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?
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A great addition to the Half Moon Hollow series. Connected to the previous Half Moon Hollow and Jane Jameson books, but can also be enjoyed on it's own, you just won't get some of the jokes! As usual, Amanda Ronconi does a wonderful job telling the story. At first, Nola's accent if kind of off-putting, but it's explained in the beginning of the book so it makes sense. Loved all the characters, we get to know another side of Dick Cheney the vampire. The Half Moon Hollow books are snarky & funny and what I call "paranormal lite". Hope we hear more about Jed and his "arse-hugging jeans" and usually shirtless condition in future books. Charming read! Interesting twist at the end. Can't wait for the next in the series.
A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses is another adorable paranormal romance that takes place in the same small town that the popular Jane Jameson series portrayed, Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky. This book has everything I've come to expect from a Molly Harper story with quirky characters, spicy romance, and plenty of comedy.
Nola Leary's family is made up of witches and they are in desperate need of four artifacts known as the Elements to avoid losing their magic forever. Unfortunately, the Elements are believed to have been taken to Half-Moon Hollow for safekeeping and no one in the family is sure where they are. This is where Nola comes in as she travels to Kentucky to find them, meets new people, and gets involved in some sticky situations.
I really liked Nola. She was quirky, intelligent, and very sarcastic which really came out in the audio book. Her mix of Irish and Boston sensibilities was interesting as well. The only thing that I wasn't a huge fan of was her relationship with Steven. I got where Molly Harper was going with that whole scenario, but it was a little awkward especially at the beginning.
Nola's neighbor in Kentucky is Jed Trudeau, a smoking hot construction worker with a few secrets of his own. I absolutely adored Jed's character! He was smart, kind, and loved to joke around with Nola. His devotion to Nola was evident from the beginning and it was just so cute to watch. There were a few moments where I got irritated with Jed because of the secrets he was keeping from Nola, but I think he more than made up for it by the end.
Jed and Nola were an adorable couple who met in a very bizarre situation. They really seemed to understand one another from that first meeting and just got along so well. I love it when authors show couple hanging out together and Harper definitely does that with these two. The secrets that each of them were hiding from the other did cause some issues and that was the only part I wasn't a huge fan of with them.
The plot of A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses focuses primarily on the hunt for the Elements. I love reading about treasure hunts so this story line grabbed me immediately. The search for clues and the act of trying to piece them together kept me interested throughout the entire book. This treasure hunt also brought Nola into direct contact with some of my favorite Half-Moon Hollow residents. I was especially excited to see the return of Jane, Gabriel, Dick, Andrea, and Zeb from the Jane Jameson series. They are just as warm and funny as they were the last time I read about them which is great to see.
In conclusion, I really liked this new installment in the Half-Moon Hollow series. Nola and Jed were great characters to add to the already colorful group in this world. And everything was brought to life by the always wonderful Amanda Ronconi who narrates Molly Harper's books to perfection. I definitely recommend this for fans of Harper's writing or anybody who is looking for a funny paranormal romance.
I LOVED how uniquely fresh this addition to Molly Harper's world of vampires, witches, shape-shifters. It had a compelling plot that carried the book forward at a delightful pace.
Molly wrote a difficult character to narrate....an Irish lass who lived in Boston for much of her youth. Her accent is an odd mix of the two locales....and once this combination was explained, Amanda Ronconi's performance made ever so much more sense. As usual, Ronconi does a beautiful job with male characters, female characters, keeping them true to their previous appearances in other books, and remaining consistent with the challenging Boston/Ireland combination!
This story was so very well done that I give it an easy five stars, and highly recommend it! While the connections to past stories are fun and continue on with favorite characters, it's truly not necessary to have read/listened to the rest of Molly Harper's vampire books. This could be a stand-alone treat! Highly recommended to fans of romantic comedy and the paranormal.
2 stars, largely based on the painfully bad narration of the first half
I normally LOVE the Molly Harper-Amanda Ronconi team. This time the narration was painfully bad--so bad that it distracted me from following the story and came close to ruining the book for me. What the hell was she thinking to go with such a broad "pahk the cah in Hahvahd yahd" Boston accent for an Irish woman? I understand that for part of the time she was presenting herself as having come from Boston, but in that case only her dialog should have featured that accent, not her first person narration.
The only way I managed to get through the book at all was because she pretty much drops that accent for the second half of the book. This allowed me to focus on the plot, which seemed particularly slapdash and full of holes. Admittedly, I don't read Molly Harper for her tightly plotted prose, but this was especially weak. There also seemed to be less wit than usual, but that may have been obscured by the horrible narration.
I'm certainly not giving up on Molly Harper audiobooks, but I will no longer view them as a guaranteed good time. Better to relisten to one of her Jane Jameson titles (which Amanda Ronconi narrates brilliantly) than to bother with this on audio.
Funny, sweet, romantic!
I love the Half Moon Hollow setting and all the characters who live there. I'm glad Jane and all the gang we included in this story.
The book was fun as all of Molly Harper's books. Amanda Roncini's narration was great and the southern drawls are nice & slow, but I thought the Boston/Irish accent a little off. The Boston words (with the missing "R"s) seemed to jump out at me and made me lose my focus on the story.
I love this series of instructional paranormal books. A number of Molly Harper's stories connect to one another in subtle and not so subtle ways. Like in "Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires" Harper starts each chapter with a quote from the "Handbook." ( which was purchased in Jane Jamison's occult bookstore) Our witch moves from Ireland to the back woods to discover her neighbor is HOT, and not quite human. Harper's characters are quirky and witty and generally kind. A sexy and fun read.
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Listened for Fun/Read for Review(Audible/Edelweiss)
Overall Rating: 4.75
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 5.00
Audio Rating: 4.50
First Thought When Finished: My favorite so far in the spin off series.
Story Thoughts: OMG this freaking cracked me up. Nola (the leading lady) had a quest that just made me grin. As a person who had two very strong-willed grandmothers, I could just imagine one of them handing me something like that while making me promise to follow through. Poor Nola found out that it was going to be quite the task and not easy at all. She tackled it like a trooper and gave me some great big laughs along the way. I am a big fan of when Jane and her crazy mama make appearances in the spin off series so that was just icing on the cake.
Character Thoughts: Nola was a great addition to the Half Moon Hollow bunch. She is smart, witty, a little witchy, and can hold her own in the smart ass department. Really I think the strong female characters of the Hollows are just fantastic and since most of them made an appearance in this book, I was thrilled! Then there was hot-stuff Jed! Jed made me swoon and even with a crazy family, I would have snatched him up in a heartbeat. Swoon-worthy leading men are always a good reason to read a book but when they are hot-blooded shifters–it is a MUST!
Narrated By Amanda Ronconi / Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Amanda hit it out of the park again. I admit that at first I thought she was dropping accents but then I was reminded that Nola was trying to hide her Irish behind a Boston accent. I don’t know how many narrators could pull that off but Amanda did! Seriously this is just a fun series to listen to on audio.
Final Thoughts: Fun Series and a MUST READ for me!
It's the same light and humorous storytelling that I've come to depend on Molly Harper for. I'm really looking forward to a sequel.
At the beginning of the audio book, I kept wondering what accent the narrator was going for, thinking it was a terrible attempt at anything recognizable(Was it supposed to be English or American?). But finding out that the main character had lived between Boston and Ireland, I went from being annoyed with the narrator to being amazed at her ability to capture the main components of either accent and to maintain them *almost* consistently throughout the book. Almost.
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