If you pick up this book and notice that several books also refer this to T-Flac #17 and are worried that you haven't read a single book in this series, don't worry. This book stands completely on it's own as a fast paced, paranormal romance book. In fact, I had not read any books in this series and did not feel as though I was missing a thing.
In this book it has a mixture of good and bad points. Our main characters know each other and had already fallen in and out of love with each other. There was a huge falling out and we are quite honestly left hanging to find out what the problem was for half the book. That was quite frustrating and when we do find out, you can then understand how it came between the couple. Also, this book is quite predictable, but even though you know the answers before Sara and Jack, you don't know how it is going to play out. That part in the mystery as well as a lot of the hot scenes keeps you reading this story.
I give this book 4 stars and recommend it to those who are wanting to read something in the paranormal romance genre. In fact, now I'm more curious as to what happens in this series by Cherry Adair.
I had a very hard time finishing this book. I couldn't stand the heroine. She was a class "A" bitch. She never believed the hero and she was always "right". Then she went from not believing what the hero believed about her life-long protector (calling him jealous) to knowing he was right in 0.9 seconds. The plot was really weak also. I really had to force myself to finish this book. It's the first in a new series and I don't think I will be reading the rest in the series. It was my first Cherry Adair book and now I'm reluctant to read her Edge Brothers series (I have the whole series).
Another weird thing. When I read the Prologue in this book I knew I had read it previously. But, since I have never read a Chery Adair book, I knew that I hadn't read the book. The publisher must have put the Prologue in a book by another author to try to drum up interest in this book. It almost worked against them. I almost put the book down thinking I had read it.
I have read this whole series and loved them all, but I really had a hard time getting through the prologue on this one to even continue. After that it was ok. I am alittle confused how they to main characters could be 'lifemates' and be way from eachother when the other books lead you to believe otherwise...
Wasn't ok. Sara is a whiny know-it-all. Takes her almost the whole story to realize ,how wrong she was about her mentor.
Despite the flavors of adventure, magic, and romance, I never felt particularly engaged by either the plot or the characters. Unfortunately, the bulk of my thoughts after finishing BLACK MAGIC revolved around trying to create some order out of this welter of mythology and sex.
I felt like too much of the book revolved around one of my least favorite romance tropes, with a break up based on lack of communication (made famous in Rebecca, and a thousand romances that followed). Despite later revelations to explain Sara and Jack's behavior, it couldn't make me go back and enjoy the beginning of the book. Outside what is fundamentally my own negative reaction to a common romance plot line, I enjoyed Sara and Jack.
I would not bother with reading this book at all.
I read the first 2 chapters and the last, guess that pretty much says it all. The action was well written but the characters didn't touch me. I didn't feel any involvement with them - so I didn't like the book. A cautionary word - the author has written many EXCELLENT action books with gripping plots and great characters - so don't write her off. It might just have been me...
I've read and enjoyed all the other books in this series. I really didn't care for this one. The heroine was whining all the time. She hates magic but uses it all the time for her convenience. The villan was obvious with a twist at the end. The chemistry between the hero and heroine just wasn't there for me.