A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper
(Romantic Times Book Reviews Paranormal Romance Top Pick June 1913)
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 the latest spin-off from Harper’s Nice Girls Series. Set between Ireland and Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky – Harper does a wonderful job of introducing new readers to her Nice Girls characters while keeping the new story moving forward. The story is told from Nora Leary’s perspective adding a dry Irish wit to the lines.. Smart funny dialog, quirky characters and meandering plot lines combine for a delightful paranormal happy ending. Not UF in the slightest but still miles apart from the typical schmaltzy PNR tripe, the story has enough mystery elements and villainous double agents to feel unique. A WITCH’S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES resembles a witches’s version of The Hatfields and The McCoys.
This novel is a perfect break from jacked-up alpha males, overly violent fight scenes, romantic scenes that rival hard core porn, and heroines who are seemingly bubble heads. A WITCH’S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES is a funny romp through the paranormal country side.