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The promising debut of a hot new voice in paranormal romance-and the first of the Southern Witch novels. The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets are a few untimely visits from long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket-an heirloom that happens to hold Edie's soul-is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it's tThe promising debut of a hot new voice in paranormal romance-and the first of the Southern Witch novels. The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets are a few untimely visits from long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket-an heirloom that happens to hold Edie's soul-is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it's time for Tammy to find her inner witch. After a few experiences with her dysfunctional magic, Tammy turns to the only person in small-town Duval, Texas, who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers-and a 007 savoir faire to boot-but the locket isn't the only heirloom passed down in Tammy's family. She also inherited a warning: stay away from Lyons....

Title : Would-Be Witch
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ISBN : 9780425225776
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Number of Pages : 294 Pages
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Would-Be Witch Reviews

  • graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
    2019-02-12 22:17

    While at first (in the first four pages) it seemed that the character of Tammy Jo Trask would be a good one, that was quickly proven to be a false notion. To put it quite simply, she was a helpless moron. Now, I don't expect a MC to be invulnerable or a genius, but I would still hope for someone who can think and act for herself. As if her ex-husband with benefits is an Alpha of the worst kind isn't enough, he also belittles her just about all the time and tells her what and what not to do. But that's okay because he comes to her rescue and shows an occasional kindness. Excuse me? That makes his emotional abuse alright? I don't think so! And Bryn (whose name seems female to me), her other love interest, isn't much better. He is also derogatory towards her and orders her around, so basically he's just as big a jackass as her ex. To make matters even worse, Bryn is on this list, that was written ages ago, of people the Trask women cannot fraternize with, and Tammy doesn't even question why. She just accepts everything she is told, and all she's says about the list is that it has "something to do with the family being destroyed for all of eternity." Mmm-hmm, likely. Ever heard of family feuds or women scorned? Now I'm not saying it's not totally impossible, but how can I like or respect a character who doesn't look into things herself and let's people (re: men) treat her the way they do? And I don't care how sheltered someone is, how can Tammy not know what a red light district is? There is a difference between sheltered and stupidity, and Tammy Jo doesn't even straddle the line (most of the time she's on the side of stupid). Now, to be fair, she does do some things on her own that aren't always moronic, but for me, that's all trumped by her numerous negative attributes.Onto the plot, which is pretty convoluted to say the least. Finding her locket is supposed to be the main storyline, but it quickly gets lost in the midst of zombies, werewolves, and who-knows-what? because I couldn't take anymore and stopped reading on page 180. What little so-called humor came across mean-spirited and close-minded and made me cringe more than once. Also, all the terms of endearments were very annoying and distracting to read, especially when it wasn't used in the dialogue. Honestly, I know it's a small Texas town, where they might use sugar, honey, sweetie, etc. more than, well anywhere, but it seemed overdone and far-fetched. Still, if only Tammy had been more sympathetic and had more qualities that I admire, I might have made it to the end. While I did read the last chapter or two and it looks as if she may have gotten a little better by that point, it's way too little, too late for this reader. How Mercutio puts up with her is beyond me, because cats are smart and regal creatures (the majority anyway :P). Good luck to future readers out there, maybe you won't have any problems with what I did, but I'd advise anyone who finds what I mentioned annoying, to skip the book then.

  • The Flooze
    2019-01-26 19:49

    Would-Be Witch is a little helter-skelter at times, but it's a very fun read. It reminded me a bit of the Sookie Stackhouse series, but with a much greater focus on humor.Tammy Jo Trask is a likable, sweet narrator with just the right streak of sarcasm to keep her interesting. (She's also proof positive that us redheads have fiery tempers when crossed!) As an untrained, late-blooming witch, she's obviously going to make a lot of blunders, and with her family out of town she can't be too choosy about whom she gets to help. Enter Bryn Lyons, who fits the arrogant hottie mold to a tee. He's suave and devilishly handsome, and has the intelligence and magical ability to back up that arrogant attitude. Tammy Jo dearly loves to yell at him, while he fiercely enjoys taunting her into a tizzy. I can see much amusement coming from his efforts to win her over.While I appreciated that the author didn't dump oodles of info in my lap, the world-building here is very thin. I'm hoping that's because Tammy Jo herself is a little clueless about how things work, and that we'll learn right along with her. It makes me wonder though--just how flakey is her family that she doesn't even know there are authorities that deal with magic? The laughs were more than enough to distract me, but I hope she bulks up the world a bit in future books.As key as Tammy Jo and Bryn are to this story, the entire town plays a significant role. There's Tammy's ex-husband, who's a good ol' boy with a big heart and the right intentions, but he's far too bossy for his own good. There's Johnny Nyguen Ho, the town's only nod to ethnic diversity, who believes himself psychic and is fabulously creative when it comes to clothing designs and hair. Johnny comes complete with diva vampire boyfriend Rollie, and Tammy Jo's conversations with them prompted a lot of chuckles. And then, of course, we needed a life-long nemesis (everyone in a small town has one), so sprinkled throughout the story are run-ins with some rich-bitch nasty-pants who has it out for our Tammy. It's a great popcorn read, and I'm certainly intrigued enough to keep on reading. These sorts of misadventures are right up my alley.

