Monday, July 25, 2011

BLACK MAGIC LOVER by Cynthia Cooke

Publisher: Harlequin
Date published: September 2010
ISBN: 978-0373618439
Mass Market Paperback
Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by Pam
Obtained by purchase

Laura Larame returns to the Louisiana bayou, the place where she was born, and where her mother had vanished twenty years ago. With no memory of the night it happened or the man who had saved her. She still has terrible nightmares most nights, with blood sacrifices and alligators lurking.

Drew Michel has been haunted by dreams of death and fears the ancient blood prophesy, knowing it could mean Laura’s death. He also begins to wonder if his psychic mother is behind many of the strange happenings.

Both Drew and Laura find out they might be in danger after talking to a friend of her mothers.

BLACK MAGIC LOVER is an interesting read, but I found it a little too jumbled and unbelievable in places. There is a rather large group of characters, which would have been far more interesting if the book was made longer. The hero and heroine seemed a bit overwhelmed at times by the other characters, especially as many were deep into voodoo. If you are a bit squeamish about blood and sacrifice, this tale is not something you’ll enjoy. It has a bit of everything, a man gone mad after losing a child, a mother who hid herself away to save her child, chickens killed and their blood used for magic. There are a few love scenes that were well written and of course, the alligators searching for their next meal. A partially hidden cemetery with parts covered in water added to the creepy feeling of this book. The story felt a bit un-nerving in parts to this reviewer, it was also a change from most other romances I’ve read, so if you have goose bumps you were warned.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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