Review: A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half-Moon Hollow #2) by Molly Harper

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A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses Book Cover A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses
Half-Moon Hollow #2
Molly Harper
Paranormal Romance
Pocket Books
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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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

4 comments on “Review: A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half-Moon Hollow #2) by Molly Harper

  1. I’m not a huge fan of Harper’s romances. I like the stories more for the humor and fun characters. The romance and even the “suspense” is secondary for me. I’m in it for the laughs. 😀
    Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons recently posted…Becoming Dragon Audiobook by Eve Langlais (REVIEW)My Profile

    • I agree with you. I’m into this for the humor. The romance and everything else comes second. Thank’s for stopping in. ^_^

  2. I enjoyed some of her old books but I haven’t tried the new ones I confess but maybe one day…
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    • I took a break from the series, but now this year I’m trying to get caught up on several series and older books. They are funny and enjoyable. Thank’s for stopping in.