Saturday, February 11, 2012

Review: Toil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins, #2) by H.P. Mallory

Published: November 30, 2010
Format: eBook
Genre: Adult, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Jolie Wilkins
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

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.

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.


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