Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory
– paranormal romance –
reviewed by Tara SG
received for review via author
Book Order (Jolie Wilkins)
- Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble * * * *
- In Progress
Author’s Website : www.urbanfantasynovels.com
Amazon : paperback (coming soon!) / eBook ($2.99)
This book in 6 words:
I want the next book now!
Why did I read this? And am I glad I did?
I received an email from the author letting me know about the book and seeing if I would be interested in reading/reviewing it. The story definitely looked liked something I would like… and I REALLY enjoyed this one! To be honest I wasn’t sold in the beginning. It took me a little bit to warm up to the story and the characters, but the development worked (I’ll try to explain more in the characters section). The humor fit me perfectly. I laughed out loud on multiple accounts. I don’t remember the last time I highlighted so many passages while reading (on my Kindle – I NEVER write in books lol). There was plenty of sexual tension and while the relationship is a main focus, the story is more about the character learning about her new world and the danger it brings.
It doesn’t end in huge cliffhanger, but I’m dying to know what happens next. I’ll definitely be picking up her other novel ASAP.
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.
– via GoodReads.com
In general I don’t go looking for books about witches. I’m not against them, but they don’t make my “top of supernatural creatures” list. I’m might have to re-think this list… I’m extremely impressed with the world Ms Mallory has created. We get to learn along with Jolie so it was easy enough to ease into. The story definitely took twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting (which I loved).
The pacing was really well-done. We move from one storyline to another while keeping an overall major plot and it worked really well.
I just LOVED the author’s writing style. The humor made me laugh out loud. Overall, it seemed intelligent without being over your head (if that makes sense). Maybe the favorite quotes will help explain what I mean…
I wasn’t sure I’d like Jolie. Hell, Jolie didn’t even like herself so how are we supposed to like her. However, as she learned to be more confident, I grew quite attached. She is smart, stubborn, sexy, and unsure. She seemed realistic. I really enjoyed watching her life change! Her relationships could have been a little steamier, but I found myself really liking the romantic tension.
Rand is sexy, arrogant, stubborn, and caring. He was sometimes infuriating and other times completely swoon-worthy. I think I may be team Rand right now and I think that’s going to make the next book tough on me…
I don’t want to say much more about the other characters in fear of spoilers, but the side characters were sexy, scary, smoking hot, and I can’t wait to see them again!!
The tone of his voice was so rich, I felt like I could gain weight just by listening to him.
Her hands were so expressive, it looked like she was translating Homer’s Odyssey into sign language.
“Have you heard from Rand?”
Her tone was nonchalant, but she might as well have told me she’d drowned a litter of puppies for the reaction Rand’s name had on my stomach.
“Hello Randall, how are you?” Sinjin asked with the same smile the serpent must have given Eve.
If you like paranormal romance PLEASE give this a try. Don’t expect it to be all sex, you’ll find a great story in this one along with a ton of romantic tension.
Going Deeper – NO spoilers
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the whole “learning to love yourself” thing with Jolie. Self-depreciating doesn’t work for me… or at least that’s what I thought. I actually like watching her start to trust herself. And hell I compare myself to other women. I’m not Mrs. I-Love-Me-Just-The-Way-I-Am. Maybe I could learn a thing or two from Jolie (like how to create my dream outfit with my mind…).