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"Fantastically funny debut of magic gone wrong!"

Pastry chef Tammy Jo Trask is not very fond of her current customer, Jenna Reitgarten; to begin with, the fact Jenna is arguing with her over the two cakes she made is not helping. After Jenna calls Tammy Jo's boss to complain, Tammy Jo has enough of caving in to the woman and quits. Driving home, Edie—the family ghost—appears and causes Tammy Jo to hit a car. Naturally, her ex-husband Deputy Zach just happens to be at the scene and ends up taking Tammy Jo home. The relationship between Zach and Tammy Jo is a strange one. Even though they're divorced, they're still in love and lovers. Of course, the fact Tammy Jo is descended from a line of witches may be part of the reason why they're divorced now. See Zach never did believe Tammy Jo could see Edie. He even went so far as to send Tammy Jo to a shrink. But in the small town of Duvall, Texas, it's pretty hard to avoid anyone. Unfortunately for Tammy Jo—and lucky for anyone who irritates her—Tammy Jo cannot access her magic. She's never been able to get even a simple spell to work out right.

At the Halloween party her best friend gives, Tammy Jo runs into none other than Bryn Lyons—rich, handsome and on the have-nothing-to-do-with list—who is obviously very interested in her. With her mother and aunt both gone, Tammy Jo can't ask them why the Lyons are on that list. Everyone is having a good time when some masked burglars show up. Everyone thinks they're just part of the entertainment and gives them their valuables. Unfortunately, the burglars were real and they took the locket—which houses Edie's soul—Tammy Jo was wearing. When Bryn offers to help Tammy Jo retrieve her locket, she is instantly suspicious but feels she has no choice but to take him up on his offer.

Bryn shows up at her house with a gift—a cat. Against Tammy Jo's best efforts to ditch the cat, turns out he's decided to stay with her. His name is Mercutio and he's still a kitten. Naturally, Mercutio doesn't get along all that great with Zach.

Will Tammy Jo be able to find her locket before Edie is lost to her forever? Will she ever be able to access her magic? Is there any reason behind Bryn's attraction to Tammy Jo? Will they be able to work together to get Tammy Jo's locket back? And where does Zack fit into this? Will he stand aside for Tammy Jo to get involved with Bryn?

WOULD-BE WITCH is one heck of a debut from Kimberly Frost. From one misadventure to the next, I was kept turning pages to find out how everything was resolved in the end. We have everything from ghosts and zombies to a merman and werewolves in this story. And how Tammy Jo managed to end up going from the frying pan into the fire kept me laughing all the way through the story. This is definitely an excellent read, and for a debut, it's nothing less than fantastic. This is one author I've added to my auto-buy list and I intend to watch her releases very closely in the future. I sure don't want to miss what further misadventures Tammy Jo becomes involved in. I very highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good paranormal read.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted February 4, 2009

SUMMARY

Nothing more embarrassing than malfunctioning magic.

In the small town of Duvall, Texas, the only thing more troublesome than gossip — is magic.

The family magic seems to have skipped Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets in the way of the supernatural are a few untimely visits from the long dead, smart-mouthed family ghost, Edie. But when her locket—an heirloom that happens to hold Edie's soul—is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it's time for Tammy to find her inner witch.

After a few experiences in dysfunctional magic, Tammy turns to the only one who can help; the very rich and highly magical, Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers-and a 007 savoir faire to boot-but the locket isn't the only heirloom passed down in Tammy's family. She also inherited a warning...to stay away from anyone named Lyons.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Would-Be Witch
(Southern Witch: Book 1)
by Kimberly Frost

Berkley Pub Group
February 1, 2009
Available: February 3, 2009
ISBN #0425225771
EAN #9780425225776
304 pages
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