Hoodoo and high magic are on a collision course.My Thoughts: Okay. This book? Kinda rocked my world. It was fast paced, fun, a touch sexy and the love interest wasn't at all what I was expecting. I mean, I didn't think I'd like a guy who dabbles in dark magic but he's got this whole vibe going on. It was borderline awesome edging into full on panty melt.
Roxanne Mathis isn't like everyone else. Not only can she see auras and spectral entities, she can mix herbs and roots for spells to do good or ill. She can even light a candle without the benefit of a match. But when she’s hired to exorcise a demon from a young girl, she discovers the limits of her powers.
With her vampire cousin at her side and a sexy sorcerer chasing her on the rebound, Roxie sets out to send that evil entity back to where she came from.
Nothing is as it seems and Roxie’s in over her head. It’s not going to be enough for her to just be a paranormal investigator and old school root worker – to defeat this demon, she’s going to have to be the Mojo Queen.
I really *really* liked that the magical aspects weren't over-explained. They were touched on and you were given a broad sense of what the different elements of the spells, etc were used for but there wasn't a lengthy monologue about why the candles were placed at the corners or why salt is protective. It was nice to glean the information through deductive reasoning as opposed to having it thrown in your face and spelled out.
Roxie herself was pretty darn cool. She's basically untutored in her power using her baseline knowledge of root magic to keep things on the up and up for the most part. She's open minded (having a vampire family member will do that, I guess), smart and willing to put herself in risky situations to help others. The situation she's thrown into is way above her normal house hauntings but she can't walk away when innocent people are being hurt.
I adored Blake. He's made some really crappy choices but he's not a bad guy. Plus, he's got that whole sex magic thing going on. Sweet.
Bottom line: I liked this book. It was gritty, downright gross at times and twisted enough to keep me riveted. More, please.
More books by Sonya Clark
Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Vampire Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
Mojo Queen was a free download from Books on Board that I picked up 05/18/11.