Out of the Broom Closet is the third book in the Love Spells Gone Wrong series by Ashlyn Chase. The first two books are The Cupcake Coven and Tug of Attraction. I have not read the previous books in this series, but I think that each can also be read as a stand alone as well.
Michele Erikson, a part fey witch, would never harm others with spells, even if it’s the only way to save herself from a crazed stalker wielding black magic, who has been stalking her and is willing to kill her if he cannot have her for himself. However, what she does not know is that her new friend Vic Matthews has been hired by her stepfather Alex to protect her. The Ex-NFL player turned bodyguard might have started to help out of obligation, it is not long before he is falling for Michele and believing in the magic she can wield. Vic will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means convincing her to step out of the broom closet and come out fighting!
Out of the Broom Closet might be the third book in a series, but aside from a couple characters that must have appeared in the previous books, it can stand well on its own. Michele has been running and hiding from her ex, a man that was once a wiccan like her but that fell into the darker magics which changed him. He is determined to control Michele and take what he wants, if only to further grow his own power. Vic is a former football player with his own protection company. He has had bad relationship experiences, and is looking for nothing more than to do his job, at least until he sets his eyes on Michele. Thrown together they need to come to understand each other, despite some deception and misunderstandings, to defend themselves from the evil and power hungry witch and protect those they care for from harm. I like that there are a couple little side stories woven into the story, and that the emotional struggles of the main players are realistic. The story had me eagerly turning pages and thinking about some of the side characters long after I finished the book.
Out of the Broom Closet is a fun, quick read that does touch on some heavy topics. It might have some triggers for readers that have dealt with stalking or domestic abuse, but it is handled very well and I think it could be an entertaining read for fans of Chase and books that balance danger and humor.