Toil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins Series #2)

Toil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins Series #2)

by H. P. Mallory

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From New York Times And USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Romance Author, HP Mallory, Comes The Jolie Wilkins Series!

"H.P. Mallory has a quick wit, a fresh voice, and a clever way with words. If you like Charlaine Harris, you'll love H.P. Mallory!" ~ Larissa Ione, New York Times Bestselling Author

If you like your books steamy (this is a paranormal romance series for adults, not for kids or teens!) and you appreciate a good witch, warlock and vampire romance triangle, read on!

TOIL AND TROUBLE is the second book in the Jolie Wilkins series:

The Underworld in civil war.
The cause? A witch who can reanimate the dead.
A sexy as sin vampire determined to claim her.
An infuriatingly handsome warlock torn between duty and love.
Who says blonds have more fun?

After defending herself against fairy magic, Jolie Wilkins wakes to find her world turned upside down--the creatures of the Underworld on the precipice of war. The Underworld is polarized in a battle of witch against witch, creature against creature, led by the villainous Bella, who would be Queen.

While Jolie has one goal in mind, to stake the vampire, Ryder, who nearly killed her, she also must choose between the affections of her warlock employer, Rand, and the mysteriously sexy vampire, Sinjin.

And as if that weren't enough to ruin a girl's day, everything Jolie knows will be turned inside out when she's thrust into the shock of a lifetime.


Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
Toil and Trouble
Be Witched (Novella)
Witchful Thinking
The Witch Is Back
Something Witchy This Way Comes

To Kill A Warlock
A Tale Of Two Goblins
Great Hexpectations
Wuthering Frights
Malice In Wonderland
For Whom The Spell Tolls
Eleven Snipers Sniping (Short Story)
A Midsummer Night's Scream

Better Off Dead
The Underground City
To Hell And Back
The Bladesmith (Novella)

Ghouls Rush In
Once Haunted, Twice Shy
Big Easy Murder (Novella)

The Scent
Blood Lust (Novella)

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940161105924
Publisher: HP Mallory
Publication date: 10/21/2019
Series: Jolie Wilkins Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 67,008
File size: 1 MB

