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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  3,226 ratings  ·  316 reviews
The promising debut of a hot new voice in paranormal romance-and the first of the Southern Witch novels.

The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets are a few untimely visits from long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket-an heirloom that happens to hold Edie's soul-is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it's t
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Paperback, 294 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Berkley (first published January 17th 2009)
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faeriemyst
Sep 28, 2011 faeriemyst rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who expect brain candy & a weak heroine
While at first (in the first four pages) it seemed that the character of Tammy Jo Trask would be a good one, that was quickly proven to be a false notion. To put it quite simply, she was a helpless moron. Now, I don't expect a MC to be invulnerable or a genius, but I would still hope for someone who can think and act for herself. As if her ex-husband with benefits is an Alpha of the worst kind isn't enough, he also belittles her just about all the time and tells her what and what not to do. But ...more
The Flooze
**ETA: I found Halfway Hexed (supposedly the last book of the series) very disappointing. Just a warning for anyone who plans to dive in.**


Would-Be Witch is a little helter-skelter at times, but it's a very fun read. It reminded me a bit of the Sookie Stackhouse series, but with a much greater focus on humor.

Tammy Jo Trask is a likable, sweet narrator with just the right streak of sarcasm to keep her interesting. (She's also proof positive that us redheads have fiery tempers when crossed!) As an
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chucklesthescot
It didn't take long for this book to annoy me. Stuck up rich bitches getting their own way just because they are rich bitches. Tammy Jo the helpless airhead bimbo who has no common sense or any clue what is going on outside her brain dead ditzy world. The 'I am man hear me roar' himbo ex-husband Zach who is there to bonk and be annoyed by, like the macho monkey that he is. Georgia Sue, the overbearing in-your-face friend who never pauses for breath long enough to even listen to what someone else ...more
Yodamom
Love Merc the cat , an Ocelot ! Great story about a witch that does not really think she's a witch.. , her Testosterone heavy ex-husband, one super rich sexy male witch, and a grumpy father all trying to save them selves and the town from death. The twists and turn leave you guessing.This is a sexy, fun book with fantastic characters that make me want to know them better. If you like Mary Janice Davidson,Charlaine Harris, and Gerry Bartlett you will love this book.
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Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
3.5 stars

Tammy Jo is like a supernatural Stephanie Plum. Being a fan of Stephanie Plum, I think this is kind of great. Would-Be Witch is definitely in the Chick Lit sub-genre of Urban Fantasy, so if that's not your thing, I would skip it. Tammy definitely has her dingbat moments, but they're balanced by extreme cleverness, so that doesn't bother me. Like I said--I like Stephanie Plum.

The plot was kind of erratic, so I can't say much without spoilers . . . suffice it to say that Tammy is a witch
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Natasha
Would-Be Witch is the dazzling debut in the hilarious and addictive Southern Witch series by Kimberly Frost.
What a delight!
I was in one of my witchy moods, so I decided to see what I could find. I was so happy I came across this series from another fellow blogger's review blog. And if the story didn't sounds catching enough, get a load of the cover art! It's amazing. I love cartoon cover art, I think this may be my favorite. (Along
with Tate Hallaways, Garnet Lacey series cover art).
There were
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
It was no surprise that I quickly became caught up in the series and had a hard time putting it down, in fact, I never did put it down. I read straight through the day until I got to the very last page.

I knew I was going to love Tammy Jo, Zach, and Bryn. Having read the two short stories before starting this (which I highly recommend doing), I simply couldn't wait to dive right in and see if the series was as good as the shorts were and I am happy to report that I wasn't let down.

I have gotten
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Brandi ;)
I actually gave up on this book for several weeks and only came back to it a few days ago. It captured me immediately but then the fighting started at a witches council and I lost all interest. I would pick the book up and read a page or two then realize I had stopped paying attention to what I had been reading. So again I would put it down and go on to read another book. Finally I decided it was either time to read it or give it up so I started in on it again and pushed through over that readin ...more
Mandy

Things I liked:

1. The cat is awesome. Seriously. He kicks werewolf and redneck ass a couple different times throughout the story. Plus, I just have a thing for big cats. I'd love to have an ocelot of my own.

2. Tammy Jo has no idea what she is. She's really not interested in knowing....at least until she has to. But, it doesn't throw her off to learn of witches, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, etc.

