Published: February 5, 2013
I discovered this novel by searching for Gena Showalter books on Amazon. I am slowly working my way through all of her books (like I’ve stated before) and this was one that as a standalone was easy enough to read and love. The novel is actually made up of two novellas that both happen in a magical town in Colorado called Mysteria. The novellas follow two sisters (primarily) who are witches. One is a witch of vengeance and the other is a witch of love. Between the two of them they are trying to prove that the men they love are meant to be with them.
In the first novel, The Witches of Mysteria and the Dead Who Love Them, we meet the Tawdry sisters. This story discusses Genevieve and how she is trying to convince the man she loves to love her. Hunter is hot and cold to her and has been since they kissed when she was 17 years old. She is convinced that they belong together but Hunter has other ideas. He feels terribly that he has pushed her away all these year but she will bring about his death. Only he has finally reached the end of his rope and has decided that he can have everything with her. When there is a battle he indeed does die for her. But Genevieve finds out that his body is missing and will do anything to get him back.
In the second novel, A Tawdry Affair, Glory is determined to get revenge on Falon (Falcon [I don’t remember]) who humiliated her when all she wanted was a good time from him like he has with every other woman in town. When Glory gets a magic pen from her sister that will write whatever she wants into a reality for a limited amount of time she knows that she is going to use it to make his life miserable. Only when she is writing she discovers that he wants her and she keeps writing them into situations that only ratchet up her desire rather than gives the revenge that she seeks.
I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit even though that reviews are shoddy on Amazon and mixed on Goodreads. But I make my own opinions on books no matter what. I loved the fact that the vampire in the first novella was Barnabas and he was french and gay. If none of you know where the vampire Barnabas is from you all are missing out. It was a great little Easter Egg and definitely had me laughing. I also got this book from the library which is probably why I didn’t look at the cost of the book on kindle because it is a bit high. But honestly if you want a quick read by an amazing author know that this novel is out there and should be read!
—“‘You left your door open, so no afterglow for you. One year,’ she said in her best “Soup Nazi” impersonation.”-Glory to Genevieve, pg. 120—