Review: Black Magic Woman by Christine Warren

8 May

Black Magic Woman by Christine Warren
St. Martins Press (April 2011)
Mass Market: $7.99
ISBN: 9780312357207

Favorite Lines: “In her mind, he seemed to grow in size, muscles ripping and easing until she could have sworn he stood at least three inches taller and broader than he had a minute ago. Then the pleats in his coat stretched again, this time actually splitting to accommodate the emergence of a set of beautifully feathered, enormous white wings.” (p. 43)

Daphanie Carter is thrilled that her sister Danice finally found her Prince Charming—even though he’s not quite, well, human. Daphanie is trying to keep an open mind. Which is why she jumps at the chance to enter the hidden world of The Others when a friendly imp invites her to a non-human nightclub. Daphanie’s curious to see how the Other half lives—and parties—but soon, one handsome stranger has her bewitched, bothered, and beside herself…

BLACK MAGIC WOMAN

Enter Asher Grayson. As a Guardian, it’s his job to protect humans who get mixed up in the affairs of Others. When he spots Daphanie in a club, going head to head with a notorious witch doctor, he steps in to cool things off. Now the heat is on. Daphanie becomes the target of strange magical attacks, and Asher’s got to undo the voodoo before it’s too, too late. But soon he starts to wonder if this beautiful, beguiling mortal has put a spell on him—because every little thing she does is magic…

Black Magic Woman is book 11 in Christine Warren’s Others series. It introduces a new type of other (Guardians) and the sister of the heroine in book 10, Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here. I gotta admit I wasn’t impressed or much taken with this story or its heroine.

Lately it seems like there are more stupid heroines in the romance and urban fantasy genres. These women put themselves in bad situations, then make the situations worse by declaring themselves to be strong women who don’t take crap. Not taking crap translates into making asinine decisions that show just how completely out of control the heroine is in the situation. Everyone but the heroine realizes how deep in doo-doo the heroine is, but she just keeps on going until she is rescued. That is how I see Daphanie and it made it hard to connect or like her.

On the other hand, I liked Asher. The clear explanation of his origins and job made it easy to understand his lust for Daphanie and his desire to remain unattached. He was protective and smart. (Or maybe it’s just that he was as old as dirt.) He’s just a great alpha male.

It could be I’ve gotten cynical lately, but when sex leads to instant love I had a problem. I enjoy love at first sight and the idea of the perfect mate. However, I don’t like it when characters who are sexually attracted to each other have sex and are immediately in love. It detracts from the story for me.

I know this has been a pretty negative review of Black Magic Woman. Don’t be discouraged. The entire story was not a wash. The voodoo practiced and the threat to Daphanie was very real. I had a clue as to who the villain was, but why it was happening…I didn’t know.

Would I recommend the book? No. While the story was well written, I think people who normally like the same books as I will dislike the book. I know there are tons of great reviews of Black Magic Woman floating around the Internet, but the book just didn’t do it for me. I’ll be donating mine to the library in hopes that someone else will enjoy it.

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