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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    Molly Harper writes quirky, funny characters and situations really really well. I love the banter and the great relationships that her characters engage in. And, this book has the plus of having Jane Jameson prominently featured along with her new couple which is what saved a book that would have been a real dud without Jane and company. Nola to Jane... The problem was with the new heroine, Nola. Nola is from Ireland and is a witch. She doesn't do her witchy thing well, and doesn't seem all that I Molly Harper writes quirky, funny characters and situations really really well. I love the banter and the great relationships that her characters engage in. And, this book has the plus of having Jane Jameson prominently featured along with her new couple which is what saved a book that would have been a real dud without Jane and company. Nola to Jane... The problem was with the new heroine, Nola. Nola is from Ireland and is a witch. She doesn't do her witchy thing well, and doesn't seem all that Irish either. She's super convoluted. She's Irish, she's Bostonian, she's powerful, she's not in control of her magic, she can heal people, she can't heal people, she's in love with her boyfriend back home, she's falling for her neighbor Jed. I never felt a connection to this character because she never felt like a real person - more like a composite of a few different people. Oh crap, we are having a giant storm and my power is flickering. I'm cutting this review short before I lose everything I've written so far. To sum it up: it was okay, but Nola sucked.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Totally read this series out of order but it was okay that I did. I didn't really feel lost at all, in fact it just made me want to pick up the other books and start at the beginning. Not as many laugh out loud moments as I was expecting though but I'm hoping the earlier books will be better since they seem to have better reviews and ratings. Totally read this series out of order but it was okay that I did. I didn't really feel lost at all, in fact it just made me want to pick up the other books and start at the beginning. Not as many laugh out loud moments as I was expecting though but I'm hoping the earlier books will be better since they seem to have better reviews and ratings.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    3.5 Stars Nola Leary has come to Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky because of a death bed promise made to her grandmother, one her grandmother is determined that she honour even from beyond the grave. She has to find the four Elements, four artifacts each representing one of the elements, before her rivals do, if not her whole family lose their magic. But things get complicated when she finds long lost relatives, some crazy new friends, not to mention her Adonis like next door neighbour who seems to be 3.5 Stars Nola Leary has come to Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky because of a death bed promise made to her grandmother, one her grandmother is determined that she honour even from beyond the grave. She has to find the four Elements, four artifacts each representing one of the elements, before her rivals do, if not her whole family lose their magic. But things get complicated when she finds long lost relatives, some crazy new friends, not to mention her Adonis like next door neighbour who seems to be allergic to wearing tops... I always enjoy a Molly Harper book, it is hard not to with her mixture of funny banter and some really quirky heroines and of course a great romance. Although they never quite make it to a 5 star review with me, that doesn't stop me enjoying her books and looking forward to the next one. What stood out for me most in this book was the humour and the relationship Nola quickly develops with some familiar characters such as Jane Jameson and Dick Cheney. The romance between Jed and Nola was really good as well, they had chemistry from the start but it was a allowed to build up so that you got to know Jed. He wasn't just the sexy guy who was there for her to conveniently fall in love with, but a funny character with issues of his own. The story line itself about the elements wasn't particularly strong and it was a bit of an anticlimax at the end but it was a good vehicle for Nola to start looking at the issues she had with her magic and eventually come to terms to things in her life. This was a fun book with great characters and although it didn't rock my world, it made me laugh and look forward to the next page, what more can I ask for?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie_la_geek

    I was looking forward to this one, it sounds great and a really liked the cover but when I read it there was something missing for me and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The problem actually wasn’t that something was missing; it was that there was just too much. The story is told from the main characters point of view and she had a lot to say. Every single page was crammed with detail and conversations and memories that I don’t really think I needed to read and in the end I found I was looking forward to this one, it sounds great and a really liked the cover but when I read it there was something missing for me and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The problem actually wasn’t that something was missing; it was that there was just too much. The story is told from the main characters point of view and she had a lot to say. Every single page was crammed with detail and conversations and memories that I don’t really think I needed to read and in the end I found myself bored and skim reading. The writing itself is quite good and I had no problem envisioning what was going on. The characters are also strong. Nola is a good character, I found her quite funny and sensible she wasn’t silly but her conflicted romantic feelings were troublesome. Jed was even better there was a lot to like about him I loved his personality and thought he was sweet. The romance was nice but for a lot of the book Nola has a boyfriend and the minute that she has possibly broken up with boyfriend she is in bed with Jed. This left me quite conflicted because throughout the book Nola was attracted to Jed but their relationship didn’t really build up to that level of intimacy, it just happened. A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses is not a bad book but it was bursting with unneeded detail which I found off putting.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sana Zameer

    2.5 Stars This was not as entertaining as the first book in this series. I like Molly Harper's writing style but the plot was really boring. Also I couldn't understand Nola. Her conflicting feelings were really irritating. There was no chemistry between her and Jed. They were attracted towards each other but I didn't get how they fell in love so soon. It was rushed and unrealistic. I liked the parts with Jane, Andrea and Dick. Those were fun scenes. Iris Scanlon also showed up briefly. But there 2.5 Stars This was not as entertaining as the first book in this series. I like Molly Harper's writing style but the plot was really boring. Also I couldn't understand Nola. Her conflicting feelings were really irritating. There was no chemistry between her and Jed. They were attracted towards each other but I didn't get how they fell in love so soon. It was rushed and unrealistic. I liked the parts with Jane, Andrea and Dick. Those were fun scenes. Iris Scanlon also showed up briefly. But there wasn't enough spark in this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