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-02-05 18:07

    It didn't take long for this book to annoy me. Stuck up rich bitches getting their own way just because they are rich bitches. Tammy Jo the helpless airhead bimbo who has no common sense or any clue what is going on outside her brain dead ditzy world. The 'I am man hear me roar' himbo ex-husband Zach who is there to bonk and be annoyed by, like the macho monkey that he is. Georgia Sue, the overbearing in-your-face friend who never pauses for breath long enough to even listen to what someone else is saying. And of course Mr Dangerous lurking in the corner who your family told you not to talk to because he's a baaaad man!Oh give me a break already! Plus the language of honey this and sugar that every ten seconds was really annoying. Tammy Jo is the type of woman who should never be allowed out unsupervised. She is the steriotype of the dumb bitch who can't drive, can't think, can't stand up for herself against an aunt who is DEAD, and who does stupid things all the time. I can feel the suffragettes shuddering in their graves...

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2019-02-18 17:09

    3.5 starsTammy Jo is like a supernatural Stephanie Plum. Being a fan of Stephanie Plum, I think this is kind of great. Would-Be Witch is definitely in the Chick Lit sub-genre of Urban Fantasy, so if that's not your thing, I would skip it. Tammy definitely has her dingbat moments, but they're balanced by extreme cleverness, so that doesn't bother me. Like I said--I like Stephanie Plum.The plot was kind of erratic, so I can't say much without spoilers . . . suffice it to say that Tammy is a witch from a long line of witches, who at age 23 has not come into her witchy powers. She's basically a magical dud.Riiiiiight . . . *winks*Overall I liked it, but if you read UF for the kick-ass heroines and nonstop action, this one may not be for you.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2019-02-16 16:03

    It was no surprise that I quickly became caught up in the series and had a hard time putting it down, in fact, I never did put it down. I read straight through the day until I got to the very last page.I knew I was going to love Tammy Jo, Zach, and Bryn. Having read the two short stories before starting this (which I highly recommend doing), I simply couldn't wait to dive right in and see if the series was as good as the shorts were and I am happy to report that I wasn't let down. I have gotten to a point in my life where love triangles are starting to bore me and I am even starting to (gasp) get tired of them and all the angst that comes with them but I have to admit, the one in this, just works and it is relatively angst free. Bryn and Zach couldn't be too more different but so very intriguing men. Zach is the good ole cowboy that protects what is his, so much so that he often comes off as overprotective and overbearing and you just want to smack him upside the head but then, then, that little stubborn cowboy will go and say something so sweet and romantic in his southern drawl that he will have you melting right at his feet and you fall right in love with him.Then there is Bryn, the dark and mysterious millionaire that is every bit what you would expect. A bad boy playboy but who, of course, seems to have a heart of gold. He is sexy and strong and oh so drool worthy and he wants nothing more than to have Tammy Jo (Tamara to him) by his side and again you love him for it.How in the world could you ever choose between two such great men? I still haven't figured that one out and I have a feeling it will only get harder as the series progresses. Frost really did create something fun in this series. There is humor and swoon worthy moments, action, danger, mystery, ghosts, magic, darkness, lightness, it really does have it all and it does it all while still managing to be fun and clean. I don't think there was a single bad word in this unless you count Sam Houston as a bad word and you know what? I loved it! It was so refreshing and nice to get something fun that will still make your heart pound with the danger and the romance but still be PG-13 rated so I wouldn't have a problem with one of my girls picking this up and reading along with me. Tammy Jo gave me everything I love in my heroines and still managed to be sort of awkward and goofy at the same time and so very real and endearing that I couldn't help falling in love with her as well. I can't even tell you how excited I am to pick up the second book and dive right back into Tammy Jo's world.

  • Yodamom
    2019-02-11 17:03

    Love Merc the cat , an Ocelot ! Great story about a witch that does not really think she's a witch.. , her Testosterone heavy ex-husband, one super rich sexy male witch, and a grumpy father all trying to save them selves and the town from death. The twists and turn leave you guessing.This is a sexy, fun book with fantastic characters that make me want to know them better. If you like Mary Janice Davidson,Charlaine Harris, and Gerry Bartlett you will love this book.Paranormal Cozy

