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Monday, February 8, 2010

"Charming The Devil" by Lois Greiman - I just didn't get it!

I love books. I think we have established that. I have certain genres I am fond of – romances being among them.

But sometimes, there comes along one that I just don’t get…

“Charming The Devil,” by Lois Greiman, is one such book. Try as I might, I just couldn’t get into it.

This is the third book in Greiman’s “Witches of Mayfair” series, which revolves around Lord and Lady Gallo, and their home, Lavendar House, which is a protective home to a coven of white witches who are out to protect the world from the onset of evil.

“Charming The Devil” is the story of a fearfully shy young witch, called Faerie Faye. She has been given the mission of investigating the life of Rogan McBain, a towering Scotsman with a mysterious past.

Faye, who has had a tragic past when it come to dealing with men, must put aside her fears, and get to know this giant of a man, and is shocked to find herself falling in love with him, despite all the locks she has put on her heart.

This is kind of a “Beauty and the Beast” type of story, which would have been great, but I was dismayed to find the story was badly disjointed and very hard to follow. Reading the previous two books in the series (“Under Your Spell” and “Seduced By Your Spell”) might have helped, especially when it came to the eccentric characters that pepper this story. (For instance, the book opens with a naked witch named Shaleena – why was she naked all the time? And why was she in the opening chapter, if the story was about Faye? Puzzling!)

I always like to find some redeeming quality in a book, even if I don’t care for it, and in “Charming The Devil,” the redeeming factor was the sex scenes were out of this world! Very lusty!

“Charming The Devil” is supposedly the last book in the series, but there sure were a lot of dangling threads left, leaving the reader with a feeling of hanging in mid-air. Ms Greiman is a prolific author, with many romances and mysteries to her credit. This was just not a good representation of her work.

Thank you to Harper Collins for this review copy. I was not under any obligation to give it a favorable review.

1 comment:

Janel said...

Ah, the dangers of reading a series out of order! There's a fine line between too much and too little backstory in a series.