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I Belong

Review: What’s a Witch to Do? by Jennifer Harlow

Title: What’s a Witch to Do?

Author: Jennifer Harlow

Genre: Paranormal Mystery

Series: A Midnight Magic Mystery

Publication Date: March 8, 2013

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0738735140 (Midnight Ink)

ISBN-13: 978-0738735146 (Midnight Ink)

Reviewed by: Candy


A suspenseful brew with a dash of passion.

High Priestess might sound like an ’80s hair band, but its Mona McGregor’s life. She runs the Midnight Magic shop in Goodnight, Virginia, and leads a large coven. She’s also raising two nieces and hasn’t been with a man for fifteen years…until a handsome doctor takes an interest in her. But Mona’s life really heats up when Adam Blue, a sexy werewolf, arrives at her door. Adam informs her that someone wants her dead and he is there to protect her. Hell’s bells! When a demon begins stalking her, Mona has to suspect her coven members, and even her family.

With two handsome men and a determined demon after her, Mona teams up with Adam to find out who really wants her dead . . . and who really wants her.

Quick & Dirty: Mona McGregor, High Priestess of a coven of witches, must team up with Adam Blue, beta werewolf, to figure out who wants her dead and to stop them before they succeed. This story will appeal to paranormal suspense, mystery and romance lovers.

Opening Sentence: “Aunt Mona! Aunt Mona! Cora’s bleeding!”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Mona McGregor’s life could not get any busier than it already is or so she thinks. She is already juggling taking care of her nieces that her sister — Ivy just dropped on her door step and left, she’s also helping her other sister Debbie get ready for her wedding, running her business at Midnight Magic, helping with the Towns’ festival, getting ready for the supernatural co-op, and being high priestess of her coven. Then out of the blue a werewolf named Adam Blue shows up on her doorstep beaten so bad that he is almost unrecognizable. He tells her someone wants her dead. What is a girl to do? I was not sure I was going to like this book. I usually do not read books about witches or werewolves so I was very surprised when I really enjoyed this story. It took me a few pages to get into it but once I did, I did not want to put this book down. There is the mystery of who wants Mona dead, the suspense as she and Adam are trying to keep her alive long enough to figure out who wants her dead and then there is the romance that slowly blooms between Mona and Adam. All of this together makes for a wonderful story.

I enjoyed Mona’s character. She was a strong, independent woman who most of everyone looked up to. Of course sometimes she really should let someone else be the strong one and just let her feelings show. Like many women, she has had bad relationships and so is scared of falling in love and she pushes most guys away. Luckily for her, Adam isn’t most men. Despite the danger, Mona, keeps going. She puts everyone else before herself and tries to help them with their problems. Adam is my idea of the dream guy. Well, maybe except that he turns furry during the full moon. He isn’t very tall, but he is very muscular. He has light blue eyes and light brown hair that is softer than any man’s hair has the right to be. He is also so nice and loyal to a fault. I am actually shocked at Mona that her relationship with Adam did not develop faster. What woman could resist a man like that who wants to protect her with his life? The nice thing is that Harlow did not rush their relationship. It was a slow build that was actually believable. The other characters that were important to this story are Mona’s two nieces. Their mother showed up with them one day and the next day she was gone and she had left them behind with Mona. Sophie is ten years old and the oldest. She acts older than her years sometimes and knows things about black magic that no little girl should. She takes a while to warm up to Mona and she won’t tell Mona what happened when they were living with their Mom. The other niece is Cora; she is six years old and the complete opposite of her sister. Where Sophie is quiet and withdrawn Cora is bubbly and seems to always be talking. Sophie has a hard time warming up to people and even when she does she has a hard time showing it. Cora on the other hand seems to love everyone. When you put these two girls together you get trouble. It turns out that their Mom was teaching them black magic and they used it on someone. It didn’t hurt anyone physically but they did get into big trouble. There are many other characters, mostly Mona’s family because most of the towns folk of Goodnight, Virginia are related. The problem with this is that it means whoever wants Mona dead is most likely a relative.

Harlow did many things that strengthened the book. For example, the family tree in the beginning. It helps you know who is going to play a role in the story, at least among the witches in the story. I also liked how she has a to-do-list for each day to show just how much Mona really does have to do during a day. The funny part is that most days Mona does not stick with her to-do-list or even when she does she never seems to have time to finish everything she needs to do. This story should be a must read for adults who are into witches and werewolves. Even if you do not read this type of story usually give it a chance. I did and I truly enjoyed reading it.

Notable Scene:

I sit up straight in bed, every one of my nerve endings buzzing with warning. There are goose pimples all over and the hair on my arms stand on end. Danger. I’ve never felt this before, but instinctively I know the cause. I am beyond in trouble.

“Aunt Mona?” Sophie calls, voice filled with terror.

I leap out of bed and run to the door. Both girls stand in the hallway, Cora clutching onto her shaking sister. They’re as petrified as I am. “Are you okay?” I ask, trying and failing to hide my own fear.

The door across from me swings open, and we almost pee our pants. Adam steps out, hair wild from sleep. “What’s the matter?”

“You don’t feel that?”I ask


“Demon,” Sophie says, voice quaking. “There’s a demon outside.”

A Midnight Magic Mystery:

1. What’s a Witch to Do?

FTC Advisory: Midnight Ink provided me with a copy of What’s a Witch to Do? No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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