Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Witches Handbook of Kisses and Curses (audiobook) by Molly Harper

Title:  A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses
Author: Molly Harper
My Rating: B
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Half Moon Hollow #2
Main Characters: Nola and Jed
Release Date: May 2013
Publisher: Audible
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor Jed Trudeau 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 since Jed’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 Review:

Overall... 4.00 star

Performance....  4.75 star

Story... 3.75 star

Another great, fun book by Molly Harper! This one features a witch, Nola, who is visiting the states from Ireland trying to track down the family artifacts that Grandma gave to her baby-daddy and he took back to the states. No one ever met the missing granddaddy, and unfortunately he's died, which complicates the recovery of the artifacts even more. But Nola has managed to secure a rental in one-half of his house and quickly moves to make friends with Jane Jameson who bought granddaddy's bookstore. Nola's witchcraft takes the form of healing so she's also a nurse, but her powers fluctuate wildly.

Living in the other half of granddaddy's house is Jed, a good old boy who never seems to wear a shirt, something that Nola appreciates a LOT, even though she has a boyfriend back in Ireland. 

There's lots of madcap mayhem in this book...rogue witches after the artifacts, bounty hunters after the artifacts, dead relatives making inopportune appearances, wild lust over Jed's very nice chest, and a screwball family in the form of Jane, Dick Cheney, and  Andrea. It really was an incredibly entertaining book. While not my favorite of Molly Harper's stories, I honestly cannot see that I would ever hate reading/listening to one of her books. Her sense of humor always shines through and makes every one of her books a blast and so freaking enjoyable. 

I have to note here about Amanda Ronconi's narration...WOW!!! Nola is Irish, but lived for many years in Boston so she has a combination of the two accents. Ms. Ronconi NAILED that accent...she did it so incredibly well. On the flip side of that was Jed with his Louisiana good-old-boy drawl. Really, Amanda Ronconi is absolutely one of the best narrators out there. Bravo!

1 comment:

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

I liked this one a little more than you did but you are right on about Amanda Ronconi :) She just nailed it!