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Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to ...more
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Published March 5th 2014 by Soul Mate Publishing (first published March 3rd 2014)
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Snow


4.5 "Listen to your heart" stars

A wonderful story of forgivness and finding love in the midst of re-surfacing images of the traumatic events from the past when Cooper Shaw/Cole Stone reluctantly comes to Salem, his birth town, after 10 years of absence, while on a task of covering the story of a Festivity of the Dead for the magazine The Monthly Traveler. He's closed off, bitter, sometimes even crude due to the scars he carries deep inside.
I don't believe in much these days, so I can't be let
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Carrie Elks
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ostensibly a paranormal romance, Cursed is the story of Cooper Shaw, a travel writer who floats from assignment to assignment. He seems to live an easy, yet solitary life, but all isn't as it seems. In the first part of the story we learn that Coop escaped from his childhood home in Salem, Massachusetts under a dark cloud of suspicion. Let down by both his parents, he walked away and never looked back, severing any ties he might have had. When circumstances compel him to return to Salem, his ...more
Amy Vastine
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
CURSED BE THE WICKED is everything I could want in a romantic mystery. First, there's Finn. She's a little bit psychic, a little bit quirky, and a whole lot of sassy. I love a good heroine, but this story really belongs to the hero - Cooper. Cooper Shaw is the son of Crazy Maggie Shaw, the witch who went to jail for killing her husband. He's spent his entire adult life hiding behind a pen name so no one knows who he really is. But his job leads him back to his hometown and the secrets he never ...more
Sue
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cursed be the Wicked by JR Richardson kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing at what actually happened years ago in Salem, while simultaneously making me fall in love with her complex, intriguing characters. I really enjoyed how she threaded the mystery through the story – giving us just enough to glimpse at the possibilities of what happened and come up with theories, but not enough to actually get an answer until the actual moment everything becomes clear. I read a lot of mysteries and it ...more
Linda
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cooper is on his way back home, against his will, to his old home town. Being a travel reporter, his boss has ordered him to visit Salem to cover the Festival of the Dead, not knowing his personal ties to the happenings.
Returning to Salem brings back memories, of his childhood, his father and his mother, and the disaster that it all became.
His father disappering and his mother being convicted of his murder. Its no happy memories for Coop.
Being back in Salem, he finds himself meeting the same
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Jami Denise
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, romance
Five Freaking Stars All The Way!

So, this book y'all. I have been waiting for so long to read it and it was every bit as wonderful as I knew it'd be.

Being a fan of Jo and her work before hand did nothing to prepare me for how amazing this story was. I was sucked in by page one, and it had me guessing and wondering and loving the entire time.

Our Hero, Coop, has a past he just wants to forget. He's moved on and lives a quiet life as a journalist, and for the most part, he's been able to make a
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cosmogirl7481
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left.

I can’t lie and say that this book was an easy sell for me. Especially in the beginning. I had a hard
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Jennifer
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-na-romance
I received an ARC of Cursed Be the Wicked in exchange for an honest review.

Generally, when reviewing a book, I don't summarize it. I won't do that here either. Wanna know what it's about? Buy it. Read it.

