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The Last Challenge: A Paranormal Romantic Comedy (Northern Witches Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Karaa
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Book Description

Lauren Rutherford knows she is many things: a failed baker, an orphan, and a computer programmer. She also suspects she is ever so slightly nuts given that she often has conversations with her multiple personalities and Bad Luck is a man who seems to enjoy tormenting her at every opportunity.

What Lauren doesn't know is that she is also a witch. She needs to learn, and fast, because the only thing between her and certain death is Agnes, her long-dead ancestor who has a foul mouth and a passion for G-strings, and Daniel, a sexy as hell male witch who drives her to distraction.

As the last descendant of a long line of witches, Lauren is the victim of a four hundred year old curse. Her life depends on her surviving a challenge set down by three damned souls, a challenge that will take her to hell and back. Literally. And Satan doesn't do tea and scones!

Editorial Reviews


"The characters pull you right into their world. L Morin
"The author has an excellent flare for description which is established in the well-developed plot and credible characters." Hannah
"400 year old Grandma was a hoot. She made me laugh the most!" M Martin

From the Author

I thought I was normal, I really did, aside from the fact I had a penchant for naming the many facets of my personality. I was unlucky, I'll grant you, but other than that, just your average twenty-five-year-old virgin.
Then my long-dead ancestor turned up with a huge appetite (who knew ghosts could eat?), a passion for G-strings, and a scorching-hot male witch in tow.
Throw in an unadulterated bitch of a familiar, three spirits baying for my blood, a six-inch-tall Geordie man, and my best friend Selina, and before you could say "Bubble, bubble" I was strapped onto the front of the roller coaster of my life, heading straight to Hell in a handbasket.
This book contains adult content.

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  • Print Length: 296 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L2RFDE8
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rats, Cats, and Spiders Oh My!!! September 23, 2014
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I absolutely love this book, it has everything in it that I ever look for in a book which is humor, romance, and one sex on legs paranormal man!!! haha hey nobody can blame me I am a woman haha. I am glad I was able to get my hands on this book seeing that it was rainy day today and it brought me tons of laughter on this dreary day. Oh my god I about pissed my self a few times from laughing so hard haha. Sharon has certainly developed a fantastic story with a great plot and great characters.

I adore Lauren since chapter one! She is a fun loving character that you connect to easily from the start when you read about Mr. Bad Luck harassing her at the beginning. Do not worry Lauren you are not the first person to think your late for your job on a holiday, I have done it too! Then there is Agnes who come on who doesn't love that fouled mouth 400 year old ghost of a woman haha. Natalia I connected to instantly cause I am very much like her, I love football (for Americans I mean soccer), I stay up late, and I am very good at protecting people that I love (guess you could say I do act like a familiar), also I do have a foul mouth haha. Then of course I can not for get about the sexy man Daniel who is lets faces it Sex on legs as Lauren put it hahahahaha. Oh man, Sharon has defiantly developed some fantastic characters that just made the plot even better.

The plot it self is very well formed it just has the right amount of conflict in it, you have the main problem and then the main character has smaller conflicts thrown in to mix with the main problem that she faces. It has some turns that you don't even see coming until it smacks you right upside the head and it is kind of an off set and sometimes provides a nice distraction for the character and the read for a few seconds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read summer story July 24, 2014
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I found a great new author. Just when I was looking for something new to catch my attention, along came Sharon Karaa. This is a great story of losing family and creating a new one, new love and great relationships. The characters pull you right into their world. Great descriptions of the characters make them come alive. I could picture each one. The scenes came alive with each word and they painted a clear picture of each new place. Sharon has areal gift for words. My favorite character is Agnes, a spunky 400 year old ghost, who takes care of everyone. Then there is the main character Lauren who matures as the story goes on. She has lived through a great tragedy but instead of hiding from the world she takes it on and battles evil and wins.
If you are looking for a good summer book, the look no further. I can't wait for the second book to come out in the fall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Northern Witches 1 July 26, 2014
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I really enjoyed this. I like the funny, sexy, hot, lighthearted books like this. It gives you something more than just reading a romance. It can be funny and you gotta have a sense of humor in life especially in dire circumstances like this. The characters were great! LOL. 400 year old Grandma was a hoot. She made me laugh the most. The things that came out her mouth were so funny. Mostly profanity but thats ok and sometimes that is the best thing ever! I did feel bad for Jacks brother Simon I think that was his name. He seemed like a really sweet genuinely good guy who liked her. He wasn't meant for her though but Daniel was. Can't wait for the next book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun & Fantastic! January 5, 2015
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To be perfectly honest, it was not love at first page for this book and me. The first chapter is a bit clunky, with the main character speaking to the reader from an after-the-fact perspective. She also names the different aspects of her personality, and gives similar billing to the different aspects of luck. All in all, it didn’t immediately appeal to me.

