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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Charmed & Deadly (Bronwyn the Witch, Book 3) by Candace Havens

The third Bronwyn book is good, but not quite on par with the first two. Of course, the first two books were a 10 of 10, so not being as good doesn't mean it wasn't good. It was still good.

Charmed and Deadly is not quiet as lighthearted as the previous two books in this series. To say what the heavier stuff is would be a spoiler, but trust me, this book takes us places I hadn't expected it to. That's not necessarily bad, it just wasn't expected.

I find myself not being able to talk much about this book without giving away spoilers. I think the author felt the same way, as this is the official blurb for the book:

Bronwyn is back...but so is her evil ex-boyfriend. From the author of Charmed & Ready and Charmed & Dangerous.

Bronwyn is used to making enemies - when you dedicate your life to ridding the world of evil magic dudes and dudettes, it can happen. So when she first realizes that an attempted hit on the Prime Minister was really for her, it's just "same spell, different day." But then something about this hex reminds Bronwyn an awful lot of an ex - Jason Gladstone, who was her college sweetheart until he tied her up and tried to drain her of her powers. Talk about a date from hell.

We've heard that there is a warlock ex that made her decide to never date warlocks again, but we never got the whole story. Now we have it. It's no wonder she wanted to kick Sam to the curb once she realized he was a warlock back in the first book.

The book actually has more plots than just this one though, and Bronwyn ends up doing a good bit of traveling around the world. And, the trust thing she worked on with Sam in the previous book gets stretched even farther in this book.

I can't see that the author has said whether there will be more Bronwyn books or not. She's put out one book in the Bronwyn universe since this book, but it features Bronwyn's friend Kira as the main character and Bronwyn as a secondary character. I hope to see more Bronwyn books from her in the future, but with more than two years since the last one, and two other books published, I'm left wondering if this might be all we get of Bronwyn.

Book Rating: 8 of 10

1) Charmed & Dangerous (Bronwyn)
2) Charmed & Ready (Bronwyn)
3) Charmed & Deadly (Bronwyn)
4) Like a Charm (Kira)

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