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A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses

(Half-Moon Hollow #2)

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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  5,823 ratings  ·  469 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
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Pocket Books (first published March 28th 2013)
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Jilly
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
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Totally read this series out of order but it was okay that I did. I didn't really feel lost at all, in fact it just made me want to pick up the other books and start at the beginning.

Not as many laugh out loud moments as I was expecting though but I'm hoping the earlier books will be better since they seem to have better reviews and ratings.
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
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Katie_la_geek
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Sana Zameer
2.5 Stars

This was not as entertaining as the first book in this series. I like Molly Harper's writing style but the plot was really boring. Also I couldn't understand Nola. Her conflicting feelings were really irritating. There was no chemistry between her and Jed. They were attracted towards each other but I didn't get how they fell in love so soon. It was rushed and unrealistic. I liked the parts with Jane, Andrea and Dick. Those were fun scenes. Iris Scanlon also showed up briefly. But there
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Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses is book two in the Half-Moon Hollow series by Molly Harper.

It’s been sometime since I’ve read the Jane Jameson series. The Half-Moon Hollow is a spin-off. Many of the characters from the Jane Jameson series make appearances and in this one we have a new character from across the pond, Nola! She’s been sent by her family to find 4 sacred objets needed to keep a curse in place.

The characters are unique and charismatic. We are brought into the supernatural a
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Celine
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
Mithrendiel
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
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Wanda
***2017 Summer Lovin’ Reading List***

An Irish witch on a special mission to Half Moon Hollow. It’s a cute, fun paranormal romance, in Molly Harper’s inimitable style. But it’s the intersection of this story with the continued adventures of Jane Jameson and Dick Cheney that truly made this worthwhile for me. I’m always interested in whatever shenanigans that Dick is enmeshed in and he features heavily in this book.

Half Nola’s adventures, half the Dick & Jane show, there is just enough of ea
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Stephanie
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Early Look: Molly Harper's A WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES

WITCH'S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES
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
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Regina
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
Jess
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Jacob Proffitt
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, audiobook, 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
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Malinda
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
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Dee
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Beth
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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 weari ...more
Karla

3.5 Stars! Took a while to get off the ground, but once it did...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
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Desi
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a slow boil type of book. Not much happens. I don't think it ever 'boiled' actually, even at the climax. The odd laugh here and there.

It seemed more like a book written as a roundabout way to check in with characters from previous books, who are already loved by readers, than a tale belonging to its main character. Who was rather mild, bordering on boring for a witch, now that I mention it. I didn't really feel invested in her plight.

Jed was pretty 'meh' too. Aside from that, the writ
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Elaine
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
I'm sorry to say, I didn't love this book as much as the other Molly Harper books I've read. In fact this is my least favourite of them all so far. The story was a bit thin, the love story was all tell no show and I didn't really warm to the characters. The beats of the romance were really awkward, and the surprise villain at the end was a bit cliché. It wasn't a bad book, but it's really not a good book either. There are some funny bits and old friends from previous books and those wer
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Feminista
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Amanda
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
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Sobia
May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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 in...so 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
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Ian
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Berit☀️✨
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
In this one, we meet Nola, a 1/2 Irish witch. I had a hard time imagining her accent (part Irish & Boston). She was not wholly embracing of her abilities and seemed to want to be more normal, but (happily) by the end she was more comfortable in her own skin.
I loved that Jane, Andrea, Dick, and Gabriel were in this one. Enjoyed this one!
Berls
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved seeing so much of the gang! The twist was a real surprise! And Amanda Ronconi nailed the Bostonian/Irish accent!
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Okay, after listening to A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses, I decided I needed to go and listen/read the Jane Jameson books. Granted you don't need to, but there are reoccurring characters from that series might help you with the Half-Moon Hollow books. One of them is Dick Cheney. Goodness, listening to the Jane Jameson series makes you understand Dick soooo much more. Plus, it makes the story even more funny.

Anyway, I did have fun with A Witch's Handbook of Kiss
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Sandra
Enjoyed this one but it felt more like a filler book. Our h Nola Leary, is a witch from Ireland who travels to Half Moon Hollow to retrieve 4 magic artifacts that her Grandmother Fee gave to Mr Wainwright, when he was travelling through Ireland, decades ago, oh and he was her Grandfather.

The thing that saved this story was all the cast of previous books such as Jane & Gabriel, Dick & Andrea, Zeb & Jolene, with mentions of Iris and of course Mr Wainwright.

And of course with the myster
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