Of course sometimes she really should let someone else be the strong one and just let her feelings show. Like many women, she has had bad relationships and so is scared of falling in love and she pushes most guys away. Despite the danger, Mona, keeps going. She puts everyone else before herself and tries to help them with their problems. Adam is my idea of the dream guy. Well, maybe except that he turns furry during the full moon. He is also so nice and loyal to a fault. I am actually shocked at Mona that her relationship with Adam did not develop faster.
What woman could resist a man like that who wants to protect her with his life? The nice thing is that Harlow did not rush their relationship. It was a slow build that was actually believable. Their mother showed up with them one day and the next day she was gone and she had left them behind with Mona. Sophie is ten years old and the oldest. She acts older than her years sometimes and knows things about black magic that no little girl should.
The other niece is Cora; she is six years old and the complete opposite of her sister. Where Sophie is quiet and withdrawn Cora is bubbly and seems to always be talking. Sophie has a hard time warming up to people and even when she does she has a hard time showing it. Cora on the other hand seems to love everyone. When you put these two girls together you get trouble. It turns out that their Mom was teaching them black magic and they used it on someone. The problem with this is that it means whoever wants Mona dead is most likely a relative. Harlow did many things that strengthened the book.
For example, the family tree in the beginning. It helps you know who is going to play a role in the story, at least among the witches in the story. I also liked how she has a to-do-list for each day to show just how much Mona really does have to do during a day. The funny part is that most days Mona does not stick with her to-do-list or even when she does she never seems to have time to finish everything she needs to do. This story should be a must read for adults who are into witches and werewolves. Even if you do not read this type of story usually give it a chance. I did and I truly enjoyed reading it.
I sit up straight in bed, every one of my nerve endings buzzing with warning. There are goose pimples all over and the hair on my arms stand on end. I am beyond in trouble. I leap out of bed and run to the door. Both girls stand in the hallway, Cora clutching onto her shaking sister. The door across from me swings open, and we almost pee our pants. Adam steps out, hair wild from sleep. Dec 08, M. Highly enjoyable read which is quite well-written and entertaining in terms of plot and characterisation.
The romance was also well-written and not a terrible cliche even if generally speaking you knew what was going to happen. The main character was cool and I liked reading about her. I read this in one day and it's too bad that the next books in the series aren't about her, but it makes sense since it felt finished.
Apr 05, Kylara Jensen rated it it was ok Shelves: The premise just sounds so fun. I thought this book was going to have more of an urban fantasy feel, but this book actually falls firmly under the paranormal romance with a smidge of mystery category. Smidge is apparently not a real word, but it feels right so I'm sticking to it. I like that the main girl is an older woman who is raising her 2. I like that the main girl is an older woman who is raising her sister's kids and that she is smart and capable.
That aspect is done well. The big BIG turn off in this book is the narrative voice.
This book is told in first person pov from the main girl and it is not done well. She is over-descriptive, redundant and her repeated use of the word literally was driving me crazy! Seriously in just the first ten pages she has to drive "all the way across town" and it takes her ten minutes ten minutes, what a big town and on the way she describes people and places she passes.
She is on her way to the hospital. Why is she taking so much time to think about all these people in such great detail. It gets better as the book goes on, but not bby much. It's like she's striving for that tongue in cheek gumshoe commentary, but failing miserably and instead of being funny it's the kind of thing that would earn a pity laugh. And oh my gosh! I am not even kidding when I say the word literally was used like 5 times within the first 5 chapters.
Sometimes with in a page of each other. My jaw dropped, literally. It's just not good. Don't say that when in your narration. It's annoying and weird. Also she kept using the word mo-ron.
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Actually it was mo-ron Why is it hyphenated? Why is it italicized? Why does this woman keep calling herself a mo-ron? It was very strange. I also liked the premise of the mystery. Unfortunately it is all very obvious. Two different things are going on- One has to do with the main girl having two suitors and one with someone trying to kill her. Within twenty pages, once both things had been set up I knew exactly what was going on. I knew exactly who was trying to kill her. So it was not really surprising or exciting at the end, but there were a few twists to make it a little entertaining.
A note on the smut: Well I read it aloud to my husband and it was really ridiculous. It was the kind where orgasms are compared to magic sparkles. Ok that was an over exaggeration, but you know what I mean. I don't judge though. Smut is hard to write. Overall this was a fun way to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning, but there is nothing special about this book and I'm sure there are a lot more silly fun paranormal romances much better than this.
