Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair

Title: The Kitchen Witch
Author: Annette Blair
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
ISBN: 0-425-19881-2
Pages: 295
Series: Accidental Witch Trilogy #1
Type: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased

When Logan Kilgarven offers to help his neighbour Melody Seabright get a job at his TV station in exchange for babysitting his son, the last thing he expects is for Melody to bewitch the manager into giving her a cooking show. Melody is thrilled to have landed such an awesome job, but resisting the temptation of stuffed suit Logan isn't her only problem. The Kitchen Witch is an great idea for a long as Melody can learn to cook.

This is the first book in the Accidental Witch trilogy and one of my favourite books that I have read and re-read multiple times. This manages to blend magic, laughter and romance flawlessly with interfering parental figures, a television show and mouthwatering descriptions of food. Despite the a magical angle this is a contemporary romance, although if you read the entire trilogy they do evolve into paranormal romance by the third book.

All of the characters are really well written and the author has managed to build believable backstories that help explain their motivations without info-dumping the reader. Melody is the perfect balance of ditzy and determined. She has a major thing for vintage fashion, but she's also stubborn and desperate to prove her worth. Logan hides his bad boy tendancies under a pressed suit, trying to do the best thing by his son Shane, who is the cutest kid ever and I'm not usually a fan of children.

It is great to read about Logan and Melody's work as well as the development side of television shows isn't something frequently seen in books. I loved Melody's early attempts at cooking and I was really rooting for her show to succeed. I really enjoyed how neither Logan nor Melody wanted to be attracted to each other and actively sought out more appropriate partners, especially when they were working from their preconceptions of one another.

All in all this is an awesome read and I'm looking forward to My Favorite Witch.

Plot: 8/10
Characters: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Enjoyment: 10/10
Cover: 10/10

Overall: 48/50

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