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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Toil and Trouble Book Review

Toil and Trouble, a Paranormal Romance (Book 2 of the Jolie Wilkins Series)

Title: Toil and Trouble
Series: Jolie Wilkins, book 2
Author: HP Mallory

Official Synopsis

The Underworld in civil war.

The cause? A witch who can reanimate the dead.

A sexy as sin vampire determined to claim her.

An infuriatingly handsome warlock torn between duty and love.

Who says blonds have more fun?

After defending herself against fairy magic, Jolie Wilkins wakes to find her world turned upside down—the creatures of the Underworld on the precipice of war.

The Underworld is polarized in a battle of witch against witch, creature against creature, led by the villainous Bella, who would be Queen.

While Jolie has one goal in mind, to stake the vampire, Ryder, who nearly killed her, she also must choose between the affections of her warlock employer, Rand, and the mysteriously sexy vampire, Sinjin.
And as if that weren’t enough to ruin a girl’s day, everything Jolie knows will be turned inside out when she’s thrust into the shock of a lifetime.

Toil and Trouble is the second book in the Jolie Wilkins series, the follow up to Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

My Review
This is a heart-pumping, romance sizzling, tear jerking, mystery filled book that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride, all while sitting (or in my case, jumping up and down) reading! In other words, Toil and Trouble is simply AMAZING! HP Mallory has done what many other authors have tried and failed to do: make a second book of a series that was unbelievable even better! Everything is amplified: the romance, the suspense, the action, and the love triangle between Jolie, Rand and Sinjin literally left me feeling like a ping pong ball, back and forth with still no clear favorite man since they are both great.

Now that my little tirade of verbal book bliss is over, let’s get into what this must-read book is all about! Jolie is a witch who can reanimate the dead and of course, anyone with that much power is going to have a huge target on their head. The underworld is now at the brink of a civil war with Jolie smack dab in the middle of it. Not to worry, she has a bunch of friends from Werewolves to Fae to help her, plus two of the hottest “guys” watching her back. There’s Sinjin, the sexy and mysterious bad boy vampire, and Rand, the incredibly hot warlock with a heart of gold to match, both willing to give their lives for her. As the action intensifies, so does the love triangle between these three. Jolie wants to take her relationship further with Rand, but he’s still holding back since love between a warlock and a witch is essentially a life bond that can lead to near death if your partner should die. He’s not willing to take that risk and she is tiring of the constant torture of loving someone and having all roads lead to nowhere. Then there’s Sinjin who wants nothing more than to go all the way with Jolie. He seems to love her, or at least lust for her, and she can’t deny the attraction, but can she trust him?

With war fast approaching, Jolie is preparing for the inevitable battle since she is a badass herself and wants her revenge on Ryder, the vamp who nearly killed her. Rand wants to keep her out of it, but nothing is going to deter her from seeking vengeance. Of course, nothing goes as plans and the readers are in for a bunch of twists and turns that will have you racing through the pages and leave your heart on the floor with a few curve balls thrown in and a jaw dropping ending.

This book is rated 5 Fangs!

As many of my readers know, HP Mallory is one of Paromantasy’s favorite authors and is on my “must-read list.” She did a Q&A with us last year, where I reviewed Fire Burn and Caulderon Bubble (book 1 of Jolie Wilkins series), and To Kill A Warklock. If you haven’t done so, put these books on you TBR list now!! They are awesome. All my Richelle Mead fans, I know we are sad that VA ended, but these books will pick your spirit right up. Yes, these books are that awesome!

HP - you're a rockstar! I can't wait for the next in the series, and the next Dulcie book.


Layla said...

Awesome review! I read the first book after your review here and I was waiting for the next book. Glad you liked it. I am going to get it.

PS - I am a huge Sinjin fan and I am super excited that there is more of the love triangle here.....woo hoo

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