There aren't many things I love more than a well-written, non-cheesy romance novel. And Jo knows how to deliver that...and then some. I've been a fan of Jo for years now, when I fell in love with her fanfiction writing. The woman is meant to be a writer of all things good, yummy and citrus-y.
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Chrisann
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book captured my attention from the first couple of pages! That is so important to me. I need the action to start quickly in a story and the author did not disappoint. Coop and Finn have amazing chemistry...she's feisty, quirky and mysterious. I really loved the way she calmed him with just a touch or the way she stood her ground when she thought he was being close minded and stubborn. The budding romance that was woven through the story was amazing, but the bulk of the story is this ...more
Ed
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite kind of book- one that fits into multiple genres. It is fueled by mystery and intrigue while embracing its setting and the history enough to add that historical feel. But there's more. An unlikely attraction is sparked between Cooper Shaw and his honorary (and seemingly unnecessary) tour guide. It is a compelling story that kept me thoroughly entertained and provided nuggets of universal truths. I loved it.
Carolamex
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-read
From the second I started this book to the last word, I was enthralled, I could not stop reading. I literally read it in one sitting with a few food and drink breaks. It's that good. I loved the paranormal aspect of the story, I love the relationship between Coop and Finn, I loved Geneva and I loved the backdrop of Salem as a character too. Quite a talented author J.R gives us a first book that makes us look forward to more from her. Bravo.
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The moment Cooper Shaw graduated, he left his hometown of Salem, and he never looked back. Out in the world he could be whoever he wanted to be, travel the world while writing articles for a magazine, and pretend he wasn't the boy whose father was murdered, whose crazy witch mother wasn't a murderer, who wasn't falsely accused of the crime and still suspect in the eyes of many in the witch-centric town he came from. So when he's forced back home on assignment, his goal is to get in, get the
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BG
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Cursed be the Wicked is the fabulous new Paranormal Romance Novel by Jo Richardson. It tells the story of Cooper Shaw, a travel writer with the pen name of Cole Stone, who is assigned to write an article about Salem Massachusetts. Unfortunately, this is the last place in the world he wants to go as it holds many unpleasant memories. He is forced to face the demons of his past, the murder of his father, his crazy mother, and his life in Salem. The plan is to go in do the article and get out. Well
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Shane
Cursed be the Wicked was one intriguing story, and I must say that it was different than I'd expected. First of all, I did not read the synopsis so I had no idea it was in the POV of a man, and secondly, I was expecting it to be engrossed in a whole lot of paranormal and focused entirely on that. Only it didn't, among the mystery surrounding the main character's past, is a blossoming romance that I enjoyed reading from start to finish.

Aside from how interesting a story it was, the book was
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Sarah Reads "Reading in Sarah's Corner"
This paranormal mystery is journey of self-discovery and realizing that childhood memories change over time. A story full of twists and turns that kept me trying to figure out what would happen next. Author J.R. Richardson did a fantastic job at keeping her readers guessing. I had to know what made Cooper Shaw run and never want to go back to Salem, Massachusetts.

From the moment Cooper Shaw’s boss told him his next piece for the Monthly Traveler will be in Salem, Massachusetts to visit the Day
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Priscilla Kraut
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2014
I was given this book as an ARC for my honest review. I will say that, when I read about the summary and watched the book trailer, I did not think that this book will be something that I would enjoy. I was very pleasantly surprised.

The book is written from a male prospective. I was a little worried about how it will work out. The protagonist, Cooper Shaw, is lost. During his journey in writing an article for a travel magazine in his hometown which he left as soon as he graduated from high
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Heather
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I’ve been a fan of J.R. Richardson’s words for a long time, and I was excited to get my hands on this book. I wasn’t disappointed. It had me from the start.

The main characters, Coop and Finn, are as loveable as they are entertaining. When Coop regrettably returns to his hometown of Salem for a job assignment, he has to deal with the ghosts—both literal and figurative—of his past. Luckily, he has the smart, sassy, no-nonsense Finn to be a friend and guide as he wades through
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Olena
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited and eager to read this, and I wasn't disappointed. I love Jo's writing, she can make you laugh and cry and guess and feel along with her characters as if you were right there with them. I don't want to give anything away, seeing as the book is a mystery one, but I can say that I loved Finn, the girl the main character, Cooper, meets in Salem. She's quirky and fun, and independent, and just perfect. Cooper never had a chance :) The book kept me guessing what really happened there ...more
Susan Wisnewski
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written story about a man whose childhood was cut short by tragedy. He leaves his home at a young age changing his identity trying to escape his tormented memories only to have his comfortable job bring him back to his nightmare. Upon returning to the outskirts of his hometown he meets an intriguing woman who helps him face his demons. J.R. gets the job done here. I couldn't put the book down. It was fast paced, real to life, and an overall fabulous read. I love her ...more
Trina Smith-patterson
I couldn't put it down!

