Series: Half Moon Hollow #2
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Pocket Books on May 28, 2013
Reviewed by: Kate
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?
I have yet to read anything by Molly Harper that wasn't a complete delight. A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES was no exception, following in the trend of light, fun paranormal romances, with the little twist of magic this time around. Fans of Harper’s Jane Jameson series will be happy to know she plays a larger role in this book than in the previous Half Moon Hollow stories, and those new to this world won’t find themselves too lost picking up this book in the middle of the series.
What I like best about Harper’s writing is her characters. They all have such varied personalities, and nobody falls into any specific cliche. The group that surrounds Nola as she searches for her family’s artifacts is a sarcastic, humorous bunch that I wish I could be friends with in real life. Nola is wonderful, too, a good strong heroine who isn't little miss perfect. She is slightly unsure of herself and whether she was the right family member to find the artifacts, but she does her absolute best regardless. At the beginning of the book she’s having trouble with her magic, but she still wants to help others using her healing talents. Plus, she clearly cares about her family quite a bit which I really like. She’s got a lot more aspects to her personality than just ditzy cute girl bumbling around looking for stuff.
Plus, there’s Jed...ooo la la. I found Jed just as sexy, if not sexier than the vampire heroes in the previous Half Moon Hollow books. Part of it is probably that Nola and Jed are the same age, which is a refreshing change from the “multiple century old vampire falls in love with twenty-something” trope. Nola and Jed’s relationship was cute, from the moment he “rescued” her from the critters in her cupboards to the very end. It is pretty standard paranormal romance fare, nothing too out of the ordinary, with the expected miscommunication conflict in the middle, but I had such a fun time following their flirting I barely noticed.
While at the end of A WITCH’S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES, the conflict came to a head in a bit of a ridiculous way, I was still riveted to my seat, wondering what was going to happen next. I was never in any doubt of Nola’s ability to rescue herself from her situation, but it wasn't boring, since I still wanted to know exactly was going on. I’m looking forward to the next Half Moon Hollow book- branching out from vampires and werewolves works quite well for Harper and I hope to see more of that in the future.
- The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
- A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses