My Wicked Enemy
Carolyn Jewel
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My Wicked Enemy
Carolyn Jewel
Warner Forever
Paperback
368 pages
August 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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I really enjoyed My Wicked Enemy, right up to the point near the end when our heroine adds a second man to her bed, an almost entirely gratuitous and pointless scene for the overall plot. It simply doesn't fit in well with the idea of one-man-one-woman arc that the rest of the book suggests and overall with the usual sexual content of this kind of book. After that scene, I rather lost faith in the narrative.

Apart from this scene, the overall storytelling was very good My Wicked Enemy. Carson Philips, a young woman, is on the run after discovering her guardian has murdered someone.An unknown but rather handsome man accosts her and tells her that it's his job to kill her because she's a witch. She doesn't know the first thing about this and eventually Nikodemus, a four-thousand-year-old fiend, realizes she's telling the truth. Carson has escaped from the evil mage Magellan and taken an important artifact which Magellan needs for a dodgy ritual to gain the power of a fiend for himself. Nikodemus has to bring Carson up to speed very quickly with the strange world in which she now finds herself.

Carson and Nikodemus must continually dodge people trying to kill them, mostly fiends who are bound to their mage-masters but desperate to be free. As Carson's fluctuating powers begin to increase, she finds that she possesses an unusual ability to rescue these people from their mage-bindings. But can Carson and Nikodemus keep themselves safe from all those trying to kill them, and can Carson survive all the events that happen to her?

Overall this is a good read with a generally believable love story, particularly the parts where Nikodemus realizes that he is going against cultural rules and breaking taboos with his relationship to Carson. Of course, the above-mentioned three-in-a-bed scene killed the romance side of the book for me (clearly I'm a traditionalist), but apart from that the story works well overall. Although a rather weak and inept character at times, at others Carson seems strong if impetuous. Nikodemus is a little hard to get to know, despite hearing most of the story from his viewpoint, but some interesting side characters add spice to the story. I just wish the author had left out THAT scene.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2009

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