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A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses (Half-Moon Hollow #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  4,639 Ratings  ·  402 Reviews
Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 338 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Pocket Books (first published March 28th 2013)
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Molly Harper writes quirky, funny characters and situations really really well. I love the banter and the great relationships that her characters engage in. And, this book has the plus of having Jane Jameson prominently featured along with her new couple which is what saved a book that would have been a real dud without Jane and company.

Nola to Jane...

The problem was with the new heroine, Nola. Nola is from Ireland and is a witch. She doesn't do her witchy thing well, and doesn't seem all that I
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

Nola Leary has come to Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky because of a death bed promise made to her grandmother, one her grandmother is determined that she honour even from beyond the grave. She has to find the four Elements, four artifacts each representing one of the elements, before her rivals do, if not her whole family lose their magic. But things get complicated when she finds long lost relatives, some crazy new friends, not to mention her Adonis like next door neighbour who seems to be
Mar 23, 2013 Katie_la_geek rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I was looking forward to this one, it sounds great and a really liked the cover but when I read it there was something missing for me and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The problem actually wasn’t that something was missing; it was that there was just too much. The story is told from the main characters point of view and she had a lot to say. Every single page was crammed with detail and conversations and memories that I don’t really think I needed to read and in the end I found ...more
I normally adore Molly Harper books, but this one left me with lukewarm feelings.

What I loved about the story: Molly Harper's trademark quirky humor; the host of familiar and delightful side characters; the plot which was cute and fun, if not very riveting.

Things that could have been better: I had issues identifying with the heroine, which is first for me with Molly's books. She cheated on her boyfriend and didn't even have the decency to feel bad about it, which really bugged me. I can never r
I was really disappointed in this book. I've enjoyed all of Molly Harper's previous books and I'm a fan of stories about witches and magic so I had high hopes. I just never cared about the main characters; Jed especially seemed underdeveloped. I understand that Nola was attracted to him immediately but I never understood how she fell in love with him so fast. I didn't see a reasonable development of their relationship. The plot of the warring families and lost magical objects wasn't interesting ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 01, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audible, steamy
This was a fun romp and has Harper's signature blend of snark, wit, and heart. Since that's exactly what I was looking for, I was very pleased with the results.

I actually wasn't that engaged with the heroine, Nola. I'm not sure what it was that kept me from empathizing with her more—I just didn't buy her plight, I suppose, and had a hard time taking her family seriously. I mean, the setup of dueling witch families is fine as a backdrop but it doesn't hold up well (as presented) under scrutiny. T
Mar 30, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Half Moon Hollow 3
by Molly Harper
Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books May 28, 2013
E-Book, Mass Market Paperback
ARC/E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions herein are my own except as noted.

Review Prologue:
There are days when I know I should hold off reading a book and then writing a post about
May 31, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B

“Iris said you were from Ireland!” Dick exclaimed, the soul of cheerfulness. “I only detect the slightest bit of an accent, but it’s there.”

There was a pregnant pause. Andrea clapped a hand over her face. “He’s trying to come up with a good Lucky Charms joke and/or nickname.”

“Leprechauns are also an option,” Jane told me.

I gave the vampire my sweetest smile. “Mr. Cheney, are you interested in a debilitating crotch injury?”

He shook his he
Mar 11, 2013 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss

I have come to the conclusion that one never knows what exactly they are going to get when they pick up a Molly Harper book to read and that is what makes her books so enjoyable. In this one, we were introduced to the fact that not only were there Vampires and Werewolves in her world, but also Witch’s – which as far as I know, have not been introduced before (but I haven’t read all of the Jane Jameson books, so maybe I am missing something). This bo
Nola Leary must leave her home in Ireland to retrieve four extremely important magical items for her family. These items were entrusted to the man that fathered her mother, but is unaware of the family he left behind. This man, Mr. Wainwright and Nola’s grandfather, has recently passed away leaving his book store in a remote Kentucky town to vampire friends. The store was in disarray and when it was cleaned out it seems the artifacts all have gone missing. Now Nola must track down where they all ...more
4-4.5 stars

This was a really good story. I just love Molly Harper and this was an enjoyable addition to the Half Moon Hollow stories.

