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Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Series: Jolie Wilkins, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Jolie Wilkins has a good, if not average, life: a cute house in suburban Los Angeles, a cat, and a steady career as a psychic. A love life of any kind, however, is one thing that consistently eludes Jolie. With a sassy and energetic delivery from veteran performer Allyson Ryan, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble is a witty romance that follows the terminally single Jolie from an encounter with the "sinfully attractive" warlock Rand Balfour to the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. This first entry in H. P. Mallory’s Jolie Wilkins series is a titillating adventure that is nearly impossible to stop listening to.

Publisher's Summary

A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead.
A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover.
A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches.
The Underworld in a state of chaos.
Let the games begin.

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat, and a quirky best friend.

Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.

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  • Nicole
  • Canberra, Australia
  • 02-03-2017

There should be a 'too bad to finish' page

What would have made Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble better?

A main character without the IQ of a lettuce

What could H. P. Mallory have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not telling us EVERYTHING the lettuce is thinking about ALL the time, and then developing a decent plot around less-lettuce-like entities.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Allyson Ryan?

She has poor material... so who knows

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger!!! I spent my money on this!

Any additional comments?

Don't bother. There are way more creatively and intelligently written books which are very similar.

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  • Breuddwyd
  • 21-04-2014

Bad romance forced on the reader

From the very first chapter it was evident that the author was trying to insert romance into the book in a most unnatural way. It interrupted the flow of dialogue and seemed completely out of place with the narration being entirely 1st person by the main character with extremely frequent "ooh he's hot" digressions which seemed forced and made the storytelling slow and disjointed. The romance was entirely unnecessary, yet ended up being the focus of every new chapter.
For readers of supernatural fantasy the works of L K Hamilton are likely familiar, to this story her later works which focused on bad romance with minimal plot would be reminiscent. The main character has multiple besotted males of various species constantly complementing her for little apparent reason, who constantly tell her how amazing she is and how they must have her, while the plot is short, poorly told and unremarkable. This seems like a trashy, light, plotless, holiday-read, fantasy romance aimed at less intelligent readers.

The narrator reads every sentence as if it has a ! at the end of it, her voice making each sentence! an exclamation! like oh my gawd! Which gets old very quickly. Several characters were supposed to have English accents...needing quite a bit of work

There are more books in the series but I have no compulsion to explore them,the author has completely put me off!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-07-2019

Not impressed

This book was a real struggle. I just can't warm to the main character. She annoys me. I started listening months ago, left it, then decided to hear the rest. It was not worth the wait.