  • Natasha
    2019-02-01 23:17

    Would-Be Witch is the dazzling debut in the hilarious and addictive Southern Witch series by Kimberly Frost. What a delight!I was in one of my witchy moods, so I decided to see what I could find. I was so happy I came across this series from another fellow blogger's review blog. And if the story didn't sounds catching enough, get a load of the cover art! It's amazing. I love cartoon cover art, I think this may be my favorite. (Along with Tate Hallaways, Garnet Lacey series cover art). There were times were it reminded me of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, where the protagonist is the prettiest in the small southern town, but looked upon as weird. But this series is focused on being way more whitty. It's a fun, light read that will keep your head in the book all weekend! Tammy Jo is down-to-earth (she says a funny line with that in book 2) and she's a great character to read. I love her wittiness and ability to kick butt when needed. But deep down she's just a regular southern gal. I loved reading along with her on her witchy adventures, and could see myself being her friend.(if only she were real. hehe) She's also caught in a pretty hard to choose love triangle between her hunky ex-husband Zach(who's still in the picture) and the handsome wizard named Bryn Lyons who wants to be her mentor in witchcraft- And more. There's a rule in her family. Stay away from Lyons. But it's so not easy. Especially when she needs his help more than not. And did I mention he wants her? Because he does, bad.All of Frost's characters are written perfect for their parts, and I just love her style in writing!It's not all about love though, she's is a witch. But she's not a very good one. She comes from a line with witches and she seems to be the only one who is reckless and lacking with her magic. So she decided to take another path in life. Her true calling is being a pastry chief. And she's mighty good at it!But someone steals her family's necklace at a Halloween party, a necklace that is connected to great great grandmother's dead twin sister Edie's ghost. Edie's soul resides in the locket, and Tammy Jo will do anything to get it back.Now Tammy Jo finds herself swept away in a change of events, finding out more than she's bargained for.Now, I cannot forget to mention my favorite character. The trusting, cute Mercutio. Tammy Jo's Ocelot.(wild cat). I love him! I wish all cats were as perceptive as him. (But I wouldn't change my kitty, Cova for the world!)Would- be Witch is filled with supernatural creatures, southern hotties and all you can take, laughs. It's full of charm and whit, and pretty good suspense. You get pulled right in from page one, and the moment you finish this book, you'll be driving back to the book store for book 2. So you might as well buy them both at once!I'm dying to read Halfway Hexed in Feb 2011. Make sure everyone buys it so the series can keep going! You'll agree with me when you start to read along with Tammy Jo and the crew!

  • K.M. Montemayor
    2019-01-31 15:53

    Recommended by my dear friend Candace.I'm going to have to go with my southern drawl on this review. I LOVED this story. The author got so many things about Texas right. I found myself smiling for most of the book.The book starts out with Tammy Jo getting fired. She comes from a line of witches, but her mother and her aunt have taken off, searching for something. That leaves Tammy Jo alone, struggling to figure out her powers.Bryn Lyons is a warlock in the town of Duvall, a place replete with magical ley lines. He wants to help Tammy Jo. There's only one problem. He is on a list of people her mother and aunt have told her to have no dealings with. But when strange things start happening in their small Texas town, and a gang of werewolves threaten their existence, Tammy Jo has no choice. She has to retrieve the locket of her long-dead aunt who lives as a ghost within it.There's also the issue of Tammy Jo's ex-husband, Zach, who also happens to be a deputy and gets her out of numerous scrapes with the law. He doesn't seem to understand that they are actually divorced. (view spoiler)[ I know we're not supposed to like him. But he reminds me so much of some of the guys I grew up with and went to high school with that I can't help but love him. When he pulls that "I know we're divorced, but I still love you and want to protect you" cowboy bit, I melt like a Hershey kiss in the hot Texas sun. It seems to me that they got married too young and were both a bit immature. What is also very apparent is that he loves her something fierce. (hide spoiler)]My friend Candace thinks I'm crazy for not rooting for Bryn and Tammy Jo, and I can definitely see her point. The trouble is, I felt so bad for Zach. (view spoiler)[ After she slept with Bryn and he found out about it. (hide spoiler)]I can't wait to read the next book to see what kind of trouble Ms. Tammy Jo gets herself into.

  • Mandy
    2019-01-28 16:50

    Things I liked:1. The cat is awesome. Seriously. He kicks werewolf and redneck ass a couple different times throughout the story. Plus, I just have a thing for big cats. I'd love to have an ocelot of my own.2. Tammy Jo has no idea what she is. She's really not interested in least until she has to. But, it doesn't throw her off to learn of witches, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, etc.3. The developing romance between Tammy Jo and Bryn Lyons. Although, he comes off as a snobby ass a couple of times, they have great chemistry. I really want to see where this is going and find out why the Lyons name is on the don't mess with list.What I didn't like:1. The down home, southern, red neck, good ole boy attitude most of the characters seem to have. Specifically, Tammy Jo's on again off again ex-husband, Zach. The I'm the male so therefore I know what you need lil lady attitude just rubs me the wrong way. He doesn't want to listen to her or believe her, but she damn well better do as he says. *grumble*2. Apparently, (at least according to novels) all fabulous drag queens in the south are also African-American vampires. I don't really have a problem with this, but with the way the characters and dialogue treat this. Tammy lets a couple homophobic comments slip. I get the feeling it was meant to be comedic but just knocks my opinion of her down a few rungs. She can easily accept werewolves and magic, but has issues with people being gay?3. Tammy Jo is constantly breaking the law......and it is alright. She breaks into houses, steals cars, and generally causes chaos. Luckily, she is sort of dating her ex-husband who also happens to be a cop. No charges are ever pressed. He threatens to throw her in jail a couple of times, but never fact he usually helps her do whatever her next illegal act is going to be. I understand her situation is desperate, but baking a cake doesn't actually make up for stealing a car.Overall:Even with the story elements that bothered me, I devoured this novel. It was so much fun! I was a bit disappointed when it came to a close. It must be a sign I need to get a hold of book two.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-07 20:56

