his investigation, as well as into his arms. I loved them together, talking, arguing, fighting. I also loved the chattering snarly bunny slippers, and I hope Krebs will be in future books as well. I'd love to learn more about him. The only parts I didn't love were the sex scenes, especially one where Nick does something with his mind that made it a little over the top. Their lovemaking could have happened off page and I don't think it would have bothered me at all. And why is there a black cat on the cover picture? Since there wasn't one in the book, unless I missed it somehow.
A bouncy, fun, but not overly light or cutesy book. I look forward to continuing with this series.
This is an entertaining read. I loved all the characters and their own quirks. Jazz is a sassy witch who finds trouble every way she turns. One of her newest problems is in the form of her hunky ex-lover Nick. Nick is a sexy vampire who believes their lives are meant to keep crossing. He also needs Jazz's help with vampire business. Unfortunately for Nick, Jazz is not too happy to see him. Let's just say fire and stakes are involved in their less than happy reunion. Things are also taking a turn for the worse in Jazz's own life. She learns things are not as they have seemed for seventy-plus years and her life is now in danger. With everything going on in their lives that have Jazz and Nick scrambling to find answers, passion still has a way of taking hold of them both. While the intimate moments are better than ever between them, Jazz still can't let go of old hurts when it comes to Nick. These two endearing characters take us on a journey through passion, mystery, and deceptions. There are also some other characters I've come to love in this book. Jazz's roommate is the perfect big brotherish counter to Jazz and you can't help but feel affection for him. Two of my favorite side characters are Fluff and Puff, Jazz's sharp teeth, magical bunny slippers. They are hilarious with their vicious personalities. This is overall a good read it was just a little too slow at times for me, but I can't wait to read the next book and find out what else Jazz gets herself into. Warning: explicit content and violence.
Second, I felt this book took much too long to make any progression in the story line. I like detail as much as the next reader, I actually probably like it more than your average reader, but even after reading all those pages I didn't feel as though I hadn't learned anything about the world the story is set in or the characters. The length of the book just didn't make sense.
Third, practically every character in this story, especially the main character was unnecessarily "witchy" (if you catch my drift). For being a 700 year old witch she is incredible immature. Besides shirking her duties to buy groceries for months (that's just sheer laziness) to not taking responsibility for her super destructive bunny slippers, it is no wonder that she was thrown out of the Academy. Okay - that's an exaggeration because she was technically thrown out for not ousting the guilty party. The point is you don't sympathize with the protagonist, Jazz, for a long time. When you finally start to realize something's wrong (even though it's only been upsetting her for the past 60 years or so), she's trying to shut out all those feelings.
Lastly, I really don't feel as though the plot was very creative. You know from the very beginning who the villain is and even the way you discover his plot powers is uncreative - the author literally states what he is doing (multiple times). Another problem is the main characters, Jazz and her lover Nick, can't (or won't) tell each other the truth and thus a lot of misunderstandings and resentment occurs.
Overall it is an okay read, with incredibly bitchy characters that are somewhat realistic and a boring, un-suspenseful plot. Glad I got it for free, otherwise I would have been really disappointed.