Apparently, betrayal and romance are painful in every dimension, not just the mortal one. When the witch Catherine comes home to find her warlock husband Rich in bed with her best friend, she blasts him in a supernatural fury into the pool and decides to get out of town. She leaps into her Jag and heads up the California coast, where she meets a charming Australian fellow named Jeff who says he’s fresh out of college just tooling around the states. After a few more rounds of drinks, the two skip the bar and jump into bed. After a night of passion, Catherine realizes she still has to deal with Rich, who is powerful enough to kill her if he chooses. That’s when Rich shows up in the diner at breakfast, setting the scene for an unexpectedly hilarious resolution.
NEVER MARRY A WARLOCK is a novella that combines competent eroticism, humor, and rapid-fire pacing. Unfortunately, while the subject matter is amusing, the craft of the work is average. It is neither inventive nor terrible: it is designed to deliver the contents of the story in a way that is not particularly original. The polish on this story leaves absolutely no rough edges, which makes it somehow less engaging than a work with an innovative authorial voice. With that said, the clever finale and promise of more tales to come has a kind of sit-com quality to it. If this were the first episode in a series (which the end notes indicate that it is), it might indeed be worth reader investment, provided the supernatural antics and hot-blooded revenge tactics of the characters appeal to the reader and can be consistently maintained.
Those who like their supernatural tales to be brooding and complex will not enjoy this story. However, readers seeking a relaxing and funny escape will enjoy NEVER MARRY A WARLOCK.
Reviewed by Julia Lai for IndieReader.