Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Review: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory

Title: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkens #1)
Author: H.P. Mallory
Source: Kindle Freebie
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: July 2010
Reviewer: Jasmyn

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 the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a danger but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.

I think I went into this one expecting too much.  I had heard over and over again how great this series was going to be, and it was just a little more hyped that what I got out of it.  It is a good book and I did enjoy it, just not enough to rave about it.

Jolie was humorous.  This is a very sarcastic and joking type of paranormal romance that seems to becoming more and more popular.  I love her attitude and her banter with the people all around her - and her best friend is quite the character as well.  She's the perfect play off of Jolie.  Rand was far too serious for me to really get into, but I can see that he needs to be that way to play his part of the story well.

I'm not one that likes my leading characters to have "relations" with others in the book, so when this occurs it is a bit of a turn off for me.  There was plenty of supernatural creatures to go around, and quite a few interesting abilities that were fun to read about.  I'm still not sure if I will continue on the series or not.

1 comment:

  1. I hate when expectations ruin a book; sometimes all of that hype can work against it. Thanks for your honest review.


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