Early Review: A Witch's Handbook to Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper
A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper
Half-Moon Hollow #3
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?
Nola Leary would like nothing more than to stay in Ireland working at her family's clinic, but after giving her promise to her grandmother on her deathbed, she finds herself travelling to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky. She needs to find four artifacts that were given to her grandfather who she's never met before her family loses their magic. Problem is that her grandfather has passed away and no one knows where the artifacts are now. Even worse, her sexy neighbor is serving as a terrible distraction. She's got a someone back home so she doesn't need the complication of his constant lack of shirt and washboard abs. Avoiding him may not be easy but if she's to have any hope at saving her family's magic she'll have to. Thank goodness this witch has more than a few things up her sleeve.
I really love Nola's character. Her entire world had been turned upside down and she's been set upon this seemingly impossible task that brings up personal issues for her, and yet she stays determined to do what it takes to save her family's magic, no matter the personal cost. She's also hit with countless roadblocks along the way, but she stays strong throughout, only further endearing her to me. Speaking of roadblocks, one of them is in the form of her oh so sexy and distracting neighbor, Jed. I really loved watching the pull and play as she was determined not to fall for him, because A, she has someone back home (even though their relationship is rocky at best) and B, she's determined to find the artificial and get back home as soon as she can. There just isn't time for monkey business. Or so she thought. It doesn't take long for his charms to start wearing her down, and I have to say I was glad for it. The dynamic between them was really steamy, which I loved, but it was also really sweet, making it rather refreshing honestly. I love a good sexy story just as much as the next gal, but sometimes it is nice to see the sweeter side mixed in as well, and these two really fit the bill.
As much as I loved the previous spin off book it was a bit sad for me to part from Jane and company, so I was really happy to see them play a much larger role this time around. They are such a crazy, kooky, and rather rowdy bunch, but they are fiercely loyal to each other. Since they quickly accepted Nola into their fold, this allowed this dynamic come right back into play. Trust me, if you want to have half a chance at surviving Half-Moon Hollow you'll need to get on this group's good side pronto. Of course being accepted into that family also means you will be mercilessly tormented and teased at every available moment, but hey that's what family is for right? I especially loved Andrea's consequence at losing a bet. Priceless. There are so many more hilarious moments that I could share, but I'll let you experience them for yourselves.
In true Molly Harper style, A WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES had more laugh out loud moments than not. I cannot count the number of times I received funny looks from my family as I would burst out laughing while reading this book, but it was completely worth it. If you are looking for a fun, light hearted paranormal read, then A WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES is perfect for you.
(Received a copy from the publisher via Edelweiss)