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Black Magic

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  956 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
Ever since the death of her parents, Sara Temple has rejected her magical gifts. Then, in a moment of extreme danger, she unknowingly sends out a telepathic cry for help—to the one man she is convinced she never wants to see again.

Jackson Slater thought he was done forever with his ex-fiancée, but when he hears her
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published June 30th 2010)
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Jun 08, 2011 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, pnr
Though I hate to admit it, Black Magic is the first book I’ve read by Cherry Adair. It was published in July 2010, and I received it at RT in April. While at RT, I attended one of her workshops on romantic suspense and knew right then I would read anything she wrote. She was outrageously funny, brazen, and fresh, and she kept us all laughing with her sly commentary and colorful language.

The Black Magic cover blurb hooked me and the first page reeled me in. I fell in love with wizard Jackson Sl
Jul 19, 2010 Bookaholics rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Black Magic by Cherry Adair
Paranormal Romance- July 20th, 2010
5 stars

Black Magic is a romance with paranormal, gothic and suspense elements. It was a fantastic fantasy novel that reminded me of the Harry Potter with a romance worth fighting for.

Jackson Slater is pulled from Western Australia in mapping and cataloging leylines by Sara Temple’s desperate pleas in his mind. In the blink of an eye, Jackson teleports himself to Venezuela only to discover a deep sense of evil. He finds himself in deep
I need to stop taking stuff from the "free" pile.

The heroine was arguably TSTL or stubbornly entrenched in the land of denial, I never quite figured out which. The hero was... eh, fine, I guess. I liked him more as geology guy than as action hero guy (the constant, pointless references to his Ka-Bar and Sig Sauer caused massive eyerolling). The villain was gross, and the heroine's relationship with him may be why I didn't care for her.

Add to that a lot of rapey stuff, hinky sexual politics, ste
Jul 21, 2010 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this is a tough book to rate...the writing is great, but I'm just not a big fan of this type of magic/evil/etc. I found some of the evil Grant caused a little depressing. Yes, there was a "happy ending", but I want to really feel good while I'm reading, not sad.
Aug 08, 2010 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, urban, arcs
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

BLACK MAGIC takes a little bit of “Romancing the Stone”, adds some grown up Harry Potter, and finishes off with a whole lot of “The Temple of Doom.” Despite the flavors of adventure, magic, and romance, I never felt particularly engaged by either the plot or the characters. Unfortunately, the bulk of my thoughts after finishing BLACK MAGIC revolved around trying to create some order out of this welter of mythology and sex.

Admittedly, my failure to conne
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Jul 21, 2010 Book of Secrets rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the world of Black Magic, there were once two races of wizards: the good Aequitas and the evil Omnivatics. The Omnivatics, who often lived in snake-form, are thought to be extinct, cursed long ago for their wicked ways. Jackson Slater, a geologist and Aequitas wizard, telepathically receives a cry for help from his ex-fiancee Sara Temple, also a wizard, who is half-way around the world in the jungles of Venezuela. There is a bad history between Jack and Sara, but he cannot ignore her call. Ja ...more
Sep 15, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'll start by saying that the cover and summary were great and I couldn't wait to get my read on. The beginning was intriguing enough to keep me going but eventually fell flat. Whatever Cherry Adair had envisioned during the writing process just didn't seem to come across for me.The characters were lacking on differing levels, creating a disconnection from them and their individual or combined stories. As I forged on with the story, it just didn't improve for me. The back history in regards to t ...more
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
Black Magic is my first book from the author and I liked it well enough. I thought the author did a good job building the characters' magical world and I really liked the legend she created to explain how the wizarding world in the story came to be. However, what knocked a star off my rating is the heroine--she is one of those difficult "I'm independent and I can prove it" types that goes chasing the bad guy in the woods by herself and runs right into danger. She was also also a bit of a hypocri ...more
Jul 28, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you pick up this book and notice that several books also refer this to T-Flac #17 and are worried that you haven't read a single book in this series, don't worry. This book stands completely on it's own as a fast paced, paranormal romance book. In fact, I had not read any books in this series and did not feel as though I was missing a thing.

