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Toil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  6,532 ratings  ·  355 reviews
The underworld in civil war. The cause? A witch who can reanimate the dead. A sexy as sin vampire determined to claim her. An infuriatingly handsome warlock torn between duty and love. Who says blonds have more fun?

After defending herself against fairy magic, Jolie Wilkins wakes to find her world turned upside down—the creatures of the underworld on the precipice of war.

ebook, 1st Edition, 270 pages
Published November 30th 2010
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Jetches  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
Oh. My. God. I was/am freaking out. There was a point while I was reading this novel that I took hold of my friend/co-workers arm and started shaking it with all my might completely freaking out because something big happens in this novel. I don’t want to ruin it but I was thinking “No! No! Oh my! It all make sense! I know what’s going to happen! OH.MY.GOD! That is so friggin’ perfect!”. I know you are probably sitting there with big buggy eyes thinking “she is firmly on the pipe” but, no. There ...more
Belinda Boring
I seriously lost major pounds reading this book because it seemed like every time I turned the page I was jumping up and down with excitement over a new plot twist, swooning with giddiness of the TWO extremely sexy male characters or so engrossed with what was happening with Jolie that stopping to eat was a major inconvenience. I absolutely loved the first book, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble and expected pretty much the same for Toil And Trouble so I was completely blown away with just how incre ...more
Witches, Warlocks, and Waging a War.

Jolie Wilkins is a witty, sarcastic psychic. Well, until she found out she's a witch and her power is so strong she can reanimate otherworldy creatures. Now she's a witty, sarcastic witch who's about to join forces with her beloved Rand. A war is being waged between the faeries, vampires, werewolves, and witches. But is Jolie biting off more than she can chew?

I. Could. NOT. Put. This. Book. Down! I had the first book in this series in my TBR pile for entirely
I didn't like the first book in this series, but I gave the second a shot because I like other series by this author. My expectations were low because I despised the characters previously. Characters that are over the age of 18 but act like they're experiencing puberty pangs are intolerable. I must have been high on carbon monoxide fumes when I bought this book.

If you're wondering what killed it for me, I present the following:
"...his limp thingy"
" a hula hoop sausage style"

That's right,
Lacey Weatherford
I rushed right out to buy this book after finishing the first one in the series and I was instantly captivated, having to read until I was finished with it.

Let me just say the love triangle rocked in this book and kept me bouncing back and forth so badly that I was afraid I was going to end up with whiplash. How the heck does one choose between a smoking hot warlock and a drippingly delicious vampire? Both guys had the goods in spades and kept poor Jolie terrified of making a decision. I couldn'
This is the second in series and the continuing story of Jolie, a new witch who can bring the dead back to life. A mere six months ago, Jolie was happily reading tarot cards in her shop, blissfully unaware of the Underworld creatures ... ya know, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, shapeshifting witches, Scottish Fae people in kilts, demons and etc. Not only did she not know about them, she didn't know she was one of them -- a witch, a quite powerful and unique one.

"One thing I’d learned about the oth
Apr 17, 2011 Nikki added it
I read the second book in the Jolie Wilkins series by H.P. Mallory, “Toil and Trouble “ on the Kindle. Like the first one, “Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble,” which I also reviewed, it didn’t disappoint. This installment picks up right where the last one left off- with a pending war and a seemingly unrequited love. I was a little concerned at first because the beginning was moving just a little too slow for me. But within the first few pages, Mallory picks up the pace and doesn’t let up until the e ...more
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Honestly, this was a decent second book, but there was a glaring issue. Like the first book, TAT, Jolie once again spent too much time on the looks of all the men around here, even judging them by their looks this time. Like I said in my review for TAT, it's fine to think about now and again, but doing it this much just got in the way of the story, and was just plain ridiculous and uncomfortable (I don't need to hear how sexy Ra
Raelena aka Throuthehaze
As much as I loved the first book in the series, I think that Toil and Trouble managed to be even better! I'm really liking the direction Jolie's relationships with Rand and Sinjin is going. I love that one minute I think she should be with one guy, and the next minute I have changed my mind. It definitely keeps things interesting. Honestly, I am kind of in love with both men myself. Jolie is an amazing character. She is smart, funny, and likes her independence...but for me, the men really make ...more
Evelyn Amaro
Jan 28, 2011 Evelyn Amaro rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All PNR and UF Fans, VA lovers, Richelle Mead and Patricia Briggs fans
Review taken from my blog: Paromantasy
This is a heart-pumping, romance sizzling, tear jerking, mystery filled book that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride, all while sitting (or in my case, jumping up and down) reading! In other words, Toil and Trouble is simply AMAZING! HP Mallory has done what many other authors have tried and failed to do: make a second book of a series that was unbelievable even better! Everything is amplified: the romance, the suspense, the action, and the lov
I've been in a serious reading slump. Nothing I'd tried to read for 'fun' around my required school reading was working for me. That is until I picked up Toil and Trouble. How could I forget what a welcoming fresh burst of comedy Jolie and her misadventures were?

Book two in the Jolie Wilkins series begins right where book one, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, left off. It's been a while since I've read the first book in the series, and I worried that I might have forgotten some details, but the st
Lady Rogue
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Yomna hosny
"WTF" is both an entirely overused acronym and an accurate reaction to the mess that is this book.

Granted, The previous book wasn't the embodiment of literary accomplishment or anything. It seems books that belong to this genre rarely are.

