Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins, #1)

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble - H.P. Mallory Jolie Wilkins is just your average ghost whispering, sometimes psychic, tarot card reading girl next door with a lackluster love life, a quirky BFF, and unbeknownst to her... some latent witchy powers! Rand Balfour, the hunky warlock who comes by for a reading, knows Jolie has powers and needs her ghost whispering talents to help him discover who killed his client.What neither Jolie nor Rand expected was not only could she talk to ghosts, but she could reanimate the dead as well! Word spreads fast about Jolie's ability as a necromancer and now there are factions of the underworld who want to use Jolie for their own agenda.Jolie's world is turned upside down. Not only is she suddenly thrown into a world of vampires, witches, fairies, and werewolves, but she has to try and prevent an underworld coup while maneuvering around the advances of an amorous werewolf, a sexy vampire, a rake of a ghost and a randy fairy king. And then there is Rand, her gorgeous warlock who waffles between wannabe lover and distant employer.Though the author labels this book an Urban Fantasy, I personally view it more as a light Paranormal Romance. Regardless of what you want to call it, it was a fun and absorbing read that kept me turning the pages. The romantic tension between Jolie and Rand is carried throughout the book. Rand is constantly struggling between his attraction to Jolie and his position as her employer (or at least that is the excuse he is using, eh?). Much to Jolie's chagrin, he is kissing her one minute and keeping his distance the next. This is an ongoing struggle throughout the book that will likely continue into the next book if the cliffhanger ending is any indication.I like that the story did not take itself too seriously, but neither was it overly silly. The characters were likeable, quirky, and fun with plenty of alpha male sexiness to go around.This was a great debut from an author that I will definitely be keeping an eye on. If you like the lighter side of Urban Fantasy with a dash of romance and a plethora of paranormal characters then give this one a try!Crossposted from Indie Paranormal Book Reviews------Ebook Info:EPUB format on Sony ReaderPage count on Sony: 291Word Count: approx. 115520