THIS WICKED MAGIC is fascinating because of clever originality and many exceptional characters. Whenever Michele Hauf creates a Beautiful Creatures story, I know the unique beings that live in this imaginative world will have to face unusual situations and often use humor to mask their real thoughts. There is never a moment in this story where I did not feel totally connected to the hero and heroine, and this deep bond increased with each new revelation about these two appealing individuals.
Although Certainly Jones believed there was a good reason for his going into Daemonia and bringing out an item when he returned to Paris, the demons who came back inside his witch’s body are slowly tearing his soul apart. He fears they will eventually have full power over him and even though he does practice dark magic, he does not cause harm to others but knows the malevolence hitchhikers cannot resist. A chance meeting between CJ and a female witch named Viktorie St. Charles has him happily realizing she could help solve his unsure future.
When CJ goes to visit Vika and states he wants her aid, she is not inclined to give him her assistance at first. But his earnest request moves her to at least give his appeal one try. She is a practitioner of only magic that is not dark, yet her desire to have order in all things also makes her want to rid the demons from his body. While they are nothing alike in looks or nature, both are curious about the other and surprising she actually likes the charismatic male witch. However, the evil inside him does not want his life to be peaceful and only powerful magic can end his torment.
Humorous quips and an enchanting couple make THIS WICKED MAGIC delightfully entertaining and always captivating. I have often wondered where Michele Hauf comes up with her very creative ideas for her paranormal tales, and the amazement in this story is top-notch time and again. Astounding developments constantly stunned me with their inventiveness, as the occurrences were incidents about which I had never read before. Ms. Hauf definitely took me on an enthralling journey of discovering the power of love, as often the minds of CJ and Vika tells them to not follow through with an action but their feelings speak louder. This couple is particularly engaging, and their winning personalities had me truly caring about them. They are smart when it comes to thinking quickly, and their witty comebacks repeatedly brought on laughs. While CJ may have commanding supernatural powers, his responses to Vika show how vulnerable he is when dealing with females. His reactions and quite a few of his comments endeared this tempting man to me, and by the end of the book, I was completely under the spell of this sexy man. When he and Vika do let the magnetism between them turn sexual, each of their encounters is heatedly steamy yet overflowing with poignant tenderness. There are numerous differences in how these two see the world, and several of these challenges are portrayed with jesting while other situations are profoundly genuine with insightful sentiments. CJ is literally a tortured soul, and some of his responses deeply touched me because of spontaneous reactions. Vika, on the other hand, has to choose between following the path she has always taken or letting her heart guide the way. A book about his brother is already out and should not be missed. Also, Vika’s sister gets to tell her own story in an upcoming release. I love all these connected stories! THIS WICKED MAGIC is engrossing with intriguing paranormal scenarios and an exceedingly likable couple.