Black Widow Witch by A.J. Locke is the story of Malachi, a cursed witch sent to Earth; her former witch lover Knave; and human cop Julian. The story builds a complex world where cursed witches are mistrusted and often abused by human cops (Julian is an exception to that rule) and witches both cursed and still living in the Aeverneath plot against the powerful witch Queen.
This urban fantasy moves at a quick pace, the characters are well-drawn and engaging, and the foreshadowing enough to let the reader guess at what’s coming without being completely obvious. The only thing that threw me a bit was the ending. A lot of loose threads are there, and I’m hoping that means a sequel is in the works. With that hope alive, I give this book 4 cat kisses.
Malachi Erami can’t fall in love. After she’s caught with Knave, the witch Queen’s favorite lover, she’s cursed to savagely butcher any man she falls for. Exiled to live among humans, Malachi runs a bar that serves magic-laced drinks, but since her curse labels her high risk, she’s also closely monitored. Julian Vira is her latest babysitter, but he’s also the first man since Knave that she’s been attracted to. Good-looking and nonjudgmental of her horrible curse? Yeah, he’s hard to resist.
But when Malachi finds a body behind her bar, she knows she’s in trouble. If the Witches Control Council gets wind of it, she’ll be accused of murder and sent to her death. And when her friends start getting framed for murder, she realizes she’s not the only target. Malachi and Julian dig into the evidence to clear her name, but the closer they get to answers, the closer the curse comes to taking over. So when Malachi uncovers a plot to kill the witch Queen, she finds herself suddenly recruited into service, with the promise of having her curse lifted and a reunion with Knave as well. But if she fails, Knave will die. And she and Julian might not live long enough to see that happen.