Halloween Laveau is descended from a long line of witches. Yes, her name is Halloween. The cosmic universe is definitely playing some kind of sick joke on her. She’s the ultimate witch cliché, complete with a black cat and spooky house. Thank heavens she’s missing the warts and flying broom.
When Halloween inherits her great-aunt’s manor, she decides to put the house to good use as a bed-and-breakfast. Her first guest is the sinfully good-looking Nicolas Marco, but he’s not here for the continental breakfast. Halloween discovers a ratty old book in the attic. It’s written in an unfamiliar language, and unknown to her, the tome is cursed.
Halloween soon learns there’s a link between the book and her newfound talent as a necromancer. But her new skills come with a catch: the reanimated dead aren’t as cupcake-sweet as they were when they were alive. When a rival witch comes after the book, Halloween doesn’t know who to trust–the sexy vampire who says he wants to save the day, or the warlock who says he can destroy the book once and for all.
Halloween had better learn fast. Because when the dead start rising, only a powerful witch can put them back under.
Forever Charmed is the story of Halloween LaVeau who is your run of the mill witch who is descended from a line of witches. Well she would have been if she had any witchy abilities. In fact her mother is quite ashamed with her daughter for not being able to perform a basic spell. Well that is until her great aunt passes away and not only wills the mansion to Halloween but wills everything that is in the house to her. That includes a book that channels not only knowledge but power into Halloween. Like with anything that imbues an individual with power there are side effects, and for Halloween those side affects in the shape of a buxom woman who really really likes cupcakes.
There is also the fact that two men are not only vying for her hand but also for the book. One is your everyday tall Vampire, and the other is your tall, muscular witch. What is a girl to do? Oh wait they are after the book, and they will most likely do anything in their power to get it. What they did not take into account was the feelings that developed between Halloween and the men. Oh and did I mention that on top of what the men are trying to do, Halloween has to deal with the local coven who when Halloween started showing real promise, they started to call and wanted to accept her as part of their coven. The one that they had shunned her from previously.
This story is pretty good, the main character is just trying to survive with her lack of magical abilities, but everyone else in the small area are trying to make her more than she is, or less than she is, or they want something from her. She is a pretty good judge of character which is good, but when the boys show up, her radar starts going all wonky, and when the dead brought alive seductress starts demanding cupcakes, her radar flies out the window. Sometimes having a best friend who hates the paranormal and a great party makes everything alright. Right?
Overall the author has made the book in such a manner that the reader can start to relate to the main characters, and when she has to decide between the two guys, you really feel for Halloween, I mean who do you choose when you have the power of magic at your fingertips and both men are hiding something. Halloween is not a wilting flower, and she knows that they are hiding something, which I really like. I personally hate when an author writes a female character as a fragile being that while she may know someone is lying, she doesn’t push and just lets them lie to her. Screw that, Halloween knows something is up, and while there are more important things on her mind, she does push frequently to get them to open up.
I think this is a solid book that anyone should read, well okay, anyone who likes some witchcraft and some hot Vampires and some deep, dark secrets.