Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else.
That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she's human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila's been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila's love is as phony as Cassel's made-up memories, then he can't believe anything she says or does.
When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyone—least of all, himself?
Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose (Goodreads).
This is book two in the Curse Workers series. I actually listen an audio version of book one, White Cat read review HERE. I was happy to see that my library had a copy of second book in this series. It took me a while to start reading this book and I am not sure why. I liked the first book but I think I was not in the mood to read this book at that time. I started to read this several nights ago and I finished it in two days. I have to say that I like book two better than book one in the series, which does not happen very often. Book two continues very book one left off, only few months later. Cassel is back in school and so is Lila.
I really liked this book and strangely enough I liked Lili's father even though he is a mafia boss. Oh well. I never thought that I would see myself rooting for Cassel to join the crime family. I did not like the two fed agents that were after Cassel. They seemed very cocky and overbearing and mean for the most part. I mean they have to be like that since they are dealing with criminals. Anyways, I will have to wait and see in book three what happens to Cassel and Lili and the Feds.
The only problem that I have with this book was that there was not enough action going on around the main storyline. There was a lot of subplots going on as well, but sometimes I felt that author spend more time on subplot than the main plot. For example murder of Cassel's brother, this was part of the main story line but there was not a lot of going on with it. In few chapters we see Cassel being actively involved in the investigation of who killed his brother but he gets easily distracted and led to other things. Therefore, you get to the end of the book and author tells us who the killer was and you felt like there was not enough clues throughout the books for me as a reader to try and figure it out who the killer was.
Overall this was a good and entertaining read, and yes I will be reading book three, Black Hearts, in the series as well. I give this book 4/5 STARS - Happy Reading everyone.
The Curse Workers books:
1. White Cat
2. Red Gloves
3. Black Hearts - Release April 3, 2012