Title: Would-Be Witch
Author: Kimberly Frost
Series: Southern Witch
Publication Date: February 03rd, 2009
Synopsis: The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets are a few untimely visits from long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket-an heirloom that happens to hold Edie’s soul-is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it’s time for Tammy to find her inner witch.
After a few experiences with her dysfunctional magic, Tammy turns to the only person in small-town Duval, Texas, who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers-and a 007 savoir faire to boot-but the locket isn’t the only heirloom passed down in Tammy’s family. She also inherited a warning: stay away from Lyons.
Review: I really wanted to like this book but I’m really kind of annoyed at some of the things the author did. The stereotypical ‘Redneck Southern’ voice that the author used to write the book in drove me nuts. It wasn’t dialogue, but the actual style the author choose to write in. Another problem I had was with Tammy Jo, she came across as a moron most of the time. She doesn’t know anything about casting or practicing magic, except what she’s seen her mother and aunt do, because she never ‘came into’ her own magic. So instead of, ya know, not practicing magic, she keeps on doing it and to disastrous results. You’d think after the first time, when she puts a bunch of people in a deep sleep with a high fever and almost kills them that she’d be like ‘Hey maybe practicing magic when I don’t know what I’m doing isn’t such a good idea’ but nope. She keeps right on doing it. It’s not cute, or endearing. It’s especially not cute or endearing that Bryn practically had to save her ass every single time. Her ex husband, whose name I can’t remember, was so creepy. He’s super over possessive, and seriously, after she slept with Bryn and he flipped out, she seriously came across more as a woman who had recently just been abused and that she was scared of him or angering him. I really don’t know what the author was thinking.