In this book it has a mixture of good and bad points. Our main characters know each other and had already fallen in and out of love with each other. Ther
May 25, 2012 Sobia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this had been my first Cherry Adair title, I would never have read anything else by her!
I'm going to keep this short, because i feel like I've already given too much time to it:

Prologue was more or less unnecessary, H&h's relationship fizzles out because of lacking communication (one conversation could've fixed things, CA does a decent job of telling us why they don't have said one conversation, but by then I no longer cared), only so-so world building (ms Adair did a good job building th
So disappointed!!!! I have loved the T-FLAC series (some books more than others), but this one just didn't do it at all. I just couldn't get into it - everything was just "there" - between the H/H and the plot. It has pretty much nothing to do with any of the previous T-FLAC books. It mentions the agency maybe twice in the beginning and two previous characters are seen in this book (Duncan Edge as the Head of the Wizard Council and Lark). Pretty much the entire book deals with a War that is taki ...more
celticminx (aka: kristi or "k")
I so love Ms. Adair's writing...and this book.

At first I was having difficulty getting into the story but I think that was more a personal thing than a story thing. By the second chapter I was totally into it and it took me on a wonderfully wild ride that I just couldn't put down.

I loved the characters and the complexity of the story that had great bones. I did find one piece slightly predictable but then story line twisted just enough to give me a surprise.

This was so worth while and has me
Feb 21, 2012 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the first 2 chapters and the last, guess that pretty much says it all. The action was well written but the characters didn't touch me. I didn't feel any involvement with them - so I didn't like the book. A cautionary word - the author has written many EXCELLENT action books with gripping plots and great characters - so don't write her off. It might just have been me...
Aug 17, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book and I recommend you read it,,,,,,,,,,as long as you don't have a major adversion to snakes..........That's all I'm gonna say.
Jul 19, 2010 Cinnamon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Wow. Looking for a book with tension, jam-packed with emotions, and enough passion to knock your socks off? I think I found it! BLACK MAGIC by Cherry Adair is a fantastic story full of magic and mayhem, and that's just the two main characters!

Sara and Jackson are the stars of BLACK MAGIC and truly what make this book such a great read. Their history and the passion between them create some great sparks that leave the reader intrigued and wanting to know more.

Our two lovers were, at one point, en
Originally posted on Joyfully Reviewed:

Geologist and Aequitas warrior Jackson Slater has used magic all his life. Sara Temple rejected and began to fear her magical powers the night of her parents’ deaths. Once deeply in love, now bitter exes, Jack and Sara want nothing more than to never see one another again. But when an ancient evil threatens not just wizards, but the entire world, the Wizard Council throws Jack and Sara back into each others’ lives by
Jul 10, 2011 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Adair did an awesome job fleshing the characters and world out. I loved Jack! Charming, witty, strong, capable, funny and realistic. Even though Sara was a hypocrite… I’d still hang out with her. She has good fashion sense, and she can be funny when she wants to be. We wouldn’t be BFF’s or anything, but she’s okay.

As for the environment, it felt like I was there. I could feel the humidity of the jungle, smell the earthy smells that Adair was describing, etc. It pulled me in and made it
Jul 09, 2010 May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of idiotic heroines, villains that are snakes, wizard/magic
I could rate this anywhere from 2 - 4... but I'll say 3 because it just didn't get strong emotional response from me good or bad. Cherry Adair managed to keep me fully entertained while reading at the gym each day, so it wasn't bad... it was just vanilla.

Wizards (our hero and heroine) who were once in love but had a mega-fall out and now hate each other are suddenly brought back together - and a magical big bad from the ancient past is threatening the world as we know it. OH NO!

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The blurb sounded so interesting and I wanted to love this story but in the end I didn't. Truthfully, I almost stopped reading and while I'm glad I didn't, it was close to be abandoned. Why do you ask? It was Sara and her hateful attitude and inability to see the truth right in front of her. She refused to entertain the possibility that her judgment could be wrong. After a few chapters of her constant haranguing of Jack, I was more than annoyed with her personality. At least by the end of the st ...more
Natasha  A.
Can I just say I need to learn how to teleport. Damn. I've always enjoyed Cherry Adair's writing, and this was no exception. Jack and Sara share a past filled with anger and grief. The story was unique. I do definitely want to learn more about this word. I want to know more about the magic and how it works. Jack uses cold and Sara uses fire. Are there more? Earth, air, etc?

