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Editorial 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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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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • HOUSTON, TX, United States
  • 11-13-17

really weak female lead.

The love store is frustrating but honestly the female lead is annoying in her weakness and stupid lines. I want to enjoy the fantasy story line but it seems to be a bunch of sexual frustration and weak love story triangle blah.

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Great Series

I started listening to this book on runs as someone told me it was a great series... so glad I did. I love the story and the narrator does a fantastic job!

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New spin on Warlocks and Witches

Would you consider the audio edition of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble to be better than the print version?

I think I would have enjoyed the story without the audio, however, Ms. Ryan increased my enjoyment of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble?

The story ended with me needing to know whose voice did Jolie hear. It was an excellent cliffhanger.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were many LOL snippets, but this scene had me rolling with giggles.... "They continued to growl and circle each other, as if daring the other to make the first move. The white wolf sniffed Trent’s rear and Trent did the same. I guess this was the wolf way of saying: “You talkin' to me?” If I hadn’t been so damned scared, I might actually have found that little ass-sniffing bit amusing."

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

War of the Warlocks and Witches

Any additional comments?

I've read a few books from this author, and they've been hit and miss. This story was a hit for me, one I found very entertaining.

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Not Great.

The heroine is a bit of an idiot but the story is interesting.
For some reason the hero and heroine decide they can't be together until after the war when things settle down. So our practically virgin heroine lusts openly for nearly every man she meets including a warlock, a werewolf, a vampire and a fairy king. Of course they all want her too. Needless to say the romantic part of this book is unsatisfying.
Jolie is incompetent with occasional episodes of inexplicable brilliance. She is the first to point out her bouts of stupidity but not the last. And the Audible narrator does a fantastic job of making Jolie sound whiney and pathetic.

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Cute, cuddley and a great way to escape.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the book was fun

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jolie<br/>She was adventurous and willing to take risks

What about Allyson Ryan’s performance did you like?

Great job

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

Why not the title?

Any additional comments?

none

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  • Newme
  • United States
  • 06-27-15

Jolie Wilkins -- someone I'd never want to meet.

I bought this audiobook after listening to a free excerpt of chapter one. It sounded entertaining and I had fairly high hopes. Boy, was I misled. Nearing the end now and it just keeps getting worse. Jolie Wilkins, protagonist and witch, is supposed to be beautiful, intelligent, perfect in every way, blah blah. Major fail -- she repeats herself, makes stupid jokes (and then explains them!), and uses crass language. Plus, she claims to be in love with the male protagonist, while salivating after every other man she meets, whether friend, enemy, or just random character passing through. Awful -- an embarrassment to women everywhere. Why aren't there any decent female leads in chick lit? I'd like some entertainment with a brain, please!

I had mixed feelings about the narrator. She had a pleasant voice and read fluently, but her accents were blatantly inauthentic. The English accent sounded like an American trying too hard, and the Scottish accent was just bad. "Lass" is made to sound like "la-ahs", among other irritations.

I just wanted a cute, moderately intelligent book. Instead I got a teenager's wet dream. Oh, HP Mallory, is this really the best you could do?

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Very young adult but series has sex

It is a young adult story - but includes sex in the ones to come. It's not a bad story. It has a lot of repeating thoughts and conversations with the character and itself. Just seemed to me that it's perfect for the 12 to 16 year olds, but then again there's the sex.

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  • Breuddwyd
  • 04-21-14

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicole
  • 03-02-17

There should be a 'too bad to finish' page

What would have made Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble better?

A main character without the IQ of a lettuce

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

Not telling us EVERYTHING the lettuce is thinking about ALL the time, and then developing a decent plot around less-lettuce-like entities.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Allyson Ryan?

She has poor material... so who knows

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger!!! I spent my money on this!

Any additional comments?

Don't bother. There are way more creatively and intelligently written books which are very similar.