by Erin McCarthy

January 2010
ISBN: 978-0-425-23021-3
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When heiress Regan Henry first meets Felix LeBlanc she tries to deny the attraction between them, mainly because she is married. But months later, going through the process of a divorce, Regan is intrigued by the beguiling voodoo practitioner. Starting a new life in a beautiful New Orleans mansion, Regan quickly comes to believe the mansion is haunted. Enlisting the help of Felix in solving the mystery of a diary she finds hidden, Regan cannot deny the passion between them and they become lovers.

But Felix is no ordinary voodoo priest. A servant of the demon of greed, Felix is bound to a life of servitude and solitude, unless they can find a way to break the curse forever...

Sultry, ambient and atmospheric, The Taking is crammed full of voodoo, curses and red hot romance. Set mainly in modern day New Orleans, Ms. McCarthy deftly moves the action back and forth to the eighteenth century. Her knowledge of voodoo and the city of New Orleans shines through every page, making the novel all the more believable.

Felix is a tortured hero if ever there was one! A bit of a mystery, I felt he was a bit of a rake. I wasnít sure I really liked him as a character to begin with, but he quickly starts to redeem himself. A third of the way into the book, I even began rooting for him to overcome his curse. Ms. McCarthy very cleverly reveals his past; peeling away the layers slowly until the reader canít help but fall in love with him too.

Despite having wealth and good looks, I found Reganís insecurities endearing. Many women will identify with her lack of confidence and her inability to be herself. As well as dealing with a demon exóhusband out to keep her bound to him, she falls head over heels in love with voodoo practitioner, Felix and becomes embroiled in solving the mystery of the diary found in her new house.

To give too much away here would spoil the overall plot, but The Taking is a paranormal gem. Steamy, seductive and full of mystery, it draws you in and keeps you turning the pages well into the night.

Reviewed in January 2010 by Donna.

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