That Old Black Magic: Living in Eden #3

That Old Black Magic
Michelle Rowen
Living in Eden, book three
ebook, 320 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Penguin Group
ISBN 9781101552438

Reluctant witch Eden Riley knows that codependent relationships aren't good, especially when you're possessed by a sexy but troublemaking demon. Darrak's physical form makes good girl Eden want to go bad, but the constant itch to use the soul-destroying black magic she's recently acquired might force Eden to explore her dark side in an entirely different way.

And when her magic starts manifesting itself without conscious effort, both Eden's life and the possibility of a future with Darrak are threatened-since only one of them might be able to survive this.

The third installment and it's still only been a month since Darrak came into Eden's life. That's how busy these books of Rowen's are!

For three hundred years the archdemon Darrik has been trapped inside human hosts, slowly absorbing their humanity. Our compassion, our needs, our fears. But only now does the true torture begin as he finds himself in love with his current host, Eden, all the while absorbing some of her angel essence and the battle between good and evil causes a physical ache inside his body.

I found myself missing the old Darrik as this one started off. The new, much more angelic Darrik is sweet and all and certainly doesn't hold much back when confessing his love for Eden but yeah, typical me, I yearned for the demon. Enduring his stress of whether Eden really loved him and having him crushed by her failure to accept his marriage proposal was just too sad. Too vulnerable. And too mushy.

At midpoint though, things take a drastic turn and suddenly, it's a race to conclude the series. The curse gets broken. Eden discovers she's pregnant. Multiple deals get made with Lucifer. And yet another chick falls for Ben. What the hell is the deal with Ben?!

It wasn't my ideal epic ending and honestly, the 'Lucy' name left me with all kinds of icky feelings. And that is *so* not the last memory I want from a series that started out as great as The Demon In Me. 3 out of 5 stars.

Previously in the series:

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