Review: Black Heart Loa by Adrian Phoenix

Posted 2 August, 2011 by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side in Reviews / 1 Comment

Black Heart Loa by Adrian Phoenix
Series: Hoodoo #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Pocket Books on June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
Source: Publisher
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“An eye for an eye is never enough.”

Kallie Rivière, a Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a bent for trouble, learned the meaning of those ominous words when hoodoo bogeyman Doctor Heron targeted her family for revenge. Now, while searching for her still-missing bayou pirate cousin, Kallie finds out the hard way that someone is undoing powerful gris gris, which means that working magic has become as unpredictable as rolling a handful of dice.

The wards woven to protect the Gulf coast are unraveling, leaving New Orleans and the surrounding bayous vulnerable just as an unnatural storm—the deadliest in a century—is born.

As the hurricane powers toward the heart of all she loves, Kallie desperately searches for the cause of the disturbing randomness, only to learn a deeply unsettling truth: the culprit may be herself.

To protect her family and friends, including the sexy nomad Layne Vallin, Kallie steps into the jaws of danger . . . and finds a loup garou designed to steal her heart—literally.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Well-Written A strong and never-dull sequel that tops its predecessor!

Kallie, a hoodoo in training, is back with even more chaos in her life, in the sequel to BLACK DUST MAMBO. While searching for her missing cousin Jackson, Kallie learns that the evil she’s trying to be rid of keeps coming back to haunt her. In the midst of her journey to find her cousin she learns the protective wards surrounding New Orleans are compromised, creating an imminent natural disaster that seems to be linked to none other than Kallie. This time around she refuses to put the ones she cares for in danger, even if it means facing her worst fears.

While I wasn’t too fond of the heroine when I first began this series, I found Kallie did grown up a great deal from the last book. She has a lot more confidence and has toned down her impulsive temper that made her an unpredictable character I couldn’t connect with. Don’t get me wrong, Kallie is still headstrong but thinks things through a little more than the “old” Kallie, who preferred to act first and ask questions later. I would have loved to see a little more of her personality in this book but realize the characters take a backseat to the fast paced action that encompasses most of the story.

“I’ve got yo’ scent,” he said, nostrils flaring. “I can find you anywhere. Anytime. Yo’ heart be mine, Kallie Rivière, hoodoo woman.”

BLACK HEART LOA is full of suspense, magic and intrigue. The story never loses momentum and there are plenty of laughs and some unexpected twists that keep you turning the pages in anticipation. We see a lot of familiar faces (Jackson, Belladonna, Layne) in this story and meet a new bad boy in town, Devlin Daniels, who spices things up with his appearance…I’ll leave you with two words: demon wolf! Left with some unresolved matters which is typical in Kallie’s complicated life, BLACK HEART LOA takes you on a dark and dangerous ride into the Cajun bayou and leaves you spellbound with its hoodoo charm!

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