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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

That Voodoo You Do (That Old Black Magic Book One) by Jodi Redford

That Voodoo You Do (That Old Black Magic Book One) by Jodi Redford
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (143 pgs)
Other: M/F, Ménage, M/F/M, Anal Sex/Play
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

Something dead this way comes…

That Old Black Magic, Book 1

For ten long years Griffin Trudeau has managed to keep his paws off Jemma Finnegan, best friend and leading star of his kinkiest fantasies. As her appointed cat familiar, indulging those fantasies with the delectable witch is strictly forbidden. But when Jemma shows up at his door with seduction in mind, control goes right out the window.

Too late he realizes making love to Jemma is the trigger that launches a zombie apocalypse.

Jemma’s been dealt a double whammy: she’s just discovered she’s a witch. And Griff has been hiding whiskers and a tail. Oh, and if her life wasn’t crazy enough, a dead voodoo queen needs her blood to raise a legion of zombies.

There’s one plan that might work to increase Jemma’s powers so she can put an end to the looming holocaust. A sexy threesome with Griff and Logan Scott, a werewolf familiar with a history of rubbing Griff’s fur the wrong way. A cat and a wolf playing nice, much less sharing? It’ll take a miracle.

Jodi Redford has created a rich and entertaining world of magic and mystery.

Jemma Finnegan had no idea what she set in motion when she set out to seduce her best friend Griffin Trudeau. All she knew was that after being around him for ten years, she would have to make the first move if anything was to happen between them. Who knew that sex with Griff would cause a zombie apocalypse?

Jemma discovers that she’s a witch, and making love unlocked her powers, powers she has no idea how to control. As if that isn’t enough, she also finds out Griff isn’t what he seems to be, either. Seems he is her cat familiar, "cat" being a Bengal tiger of course. Seeking help from the coven her Jemma’s grandmother founded seems to be the best choice, but things just get stranger when she learns what she has to do to strengthen her power enough to stop the ghost of the voodoo queen who wants her blood.

Can Jemma have sex with both Griff, the lover she has always wanted, and Logan Scott, a wolf in men’s clothing? What will Griff’s punishment be for breaking the rules with Jemma? Will they be able to stop the zombie uprising before it begins? And who ever heard of a zombie named Bubba?

The characters are all finely crafted and well defined. The air of genteel hospitality and welcome of the coven house is in sharp contrast to the evil of the voodoo queen’s plantation home. I loved all of the richly detailed characters, from Jemma and Griff, to Clarissa, Logan and the older women, Mrs. Peach and Gloria. Even the evil voodoo queen, Jemma’s great grandmother Antoinette, has a personality, albeit an evil one.

What can I say about Jemma? She starts out determined to seduce her best friend Griffin. She is sassy, and sweet, and determined to be part of whatever it takes to stop Nettie once and for all. Watching her seduce Griff and get her way with him was fun, but watching her grow into her powers and face the consequences of her actions was so much more.

Griff is the tall and handsome lover Jemma wants. He just happens to be her familiar, and a Bengal tiger shifter as well. I love his loyalty to Jemma, and his determination to keep her safe at all costs. He doesn’t want to share her with the wolf, Logan, but it may be the only way to save Jemma and stop the zombies and Nettie from mass destruction of the world. And Logan is every bit as yummy as Griff; tall, dark and decidedly a bad boy, but with a soft side he doesn’t show to anyone.

This story was a terrific one, with an interesting take on witches and their familiars, and I loved that Ms. Redford gave the witches a governing body, with rules and laws and penalties. If this book is any indication, this world of Southern magic and witchcraft should provide more stories of magic and mystery in the future. I certainly hope it happens soon, as I would love to read more about these characters.

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