What's a Witch to Do? (A Midnight Magic Mystery #1)
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What's a Witch to Do? (A Midnight Magic Mystery #1)

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A suspenseful brew with a dash of passion

High Priestess might sound like an ’80s hair band, but its Mona McGregor’s life. She runs the Midnight Magic shop in Goodnight, Virginia, and leads a large coven. She’s also raising two nieces and hasn’t been with a man for fifteen years…until a handsome doctor takes an interest in her. But Mona’s life really heats up when Adam Blue...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published March 8th 2013 by Midnight Ink (first published March 1st 2013)
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Jennifer Harlow's "What's a Witch to Do? is a charming urban fantasy tale -- a mystery and a romance.

Mona McGregor is RESPONSIBLE. She is the High Priestess of a local witch coven, where she teaches classes to the other witches on various different issues. She was barely out of small clothes, when she rose to that position. Her younger sister, the irresponsible one, has left with Mona her ten and six year old girl daughters to raise.Her other sister is getting married and Mona is helping her wit...more
*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

OMG I loved this book so much! It's the perfect mixture of romance, mystery and humor. The characters are memorable and plain lovable and the story is so funny and sweet. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did and now I just want to praise it to everyone. I mean, seriously, this book deserves to make it big!

It tells the story of Mona McGregor, a 35 year old woman, single and a witch, who has dedicated her life to her f...more
Amy Lignor
In Goodnight, Virginia there is a witch who has a seriously busy life. Between raising her younger sister’s kids who were left on her doorstep by her sister to being the High Priestess of the largest coven in North America, Mona McGregor is exhausted. In her life she’s called upon 24/7 by other witches who need her help with spells that have gone awry; she owns the Magic Shop in town; she’s putting a wedding together; setting up the Founder’s Day events; and has a long ‘To Do’ list each and ever...more
Kylara Jensen
2.5 Stars

Ok, so I really wanted to love this book. The premise just sounds so fun. But the book was not what I was expecting and I really can't get behind the writing/ the narrative voice.

I thought this book was going to have more of an urban fantasy feel, but this book actually falls firmly under the paranormal romance with a smidge of mystery category. (Smidge is apparently not a real word, but it feels right so I'm sticking to it.)

I like that the main girl is an older woman who is raising her...more
Paranormal Haven
Mona’s life is busy. She owns her own shop, is the high priestess of a coven, and is the care giver for two nieces her sister left on her door step. It’s safe to say Mona has her work cut out for her. One night Adam Blue knocks on her door injured. She invites the werewolf in and helps him out. Adam didn’t knock on her door just for a potion. He tells her that she is in danger. One of her own coven wants to have her killed.

What’s a Witch to do? is Harlow’s first book in her new Midnight Magic My...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Mona McGregor, High Priestess of a coven of witches, must team up with Adam Blue, beta werewolf, to figure out who wants her dead and to stop them before they succeed. This story will appeal to paranormal suspense, mystery and romance lovers.

Opening Sentence: “Aunt Mona! Aunt Mona! Cora’s bleeding!”

The Review:

Mona McGregor’s life could not get any busier than it already is or so she thinks. She is already juggling taking care of her nieces...more

Mona is a High Priestess in her little town of Goodnight Viriginia. This is a job that is hereditary until death. She is raising her sisters little girls while she runs and owns a magic shop. One night someone knocks on her door and it is someone she knows..Adam Blue. He is hurt and asks for help. She nurses him back to health using her magic and he tells her someone wants her dead...someone she trust..someone in her own coven! Now she has to help plan a wedding and find out who wants her dead.....more
Cocktails and Books
ennifer Harlow has made me an official fangirl; she writes great female leads, there is tons of lust/love and there is always a good mystery. Mona is the quintessential take charge woman; she runs her family business, cares for two young nieces, is planning her sister’s wedding and is the local High Priestess. Where in that picture is there time for romance? Nowhere. And that’s when Adam Blue steps out of the shadows and into her life. Adam becomes Mona’s self-appointed protector when she is thr...more
This book was so much fun to read. I was smitten by the fact that Mona’s physical appearance is pretty normal. She’s attractive, sure, but also unfashionably plump, and rarely perfectly groomed. I am so tired of thin, beautifully perfect heroines and gorgeous, domineering (alpha) males that sometimes when I read the physical descriptions in a book I tend to sort of zone out and my mind just rephrases the characteristics to something like…..yada, yada, blah blah. It is refreshing not to constantl...more
Lily (Lily Pond Reads)
Through Netgalley for a tour in exchange of an honest review.