    Very rarely do I 5 star ANYTHING...But there are exceptions waiting for you to break them. This book rated 5 stars. Mega humor from a klutzy would be witch. 2 hot guys trying to jump her for (whispers) sex, and a whole pack of werewolves trying to jump her (not for sex), good friends, loving ex-husband (who still adores her), a future lover, and would you believe it: a gay vampire named "Rollie". You NEED to read this...I KNOW there are more in this series, and I'm gonna find them and laugh on. Join me for some fun!

  • MlleLambert
    2019-02-19 22:52

    4.5 starsAu départ, j’ai trouvé que la façon dont l’histoire était racontée était un peu trop simpliste. J’avais l’impression que l’histoire était écrite pour les pré-adolescents alors que son contenu vise, quant à moi, plus les adultes que les enfants. Peut-être cela venait-il du fait que Tammy Jo parle constamment à son chat Mercutio, car une fois habituée à cette façon un peu enfantine de lui parler (qui ne parle pas à son chat comme à un bébé ;)) j’ai embarqué dans l’histoire de pied ferme. Une histoire où tout déboule à la vitesse de l’éclair!Chronique:

  • Brandi ;)
    2019-01-23 22:54

    I actually gave up on this book for several weeks and only came back to it a few days ago. It captured me immediately but then the fighting started at a witches council and I lost all interest. I would pick the book up and read a page or two then realize I had stopped paying attention to what I had been reading. So again I would put it down and go on to read another book. Finally I decided it was either time to read it or give it up so I started in on it again and pushed through over that reading hump and I am soooo happy that I didn't give it up! What a fabulously fun read. I think my problem was that in this book werewolves are (or seem to be) totally evil and I just don't really go that way with were lore. Hey, if a vamp can funny and humane, why can't a were? So, when the were's attacked the witches council and mayhem and slaughter was abundant, I just kind of closed myself off to the book and went on to another. I'm working on that little problem of mine.Anyway, after I re-started the book and pushed thru my mind block, the book took off and was, as I said before, just fabulous. Yes, Tammy Jo did seem to get out of a lot, and I mean A LOT of 'little problems' (stealing various objects such as cars, guns, money, personal items, ect) but she was sleeping with a town cop (don't know how he didn't lose his job) and she is a witch (although a new one) so it all worked out one way or another. PLUS she has this cat, an Ocelot, that totally steals the scene everytime he is in it. He helped make the book in my opinion, she would have been lost with out him. LOVED the cat. So, I'm glad I didn't shelf the book and gave it another chance. It was well worth it.

  • Once Upon a Twilight
    2019-01-20 23:51

    This seems like a series, I am really going to enjoy. It reminds me of The Sookie Stackhouse novels but not too gory like them. This book is one of those exciting fun and funny reads. The best part hands down is the humor. You will find mystery, suspense and action but Humor takes the cake. Kimberly created some crazy, eccentric characters, that I am excited to keep reading more about. I have the next 2 books in the series waiting to be read. You meet Tammy Jo a witch that doesn't really know or use her powers. She lives in a small town in Texas called Duvall. Her ex-husband Zach who is a police officer in town still has a thing for her and Tammy does too. Tammy Jo wants to be a pastry chef, not a witch. Of course if life was that easy. Tammy Jo's has her necklace stolen from her and she must find it. This necklace is very important because it contains her great great grandmother's ghost in it. Tammy Jo has to find it to sae Edie's ghost. Now Tammy Jo must start to look at thos ethat have always surrounded her and she might even have to start to trust in someone she was told to stay away from. Bryn Lyons is that person, he is a warlock that can possibly help Tammy Jo, but she is reluctant because of what her family has been told in the past. Will Tammy Jo trust and become Bryn apprentice or will she try and figure it all out on her own? of course she needs to do that before the werewolves find her.

  • R.G.
    2019-01-24 21:58

    this book was in some ways just like all the other books out there like this... magic gone awry... a lost locket needing to be found... and a new house cat that might actually be a tiny leopard... i'm not saying there was anything bad about that i love these kinds of books and wouldn't have given it 4 stars if i thought it was just mediocre... but i'd say the main thing that would set this book apart is unlike so many other love triangles... cause there has to be one... this one is the most even i've ever seen... usually there's the guy that they're just meant to end up with... and then the other guy that's just tempting... but you almost always know which one they'll pick or at least have one you want them to end up with... this one though... well Bryn and Zach are both so wrong for her but so right at the same time i just could never decide who she'd pick or heck who i'd pick... the balance between the two definitely added to the story and the tension... as well as they were evenly in and out and always coming to the rescue... but over all this book was great... funny... action packed... and just good ol' southern...