    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 a 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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Celine

    I was really disappointed in this book. I've enjoyed all of Molly Harper's previous books and I'm a fan of stories about witches and magic so I had high hopes. I just never cared about the main characters; Jed especially seemed underdeveloped. I understand that Nola was attracted to him immediately but I never understood how she fell in love with him so fast. I didn't see a reasonable development of their relationship. The plot of the warring families and lost magical objects wasn't interesting I was really disappointed in this book. I've enjoyed all of Molly Harper's previous books and I'm a fan of stories about witches and magic so I had high hopes. I just never cared about the main characters; Jed especially seemed underdeveloped. I understand that Nola was attracted to him immediately but I never understood how she fell in love with him so fast. I didn't see a reasonable development of their relationship. The plot of the warring families and lost magical objects wasn't interesting and almost seemed like an afterthought in most of the book. I did like the parts where Nola interacted with Jane and Andrea mainly because it was fun to revisit those characters. There are definitely some funny lines like I expect from this author but it wasn't enough to save the book for me. I will add that I listened to this on audiobook and while I normally love the narrator, I found her interpretation of Nola's Bostonian/Irish accent annoying. The fact that the narrator went in and out of the accent meant the entire performance wasn't annoying but was disjointed. This may have added to my inability to connect to the characters and story since the narrator is so important to an audiobook.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mithrendiel