Nola is a witch from Ireland that's been sent to Half Moon Hollow to retrieve some mystical items that are very important. She rents half of a duplex, the other half of which has been rented to Jed. A very handsome man she tries not to flirt with because she has a boyfriend back home. Regardless of this fact, the attraction between them is hot and they both have tr
It is no secret that I am a fan of Molly Harper’s books. Her books make me laugh, give me a great escape – and well make me smile in between laughs. Mixed in with the laughs (and maybe wants her books so funny), are quirky family members and a young woman trying to figure out her next life choice. A Witch’s Handbook (I won’t be writing out the full name as it is just way too long) is very similar to Ms. Harper’s other books that I have read by her. The Naked Werewolf series was full of off-beat ...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
I'd even bump the rating up to a 4 level, simply because of Amanda Ronconi's narration. She just rocks my audio book world, and especially bring Molly Harper's books to life! I had a little Half Moon Hollow marathon there, so I listened to Driving Mr. Dead and The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires right before. I have to admit, of the 'bunch', I prefer Driving Mr. Dead, and it was the shortest among them. But I'm always game for a snarky witch with a neighbor that seems to be allergic to wearin ...more

3.5 Stars! Took a while to get off the ground, but once it was pretty good!

This was a little more serious in nature than some of the other books in Molly Harper's series, so it didn't quite grab me at first. But then as is the way with most of MH's books, the 'magic' kicked in and I enjoyed it! It was all the characters from the other books, that reside in Half-Moon Hollow, that made this read for me.

One of the issues I had was with Jed's problem and what he really was, or what his dile
Sep 03, 2016 Berit rated it really liked it
You always know what you're getting when you pick up a book from Molly Harper... And this book was just that a book filled with Fantastic funny characters that you would love to meet...
Nola is a witch sent to Half moon hollow to retrieve some family heirlooms, there she meets some familiar and new characters.Jeb her hot next-door neighbor who will eventually become her love interest... Jane Jamison and all her friends, and that was a treat for me and will be for any buddy who is a fan of these b
I freak’n adore Molly Harper! She is on my auto-buy list for a reason. I count on Molly Harper to make me laugh every time I pick up one of her books not a fail. This is the reason I read Molly Harper! With this book I got exactly what I expected, a fun, light humorous book that I didn’t want to put down.

The Half Moon Hollow crew is back in this book in their supporting roles. You can count on Jane and crew to make you laugh, in this book we have newcomer to the crew Nola. She is on a task to f
Feb 19, 2013 Feminista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4 out of 5

A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper

Nola Leary, a strong witch, healer and leader of a clan in Ireland, travels to USA to find four artefacts that are involved in their feud against another clan. On this journey that she meets her great-great-great times-a-couple grandfather, Jane Jameson from another Molly Harper series, and several other great people, but most importantly of all, she meets Jed. Sweet, funny, sexy Jed who is a great cook and so taken by Nola
Jun 04, 2013 Sobia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rt-mag, pnr
3 stars:

Now to be fair, I'm not much of a 'witch' fan, there are a few exceptions, but usually I skip 'em, but the synopsis lulled me just bear that in mind.

So Quickly my issues:

the first half is slow, in particular on the romance front. I almost abandoned it altogether.

The hero is a Total beta...if done well, this is something i don't usually take issue with, but for me, it just didn't work with Jed (yes, that is the H's name)
which leads me to: the whole story is from the h's point of
Sep 21, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pretty much anyone. Molly Harper is great.
After the death of her grandmother, Nola becomes the head of her coven of witches. Her first duty is to travel from Ireland to Half Moon Hollow, Kentucky and retrieve four magical items –– talismans that contain the power to bind their arch rivals, a coven of witches who would use their powers for evil.

On arrival she literally runs into Jed, her enigmatic neighbor who goes to ridiculous lengths to avoid being outside when the moon is out. He's hiding something but exactly what it is she can't q
Elise-Pinterest+Goodreads=The Perfect Book Boyfriend
Redeemed!! After reading the last book in the series, I almost gave up hope. I decided to give it one more try. I am so glad I did. This book is humorous and I really enjoyed the story line. The book and the first makes the second feel as if it were written by a different author. I would loan this book to a friend. TTFN-Elise
Berls (Fantasy is More Fun)
Loved seeing so much of the gang! The twist was a real surprise! And Amanda Ronconi nailed the Bostonian/Irish accent!
Lady Lioness
Harper has cemented her place on my auto-buy list with this one. Somewhat ironically, though, as I got this for free from Edelweiss.

Anywho, this is set in the Half Moon Hollow series, so familiarity with the previous books is recommended. Jane and company from the Nice Girls books also make substantial appearances and references are made back to those books as well. If you haven't read any of Harper's books yet, this is not the book to start with.

But if you're a paranormal fan, why haven't you
All Things Urban Fantasy
May 28, 2013 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I have yet to read anything by Molly Harper that wasn’t a complete delight. A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES was no exception, following in the trend of light, fun paranormal romances, with the little twist of magic this time around. Fans of Harper’s Jane Jameson series will be happy to know she plays a larger role in this book than in the previous Half Moon Hollow stories, and those new to this world won’t find themselves too lost picking up th
Jac (For Love and Books)
I adore all things Molly Harper, and I make it no secret!! So when I saw that Edelweiss had her newest book, A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses I immediately requested it and was THRILLED when I was approved!!

I had a 12 hour car ride, with my parents and my 5 year old daughter, so I thought it would be the perfect time to stick in my headphones and start reading! It was the PERFECT escape from the trip! This book was everything I’ve come to expect from Molly Harper – laughs, love and just p
Amy A
Apr 16, 2013 Amy A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly Harper's books are always fun to read. They are light-hearted and funny which is a nice break from some of the more dark and morose paranormal books out there.

Nola Leary is a Witch. She's never been a strictly devout witch, but she knows what she's doing for the most part especially when it comes to healing. When her family matriarch dies Nola is tasked with leaving Ireland for America in search of artifacts that will secure her family's magic for the next century. Where in America might
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
May 24, 2013 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Molly Harper consistently delivers fun, flirty stories and A Witch’s Handbook to Kisses and Curses is another prime example of that. Jane and the gang are once again tagging along for the ride which pretty much guarantees hilarity and Nola certainly contributes her fair share of high jinks as well. No author can lighten up a tense, life-or-death situation or put a smile on my face quite like Molly Harper. I highly recommend this series if you’re in need of a good laugh or
Jun 08, 2013 Kt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Nola Leary would like nothing more than to stay in Ireland working at her family's clinic, but after giving her promise to her grandmother on her deathbed, she finds herself travelling to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky. She needs to find four artifacts that were given to her grandfather who she's never met before her family loses their magic. Problem is that her grandfather has passed away and no one knows where the artifacts are now. Even worse
"Every scary story that ever started with a Ouigi board ended in bloody, grisly death. Or getting in touch with Jim Morrison." -A Witch's Handbook

Let me start by saying that have read everything Molly Harper has ever written and have never been disappointed. I guess you could classify me as a Harper fan-girl. That said, this book was another home-run for Harper. It was every bit as funny, quirky, and just plain "feel-good" as I expected.
The story follows Nola Leary, a witch from Kilcairy, Irelan
Stephanie F
Jun 02, 2013 Stephanie F rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
4.5 Stars

Another fabulous book by the very talented Ms. Harper. After losing a family member Nola is tasked with going to Half- Moon Hollow to collect family heirlooms before a rival family finds them. Her adventure was a joy to read. Between the hilarious interactions with her newly discovered undead family and the sexy ones with Jed I didn't want to ever stop reading.
Nola and Jed were great together. They both are keeping secrets from the other and the angst that it causes added a new dimensio
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Another LOL book from Molly Harper and yes all the favorites are back to create meyham!


Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by h
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