I just finished reading “Curiosity Killed Shaney” by JC Wallace. Wow! An unexpected experience – different from what I typically read. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely had romance, but it was also a tale of characters caught in an occult drama. I fell in love with those characters – pretty much every one of them, even ones I hated to begin with. The story is, at once, a love story, the fight of good and evil, magic in a mundane world, mystery, and intrigue.
Shaney has spent the first 19 years of his existence living down one extraordinary catastrophe after another. He feels that he is, pretty much, a screw-up just waiting to happen. Despite the reality of his life, he maintains a fairly realistic and hopeful outlook. Due to the most recent oddball occurrence, he finds himself on probation and trying most earnestly to fulfill his community service hours. This, in itself, has proven to be a daunting task, given his propensity for disaster, but it doesn’t keep him from trying.
Enter Hudson, local handyman and doer of good deeds. Shaney takes one look and is a goner. Due to another mishap, Shaney has no time to truly appreciate the lightning bolt of love he’s been struck by. He wakes up in the hospital, sees the love of his life once more, and promptly throws up on his boots. But his luck is not all bad, he ends up being paired with Hudson to complete his community service hours. This is when the real story begins.
Some have commented that the love story contained in this book is too short and easily resolved. To that I say, not at all. There is tension and conflict and passion and a happily ever after, not to mention hot, magic sex. But this book departs from the typical romance formula and adds so much more. Read this book for the romance, but read it for the magic and intrigue as well. And, I might add, read it for some well-placed humor. This is definitely a book that leaves you with a reader’s hangover. I’m having trouble deciding what to read next.