    I normally adore Molly Harper books, but this one left me with lukewarm feelings. What I loved about the story: Molly Harper's trademark quirky humor; the host of familiar and delightful side characters; the plot which was cute and fun, if not very riveting. Things that could have been better: I had issues identifying with the heroine, which is first for me with Molly's books. She cheated on her boyfriend and didn't even have the decency to feel bad about it, which really bugged me. I can never r I normally adore Molly Harper books, but this one left me with lukewarm feelings. What I loved about the story: Molly Harper's trademark quirky humor; the host of familiar and delightful side characters; the plot which was cute and fun, if not very riveting. Things that could have been better: I had issues identifying with the heroine, which is first for me with Molly's books. She cheated on her boyfriend and didn't even have the decency to feel bad about it, which really bugged me. I can never really love a character with no sense of honor. The hero also left a lot to be desired. He's too much of a bad boy for me. Case and point, he groped the heroines ass within seconds of meeting her. Then he pulls this hot/cold act that was meant to be sexy, but ended up annoying me more than exciting me. The reveal of his “big secret” was anticlimactic, and no where near as interesting as I'd hoped. I can't imagine every hating one of Molly's books - they are all fun, and light, and make me feel like I'm reading the book version of a romantic comedy, but A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses was not one of my favorites.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    ***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List*** An Irish witch on a special mission to Half Moon Hollow. It’s a cute, fun paranormal romance, in Molly Harper’s inimitable style. But it’s the intersection of this story with the continued adventures of Jane Jameson and Dick Cheney that truly made this worthwhile for me. I’m always interested in whatever shenanigans that Dick is enmeshed in and he features heavily in this book. Half Nola’s adventures, half the Dick & Jane show, there is just enough of each ***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List*** An Irish witch on a special mission to Half Moon Hollow. It’s a cute, fun paranormal romance, in Molly Harper’s inimitable style. But it’s the intersection of this story with the continued adventures of Jane Jameson and Dick Cheney that truly made this worthwhile for me. I’m always interested in whatever shenanigans that Dick is enmeshed in and he features heavily in this book. Half Nola’s adventures, half the Dick & Jane show, there is just enough of each to keep the plot moving along and to keep me smiling. Perhaps a bit predictable, but with enough humour & snark to keep me reading. Recommended as light, fluffy summer material.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Original Post: http://fangswandsandfairydust.blogspo... Early Look: Molly Harper's A WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES Half Moon Hollow 3 by Molly Harper Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books May 28, 2013 E-Book, Mass Market Paperback ARC/E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions herein are my own except as noted. Review Prologue: There are days when I know I should hold off reading a book and then writing a post about Original Post: http://fangswandsandfairydust.blogspo... Early Look: Molly Harper's A WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES Half Moon Hollow 3 by Molly Harper Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books May 28, 2013 E-Book, Mass Market Paperback ARC/E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions herein are my own except as noted. Review Prologue: There are days when I know I should hold off reading a book and then writing a post about it, but I have had the Molly Harper's new Half Moon Hollow series entry, a WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES (May 28, Simon and Schuster) on my Kindle for over a month and it's been taunting me with its sultry eyes and whispers. "Read me Stephanie, you know you want to read me. C'mon, just look at my first page." "Yes, I do, but if I read you I have to write the review and your publicist will be mad at me." "Oh no she won't -- she'll be thrilled that you are giving Molly's book the attention it deserves. Just one page, you can stop then." "Really, you think so? Maybe just that one page,..." Four hours later, I couldn't stop and my Kindle is lying, disheveled, on the bed, smoking a cigarette. At least I am only this way for a few authors. Description: 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? Simon and Schuster Each time I review a Molly Harper book, I have to begin with the fact that I am a bona fide Molly Harper fan girl. She is a writer whose books make me feel happy. Like you just had amazing sex the most delicious meal but you know it was totally healthy and good for you. This book introduces a couple of new characters: Nola and Jed. Nola's Irish and Jed is from Tennessee. Actually, Nola was born in the US and was sent to Ireland to be raised by her Grandmother. Her Grandmother finally reveals that her grandfather was the late owner of Jane Jameson's bookshop. Further she gave him four magical objects to keep safe. Now they need those objects back. So Nola heads to Half Moon Hollow to find them. The whole trip is arranged in a matter of moments. And before I was really aware of the entire story, Nola is bumping down the roads of Half-Moon Hollow to rent half of a house. Of course there's a rival group also looking for these objects. Nola's next door neighbor, Jed, sounds fabulous. She's magical but he is apparently magically delicious. Molly has a way of making her hero-types really sound like the really, really hot boy next door (or the one you wish were next door). I always get an immediate picture in my head about what they look like - I'm thinking Chris Evans or Chris Hemsworth. Molly tells me she had Tom Hardy in mind. I like how Nola fits in with the cast of characters at the book shop and how they adopt her as their own. She proves her usefulness of course. The majority of the cast of Hollow favorites make their appearances in the book. Jane, Andrea and Dick are particularly important. Zeb and Jolene also show up. In the end it's about self-empowerment (quite literally), choice and being bound by an outdated tradition. There are a few life lessons that it never hurts to have reinforced. Even a witch needs to be shored up once in a while. It's hard to know which of the characters are going to be the ones that Nola should shouldn't trust. I had my money on,.... I was wrong. My one and only detail was that until about the end of the first third of the book. I kept feeling I had missed some important information about meeting someone, or where Nola had lived. It came along later though and made me read more closely. In any event, Molly Harper's books are almost guaranteed to make you feel good. A WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES does: It's sexy but not filled with sex, magical but not encased in spell craft. There are a lot of vampires but not a lot of biting. When you read it you not only get a feel for the characters but, you wish they were your friends. If you enjoy sweet paranormal romance, this is a MUST READ. As for my Kindle, it still respects me in the morning.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    It is no secret that I am a fan of Molly Harper’s books. Her books make me laugh, give me a great escape – and well make me smile in between laughs. Mixed in with the laughs (and maybe wants her books so funny), are quirky family members and a young woman trying to figure out her next life choice. A Witch’s Handbook (I won’t be writing out the full name as it is just way too long) is very similar to Ms. Harper’s other books that I have read by her. The Naked Werewolf series was full of off-beat It is no secret that I am a fan of Molly Harper’s books. Her books make me laugh, give me a great escape – and well make me smile in between laughs. Mixed in with the laughs (and maybe wants her books so funny), are quirky family members and a young woman trying to figure out her next life choice. A Witch’s Handbook (I won’t be writing out the full name as it is just way too long) is very similar to Ms. Harper’s other books that I have read by her. The Naked Werewolf series was full of off-beat family members, a woman needing a change in her life and lots of humor. And One Last Thing has a similar set up. Molly Harper definitely has found her gift — to write humor that involves families and women on the verge of …. something. But that is not to say any of her books (that I have read by her) are formulaic. They are not, she has an ability to make them unique but very comfortable at the same time. I typically listen to the audio version of Ms. Harper’s books. Amanda Ronconi narrates each of these books and she gets the atmosphere and style of these stories perfectly. But I because I received a copy of A Witch’s Handbook as an early review copy, I read it instead of listening. I can definitively say that Molly Harper is just as enjoyable in print as she is in audio. A Witch’s Handbook is #2 in the Half Moon Hollow series and is a cross-over with Molly’s Jane Jameson series. I haven’t read the Jane Jameson series, but I am guessing by reading Half Moon Hollow first there are spoilers for the main series. But somehow, I think that might be okay and won’t take away from the enjoyment of the books. Half Moon Hollow is a small town in Kentucky with a strong paranormal presence; vampires are in business and the general public knows this. Nora (the book’s main character) is a witch with a problem, she is on the hunt for family relics in an effort to save the world from evil witches. Are you telling me there’s a real Volemort? When Nora arrives in Half Moon Hollow, she rents a half of one house, the other half is rented to Jed. Nora and Jed immediately hit it off with sparks. Jed is a hottie, Nora can’t stop looking and together they are pretty funny. You invited me to dinner, and I end up cooking? What sort of swindle is this? I turned to offer a rude response, only to find him wearing another pair of arse-cupping jeans and a t-shirt that showcased his indecently large biceps. I was standing in the presence of living, breathing arm porn. Because she is looking for ancient relics in a place that she is not familiar with, Nora relies on locals to help her. In the process, Nora becomes friends with some of the vamps introduced in the Jane Jameson series and much of the humor and the storyline revolves around Nora’s friendships and family relationships. The rich cast of characters and the developing friendship are what make this book so fun. It isn’t my favorite Molly Harper book but it did not disappoint. Harper is not below acknowledging her other book series, I love it when authors name drop or hint at their other books — and she does that in A Witch’s Handbook. I don’t want to spoil it, but see if you can catch it. Harper is also not below poking fun at Twilight and Edward’s often-times creepy behavior – again, I don’t want to spoil your discovery of this super funny part. There are some not-so-surprising supernatural twists and the ending is what I expected but still, it is very satisfying and rewarding. Sometimes, I just need to slip into a world that will make me laugh, keep me smiling and is definitely sweet and sexy. But I want to do it without roll-my-eyes stereotypes. I prefer to read a book with rich friendships and texture beyond just the heroine and the hot guy she is focused on. Molly Harper delivers that. Paranormal romance is hard for me. I don’t like the trope of the the tiny virgin needing a man and I really don’t like the fated-to-be-mated storyline. I can’t stand scary stalkerish behavior that would be arrested in normal life and I want the storyline to go beyond just the “hero” and the “heroine’s” romance. Molly Harper writes her paranormal romance books without all of that and with so much more. If you want a laugh, a light read then I recommend Molly Harper. It won’t change your life but it will make you smile. To read more of this review and others like it check out Badass Book Reviews

