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Hex Appeal
by Linda Wisdom
Order:  USA  Can
Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

All seems well now that Jazz and Nick have settled into a more stable arrangement in their 300-year on-again, off-again relationship. However, all hell breaks loose the night Jazz swears on a stack of spell books that Nick had gone straight for her jugular during one of their heated lovemaking sessions. Furious that Nick would dare bite her, Jazz grabs her stuff, including Fluff and Puff (her vicious and over-protective bunny slippers) and storms out of his apartment. Nick meanwhile, is at a complete loss over her wild accusation, swearing that he'd never take such liberties without Jazz's permission. Unfortunately, though, all his heartfelt assurances fall on deaf ears.

Jazz's night gets a whole lot worse when Fluff and Puff are accused of murdering the were-weasel who runs the Ferris wheel situated along the boardwalk. Jazz isn't particularly heartbroken over the news of his demise because, let's face it, the guy was a - well - real weasel. Naturally, Fluff and Puff deny any wrongdoing, but when irrefutable evidence is discovered on their - errr person - they are immediately tossed into magic bunny prison to await their fate. Now Jazz and Nick - along with Irma the ghost and a pair of crocodile stilettos named Croc and Delilah - must work tirelessly to prove the slippers' innocence. But the task soon gets rather dicey as Jazz and then Nick continue suffering recurring and very realistic nightmares that take a scary toll on their sanity and their relationship.

Prepare to be entertained as Linda Wisdom pulls out all the stops and tickles the funny bone in this second instalment of her often wildly amusing paranormal series. Jazz is one of a kind, who doesn't take any guff from anybody, and Nick is the sort of hot undead guy any girl - or witch - would love to invite into her boudoir, or have watching her back when trouble comes calling. Irma and Dweezil are back for another encore as are a few new additions to the secondary cast. My only quibble though - too many footwear characters. While Fluff and Puff are amusing in their own possessive and scary way, the stilettos were redundant and a bit over the top. Even so, Hex Appeal manages to hit the mark and makes for a perfect Halloween read.

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