Maybe I was just rebounding from the bad experience I had with

Fifty shades of Grey

and Fifty shades darker

A side by side comparison with 50 shades of Grey, anything that makes a feeble attempt not to suck will be the clear winner. Although I personally wouldn't
I thought about giving these books 2 stars but in the end, I'll give them 3 simply because they are such quick reads and they do have their bright spots. Even despite the annoying parts, I found myself wondering what was going to happen next and how Jolie was going to get out of this or that situation, and I could envision the world Mallory was attempting to build rather well even despite her excess of supernatural creatures. And when Jolie isn't being annoying, I like the humor in her first per ...more
While still a very fun and entertaining read, it's beginning to, I don't know, drag on. I do love a bit of fantasy and romance and reading that is so easy it's ridiculous. I was so excited to find the first one for $1 on my kindle. I blazed through it.

This one was $4 I believe, more than I wanted, but I also wanted to know what was going to happen from the first book.

It was more of the same. More of Rand vs. Sinjin, like any other fantasy romance there's a love triangle. Which is ok! But I guess
Very disappointing. Enjoyed the first one, what happened here?

Spoilers (although the author was the one who spoiled it):

The first book was humorous and entertaining. I was looking forward to more of the same. It seems half of this book was the heroine traveling back in time to see the hero years before. Everything they wear, eat, look at is tediously described, as well as what they get for Christmas, the rooms they walk through, zzzzzzzzzzzz. If she wanted to write a historical romance, there's
3.5 for me. This follow up was better than the first in the series and also a lot steamier (not sure if that is a word but I am going with it) I don't really like love triangles especially ones that seem selfish and this one is on the verge of annoying me out of reading the next in the series. Jolie is becoming more defined as a character but there are times that I don't know if there are too big of character shifts to be realistic. These books are quick and fun but don't have much more going fo ...more
The idea behind Mallory's Jolie Wilkins series are interesting. However, the execution leaves me somehow cold. There are plot holes that one might easily drive a semi through, and a great deal of vacillation on part of the heroine. Ms. Wilkins does not understand her own mind, and instead of being conflicted, she just goes with it. I was disappointed in this series, especially after liking To Kill A Warlock so much. Then again, I think that Dulcie O'Neill is a much more developed and multi-facet ...more
These books are like crack fics. I read the first one because it was a free download and sounded like it could be interesting. I am currently reading book 3. I was so caught up in getting on with the story I forgot to update my Goodreads, ha! I am sure I will write more feelings once I finish all books since I seem to be neglecting to express my thoughts as I finish these. Here are some thoughts.

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Jolie was significantly less infuriating in this sequel, hooray! I was recommended to stick with the series and I'm somewhat glad I did. There are still countless things about the heroine that make me want to bang my head against the wall in frustration, but the plot was pretty captivating this time around. Some of the twists were predictable, but they were entertaining none the less. :)
"I love Rand."

"But I Sinjin's hot."

"But I love Rand."

It'd be nice if Jolie would take a second to a) figure out what her great, amazingly strong powers everybody keeps talking about are and b) work it out with the men. For somebody who didn't date before she figured out she was a witch, there are a loooot of Underworld boys sniffing around her (literally in some cases).
Danette Cole
I love this author and I love this series. I can't wait until the third one comes out. This book was just as good as the first one, if not better. I just love the characters...Sigh....Rand and one word...YUMMY :)! The next book I'm going to read is H.P. Mallory's other series To Kill A Warlock and I hope it's just as good.
Kimberly Wantulok
I just love Jolie and all the characters.. This book is a must read.. HP is an amazing author..
Fun, light-hearted paranormal chicklit with some definite laugh out loud moments.
I totally would have given this book 5 stars but I thought the book a little boring in the middle. It had the usual "girl's not supposed to fight but does it anyway" scenario that was a little clichéd especially with the whole disguise idea. Other than that I really enjoyed the book. The sexual frustration between Jolie and Rand could be construed as annoying and unrealized but makes up for it with the bazaar twist in the end which, by the way, was amazing!!! Not only was it not expected but it ...more
WOW, what an ending! When is the next book, I am SOLD!
Purr More, Censor Less
Toil and Trouble picks up right after Fire Burn & Cauldron Bubble ends.The power struggle for control of the Underworld continues and the battle between Bella's and Rand's forces is imminent. While the politics, strategy, and preparation for the battle move forward, the love triangle between Rand, Jolie, and Sinjin continues as well.

Rand is his usual conflicted yet sexy self, but we learn a little more about why he has an approach/avoidance issue with Jolie. Then there is Sinjin, our bad-boy
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Toil and Trouble is the second book in the Jolie Wilkins series, the follow up to Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

Toil & Trouble picks up right after Fire Burn & Cauldron Bubble after Jolie’s fight with one of King Odran’s fairies. Jolie won, thus King Odran & his fairies will back Jolie & Rand in their upcoming fight with Bella.

Rand decides that all of his allies but move to his manor home, though only a few of them are allowed to actually live in the manor. Rand is still up in the
"Toil and Trouble" picks up where "Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble" left off, with Jolie waking up in the fairy village following her magical fight with the fairies strongest fairy. With her powers severly depleated, Jolie returns to Pelham Manor with Rand and aids in putting together their group of fighters in their hopes of defeating Bella who hopes to be Queen of the entire Underworld. As the group of anti-Bella warriors travel to Scotland for the battle, Jolie finds herself being transported b ...more
Jan Niblock
This book definitely takes the reader on the next step in the Jolie’s story. She has survived the ordeal with Odran’s Fae warrior and has gotten the king to agree to aid them in the upcoming battle. She is so confused about the two main men in her life—thus the romance part of the book. On one hand there is Rand, the gorgeous Warlock, who wants to protect her at all costs and Sinjin, the sexy Vampire, who makes no secret that he lusts after her.

As the battle gets closer, Jolie wants to be a par
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