  • Marina
    2019-02-08 17:18

    I ran into this series in the library the book cover caught my eye. I love cats and the minute I saw that book cover I was like what is that an ocelot...why is that on a book cover? The book was fun lots of wacky characters and hot chemistry. =0)This was my 1st book by this author too. Now I am a fan. Plan to read this series!-------------------------------------------------------------------------SpoilerNote to Self; Texas

  • Melissa
    2019-01-27 22:58

    This book is terrible! It's a bad caricature of a Texan mixed with every bad romance trope imaginable. How dare a woman be independent and intelligent! "Oh no, I may have divorced my husband before age 20, but three years later I'm still fucking him and letting him call all the shots! I have no money to my name, but I can still afford my family's weird estate. And I have no clue where my mom and aunt are. I haven't seen them in a year, but I've made no attempts to find them! I'm just a pretty, dumb redhead without the sense god gave a goose. And I use lots of colloquialisms. Poorly. Incorrectly, and mashed with others like some depraved Southern-Valley Girl mallaprop!"I haven't read a book this bad in years! Save yourself the time! If you want a naive southern witch/elf/magical creature style book, go read the Charlene Harris Sookie Stackhouse novels. At least those had a decent editor! If I had to read the phrase "what in the Sam Houston" one more time, I would've literally clawed me own eyes out! This book is terrible. The only interesting character was the cat.

  • Carolyn F.
    2019-02-01 16:13

    Wow, I just did not enjoy this book at all. The main character is just walked all over by seemingly everyone and just takes it. When she finds out who did her wrong or confronts people who are overly mean, she does pretty much nothing except mumble under her breath. Now, if it were me, there would be a HUGE amount of swearing, some cake throwing or whatever is handy, maybe hair pulling and scratching faces of a certain someone in this book - but definitely the first two. I didn't care for anybody in this book.

  • Mary
    2019-02-15 19:50

    I'll read the next is the series. It would have been three stars without the accents.

  • Jacinthe
    2019-01-19 16:55

    Très bon livre au départ...mais rapidement, on se rend compte que le fil conducteur part en tout sens à peine rendu à la moitié du livre. Une histoire qui semblait logique, mais qui au final se ramasse avec des lacunes ou des incohérences qui en viennent à perturber la lecture.Je reste très mitigée. Je tente quand même la lecture du second tome, dans l'espoir de voir une amélioration.

  •  ♥ ♥Lynn ♥ ♥
    2019-01-25 18:07

    For me, this one started off really well. I was ready to buy the whole series. Somewhere in the middle, things went south. I enjoyed the main character, I just felt left out of the plot for a while. Not sure really what else to say about it, other than you know when you are making a cake and you don't mix it well and you have patches of mix that you haven't mixed well with the rest of the mixture...that was this book. Certain plot lines didn't mix well.

  • Courtney
    2019-01-22 20:15

    The story takes place in Duvall texas, a stereotypical small town.(For the first few chapters, 'til I made myself stop, all the characters 'sounded' like Sheldon's Mom from the big bang theory. Not really a plus.) Everybody knows everybody's business, and you'll never live anything down.The main character is Tammy (Tamera) Jo Trask, who despite coming from a long line of witches has no magic herself. When a locket haunted by her great-aunt (?) Edie is stolen, Tammy Jo has to get it back before Edie tries to leave and her soul is destroyed. To do so she is forced to ask Bryn Lyons for help, despite being forbidden to associate with him or any of his kin. Things get more complicated when a zombie shows up in town, and a pack of werewolves show up, out for Tammy's blood.~~~~~~~~~~Pros: Interesting plot, hot love interest (Bryn), a cool ghost character (Edie), more than the usual creature line-up (there's a merrow mentioned. Mercutio, who was probably my favourite character, despite being a cat (possibly an ocelot). Johnny was adorable, and his vampire boyfriend Rollie was pretty cool too. Cons: I didn't really like the main character, there was the usual (cliche) love-triangle, 2nd love interest was an immature idiot, unbelievable (she gets into way too much trouble, and doesn't have to deal with the repercussions for any of it), lots of characters with little effect on the plot (might be fix-able if they have more parts in the next few books), and so much happens that the plot kind of jumps all over the place. It wasn't bad. It kept my attention, and I didn't have any major urges to drop it and find something else. I can't say I really liked it, though. I found the main character, Tammy Jo was borderline irritating - it's kind of hard to pin down why. She's like-able at the start, standing up to a b***h who is trying to weasel her out of her proper payment for a cake Tammy made. This ends up costing her her job, which causes issues time and again throughout the book. I suppose that part of it is I don't get her reasoning in relation to Zach - he's kind of a bonehead. Yes they've known each other forever, and been close since childhood. But he doesn't seem to have grown up much since then. He seems to vary between showing up to tease her about something, acting protective when she's in danger, acting jealous in regards to Bryn, and ordering her around like she's a kid (most of the book). And then being irritated when she makes her own decisions. And despite his 'charming' personality, and the fact that it already didn't work out between them (they're divorced) she's still sleeping with him. If you can put up with Zach, though, it's not a bad book. Fairly standard magic system, and like I've mentioned, Mercutio was awesome. Probably ties with Bryn for the smartest character in the book. He hauls Tammy's ass out of the fire a few times, despite it getting him beaten all to hell. (And yes, as she says in the book, the vet probably DOES think she's an awful pet owner. Injuries during various fights, plus Bryn's dog mauling the poor thing? I wouldn't be surprised if the next book features a visit from the ASPCA.) Images behind the spoiler cut (view spoiler)[ Roland Spears Johnny Tammy Jo BynAnd of course...(hide spoiler)] Mercutio!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Chibineko
    2019-01-30 00:05

