Author: Joey W. Hill
Release Date: Feb. 7, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Arcane Shot Series #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (326 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Ruby Night Divine is a gun shop owner. She’s also a witch who knows magic can fail. She’s experienced it firsthand, with full-blown tragic consequences. Smith & Wesson is a whole hell of a lot more reliable, and nothing’s as cathartic as the ability to put a few holes in the things that piss you off. Like Derek Stormwind.
A powerful sorcerer, Derek is determined to get to the bottom of why she pushed him away and ran three years before. He also needs her help. A coven needs training to help them fight a demon and his minions. While Ruby is willing to do it, she’s sure it’s just a ruse to get back in her heart—and her bed. The thing is, that’s where she wants him. Unfortunately, her bed’s already made, she’s this close to losing her soul, and she fears nothing can save her. Not Derek. Not even Smith & Wesson.
What VampBard’s talking about:
As I began reading Something About Witches, the first book in the Arcane Shot series by Joey Hill, I was immediately amazed that there was action in the first 30 pages. While the world-building was still happening. LOVED it! All the characters Hill created have heart and soul for the reader. Including the aging Mastiff, Theo. He’s my personal favorite. Ms. Hill did a phenomenal job bringing in the tiniest detail about the Mastiff breed, ensuring her readers authentic experiences if they’ve not had the pleasure of spending inordinate amounts of time with one of these gentle giants. To read more about Mastiffs, see the Mastiff Club of America website: http://www.mastiff.org .
One of my favorite aspects of Something About Witches is the fact that the reader isn’t bogged down with all the teeny tiny details about witchcraft, and how it was used in the story. I really like that the fine details are left to the reader’s imagination. I also enjoyed the well-written intimate scenes; not too crude, not all ‘rainbows and unicorns’. I’m looking forward to seeing future installments of this storyline. I’m hoping we’ll get to see some important mile-markers in the life of our heroine, Ruby. I’m also interested to see whether Derek, our hero, finds a way to make her like him, life-span wise.
Derek, our hero, has a job to do. With his own brand of inner conflict, we see Derek vacillate between what he feels is right in his heart – allowing Ruby to make the decision to be with him, or demanding that she allow his presence in her life. As the plot moves forward, Derek does figure out what he is going to do. Setting his sights on the final outcome, he didn’t give Ruby a chance to object. Please note: some of the scenes with Derek and Ruby having heart-to-heart discussions make you want to say ‘awwwwww…’ aloud. You can’t resist the urge.
Ruby is Ms. Independent. She doesn’t want to have to rely on others in her life. Even though Ruby has been torn apart because of her love for her child, she manages to keep her act together and front for the general populace, attempting to make her friends think all is well in her world. She’s a very complex character. I found myself admiring several of her traits, and also thinking, “I’m glad I’m not as stubborn as Ruby.”
There were several gems in this title that were definitely quote-worthy. However, I couldn’t really bring myself to pop them into the review. Ms. Hill has done such a great job of creating a plot, characters and simply the tenor of Something About Witches, it really is a total experience for the reader. Giving away snippets is definitely contraindicated in this case. The emotions are palpable, and have a natural ebb and flow. Kudos to Ms. Hill for creating such a build-up of emotion throughout the novel. As a reader, I feel that I’m more invested in the story when the emotions take a serious lead in driving the plot. Something About Witches is an excellent launch for Ms. Hill’s new series. By giving us a perfect blend of inner conflict, external pressures and a lovely resolution, Joey W. Hill shows ultimately that she gives her readers credit for being strong, independent and creative, much like her character, Ruby.
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)