Title: Boy Meets Witch
Author: G.A. Rael
Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours
Harper Adams is a witch on the run–from her past as a faith healer turned accidental arsonist, and from the power she’s kept locked away her whole life. She thinks she’s finally found a place she can settle down and call home in the picturesque town of Cold Creek, Vermont, but a mysterious white cat who may or may not be bent on taking the curvaceous witch’s soul has other plans. Harper’s compassion gets the best of her and earns her an unwanted reputation as the town miracle worker as well as the ire of sexy veterinarian and militant atheist, Darren St. Clair.
Cold Creek’s residents have a few supernatural secrets of their own, and Harper will have to face the destiny that led her to the last place a witch in hiding needs to be–that is, if Darren doesn’t have her chased out of town with a pitchfork-wielding mob before she gets the chance.
Boy Meets Witch by G.A. Rael
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Harper (not her real name) is a witch on the run. She’s landed up in a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and she’s a mystery. Pretty soon rumours start flying, and Harper doesn’t help herself by giving in to her generous nature and refusing to leave well alone when someone is in need – be it an injured cat or a dying father. For a girl trying to lay low, this sort of notoriety is so not what she needs.
Don’t take my rating wrongly – this is a fine story, just not the one I was expecting to read.
I felt seriously misled by the title and style of cover art, which promise a somewhat frothy, fun read with a bit of magic, a dash of humour, and some hot sex – definitely not what you get in this book. Instead, there is mental abuse, stalking, threats, death, and a girl selling her soul to bring her loved ones back from the dead.
I also found the structure of the story a little frustrating. Aside from the supernatural events in the opening, the whole narrative from there until very nearly the climax is more of a straightforward romance read, with a hint of menace.
That said, Harper is an engaging character, and once her history becomes clear, one to make your heart weep. The writing flows well and is unobtrusive, with clear and realistic dialogue. The story is stuffed with lots of complex characters and relationships that bode well for future volumes, and despite my misgivings about the structure, I was drawn along quite willingly, wanting to know what was going to happen to Harper and Darren. There is clearly lots of scope for future books in the series, and yet there was a definite climactic ending (hurrah!) to this one.
There were a small number of moments that made my inner editor twitch, but the sort of thing that probably won’t even be on the average reader’s radar. I’d recommend it as an engaging read for lovers of paranormal romance, but don’t be misled by the packaging, and don’t expect a HEA. At least, not yet.
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M2URFOK
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M2URFOK/
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