    I'd picked this looking for a light and fluffy read, so I wasn't disappointed on this part. I was fairly aware that this book wasn't going to be a Kim Harrison-esque read, so I didn't really hold the cutesy part against it. It's just that at times the heroine was just as dumb as a box of hammers.The plot here is fairly simplistic: girl finds she has powers after years of feeling like the disappointment of the family. Tammy Jo is fairly cute as far as her overall personality goes, so I didn't begrudge her brainlessness for the most part, although I do wish she'd had more of a spine when it came to the guys in her life. She tended to be a little bit of a doormat. (Um hello, if you keep allowing the guys to walk all over you and dictate your life then why should you be upset when they continue to treat you like a possession or a child?) The characters were also decent, although (I seem to be saying that a lot in this review in one form or another) there were an awful lot of stereotypes here, such as stereotypical gay characters, stereotypical Texans, etc. I'm aware that there are people like this, but it just kind of kept the story from getting that level of reality that would have brought the book to that extra level, as I felt Tammy Jo was supposed to be this "fish out of water" on the same level as the reader. I suppose what disappointed me about Tammy Jo was that there was the potential for this to be a little better exploited as a plot point ala Bubbles Yablonksy. (A character written to be ditzy that embraces her ditzy habits despite working to improve herself and be more than just a doormat.)I have to say that I did like the story idea, although I do think that Tammy Jo picked up on the whole magic thing a little too easily. She went from being unaware to being fairly fluent pretty quickly, although I suppose this could be due to her family being frequent practitioners. (Although she's pretty unaware of the other supernaturals, so I found this slightly hard to believe that she could take to all of this that easily.) There's not a huge look into the magical world or her family's background, so this just felt a little shortchanged at times. The narration was fairly decent, with Seigfried doing a good job on accents, capturing different twangs and the slight Irish tinge to Brynn's voice. The only thing is that she sort of sounded a little younger than I thought Tammy Jo would be, sounding more like a teenager than an adult. There were also a few moments when the "Oh no!" parts sounded a little un-serious, more like she was saying "oh no, the cake burnt up" rather than "oh no, werewolves are getting ready to eat me and things are going pear shaped". Overall though, this was a decent enough read. It's cute enough that I'll check the next one out from my library to read, but not so much that I'd leave a layer of rubber on the road in my attempt to get to the bookstore and purchase all three books. I'd recommend this as a nice fluffy read while you're waiting for other stuff and it's definitely worth a library checkout. I just felt a little underwhelmed as far as the total package goes. It's one of those "I liked it enough to want to read the next one, but..." types of books.

  • Carolynn
    2019-01-27 15:51

    I was really reluctant to give a 5-star rating to a "cozy witchcraft" book, but this book actually gives a lot more than I first thought on finishing it.First, the plotline was pretty good, and somewhat involved. Second, the character descriptions were quite well painted and brought the cast vividly to life. Thirdly, the book was filled with humor, even with all the werewolves, witches, fights, etc. going on. For example, on page 74, "There was no lock on the door, so the Indy 500 pit crews had nothing on me as I stripped. I wrapped myself in his plush monogrammed bathrobe and tossed my wet clothes in the oversized dryer." Typical fare--sexually-loaded scenes laced with humor, and most every other kind of scene with at least a little humor in it.In this, the first book in the Southern Witch series, Tammy Jo Trask is the would-be witch, who believes that her family is one of the few paranormal families (or even groups or singles) in Duvall, Texas, and her family has worked hard to keep it that way for decades. Although Tammy's mother and aunt are very strong witches, Tammy Jo has yet to blossom into witchhood in her early 20's, and she's decided to give it up and lead a normal life. She wears her family locket to a party and it's stolen by a gang of thieves. That's bad enough, but Tammy Jo's great, great great-aunt Edie's ghost resides in the locket, and if Tammy Jo doesn't get it back real quick, Edie will be torn apart and gone for good. This disaster starts Tammy off on her odyssey to retrieve the locket and Edie, and she learns many things about her small town and herself in the process. She joins forces, at least temporarily, with Bryn Lyons, of the family on Tammy Jo's no-no list, and she acquires a new pet that is quite helpful on a number of occasions.Not everything is resolved thoroughly, but something needs to be left for the next book, and I am definitely getting it to find out what happened with the people who were rather nasty to Tammy Jo at the end of this book. I don't think they'll die, but they may wish they were dead.... Tammy Jo was beginning to develop some of her witchy powers, and she had a hard time reining in her desires to get even....I certainly recommend this book to anyone who likes humorous paranormal stories.

