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Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble | [H. P. Mallory]

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat, and a quirky best friend. Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!
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Audible Editor Reviews

Jolie Wilkins has a good, if not average, life: a cute house in suburban Los Angeles, a cat, and a steady career as a psychic. A love life of any kind, however, is one thing that consistently eludes Jolie. With a sassy and energetic delivery from veteran performer Allyson Ryan, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble is a witty romance that follows the terminally single Jolie from an encounter with the "sinfully attractive" warlock Rand Balfour to the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. This first entry in H. P. Mallory’s Jolie Wilkins series is a titillating adventure that is nearly impossible to stop listening to.

Publisher's Summary

A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead.
A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover.
A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches.
The Underworld in a state of chaos.
Let the games begin.

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat, and a quirky best friend.

Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.

©2010 H. P. Mallory (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    12-30-13
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    "disjointed narration"

    I am looking for a new series and was disappointed with the narration or maybe just the writer.
    It did not flow smoothly and I was not overly impressed by the language used.
    Just because I read, and like bit of romance with my fantasy does not make me an idiot.

    Plot was ok, however as a whole, it failed to deliver.
    The new new series I am looking for unfortunately is not this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    QuanYin4 01-20-14
    QuanYin4 01-20-14
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    "Awful, awful, awful"
    What disappointed you about Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble?

    Story sounded like it was written by a sexually precocious teen-aged girl. It's one of the few books I couldn't finish. I don't usually write reviews, but this one is bad enough I feel like I need to warn people off.


    Would you ever listen to anything by H. P. Mallory again?

    Nope.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator sounded like an airhead. A different narrator might have improved the book slightly.


    What character would you cut from Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble?

    The protagonist.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to read some GOOD witchy books, try Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearn (has witches in it), and Secondhand Spirits series by Juliet Blackwell.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DIDGITX10 Georgia 04-22-14
    DIDGITX10 Georgia 04-22-14 Member Since 2009

    DidgitX10

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    "I don't know how this became a series"
    What disappointed you about Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble?

    First off, the narrator is good, so that is not a problem. What sucks is the heroine. She is one of those characters that make you yell out loud,"OH, COME ON". I had to leave this story more than a couple of times because of how mad she made me. She just kept doing stupid stuff. She didn't think a lot (doofus). Even though she admitted she was doing magic, she kept stating that she wasn't a witch. Really? I don't know how others can like this book, but I have to say that I have a lot of serious problems with it.


    What could H. P. Mallory have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a better heroine. But since this is a series that is already written, nothing.


    Have you listened to any of Allyson Ryan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she's not the one that made this book disappointing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble?

    The accepting of the invitation to the ball, and the ball. The author could have found another reason for Jolie to be outed.


    Any additional comments?

    Just so disappointed. I really wanted to like this book, and have a new series to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy Folsom, CA, United States 02-02-14
    Kristy Folsom, CA, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I had a difficult time getting into this story"
    Would you try another book from H. P. Mallory and/or Allyson Ryan?

    I bought this one and Toil and Trouble, so I'm hoping I enjoy it more. Fingers crossed.


    If you’ve listened to books by H. P. Mallory before, how does this one compare?

    New author, for me.


    What three words best describe Allyson Ryan’s performance?

    I enjoyed the narrators voice when doing female voices, but the male voices were lacking for me.


    Could you see Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Snow Bunny 12-31-13
    Snow Bunny 12-31-13 Member Since 2012

    Little bunny foo foo

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    "Twists, turns and well written sexual tension"
    Where does Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 4 series. It's awesome.


    What other book might you compare Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble to and why?

    Dulcie O'Neil


    Which character – as performed by Allyson Ryan – was your favorite?

    Signgion (Not sure how to spell it, sounds like Sin jian)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing but witch


    Any additional comments?

    One reader said this book was boring. They could not have been more wrong!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Rieschl Pequot Lakes, Minnesota United States 10-31-13
    Megan Rieschl Pequot Lakes, Minnesota United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "it was boring"
    What disappointed you about Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble?

    Main femal lead was to whinny. The narrator did a good job makeing her sound pathetic.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Allison Ryan’s performances?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    Seemed alright at first but then it became ro harlaquin romance for liking.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KATHY 03-16-14
    KATHY 03-16-14 Member Since 2011

    I am dyslexic! If it wasn't audible I would not even be able to know what's in a book. I found out I love books.

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    If you could sum up Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble in three words, what would they be?

    I really love this story


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really love this story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really love this story


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really love this story


    Any additional comments?

    I really love this story

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    "Bad romance forced on the reader"

    From the very first chapter it was evident that the author was trying to insert romance into the book in a most unnatural way. It interrupted the flow of dialogue and seemed completely out of place with the narration being entirely 1st person by the main character with extremely frequent "ooh he's hot" digressions which seemed forced and made the storytelling slow and disjointed. The romance was entirely unnecessary, yet ended up being the focus of every new chapter.
    For readers of supernatural fantasy the works of L K Hamilton are likely familiar, to this story her later works which focused on bad romance with minimal plot would be reminiscent. The main character has multiple besotted males of various species constantly complementing her for little apparent reason, who constantly tell her how amazing she is and how they must have her, while the plot is short, poorly told and unremarkable. This seems like a trashy, light, plotless, holiday-read, fantasy romance aimed at less intelligent readers.

    The narrator reads every sentence as if it has a ! at the end of it, her voice making each sentence! an exclamation! like oh my gawd! Which gets old very quickly. Several characters were supposed to have English accents...needing quite a bit of work

    There are more books in the series but I have no compulsion to explore them,the author has completely put me off!

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