May 8, 2014

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Anne Reviews: Slightly Spellbound by Kimberly Frost (Southern Witch #4) plus giveaway

slightlyspellbound6 stars

Urban Fantasy
May 6 2014
Mass Market Paperback
320 pages
Berkley
Received from publisher

Kick Ass Chick – Tamara Jo Trask

From Goodreads –
With two kinds of magick at odds inside her and two gorgeous men vying for her attention, Tammy Jo Trask is used to being pulled in opposite directions. But in the latest Southern Witch novel she’ll have to make some serious decisions—like how she intends to stay alive.

Tammy Jo’s romance with the wizard Bryn Lyons is on hold while her ex-husband is in town trying to remind her of the good old days. Choosing between them isn’t easy, and it doesn’t help that a skeletal creature is spying on her, a faery knight is hunting her, and she just made friends with Evangeline Rhodes—a rich witch who thinks her own family is trying to kill her.

When Evangeline disappears under suspicious circumstances, Tammy Jo is determined to find out what happened. As she uncovers a secret more dangerous—and personal—than she could have imagined, she also discovers that, in both love and magic, you can’t stay neutral forever.

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I am reading the best books lately! This is another example where the series was new to me, so I started by reading the previous three books. I thought the first book was good, kind of funny and quirky. So I went on reading. I’m so glad I did! These books make me laugh, care about the characters and want more.

Slightly Spellbound is the fourth book in Kimberly Frost’s Southern Witch series. It was published May 6th, following a THREE year wait after book 3. I can tell you now, I would have DIED if I had been waiting three years. Book 3, Halfway Hexed, is also a 5 star book. So good. This is an urban fantasy series with a long romance. There is a love triangle with Bryn, Tamara and Zach. Let me just say I am totally Team Bryn, and have been from the beginning.

Tamara reminds me a bit of Sookie Stackhouse as she is southern, has some supernatural ancestry but thinks she’s just a normal girl. There are also relatives who are out of touch and haven’t been completely truthful. They both have some righteous integrity about saving lives and not killing people. The setting for both series is a small town with quirky characters, some of whom are clueless about the supernatural shenanigans. Tamara comes from a family of witches but hasn’t believed she had any powers herself. She is an awesome pastry chef. She’s smart, caring and a bit wacky.

Zach is her ex-husband; they were childhood sweethearts. He is a police officer and doesn’t believe in anything supernatural. Zach didn’t believe Tamara or support her, in fact he sent her to a therapist and thought about having her committed for mental problems! He does love her, but in such an old school, ”I’m in charge” asshole way. But he’s finally “growing up.” Tamara has a long history with Zach; she loves him and trusts him.

Bryn is a wizard and a few years older than Tamara and Zach. He is a lawyer, smart, knowledgeable, powerful, sexy and SO patient. He’s also whipped LOL. It’s charming to see a guy with money and power who could have anyone, and he loves Tamara (trouble with a capital T). Bryn always totally believes in her, and helps Tamara in her plans, even to his own detriment. He knows what he wants and isn’t ashamed or afraid of how he feels. Bryn rhymes with sin, for a reason! He is mmmmm delicious! Bryn is new, exciting and Tamara isn’t sure about trusting him since her family doesn’t.

By this fourth book, Tamara is learning more about herself and her capabilities. She is also making decisions about the men in her life. The scenes with her men, are much better than some series, since each couple actually spends time together, has some intimate conversations, and helps each other. I hope this series stays interesting with the characters and relationships and doesn’t go off into ridiculous plots and too many lovers or waffling about who will be her man. At this point, it is on track and I’m LOVING it.

In each book there is some magical evil which has to be fought. In Slightly Spellbound, Zach has just come back from supernatural law enforcement training, since he finally believes in the supernatural . In all four books, Tamara works with Bryn to protect their town from supernatural disasters and evil.