  • Inara
    2019-01-28 21:50

    After loosing her job Tammy Jo Trask didn´t think her day could get more awful – but this was only wishful thinking. Originating from a witch family she has never developed – to her mom´s and aunt´s regret – any magical powers what she doesn´t really mind but at least she could see Edie, the ghost of her great-great-grandmother´s dead twin-sister. Edie is connected with a locket, a family heirloom which Tammy is supposed to keep safe during her mom´s and aunt´s absence. When the locket was stolen at her friend´s party and Tammy has to find it before a certain date she finally has to rely on her latent witch powers. Bryn Lyons, a wizard living nearby offers his help and Tammy would have agreed immediately when , well the name Bryn wouldn´t stand on the famous "List of Nine" of Tammy´s family, a list of family names the Trask family isn´t allowed to associate with...This book was fun to read with witty dialogues and a likeable heroine. To add to Tammy´s problems she feels attracted to the wizard Bryn who appears to be a bit dubious and she´s not sure where his loyalty lies but nonetheless she has to ask him for help untrained as she is in magic and spells. Then there is her ex-husband Zach with whom she has an on-off-relationship even after their divorce and who is still very protective about her. I have to say I liked both men, the more or less mysterious wizard and the straightforward Deputy Sheriff, who were competing to win Tammy´s favor. Tammy gets chased by werewolves, has to put an accidentally raised zombie back into its grave, meets a vampire who is a fashion victim and has to find her locket so her day is busy as you may notice. But thankfully she has a helpful "cat" (in truth it´s an ocelot) of seven months called Mercutio that mysteriously appeared and stayed with her. I´d love to have such a cat or ocelot or whatever for myself, I admit...Of course there aren´t all mysteries solved and I´m looking forward to the next book in this series which will be released in September 2009. I´m too curious how this series will unfold..And before I forget, this book is written first-person, just a warning because I know some of my friends here are not very fond of books written in this style.Website of the author:

  • Ash Rowe
    2019-02-19 22:55

    Tammy Jo is a cute southern chick who isn’t perfect. She has a temper, kind of ditzy and still at the age of 23 has not got her powers. She’s still susceptible to her Ex Husbands Charm and they have an on and off again relationship. She seems to really like her “alpha” males because the other guy Bryn who she’s attracted to is kind of an a*hole to her and she pretty much takes it and comes back for more. I have to say if you make it through to the end both guys do end up having redeeming qualities. So if you like a “love triangle” this book has a decent one because you kind of hate both guys but towards the end you kind of like both. I like her cat Mercutio. I’d like to know how he came to be and how he got to her besides what Bryn told her. That alone will keep me reading the series.I’m not sure how I feel about the story in this book alone. It introduces us to a lot of the characters and what these characters are towards her but the story itself seems kind of lost?( I'm not sure if that is the word I'm looking for but it's what pops in me head) We start off a hunt for a lost locket of hers that she needs back to save a dead relative from pain. Then we get pulled in the direction of her being introduced to the witching community and having to figure out if she has a smidgen of power. At the end though you get back to the lost locket. It does all go together just to me it was not very smooth. It is a good first book and I believe/hope it will become better. To me it was like Stephanie Plum ( which I find to be a cute series) in the supernatural world. This book has your witches, werewolves, zombies, vampires ,mermen and southern charm. You’ll laugh at some parts and cringe at others. The action scenes are short but decent. I’ll read more of this series because although it didn’t really grab my attention and at some points I found it dull there was enough saving it and enough to peak my interest to make me want to keep going.