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads Blog rating: B “Iris said you were from Ireland!” Dick exclaimed, the soul of cheerfulness. “I only detect the slightest bit of an accent, but it’s there.” There was a pregnant pause. Andrea clapped a hand over her face. “He’s trying to come up with a good Lucky Charms joke and/or nickname.” “Leprechauns are also an option,” Jane told me. I gave the vampire my sweetest smile. “Mr. Cheney, are you interested in a debilitating crotch injury?” He shook his h Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads Blog rating: B “Iris said you were from Ireland!” Dick exclaimed, the soul of cheerfulness. “I only detect the slightest bit of an accent, but it’s there.” There was a pregnant pause. Andrea clapped a hand over her face. “He’s trying to come up with a good Lucky Charms joke and/or nickname.” “Leprechauns are also an option,” Jane told me. I gave the vampire my sweetest smile. “Mr. Cheney, are you interested in a debilitating crotch injury?” He shook his head emphatically. “No.” “Then you should probably keep those jokes to yourself.” Dick beamed at his wife. “I like her.” Nola is a witch who’s tasked with coming to Half-Moon Hollow to find four items that she’s to use to keep a curse on their family’s enemy intact. She knows her late grandfather had the artifacts last and now Nola has to try to find a way to search her grandfather’s bookstore that’s now run by Jane Jameson. Nola has a deadline to meet so she gets right down to business and talks her way into Jane’s bookstore and life. This book was so much fun. It has great humor and banter between all the characters. It’s light hearted, and as with previous Molly Harper books, I love the interactions between all the characters. Be it between Nola and her potential hero Jed, Nola with Jane and Andrea, or Nola with Dick (who’s hilarious) the characters all come to life on page and it’s like reading about old friends. Nola is a quirky heroine, who’s also a witch with powers that she can’t always control. She meets her neighbor Jed in a funny, completely embarrassing way. Both Nola and Jed keep secrets about themselves that cause a little angst when they come out, especially regarding Jed. There is a twist with Jed that I liked as it ended up being a little different from what I was led to believe and I like being surprised. Their romance felt like it was on the back burner though. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I wanted to see them together more as a couple throughout the book. They sort of fell together and that was that. Sure, they have a few bumps along the way, but their relationship was certainly not front and center. One of the best surprises about this story was all the Jane and Andrea page time that’s included. I love these two and not only them, I was glad to see all of the past characters from the Jane Jameson series show up and play strong supporting roles. Nola’s relationship with Dick was hysterical, actually his actions around Nola were the best and a little creepy to Nola until she found out a few facts about dear Dick. Even with a romance that left me wanting more, I really enjoyed getting to know Nola and going along for the ride with her on her artifact finding mission. It’s a fun ride and I can’t wait to go back to Half Moon Hollow for more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This was a fun romp and has Harper's signature blend of snark, wit, and heart. Since that's exactly what I was looking for, I was very pleased with the results. I actually wasn't that engaged with the heroine, Nola. I'm not sure what it was that kept me from empathizing with her more—I just didn't buy her plight, I suppose, and had a hard time taking her family seriously. I mean, the setup of dueling witch families is fine as a backdrop but it doesn't hold up well (as presented) under scrutiny. T This was a fun romp and has Harper's signature blend of snark, wit, and heart. Since that's exactly what I was looking for, I was very pleased with the results. I actually wasn't that engaged with the heroine, Nola. I'm not sure what it was that kept me from empathizing with her more—I just didn't buy her plight, I suppose, and had a hard time taking her family seriously. I mean, the setup of dueling witch families is fine as a backdrop but it doesn't hold up well (as presented) under scrutiny. This is particularly true of the weird "artifacts" that Nola must find. It's kind of a lame quest for a modern tale. And I've never had much sympathy for those paranormal folks who "just want to be normal". Normal is boring, which is why we read books about the extraordinary in the first place. Duh. On the other hand, I wanted to pack Jed up and take him home with me. He's nine kinds of the best Cajun spice wrapped up in a pretty package. He has his flaws, true, and his less trustworthy moments, but by the end, he's just adorable. In the end, I enjoyed the book quite a lot simply on the strength of Harper's built-in charm, the great setting, and the characters. I might have wanted the perfect main character, but at that point I'm probably just being unreasonably greedy. A note about Audible: Amanda Ronconi is a fantastic narrator and has done all (I think) of Harper's other books. So I was puzzled, at first, that she didn't seem capable of a decent Irish accent. Nola was coming from her family in Ireland and yet, the dialogue had more than a hint of Boston in it (enough so that I actually thought to myself, "huh, that sounds kind of Bostonian"). Well, it turns out that Ronconi is actually supremely talented and that the main character grew up in Boston before moving to Ireland as a teen. I'm not sure if Harper did this on purpose just to see if Ronconi could pull it off, but wow, did she pull it off. I mean, if I were to think of two accents that were diametrically opposed, I'd probably have to pick Irish and Boston. Their Rs alone are practically inverse of each other. You could probably mesh an Irish R with a Boston one and come up with American Standard. So yeah, fantastic performance by Ronconi. Plus, every time Jed opened his mouth I... uh... never mind... A note about Steamy: A light steam level, really. A single explicit scene of about middle length and a little playing around at various points (one of which is pretty early on, but that turns out to be misrepresentative of the whole).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Malinda