My only complaint is that I hate history lessons in books. I have no idea how I would prefer it to be done, but I really hat
Black Magic is the first in a new paranormal romantic suspense series so I was so wanting to get started on this book as soon as it arrived. I love paranormal romance books and magical type of books, this has both. This is the first in a series, and after reading it I look forward to the second one when it comes out.

Black magic kept my interest even though I wasn't to sure about the once Ex's thing and them being brought back together. I thought that was going to be like war world 2 all over aga
Jul 08, 2010 DKAY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I wasn't too sure about how I would like this book because I had never read any of Cherry Adair's books before but I thought it would be a nice change from some of the paranormal I would normally choose. I started reading and right away I liked the way everything is explained in the beginning of the book and gives the background story and how everything began and then moves into the present day that just gave me a pretty good feel about the book. The book is well written and there is plenty of d ...more
Evelyn Bryant
Aug 26, 2011 Evelyn Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a big trend now for paranormal romantic suspense novel. We have shape shifters, werewolves and vampires out the wazoo. Out of the bulk of them the premise of this book was the most unique I have read in a very long time. The characters are wizards and the heroine does not like to use her majic. Then the wizard world is under attack by some other race of beings who have been sleeping for a few thousand years and are about to awaken when a comet passes by. (Lol, this ain't Harry Potter or ...more
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In the beginning I wasn't sure if this would be a book I could get into, it just wasn't holding my attention well. After chapter two things picked up rather nicely and I enjoyed it very much. It was a fast paced novel that kept right on the edge of my seat...sometimes sweating in anticipation.

I enjoyed Jack and Sara's story. Their hatred for one another mixed with their underlying love toward one another, it was fascinating to watch these two be pushed into a working relationship by the Wizard C
Jan 17, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little bit of a struggle for me. While it had some good parts and I really did like the two leads, it left me feeling a little like it was enough already. It was pretty obvious who the bad guy was right off so it felt bit drawn out. The relationship between Jack and Sara was also frustrating with the constant up and down bouncing between fights to sex, love to hate. I understand that the ups and downs were part of the story line with the villain but it just got to be a little red ...more
Jul 17, 2010 Jules rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, blog-tour
I enjoyed this book, devouring it quickly in an afternoon. The action started immediately and you were drawn into the thick of things well before getting to know the characters. You do learn more about their troubled relationship with each other, with magic, and the tangles with others that tend to take a toll on their happiness. The story comes to a quick and climatic finish in a whirl of magic and great adventure.

While I did really like the steamy scenes, I felt there could have been one or tw
I didn't realize this was an 'erotic fiction' novel, or whatever this is, when I picked it up for 25 cents outside my local Shoprite. A few chapters in, it hit me! Oh, damn. Okay. Well, there's a first for everything.

Aaaaaaaand a last for everything.

Shallow, obvious characters and... well, let me just say I forget the exact words, but when I read 'his erection could have pole vaulted me to Australia' I almost died. It was comic. But then again, I don't know the standards for this kind of materia
Sep 20, 2010 July rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
I really liked this book. There was some mention of the wizard council but very very little. Jackson Slater rescues his ex-fiance Sara Temple from being brutaly murdered. After hearing her scream his name half way across the world. Sara did not go to wizard school and refuses to use her magic so he is shocked with what he sees.
Then Sara doesn't seem to happy at being rescued. What the heck. But the sexual tension between these two is amazing. They are wisked to the council to explain. Then they
Oct 03, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sara Temple and Jackson Slater shared a past that’s full of passion and heartbreak. They are thrown together again when some unknown force sets out to rid the world of its most powerful wizards. Jackson and Sara must work together to find the threat and save the world. You can’t help but root for these two to overcome the barriers that have kept them apart. Black Magic is not to be missed. Cherry Adair always does a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life. You will definitely want to ad ...more
This book was a little complex for the normal 'paranormal smut' genre...there was a lot to follow along with about the history of the good and bad wizards. I knew pretty early on that something was up, and although I knew part of it, the author threw me for a loop when it all came together. Sara and Jack are meant to be together and I was glad that they finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together so that they got their 'happily ever after'. That being said I'm not sure if I'll read any mor ...more
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