Review: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by HP Mallory

Posted 17 May, 2011 by Amanda / 8 Comments

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by HP Mallory (Jolie Wilkins, #1)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Finished Reading: 5/12/2011
In six words: “Crap, it can’t be over yet!”

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Book Order

1) Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
2) Toil and Trouble


A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin.

Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend.

Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.
-from Goodreads

Why I Read This Book and General Thoughts

It appears that I’m turning into a paranormal reader.  Interesting, that.  Never thought I would see the day.  I’ll have to throw in some normal mysteries to mix it back.  But I did get a bunch of books from Tara, so…might as well read them.  I did end up really liking this book.  It’s more on the light hearted end, and definitely funny.

A More In-Depth Look

Jolie is just your average girl-next-door.  Or so she thinks.  Turns out Jolie is a lot more than she realizes.  And more than even WE realize.  The book kind of lagged in the middle for me, partly because Jolie got on my nerves (couldn’t she just get it on with Rand already? Forget all the other guys.  Sheesh), but the end of the book brought me back around.  As much as I wasn’t ready to have the book end, it left the door wide open with possibilities, which has me itching to read the next book.  I think that we, along with Jolie, have some more discovering to do.

Also, I want to be a witch.  Just sayin’.

Favorite Quote

“It seemed like a simple math problem–if Jolie wants Rand and Rand wants Jolie, then, logically, that should equal sex.”

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

Like a woman who suddenly discovers exactly what she’s worth?  With a little humor thrown in the mix?  You might like this book.

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8 Responses to “Review: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by HP Mallory”

  1. Hello! That is pretty basic math. Jolie frustrated me a bit too, but at the end of the day, I adore her and Rand to pieces.

    You know, I love my PNR books, always have, but boy do they frustrate the heck out of me. Why can’t, just once, the Alpha male and the unassuming beauty just meet up, say, “Damn, we’d have the HOTTEST sex ever together so let’s get it on like donkey kong!”

    Okay, so I guess there wouldn’t be much of a story in that, huh? LOL

    • Ha. A little frustration is a good thing, I suppose – after all, it shows you’re emotionally invested in the story. But too much frustration is not good, either. I’m struggling to get through the second book in this series. =/

      • I think I remember a back in time, wandering the in wood thing that when on for a little too long, but I really like hanging with Jolie. ;)

        • Holy crap, Missie. I had not gotten to that point in the book yet, but I just finished now. Apparently I just needed a break; I like hanging with Jolie, too.

    • Me, too! Though I’m already finished with the second book. =/ I finished the two books in the Dulcie O’Neil series, too.

    • Yay! I figured by the 10 or so emails that I got in my inbox that you were caught up. :) Now hopefully you can scale down and keep up!