Appalachian unsophisticate Elzetta Swan has gained a rare ability considered very lucrative in her reality: she can see people’s auras and clean revenge curses off those auras. Embracing the gift faster than grass through a goose, she’s about to finish her first year as a licensed "bodywasher" in Knoxville, Tennessee, with a countrified inner child that’s skipping all the way to the bank.
Suddenly a routine aura cleansing turns ugly. Elzetta suspects a professional invoker has come to town—one who’s hooked on the rush of setting particularly nasty curses. If that wasn’t bad enough, the invoker may be visiting at the invitation of a mysterious local with a malicious hard-on for revenge.
Well-intentioned but often out of her depth, Elzetta attempts to track down the culprits. In doing so, she ends up facing threats to both her trendy new life and the hallelujah hankering she’s formed for a reluctant—and way too sexy—urban white knight who’s crossed her path. Will the confrontations create in Elzetta a vengeful rage all her own?
I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Curse me not sounded like a witchy book, or maybe zombie, who knows. What I was not expecting was a post menopausal woman who can cleanse auras. While I was not expecting it, it is really a cool idea, which is why it found its way to our month of bloody good reviews. Shush don’t tell the author yet, I am hoping it will be a surprise. :).
Anyways, Elzetta Swan, a backwards, poor, hick from the sticks, finds herself going through menopause in her 30s. However, what comes out of it, is that she is one of the youngest bodywashers in the United States. She up and moves to Knoxville, which for her is a very large city and starts a business, washing the auras of people who have been cursed, or think they have. She has no qualms against getting money for people who are paranoid and have a monthly consultation with her to ensure their auras are spic and span.
The book starts with Elzetta driving out to the middle of no where to meet a client and the individual the client cursed. Yes it is illegal to curse people, but this lady was really upset, I mean really upset. But as sometimes happens, her conscious got the best of her and she went to Elzetta to wash the infected individual, and to let her know exactly what she had done. What she found was not what she expected, and that one smallish incident pushes her to seek the assistance of a police officer who really doesn’t believe in bodywashing, or auras, or really anything preternatural. You find out why, and it makes sense, but the hoops he has her jump through make it all worth while, well at least for the reader :).
Here is why I really liked this book, it isn’t ordinary, but it is so ordinary. In that I mean it is not your typical, “I can see auras, yay me” from some teenage girl. No this is a woman, who has lived a life before this ability took form, and it is really interesting to read a book from this perspective. What I meant by it being ordinary, is that I could see this happening. She is your typical woman, who is afflicted with early menopause, who is divorced, and moves to a big city. Yes she may have an extra sight, but for the most part, the conversations, the thoughts, and the actions are all typical for a woman trying to find herself after her world was turned upside down. For me, this is what makes it great, it is like sitting around a table with friends and one friend tells us her week. This friend just happens to be a bodywasher by the name of Elzetta.
I don’t look at covers very often, because I read on ebook, and the covers usually are small and I don’t pay that much attention to them. Usually. This book’s cover actually called to me, it said “read me, please?” It is not aggressive but it tells the story in a unique and beautiful way. Okay and maybe some of my family are from Armenia and are Gypsies. Anyways, overall this book deserves the 5 fang rating for not just the voice that the author imparts into the story, but, also the story itself.