ARC Review: Molly Harper – A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses

Half Moon Hollow Series:

Book 3:

A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Nola Leary and Jed Trudeau

 

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

 

Expected publication: May 28th 2013

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Summary:

From goodreads.com

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?

 

Review:

I freak’n adore Molly Harper! She is on my auto-buy list for a reason. I count on Molly Harper to make me laugh every time I pick up one of her books not a fail. This is the reason I read Molly Harper! With this book I got exactly what I expected, a fun, light humorous book that I didn’t want to put down.

The Half Moon Hollow crew is back in this book in their supporting roles. You can count on Jane and crew to make you laugh, in this book we have newcomer to the crew Nola. She is on a task to find her families artifacts, if she fails, her entire family may lose their magic. Nola, has never been a big practitioner of her own magic but that doesn’t mean that she wants her family to lose their magic, their entire village in Ireland counts on it. Back in Ireland Nola is the most practical of her family; I like that in this book she loses a bit of that out of necessity. Her task in general is a bit crazy so she has to go outside her comfort zone quite a bit to reach her goal. Back home, she has a straight laced boring boyfriend. In Half Moon Hollow she has a gorgeous neighbor that tempts her more then he ought to, especially since she has a perfectly lovely boyfriend back home, or is he? While in Half Moon Hollow, things start falling apart between her and her man. And honestly you can’t even dredge up and remorse for that, not with Jed next door! Jed, is muscled, sexy and good with power tools! Plus he is a savior of small marsupials. I mean really how can you turn that down, for boring? Lola starts asking herself that question on a regular basis.

The romance in the story is a bit slow to start, for a while I was wondering if it was going to happen at all. However, that didn’t really detract from the story for me. I don’t necessarily pick up Molly Harper for the romance, although it is a nice benefit. I pick up Molly Harper because I want to laugh uproariously and that mission was accomplished with this book. I consider that a win! While this book is light on the romance it in heavy on the laughs. So if you want to laugh, pick this one up!

 

*This book was provided to me through Edelweiss for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

 

Rating: 4.5 Romanticals

 

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Review: Molly Harper – The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

Half Moon Hollow Series:

Book 2:

The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires: Iris Scanlon and Cal
 

 
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Summary:
From Goodreads.com
Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running all their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship—and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.
 
Cal – who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris allowed herself to think that way – offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place until he figures out who wants him permanently dead. Even though he’s imperious, unfriendly and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between “employee” and “servant,” Iris agrees, and finds herself breaking more and more of her own rules to help him – particularly those concerning nudity.
 
Turns out what her quiet little life needed was some intrigue & romance—in the form of her very own stray vampire.
 
Review:
Ok, this review will probably be pretty short, because I can only gush so much and in so many ways. So, I ADORE Molly Harper! Ms. Harper has not done me wrong yet… I absolutely love to laugh and I know every time I pick up a Molly Harper book I will laugh my a$$ off. This book was no exception. There were parts that had me laughing until I cry and that is the best feeling! That is why I read a Molly Harper book.
 
I thought this book was going to pick up from where Driving Mr. Dead left off, but this book actually takes pace before Driving Mr. Dead, so If you haven’t read that book, you will be fine. In this book Iris’s business is still pretty new and she is making ends meet but it’s a struggle. She has a teenage sister that she has pretty much raised and most of her decisions are based on the fact that there is a teenager in house. Until Cal is poisoned and offers Iris a LOT of money to house him until he can find the vampires that are poisoning other vamps. The dynamic starts off very snarky, they take pot shots at each other which is quite amusing. Cal doesn’t know what to do with Iris, he certainly isn’t used to someone taking shots at him let alone a small young human. Iris is determined to keep this stray vampire at an arms distance or maybe a poles distance, she doesn’t like vampires, she may work for them but that doesn’t mean she had to come in contact with them very often. Until Cal, she hadn’t spent any significant time with vampires and now she has one living with her and she becomes increasingly more and more attracted to him. As the danger increases so does the attraction between Cal and Iris.
 
Add to this interesting dynamic between Iris and Cal, throw in GiGi. I loved the Iris, GiGi, Cal dynamic. They started to come together as a little family. I liked that GiGi was a teenager instead of a baby or little kid. She was able to add a lot to the story. She was sassy and funny. The inside jokes between Iris and GiGi were quite funny, especially all the things Iris would do to embarrass the hell out of GiGi! Then Cal started treating GiGi as one of his own, almost like a parent. When a young gentleman showed up to take GiGi on a date, man oh man, hilar!
 
The bad guy in this book was fairly transparent; I didn’t have much problems who was the mastermind. But who cares!?! I don’t read Molly Harper for the” who done it”, I read Molly Harper to laugh, and to enjoy the story and characters! There was much to enjoy with Iris, Cal and Gigi. We even get cameos from Jane and Co…
 
Don’t forget to read the excerpt at the end of this book! For the next book in this series, I read it and it looks good!
 
Rating: 5 Orchids

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