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50 Ways to Hex Your Lover (Jazz Tremaine, Bk 1)
50 Ways to Hex Your Lover - Jazz Tremaine, Bk 1
Author: Linda Wisdom
Jazz can't decide whether to scorch him with a fireball or jump into bed with him. — Jasmine Tremaine, a witch who can't stay out of trouble Nikolai Gregorivich, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire cop on the trail of a serial killer. The sizzling love affair between Jazz and Nick has been off-again-on-again-for about 300 years. Mostly off, lately. But ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781402210853
ISBN-10: 140221085X
Publication Date: 3/1/2008
Pages: 374
Edition: Ghost is Irma, not N
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3.7 stars, based on 170 ratings
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover (Jazz Tremaine, Bk 1) on + 156 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
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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Helpful Score: 5
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.
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Helpful Score: 4
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!
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
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!
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reviewed 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover (Jazz Tremaine, Bk 1) on + 259 more book reviews
With 50 Ways To Hex Your Lover, new to me author Linda Wisdom introduces her series starring a feisty witch named Jazz and a vampire named Nick who have been in an on then off relationship for several hundred years. Unfortunately, most of it has not been good and the last time Jazz and Nick were together several decades ago, he had her arrested. Understandably, Jazz is a tad cranky when she and Nick cross paths. He is definitely the last person, dead or alive, she wants to deal with and I was given a very good idea just how angry she is with him when she conjures up fire balls and wooden stakes ready to end his existence mere seconds after laying eyes on him again. Jazz doesnt need any more trouble. Her temper and bad behavior have gotten her in trouble with the Witches Council and she was banished so she is trying to walk the straight and narrow. I was very intrigued to say the least.

Fortunately for the future of this story, Nick doesnt give up so easily and continues to try to persuade her to help him track down who is responsible for several vampires going missing. I liked Nick and his persistence. I liked that he and Jazz have an extensive history and they always manage to find their way back to one another. Jazz has a lot on her plate already and the last thing she wants is Nick back in her life. In addition to hiring her witchy services out to disarm curses and her job as a driver for a limousine company she has to deal with Irma, a chain smoking nag of a ghost, who haunts Jazzs T-Bird, her ghoul boss, Dweezil, who walks a very fine line between good and evil and her carnivorous bunny slippers, just to name a few. On top of that, her boss insists she is the only one who can drive his best customer (because he pays in gold bars), who also emits an odor so noxious that Jazz has to throw away the clothing she wears when she drives him. For Jazz, having Nick show up again after all these years is like the final straw for her. Of course, Jazz eventually agrees to help him, especially when she discovers that the most evil and foulest of creatures she thought had been destroyed in the 30s is actually still around.

I would have liked a little more background history with Jazz (and whatever names she used throughout the years) and Nick. How they met, more detail about her banishment and the relationships with her sister witches Stasi and Blair, how Nick became a vampire and his history with the Protectorate. There were a lot of references and inferences to these issues and a lot of jumping back and forth between past and present, but it left me with more questions that pulled me out of the story many times. Even still, these issues did not keep me from wanting to know more and connecting with the characters.

My Final Verdict: Overall, this was a good start to a series that has three more books and one short story. Jazz and Nick will return in the next book, Hex Appeal and Stasi and Blair will each get their story. I am hopeful more will be revealed and explained as we go forward. If you like your vampire heroes to be hot and your witch heroines to be smart, feisty and full of snarky attitude, with vibrant supporting characters throughout that threaten to take over the whole story, then I recommend 50 Ways To Hex Your Lover as a good place to start.
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Could not get into this book. Pretty slow & seemed like there was alot of talk about Jazz's bunny slippers.
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This book was a nice respite from all the serious books out there. It was refreshingly origional and fun. Jazz is a heroine who is quirky, fun, and just warped enough to love--and her world is filled with fascinating creatures, bunny slippers who'd give the vorpal rabbit a run for his money, and one sexy, hot vampire love interest.

The plot is a bit slow at points, particularly in the beginning, but Wisdom makes up for it with stylish setting, magical elements, and laugh-out-load funniness.

The book is light as promised, but also has a few thoughtful, serious moments that I really appreciated. Overall a worthwhile read.

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