Book Review

by Joey W. Hill

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: SCORCHER

2012 Paranormal Romance Nominee

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Hill writes men to die for. Typically alpha males, they love deeply and do not let anything or anyone get in their way. Witches and sorcerers abound in this first entry of the Arcane Shot series. The action jumps right off the page.

Ruby Night Divine has settled into her role as the owner of Arcane Shot, a gun store. It’s a far cry from Witches ‘R’ Us, but it’s better suited to the dark side of her life that’s taken over the past three years. Now Derek Stormwind is back in her life. She exiled him without explanation, but he’s recruiting her to help fend off some nasty creatures from the underworld. Ruby is a skilled trainer of witches and Derek is a Guardian, determined to find out why she forced him out three years earlier. Ruby keeps a deception potion active so that neither Derek nor her friends can uncover the reason behind the darkness that lives in her. Will it be enough? (BERKLEY SENSATION, Feb., 320 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jacqui McGugins


Published: February 2012

Reader Rating

4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(8 ratings)

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Wonderful Paranormal Escape

Submitted by MrsR on February 18, 2014 - 4:29pm.

Such a unique and surprising read....a wonderful weekend escape.

LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Something About Witches

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 1:36pm.

Our Review [by Debbie - LITERAL ADDICTION's Associate Reviewer]:

I read this book the day it came out. I was excited but apprehensive because I LOVED Joey W. Hill's Vampire Queen Series, and had wondered about Derek. The biggest worry I had was that by making this a mass market PNR, it wouldn't have that perfect balance of heat and heart and pain and pleasure that I have found in her other books. I really shouldn't have worried; she grabbed me with the very first line of the book and kept me there to the end. So when I heard that Michelle still needed to read and review it for her upcoming event I told her that she HAD to get to it because I knew how much she would love it but, that I would re-read it and write one also. After setting aside my new releases, I started Something about Witches and was again struck by the magic that is Joey's writing. I was swept away into the story and saw so much I missed that 1st time reading it. I think I might have enjoyed it even more this 2nd time...

If you've read Joey's Vampire Queen series, then you might remember the hero, Derek. He is the sorcerer who helped Mason set up the tomb for his late wife and also helped Mal set up his island. Derek is a Guardian of the Light and has been alive more years than some of the Seven Wonders of the World. He is the Hero of Hero's, a Dominate Alpha man, a modern day knight, a cowboy - complete with jeans, boots, hat and a duster over his broad shoulders that seem to be able to hold the problems of the world.

He had been a part of Ruby's life since she was a small child; always showing up when she needed him and always giving her that support by being exactly what she needed at the time. Well almost always, except for the one time she really needed him and he was gone saving the world. He's been trying to figure out what happened to cause her to use magic to send him away since that day, but with a coven in need of magical education to repair a fault line, he as the perfect reason to try to get back into Ruby's life.

Ruby is a survivor. She has been running her gun shop, Arcane Shot, for 3 years since breaking things off with Derek. She cut herself off since that horrible day with Derek and hasn't allowed anybody to get into her heart. Her best friends Raina and Ramona don't even know what really happened. Her years of being in her mother's shadow and the neglect she experienced, have just added to the pain from that day and the loss of Derek. She's dealt, by feeding that emotional pain with physical pain from a man she met at a gun show named Mikheal. When Derek walks into her shop with a job for her she almost turns him down, but when she realizes that she might bet the chance to get vengeance for what happened 3 years ago, she agrees to help.

Derek and Ruby have a sexual chemistry that burns the page. I was so drawn into their relationship that even when the sexual experiences were tamer than other books I have read by Joey I still was extremely affected by them.

Throughout the book you get to see a lot of what a "modern day" coven might be like. The women in this story are amazing and you want them to be your friends too. I loved reading about the different parts of witchcraft that aren't all sparkly and exciting and the history of women and magic. I was amazed though by how exciting Joey made the magical fights. I think it might have some of the most exciting magical fights that I have read, at least lately.

BDSM was a large part of the storyline of her Vampire Queen series. I wasn't sure if it would have a part in this one but it was, just in a softer way. She showed the feeling and emotion that can come when it is a part of a relationship. Joey in my opinion showed that BDSM doesn't always have to be as extreme as it was in her Vampire Queen series. One quote from this book that really stood out showed this... Ruby is thinking about Derek and his dominance, "every time he won her surrender, that boulder of responsibility, guilt and insecurity was removed, letting her breathe"

I tried not to give too many spoilers out in this review, but I had to give a bit to give a good overview. I have to say that this book was a surprising fave of mine this year. I am looking forward to May 1st when In the Company of Witches comes out. I'm excited about Raina's story and look forward to how Joey will have Mikheal redeem himself. I gave this book 5 skulls and would recommend this to any Paranormal Romance or Erotic reader.