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The Trouble with Witches

Shadowvale, Book 1
Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Series: Shadowvale Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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Shadowvale isn’t typical small-town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.  

No one knows this as well as raven shifter Deacon Evermore, who, like everyone in his family, has a curse. While his position as Shadowvale’s peacekeeper lets him use that curse for good, he’d rather live anywhere else. He stays for his family but doubts he can last much longer.

Fledgling witch Emeranth Greer is determined to escape her past and make a fresh start in Shadowvale with the aunt she’s never met. Her aunt and the town prove to be far better than she imagined. There’s no way Em is leaving this magical place. Especially when staying means more time with the handsome Deacon.

But when Em’s troubled past catches up with her and nearly destroys the romance budding between her and Deacon, her instinct is to run again. Except there’s magic in the mix now, and the town won’t let her leave. Only Deacon can save her, but can a cursed man clear her name...or will her history destroy them both?

©2019 Kristen Painter (P)2019 Kristen Painter

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A left at the door review of Trouble with Witches

The Trouble With Witches is the first book in a new paranormal romance series by Kristen Painter. As the first in the series, you will not need to have read anything by Kristen Painter previously to enjoy this book.

The story is somewhat unique in the paranormal universe as unlike with Kristen's (and other author's) Towns that masquerade as one thing to hide the existence of the paranormals who live there, Shadowvale is completely hidden from the human world. The town calls those who need a safe place away from the rest of humanity.

What I liked about this book:
The magical creatures you won't find in the rest of the world.
The magical curses.

The characters we really met were developed, and I hope to see others get more development through time. Since they weren't really essential to the story I can accept that they were not developed more fully during the story.

The story did have a few surprised along the way; although, I did guess part of the plotline very early on.

What I didn't like about the book:
I had a bit of a hard time really connecting to the heroine of the story. It took about half the book before I really started to like her.
The background of some of the main characters had to be drug out by force, and even then some of it didn't seem genuine.

Sex: None
Violence: None
Language/Cussing: Mild if any
Religion: None
Mystery: Mild
Blood/Gore: None

The story did take me a few chapters to really get into, but once I did I enjoyed the reading of it. There weren't really any scenes that made me cry, and a few that made me laugh. Overall, the book gets a solid 4-star rating. It's entertaining if a little bit difficult to get into, and the story was fun to read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes clean paranormal romances.

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Trouble With Witches

Let me start with saying I love Kristen Painter, and have many of her books. I have been a little disappointed in the last few books. I love the premise of this book, and enjoyed it well enough, though it dragged in places. I also think it read a bit like a harlequin book, a little to juvenile. I loved the different characters, and hoped there would be more of them... goblins, sprites and magical creatures. Not sure I'll be purchasing any additional books from her. I need a little more substance for my credits. As usual the narrator was AWESOME!

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Finding Her Place In The World

This is now my favorite series of Kristen Painter’s. Now I want Jayne Frost to visit Shadowvale lol. I loved all the characters. I want to know more about the mysterious tiger, Thoreau. Hope the next book will be coming soon. The MC Em really went through a lot in life. Her past is chasing her everywhere she goes. Will she find peace at her aunt’s, whom she’s never met? Little does she know, this isn’t a normal town. And she has lived her whole life not knowing she is an actual witch. Shadowvale is hidden from outsiders. But it lets her in. This opens up a whole new world to her. A world with relatives of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Everyone here has a curse. This is a place where the weird fit in making them not so weird. If you are a misfit, you might some day find yourself in this town.

This narrator is one of the most amazing ones I’ve heard. He can do any voice, male or female, with any accent. Idk how he got so talented. I’d like to know his story. He gives each book an extra happy vibe through his tone. One of my all time favorite narrators.

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Love it!

I’m in love with Shadowvale and highly recommend giving it a try! I read the book and listen to the Audible book! The Audible books makes the entire town and characters come alive! So vivid!

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too simplistic. decent author, just no story

I enjoy the writing style of the author, but the romance was bland and boring, the "troubles" were too easily worked out, and there was really nothing of importance in the entire book.
I like the narrator, but not for anything sexy. he made any intimate scenes overly pg.

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interesting world building.

I was here more for the urban fantasy and it was kind of just there. this was primarily romance and it felt shoehorned in. Main character is ready to marry this guy a day after meeting him? even more weird is him being gung ho about it as well a day later right after treating her like an unpleasant skin condition. people who love sappy wish fulfillment romance will love this. I was not one of those people and found it unbelievable and contrived. Perhaps I wouldn't have been so annoyed if it developed over time or the course of a few more books. the world has potential though.

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great book

I loved the book. It was funny and charming. I cannot wait until I can read the rest of the series.

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Lost me

I tend to really enjoy Kristen Painters books. I started to enjoy this one. The new world location has great potential. But the author is falling into a rut and the FLAWS, save me from the flaws. If you don't know how Law Enforcement really works, how NCIC functions, what info you really get and how fast, don't take liberties or trust what you see on tv shows. This angered me and spoiled the book. Not a happy listener. Money wasted. Find some new plot lines and relationship trends for family. Keep the narrator, he is on of the best and did very well with FLAWED writing.

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Good light hearted book

I really enjoyed this book. Characters were reasonable and not over the top. Narrator did a really good job with switching voices and accents.

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Tedious

The characters are trite, but at times engaging. The narration charming. BUT the story is slow without originality or depth. This book could be any other paranormal romance, but if it's your first, maybe second, you will probably like it. Just don't expect to much, and know at times you may wish to punch some characters in the face, and roll your eyes at others mostly due to their dialogue. May grow on me over time.

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  • S. Lacey
  • 07-06-19

Brilliant!!

I really enjoyed this book, it promises to be an amazing new series from Kristen Painter. I love the characters and I'm intrigued with the town in the book and look forward to discovering more of it's secrets.

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  • Heather Prendergast
  • 05-21-19

Loved it

I loved the story line and the characters. I was kept interested the whole way through the book and the narration is fabulous.