Thursday 30 December 2010

Guest Review: Toil and Trouble - HP Mallory

Jolie Wilkins 2

Genre: paranormal romance
Pages: 307
Published: November 2010
Review by Lis

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.

The Underworld is polarized in a battle of witch against witch, creature against creature, led by the villainous Bella, who would be Queen.

While Jolie has one goal in mind, to stake the vampire, Ryder, who nearly killed her, she also must choose between the affections of her warlock employer, Rand, and the mysteriously sexy vampire, Sinjin.

And as if that weren’t enough to ruin a girl’s day, everything Jolie knows will be turned inside out when she’s thrust into the shock of a lifetime. 


Dum, dum, dum!! Remember Jolie Wilkins? The Witch? From Fire Burn and Cauldron Burn? The story that left us on the edge of a great big battle? Well her story is continued in Toil and Trouble! And oh my is it ever a story!

In Toil and Trouble is good vs evil. Bella again Jolie and Rand. Of course the evil side has a lot more misguided people on their side and of course love gets in the way! Because remember SinJin? The not-so-quite-evil vamp from the previous story? He's about to complicate the meaning of love for Jolie. These things always come at a not so convenient time. Come, let a girl win a war before you make the moves on her. But nooooooooo... men and their one-track mine *grin*

Then there is Rand. It's clear they love each other, but they can't just commit. It's a soul mate thing. If they get together in a permanent way, there is no out. It's forever. And forever is a very long time if you don't really like each other. It makes a girl put her thinking hat on first! The soul mate thing was a bit of a let down for me. I'm a realistic kind of gal and people change. Love changes. Soul mates is fine, but forever with one guy? But then if you reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally love each other *nudge nudge*

Plus Rand is the overprotective guy *rolls eyes* Yup, that makes a girl want to spent time with one hell of a hot vampire too.

Back to the story. On the one hand this story is action-packed and full of adventure and I loved it. On the other hand, Jolie is training and learning and exploring. Plus the end of the previous book left her quite drained and I don't mean the melted and boneless kind of drained, if you get my meaning.

In many ways Toil and Trouble is a lot better than the first book. The writing has even improved and I liked Jolie's snarky narrative! Something tells me, we're not quite finished with her!

There is a major twist that left me gaping and re-reading the scene at least three times, but no sharing! If you want to find out what happens with Jolie, Rand and SinJin (Yum) then I guess you have to run to the cyber-bookstore and find out for yourself!

Thanks Lis :)

review copy from the author, for Lis


  1. Lol, well that is certainly the longest really I have ever seen :D love the review Lis!

  2. You must have fallen in love reading this book Lis - definitely one of your longest and most enthusiastic reviews! I am glad you had so much fun!

  3. I don't know about the whole soul mate thing, but the cover and title make it sounds fun.

  4. This sounds like so much fun! Lis, this review is fabulous! :)

  5. I have the first one on my tbr.... looks like the second one will be on my tbr too! Nice review! :)

  6. Not a fan of the cover, though...

  7. Ana
    Oh the joy of reading :)

    Lol, totally the best things about the book

    She really should start a blog *hint hint Lis*

    Melissa Books
    Hope you like it :)

    What? But it is so adorable!

  8. See I agree with Chris..I would totally discount the book just because of the cheesy cover but after reading your review I know I would end up loving it!

  9. lol

    Great review. This book sounds like a hoot. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I have this author's books on my Nook and they look really good.

  11. This looks like a really fun book. This isn't a genre I normally read but maybe this would be a good one for me to try!

  12. Staci
    Lol, but it is so cheesy good :) Still yay that you would consider it after this now


    I hope you will enjoy them!

    One always need to try new things ;)

  13. Reeeeeeeaallly great review! This series sounds like fun and I think both books will be fun reads. Thanks!

  14. I am definitely going to read this series based on your recommendations and great reviews. The covers are cute too :) Excellent Lis!

  15. Laurie
    They seem to be really good :) Do give them a go

    I wanna read them too :) So need that reader

  16. Sound good and the cover makes it seem like a fun read.

  17. This does sound like a fun series, and I like the cover.

  18. Naida
    I hope to read them one day too :)



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