Southern Hospitality & Survival: SLIGHTLY SPELLBOUND with GIVEAWAY


Kimberly Frost – Author
Book: Paperback: Mass Market/Ebook 320 pages | ISBN 9780425267547 | 06 May 2014 | Penguin/Berkley | 18 – AND UP

E-Galley provided by publisher for review. NO remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

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.


square "my take" Today was going to start a hop, but it was postponed, so instead I offer you this review and giveaway of a print copy of SLIGHTLY SPELLBOUND by Kimberly Frost.

I know I read the first book in this series but there are too many gaps in the story for me to actually be up to date here — in fact I missed two books,  number 2 two in the series, BARELY BEWITCHED and  number three, HALFWAY HEXED as well as a novella.  You can find out all about them and everything else Kim writes on her site: FrostFiction.  Frost creates a delightful world of characters who run the gamut from human to witch. For some reason. lately, it seems like every other female character is a baker. That’s true for Tammy Jo who bakes out of her house and has an apparently magical relationship to sugar, butter and cream. She also has a relationship with an ocelot, her familiar, with whom she shares an uncanny understanding. I am constantly worried he is going to get killed.

I enjoyed the fast pace of the characters’ relationships and the action, the women’s ditziness and the ever-suffering males going along, picking them up, saving them, or being saved, a lot. Tammy Jo’s been attacked so often she has run out of clothes.

Tammy Jo, the main character, has a rolling easiness to her as she not-so-blithely goes through life and pretends to be unfazed facing crazies of every variety, 75% of whom want to kill her, 20% want her to bake them something and 5% want to love her. She wants others to be comfortable and happy and rarely puts herself first.  Maybe it is her Southern Hospitality coming through. It feels too smooth, as if Tammy Jo wants us to feel that she is taking it all in stride.

The most interesting thing to me in this story is how Frost handles the love triangle between Tammy Jo, her ex husband, Zach, and the warlock Bryn with whom she shares a love connection as well as a magical one. I was surprised by the direction Frost goes with it.  The denouement is also unusual and doesn’t go predictably. The very end felt a little deus ex machinated to me.  My other criticism is a lack of character development in in the male love interests and a loosely defined set of rules in the magical constructs.

But other than that, I had my nose stuck in the book as I walked around the house and really enjoyed the writer’s voice as she sets Tammy Jo up in impossible situations that make her improvise and grow.

I recommend the book, and the series. And you can win a paperback copy of  SLIGHTLY SPELLBOUND that Penguin sent me to give away!
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