    4-4.5 stars This was a really good story. I just love Molly Harper and this was an enjoyable addition to the Half Moon Hollow stories. Nola is a witch from Ireland that's been sent to Half Moon Hollow to retrieve some mystical items that are very important. She rents half of a duplex, the other half of which has been rented to Jed. A very handsome man she tries not to flirt with because she has a boyfriend back home. Regardless of this fact, the attraction between them is hot and they both have tr 4-4.5 stars This was a really good story. I just love Molly Harper and this was an enjoyable addition to the Half Moon Hollow stories. Nola is a witch from Ireland that's been sent to Half Moon Hollow to retrieve some mystical items that are very important. She rents half of a duplex, the other half of which has been rented to Jed. A very handsome man she tries not to flirt with because she has a boyfriend back home. Regardless of this fact, the attraction between them is hot and they both have trouble ignoring it. Jed is a good guy. I liked Jed and liked the chemistry between him and Nola and seeing came next between them. Fortunately, Nola does break up with her ex and we get to see things heat up between her and Jed when they end up on a road trip together. To start her search Nola contacts Jane and company. Fortunately they get along well and Jane and friends help Nola with her quest to find the items. It's interesting where the items ended up and seeing what Nola has to go through to gather them all up. Unfortunately the search isn't without it's issues. The rival witch clan that's against Nola's family causes problems. Also, Jed does end up having some secrets that cause some issues. Things do get worked out but with difficulty and I liked the way they ended the conflict. It was a good solution. I really enjoyed this book. I was very happy to see Nola and Jed together in the end (view spoiler)[My only real complain with the way the book ended was that Jed and Nola went back to Ireland...that means no Nola and Jed in future books unless someone is visiting. A little disappointing but nothing that ruins the book or anything. (hide spoiler)] . This was a very good book and addition to the Half Moon Hollow series. I'd recommend it. :D *Note - I listened to the audiobook version of this book. Nola was supposed to have a Boston/Irish accept. Amanda Ronconi did a great job on this. I wouldn't usually expect a combo accept like that to be pulled off so well but Amanda did a great job with the accent. I could hear both the Bostonian accept and the Irish. Very well narrated. 10/20/15 - I just finished a reread of this book and I still really liked the story and characters. :D

