Friday, November 11, 2016

REVIEW: Boy Meets Witch

Boy Meets Witch
Author: G.A. Rael

**I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.**

24-year old Harper Adams relocates to Cold Creek, Vermont to escape a troubled past. This isn't the first time she has tried starting over, only to have her past as a faith healer and possible arsonist ruin her attempts at starting over. This time, Harper wants things to be different.  Unfortunately, as her herbalist talents and healing skills become known around town, it seems history might be doomed to repeat itself. A militantly atheist veterinarian and other quirky residents of the town plus a shape shifting demon soon have Harper realizing that she isn't going to escape her fate or her magical powers quite so easily.

This book was an enjoyable, quick read. I liked Rael's depiction of the demon character Locke as likable yet untrustworthy and dangerous at the same time. The demon can take human or cat form. As a cat he is beautiful. His sleek white fur and blue eyes make him hard to resist.  As the owner of two white kitties, I had a hard time thinking of a demon in that form, but I can understand why Rael made that choice. A demon would would have a hard time making any deals with humans if they were completely abhorrent. Harley distrusts Locke and rightfully so, but finds herself petting him and allowing him to sleep on her bed in cat form, because, well, who can resist a fluffy white cat?

The romance plot was basic formula -- troubled woman relocates to a town where she is not really accepted. She meets attractive male 1 who seems to hate her,but warms to her over time. Male 1 exhibits jealousy over bad-boy Male 2.  Inserting magic, a troubled past, discussions of belief in God or atheism, angels, and a demon cat added the paranormal trappings to this light romance.

Boy Meets Witch is the first book in The White Cat Chronicles. This first book introduces the characters and sets up the action for subsequent books in the series. Boy Meets Witch will be available November 17th, with Trial by Fire soon following in December.

Fans of light paranormal romance will enjoy this book. I definitely want to read the second book in the series to find out what happens next!

Rael is also the author of Wolf Daughter, a paranormal tale about werewolves.

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