Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Title: Wicked by Any Other Name
Author: Linda Wisdom
ISBN: 978-1402217739
Publisher: Source Books
Publisher’s Address: www.sourcebooks.com
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Amy J Ramsey; www.trinagon.blogspot.com

In the year 1313, a devoted group of young witchlings at the Witches Academy, were banished by the Head Mistress, Eurydice, due to a fellow witchling that had cast a nasty spell on a member of nobility. Since none of the witches admitted to the transgression or named the transgressor, every one of them was sentenced to spend a century on the mortal world, before returning back to their realm. Seven hundred years later, the witches have grown accustomed to the mortal world and was actually enjoying their time living amongst the mortals and other supernatural beings.
Anastasia and Blair have remained best friends ever since the Academy. Over the centuries, they have traveled vast areas and have had many adventures, but when they came across a beautiful, serene lake, the color of moonstone and sensed its magical pull, they decided to stay and make it their home, but that was a long time ago, in the gold mining days of the 1800’s. Currently, the Town of Moonstone Lake has gradually developed over the ages and the townspeople are now aware of Stasi and Blair’s true identities, along with the knowledge that other supernatural’s do exist. The two witches have befriended the majority of the townspeople, but of course, there are a few who dislike them for what the are.
Stasi is known for being the nice, timid witch, who specializes in romance spells, which comes in handy considering she owns a very sensuous lingerie shop. Stasi loves to use a little of her power to boost her customers self esteem and confidence, hence the special sachets she adds to each of her customer’s purchase. Only one time has she altered the spell and only because she wanted to do the right thing, not anticipating the fact that the vindictive customer, Carrie, would file a lawsuit against her in Wizard’s Court, complaining that Stasi had destroyed her marriage and wanting to strip Stasi of her powers.
It’s assumed that wizards and witches don’t mix, so when Carrie’s lawyer, Trev Barnes, enters the shop, Stasi if furious. What’s even more distracting is the animated red hearts circling his head and Trev notices the same about Stasi. Cupid must be playing some kind of sick joke! In the midst of fighting against their sexual desires and Blair in hot pursuit of the town’s handyman, Jake, there is something wickedly evil brewing in the air, encircling the town, affecting the townspeople, the weather, and their beautiful lake.
There will be no time for budding romance or celebrating Samhain with their friends, if they do not act swiftly to stop the past from recurring, Stasi will have to show bravery and overcome her fear in order to set things right with the world. But, will she be able to conquer true love or is it just cupid trying to punish her for trespassing into his territory?
Wicked by Any Other Name is an Awesome read! Mrs. Wisdom has imagined a sensational, enticing, and fascinating realm which contains an abundance of mystery, excitement, humor, and desire. Mrs. Wisdom is a new author for me and i most definitely will be immersing myself into all of her novels very soon. This is the third book in the Hex series and it can be read as a standalone book. So, if you are in the mood for a bit of romance, magick, mystery and laughter, this is the book for you. I also recommend to those readers who are interested in Paranormal Romance, Supernatural and Shape Shifter genres.
Linda Wisdom was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. She majored in journalism in college, then switched to fashion merchandising when she was told there was not a future for her in fiction writing. She held a variety of positions ranging form retail sales to executive secretary in advertising and office manager for a personnel agency. Her career began when she sold her first two novels to Silhouette Romance on her wedding anniversary in 1979. Since then she has sold more than seventy novels and one novella to four different publishers. Her books have appeared on various romance and mass market bestseller lists and have been nominated for a number of Romantic Times awards, as well as two-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America Rita Award. She lives with her husband, one dog, one parrot, and a tortoise in Murrieta, California. There were three romance writers living in town. At this time there is just Linda. So far, the police have not suspected her with any wrong doing.
March 23, 2008