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss I have come to the conclusion that one never knows what exactly they are going to get when they pick up a Molly Harper book to read and that is what makes her books so enjoyable. In this one, we were introduced to the fact that not only were there Vampires and Werewolves in her world, but also Witch’s – which as far as I know, have not been introduced before (but I haven’t read all of the Jane Jameson books, so maybe I am missing something). This bo Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss I have come to the conclusion that one never knows what exactly they are going to get when they pick up a Molly Harper book to read and that is what makes her books so enjoyable. In this one, we were introduced to the fact that not only were there Vampires and Werewolves in her world, but also Witch’s – which as far as I know, have not been introduced before (but I haven’t read all of the Jane Jameson books, so maybe I am missing something). This book also marks the second in her spin-off series, Half-Moon Hollow (although, there is also a .5 book in the mix – so does this make it truely book 2, or maybe it should be book 3…). Anyways…she will be continuing on my auto-buy list in the future. In this installment, we meet Nora, an Irish witch – who has come to Half-Moon Hollow to find several artifacts that will help her family seduce their magic and the power over a rival family for another generation. And as it always seems to be, this rival family and Nora’s has been in a feud for generations, but from the sounds of it, no one really remembers the who/how/why of it coming to be… Witch’s Handbook was filled with the typical Molly Harper snark – where you about pee your pants laughing at a random comment, and then before you can stop, another one hits you and it just keeps on rolling through. Although, admittedly, I didn’t find as many quotable quotes in this one, as I have in previous ones. It was funny without being highly memorable (if that makes sense). I loved both Nora and Jed as characters and am definately looking forward to reading more books with them in the future. It was also nice to see Jane and her cohort. Although, I will warn you, there are spoilers for later books in the Jane Jameson series (if you are like me and are pitifully behind on those)…so don’t say I didn’t warn you. But it isn’t like they are needed to enjoy the book, rather, they just add to the world-building. Overall, I’d give this a strong 3.5, but rounding up to 4. But I would warn about drinking while reading – you may cause damage to your book, kindle or other e-reader.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Nola Leary must leave her home in Ireland to retrieve four extremely important magical items for her family. These items were entrusted to the man that fathered her mother, but is unaware of the family he left behind. This man, Mr. Wainwright and Nola’s grandfather, has recently passed away leaving his book store in a remote Kentucky town to vampire friends. The store was in disarray and when it was cleaned out it seems the artifacts all have gone missing. Now Nola must track down where they all Nola Leary must leave her home in Ireland to retrieve four extremely important magical items for her family. These items were entrusted to the man that fathered her mother, but is unaware of the family he left behind. This man, Mr. Wainwright and Nola’s grandfather, has recently passed away leaving his book store in a remote Kentucky town to vampire friends. The store was in disarray and when it was cleaned out it seems the artifacts all have gone missing. Now Nola must track down where they all went. Making unlikely and new friends along the way, Nola starts a journey of self discovery...learning more about herself and her abilities as a witch. Nola’s mission will change her life forever and if she doesn’t succeed her family’s magical legacy just may be destroyed. This was a highly entertaining story. Nola’s smart cracking personality had me laughing too many times to count. I especially enjoyed Nola’s difficulties and interactions with her abnormally gorgeous neighbor Jed. The romantic encounters were combustible. The characters were absolutely charming. The mystery and search for the artifacts entertaining. A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses was purely a fun, refreshing and enjoyable read. This ARC copy of A Witch's Handbook of Kisses Curses was given to me by Edelweiss and Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date May 28, 2013.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alana ~ The Book Pimp

    I'd even bump the rating up to a 4½♥ level, simply because of Amanda Ronconi's narration. She just rocks my audio book world, and especially bring Molly Harper's books to life! I had a little Half Moon Hollow marathon there, so I listened to Driving Mr. Dead and The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires right before. I have to admit, of the 'bunch', I prefer Driving Mr. Dead, and it was the shortest among them. But I'm always game for a snarky witch with a neighbor that seems to be allergic to wear I'd even bump the rating up to a 4½♥ level, simply because of Amanda Ronconi's narration. She just rocks my audio book world, and especially bring Molly Harper's books to life! I had a little Half Moon Hollow marathon there, so I listened to Driving Mr. Dead and The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires right before. I have to admit, of the 'bunch', I prefer Driving Mr. Dead, and it was the shortest among them. But I'm always game for a snarky witch with a neighbor that seems to be allergic to wearing shirts. Not an absolute all-time favorite, but definitely one that will be listened to again when I just need something 'fun'. *Audiobook

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    3.5 Stars! Took a while to get off the ground, but once it did...it was pretty good! This was a little more serious in nature than some of the other books in Molly Harper's series, so it didn't quite grab me at first. But then as is the way with most of MH's books, the 'magic' kicked in and I enjoyed it! It was all the characters from the other books, that reside in Half-Moon Hollow, that made this read for me. One of the issues I had was with Jed's problem and what he really was, or what his dile 3.5 Stars! Took a while to get off the ground, but once it did...it was pretty good! This was a little more serious in nature than some of the other books in Molly Harper's series, so it didn't quite grab me at first. But then as is the way with most of MH's books, the 'magic' kicked in and I enjoyed it! It was all the characters from the other books, that reside in Half-Moon Hollow, that made this read for me. One of the issues I had was with Jed's problem and what he really was, or what his dilemma was. Didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I know it was all explained, but I guess I just didn't buy it. Not one of my favorites by MH, but still worth a read/listen, especially with Amanda Ronconi narrating.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Desi

    This was a slow boil type of book. Not much happens. I don't think it ever 'boiled' actually, even at the climax. The odd laugh here and there. It seemed more like a book written as a roundabout way to check in with characters from previous books, who are already loved by readers, than a tale belonging to its main character. Who was rather mild, bordering on boring for a witch, now that I mention it. I didn't really feel invested in her plight. Jed was pretty 'meh' too. Aside from that, the writ This was a slow boil type of book. Not much happens. I don't think it ever 'boiled' actually, even at the climax. The odd laugh here and there. It seemed more like a book written as a roundabout way to check in with characters from previous books, who are already loved by readers, than a tale belonging to its main character. Who was rather mild, bordering on boring for a witch, now that I mention it. I didn't really feel invested in her plight. Jed was pretty 'meh' too. Aside from that, the writing flowed well enough. Cute and inoffensive overall I guess.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deanie Nelder

