All recovering drug addict and witch Jeremy Ragsdale wants is to shamble on to the next job without any disasters. Instead, the temp agency saddles him with a fellow witch who hates him, an Amazon one violent outburst away from deportation, and a knight from another world as his boss. Even worse, their jack-of-all-trades magic business stumbles upon a conspiracy to kill Desmond the Great, Atlanta’s sexy star magician. Jeremy must prevent it without letting his colleagues know that he not only has ties to the energy vampires behind the plot, but that his past misdeeds might have instigated the attacks.
Despite Jeremy sporting a suit and tie like a good witch, his lies snowball to bite him in the ass. The lack of trust brewing between him and his teammates could cost Desmond his life and Jeremy his progress on the straight and narrow path if his secrets are revealed. Because no matter how much Jeremy has reformed, there’s still enough bad witch in him to kill anyone who messes with him or the people he cares about.
Rating this book was hard for me because though there were many things that I liked about the story, the layout and breadcrumb trail reveal was frustrating and confusing. Initially, I kept reading because I was trying to understand what had gone on in the past and how it played in the current events. Just as I thought I would get some good meat, I was denied knowledge. At 40% I put it down for three weeks because I was frustrated. How this story was told didn’t allow it to flow fluidly. I usually take notes while reading the first couple of chapters and then jot down my thoughts and favorite parts as I read. I ended up taking notes so that I could keep track of the small pieces doled out. I hated that I had to do that because I didn’t get to be submersed in the story like I wanted.
The story is divided up between four points of view: Jeremy, Simone, Clive, and Edarra. Clive is the employer for Witches For Hire. Jeremy and Simone are witches and Edarra is an Amazon (totally awesome. Loved her.). I liked the world and the background on how things work with the paranormals. I really enjoyed the chapters that had them dealing with the jobs they were hired to do. Jeremy was cranky and snide and there were times I wanted to duct tape his mouth shut. Simone was barely likable. She could be quite cruel to Jeremy and more than once I wished he’d put her in her place, but he didn’t for reasons only hinted at (that really frustrated me). I liked Clive well enough until about 60% and then I just wanted him to get squashed along with Simone. Desmond… I liked him from the very beginning just because Jeremy hated him.
This is really Jeremy’s story though you get a clear view of the side character’s backgrounds and desires. Around 70% the story smooths out and the flow is better. Jeremy’s prickliness lessens and things look up for all of 2% then the $h*t hits the fan. When the complete reveal comes, shedding light on everything, it is more understandable why Jeremy is so bitter. That sorta eased my discontent with some of the things that went on and the disjointed way the other small pieces were revealed prior to that.
Would I read the next book in the series? Honestly, I’m not sure. This book did a great job laying the foundation of the world in which Jeremy lives in. But the crankiness of both Simone and Jeremy had me gritting my teeth at times. I think if this series follows Jeremy, his crankiness would be lessened after how this book ended. I am interested in the paranormal smuggling problem that wasn’t wrapped up. I would love to see how Edarra does and if she makes her five feats of heroism. I’m still pissed at Clive but I think he might be redeemable. So, I guess the answer is yes. I would read the next book. I’m invested enough that I’d like to see what happens next.