Jasmine Tremaine (Jazz) is a 700 year old witch with a penchant for trouble. She has the bad habit of using her magick for her own benefit, usually when she looses her temper, which is forbidden. As punishment, the High Council has banned her from their âwitch worldâ casting her into our mortal world. She lives in Los Angeles has the fun job of banishing curses for people. She also is a chauffer for All Creatures Limo Service. This world is inhabited with all kinds of magickal creatures, werewolves, elves, vampires etc. Speaking of vampires, her ex-lover Nick Gregory, who she hasn't seen in thirty years, needs her help. Over the past few years vampires have been steadily going missing. Nick wants Jazz to help him solve the mystery of the missing vampires. She doesn't want anything to do with Nick, because every time she helps him she winds up in jail.
50 Ways to Hex Your Lover is quite a silly, light-hearted read. There are quite a cast of eccentric secondary characters starting with Irma, the ghost who haunts Jazz's 1956 convertible Thunderbird sports car. Jazz also owns a pair of bunny slippers, Fluff and Puff who are indiscriminant when it comes to food. Then you have Dweezle, the owner of All Creatures Limo Service, who looks like a big green olive with three arms. There is quite a bit of world building but it all felt a bit shallow to me. The impression I came away with was only superficial.
Jazz's personality comes across as a little abrasive with some attitude. She does show a sweeter side sometimes, as well. She has been hurt by Nick in the past but she can't help herself for being attracted to him. She doesn't want to have these feelings for him and she tries to fight it. Nick just wants Jazz and has no qualms about letting her know. The story focuses mainly on Jazz. We only get into Nick's head a tiny amount. I would have liked for there to be more on the relationship between Nick and Jazz. The world building seemed to be more of the focus of this book, rather than the romance. Over all it wasn't a bad book, but after I finished it I didn't have the urge to shout down the rafters about how good it was either.
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The title sounded interesting, and the man eating bunny slippers were a neat idea. That's about where things ended for me. I didn't even finish this book before I posted it, I did struggle through 3/4th of the book, might have missed a really cool ending, but I don't think so. If you like the Betsy vampire series this book will probably be up your alley, I prefer the Anita Blake series, if that's your preference as well, then I suggest you skip this one. Of course, I did find this book useful for getting another credit to get more books.
This book was a cute one -- but it did take about 170 pages or so for the plot to really start moving. The writer spent quite a bit of time on scene setting and character development, which was nice as a preliminary move towards creating a series but I thought the beginning moved a little slowly. Perseverance paid off, however, and I found Jazz and her vampire lover Nick to be engaging and entertaining. There were several lines that were laugh out loud funny.
Both the main and secondary characters are very fun, and they are intriguing enough to leave me, at least, curious about reading more. Plenty of magic, charm, and sex appeal in this little book!
Boring. Tepid dialogue. Poor to middling plot & writing. I like supernatural chick lit, so I was predisposed to like this book. In fact, I tried quite hard to like this book. It lacked charm & style and just came off very formulaic. I ended up giving in about half-way through and just flipping to the end to see what happened. It ended predictably. Also, I was irritated because the heroine was wishy washy about they vamp guy hero, claiming he'd done her wrong over and over again in centuries of history - but still unable to really stay away...and the chemistry wasn't really there between the two of them. Sadly, I liked her magic eat-everything-that-isn't-nailed-down toothy feral magical bunny slippers, Fluff & Puff, best of all the characters, but even that gag got old pretty quickly. The best bit was that instead of saying, "so mote it be" to finish a spell, the witch heroine says, "because I say so, d*mmmit!"
There, you've read all the good parts - now go pick another book.
Jazz Tremaine was banished from the Witches Counsel for not following the rules. Everytime she makes a mistake, more time is added to her banishment. Jazz acts like she doesn't care though as she go about eliminating curses and driving for a limo service. She has her very human room-mate who she adores, her bunny slippers that eat everything in sight, and Irma, the ghost who lives in her sports car. Things seemed to be going ok until he comes back to town. Nickolai and her go way back, like centuries, and he wants to hire her to help unravel the mystery of disappearing vampires. Nick is also a vampire and fears for his kind. Hooking back up with Jazz heats up the night, and they are soon hot on the case.
Very likeable characters, laugh-out loud lines, and a magical plot will have you flying through this one. Very imaginative and wonderful. I'll definitely be on the look-out for the next one!