    In order to save her family's magical legacy, Irish witch Nola Leary has to cross an ocean to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to find four magical objects her grandmother entrusted to her grandfather -- a man Nola's never met. Molly Harper is great at supernatural rom-com, though I think this might have been better if I'd read the previous Jane Jameson and Half-Moon Hollow books (I've read some, but not all). Parts got a little confusing. But otherwise, our heroine Nola has a lot of chemistry with he In order to save her family's magical legacy, Irish witch Nola Leary has to cross an ocean to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to find four magical objects her grandmother entrusted to her grandfather -- a man Nola's never met. Molly Harper is great at supernatural rom-com, though I think this might have been better if I'd read the previous Jane Jameson and Half-Moon Hollow books (I've read some, but not all). Parts got a little confusing. But otherwise, our heroine Nola has a lot of chemistry with her heroic neighbor Jed, and I do really love the family relationship Nola develops with her vampire ancestor and new friends.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    2.5 stars I'm sorry to say, I didn't love this book as much as the other Molly Harper books I've read. In fact this is my least favourite of them all so far. The story was a bit thin, the love story was all tell no show and I didn't really warm to the characters. The beats of the romance were really awkward, and the surprise villain at the end was a bit cliché. It wasn't a bad book, but it's really not a good book either. There are some funny bits and old friends from previous books and those wer 2.5 stars I'm sorry to say, I didn't love this book as much as the other Molly Harper books I've read. In fact this is my least favourite of them all so far. The story was a bit thin, the love story was all tell no show and I didn't really warm to the characters. The beats of the romance were really awkward, and the surprise villain at the end was a bit cliché. It wasn't a bad book, but it's really not a good book either. There are some funny bits and old friends from previous books and those were a reason enough to keep reading it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Frances

    Another enjoyable entry into this series! Fun plot, likeable leads, awesome fun times with Jane and her beloved gang, and just excellent escapism. Definitely recommend this series to paranormal romance fans and listening to it is a must!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Feminista

    Rating: 4 out of 5 A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper Nola Leary, a strong witch, healer and leader of a clan in Ireland, travels to USA to find four artefacts that are involved in their feud against another clan. On this journey that she meets her great-great-great times-a-couple grandfather, Jane Jameson from another Molly Harper series, and several other great people, but most importantly of all, she meets Jed. Sweet, funny, sexy Jed who is a great cook and so taken by Nola Rating: 4 out of 5 A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper Nola Leary, a strong witch, healer and leader of a clan in Ireland, travels to USA to find four artefacts that are involved in their feud against another clan. On this journey that she meets her great-great-great times-a-couple grandfather, Jane Jameson from another Molly Harper series, and several other great people, but most importantly of all, she meets Jed. Sweet, funny, sexy Jed who is a great cook and so taken by Nola that it’s endearing. What I loved most about this novel was its sweet paranormal romance. After reading about disappointing couples in contemporary novels, it actually felt nice to read about a pair, whose interactions are sweet and who didn’t feel the need to jump in bed on their first encounter. About half way through the book, there is a sweet moment when she is like to him, you are so pretty. I melted. I love it when girls compliment/sweet-talk their men. Man, we girls need to do it more often!!! It was also refreshing to read about them sweet talking in bed, rather than dirty talking. I mean, good dirty talking is nice to read, but it’s become such a trend that in the majority of the romance novel I read these days, the couples do nothing but dirty talk and try to dominate one another. It’s like they have forgotten to be playful and giggle about little things while getting it on. Anyways, other than that, I loved how Molly Harper infused humour throughout her story. I loved her secondary characters, of course some of these secondary characters are the primary characters in her other novels, but it is obvious that those characters are well-developed. However, this being my first book of Molly Harper’s I was a bit confused at first with what happening with the paranormal-cy, whether it was a closed or open world and so on. But as the book started to focus more on Nola and Jed, that ambiguity didn’t matter. If Molly Harper usually writes like this and manages to develop her characters well, such as she did in this instance - even in a stand-alone novel, I will definitely enjoy her other paranormal series. But just so I understand what’s happening a bit better, I shall start with the Jane Jameson series first. ARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Simon and Shuster.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I freak’n adore Molly Harper! She is on my auto-buy list for a reason. I count on Molly Harper to make me laugh every time I pick up one of her books not a fail. This is the reason I read Molly Harper! With this book I got exactly what I expected, a fun, light humorous book that I didn’t want to put down. The Half Moon Hollow crew is back in this book in their supporting roles. You can count on Jane and crew to make you laugh, in this book we have newcomer to the crew Nola. She is on a task to f I freak’n adore Molly Harper! She is on my auto-buy list for a reason. I count on Molly Harper to make me laugh every time I pick up one of her books not a fail. This is the reason I read Molly Harper! With this book I got exactly what I expected, a fun, light humorous book that I didn’t want to put down. The Half Moon Hollow crew is back in this book in their supporting roles. You can count on Jane and crew to make you laugh, in this book we have newcomer to the crew Nola. She is on a task to find her families artifacts, if she fails, her entire family may lose their magic. Nola, has never been a big practitioner of her own magic but that doesn’t mean that she wants her family to lose their magic, their entire village in Ireland counts on it. Back in Ireland Nola is the most practical of her family; I like that in this book she loses a bit of that out of necessity. Her task in general is a bit crazy so she has to go outside her comfort zone quite a bit to reach her goal. Back home, she has a straight laced boring boyfriend. In Half Moon Hollow she has a gorgeous neighbor that tempts her more then he ought to, especially since she has a perfectly lovely boyfriend back home, or is he? While in Half Moon Hollow, things start falling apart between her and her man. And honestly you can’t even dredge up and remorse for that, not with Jed next door! Jed, is muscled, sexy and good with power tools! Plus he is a savior of small marsupials. I mean really how can you turn that down, for boring? Lola starts asking herself that question on a regular basis. The romance in the story is a bit slow to start, for a while I was wondering if it was going to happen at all. However, that didn’t really detract from the story for me. I don’t necessarily pick up Molly Harper for the romance, although it is a nice benefit. I pick up Molly Harper because I want to laugh uproariously and that mission was accomplished with this book. I consider that a win! While this book is light on the romance it in heavy on the laughs. So if you want to laugh, pick this one up! *This book was provided to me through Edelweiss for an honest review. No other compensation was provided. Rating: 4.5

