Dylan Apel is having one heck of a summer. She knows her hand-made clothing is special, but magical? Discovering that she's a witch is bad enough, but when Dylan realizes there are folks who'll kill to possess her witchy powers - that's enough to make a girl want to hide out in the back of her boutique. The only problem is, Queen Witch is in town, itchin' to make sure Dylan learns to cast spells, and this witch won't take no for an answer. Dylan must learn fast - someone just killed her best client with a poisoned gown meant for Dylan. Was it the tall, mysterious hottie in black, who's suddenly everywhere she goes? After all, the first thing Roman Bane says is he doesn't like witches. Is he here to save her, or kill her? Dylan is barely getting a handle on her new powers when she finds herself surrounded by witches bossing her this way and that, local police nosing about, and wary clients - death by clothing is not good for business. And the solstice is coming...a time when witch powers are at their peak. Can Dylan survive the chaos long enough to figure out her new life?
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An amusing chic-lit
The narrator did a very good job of voicing the parts, even the male ones, and expressing the emotional state of the main character.
The plot contains the common theme of a young person being awakened to her/his exceptional abilities, but is combined with several mysteries. The manner in which the heroine develops her abilities I found a bit thin. The use of humour throughout the story allows one to be reminded that the story is not to be taken too seriously.
The chic-lit model of the heroine being turned on by an alpha male, with her attendant emotional responses left this septuagenarian male cold. In addition, the (admittedly occasional) use of southern USA slang I found annoying, but it probably works for the book's intended audience.
The heroine, whose name I have already forgotten.
No. I doubt that I will listen to it again.
I'm of two minds as to whether I will get the second novel when it comes out. The heroine and her sisters are still in mortal danger, and it would be interesting to follow their story. But I cringe at having to endure more of the sickly chic-lit "romance" stuff, which is more animal attraction (a.k.a. lust), than real relationship development. I hope the author improves markedly on this aspect of her writing.
- Paul Lloyd