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Book 1 of 3 in the Witch Series

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Set in Old Salem around the Halloween season, this charming romantic comedy features a wacky, if good-hearted, self-proclaimed witch and her upstairs neighbor, a reformed bad boy trying to be a responsible father to his adorable four-year-old son, Shane. Needing a reliable baby sitter, Logan Kilgarven agrees to an exchange: he will find a job for Melody at the local TV station, where he is a producer, and she will be on call to baby sit Shane as needed. Melody, however, spurns his offer of a secretarial position, countering with a bid for a cooking show. The catch? Melody can't cook. At all. But with a combination of sex appeal and well-developed marketing skills, she sells the station owner on the concept, and several spicy encounters in elevators and on counters and desktops are the inevitable result. With both of them fighting their feelings, and several matchmakers as well as one marplot stirring the cauldron, Blair has crafted a fun and sexy romp. Lynne Welch
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"A funny, seductive story with unique, colorful characters & a touch of magical whimsy." -- The Best Reviews

"Bewitching! Full of charm, humor, sensuality ... an easy-reading, reader-pleasing story that makes you feel good all over." -- Reader to Reader

"Enchanting! Funny! Wonderfully Written! This book had me in its spell. Awesome." Spicy, Explicit. -- MyShelf.com

"Magic. THE KITCHEN WITCH sizzles. Ms. Blair's writing is smooth as a fine Kentucky bourbon. Sexy, fun, top notch entertainment." -- Romance Reader at Heart

"Romantic comedy at its most subtle and finest. Magic and love are woven into the story with a deft touch." -- A Romance Review
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425198812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425198810
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dear Readers,

Thank you! I'm officially a New York Times & a USA Today Bestselling Author.

Writers have many dreams for their careers, not the least of which is to have their books hit those lists. But it came as a delightful surprise, 2 days after surgery, to learn that JACOB'S RETURN, a book of my heart, hit that coveted milestone in its second release, fifteen years after the first. Many thanks to you, my wonderful readers. for making it possible. For those who are not familiar with the story, JACOB'S RETURN is a SEXY Amish Historical Romance, though no Amish writing rules existed when the book was written in the late nineteen-eighties. Now sexy Amish Historicals have become something of a trademark. My dedicated readers want the love scenes.

Meanwhile my New York Times Bestselling Mystery Series increased by one. TULLE DEATH DO US PART, my 6th Vintage Magic Mystery brought more notes and email than ever. I love hearing from you, so thank you so much. Your words delight and encourage me. Thanks too for your reviews, for telling your friends & posting your enthusiasm on social sites. Nothing is as valuable as word of mouth. Thank you for mentioning my work. A writer can't succeed alone. I could never succeed without you.

It's been nearly eight years since I left my job as a Development Director at a New England Prep School to become a full time writer, and I am still loving the heck out of it. I will admit that my knee replacement surgeries interfered with my creativity in 2013. I had one in March and one in September. Your cards, good thoughts, vibes, white light, & prayers, are much appreciated.

I didn't always know I wanted to be a writer, but I discovered Jane Eyre soon after I got my first library card. I was eleven and already giving every story a romantic spin, whether it called for one or not. In high school, I wrote romances about my friends and their boyfriends. Racy stuff for which their mothers did not thank me. That was my single true rebellion as a teen, and I'm so glad I ran with it. Because over-achieving, goody-two-shoes have no fun.

When my children were young, I jotted plot ideas on corners of envelopes, recipe cards, and such, and threw them in my nightstand. One day, I picked one and started writing. I have since journeyed to Regency England; 19th century Amish America; twenty-first century Salem, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; and Mystic, Connecticut; falling in love and solving mysteries along the way. I created a host of sassy, sexy witches who tantalize and torment the men in their lives. Hopefully, those men and women, witches and rogues alike, will make some happy magic for you.

I've re-released: The Rogues Club, a Multi-Award-Winning series of Regency Historical Romances. UNDENIABLE ROGUE, UNFORGETTABLE ROGUE, UNMISTAKABLE ROGUE & UNTAMABLE ROGUE. They're Unputdownable, as are: SEA SCOUNDREL, CAPTIVE SCOUNDREL, PROPER SCOUNDREL & HOLY SCOUNDREL.

Many of you have asked me, "What's next?" To get through a recovery that can be depressing--pain and physical therapy are a drag--I gravitated toward a Contemporary Romantic Comedy Series with a touch of Magic. It's filling my creative well, making me laugh, and keeping me working. You can expect WISHING WELL WEDDING (tentative title) in the first quarter of 2014.