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Toil and Trouble 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1210 reviews.
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
Jolie Wilkins' magical powers are strong enough to raise the dead, and she may have to do a lot of dead-raising very soon if the impending supernatural war goes on as planned. The evil Bella wants to rule all otherworldly peoples, and she has a huge army on her side, while the good guys (led by Rand, Jolie's warlock boss) have a relatively small group of fighters to back up their noble intentions. Jolie's got to get stronger if she wants to convince Rand to let her fight in the battle, and when Sinjin, the sorta-bad vampire from the previous book, starts showing an interest in her, she has to decide where her heart and her allegiances truly lie. Toil and Trouble is action-packed, but I like how Jolie spends the first portion of the novel incapacitated. At the end of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble she beat the fairy king Odran's champion in a duel, in order to convince Odran to support Rand in the upcoming war. She succeeded, but the fight has drained her energy so badly that she's bedridden for awhile, then spends a few chapters regaining the use of her limbs. It's always good to see a heroine with weaknesses as well as strengths; it makes Jolie very humanized, despite her extreme magical talents. Rand and Jolie's love story is the emotional core of the book. They both love each other, but because of their magical natures, if they decide to commit to each other, it'll be a forever-and-eternity no-going-back sort of thing, which is a weighty prospect, even with all they've been through together in the past months. Rand is all the more leery of the commitment because he had a former love who died, and apparently the experience of losing her was so painful, almost all of his memories of her had to be erased. Rand and Jolie are really at a stalemate, and are frustrated by the fact that they can't be together and can't really be apart, either. Enter Sinjin. Jolie's love life is a little complicated even with just Rand around, but now that Sinjin is on their side, he's constantly around her and he seems more appealing as time passes. They start spending even more time together because Jolie needs Sinjin's help. Rand doesn't want her to fight in the war, but Jolie knows that she needs to be the one to kill the super-evil vampire Ryder, so she gets Sinjin to help her train in secret. Sinjin's not so bad (and I know he has some major fans), but I'm not fond of the back-and-forth triangle that starts. It would be great if Sinjin were the main guy, but he's less of a leading man and more of a temptation away from Rand. But ultimately, a good clue about the guys is how they treat other people: Rand is a gentleman, and while he may prefer keeping to himself, he's a generous person when placed in social situations. He's nice to ladies other than Jolie, and even kind to complete strangers, while Sinjin's kindness and gallantry are directed almost solely at Jolie. Luckily, after extensive fight training, a lot of magic-using, some time-travelling, and a hardcore battle, things look like they're finally resolved once and for all on the romantic front. Plus, we still have plenty of adventure left to look forward to as Jolie takes on some new challenges and responsibilities. Jolie's still got that great, smart but not too sarcastic narrative voice that feels like a good friend is telling you about her joys and misadventures, so her stories are always going to be fun to read.
JessDix More than 1 year ago
Fantastic. I'm so glad I found this author! This series is so much fun. The writing is geared toward adults and the humor is fantastic. It's dramatic and sarcastic....and dare I of my favorite books? Jolie gives a phenominal preformance and we fall in love with the suave Sinjin. Oh, I wait with bated breath for the next installment!
toadswoman More than 1 year ago
This is a cross between Stephanie Plum and Twilight. Highly entertaining! Action, humor, sarcasm, romance, a little bit of everything that works great together. Thanks H P Mallory!!
brinkee More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! All of the characters are well-written and I cannot wait until the third one is finished!!! Brilliant!
LoriBrighton More than 1 year ago
H.P. Mallory continues her wonderful series with this second of the Jolie Wilkins books. If you loved Fire Burn, you'll adore Toil and Trouble. Jolie and her friends are preparing for the battle of their lives and on top of that, Jolie must decide where her heart belongs, with the gorgeous and honorable Rand, or the so bad he's good Sinjin. You'll laugh, you'll sigh, and you'll be truly stunned by the surprising ending.
lostinthestory More than 1 year ago
So many twists and turns in this book Loved it!!! Easy read, your heart pounds, breaks, and swells, with the different emotions of the character's in the story. Again Jolie and Rand didn't disappoint!. My heart broke for Sinjin, I wanted to root for him all the way, but Rand was just sooooo Rand!!!! Again Jolie and Rand frustrated the heck out of you but worth the bumpy ride. I laughed out loud so many times my children thought I was losing it. Can't wait for the next in the series.... this is the part I hate WAITING FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!
jacsmum03 More than 1 year ago
Great follow up to the first book. I read it in one night!! Keep writing...I cant wait for the third!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with lots of laughs. If you love witches, vampires and anything paranormal you'll enjoy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a good book with a good story...this was great! I love the way HP Mallory writes!
Lealea23 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, it's an easy read!
Shannon Bove More than 1 year ago
reminds me of authors like charlene harris and laurell k hamilton. captivating and fun to read. a great book to get lost in!
R. Wyatt More than 1 year ago
wonderfully, fast paced, and fun to read!
Nicole Lambros More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love all of H.P. Mallory's books. I just can't seem to put them down.
Idobelieveinfaeries More than 1 year ago
I love how Mallory brings the characters to life! This series is one of my favorites and it is definitely a must read for any paranormal romance lovers out there.
FoleyKat More than 1 year ago
2nd Book in the Jolie Wilkins series. Still feel like this book drags more than her other series, and most definitely ends in a cliff hanger way. I do like going deeper into Rand's past. However, I feel like Sinjin's character is a light switch, it's either on or off, two completely types of characteristics and very little in between. I will read the other books because I am curious to see where the story goes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm team Sinjin all the way. Rand just pisses me off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ate several of this series up like popcorn. It was a fun weekend diversion. The hot and steamy bits (which I wasn't expecting) were pretty darned hot and steamy. Obviously I didn't object, as I read 2 more of them.
Elizabeth Jones More than 1 year ago
with many books today using the 'paranormal' theme i was a bit cautious to start the jolie wilkins series, but am i glad i did! hp mallory makes her tale of the underworld unforgettable. looking forward to book three!
shelli74 More than 1 year ago
great 2nd book, love this one
slightlywicked More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for #3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy these. Fun easy read!
bakergirl23 More than 1 year ago
really good but the end was rushed.