Slightly Spellbound could end at a nice place, the foes have been vanquished, it’s Christmas and two of Tamara’s relatives are back in town, but no. The last two chapters bring on a whole new shocking situation, which won’t be addressed until the next book. It’s not exactly a cliffhanger but the stage is set for the next book which won’t be available soon enough! (tomorrow?! No. May 2015!!) I recommend you get ready by reading the first four books now.

5plus stars

Giggle-worthy quotes –
“I’m going to consult some witches’ books. Not that I have many here to consult. But I’m not going to Bryn’s house. I’ve made it twelve whole days without sleeping with him, and no scary skeleton in a tree is going to send me to Seduction Central now that Bryn’s big case is finally over.”

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“We’re not going to get carried away. If anything, you’re in trouble with me.”
“Am I?” he asked.
“I’ve warned you a bunch of times to stop doing things to make me fall more in love with you, but you just don’t listen.”
He smiled. “Yeah, me treating you well, it’s a problem.’

Books in the Southern Witch series –
Would-be Witch
Barely Bewitched
Halfway Hexed
Slightly Spellbound
Casually Cursed (May 2015 !!!!!)

Penguin is offering TWO copies of Slightly Spellbound to two lucky winners. Simply leave a comment below by Tuesday May 13th 11:59pm EST and you’re entered. Giveaway open in the US only. Good luck!

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  1. Northwoman says:

    I loved this book so much. I want everyone to read it.

  2. I skipped the review a little bit because I’m waiting for the book but I’m glad to see you enjoyed it so much. I loved the series but it’s been a while and I’m a little anxious. Now I’m glad to see I shouldn’t be. Can’t wait to read it!

  3. Obviously not entering but you totally make me want to read this series now. Honestly, it wasn’t even on my radar before this!

  4. Janessa says:

    I love this series! I have been reading this series since 2009! I was so happy to hear additional books were going to be published. I literally stayed up all night to read it the first night. I appreciate the small town atmosphere of the series. I believe this series is considerably better written than the Sookie series. Each book has built upon the previous plots. Tammi Jo’s character is getting stronger with each book. I would highly recommend this series. I will impatiently wait for Casually Cursed.

  5. this series sounds awesome!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Barbara Elness says:

    I haven’t started this series yet, but I’ve been meaning to since it sounds like a fantastic one. I guess I better get started, since there are already four books I need to read.

  7. OMG! I totally didn’t know this book was released. I read the other three books years ago and enjoyed them so much. It’s a great series. I’m also TeamBryn.

  8. Northwoman says:

    Melliane – Glad I could help!

    Janessa – Yes, I think it is much better.

    Melliane, Janessa and Bonnie G. – So happy to find others who love this series.

    erinf1 and Barbara – yes! You need to read them now! As you can see by the quotes I picked, I love the romance and the funny.

    Julie – It is only fair. I have been busy trying to read all the books you review for YEARS.

  9. Awesome review Anne, I do have the first book, so I will read it soon. This sounds just so good! And that ex, hmm, where is a bus so he can be driven over?

  10. Northwoman says:

    aurian – It is SO good. I would volunteer to drive the bus but really, I’m too busy drooling over Bryn.

  11. Interesting sounding series

  12. I started this series after I met Kimberly Frost at an author reading/signing years ago. That was just after the third book came out, so I’ve been waiting FOREVER for a new book! But since Kimberly Frost’s day job is like an ER Doc (or something just as important), she’s forgiven. It’s a really cute series that never seems to take itself too seriously. Bryn has always been my favorite man, too!

  13. Oh, btw, I don’t need to be entered to win as I already have all the books. 🙂

  14. bn100- It is interesting and I love the humor.

    Lizzie Dee – As I said, I would have DIED since I didn’t wait even 5 minutes! And now a year until the next one. I understand why and a year is certainly more reasonable. How lucky to meet her! I love the interviews I read about her.

  15. I’ve got the first two books on my massive TBR mountain and haven’t read them – I’m not sure why, I think they just got buried. Will definitely dig them out. This sounds like a series that I would really like.

  16. Diane Sallans says:

    I haven’t read a book about witches in a while, but I watched ‘Practical Magic’ the other night so now I’m in a witchy mood!

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