Like a Charm

Like a Charm

by Candace Havens

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From the acclaimed author of Charmed & Dangerous comes a sassy paranormal romance about a gorgeous librarian who sees dead people.
Of all the places Kira Smythe thought she’d end up, her hometown of Sweet, Texas, certainly wasn’t one of them. But ever since a woman died because of her, Kira’s high-powered job, along with her five-year plan, have gone right out the window. Now she’s right back where she started: staying with her hippie, tofu-obsessed parents, except that somehow she’s inherited the local library. At least there’s a gorgeous guy in town who seems quite smitten with the new librarian. So what if he’s obviously got a few secrets up his sleeve? After all, Kira’s got her own secrets. Like the dead people who won’t stop talking to her. Or the magical books on the shelves. Or the fact that someone who’s very much alive seems determined to push her over to the other side.
Praise for Candace Havens
“A delightful ride from the first page to the last.”—Romance Reviews Today
“Simply bewitching!”—Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author
“Quick-paced [and] engaging.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101206768
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2008
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 525,263
File size: 301 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Candace "Candy" Havens is a bestselling and award-winning author. Her novels include Charmed & DangerousCharmed & ReadyCharmed & DeadlyLike a Charm, and The Demon King and I. She is known for writing strong female characters who save the world but aren't exactly perfect. She is a two-time RITA, Write Touch Reader, and Holt Medallion finalist. She is also the winner of the Barbara Wilson award.

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Like a Charm 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After illness forces Kira to return to home of Sweet, Texas to recuperate, she finds that she is now charmed by the small town she could not wait to escape as a child. Did I mention that the town is sort of a magical haven protected by witches? She thinks her high power career as a contract lawyer is just on hold but she finds herself less interested in returning to that world than she ever would have thought. When she inherits the local (haunted)library, she finds herself even more torn about leaving. Add to that the possible man of her dreams and she has a first class dilemma.I enjoyed this book. I really would have liked to have seen more about the library and the ghosts. I really hope there is a sequel. I want to see where this is going.
bonje on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just wish that this website would allow me to give books zero stars. I had many, many problems with this book. 1. Apparently anyone can become a librarian! After all, being a contract lawyer does automatically qualify anyone to find information for the average patron. Come on! Finding information about when an album was originally released is NOT the same as doing legal research!! Moving on¿ Kira herself said that she hasn¿t really read a book in years, yet when she becomes the `librarian¿ she knows all about what is currently popular for adults AND kids. Oh, and of course, she knows from what agency to order all of these `popular titles¿ from and without any training she has a complete understanding of the circulation system. 2. What small town library in the nation can afford LexisNexis? While it is an amazing database, LexisNexis is relatively expensive and the author never really stated how much money the library has or where the it comes from in the first place. Additionally, whereas LexisNexis does have news articles, they appear to spotlight legal and government related resources. If the author wants to use a database, try something a little more believable like EBSCO or ProQuest. 3. Did the author intend this to be a harlequin romance or chick lit?? My understanding from reading harlequin romances is that the characters are essentially perfect and impulsive. If it is a chick lit, the characters are flawed and personal growth is essential for a happy conclusion. The description of this book sounds like a chick lit, but from the perfectly beautiful yet book-wormy female lead and her equally rich, intelligent, and caringly perfect love interest, one would not believe it to be chick lit. I must resign myself to just call it a `Paranormal Romance.¿ 4. Lastly, I was excited about this book because the description and the first chapter discuss how the town of Sweet, Texas, is made up of witches and warlocks. The author even sites actually spells in the first chapter!! Yet, I saw no other actually uses of magic until the very end of the book. Wait, someone did ask for some books on herbs from the library and this person was also purported to be an extremely powerful witch. And, I suppose you could include the `magically delicious¿ food and the ghostly library. Yeah... I don¿t buy it! All in all, this book left a very bad taste in my mouth.(less)
bks4maggie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
fun book, read it in a sitting! I would love to have her job!
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Arsinoe More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great fun read! I do like Candace Havens. And this was just fun. I liked the characters. I found them likable and really bummed when the story ended. I like Bronwyn the witch stories. So I hope she does another with these characters continuing and building on their relationships. Plus I would like to find out about the ghosts who visit the library.
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readkat More than 1 year ago
This book is fun. I enjoyed Kira's evolution from overworked lawyer to super librarian. Kira's journey in this book leads her to the realization that she has been wasting personal time working and trying to keep up with the Jones'. While on this journey, she learns that her parents are not as inept as she thought and that she can communicate with ghosts. She inherits a terrific job/responsibility. Personally, the relationship with Caleb was too sappy for me, but it didn't deter from the story. I hope there is another and it features more of those funny and nosy ghosts.
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It seems to be an annoying trend in contemporary chicklit romances that the heroine be obsessed with designer shoes and fashion and feel compelled to describe every garment she puts on down to her underwear. It takes up page space but it does much for the story. Every time Kira gets dressed, the reader gets a full description, which I found a bit annoying. The elements in this story are pretty good but the delivery is just okay. The solution to Kira's problems, if they can be called that, is immediately obvious but it nevertheless takes her the greater part of the book to discover it. There are various elements that are good in their own right but somehow they don't quite come together as well as I would have liked. It's a bit flawed, but nevertheless a light, quick, inoffensive read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Kira Smythe was on the fast track rising up the success ladder at her law firm, but her descent proved even faster. She was held culpable for the death of a peer and forced to leave. She returns to her hometown of Sweet, Texas as a temporary measure to rejuvenate her juices before trying to restart her law career. However, two things make her reconsider her goal to flee town as soon as possible. First she inherits the town library and second an illness left her with the uncanny ability to communicate with the dead. Of course as the ghosts lecture her on living as if they are experts, she apparently has met her soulmate who seems to reciprocate her feelings although he seems to be hiding something from her Kira thinks at least he is alive outside of her breathing dad every other male interested in her are a bit too spirited for her needs. Of course there is an unknown person she assumes is a guy who seems to want her to matchmake her with the deceased by trying to kill her. --- When it comes to charming fans with entertaining paranormal romances few writers match the consistent success of Candace Havens (see CHARMED & READY and CHARMED & DANGEROUS). Her latest triumph, LIKE A CHARM, is a delightful contemporary ghost story as Kira is tough heroine with a heart of gold and personal lists that add to understanding the heroine. Readers will appreciate the tale of the lawyer turned librarian whose suitors for the most part enable her to literally appreciate Mae West¿s comment: ¿It's not the men in my life that counts--it's the life in my men.¿ --- Harriet Klausner