Monday, September 23, 2013

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: "A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses" by Molly Harper

A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half Moon Hollow, #2)
A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper
(Half-Moon Hollow #2)

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For Ages 18+
Paranormal Romance
Pocket Books -- May 28, 2013
Audiobook, 8 hours and 59 minutes
Purchased from Audible

Witches, Magic, Family Issues

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?

"My week started with spectral portents of doom floating over my bed while I was trying to have anniversary sex with my boyfriend."

A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses is another adorable paranormal romance that takes place in the same small town that the popular Jane Jameson series portrayed, Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky.  This book has everything I've come to expect from a Molly Harper story with quirky characters, spicy romance, and plenty of comedy.

Nola Leary's family is made up of witches and they are in desperate need of four artifacts known as the Elements to avoid losing their magic forever.  Unfortunately, the Elements are believed to have been taken to Half-Moon Hollow for safekeeping and no one in the family is sure where they are.  This is where Nola comes in as she travels to Kentucky to find them, meets new people, and gets involved in some sticky situations.

I really liked Nola.  She was quirky, intelligent, and very sarcastic which really came out in the audio book.  Her mix of Irish and Boston sensibilities was interesting as well.  The only thing that I wasn't a huge fan of was her relationship with Steven.  I got where Molly Harper was going with that whole scenario, but it was a little awkward especially at the beginning.

Nola's neighbor in Kentucky is Jed Trudeau, a smoking hot construction worker with a few secrets of his own.  I absolutely adored Jed's character!  He was smart, kind, and loved to joke around with Nola.  His devotion to Nola was evident from the beginning and it was just so cute to watch.  There were a few moments where I got irritated with Jed because of the secrets he was keeping from Nola, but I think he more than made up for it by the end.

Jed and Nola were an adorable couple who met in a very bizarre situation.  They really seemed to understand one another from that first meeting and just got along so well.  I love it when authors show couple hanging out together and Harper definitely does that with these two.  The secrets that each of them were hiding from the other did cause some issues and that was the only part I wasn't a huge fan of with them.

The plot of A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses focuses primarily on the hunt for the Elements.  I love reading about treasure hunts so this story line grabbed me immediately.  The search for clues and the act of trying to piece them together kept me interested throughout the entire book.  This treasure hunt also brought Nola into direct contact with some of my favorite Half-Moon Hollow residents.  I was especially excited to see the return of Jane, Gabriel, Dick, Andrea, and Zeb from the Jane Jameson series.  They are just as warm and funny as they were the last time I read about them which is great to see.

In conclusion, I really liked this new installment in the Half-Moon Hollow series.  Nola and Jed were great characters to add to the already colorful group in this world.  And everything was brought to life by the always wonderful Amanda Ronconi who narrates Molly Harper's books to perfection.  I definitely recommend this for fans of Harper's writing or anybody who is looking for a funny paranormal romance.


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  1. I've only read one Molly Harper book - the first werewolf book, but I liked it. It was pretty cute. My coworker keeps telling me I should read the librarian ones (I think those are the Jane Jameson ones), but I just haven't gottent here. I should really make time for some Molly Harper books, though. I've heard such great things.

    I know you're a JQ fan. I just read The Sum of All Kisses, and it was really cute. It's not my favorite of all time, but I really liked it. I can't wait to hear how you feel about it.

    1. I think you would love the Jane Jameson books especially with the librarian aspect. Plus her dog is named Fitzwilliam Darcy and I know you love P&P! I highly recommend the audio version of Molly Harper's books if you can find them. The narrator really gets her writing style and sense of humor so it makes for a fun read.

      Regarding The Sum of All Kisses, I am super jealous that you got to read it already! I've heard great things about it and can't wait to get my copy soon. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Oh I'm so excited to see this review because I didn't know about this series! I've read up to book 4 in the Jane Jameson series and love it so far, so I need to get this one on my TBR. Since it's a spin off of the JJ series does it matter at what point I start reading it? Do I need to wait until I've finished JJ?

    1. I would suggest you finish the Jane Jameson series before reading this one because it does spoil the ending of that group of books. The return of Jane, Gabriel, Zeb, and the others was one of the best parts of this book. I highly recommend the whole Half-Moon Hollow series especially if you loved the others! Thanks for commenting!


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