Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses

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Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Pocket Books
Author’s Website: http://mollyharper.com/
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Half Moon Hollow Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone.
Steam Level: Warm
Pet Peeves: Infidelity (Heroine)
Favorite Tropes: Major Betrayal

Official Blurb:

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.

Complication One: Her grandfather was Mr. Wainwright and the artifacts are lost somewhere in what is now Jane Jameson’s book shop.

Complication Two: her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, who keeps turning up half naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially when he’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard—can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

What Worked For Me:

  • I loved Jed’s “secret”, especially since there was a lovely red herring to make readers think they know what’s going on when they don’t.
  • Even though I found much of the “search” distracting, I did enjoy the secondary characters quite a bit.
  • Jed was probably my favorite part of the entire story, and his betrayal certainly kept things interesting.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • There was a lot of focus on Nola’s friendships and relationships with people in town, with no real sense of urgency in locating these objects which were imperative to pretty much saving the world.  This made the search quite boring at times, which was a big disappointment.
  • I was a little disappointed at the low amount of steam and chemistry as well.  I think this has a lot to do with the fact that Nola was cheating on her boyfriend, which is a big pet-peeve of mine, and I was hoping for some really intense chemistry between her and Jed in order to sort of make up for that fact for me.

The premise of this story was quite intriguing, and I knew as soon as Jed stepped onto the pages that his relationship with Nola was going to be quite enjoyable. However, despite how much I enjoyed his character, in the end, there wasn’t really much about this story that stood out to me.

There was so much focus on the townspeople of Half-Moon Hollow (which makes sense seeing as how this is the third installment in a series) that I found myself actually getting bored with Nola’s search for the artifacts that had drawn her to the town in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the secondary characters, especially Jane, but there was almost a “chick-lit” vibe to this book, when I had gone into it expected a somewhat steamy paranormal romance.

Overall, I would recommend this one to fans of the series, as they will be more likely to fully appreciate all of the emphasis placed on the residents of the town, but while I enjoyed it, I doubt that I will be reading more of this series in the future.

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