Feeling indulgent, I stuck it out for a few more chapters. After all, this is a new author and beginnings can be tough… By the start of chapter 2 I was hooked. Hooked so strongly that after inhaling this first book I immediately bought and read the second book as well, and am eagerly awaiting publication of the third.

The storyline is quite different, the characters are a mix of relatable and endearing, and the whole book is just so much fun. Lauren seems socially awkward at the start, but she is strong and smart and you can’t help but like her. Her bestie Selina is too beautiful for words, and while she comes off as superficial at first that impression doesn’t last long, and you soon forgive her for being so damn beautiful. Loyalty runs deep, no one is perfect, and the unexpected pops up at every turn. Add in the super-delectable Daniel and the smattering of hot, hot sex, and this was a book I couldn’t put down.

Lauren’s otherwise Very Normal World is suddenly filled with witches, familiars, demons, and ghosts. She is skeptical and reluctant at first, but seeing (& feeling) is believing…Selina is a tougher sell but once she experiences the ghostly experiences she, too, finds it impossible not to accept the reality of the paranormal. Its the kind of story that I was sad to finish and return to my own world, as mine is still of the Very Normal variety.

There are a few typos but none too bothersome, and other than the clunky beginning, there is nothing I did not love about this book. A fantastic read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Paranormal Romantic Comedy Lovers
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sharon Karaa's writing style is engaging and wonderfully entertaining. The book was written in first person, which fit the story perfectly. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Nickie Cochran
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Wonderful book!! I echo everyone else who said the book had everything... adventure, humor, sex, lots of great characters. Just wonderful!! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Paula A Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and engaging
I came across this book by chance and really didn't know what to expect, paranormal romantic comedies not being my usual fare. What a wonderful surprise it was. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Sanpy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully entertaining
This book made me hold my breath during love scenes, laugh out loud, and almost cry (I tried real hard not too bc I was reading in public). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this series great writer wish for more in this story line!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny! Engaging! A fun and entertaining read! Liked it very much. I say 'Go for it!'
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I did not enjoy this book at all
Published 2 months ago by Naiya
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!
This was such a fun read! The characters were so entertaining, I immediately got attached to them! I laughed through the whole thing:-) On to the next in the series! ~Ann S.
Published 2 months ago by EDWARD L. SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delightful
Absolutely delightful read. Can't wait to read the rest!
Published 2 months ago by Pearls59
5.0 out of 5 stars Series with humor with some romance
Can't wait to read the next book in series. A paranormal that is humorous with a touch of romance and group of different people coming together to form a strange but loving family.
Published 2 months ago by Susan Landowski
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More About the Author

Sharon Karaa is a mass of contradictions but two facets of her character have always battled for supremacy; her logical self (let's call him Frank) and her artistic side (lets her call Misty).

Until recently, Frank won every battle, forcing Sharon into a life based on most probable outcome and, to give him his credit, it has led to a fairly comfortable if rather boring life so far.

Then Misty took up kick boxing and gave Frank a good kick in the goodies.

Sharon lives with her husband in a little village north of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. She doesn't have a cat.

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