Fire Burn & Cauldron Bubble
A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin.Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend.Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.
As the cover of this book implies, this is a quirky, fun, light-hearted take on the paranormal. Jolie is a very likable girl-next-door kind of girl (who just happens to see auras). Her life is calm, if somewhat boring, until Rand walks into her shop. Rand sees power in Jolie that she’s never even imagined could exist and despite her, and even his, initial resistance, they find her increasingly dragged into the contentious world of witches, werewolves and vampires (oh my!).
I enjoyed the lighter touch this book brought to the realm of the supernatural and I enjoyed both Jolie and Rand, as well as many of the side characters. This is the first book in what the author intends to be a series though, and it shows: there are several unanswered questions at the end of the book, and some major events in the book that could use, in my opinion, more explaining. But overall an enjoyable read.
An interesting freshman effort with characters you’ll want to learn more about.
Published: July 2010
Links: Goodreads, Smashwords
free eBook received for review from author
The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.
HP Mallory created her own unique magic world with magical creatures and unsolved crimes. If you are looking for a light and fun Paranormal Urban Fantasy HP Mallory’s books are worth a try! The only frustrating issue I had with the ending, it felt rushed and I didn’t like that how Dulcie handled *gorgeous-sexy Stranger! But, I will definitely read her next book!
HP Mallory will join us soon for an interview and a giveaway, I hope you all will come back.