Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Zoraida is finally home but without the healing crystal and without her best friend Zhu who is a prisoner at Castle Logan. Before she has a chance to reveal to Granny what happened and that she has come home empty handed in more ways than one Shea arrives with the crystal in hand thanks to Michael who has given it to him with the stipulation that he return with Zoraida to Scotland, of course Zoraida will return if for no other reason but to save Zhu. There is still mistrust between Zoraida and Shea in spite of the fact that she is very drawn to him and realizes that Al and her have no future.
Granny grabs the crystal and ushers Zoraida and Shea out the door. When they return it is to find two old women sitting together and surprise, surprise one of them is Skulja, Shea’s mom who was disguised as Grimalkin the cat. Once again Granny has a job for Zoraida, a job just as crazy as the first one that sent her to Scotland, and another one where some very important facts are left out. Zoraida and Shea are to find the one person Michael and Ursula are afraid of and that person is Granny’s husband and Zoraida’s Granddaddy Jock.
Zoraida and Shea must travel to New Orleans and find and convince a man she never knew about to return to Scotland to save her friend, Shea’s job is to train Zoraida in the use of her magic. Typical of Granny her parting words to Zoraida are “Take care Zoraida. See Jock don’t bash in your skull before he knows who you are.” Zoraida knows she is in for another frightening adventure filled with magic, powerful magic. She also finds herself with an unwelcome guest when Al appears and is unawilling to leave. He is determined to be by Zoraida’s side and keep her safe. As if putting Zhu in danger wasn’t bad enough now she has to deal with Al while trying to figure out a way to tell him that they will never be together as a couple.
With the help of a friend of Granny’s, Azili and her boyfriend Captain Cade Pettitpas they set off on what will make her trip to Scotland and Castle Logan seem like a trip to Disneyworld. Jock is in search of his wife and daughter and Zoraida and her team will be caught right in the middle. His wife is Odette a mamba who practices voodoo and who has plans for their daughter which if Jock doesn’t find her could be fatal.
Zoraida’s family is chock full of crazies, Granddaddy Jock meets her naked and painted blue and Granny is, well Granny. This trip is filled with danger, vampires, a voodoo queen and her minions. Saving Zhu is Zoraida’s whole purpose for this trip but she has to live through it first.
Secrets, surprises, betrayals, magic and so much more made this book amazing, and of course there is Zoraida who is always saying what comes into her head without thinking it through and is always making me laugh. Is Zoraida successful in rescuing Zhu, what does she do about her growing feelings for Shea and what happens to Granddaddy in his search for his daughter, all questions that are answered but not by me.