Tall Dark Dead - Garnet Lacey, Bk 1 Author:Tate Hallaway Recovering witch Garnet Lacey manages Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum-piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble-something Garnet's a sucker for. Now the Vatican witch hu... more »nters are on to them, and her long-lost vampire ex has crawled out of the woodwork looking for action.
So what's a girl to do if she's hot for a dead man walking? Run like hell-and take full advantage of the nights.« less
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Garnet Lacey is a witch who has quit magic cold turkey. An explanation of why will be given in the book, but Garnet feels like a junkie in need of a fix. She also has an inner Goddess, Lilith, who has taken residence in her womb, a destructive creature that threatens to surface every time Garnet has strong emotions. Lately Garnet finds herself less able to control Lilith, and things get turned upside down when Sebastian walks into Garnet's shop. Garnet realises that Sebastian is dead, and soon she also realises that there are Vatican witch-hunters after him. Things get even more complicated from there. A thoughtful plot and interesting characters, both major and minor. The ending is left open for more potiential problems for Garnet in the second book (Dead Sexy), such as how exactly is her ex-boyfriend and vampire Parrish supposed to fit into things? Enjoyable read. The only issue I had was Garnet's propensity to do really rash and not thought out things over a charming man. Her hormones keep getting her into trouble, I found myself exasperated sometimes.
This book is amazing! It held my attention from page one and it only got better. Garnet is a witch who finds herself coping with sharing her body with the vengance demon Lilith, and trying to make up her mind weither she wants Parrish or Sabastian both who are very sexy Vampires. I can't wait to read the next book in this series and Mrs. Hallaway has been put on my favorite author's list at the top.
Kim P. (kimle) reviewed Tall, Dark & Dead (Garnet Lacey, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 4
This was my first Tate Hallaway book, and it won't be my last! I have never read a book so fast! Its in a really easy to read style and I was wanting more everytime I had to put it down. Another great paranormal/vampire/witch strong leading lady book. Can't wait to get my hands on the second Garnet book!! Enjoy!!
New author for me and an interesting beginning to what appears to be a good series. I liked Garnet and Sebastian and the other supporting characters and hope to see more of them in the next book. I wish there had more about the Vatican Witch Hunters as I found them intriguing and needed to understand why they were the villains. I could imagine in my mind a whole other twist with these characters as the heroes.
Anyway, the book was a pretty quick read and I enjoyed that the author didn't get hung up in petty details. Hopefully the Lilith issue gets resolved in the next book as well.
This book starts out very interesting. Garnet Lacey used to be a practicing witch. But one day she was late for the coven meeting and showed up to find the Vatican Witch Hunters had found them and killed everyone. Some how Garnet channels a very pissed off goddess who kills all of the Hunters. Since then Garnet has been hiding in plain site - running a new age store in Madison. However things are starting to heat up again.
Despite the interesting premise, the characters aren't interesting. All of them seem quite flaky, except for one of the "bad guys", who actually seemed interesting. At about 1/3 of the way through the book we're only starting to get introduced to more plot than "bad guys want to kill us". And at that it's a pretty distant threat.
The other problem is that the tone of the book feels like a sitcom while there are actually some pretty dark stuff, like the fact that the main character has a goddess with a very short temper inside of her, and occasionally Garnet loses control and then people die. This book just couldn't hold my interest.
I ordered this book from PBS from the reviews this book looked as comedy based on the supernatural. I liked the basic premise of this book but I thought it would be more fun. As to laughs..I found none. I think I smiled once or twice; not even a chuckle. I wish I could say more positive.
Overall, this book was neither good nor bad, just typical The author's writing style is fine for the genre. It did suffer from the fact that all the characters tend to sound the same in the dialogue. The plot is basic witch meets vampire and they are chased by baddies thinking they are good.