Jazz is a student working at Baker’s Dozen Bakery. His friend Rosa is working with him. She sees a dog sitting on Jazz’s car, and thus begins the adventure of Jazz and the hellhound. The hound expects Jazz is a witch and is there to eat his soul. The only problem is, when the hellhound has a chance to really smell Jazz, he finds he is mistaken, but someone else is controlling Jazz’s soul. The hound “kidnaps” Jazz to a cottage on Lake Juliette where he says he can destroy the cord that is connecting Jazz to the unknown force. But, of course, the only way to do that is to have sex so the cord can be broken right after release.
Pyxis is the name of the hellhound shifter, and in order to complete the disconnection, he shifts into his human form. He can also figure out who is the controller. After sex, the connection is broken, and Jazz and Pyxis realize they are connected to each other and vow to see each other again.
This is the story. The premise is amazing, and I was really getting into the whole thing. There is one problem though. 44 pages doesn’t allow character development, it leaves a lot to be said, and didn’t feel complete.
This is one of those stories that would have so benefitted from length. The story was fun, and I think the characters were great. It may be that because there are four books in the Purgatory, Inc. the stories were kept short. I have read and reviewed one other of the series, so have a bit of an idea what the authors were trying to do.
I feel that this story, although having a lot of potential, really missed something because it was kept so short. I would love to see this in a much longer version, where the suspense and black magic could have been delved into much further. And possibly the idea that after the connecting cord had been broken, Pyxis goes after the person who was controlling the cord. I guess I just feel like it left a whole lot unsaid, but had so much potential.
Jazz Chaillet is your average college student: caffeinating his way through his tough chemistry program, working as many hours as he can at his bakery job to offset his crushing student loan…and being hunted by a hellhound.
According to the hellhound, Pyxis, tampering with dark magic has Jazz’s soul in a state of swift decay. The only problem? Jazz’s studying regimen doesn’t include witchcraft. In order to sniff out the real witch, Pyxis and Jazz will have to intimately connect to one another—in soul and body.