Sunday, December 17, 2006

Charmed & Ready - Candace Havens

Charmed & Ready
Candace Havens

Chick Lit/ Paranormal

Warning: If you have not read the first book in this series, CHARMED & DANGEROUS, this review contains a significant plot spoiler. You have been warned!

After recent events, detailed in CHARMED & DANGEROUS, butt-kicking witch Bronywn wants nothing more than a little downtime with her new man. After saving the British Prime Minister’s life many times over, she feels she’s owed a little R&R. She’s even willing to spend that downtime in the stifling heat and humidity of her hometown, Sweet, Texas. Because her new guy, warlock Dr. Sam is there.

She’s a bit more than irritated when her plans are derailed by an urgent summons from the PM. He wants Bronwyn to protect one of his friends. That friend just happens to be Zane, the hottest force in rock music at the moment. It seems that Goth-looking demons are following Zane for their own nefarious reasons. Sam isn’t too enthused about this assignment; particularly given Bronwyn’s talent for landing in compromising situations, but Bronwyn figures this will be a relatively easy job. Too bad seeing the future isn’t one of her skills.

Far from suffering from the dreaded ‘sophomore slump,’ this second installment picks up with the same airy and irreverent first person diary voice of the first. Bronwyn is serious about her job, and she’s a skilled witch, but she’s still got issues in her personal life that make her very relatable. Some of the personal situations Bronwyn ends up in require a fair amount of suspension of disbelief, but the story zips along at such an easy pace that this isn’t difficult. Both volumes are recommended for readers of chick lit who enjoy a supernatural tale.

Rating: 7 ½
September 2006
ISBN# 0-425-21161-4 (trade paperback)


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