ShanonS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book picks up right where the previous book, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, left off. The impending war between the Underworld creatures is becoming more real by the second, and Jolie has just won over the support of the Fae--who have remained neutral until now. This book is all about Jolie and her friends gearing up to battle for their freedom from the completely evil and heartless Bella; who is a powerful witch that wishes to become ruler of all Underworld creatures. Bella and her legion are truly terrifying, and if Jolie and her friends lose, the unthinkable will happen...I really felt for Jolie in this book because all she wants to do is help take Bella and her army down, but she's being told by Rand to stay away to ensure her safety. Jolie wants nothing more than to fight alongside her friends and supporters because she is the trigger for this war in the first place, unfortunately. She also wants to join the battle so she can get her hands on a certain evil vampire named Ryder, who did some terrible things to Jolie (and he would have gotten away with more if it hadn't have been for Sinjin). Because Jolie is stubborn and awesome, she devises a plan that will get her what she wants in terms of the battle; and seeing the last events of the book unfold are seriously intense, surprising and enlightening. My jaw was pretty much on the floor for the last several chapters, and I could not tear myself away from the story! I was definitely not expecting the ending to turn out like it did, that's for sure. Let's just say that Jolie's destiny is clearly spelled out, and it's not an easy one!There were a lot of things that were learned and discovered in this book, some involving Jolie's love interests, Rand and Sinjin. Poor Jolie has enough to worry about as it is, and on top of it all she finds herself extremely confused about her feelings for both of these men. But that's part of what I love about this series! I am smitten with both of these male characters, but for completely different reasons. It was nice to see Jolie get closer to these guys (in more ways than one). The author continues to do a great job creating the steamy scenes, that's for sure! I don't want to go into too much detail for fear of spoiling the plot, but I will say that the revelations and experiences involving Rand were a really nice touch to the story. Getting some insight into his feelings answered a lot of questions I had. I also loved getting more of Sinjin in this book, because he is just so unpredictable. The things that he does for Jolie really solidify his feelings for her, even if his intentions still come off as misguided sometimes. But I refuse to believe he doesn't actually care for her. So pretty much what I want to say is that this book did not disappoint. H.P. Mallory has yet again amazed me with her uniquely crafted and well-executed plot and characters! I can't wait to see what will become of Jolie and the interesting people in her life, because there are so many things I'm curious about.
Zumbanista on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars for a Whole Lotta FunToil & Trouble (Jolie Wilkins Series, Bk. 2) by H.P. Mallory was so entertaining that I read it in just one day! Picking up immediately from where Book 1 "Fire Burn & Caldron Bubble" leaves off, Book 2 continues to follow sassy, young witch, Jolie, into more scrapes and romantic escapades as the story leads up to the ultimate War of the Underworld. You really need to read Book 1 in order to get acquainted with all the witches, warlocks, vampires, weres and fairies you'll meet. The main characters are quirky, charming and sexy (well, Rand and Sinjinn for sure). It's a fun, funny, hot & sexy adventure that's a blast to read. And the second half, Ms. Mallory inserts the (NO SPOILERS!!) fabulous plot device that completely captivated me and answered a lot of my questions about how things got the way there were in this story. I loved that section of the book. Some reviewers marked the book low because the author used a cliffhanger ending. They hoped perhaps that Toil & Trouble would be a stand-alone book with all issues resolved at the end. For me though, it just shows what a good writer H.P. Mallory is that I'm dying to read the next book in the series. Each book gets better and better. The latest Tweet from Ms. Mallory is that we'll have to wait until Feb. 2012.....but will be rewarded with 3 Jolie books that year. Sign me up!
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got a copy of this in e-book form from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have previously read both the first book in this series, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, and really enjoyed it and To Kill a Warlock (the first book in her Dulcie O'Neil series) and like that one too. So I was excited to read this book. It was an entertaining read; the plot doesn't progress a lot but Jolie has a lot to deal with and it is all entertaining.Jolie is with Rand and Christie and Sinjin recovering from her battle at the end of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble. They are grouping together all of the paranormal allies that they can find so that they can go to war against the evil Bella. Jolie is torn between Rand, who still won't commit to her because he is afraid of what will happen to him in the war, and Sinjin who is increasingly understanding and supportive of Jolie's need to fight in the upcoming war. Jolie wants to fight in the war but Rand has forbidden it; so Jolie comes up with a complex plan to fight no matter what.This was a fun and entertaining read. Rand and Sinjin are both absolutely wonderful characters and completely swoon worthy. Sinjin especially gets a lot of page space; he is super yummy and we learn a lot more about his past which I really enjoyed. Rand comes off as a jerk half the time and as misunderstood the remainder and I found him a frustrating character to read about. Jolie remains her determined, slightly silly self and is fun to read about. Christie seems like she is baggage throughout this book and is quickly shoved out of the story because she just doens't have a place in this book.I liked some of the turns the plot took in this book; Mallory does some neat things here. Parts of the ending are especially ironic and satisfying. This is definitely more of a paranormal romance than an urban fantasy. A lot of time is spent with Jolie angsting between who she likes better Rand or Sinjin; this ended up being well done but I had hoped we would see more action. There is a lot of build up to this big war between the paranormal races and then when the war comes it is not very long or very well described. I thought the actual scenes with the war were a disappointment compared with all of the build up.I still would like a better explanation of the magic system; it just seems like the witches can do whatever they want with magic without much limitation at one time and then at another Jolie is too worn out to do much. It is a bit inconsistent and I would like more clarification.Things between Jolie and Rand remain frustrating throughout the book. Mallory throws in a big cliffhanger type revelation at the end of the book which really hooks the reader in and made me immediately want to find out what happens in book 3. I am not a huge fan of authors doing that; but it does keep the readers coming back. I would have liked a little more closure for the story than I got.Overall this was a good addition to the series. It is a fun, light read and I enjoyed reading it. I love the characters and the writing style is easy to read and natural sounding. I would have liked a better war after all the build up there was to it. I would also like a more consistent structure for the magic system set up here. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger and will make you desperate to read the next book in the series. If you are a fan of light-hearted and fun paranormal books this is the book for you. I would recommend this for fans of Molly Harper, Katie MacAlister, and Charlaine Harris's earlier Sookie Stackhouse books.