I was so ready to read another story by JR Richardson after I read her Jackson Stiles book and the short story in the What the Heat wants anthology. Little did I know, this book would own me over my Mother's Day weekend. I immediately feel for Coop, and Finn is the most perfect heroine! JR Richardson must be a witch because she cast a spell on me. I couldn't put my Kindle down until the batteries drained. Such brilliant writing, and an intriguing story line that will give
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Michelle
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
**

Meet Cooper Shaw:
I don't believe in much these days, so I can't be let down. I don't let people in, so I can't get hurt.
I've even created a new name for myself, so no one knows who I am or where I'm from and can't judge me based on that information. I live a simple, ordinary, anonymous life, and I like it that way. In fact, I rarely even think about my childhood anymore.
Or at least I didn't, until I received a certain letter, from a certain office housed in a certain city, named Salem,
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Tina
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a little change of pace from the types of books I'd been reading lately, and came across Cursed Be The Wicked. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. J.R. Richardson had me instantly hooked with a plot rife with angst and filled with twists and turns galore. I'm not easily fooled, but I found myself taken completely by surprise at more than one point, and I loved it.

I'm not sure if my enjoyment of the story was enhanced because it was set in, and around where I grew up, but
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Amanda R
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cooper Shaw is hiding, lost. He's a writer for a travel magazine and goes by the name Cole Stone. You know that old saying, "You can always go home"? Coop doesn't ever want to go home. He had successfully evaded ever going back until his boss calls and tells him to go cover the festival going on and to find out more about "Crazy Maggie Shaw". He's hesitant and tries to get Bill to let someone else go, but no Coop has to go to Salem. He just hopes he can get in, do what he needs to do and get ...more
GraceMyBookSnack
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc-galley
4.5 – 5.0 Stars

You know that feeling you get when you're so into a story that you don't want it all to end? That happened to me while reading Cursed be the Wicked. I got to the last chapter, which is essentially an epilogue, and I hesitated for a moment before delving into the final pages.

Coop is reluctant to be back in Salem. The place dredges up so many bad memories that he's spent so much time trying to forget. He has one goal...do his research for the article he's been assigned to write and
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C.D. Hersh
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure up front, I was given a free copy to review. Also, there is the fact that as a reader I personally don’t like first person books and this is first person. I find their plots non complex and the constant introspection of the main character distracting from the story line. For me these stories are not action oriented nor are there multiple plot lines to keep things moving along and the reader guessing.

Now that is out of the way, the story by J.R. Richardson, as seen through the
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Lisazj1
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I really, really enjoyed reading this. I have to admit, I didn't think I would like it as much as I did at first. I was expecting more 'paranormal' and when nothing much happened initially (while the background was being laid) it felt a little slow to me.

But as I read on, without my even noticing, the story hooked me right in.

I'm not going to go through the plot, the blurb can do that. I will say how impressed I was that the author was able to wrap me up so tight in Cooper's story while he
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Raine Balkera
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a fan of first-person romance, with everything being in one person's perspective, but this book is an exception. It is more of a mystery that needs solving before romance can occur. It was also neat that the first-person perspective is that of the male and not the female lead.
It was well written, but a bit difficult to enjoy completely due to the inability to truly understand how the female interest thought or felt and only ever hearing his side of things, but as I said, the first-person
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Jeanne McDonald
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One word: Amazing! JR Richardson knocks this one out of the park. This book is full of mystery, intrigue, and some major spine tingling moments. Cooper Shaw ran away from his past long ago, but as we all know, our past tends to catch up with us. As fate would have it, Cooper is sent home on an assignment to write an article on the town of Salem after the death of one of its most famous witches. What is unknown to everyone outside of Salem is that witch just happens to be Cooper's mother. ...more
Lachrisa Britt
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this for any avid romance readers who like a realistic and organic romance. But this book has much more than a blooming romance between characters. There is mystery and intrigue surrounding and engulfing you as you turn each page to know who what and why. It rotates around the supernatural and unknown that even a nonbeliever may just start believing. It is not just about finding love or finding yourself but doing both when you didn't realize they were lost. It has the muchness ...more
Kennedy
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cursed Be the Wicked was a reading adventure for me. It was a mystery, it was a love story, it was a family story and there were so many truths to uncover and lies to prove wrong.

Finn, the lead female in this book is quirky and beautiful and fun and completely changes the life of Cooper Shaw, who has spent his whole life hiding from his past self. She helps him see that nothing he believed about his family and his past life was as it was and that he could turn his life around and have the
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