BARELY BEWITCHED
by Kimberly Frost

September 2009
ISBN: 978-0-425-22961-3
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Tammy Jo has officially declared herself not a witch. She is a pastry chef, end of story. If only. According to the World Association of Magic, or WAM, Tammy Jo is very much a witch. As a result of her little excursion into magic, Tammy Jo will have to go through training and complete a challenge to the satisfaction of WAM. Tammy waived the right to attend a hearing and sent Bryn to represent her. Now it’s too late for anything except complying with the Conclave’s demands. Either that or risk extermination. It doesn’t seem to matter that Tammy Jo can’t do magic...at least correct magic.


Tammy Jo remains unemployed and determined to get her family’s jewelry back. If she’d known that the Trask power was in the jewelry Tammy Jo would never have pawned them. Meanwhile, she inadvertently releases a bunch of pixie dust and now the entire town has gone wacky, she angers a fire witch, and a former friend turns into an enemy. All this and Tammy Jo is still dealing with Bryn and Zach.


Tammy not only has serious feelings for her ex-husband, Zach, but for Bryn also. There’s no way she can choose. Besides, she has to chase down faeries and hobgoblins. She doesn’t have time to deal with male egos at the moment. If she can stay alive Tammy must fix what she broke. Duvall, Texas is as Edie put it, “...like a Renaissance Faire ran by Tim Burton.”.


Barely Bewitched is the second installment in the Southern Witch series by Kimberly Frost. The author is on a roll with Tammy Jo. Book two has as much action as the first, if not more. Ms. Frost’s sharp wit and interesting characters propel the story to a satisfying end.


I recommend reading Would-Be Witch first. There are times the reader may be lost as to why certain things are happening in Barely Bewitched because this story picks up right where the first one stopped. The Southern Witch series is not a romance, but it is a highly enjoyable urban fantasy.


Reviewed in October 2009 by Rho.

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