by Kimberly Frost

February 2009
ISBN: 0425225771
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback

Tammy Jo Trask comes from a long line of witches, but magic seems to have skipped over her. Usually a witch comes into her powers as a teenager. Tammy is in her twenties and she still remains powerless. She can’t seem to do anything right. Tammy has failed at magic, failed at marriage, and failed at being employed. To top it off, she has managed to lose the family ghost.

Guests were robbed during a party and a locket that houses Edie, the family ghost, is among the items stolen. Tammy has very little time to retrieve the locket or Edie will be gone forever; not crossing over gone, but having her spirit ripped to shreds gone. Tammy Jo finds that she will need to use some magic to get Edie back.

Meanwhile, Deputy Zach Sutton, Tammy’s on-again off-again ex-husband is busy trying to convince her they belong together. Tammy still loves Zach, but his high-handed ways leave a lot to be desired. He believes he knows what is best for her and that doesn’t sit well with Tammy. Besides, he doesn’t believe in witches. To complicate matters, a super sexy wizard has made Tammy the target of his attentions. He insists they perform magic together, both in and out of the bedroom. Tammy is not convinced Bryn Lyons is a good guy. Why else would her family insist she stay away from all Lyons? Yet, she is continually drawn to him.

Tammy’s mother and aunt are currently away from home which leaves her all alone to clean up a magical mess she has created. When werewolves and zombies are added to the list of things she must fix, Tammy goes running to Bryn for help. Much to the disgust of Zach.

Would-Be Witch is the debut novel by author Kimberly Frost and what a debut! This quirky Southern Witch tale of a magically-uncoordinated witch with an appreciation of chocolate is likely to win over readers by the first page. Just when I think I need a break from the fantasy genre I read an author who reminds me why I fell in love with them in the first place. I believe fans of the Sookie Stackhouse series will enjoy this new series by Kimberly Foster.

I should note that Would-Be Witch is not a romance novel. It is an urban fantasy. Also, Tammy doesn’t decide on either Zach or Bryn. She has serious feelings for both men and wants them both in her life. If these issues are no problem for you then I am confident you will enjoy this fun and fast-paced novel.

Reviewed in October 2009 by Rho.

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