Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures
Half-Moon Hollow #2
May 28th 2013
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: Her grandfather was Mr. Wainwright and the artifacts are lost somewhere in what is now Jane Jameson's book shop.
Complication Two: her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, who 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 when he’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard—can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?
A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses is book two in the Half-Moon Hollow series by Molly Harper.
It’s been sometime since I’ve read the Jane Jameson series. The Half-Moon Hollow is a spin-off. Many of the characters from the Jane Jameson series make appearances and in this one we have a new character from across the pond, Nola! She’s been sent by her family to find 4 sacred objets needed to keep a curse in place.
The characters are unique and charismatic. We are brought into the supernatural area of magic. It’s a different focus from what the books have been, vampires, and we are also introduced to another supernatural being too. Nola makes friends with a small group of the Half-Moon Hollow gang. She settles in, starts her search, and gets herself a little work. I don’t want to spoil things, so I won’t mention all the fun things that happen in the search or the family ties. I got a little kick out of who Nola ends up being related too.
The romance for me was blasé. It didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t fully feel it. I enjoyed the mystery, fun banter between characters, and the family surprise.
For me A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses was a fine read.
Rated: 3 Stars
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