Mona is a High Priestess of a Witches Coven, she also raises two nieces that her sister left behind with her one night, and puts her jobs and responsibility first – no wonder Mona doesn't really have a personal life. When Adam Blue, a sexy Beta werewolf shows up injured on her doorsteps claiming that someone is out there trying to kill her, Mona ends up saving his life and enlisting him as her body guard. When the cute doctor suddenly...more
Elizabeth Psyck
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I'm a big fan of magical realism and romance, and this book sort of combined the two. The protagonist, Mona McGregor is a witch, there are a bunch of werewolves, and a couple vampires. Someone's trying to kill Mona and the book follows her trying to stay alive (and protect all the people who rely on her) while also figuring out what the heck is going on with the two men who suddenly fell in love with her. I found it easy to relate to Mona, someone who is pulled in several dir...more
Now I know I don't have these kinds of responsibilities...but I can identify with Mona McGregor. She has a full life of taking care of her shop, her house, her two nieces she inherited from her ne'er do well sister....and she has a huge coven of witches to lead.

And into her overfull life comes Adam, a wounded werewolf. He's yummy and a bit grumpy and he's here to help. There seems to be a demon out there who wants to kill Mona and Adam is in town to bodyguard.

The book is funny and has plenty o...more
Talk Supe
Talk Supe review

Fun chick-lit supe story with a 35yo spinster witch, Mona, for a heroine and a chunky werewolf, Adam, the hero. You have spells going awry, a demon on the lose, a town full of crazy characters, lots of awkward moments and a witch gone batshit insane, putting a hit on High Priestess Mona.

I had fun reading WWTD, very entertaining and the chick-lit romantic part between Mona and Adam are cute. I miss the Harlow signature snark, biting comebacks and crazy antics that endeared F.R....more
My complete love for Mona earns this book 4 stars. Her personality, her caring heart & her "mother to all" nature reminds me so much of my older sister (who I adore) that Mona's character immediately became dear to me. Even the physical description of her is like that of my sister that I began to envision her as Mona.

Adam was great as well. His shyness in the beginning was sweet and made me smile more then once. Strong, steady and sexy - perfect for Mona.

Though I will say this - I KNEW who t...more
Debbie Saraceni
A great fun story with with a sweet love story too.

A great fun story with with a sweet love story too.

Vivian and Adam's story was full of danger...mystery...and definitely a bit of suspense. Plus throw in a touch of love. Vivian had so much going on and all within a week and on top of that she found out someone wanted her dead. To take over her position as high priestess of the witches coven. Adam shows up on her doorstep in need of help for injuries and to tell her about the death threat. He...more
I picked this one up spur of the moment because it happened to be new at the library when I needed something new to read.
It's a genre bending hybrid of mystery and fantasy, with just a dash of romance and is the first in a series. The main protagonist, Mona,is a high priestess of her local coven of witches in Virginia. She is a single mom (thanks to her sister disapearing and leaving her two kids on her door), a business owner (a spell shop that caters to the tourist, amateur, and serious spell...more
My hubby won this as a first reads... I swiped it :)

Having finished it in less than two days, due to being unable to put it down, I must say this book is a MUST READ! Though the first few 'chapters' were hard to get through (too little character info/too much setting detail), the story is awesome.

I highly recommend it for readers of Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series.
I enjoyed every single page of this book. It was engaging enough to keep me awake through
Dramamine even. I loved the little girls and the small town and the crossover with her other book series.
Another new author/series that I was introduced to courtesy of the 2013 Malice Domestic convention. This one was a bit of a departure from my usual reading fare but I found it entertaining and enjoyed trying something new, especially since the author is a local one. Set in rural Goodnight, Virginia, the main character is a modern witch who serves as High Priestess. Mona juggles the demands of her personal and professional life while taking care of the coven, even after she discovers one of whom...more
Mona is a giver who has spent most of her life taking care of other people. She helped raise her younger sisters and is now raising her nieces after their mother abandons them. As the high priestess (aka the head witch) of her coven Mona mentors and advises the other witches. At one time or another people in the small southern town where she lives, half of whom she is related to, have found Mona's door open when they needed help. On top of all that Mona runs her own business and is active in her...more
Andrea Guy
OMG! This book is enough to make me go all fangirly. There is so much to love about it, I just don't know where to start.

OK, I do.

1. The cover is fantastic. In fact of all the cozy mysteries I've read this year, this is the cover that I love the most.

2. Mona! Best heroine ever. She's not a skinny youngun'! Can I get a woo hoo for that? It is nice to know that women out of their 20s are well represented in book and in a real manner. OK, well as real as you can be when the heroine is the High Prie...more
Crys (The Hodgenator)
Really enjoyed this witchy read. I didn't find it too mysterious...but I guess trying to figure out who wants to kill Mona and take her place IS a mystery.

As a whole, I enjoyed the plot and character development. The writer clearly knows her stuff - and I especially enjoyed moments in Mona's store. The store reminds me of stores I visited in Salem, MA.

There is a love triangle element to the story - but not really at the same time, if that makes sense. There are two beaus that are potentials for...more
Stephanie ♥Loves Adrian Ivashkov♥
I loved this book! Sure, I love all books by Jennifer Harlow but What's a Witch to Do is definitely one of my favorites from her.

What's a Witch to Do follows witch Mona McGregor, who's the high priestess of her cover. When werewolf Adam Blue shows up beating bloody, claiming that someone wants to kill her, she's forced to suspect friends and family. Together with the sexy werewolf at her side, Mona starts investigating...

Jennifer Harlow really did a great job with this book. I adore her FREAKS b...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Mona is a witch and the leader of the local coven. Her magic is very powerful, but her personal life is a bit complicated. She is unmarried and the guardian of her younger sister’s two small children. She also raised her youngest sister after the death of her mother and grandparents. She owns and runs a shop catering to those interested in Wicca.

Adam is the second of the local werewolf pack. He is of normal height and very powerful and attractive. He has strong protective instincts for those he...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

WHAT’S A WITCH TO DO? is a fun paranormal mystery with a lot of humor and a steamy romance. The mystery of who wants Mona dead was well plotted and I had fun analyzing everyone’s motives along with Mona. I liked the small town of Goodnight where everyone knows everyone else’s business which presented a lot of amusing gossip for Mona to wade through to find her would be killer.

Mona was an interesting character who has to take care of her two young nieces...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

I couldn't resist the promised combination of cozy mystery, paranormal and snarky humour in What's a Witch To Do?, the first in Jennifer Harlow's new series, a spin off, of sorts, from her F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series.

Mona McGregor is 35 and single, living in the small town of Goodnight, Virgina. She is running her own small business, raising her wayward sister's two young daughters, organising a wedding and she so doesn't have time to deal with a demonic assassin, or an overprotectiv...more
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I enjoyed this novel about a young woman struggling to raise her sister's children children in a small community in which she is a hereditary leader until death. Someone else has decided to help her quit her job. A member of the wider community decides to help her avoid "early retirement." Oh, she's a witch and he's a werewolf. Most...more
When I first requested this book I didn't know what to expect because I'd never heard of the author before and looking at the summary the book reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.

Thankfully, despite that fact What's a Witch To Do was much better than I expected. There was nothing that I didn't like about the book. I absolutely loved the plot. Finally someone has written a funny, witchy, paranormal mystery novel with a romantic twist that actually doesn't rely on old,...more
I have some criticisms of this book, but i hope they read as constructive, becuase i would absolutely read another book by the same author. I was gifted with a free copy and thought I would give the book a whorl, which spellcheck thinks should be whirl. I think spellcheck is correct. Rather than giving a synopsis, i will just spout disorganized thoughts about this book as they come to me. Sorry folks. The reason being that this book made me think a lot about the craft of writing, perhaps becuase...more
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Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virgina home but that restles...more
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