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Like a Charm

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  920 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Kira Smythe never thought she'd end up back in her hometown of Sweet, Texas. But now that her high-powered job, along with her five-year plan, have gone right out the window, she's back where she started, staying with her hippie, tofu- obsessed parents-except that somehow she's inherited the local library. At least there's a gorgeous guy in town who seems quite smitten wit ...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Berkley Trade
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Jun 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Looking at the cover and reading the blurb, I had various predictions for this book. The cover suggests chick lit, thus probably poorly written and likely to offend me with its depiction of women and relationships. But still, magic library? Hard to resist trying it.

As it turned out, none of these predictions was correct. It is chick lit, but not terribly offensive (although the romance suffered the usual insta-ness and the make leads all pushed the line from understandable concern into intrusive
Aug 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
I just wish that this website would allow me to give books zero stars. I had many, many problems with this book.

1. Apparently anyone can become a librarian! After all, being a contract lawyer does automatically qualify anyone to find information for the average patron. Come on! Finding information about when an album was originally released is NOT the same as doing legal research!! Moving on… Kira herself said that she hasn’t really read a book in years, yet when she become
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
I enjoy chick-lit most of the time, but Like a Charm was kind of "meh" for me.

Overall, the premise is pretty promising - a (generally) successful lawyer returns home to rest after a tragedy occurs. "Home" is a rather paranormal little town where she never really thought she fit in - until she inherits the local library and discovers a secret, all while finding herself interested in a gorgeous boy.

Unfortunately, the premise is the only really interesting thing about it. Even with the tragic begi
Like a Charm

by Candace Havens

5 out of 5 stars


From the acclaimed author of Charmed & Dangerous comes a sassy new paranormal romance about a gorgeous librarian who sees dead people.

Kira Smythe never thought she'd end up back in her hometown of Sweet, Texas. But now that her high-powered job, along with her five-year plan, have gone right out the window, she's back where she started, staying with her hippie, tofu- obsessed parents-except that somehow she's i
Aug 28, 2008 rated it liked it
I adore Candy and I’ve enjoyed her other books, but this one... I’m not sure I ever quite figured out what it was about. The heroine, Kira, is a high-powered contract attorney who has a mental and physical breakdown when a friend steps off the top of one of Atlanta’s high-rises. Her mom, a hippie born too late for the movement, collects her and takes her home to west Texas to recuperate. (Sweet, Texas isn’t as far west as I’m used to, since it only takes 3 hours to get to Fort Worth, instead of ...more
Robin Higgins
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed the book. I loved the characters Caleb and Kira. I hope that Candace does another with them. I've liked her other books with Bronwyn, who "visited" in this book. I totally liked the fact that the author made librarian/libraries a focal point. Of course enhanced powers come along with the job...but librarians are amazing! Kira experiences coming home again and discovers her parents, new skills and a new relationship. It was a very pleasant read. Sad to see I finished it.
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
I love how you can pick up little clues to give you an idea about how a book came to be. In this case, the author's background in writing and her love of a certain sassy teenage vampire killer (sadly, this does nothing to narrow things down. It was Buffy.) gave this book a flavor better suited to a television show. I kept waiting for something resembling an honest-to-weasel kind of crisis to happen, but was disappointed. Not a bad book, but it's like eating rice cakes when you want chocolate.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Very cute, light read with an enjoyable heroine, a delicious hero, and a unique enough story. No real danger or suspense until the very end, but despite not many plot bumps, still grabbing enough to hold the attention and flow nicely.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was light, not too serious, and lots of fun, which I needed right now.
Barbara Cryer
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite a delightful little read. Enjoyed the bright successful heroine being able to have a Male friend without a romantic interest.
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of those books that ruins life for un-romantic men 😉
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. Kira comes home to her small hometown after she has a breakdown caused by a trauma at work. The town is supposed to be magical, but very little is mentioned about the magic again. She inherits the library and all its secrets, and falls in love. There’s a little bit about her hippie parents, then nothing more. But the story was a fun read.
Mar 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like Candace Havens' books a lot. She has lots of interesting, likeable characters, and she seems to have lots of different kinds of paranormal stories in her which is great!

Although this particular book wasn't my favourite - My favourite is her Carruthers Sisters series, followed very closely by the Bronwyn the Witch series - this was a fun, light entertaining read with a clever story, and lots of quirky unique characters. Really, how can you HELP but love a book where the main character says
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because I had an Amazon gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket and it was recommended for people who like the Shanna Swendson series (that started with Enchanted, Inc.). I was disappointed. There was potential in the story, but I kept getting distracted by the actual writing, which was mediocre. If Havens had a better editor, it probably could have come out pretty good; as it was, the red pencil in my head was cutting out and re-working huge passages because they felt ...more
Lori Whitwam
Jan 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, chick-lit
I didn't realize it right away when I ordered this book, but Kira Smythe is the character who is a close friend of Bronwyn in this author's other series. Then I got confused. This book starts with Kira's arrival back home in Sweet, Texas after a tragedy related to her job as a lawyer in Atlanta leaves her needing time to recover. As the book goes along, you learn that Bronwyn is also newly-arrived in town, and the two have yet to meet. Two male characters are introduced, and you already know who ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully delightful book that takes place in the Bronwyn the Witch series of books from Candace Havens. In this one, though, Kira Smythe, lawyer, is the main character.

