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  • Posted August 24, 2013

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    Storie Bell is a witch.  She has moved around a lot, both as a c

    Storie Bell is a witch.  She has moved around a lot, both as a child and as and adult.  Despite rejecting the magic, her father always tried to do the best for Storie after her mother abandoned her.  Storie left Bloomington, Texas the same evening she had a chance, passionate encounter with Reid Malone.  Now Storie is back in Bloomington, intending to make it her home.  She longs to fit in and be 'normal' instead of feeling alone and isolated.  She hopes she will be able to do this in Bloomington, where her and her friend Harper are renovating the filling station Storie's Dad left her, to open up The Storiebook Cafe.

    Even with the excitement of coming back to Bloomington and opening their cafe and bookstore, Storie can feel a darkness.  Not sure what it means or what it will bring, she carries on.  She certainly doesn't expect for Reid to be back in town also...Reid who has always hungered for the city life but after that one afternoon with Storie has never forgotten her.  "...she was a damn siren.  A girl next door who could bring a man to his knees with a crook of her finger."  Reid is unaware that Storie is a witch with magical powers, maybe he's dismissing the signs, but he is just drawn to her like no one else.  Storie is sure drawn to him and can feel the chemistry, but after years of listening to her Dad, she really believes no witch can have a lasting relationship with a mortal man.

    Reid is back with his own that he's not sharing with Storie, but could have everything to do with Storie.  Both Reid and Storie are hiding things from each other, and the more Storie tries to push Reid away the more he pushes back.  With secrets and history holding them back is there any hope?  When everything comes to a head and the past comes back, so they have any chance at all?  When Reid finally realizes it's not where you are but who you are with will Storie still be there?

    I loved Deceiving the Witch Next Door, with the mystery, magic, and the dance of a relationship that both characters want but don't believe they can have.  It was easy to feel a connection to Storie, with or without magic.  Her magic is fun, there is just enough paranormal in Deceiving the Witch Next Door to satisfy me and not take it over the top!  I really admired what Storie was doing, especially going back to Bloomington.  Despite the way she was treated there, she wanted to make a home there.

    Right or not, Reid was trying to do what he felt was best for his father.  He didn't count on Storie though...and without any magic she manages to capture his heart...if she'll accept it  The interactions between Storie and Reid were at times hot, funny, and sweet.  They will make a great forever couple if they can get past the secrets and past.  The inclusion of the secondary characters was just right.  Harper and her daughters didn't distract from Storie and Reid's story, and the appearance of other significant characters later in the book added to the plot.

    Melissa gives us a fast paced, intriguing romance with a great story line in Deceiving the Witch Next Door.  I loved it and highly recommend it!

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    ***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review*** E

    ***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***

    Eight years ago, Reid Malone shared a steamy encounter with eccentric local girl Storie Bell and he never forgot it. Or her. Separated by time and distance, circumstances bring Reid and Storie home to Bloomington, TX, but not without secrets of their own.

    Right off the bat, I loved the sexual tension between Reid and Storie. From the initial introduction to them and then throughout the story, the tension's there. But so is Storie's resistance, her reluctance to engage in any kind of relationship with Reid because of what she really is--a witch. Her attempts at keeping their relationship as neutral as possible are thwarted by Reid's insistence on acting on that attraction they feel for each other.

    The unexpected twist about three-fourths of the way through knocked me for a loop. It wasn't the direction I expected to be taken in, but it worked. And the play of emotions, the inner turmoil Storie experienced, Reid's reaction to the turn of events was so well written I couldn't help but hope for the best, never suspecting that everything was not what it seemed. And the ending hinted at possible sequels.

    Reid and Storie's love developed throughout the story. Threads of it could be seen as the story progressed, but it made itself obvious in the end when Reid knew he couldn't let Storie go and went after her.

    This is a fast paced novel without a single dull moment anywhere in its pages. Ms. Ramirez wove a beautiful tale with complex situations and a spectacular happy ending. I can't wait to read more from Ms. Ramirez, and hopefully more about Storie.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    This book was very entertaining! I do feel that we didn't get to

    This book was very entertaining! I do feel that we didn't get to know as much about the main characters as I would have liked because this book is a little on the shorter side. I did really enjoy reading about them together though. Their personalities made them a great fit for each other, even if at times they bumped heads like no tomorrow. I recommend reading this one and hope that Melissa has future books planned. A series where we can learn some more about the secondary characters as well as more about Storie and Reid would be great!

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

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    booksbysteph says "This Book is Lightning Hot! After eigh

    booksbysteph says "This Book is Lightning Hot!

    After eight long years, Storie Bell returns to Bloomington, Texas with her only friend Harper Patterson. Storie's father passed away and has left her a "dilapidated old gas station". She and Harper are renovating the property to start a bookstore cafe. The small town has nothing like it and is in need of a place that will keep people reading.

    The Storiebook Cafe, "where happy endings begin..." This is Storie's chance to start fresh. You see, Storie is a witch. A good witch. But unable to control her power has caused Storie to move around a lot. Storie dies not want to rely on her magic. She wants to feel like an ordinary person. 

    Storie's contractor ran out on them just a week before the cafe's grand opening. Reid Malone, from the bar next door, offered to do the work. Storie does not trust the Malone's after she found out they tried to buy the gas station. She has a right to be suspicious because Reid's offer to help is two-fold. One - he wants to finish a very steamy encounter he had with Storie eight years ago. And two - Reid needs to search the property for a secret room that holds the secret ingredient to his father's famous moonshine. A company wants to buy the moonshine recipe for millions of dollars. 

    * 5 Stars *

    This book is hot, hot, hot!

    The connection and chemistry between Storie and Reid is intense, especially if the attraction lasted over the eight years since they last saw each other. That explains for some inappropriate encounters that seem completely normal in the book. 

    I wish there was more information, or more detail, about the trinity. About Storie's brother and sister and how their magic works together. Also, how their mother plays into her children's magic. I felt the explanation was just slapped together at the end. I am hoping for a sequel or aeries to get some answers.

    By the way - Reid is cowboy sexy!

    Until next time, live life one page at a time!

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  • Posted August 11, 2013

    This was a quick and fun read. The tension between Storie and R

    This was a quick and fun read. The tension between Storie and Reid is palatable and draw's you right in. The story is amazing it has its twists and turns like any great book does and leaves you believing that there are in fact happy endings out there. What more could you ask for?

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