11 February, 2011

Book Review: No Rest For The Wicca by Toni LoTempio

Published: October 2010

Series: none
Source: Author via Book Lovin' Bitches E-Book Tours, no compensation for an honest review

From Good Reads:
Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes. A half-Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghost or demon as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance. Someone's killing pureblood witches- and the SFA's convinced Morgan's voodoo heritage could be instrumental in solving the mystery. Teamed with dashing SF agent Cole St. John, an Inheritor Vampire that sets her blood racing, the two of them must fight their deep attraction as they race to stop a madman from unleashing a demonic force upon the world.

My Review:
In NO REST FOR THE WICCA, Morgan Hawkes is a former cop, a half-wiccan witch, and a woman trying to overcome a recent tragedy in her life. She has a hard outer shell that is really hard to crack. In fact, it kept me from really relating to her for the first part of the book. Morgan has a chip on her shoulder, and she's walled herself off by acting a little like the alphahole hero that turns up in many paranormal romance books.

For me, what really shined in this book was the Wiccan and Voodoo lore. T.C. LoTempio included Voodoo chants, some overall history and explanantion of both cultures, and important days within the religions. It was clear that she had done plenty of research, and I thought that it gave authenticity to the book as I read it. After all, while I don't need a laundry list breakdown of everything Wiccan or Voodoo, when I read a book that involves a certain faith, I do like to see examples that the author took the time to make sure her words ring true. LoTempio did this, and more.

NO REST FOR THE WICCA was a fairly engaging book that, looking beyond the bravado of its primary character, had good development and secondary characters that contributed well to the novel. The mix of Wiccan and Voodoo throughout the story had me thinking about two topics I don't often read about. By the end of my reading experience, I definitely wanted to delve further into both religions, and would consider reading more fiction involving both.

3.5/5 for plot
3/5 for characters
3.5/5 for language

My Rating: 10/15 (3 stars)

Recommend, if you liked:

To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory
Afterlight by Elle Jasper

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* Amazon

Available formats: E-Book

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