For 200 years, Justine Bennett has been the Guardian of the Goblet of Eternal Youth (aka Mona, who can change form at will), which means she hasn't had a date or sex in the same length of time. In a similar bind is Justine's best friend, the winged blue dragon, Theresa Nichols.

Pretzel king Derek la Valle is getting desperate. For four generations, the men in his family seem to have been under a curse that causes them to die at age 31. Since Derek and his twin Quincy turn 31 next week, it's time to take action. According to the information Derek has uncovered, to break the curse, he'll need to find the Guardian of the Goblet of Eternal Youth and behead her. This is a problem in and of itself, but the odds get longer when Derek meets the tough and sexy Justine, who's ready to decapitate him as well. The course of true love never runs smooth, but this is ridiculous!

Jumping in with both feet, Rowe launches an in-your-face novel that's filled with completely offbeat characters in wacky situations where hilarity definitely ensues. The author's comedic voice is a welcome addition to the paranormal genre. This is escapism in full force! (May, 384 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith