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Something About Witches (Arcane Shot #1)

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It's amazing what a little magic can do...

Ruby Night Divine is a gun shop owner. She's also a witch who knows magic can fail. She's experienced it first hand, with full-blown tragic consequences. Smith & Wesson is a whole hell of a lot more reliable, and nothing's as cathartic as the ability to put a few holes in the things that piss you off. Like Derek Stormwind.

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Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Berkley Sensation
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Feb 06, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

A witch, who owns a gun shop, has pushed away the man she loves and hasn’t seen him in three years. Not a bad way to start a new series, especially when in the first paragraph he’s walking back into her life, right at her and poor Ruby can’t believe her eyes when she sees the man she still loves. She was the one who forced their separation three years earlier, putting a spell on him that drove him out of her life without putting up a fight. Now he’s back
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 17, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic, pnr
Favorite Quote: “No man should look that good in a pair of jeans,” Linda noted.

“Temptation and sin never come in ugly packaging,” Ruby returned, but she watched right along with her until he disappeared into the house.

I’ve read a few of Joey W. Hill’s Vampire Queen series and really liked the darker, erotic BDSM feel to them. Something About Witches is actually set in the same world, but with a new cast of characters. I would say this book isn’t quite as dark as the ones I have read, but still h
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
A big fan of Ms. Hill, it's always interesting to read a new series. This one is a bit older, but it's fresh to me. I liked it! 3.5 star. This one I liked because of the magic and characters.

Ruby is a conflicted witch with some serious Mommy issues. It's influenced how she's developed her magic. In addition, it messed with her mind to throw away a wonderful man, Derek Stormwind.

This story while involving quite a bit of witchery, still focuses on the complications of love and trust. Ruby sets De
Dark Faerie Tales
May 24, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Sensual (almost erotic) novel about the defeating of ones demons imaginary and real.

Opening Sentence: Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

The Review:

Ruby Night Divine was born a witch. She believed that she didn’t have much magic within her so she devoted her time to learning everything she could about magic. Then her latent abilities kicked in and she hid her powers from her friends. A prophecy delivered by her m
Jan 31, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Something About Witches is the first book in Joey W. Hill’s newest series, Arcane Shot. Joey is best known for her super steamy hot hot hot BDSM erotica titles. In the Arcane Shot series, she has gone where she has not gone before: she has gone softer. Please do not get me wrong. This book is hot hot HOT. In fact, I was really surprised to see so many mild BDSM elements in a paranormal romance book. And I liked it. I liked it a lot. There was one scene
This pushed most of my no-no buttons. Reunited lovers, Ruby pushed Derek away 3years ago but still loved him now they're getting back together. They're initial courtship is shown in characters reminiscing, made me feel there was a prequel I missed. Older immortal man has known the heroin since girlhood. Even though Derek tells us it's not creepy, I still find it creepy. Derek has known Ruby since she was 5 and he was her first lover at 20, just creepy to me. Uneven distribution of torment. Ruby ...more
Jenna Howard
I feel so disloyal only giving SAW 3 stars. And one of them is because I'm such a huge Joey W. Hill fan.

I was halfway through this book when I thought "Damn, you know what would be nice? Some plot thrown in." because there was sex. A lot of sex. Don't get me wrong, I like sex in books. I like well written sex in books and Joey W. Hill has written some of my favourite books and sex scenes...but this one.

It was constant. When they weren't having sex, they were talking about having sex. And it was
May 20, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
mind blowingly awesome. This book had so much depth and complexity and heart... I was amazed at Ms. Hill's genius. I sat down expecting to read a few chapters before bed and I'm now at 3am having finished this book b/c it was impossible to put down. I'm speechless and very much impressed by how much I loved this book. *this* is what I look for and what I rarely find. The magical elements were completely natural and organic to the story and the relationship between Ruby and Derek was perfect. Hea ...more
Loved this! Joey Hill's Vampire Queen series is my all time fave series. Although this book didn't have the full erotic spice that are so appealing in other Joey Hill books, it still kept me turning the page and staying up late.

Derek - oh, Derek - simply perfect. Patient until he needed to go all alpha (I especially enjoyed his and Mykhael's scenes). Love me some possessive alpha. Ruby was a great character to cheer for, even when I was yelling at her to just tell Derek her secret. I like gals w
R. C.
May 03, 2012 R. C. rated it liked it
I love Joey W. Hill--she's one of my favorite authors and her Vampire Queen series is also one of my favorites, but this book was just eh to me. Waaaay too much repetitive talking about feelings (until I just started skimming the feelings and only reading the dialogue) and too little plot. And like someone else, I had a problem with the pet name, "girl". Even though it was explained that "girl" didn't mean "giiiirl", every time I read it, that's how it came out in my head--kinda ruined the roman ...more
Pamela / SpazP
Mar 03, 2012 Pamela / SpazP rated it really liked it
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews

This is my first Joey W. Hill book and I am very enthusiastic over picking up more! Something About Witches is the first book in her new Arcane Shot series and I thought it would be a perfect time for me to start in with her and a new series. I was right, because I definitely am a fan of her writing.

Derek Stormwind is this fantastically sexy sorcerer who has lived a long life, taking every chance to learn from his mistakes, and live within the codes of
Debbie Talbot
Apr 07, 2012 Debbie Talbot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review by Debbie Talbot (Guest Reviewer for Literal Addiction Paranormal Book Club)
It's amazing what a little magic can do...
Ruby Night Divine is a gun shop owner. She’s also a witch who knows magic can fail. She’s experienced it firsthand, with full-blown tragic consequences. Smith & Wesson is a whole hell of a lot more reliable, and nothing’s as cathartic as the ability to put a few holes in the things that piss you off. Like Derek Stormwind.
A powerful sorcerer, Derek is determi
Feb 17, 2012 Carole-Ann rated it really liked it
As with all of JWH's books, you get the detail, the in-depth reasonings, and the heart/soul wrenching thoughts/actions of all the main characters - and this one didn't disappoint at all. Totally well-thought-out descriptions of all the 'magic/k' involved - which to me, made it completely believable and realistic. Clever, clever word-crafting!

Ah, but now we have a flawed heroine in Ruby, who has given parts of her soul over to the 'Dark' - with valid, if misconceived reasoning; and a most incredi
Apr 20, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Pulls from the gate a sure winner with blistering sex scenes!

Winner of Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award

Title: Something About Witches
Author: Joey W. Hill
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Sensual Romance
Pages: 320
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Series: Book I of the Arcane Shot Series
Format: Print
ISBN: 978-0425246139
Posted: April 2012
Reviewer: Barb
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Heat Level: II


Ruby Night Divine is a gun-shop owner. She’s also a witch who knows magic can fail. She’s experienced i
Feb 23, 2012 Cindyg rated it it was amazing
OMFG...I loved this cast of characters. I wasn't sure if I was going to like a story about witches but I was blown out of the water.
Ruby was a total mess, with so much pain and loss in her life that she couldn't see the joy and love of a totally committed man right in front of her.
Derek Stormwind was the man every woman fantatizes about, and dreams about. He was so in love with Ruby and so forgiving...
She pushed and pushed and even put a spell on him and he still kept coming. How can you not lo
Carolyn Crane
May 25, 2012 Carolyn Crane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pnr
From the start of this book I felt like I was in excellent writerly hands. This was actually my first Joey Hill read, but it certainly won't be my last. The world-building and the way the magic worked was really inventive and juicy, and there was a strong emotional story underneath it all.

It's rare I find a book that's emotionally touching and smart and sizzling hot, all at once.

And, this is an oddball thing to say, but I really enjoyed that the picture on the cover so thoroughly represents how
Oluyemi Ige
Nov 02, 2015 Oluyemi Ige rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
So I started this series out of order. I read Book #2 or the Arcane Shot series and enjoyed that. A lot. So I went to a different library to look for book #1 and let's just say I'm glad I read Book 2 first.

Honestly, I struggled through this book. The characters were flat and the plot was almost non-existent. One of the things I enjoy about Urban Fantasy as a genre, is that is allows for strong female main characters paid sometimes paired with equally strong male characters but in all ways the w
Sep 14, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I loved reading about Ruby. She's not your typical witch. No freeager here. She's a gun shop owner and has faced down demons. She might have been a lot gentler when she was younger but life has a way of kicking the niceness out of you.

Derek has always been her rock until the one time he couldn't be there for her. As things went bad, Derek had no idea, but Ruby still blames him in her heart.

I could identify with Ruby. She's me... the harsher me that life has made me. I'm still wishing and dreamin
Mar 16, 2012 Twilla rated it it was amazing
A truly good book. This is on my top 10 favorites this year.
Jul 13, 2012 Vivian rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic
There are some stuff I didn't care for,so I skimmed through it. The rest I thought very interesting. This story is lighter compared to the Vamp series. In the Vamp series Devlin is the only one with a sense of humor(slight). In this you get to see that Mrs. Hills sense of humor in Ruby's and Raina's characters,which I liked very much. I got a kick out of the starting scenes with them two ladies, their ragging on each other. This author knows how to tell a story and keep you interested. The only ...more
Felicia (Ferishia)
This is a dark PNR about witches and sorcerers. Ruby is a powerful witch, only she does think of her self as such. She was still learning about her powers when an awful accident happened to her which changes her. Derek is a powerful sorcerer and her love interest. He is away when the accident happens and doesn't find out how terrible until he returns to Ruby after discovering she used a powerful magic on him to keep him away.

Their relationship is extremely complicated. Ruby knows how she feels
Sep 30, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own unless otherwise noted.

I want to know more about this new world Joey Hill is putting together with this Arcane Shot series. And that wanting to learn more about the world and characters will get me reading the next book.

The voice is unusual, rhythmic, and flowing as it weaves a spell of a story about love and loss and grief. It
Jun 26, 2012 Lindy rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews
4 1/2 Kisses
2 1/2 Peppers (implied hardcore BDSM, oral sex, violence, D/s)

You think you've got problems? Ruby Night Divine will show you what real problems are. She's a witch who owns a gun shop. Her rationale? "Sometimes magic comes through; sometimes it doesn't. But superior firepower never lets you down." Ruby and Derek Stormwind have a history, and it's not pretty. In fact, she did everything in her power to make it difficult for him to find her, including using s
Marie Ritzer
May 06, 2012 Marie Ritzer rated it it was amazing
Arcane Shot Book 1! What a great opening book to a great new series! I have never been a bit fan of paranormals, in fact, Joey's KOTB series is how I got hooked on her stuff. But this book was outstanding. The pace at the beginning was a bit slow, but the last 2/3rds of it made up for that in spades.

Ruby was a very wonderful woman, but had been left for nothing by a self centered mother. Then she lost her child on top of that, and then pushed away the man she loved in her grief. But she could no
Mar 28, 2012 Mariachiara rated it it was ok
Titolo: Something about witches

Autore: Joey W. Hill

Serie: 1 Arcane shot

Inedito in Italia

Trama: Ruby ha un segreto. Qualcosa di talmente importante che l’ha spinta a scappare dall’unico uomo che abbia mai amato e abbraciare la magia nera. Ma Drek, dopo tre anni, è finalmente riuscito a dissipare la maledizione che Ruby gli aveva lanciato per spingerlo lontano da lei ed è deciso a scoprire cosa è accaduto e a riconquistare la sua donna. Sembra semplice, ma la realtà è che lei ora è una strega pote
Aug 06, 2012 Lesley rated it really liked it
I'm not one for starting reading existing series that already have a tonne of books available, the lazy part of me knows I'll never catch up so although I was aware Joey W. Hill had another really popular series about Vampires I thought this new Arcane Shot series would be the perfect opportunity for me to read some of her books. I like a bit of paranormal smut so I figured this series was prefect.

Something About Witches ticked all the boxes for me, it has a heroine Ruby who is a witch, the hero
Oct 30, 2013 Whitney rated it it was amazing
Derek and Ruby are not your typical couple and their breakup was due to anything other than normal circumstances. Derek is a sorcerer who has virtually all the power he could need to fight the underworld and yet, he can't seem to find a way to get his ex-girlfriend witch Ruby to come back to him. Ruby is determined to move on and is thrown off her game by Derek's return in her life. Because Ruby has more than her stubborn reaction to him to hide--she has a secret, one she'd give her life to prot ...more
Beth P
Apr 23, 2016 Beth P rated it really liked it
Shelves: donated-or-sold
Having read previous stories from her Vampire Queen and her Knights of the Boardroom series, I know that when Joey W. Hill writes sex, it's never just sex. I was happy to find that her ability to craft erotic scenes that are transformative for her characters continues in the Arcane Shot series. Because of the very slow reveal of the secrets being kept, it took a little while to fully grasp the fullness of the relationship between the leads as well as the depth of the damage needing to be repaire ...more
Feb 15, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
Something About Witches (Arcane Shot #1) by Joey W. Hill
I’ve read Joey W. Hill’s Knights of the Boardroom series and am working my way through her Vampire Queen series. I even have the first book in her Nature of Desire series on my TBR shelf. So when I found Something About Witches at my bookstore I grabbed it. I’d heard it was to be more main stream. Everything is relative I guess. Ms. Hill does not write brain candy or fluff. The Knights of the Boardroom series starts out hard and ends OMG. T
Oct 04, 2011 Natalie rated it it was ok
Shelves: favorites, series, magic
I wanted to love this book, as I am a huge fan of Joey W. Hill. Her Vampire Mistress series is one of my all time favorites. Anywho, I just couldn't connect with the characters and magic just isn't my thing. Having said that, going in I knew it would be hard for me to digest, but because I LOVE Hill's writing I thought the magic would be a blip in the story; so not the case.

From the first chapter I knew I was going to be disappointed. The characters lacked depth. Ruby was annoying in her tough a
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Winner of the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement award, Joey W. Hill has published over forty contemporary and paranormal BDSM erotic romances, including six series. Her emotionally-intense love stories offer everything from vampires, mermaids, witches and angels, to boardroom executives, cops and simple housemaids.

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