But I don't regret reading it or anything Jan 05, Kimberly rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I first requested this book I didn't know what to expect because I'd never heard of the author before and looking at the summary the book reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. There was nothing that I didn't like about the book. I absolutely loved the plot. Finally someone has written a funny, witchy, paranormal mystery novel with a romantic twist that actually doesn't rely on old, When I first requested this book I didn't know what to expect because I'd never heard of the author before and looking at the summary the book reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.
From the first page of the of What's a Witch To Do I was hooked and I read the book all in one shot it was that darn good folks. Mona, the high priestess of the coven in Goodnight, Virginia was a lovely heroine and one that varies from the stereotypical norm. Instead of the buxom supermodel figure that is often presented in this type of read. Instead we have a plus size heroine who is witty, charming and strong and completely lovable despite how hard some people put her down.
The rest of the cast of characters is just as eclectic as Mona. Young and old the book is full of vibrancy when it comes to the population of Goodnight. They're wacky and I absolutely loved them as their craziness helped push the book along. The overall plot was also very good and the mystery aspect of the book was very well thought out and I kept me guessing.
I was really surprised and pleased to find that the author put to much work into writing the mystery into the story because I've found that this genre can be pretty light on the actual mystery factor but there was enough twists and turns to keep me interested until the very end. Plus the romance in the book was just what I wanted. It wasn't the main focus of the book but neither was it swept to the wayside. It was just perfect.
ALPHA reader: 'What's a Witch to Do?' Midnight Magic Mystery #1 byJennifer Harlow
Overall, I loved this book and ever since I finished it I've been recommending it to friends left and right. I hope this isn't the last we'll see of Mona and the witches coven in Goodnight and that Jennifer Harlow turns this into a series. Until then I'll just have to start reading her other series. I would recommend this book to everyone who is a fan of the paranormal romance and mystery novels that are set in a small town and love a quirky mixture of characters.
Especially if you want to laugh your butt off. Mar 15, Stephanie G rated it really liked it Shelves: She owns her own shop, is the high priestess of a coven, and is the care giver for two nieces her sister left on her door step. One night Adam Blue knocks on her door injured.
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She invites the werewolf in and helps him out. He tells her that she is in danger. One of her own coven wants to have her killed. Harlow pulls off romance with ease, maybe even better than her Urban Fantasy series. I call this a cozy mystery, but the truth is I know very little about cozy mystery novels. Usually I do Gothic romances, UF and anything bordering horror. Mona, the main character, leads a life that makes my skin crawl.
She is not only domestic, but also involved in her community, and all around good person. This also adds to the cute humor that runs throughout the novel. Meanwhile the hot doctor Mona has had a crush on seems to be having one back, but she is slowly growing closer to her new werewolf companion.
It snags the reader along with the romance, and the light humor. A demon becomes involved, kicking the tension of the story up a notch. The second half of the novel is more dangerous, and a lot more interesting. The romance never falls into the background, but fits nicely into plot. I have one small negative thing. Mona, for all her good nature, she is a little judgmental of others, especially other women. The romance felt gradual and organic, which is impressive considering what Mona discovers No spoilers for you!
I am excited to see what else comes out of this new series. Through Netgalley for a tour in exchange of an honest review. Mona is a High Priestess of a Witches Coven, she also raises two nieces that her sister left behind with her one night, and puts her jobs and responsibility first — no wonder Mona doesn't really have a personal life. When Adam Blue, a sexy Beta werewolf shows up injured on her doorsteps claiming that someone is out there trying to kill her, Mona ends up saving his life and enlisting him as her body guard.
When the cute doctor suddenly Through Netgalley for a tour in exchange of an honest review. When the cute doctor suddenly fights for her attention and a demon out to get her, Mona teams up with Adam to hunt down the demon and find out the real man for her heart. Touching story, I absolutely enjoyed this book. I picture Mona as an everyday average woman who battles weight issues, but who is also caring, and puts her family and responsibility first ahead of her issues.
She was funny, and entertaining and in a way endearing. Love life does not come easy for Mona and when it starts to get out of control, she has a hard time dealing with it — aside from the fact that someone wants her dead so they can take her High Priestess spot. The whole tone and the language was very amusing in the book and is more for people who are looking for a lighthearted read and are not easily offended as Mona does not hold back on her swearing ; but that's what makes her Mona.
