Don't Hex with Texas
Shanna Swendson
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Don't Hex with Texas (Katie Chandler, Book 4)
Shanna Swendson
304 pages
April 2008
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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This is a really good fun book! It's the fourth in the series about Katie Chandler, a Magical Immune who works for Merlin at Magic, Spells & Illusions, Inc., in New York - except in this story, Katie has returned home to Cobb, her family's small-town Texas home. The wizard Owen, who cares for Katie, was put in a difficult situation in an earlier book, having to choose between her and others - and he chose her. Katie decides to leave New York and her job so as not to cause a problem for him. After all, magical things are unlikely to follow her to Cobb - it's a very un-magical town.

But now that Katie's back home, she starts noticing odd things. Not only that, her mother seems to be seeing things that no-one else is - someone dressed up in strange robes doing odd dances outside the bank. Katie begins to wonder if Cobb is as free of magic as she previously thought and contacts Merlin to ask him about it. Merlin sends Sam the Gargoyle to check the town out - until Owen arrives.

Katie and Owen have to investigate the goings-on together, and they soon uncover a culprit closer to home, some unusual family traits, and that Owen's arch-nemesis, Idris, is behind it all. Can Katie and Owen eject the magic from Cobb, and can Katie keep her various family members out of trouble?

Swendson's enjoyable writing in Don't Hex with Texas moves things along swiftly, along with appealing characters and quirky, very slow-burn romance between Katie and Owen burning... slowly. The baddies aren't really bad, merely slightly naughty, and there are plenty of opportunities for people to turn to a good path. This isn't a dark book, and the magic is a fun addition to the generally upbeat nature. I'll very much look forward to the next book in this series.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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