  • Melanie
    2019-02-07 21:15

    Listening to audiobook.I thought this would be a light-hearted and funny story. I did not find it as such. I found that most of the characters a little on the stupid side.I thought that this book made everyone in the southern Texas town out to be morons. I thought Tammy Jo was weak for allowing her ex-husband to continue to control her life even after a divorce. Very much the Southern, small-minded stereotype at work throughout the entire story. The only characters that seemed to have any sense to them were Bryn and Lenox Lyons, who were from out-of-town. This heroine is probably one of the most ignorant characters I’ve ever read.There is a difference between a heroine who seems to constantly get herself into trouble, but is still strong and smart. Rachel Morgan in the Hollows series is a great example. She constantly makes some decisions that are not always the best, and forced to choose between a bad decision and a worse decision.In this book, Tammy Jo, just seems like a dumb character who can’t seem to get out of her way and has to turn to her cat to make decisions. You know, I talk to my animals, but I truly believe that this character expected the cat to make decisions for her.The narration for this book was okay and felt like it went well with the book. The narrator did make the character sound a little on the dumb side, but to me that fit really well with this character. I would be willing to try a different series with this narrator, but I really have no intention of continuing with this series.Originally posted at

  • Melinda
    2019-02-03 22:53

    NOTE UNFINISHEDI actually persisted until about halfway through Chapter 15 with this one.It almost had me.But in the end I just wasn't interested enough to finish and there were just too many other interesting things out there that I'd rather be reading.Was hoping for another Sookie Stackhouse esk southern urban/paranormal romp, except this time with witches.There were some things I found enjoyable/interesting about the book, I was kept at least mildly curious. And the writing decent.The real problem for me was the characters.The main character, while she started out seeming interesting and tough, just got sillier and sillier as the book progressed. And she started out standing up for herself, but it was all down hill and letting people (namely the annoying male leads) push her around from that point on. And the two male leads/love interests uggg and grrr and just bleck.They were both domineering, chauvinistic and rather two dimensional.I pretty much strongly disliked both of them instantly (hate is such a strong word and, well implies a greater level of emotion than they actually managed to inspire in me).I pushed on hoping the main character would suddenly develop some self respect and spine and tell them both to shove off, but sadly no, it looked like they were well and truly there to stay. And since the main character actually seemed to be getting progressively thicker and more frustratingly ditzy with every page, yeah my interest was waning.I didn't actually decide to stop reading this one, it just happened.And it's been a while now and I don't feel any particular desire to pick it up again, so I've decided to mark it as finished and move on.

  • Mirjam
    2019-02-02 22:07

    It was not love at first sight for me, but once I got caught up in the story the things that had annoyed me failed to bother me too much. I found Tammy likeable yet slightly annoying, especially her weird relationship with her dominating ex. It seems to me that staying friends with someone who refuses to accept the divorce is asking for trouble. At times her relationship with her ex seemed very little in the past, at other times there was definite interest for the handsome, if forbidden Bryn Lyons. Quite confusing.Another thing that bugged me was that when trouble hit the town and Tammy needed a teacher her mother and aunt never came into the picture. In this age of e-mail, telephone, fax and planes I really do not understand why they were never contacted, or even sensed danger in their home town. It just seems unrealistic that Tammy turns to their enemies instead of trying to contact her own family. What I did like were the quirky characters, most of all Edie the ghost and Mercutio the cat. The cat is quite mysterious and I suspect there is more to him than meets the eye. Hopefully all will be revealed in a later book! Would-Be Witch is a light, fun read with magic, witches, werewolves, a ghost, a vampire and other creatures. Overall I had a good time reading Would-Be Witch and I do believe I will eventually read the second book in the series, Barely Bewitched, but I am not in a rush to get it. If you want a light, fun read Would-Be Witch is a good candidate!

  • Pam
    2019-01-19 19:06

    A cute and lighthearted story filled with lots of quirky characters. Tammy Jo is the main personality of the series...she's the one with the magic that doesn't work right and everything that happens in the story revolves around her, magic and a growing love triangle between her, her ex-husband and a male witch she's not supposed to associate with. Then also a mix of spell-cast problems, angry werewolves, a stolen family locket complete with the family ghost and any number of other odd occurrences to keep the plot going. So there's plenty of thing to keep your attention as the story progresses and there are lots of characters moving in and out of the various scene, most playing small roles as Tammy Jo flits around doing her 'thing'.I loved the 'cat' Tammy Jo got as a gift that isn't exactly a real cat and am interested to learn more about it. Then we never go an explanation of what happened to her mother and aunt who just disappeared. I admit to being curious about that plot thread. And why is everyone in the town accepting of the things that happened but never ask any questions. It's convenient for the story but totally unrealistic. Questions....question...all of which I hope to get answers too eventually.

  • Steph
    2019-02-13 18:04

    Would-Be Witch was a quick, easy read with lots of southern charm and Texas hotties. Tammy Jo (can't get more southern than that!) comes from one of the witch families in a small TX town and believes she was skipped over when the family witchy genes were handed out. Her family heirloom locket, which holds the spirit of Edie, is stolen and she's on a mission to find it before Edie's soul is lost forever.With the help of her hunky, ex-husband and sheriff, Zachary Sutton and the "the very rich and highly magical" hottie, Bryn Lyons (who Tammy Jo's family warned her to keep away from) she's off to battle werewolves, vampires and zombies to get her locket back.Tammy Jo's southern belle charm, humor and battle to resist the charms of the "forbidden" Bryn all the while dealing with her "you divorced me, I'm in this until death" ex-hubby make for an enjoyable read. I'll definitely look out of the 2nd book, Barely Bewitched by Frost.