by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Lexie Arden has a loving husband, a thriving business, and consults with the New Orleans Police Dept on murder cases. Kalfu has given her everything she desires, but challengers to her authority are closing in.
Her dark secret remains hidden from everyone except Magnus. He sees the evil growing stronger, changing her, and hurting her marriage. If Lexie doesn’t rid herself of Kalfu’s influence soon, the consequences will be irreversible.
When she unexpectedly inherits a cottage in the swamp, she uncovers a library of rare books on voodoo. Their spells can reverse the dark lord’s hold and set right the balance between darkness and light. But such magic requires a great sacrifice; one Lexie isn’t willing to make.
With the shadow spirits and raging voodoo gods vying for her attention, Lexie is on the verge of losing everything—her husband, her power, Magnus, and possibly, her life.
The battle for control of the mambo’s soul is about to begin.
Seize leaves me in two minds. On one hand, it’s well written, the characters are well fleshed out, and the general story line is interesting.
On the other hand, the amount of angst in this book made me want to set it aside. Poor Lexie is just hit with one challenge after another, without any time to recover in-between.
I’ve said before that I’m not a fan of angst, or even a lot of conflict. This story, then, isn’t really for me. But, three books in, I’m invested in the characters. I want to know they get happily ever afters, so I’ll probably read the next book(s) as well.
And speaking of characters, I found Lexie much less sympathetic in Seize. Kalfu and Damballah are both dicks in their own way, and Maman Brigitte is a stone-cold bitch. I’m certainly eager to see more of Magnus, who seems to improve with each book, and Antoine, who seems like a total sweetheart — I really hope he doesn’t turn out to be terrible.
If you’re OK with angst and conflict, then I’d certainly recommend Seize. But if you like your stories a bit less rocky, you may want to steer clear of this one.
About the Authors
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.
Disclaimer: This review is based on a complimentary eBook I received from Xpresso Book Tours. The complimentary receipt of this book has in no way affected my review or rating.