Happy Reading, Happy New Year, and much love,
Annette

Customer Reviews

The almost sex scenes did not make sense.
Rebecca Mccarthy
What I like about paranormal over contemporary is that you get more of a plot with the sensational characters if it's written well.
Jennifer Scarpa
This is the first of Annette Blairs books that Ive read, but you can bet it wont be the last.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on May 25, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was annoyed at the beginning of this novel. It starts with a drop-dead gorgeous but unemployed woman, Melody, using her sex appeal to manipulate her way into a starring role on a cooking show. Never mind that she can't cook.

From there, however, it becomes a cute, lightweight romance that isn't bad at all. Melody matures a great deal throughout the book, becoming more mature and responsible while retaining her spunk and spirit. The male lead, Logan, becomes more annoying as Melody becomes less so. He's looking for a woman who can be a good mother to his son, ignoring his feelings for Melody and the constant proof the she's great with kids--from her adorable bonding with Logan's son to her rescuing abandoned kittens--because he has the idea that only a staid, conventional woman could make a good mother. The rest of the novel is devoted to finding out whether Logan will ever wise up.

I did hope there would be a little more *witchcraft* in this book! If it's going to be titled "The Kitchen Witch", and star a witch and a man who's a little afraid of witches, and be set in Salem--I want a little more magic than, say, a red candle getting lit when the characters are about to get it on. I don't like novels that read like Witchcraft 101 primers--but this goes too far in the other direction. The story could have been better either by dropping the witch angle entirely or by having more fun with it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By retroredux VINE VOICE on November 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book is unusual that I found myself liking it one minute and dispising it the next. While it had it's moments of cleverness, it seemed equally filled with sophmoric "harlequin" like drivel.

I agree with the other reviewers-the love scenes were 1-way to many "pri*k tease", almost-had-sex scenes, and 2-all were strictly sex scenes, there was no love to these scenes, more "horny teenager" type of sex that seemed played more for titilation than romance. Explicitness in romances is fine, IMO, but as long as there is some emotion behind the motion:)

The good points-1-several fun and well written minor characters, especially Logan's son Shane. 2-the two characters do show some maturation and growth-but that and their realization of their love came sadly, to late in the book to make it enjoyable, more like a niggling suspecion of time wasted:(.

5 stars for a great cover, 4 for an interesting premise but sadly a 2 on actual story. Altogether-3.5 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By schnuppi on August 17, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok, first of all: I hate when the titel of a book is misleading! If the book titel has the word 'witch' in it I kind of assume it's a paranormal and it is - well duh - about a witch. Somehow this book ends up with no witchcraft in it at all Melody, the heroine, was accused to be a witch (not even seriously) and just went along with it and kind of pretends to be one to get a job as a cook on tv I guess in order to spice up the plot Annette Blair made Mel a complete failure in the kitchen (ha ha ha funny - NOT).

Logan, the hero, is a former Bad Boy who knocked up a girl, she disappeared with her sugar daddy, and four years later - after he got his life in order - he finally gets custody of his son. He moves back to his home town Salem, gets an apartment in the same house as Melody and she starts baby sitting for him. As a thank you Logan checks if he can get Melody a job at the tv station he works at and that's how she gets the job as cook. They are attracted to each other but Logan thinks that Melody is just another dits like his ex who uses her looks and sex to get a career. Melody thinks Logan is an uptight guy in a suit without a wild side.

I thought the book and the whole story had potential but somehow it turned out to be totally boring and a torture to read Usually in third person novels you switch from the hero/heroine point of view and you are kind of 'in their head'. You know why they react in a certain way, you know what they think and you really get to know them. In this book I never had the feeling like I was inside of the hero or the heroine.
Like usually the hero gets mad and you get a full length explanation why he is pissed and how it makes him feel. In this book you got "Logan is mad" and that's it. WTH? Anyway, I never got the hero or the heroine, I never felt like I knew them and because of that I didn't care for either one of them.

I would give the book 1 1/2 stars...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jen Warren on February 17, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really wanted to like this book. The premise is great and the opening drew me in, but after that, it fell flat. Logan and Melody don't seem very well fleshed out and I never understand them. The writing is entertaining, but I never really cared about the characters and had to struggle to finish.

Another thing I thought was odd - there is no witch or witchcraft in this book. Because of the title, I expected a fun story about a witch. But Melody just pretends, which was kind of like my impression of the entire book.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By P. D. on April 27, 2005
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This book has great cover art and terrific marketing behind it. And trust me, that's all it has.

Here's the whole book: two very attractive people spend hundreds of pages ALMOST having sex. Can you guess the climax of the plot? It doesn't really matter, because you won't care by the time it rolls around.

The writing is execrable. The barely-there plot is completely predictable. The characters are one-dimensional. Gigantic passages are devoted to explicit descriptions of the characters' sexual antics, but they're not even erotic.

This book is being aggressively marketed, but I can't explain why. Please don't waste your money on it.
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