  25. 5 out of 5

    SoBeA

    3 stars: Now to be fair, I'm not much of a 'witch' fan, there are a few exceptions, but usually I skip 'em, but the synopsis lulled me in...so just bear that in mind. So Quickly my issues: the first half is slow, in particular on the romance front. I almost abandoned it altogether. The hero is a Total beta...if done well, this is something i don't usually take issue with, but for me, it just didn't work with Jed (yes, that is the H's name) which leads me to: the whole story is from the h's point of 3 stars: Now to be fair, I'm not much of a 'witch' fan, there are a few exceptions, but usually I skip 'em, but the synopsis lulled me in...so just bear that in mind. So Quickly my issues: the first half is slow, in particular on the romance front. I almost abandoned it altogether. The hero is a Total beta...if done well, this is something i don't usually take issue with, but for me, it just didn't work with Jed (yes, that is the H's name) which leads me to: the whole story is from the h's point of view....I've gotten to the point where this doesn't bug me as often as it used to, BUT, this time, i think his view point would have made it a lot easier for me to like him, and the rest of the story to boot. and the humor: It got a few laugh right out loud moments from me, but they were few and far between. Also, and this is really a technicality, but this is a secret baby book. Granted the h, was the secret baby, but i found myself so freaking mad at her grandmother for playing the 'I-know-best' game, and not even bothering to tell the father of her kid that he helped to create a freaking life. oh and for a pnr, there's really very little world building, IMO. Now granted this is the second book in the series, and I didn't read the first, nor the series featuring Jane Jameson (who appears quite a bit in this book) so that could have been why, but as those two, IIRC, are both Vampire related rather then Witchy, i figured I'd be okay. (I was wrong). So yeah, 3 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    After the death of her grandmother, Nola becomes the head of her coven of witches. Her first duty is to travel from Ireland to Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky and retrieve four magical items –– talismans that contain the power to bind their arch rivals, a coven of witches who would use their powers for evil. On arrival she literally runs into Jed, her enigmatic neighbor who goes to ridiculous lengths to avoid being outside when the moon is out. He's hiding something but exactly what it is she can't q After the death of her grandmother, Nola becomes the head of her coven of witches. Her first duty is to travel from Ireland to Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky and retrieve four magical items –– talismans that contain the power to bind their arch rivals, a coven of witches who would use their powers for evil. On arrival she literally runs into Jed, her enigmatic neighbor who goes to ridiculous lengths to avoid being outside when the moon is out. He's hiding something but exactly what it is she can't quite figure out. Molly Harper returns to Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky for what I think must be the sixth or seventh novel. I honestly have no idea how she does it. This series should be getting tired but once again she manages to deliver a book enthralls from beginning to end with a very healthy dose of Molly Harper's trademark snark. Many thanks to Edelweiss and Pocket Books for providing me with this ARC

  27. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    You always know what you're getting when you pick up a book from Molly Harper... And this book was just that a book filled with Fantastic funny characters that you would love to meet... Nola is a witch sent to Half moon hollow to retrieve some family heirlooms, there she meets some familiar and new characters.Jeb her hot next-door neighbor who will eventually become her love interest... Jane Jamison and all her friends, and that was a treat for me and will be for any buddy who is a fan of these b You always know what you're getting when you pick up a book from Molly Harper... And this book was just that a book filled with Fantastic funny characters that you would love to meet... Nola is a witch sent to Half moon hollow to retrieve some family heirlooms, there she meets some familiar and new characters.Jeb her hot next-door neighbor who will eventually become her love interest... Jane Jamison and all her friends, and that was a treat for me and will be for any buddy who is a fan of these books.... The plot wasn't overwhelming or all that exciting, but as always in these books it's more about the characters, and I really did enjoy the love story in this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elise-Pinterest+Goodreads=The Perfect Book Boyfriend

    Redeemed!! After reading the last book in the series, I almost gave up hope. I decided to give it one more try. I am so glad I did. This book is humorous and I really enjoyed the story line. The book and the first makes the second feel as if it were written by a different author. I would loan this book to a friend. TTFN-Elise

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel- Goodbye Borders

    In this one, we meet Nola, a 1/2 Irish witch. I had a hard time imagining her accent (part Irish & Boston). She was not wholly embracing of her abilities and seemed to want to be more normal, but (happily) by the end she was more comfortable in her own skin. I loved that Jane, Andrea, Dick, and Gabriel were in this one. Enjoyed this one!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Berls

    Loved seeing so much of the gang! The twist was a real surprise! And Amanda Ronconi nailed the Bostonian/Irish accent!

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