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Toil and Trouble

(Jolie Wilkins #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  8,634 ratings  ·  403 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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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
For some reason I just couldn't get into this like I was able to with the first book which is a shame because I remember loving it.
Jessica  Etches (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
Jun 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
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"

Belinda Boring
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...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
Yomna hosny
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
"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
Lady Rogue
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read4bbpr-review
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
Apr 17, 2011 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 ...more
Dec 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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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
Annette  Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"

As with book one I really enjoyed the wittiness of this tale. I've decided to stop with book two because from all the reviews I've read it's going to take forever for Rand to finally get his girl. Then, it sounds like Jolie is still all goofy for Sinjin. And, one review states that there really isn't a HEA.... Nope, I'm taking it on hear say and leaving right it here. At least in this story I got a smidgen of fire works with Rand and Jolie (and I mean a smidgen).

This isn't the first time I've
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Evelyn Amaro
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-my-shelf
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
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Toil and Trouble is the second book in the Jolie Wilkins series by H.P. Mallory. Jolie begins to show more strength of character in this book. She wins the Fae as allies in the supernatural war that is raging, and her powers as an animator of the dead become much more center stage. She also begins to take charge a bit more in her personal life. I loved that we get to learn more about the history of the characters in this book, although book 3 has more. It is another fast paced book, quick to ...more
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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. :)
Danette Cole
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it
"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).
Lily Sand
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really liking this little series, I like how far Jolie has come in such a short time. Looking forward to the next book to see if she progresses in her relationship with Rand, I'm getting tired of them not being together lol
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
WOW, what an ending! When is the next book, I am SOLD!
Kimberly Wantulok
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Ugh... The ending was just... Ugh... Not sure why I'm still reading the series; fine, it's Sinjin. The only reason this isn't a 2 star is because of him... I'm heartbroken for him and just want to know he is ok- yes, I know that is ridiculous. Jolie is becoming more annoying and the story is spiralling out of control... Yet hope is a treacherous friend who whispers in the night to come inside and warm yourself by the fire even as you see the icicles on the inside of the windows...
Tonya Johansson
So far this series is solid. I can't choose whether the first book or the second book is better. However, Jolie our heroin needs to make up her mind which guy she likes better or more. And Rand our hero needs to just bite the bullet and be with Jolie instead of I want you I don't I want you I can't. I'll read the next one. Because I like these enough.
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