Recommended by: Got this one off of a review on Dana’s blog, and it sounded interesting enough that I wanted to give it a try.
From the Back Cover: 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 hunters 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.
My Thoughts: Ok, so maybe “Pretty Men Make Me Stupid” isn’t the title, but it was my favorite line when I first began this book, it made me laugh, so I thought “Why not?!”.
Garnet is a witch who has quit magic cold turkey. Or at least, she tries to. Almost 30, she’s trying to start her life over. A few months previously, she came home to find her entire coven slaughtered. At that point, she was in such a state of despair she asked the Dark Goddess Lilith to take over her body. Now, she and Lilith cohabitate. But, Lilith often has agendas of her own.
Sebastian is a vampire. Actually, he’s a warlock, vampire, witch and alchemist all rolled into one. Oh ~ and of course, he’s hot. He and Garnet meet when he goes to her bookstore looking for mandrake. They go out for coffee and she later ends up staying overnight at his house (on the couch). Add gentleman to the list.
Matyas is the son of Sebastian. Talk about a disgruntled teenager. This kid is the perfect example of why even vampires should use a condom. Having said that, we do find out towards the end of the book the reasons why he behaves the way he does. Not to justify it, but at least he’s understandable ~ but not very likeable.
Other characters are William, who works for Garnet in the bookstore; Izzie, Garnet’s best friend; Parrish, Garnet’s vampire ex-boyfriend, and Barney, Garnet’s cat who happens to be allergic to magic.
Ms. Hallaway has created a fun paranormal world right in the Midwestern state of Wisconsin. I got sucked into the story immediately and didn’t put it down until it was finished. I’ll say this book is Very Good. It held my interest which is what I needed and I laughed out loud quite a few times. Not to mention, there is yet another hunky Sebastian to add to my pile. I’m looking forward to the sequel Dead Sexy when it hits the stores next Spring.