3. The developing romance between Tammy Jo and Bryn Lyons. Although, he comes off as a snobby ass a co
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Cindy
Very rarely do I 5 star ANYTHING...But there are exceptions waiting for you to break them. This book rated 5 stars. Mega humor from a klutzy would be witch. 2 hot guys trying to jump her for (whispers) sex, and a whole pack of werewolves trying to jump her (not for sex), good friends, loving ex-husband (who still adores her), a future lover, and would you believe it: a gay vampire named "Rollie". You NEED to read this...I KNOW there are more in this series, and I'm gonna find them and laugh on. ...more
Olga Godim
2.5 stars
Meh. Not too bad, not too good, isn’t really worth the time, although there were some charming moments. The heroine of this urban fantasy novel Tammy is a witch without much power or training. She is hurtling from one adventure to another without a break. A bunch of vicious werewolves want to kill her. Two gorgeous guys want to sleep with her. Her heirloom medallion with a ghost of her grand-grand-grand-aunt is stolen, and she got fired into the bargain. Her life is definitely interesti
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Ash Rowe
Tammy Jo is a cute southern chick who isn’t perfect. She has a temper, kind of ditzy and still at the age of 23 has not got her powers. She’s still susceptible to her Ex Husbands Charm and they have an on and off again relationship. She seems to really like her “alpha” males because the other guy Bryn who she’s attracted to is kind of an a*hole to her and she pretty much takes it and comes back for more. I have to say if you make it through to the end both guys do end up having redeeming qualiti ...more
Pam
A cute and lighthearted story filled with lots of quirky characters. Tammy Jo is the main personality of the series...she's the one with the magic that doesn't work right and everything that happens in the story revolves around her, magic and a growing love triangle between her, her ex-husband and a male witch she's not supposed to associate with. Then also a mix of spell-cast problems, angry werewolves, a stolen family locket complete with the family ghost and any number of other odd occurrence ...more
R.G.
this book was in some ways just like all the other books out there like this... magic gone awry... a lost locket needing to be found... and a new house cat that might actually be a tiny leopard... i'm not saying there was anything bad about that i love these kinds of books and wouldn't have given it 4 stars if i thought it was just mediocre... but i'd say the main thing that would set this book apart is unlike so many other love triangles... cause there has to be one... this one is the most even ...more
Chibineko
I'd picked this looking for a light and fluffy read, so I wasn't disappointed on this part. I was fairly aware that this book wasn't going to be a Kim Harrison-esque read, so I didn't really hold the cutesy part against it. It's just that at times the heroine was just as dumb as a box of hammers.

The plot here is fairly simplistic: girl finds she has powers after years of feeling like the disappointment of the family. Tammy Jo is fairly cute as far as her overall personality goes, so I didn't beg
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Once Upon
This seems like a series, I am really going to enjoy. It reminds me of The Sookie Stackhouse novels but not too gory like them. This book is one of those exciting fun and funny reads. The best part hands down is the humor. You will find mystery, suspense and action but Humor takes the cake. Kimberly created some crazy, eccentric characters, that I am excited to keep reading more about. I have the next 2 books in the series waiting to be read.

You meet Tammy Jo a witch that doesn't really know or
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Melinda
NOTE UNFINISHED
I actually persisted until about halfway through Chapter 15 with this one.
It almost had me.
But in the end I just wasn't interested enough to finish and there were just too many other interesting things out there that I'd rather be reading.
Was hoping for another Sookie Stackhouse esk southern urban/paranormal romp, except this time with witches.
There were some things I found enjoyable/interesting about the book, I was kept at least mildly curious. And the writing decent.
The real pr
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Courtney
Sep 16, 2014 Courtney rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Courtney by: RPL - New Reads shelf
The story takes place in Duvall texas, a stereotypical small town.(For the first few chapters, 'til I made myself stop, all the characters 'sounded' like Sheldon's Mom from the big bang theory. Not really a plus.) Everybody knows everybody's business, and you'll never live anything down.

The main character is Tammy (Tamera) Jo Trask, who despite coming from a long line of witches has no magic herself. When a locket haunted by her great-aunt (?) Edie is stolen, Tammy Jo has to get it back before E
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Steph
Would-Be Witch was a quick, easy read with lots of southern charm and Texas hotties. Tammy Jo (can't get more southern than that!) comes from one of the witch families in a small TX town and believes she was skipped over when the family witchy genes were handed out. Her family heirloom locket, which holds the spirit of Edie, is stolen and she's on a mission to find it before Edie's soul is lost forever.

With the help of her hunky, ex-husband and sheriff, Zachary Sutton and the "the very rich and
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Christie Anderson
Okay, first I love Tammy Jo, but whew- where do I begin? This book was good but there were some real annoying decisions/observations made by Tammy Jo that were just not plausible from any person. For instance, no one would think an Ocelot is a normal cat. No one would go along blindly without questioning family "rules" about who you can and can't associate with or why. I find it hard to believe she didn't know what Gaelic was- even if she's from Texas. I lived half my life in Oklahoma, I know th ...more
Mirjam
It was not love at first sight for me, but once I got caught up in the story the things that had annoyed me failed to bother me too much. I found Tammy likeable yet slightly annoying, especially her weird relationship with her dominating ex. It seems to me that staying friends with someone who refuses to accept the divorce is asking for trouble. At times her relationship with her ex seemed very little in the past, at other times there was definite interest for the handsome, if forbidden Bryn Lyo ...more
Inara
After loosing her job Tammy Jo Trask didnt think her day could get more awful – but this was only wishful thinking. Originating from a witch family she has never developed – to her moms and aunts regret – any magical powers what she doesnt really mind but at least she could see Edie, the ghost of her great-great-grandmothers dead twin-sister. Edie is connected with a locket, a family heirloom which Tammy is supposed to keep safe during her moms and aunts absence. When the locket was stolen at he ...more
Darcy
This book was a fun easy read. Tammy Jo sometimes comes across as a bumbling red neck, but instead of being embarrassed or ashamed of it she embraces it. She is from Texas and does both love and hate her small town, but she does know how to work the people in it to get the help she needs, and she does bumble the witch part only because it seemed like she wasn't going to inherit the family's magic so she quit studying it. Unfortunately others have plans for her to embrace her heritage and she nee ...more
Melindeeloo
This was cute and light (it reminded me a bit of Molly Harper's first 'Nice Girls...' book in that trouble just swirls around heroine Tammy Jo, who just starting to use the witch powers that she thinks she doesn't have. Overall I liked the stubborn and fiery Tammy and there was plenty of action as she moves from muddle to muddle I had a little problem with her love interests though. I am not sure how we're supposed to feel about the ex-husband Zach who is still very much a part of her life - he' ...more
Anna
80%. DNF.


Love triangles can be done well, but here I am, over half way done, with a real shitty lead character.

There's a fade to black sex scene that I didn't even realize was a sex scene, seemed like making out from the description, until the character confesses to another person about it, and this fade to black sex scene occurs whilst she is still *with* her ex-husband, who believes he's still married to her, because divorces in a court of law just don't compute with the man. All her reasons
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Geli
Solid two stars.

It would've been one star, but Tammy Jo somehow manages to stay sympathetic and interesting and her cat Merc is lovely.

I say somehow, because the more one reads the more it because obivous that she is not very much on the intelligent side. Yes, she has been sheltered, but there are moments that this is absolutely no excuse.

Besides Tammy Jo people are not described very much and the whole setting seems bland. I still have no idea how to imagine the city, or some of the other locat
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Aurian Booklover
Tammy Jo is in trouble. Her mother and aunt have left for destiny’s unknown, only occasionally contacting her. Tammy Jo comes from a long line of witches, but so far, the magic has not awakened inside her, so she has given up of ever being a witch herself. Tammy Jo is now in the sole charge of taking care of the family home, and the family ghost. When her locket is being stolen in a robbery at the costume party her best friend is throwing, she needs to get it back, asap! If her ghost, Edie, trie ...more
Rea
This book leaves me feeling somewhat torn. On the one hand, there’s certainly a good idea for a storyline that can span over multiple books; the setting is good; and I really liked what we’ve seen so far of the paranormal society in this world. On the other hand, the characters were a little too good at driving me around the bend.

In part, I think it’s due to the fact that there’s such a huge cultural difference between the one shown here and the one I come from. Everyone is so sugary sweet that
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Krista
"Would-Be Witch" is the story of a Southern girl with great baking skills. She's also the descendant of witches. This little paranormal concoction involves Tammy Jo's increasing awareness of her background, her flight from murder, and oh, yes, how she acquired her pet "cat," Mercutio. While the book may not be of the heights of Shakespeare, the story is fun, the humor is terrific, the characters endearing, and Mercutio is a scene-stealer.
Doxieluv
Tammy Jo is a Pastry Chef and comes from a long line of witches. She Suddenly quits her job and then her magic finally decides to work. Add in an ex-hubby (& sheriff) who never has accepted the divorce, A sexy Warlock and a small southern town and you get a funny paranormal witch story.
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