The plot, was amusing and kept me interested in the book. The whole mystery had me guessing, thought about more then half way in I was starting to see what was going on slowly. Aside of that, I loved Mona and Adam and the emotional moments between the two laced with both joy and sadness, enough to keep you completely involved. Both well rounded and realistic characters, I found myself rooting hard for Adam and by the middle of the book I couldn't help but squeal at the big reveal!
But I won't ruin it, you guys will just have to pick this one up yourself and take a journey into Goodnight and join Mona on her epic adventure as she fights demons and keeps the entire Witch's Coven at bay! Oct 07, Stephanie Bookfever rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book! When werewolf Adam Blue shows up beating bloody, claiming that someone wants to kill her, she's forced to suspect friends and family. Together with the sexy werewolf at her side, Mona starts investigating Jennifer Harlow really did a great job with this book.
Especially when characters from that series came in this book and a certain vampire got mentioned. As for Mona as a character I really liked her and the lists she made were so awesome. I also loved her relationship with Adam and how it didn't really came out of the blue pun not intended.
They did know each other for almost two years, although didn't see each other a lot but at least there was the connection. Adam was an amazing hero. I love, love, love, LOVE werewolves and he was just so swoon-worthy and too darn cute with those little girls. I enjoyed reading it so much and never got bored. And I'm definitely looking forward to more in this series and by this author. Not a bad read. I think it started off a bit slow for me, although the pace picked up quickly enough.
I tend to prefer that the characters I read about are strong, independent women with sass, and while Mona is all of those things, she's also sporting a massive inferiority complex and there's a lot of 'ugly duckling' throughout the story. It's tempered well with the strong aspects of her personality, but it did detract from my enjoyment of the story overall.
The mystery itself should have been an Not a bad read. The mystery itself should have been an excellent one but for some reason it was completely predictable to me. I was convinced of the culprit VERY early in the book. But I will give Ms. Harlow kudo's for making me work so hard for vindication. She was able to convince me several times I must be wrong, only to re-convince myself I must be right. It was definitely a roller coaster ride, this plot line. Lots of action too, with the story peaking at several points, something that kept me totally involved in the plot.
The rest of the cast of characters are likeable or seem likeable for a first outing. The oldest niece Sophie? Adam is very likeable and I liked reading the interactions between him and Mona. There's more "romance" in this story than I expected. I expected sexual tension, sex, etc. I liked that this new series will be taking place in the same universe as the F. I look forward to the next book in the series, and finding out where Ms. Harlow intends to take this series.
Mar 20, Andrea Guy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is enough to make me go all fangirly. There is so much to love about it, I just don't know where to start. The cover is fantastic. In fact of all the cozy mysteries I've read this year, this is the cover that I love the most.
She's not a skinny youngun'! Can I get a woo hoo for that? It is nice to know that women out of their 20s are well represented in book and in a real manner. OK, well as real as you can be when the heroine is the High Priestess of a coven. It is no wonder all the women in the book are panting and drooling over this werewolf. The whodunit is not who you think it is. Of course, when is it ever? For a long time you aren't sure which guy is going to get Mona, but at the end you'll be happy with the results.
This was really a great cozy and it closed up the right loose ends and left enough open for the coming books, especially the stuff about Sophie and Cora and their mother, Mona's sister Ivy. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
Mona is a fantastic cozy heroine and I fell in love with her in this book. A great fun story with with a sweet love story too. Vivian and Adam's story was full of danger Adam informs her that someone wants her dead and he is there to protect her. When a demon begins stalking her, Mona has to suspect her coven members, and even her family. With two handsome men and a determined demon after her, Mona teams up with Adam to find out who really wants her dead. Mona McGregor has always put family first. When her mother died, and her father shortly after, she took charge of her younger sisters Debbie and Ivy, practically raising the girls with the help of their Grandmother.
And when Granny died, Mona took over the mantle as High Priestess of her coven. Mona always puts family first and herself second. So the very last thing Mona needs is a knock on her door late one night.
I am a big fan of the cozy mystery subgenre , in which crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. I was invested in Mona McGregor from the moment I realized how much she has sacrificed in her life for family. She practically raised her two younger sisters when she was little more than a child herself.
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