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"I can't recommend this book more highly. Full of witches and magic, along with a gripping story, and a beautiful romance, it's excellently written and will leave you wanting more ... as in, when's the next book coming out???? I stayed up all night to finish this one." --D.B. Reynolds, author of the Vampires in America series --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07GT6S1KR
- Publisher : Weird Sister Press; 1st edition (September 20, 2018)
- Publication date : September 20, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1843 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 270 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1775277453
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,393 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hazel and her cohort are interns at the White Willow Hospital, completing their training as healers. As part of this training, they have to go out into the human world and answer a distress call from a group of human witches in Scotland. Hazel is eager for the experience, but less eager to spend time with her mentor and teacher, Duke, who was her secret lover for a year. One reason for that is their sharp disagreement over her future.
Watching Hazel grow up, learn some humility, and make friends was interesting. Her age seems to be about college age but she was essentially homeschooled and her mother tightly controlled her access to and interactions with other people so her social skills are lacking, to put it kindly. She means well but keeps tripping over herself. The others in the group are better socially but not all are willing to give Hazel a chance, to believe that she's as skilled as she, and many others, say she is.
"The Witches of White Willow" was entertaining, with an intriguing world and magic system, developed characters, and some hot sex scenes. While Hazel was a goody two-shoes, she did develop a bit as the book went, slowly loosening her mother's grip on her, developing friendships, and engaging in a more emotionally honest relationship with Duke. The witches were mostly good but all had flaws. Healer Bridget Rose (that name makes me smile, lol) is a good witch and healer but uses people and preys sexually on her students. She's also a thief though why was left vague. Duke was mostly a good person but one scene gave me pause:
Would she be so sick she'd look to him for some compassion? Some soothing touches? He'd be ready if she was. He hoped that she would be- sick that was, which was a horrible thing to think, right?
Yes, Duke it is. And you are a douche canoe and a slimeball for wanting her to be sick and for planning on taking advantage of her sickness for your own purposes. (I should point out that he did not, in fact, take advantage of her.) Honestly, I thought less of our 'hero' after that and was less invested in his getting an HEA. I wanted Hazel to get an HEA but maybe with someone more compassionate? Duke was capable of compassion and kindness but this one scene affected my perception of him, to his detriment.
I greatly enjoyed the world, the magic, and the characters. The romance didn't completely work for me in part due to Duke douche canoe tendency, and Hazel's blind adherence to her mother's carefully plotted future for her. I wanted to smack her because I just didn't understand the slavish devotion. Also, where was her father? Was her mother artificially inseminated? Given Mommy Dearest's love of power and her need for absolute control, I can't actually see her with a lover or partner, maybe a one night stand. But there was never any mention of him, no acknowledgment that she had one. It was an odd omission.
Despite those questions and problems, I had fun with the story and I'm looking forward to Bas's story in the next book. And now that I think of it, I don't recall any mention of him having a father, just a beloved mother. Huh. Maybe that's an aspect of the world that Addams will develop as the series goes on. Oh, and I want Healer Rose to a) stop preying on her students, b) redeem herself, and c) get an HEA.
But on her first day of training, Hazel is stunned to learn her new mentor, Healer Duke Hart, is her mysterious lover, unmasked. Duke is as mortified as his student. He never imagined the beguiling young woman he assumed to be a sweet country girl could be “The Chosen One”. Both are determined to leave their past behind and focus on training, but that isn’t easy. Their strong physical connection is bolstered to new heights by the magic they no longer need to hide from one another, and it’s like throwing gasoline onto an already blazing-hot fire.
In 'Witches of White Willow,' Angela Addams has cleverly created a fascinating world where magic can heal, and where some of the world’s most gifted witches can use their power as medicine to treat physical, and psychic disorders. Like a supernatural version of Doctors Without Borders, Duke, Hazel, and the rest of the team travel where they are needed to lift curses, reverse spells, heal wounds, and restore order to communities under siege from dark magic. Addams delivers a cast of intriguing and imperfect characters her readers will want to know more about. Bridget, Hazel, Bas, Mahdyia, Tate, and Chanda come to the team with their own baggage, and prejudice, but they'll need to learn to set all that aside if they hope to become good healers. Out in the field, teamwork is crucial, and lives hang in the balance.
There's romance here (and lots of it), but Addams has cleverly added many layers to Hazel and Duke's love story. To get to a happily-ever-after ending, they'll need to learn from each other, and from their shared experiences. Magic comes easily to Hazel, but she’s not used to working with a team, or making friends for that matter. Will she continue to live by the rules her mother has set for her, or will she forge her own path? Duke is an empath, and a proud man, but he’s never been truly tested. Is he willing to risk it all for love?
Readers who enjoy romance with a high flame rating will be delighted with this well-crafted, magical tale of two people who are at once wrong for each other, and totally meant to be. I found myself captivated, and thirsty for more.
Ok....so I love witches. I love romance. I love drama. So what I'm saying is I loved this book. It was hot and steamy at times, while at times it was like getting sucked into a magical world of drama, danger, and romance. Hazel and Duke are just a very hot duo. The connection between them jumps off the page. Hazel, is a character that you can love. She is young and has such a big future planned for her, but along the way she begins to question her "Destiny."
This story has it all. It was action-packed, had romance and drama, and was written great. The characters were colorful and fun to follow. Overall, this was a great story start to finish. I hope to read more from White Willow.