I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H. P. Mallory
Also by this author: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, To Kill a Warlock
Series: Jolie Wilkins #1
Also in this series: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
Published by CreateSpace
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Read in: Aug 27 to Aug 31
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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
Jolie Wilkins is just your average girl next door…except she can see auras and has the occasional vision. Even though she hasn’t had a date in 6 months, she enjoys her life. Jolie owns a shop in Los Angeles where she conducts tarot readings and her best friend Christa acts as her secretary.
All of that changes the day that Rand walks through the shop door. Rand is British, good looking and a warlock. turns out Jolie is a very powerful witch but they didn’t know how powerful until she accidentally brings a man back from the dead.
Jolie gets a crash course with the creatures of the Underworld. Not only are there witches and warlocks, but there are also faeries, vampires, demons and werewolves. A very powerful witch, Bella, wants to dominate all creatures of the Underworld as their queen. With Jolie on her side, Bella’s goals will be met much faster than she anticipated. Rand blocks that avenue when he claims rights over Jolie and fights Bella for those rights.
This is the first book in a series and the plot is not concluded by the end. Instead it will continue into the next book. This also isn’t a typical romance as the romantic elements of the plot are not resolved by the end of the book. Much of the reminder of the book is spent with both sides building up their armies.
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble is a light and funny read. Jolie is a fun and spunky heroine. She has a sarcastic sense of humor so we got along. Rand is a proper kind of hero who would never do anything out of line or inappropriate.
For the most part I enjoyed this book but there were a few problems that had me stumbling a little. Once everyone finds out about Jolie’s powers, every male character wants a piece of the Jolie pie. While this would happen in real life, I find the efforts of the amorous males distracting from the plot line. Then there’s the relationship between Rand and Jolie. Rand acknowledges his feelings for Jolie but insists on keeping a proper working relationship. When Rand is ready to take their relationship to the next level, Jolie isn’t. There’s this back-and-forth relationship through the book that, while creating conflict, also gets frustrating.
With that being said, I like this book enough that I look forward to reading the next chapter in Mallory’s Jolie Wilkins series. I can’t wait to see how it plays out!