Review: Irresistible Magic (Crescent City Fae #2) – Deanna Chase

Posted 27 November, 2013 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 12 Comments

Review: Irresistible Magic (Crescent City Fae #2) – Deanna ChaseIrresistible Magic by Deanna Chase
Series: Crescent City Fae #2
Published by Bayou Moon Press on 6 November 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 262
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

3 Stars

Finding the perfect dress can be hell… especially when a stranger tries to gun you down in broad daylight.

Void agent and magical baker extraordinaire, Willow Rhoswen has been anticipating her first date with Talisen Kavanagh since she was sixteen. After eight years of waiting, there are only two things that can stand in her way—an assassination attempt and a new game-changing drug.

Talisen’s invented a new elixir that creates superhumans, ones that can rival vampire strength, and everyone wants it. Including the vampires. With Willow’s life on the line, he makes a deal with the devil, while she’s forced to accept the always-strings-attached protection from the most notorious vampire organization in New Orleans.

But when Talisen and his drug go missing, Willow will stop at nothing to find him, even if it means working with her vampire-ex, David. With souped-up humans, dangerous vampires, and more questions than answers, Willow has less than twenty-four hours to find him before everything changes forever.

*I received a free ARC of Irresistible Magic from Bayou Moon Publishing via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

Irresistible Magic takes up just where Influential Magic ended. Wil still has a lot on her plate, and hooking up with Tal is her main concern, even if there is a lot of other things happening as well. Wil is stalked by an unknown human, and almost kidnapped while she’s shopping for a dress for her hot date. Phoebe is shopping with her, so luckily, they are able to neutralize the would-be-kidnapper, but Wil realizes that her date will not go as planned. Especially because her ex, David, has also showed up to let her know his vampire-father has summoned her for that very evening as  well.

Irresistible Magic is fast-paced and full of action – both magical, hand-to-hand combat and some romantic action as well. Wil learns more about her brother’s death, and ends up not knowing whom to trust anymore, because every single person she counts on seems to be keeping something important from her. Of course, they say it’s for her own good, but Wil doesn’t take it that way. And I have to say I agree with her. She can’t make the right decisions about important things if she is missing information! And that could be fatal to her when she tries her best to save both herself and those she loves while dealing with a mad-man of a day walking vampire.

Just as Wil is finally opening up to Tal a little bit, he is kidnapped and she needs all the help she can get to find him and save him before it’s too late. Irresistible Magic is filled with twists and turns, and I was a little sad because of Tal’s reaction to something Wil did to save someone who had saved her and Tal both. I loved David in this installment, though, and I enjoyed learning more about him and his reasons for becoming a vampire – even if he may very well have been pushed in that direction by his vampire-dad Eadric.

The characters don’t really develop all that much even if Wil starts to see that she should not judge people based on what kind of supernatural being they are. The writing is good, but the plot is not as awesome as it was in the first book in the series. I still enjoyed myself while reading Irresistible Magic, though, because Wil is a pretty, kick-ass faery, and I loved reading about how she had to come to terms with some things both from her past and her present in order to move forward with her life.

The intricate world of Irresistible Magic drew me straight back into the story, and Wil is a great character to follow through her adventures. I think I would have enjoyed it even more if the story had been a little bit longer, though, but I guess that’s a good thing – I do want more of the Crescent City Fae world and it’s inhabitants. The mystery from Wil’s past that involves her whole family, and the fact that she might still be in trouble with the Void is more than enough to fill another book IMO.

“I went through a lot of trouble to get this dress. It deserves to be shown off.”

The resulting tingle of pleasure was not welcome. Not welcome at all. id’ shut the door on that over a week ago, after I’d found out David had been lying to me from the beginning. I sure wished my body would get the memo.

My support system was truly messed up. These were two people I’d wholeheartedly trusted. Now I was just disappointed.

Sure, he was a vampire, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t a good man. One who would do whatever it took to protect those he loved, including me. And he’d been there for me when no one else was. In fact he was here for me now, when Tal wasn’t.

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12 responses to “Review: Irresistible Magic (Crescent City Fae #2) – Deanna Chase

    • I did still enjoy it, and I will read the next book in the series for sure. I think maybe this one suffered second-book-syndrome… I still have faith in Willow and her friends, though 🙂

  1. I haven’t heard about this book but I love reading about magic, faeries and vampires. Sounds like it has some of the TMI elements. I am just sorry that the plot and the characters ruined the experience for you. And they’re supposed to be the most important elements of a book. But at least you were able to give this a 3 star rating.

    I hope that the 3rd installment will be a much better read than this one.

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    • Charlotte, it was still kind of enjoyable. I guess my expectations weren’t completely met, because I was really impressed with the first book 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I remember your review of Influential Magic, Lexxie. I added it to my TBR. 🙂 I’m sorry that Irresistible Magic wasn’t quite as spectacular as the first book in the series. But I’m glad you did enjoy it despite its shortcomings. Wil still sounds like a heroine I’d like to meet. 🙂

    I’m sorry I’m so late commenting. My kiddos are out of school for the Thanksgiving holiday and James is off as well…so I’ve spent the day with family. 🙂 I wanted to apologize for the snafu with that billionaire bundle…apparently I waited too long for my spotlight post, and it’s no longer on sale. 🙁 I did post about another bundle on my fb page – and it IS 99 cents. 🙂 Also, JA Huss’ Losing Francesca is 99 cents as well. It’s a YA but I loved it. 🙂 AND FINALLY, I sooo hope you’re feeling better. Colds stink! I hope you’re taking good care of yourself…and reading when you can. 😉 **BIG HUGS**

    • Oh, you definitely need to meet Wil, Brandee, she’s pretty awesome. And I do look forward to the next Crescent City Fae instalment!

      No problem – I hope you’re all enjoying the extra time you have together for Thanksgiving. I think there’s nothing better than extra family time 🙂

      Don’t worry about the billionaire bundle, I think I might still get it, because even at $3.99 it’s cheap! I actually already own Losing Francesca, I went on a JA Huss buying spree a while ago 😉

      I am feeling better – which is great! I’m so busy these days, and next week, I’m going to Toronto for a few days to celebrate my best friend’s birthday 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by my friend *hugs*

    • True, but at the same time, I can understand when a parent withholds information in order to try and spare her child some pain… it usually doesn’t work, but I can see where she’s coming from. The others – not so much.

      Thanks for stopping by Pamela 🙂

    • Definitely a lot of potential, and the world-building from the first book was so good! I still really look forward to the next in the series, though 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Lindy.

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