The second book in the Secret McQueen spin-off series featuring werewolf/witch hybrid Genie McQueen picks up just a few months after the events of book one, Bayou Blues. She is now the Alpha of New Orleans and is working hard to live up to her uncle’s expectations. Her good friend Magnolia is serving as a secretary of sorts and Wilder Shaw remains by her side as a bodyguard. He makes her hot with lust just by glancing in her general direction, but for now they haven’t stepped into couplehood. So far she hasn’t been really challenged in her new role, but that is about to change.
Getting a call that two of her wolves are being held by the police after an incident in a night club, Genie heads straight over to deal with the problem. She realizes quickly that the situation will require a delicate, yet strong hand to manage, especially since there is a dead body and the New Orleans Police Department seem to believe that her pack members are to blame. Add to that a call by her previous boyfriend asking for help in finding missing sorority sisters that almost immediately delves into deep shit territory when Genie encounters a demon on the premises. A problem that only a few favors and her witch side will be able to solve.
Wow. I’ve looked forward to this follow-up for a while, but I really had no idea how awesome it would be. I could not stop reading. Fast paced, with an interesting, intriguing plot line and well-fleshed out characters, I have the feeling that this series will be just as cracky as its predecessor, Secret McQueen. Genie is dealing with big things this time. Yeah, I know, the last book centered around a religious cult, but for some reason this time around I was even more creeped out by the involvement of a demon possessing a college student. Maybe because I just sent the eldest off to college and she just joined a sorority, LOL.
Genie is a heroine that knows her limitations, makes some questionable decisions in order to overcome obstacles, but you root for her because of those things. Being Alpha isn’t all sunshine and roses, especially when her twin brother keeps butting in and trying to involve himself in situations that aren’t his to resolve. At first I wondered if this would dominate the storyline, and there is a scene where she does draw the line with him, but interestingly enough, her role as Alpha seemed to take a backseat to dealing Cash’s new girlfriend’s sorority issue and it’s her witch heritage that is needed to ultimately save the day. This made me happy, as being a witch is just as much a part of Genie as being a werewolf.
I got the sense that her power is simmering just under the surface, and despite her living with her powerful grandmother for years, she hasn’t yet fully invested in this part of herself. This is touched upon and hinted at when she is forced to ask for another witch’s help in taking down the demon infesting the sorority house. He’s a temptation as well as a help, and I believe we will be seeing him often in the future. Especially since she traded a “taste of her magic” for his assistance. I’m not really worried about a love triangle, Genie and Wilder made a huge step forward in their relationship, but I do think he will urge her to explore and nurture her magical abilities in the future.
I really enjoyed this installment in the series. I had absolutely no problem jumping right back into this world and these characters. I’m keeping my fingers crossed the wait for book three won’t be too long. Final Grade-B
“Oh, sweetheart, I’m not goin’ anywhere.”