She suffers what is basically a physical and nervous breakdown after a female co-worker commits suicide at the office, and she returns to her hometown of Sweet in order to recover. Her parents are basically hippies. She lives in the same town that Bronwyn does, so we see the Lulu's restaurant and the same time of rat
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
I remember why I gave up this author after the first book in the series this book is spun off of. Since it was a stand-alone, I decided to give her another chance, but the book didn't deliver. Corporate lawyer Kira Smythe returns to her hippie parents and hometown of Sweet, Texas after a client commits suicide when Kira loses her case. She begins to heal as she meets up with old friends and new, including a new love interest. She also discovers that she has the ability to see and interact with t ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I’m getting caught up on my TBR pile and finding lots of fun reads from Candace Havens like Like a Charm. Kira was living in Atlanta working as a high powered attorney but after a small break down she’s back in her small home town in Texas for a little rest and relaxation. When tragedy strikes Kira is confronted with some pretty big life choices. Her big plan was always to get away from her small town but is she ready for her plans to change? Really fun, enjoyable story with a little bit of a my ...more
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Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kira is a high powered successful contracts attorney in Atlanta. Now, after losing a sexual harassment case, her friend/co-worker/client commits suicide in her presence. Kira cannot remember those last moments on the roof. She suddenly becomes very ill. Her hippie-turned-entreprenuers come and take her home to Sweet, Texas, a town protected by a coven of witches.

Back in her hometown, she renews her friendships with shopkeepers, her college friend, her high school friends and, most importantly, t
Reader17 Der
Sep 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: others-read
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Oct 06, 2008 rated it liked it
An enjoyable romp through a small town that has a library that has pretty much any information that anyone wants. Kira Smythe has escaped from this small town (and her hippie parents) and has become a big city lawyer but has had a breakdown after seeing a former client plunge to her death from a rooftop. She returns to the town and discovers that after the death of her beloved friend the librarian she not only inherits the library but also its resident ghosts. The story is even more fascinating ...more
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
After illness forces Kira to return to home of Sweet, Texas to recuperate, she finds that she is now charmed by the small town she could not wait to escape as a child. Did I mention that the town is sort of a magical haven protected by witches? She thinks her high power career as a contract lawyer is just on hold but she finds herself less interested in returning to that world than she ever would have thought. When she inherits the local (haunted)library, she finds herself even more torn about l ...more
Yvonne Boag
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural
Kira Smythe is a high paid lawyer who falls very sick and goes back home to Sweet, Texas to recover. All her old friends are still around including the librarian. It turns out that the library has some weird things going on. Kira gets it left to her when her friend dies and she finds out exactly how weird the library really is. Not only that but Kira is pretty weird herself. Oh, and she falls in love.

I quite enjoyed this book for some light reading. I liked the library angle and was hoping the s
May 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
This isn't part of the Bronwyn the Witch series but she does show up here. This book is so NOT a paranormal romance! Yeah, yeah, the lead can see uncrossed spirits and she lives in a town that is warded by a coven of witches but that's just side stuff and neither are really ever addressed or used as a plot basis. At the heart it's a standard contemporary romance and that isn't my cup of tea. It's pretty tame in the romance area too - no spark between the two. I really felt that this was a poorly ...more
Shanna Hurd
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Kira never felt like anything special growing up in the small town of Sweets, Texas. But, when she comes back to town after the death of a co-worker, Kira begins to discover that she is special after all. She inherits the town's library after the previous librarian dies (yes, the town library is actually privately owned), and even though she is actually a lawyer, she begins taking on the librarian duties while she is trying to figure out what to do with the library long term.

This book was inter
Sep 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Look at the cover of this book. Take in the horribleness. Now apply that to the material times 10.

This book just...screamed Mary Sue throughout the whole thing. The characters were perfectly bland, and wonderfully successful and rich and beautiful and good. And the sex scene was literally painful to read. Also, the magic they talk about in the prologue and the book blurb, is barely mentioned in the book at all. The first time it's mentioned it implies that it's a sort of secret? But the the nex
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
The cover of this one almost turned me off, but since I'd read 3 of Candace Havens's books before, I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. This one is my favorite from her yet. It's set in the same place as the Bronwyn (awesome kick-@ss witch that gaurds the British PM) books, and follows one of the minor characters from that series.

Kira, a lawyer working in Atlanta, goes back home to Sweet, Texas, to re-evaluate life after a client's suicide. While there, she inherits a library and all of
Mindy Blanchard
May 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a taste of an otherworldly book without the trashy romance aspect.
This book had a bit of something else...a special "spark." The main character was a list-maker and a librarian. So the beginning of every chapter had the call numbers and library information on a certain book - this was a treat to see. And the end of some of the chapters had the List that the character was working on. Very interesting. A great read. I look forward to reading the other books in this series to see if there are any "sparks" in those, also. The characterization is great throughout t ...more
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Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading enterta ...more

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