Book 1 of the Warlock Repo Man Chronicles
Published January 20, 2014 (NetGalley ARC)
4 Mystical Stars
"The hardest person for a Matchmaker to play matchmaker for, is herself."
Supernatural matchmaker Tessa Dandridge knows a little mist here and a little magic there will help reckless werewolves and precocious pixies find love. That is, until her magical Smythe scroll is lost in her repo’ed car and she can’t contact her V.I.P. clients. To connect with an important client cavorting in the fifth dimension, Tessa must depend on handsome Rob Shin, a warlock repo man, to enter Limbo and find her Smythe scroll.
Rob has money problems of his own, thanks to the bank determined to foreclose on his elderly aunt and uncle’s home. Repossessing magic wands and cursed pianos from disgruntled warlocks isn’t the best pay, but the Navy SEAL works well as a repo man to pay off his family’s debts. Rob’s repossession jobs catch up with him when a powerful warlock seeks to end his life for his constant meddling, drawing Tessa in the middle. (Goodreads)
Truth be told, I had no idea what to expect when reading the title. I mean, come on, a Warlock Repo Man?But I can also honestly say I am more than happy to have had the opportunity to read this book and more than pleasantly surprised with how things turned out.
Having more than a few financial problems myself, I could definitely feel where Tessa was coming from. Determined to make it on her own and make her business a success, without asking her family, who are indeed well off, for any help. Even a Water Witch has to have some pride, and in some cases asking for help can be a physical ache. Especially when the people you would have to ask have been dissappointing the entirety of your life, or would like nothing more than to see you fail, miserably. So, when her car gets repossessed, by a man she ogled so hard at a stoplight she could probably count just how many dimples were in his derriere, and the only way to contact the one client that could make or break her is in the glove compartment, let's just say she is pretty desperate to get it back. But when one door closes....
Minho 'Rob' Shin is a powerful Warlock, Navy SEAL and a Supernatural Repo Man. Coming home to find his Aunt and Uncle in dire need of cash, he takes on any odd job he can find, including that of a Repo Man of a special sort. Not only does he repo cars', but wands, magical jewelry and even a rabbit's foot here and there, tossing the items into Limbo and leaving a magical calling card whenever payments become non-existent. After-all, though magic may be free, magical items are not. Whenever there is a discrepancy the owner is more than free to settle the dispute in the Supernatural Municipal Court, as long as they're willing to wait in line for a few years. Except for Tessa Dandridge, who is not willing to wait, but willing to do whatever else it takes to get her car back, more importantly the Scroll inside, even if it means jumping into Limbo each and every time he goes to Repo something. But Rob better watch out, because she may just jump into his heart as well and he is quickly running out of time.
There is also a war brewing on the sidelines, Wizards' VS Warlocks. And one very Dark Warlock determined for the Warlocks to come out on top, whatever means necessary. So when Rob and Tessa start meddling in his business by repossessing items on his evil to-do list, he can think of quite a few imaginative punishments, i.e. an extended trip to Limbo, or even death. Either would suit him just fine.
Fans of Magic and Love will love this read; it's pretty light with just a smidgen of darkness. So for readers taking their first step into the Paranormal world this will be the perfect read. For readers who only feel at home when reading of the Paranormal, you'll be sure to like this too. There may not be much blood and guts, but it is indeed a beautiful love story and a fresh, new outlook on the Supernatural world.