BLONDE WITH A WAND
This light but extremely readable romance begins Thompson's new Babes on Brooms series. The original premise seems almost silly, but terrific writing and great character development have you buying the idea anyway. Readers will fully enjoy this confection.
Anica may be a witch, but she is an organized, controlled, business-owner witch, with ethics and a fully evolved conscience. That's why she is so appalled when she loses her temper and turns her date Jasper into a cat. Of course, he did lie to her, and then try to kiss her anyway, but there are strict magical rules about this stuff and she has broken a big one, so big that she has lost her magic. If the Wizard Council gets word of this she is in big trouble. Anica feels terrible, and things get especially bad when Jasper is briefly human at midnight, and totally appealing.
As for Jasper, being a cat is a real learning experience, but he should hate Anica for doing this to him, right? It seems that there is all kinds of magic in the air. Definitely a case for Dorcas and Ambrose, the magical matchmakers from Big Knob. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Feb., 336 pp., $7.99)