Captivating the Witch (BEWITCHED)Title:  Captivating The Witch (BEWITCHED)
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Author:  Michele Hauf
Genre:  Witch, Demon – Paranormal Romance
Published:  January 1, 2016
Publisher:  Harlequin Nocturne
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

Everything Witch makes him wary.

Everything Demon captivates her.

Edamite Thrash is a big, bad, sexy demon overlord with a personal grudge against witches. When fate and a wild, undeniable attraction bind him to Tamatha Bellerose, he must learn how to work as a team to stop a campaign of violence against his kind. But not succumbing to her sensual spell proves infinitely more difficult.

Tamatha is enchanted by all things demon, especially the potent demon boss and his dark past. Now, with evil and a centuries-old curse surrounding them, Tamatha’s only hope is that love–and her unpredictable magic–will be strong enough to save them…

Read on for my thoughts on Captivating The Witch – or I mean BEWITCHED.  I can explain the strike through, honest.  🙂

Oh, I could ramble on about this story – and give away far too many spoilers in the process so I really have to watch myself as I do not do spoilers intentionally.

You may remember Edamite from a couple of Ms Hauf’s previous novels.  He’s – well – just this side of a villain in those stories.  Kind of like a very bad boy on steroids, if you get my meaning.  (and I’m always a sucker for the bad boy)  In this story we will get to know “Ed” much better, and discover that there are bits of information about him that we didn’t know – that there is a rhyme and a reason for the way he acts, at times.  Which makes him so much more likable (I was going to say human before I stopped myself *grin*).

Tamatha is a quirky, constantly learning witch.  At the moment she is doing light cleaning, shelving books and other odds and ends in the Archives – which leaves her lots of time to study all those glorious old tomes.  And do what, or one of the things she loves most, learn new things.  One of the things she learns will make quite the impression on Edamite when they first meet.

Edamite is.. many things or even titles.  I thought of him as more of a top enforcer of the demons who passed through, lived in or wanted to cause trouble in his city.  Not much got past him, and he knew when any new demon tried to enter or leave what he considered his realm.  And he wasn’t afraid to make his opinion known when they were doing things they should not.

At the moment Edamite is investigating some very grisly murders in one old cemetery.  Even more so when one of his friends is murdered before his disbelieving eyes.  Because the dead should not be walking around this cemetery or Paris – period.  And the fact that a particular mob of about a dozen undead is attacking and killing specific demons is a major problem.  One he means to get to the bottom of – the trouble is, he’ll need a witch’s help, and Edamite despises witches with a passion.

Tamatha has a fascination with all things demon.  So in spite of their first or even second meetings, she agrees to help Edamite with some small chores.  It’s obvious that these tiny things are not the reason he wanted to talk with her, but his dislike for witches is almost constantly in her face and she can be a patient witch, when she needs to be.  Besides, he’s handsome, sexy and is allowing her to ask questions – so she can wait him out, for now.

Edamite’s determination to fight his attraction to Tamatha is actually part of his charm in this story.  It’s so obvious that he is definitely attracted and equally obvious that he doesn’t want to be because of his history with witches.  Tamatha doesn’t hide her attraction, even when things that Edamite will say or do will hurt and annoy her.  She’s honest with herself about what she wants from this demon.

I enjoyed this story so very much.  Gripping, enchanting, sexy and a page turner – those are all words that come to mind.  But at the base of that is a very good story, comfortably detailed, with likable characters that you will be cheering on to find their happy ever after ending.  I enjoyed it enough to give it my top rating – and now I need to go dig out those previous titles to do a re-read with a different view of Edamite.. that should be interesting reading, between the lines so to speak.

(on a side note – I couldn’t help but notice considering that the original title for this was to be Bewitched the combination that makes up Tamatha’s unusual name is Samantha and her daughter Tabatha from the television Bewitched series.. Tam-atha.  *grin* just something I noticed… no clue if it’s relevant or not.)

Available in Paperback and for the Kindle