Published by Diversion Books on October 31, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: kissing, moderately graphic sex scene
Reviewed by: Kristina
After a relationship gone bad in California, Kylie Strange moves to rural Maine for a fresh start. But she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a supernatural book bricked into the wall of her new tea shop, Strange Herbs and Teas. As soon as she opens the Booke of the Hidden, the quiet town of Moody Bog suddenly becomes a lot more interesting.
First the mysterious and handsome Erasmus Dark shows up unannounced, claiming to be a demon and warning Kylie of untold destruction. She waves him off, until a museum proprietor turns up dead, and the sheriff targets Kylie as a suspect. With the help of Erasmus and a ragtag group of local Wiccans, Kylie unravels the Booke's secrets, and they begin to believe the culprit is someone--or something--much more sinister than a run-of-the mill human murderer.
Award-winning author Jeri Westerson crafts a tale of magic, murder, and romance, drawing us into the mystical world that surrounds Strange Herbs and Teas.
I was pretty consistently amused by everything in BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN which is one of my favorite feelings to have while reading. From the absolutely ridiculous plot, quirky small town characters, to the kind of random and weird but working for me romance between Kylie and Erasmus. I love books where the main character just randomly stumbles into a world and has to figure everything out before some doom befalls them or the world. This book is basically your classic example of that with an intriguingly mysterious book wrapped in a dark history and a burgeoning romance.
I loved Kylie right off the bat. She owns a tea shop (my favorite kind of shop) and is just trying to get start her life again after a bad break up. She's kind of sarcastic, quirky, and pretty open-minded for someone who just discovered witches and demons are real. I really enjoyed Erasmus's introduction as you don't know if he is supposed to be the antagonist or not so you are kind of left feeling persistently suspicious of him for a long time. That suspicion wanes as he ends up working closer with Kylie to clean up the mess that opening the Booke of the Hidden caused. While I enjoy some sexy flirty, I am wondering if they are going to continue with developing this relationship in future books. Their banter is really fun but they don't really click with me as a long term romance.
As I got to the end of BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN I began to get concerned that nothing was resolved and hoped this was the beginning of a series. Luckily, it is as per the author note at the end! The writing is engaging with a mystery plot that can easily be expanded into a few more books. I enjoyed spending time with Kylie and all of the other characters and am looking forward to what new paranormal creature they will meet in the next book.Series Titles: