Review: Toil and Trouble by HP Mallory (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Posted January 31, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 6 Comments


From Goodreads: The Underworld in civil war.
The cause? A witch who can reanimate the dead.
A sexy as sin vampire determined to claim her.
An infuriatingly handsome warlock torn between duty and love.
Who says blonds have more fun?

After defending herself against fairy magic, Jolie Wilkins wakes to find her world turned upside down-the creatures of the Underworld on the precipice of war.

The Underworld is polarized in a battle of witch against witch, creature against creature, led by the villainous Bella, who would be Queen.

While Jolie has one goal in mind, to stake the vampire, Ryder, who nearly killed her, she also must choose between the affections of her warlock employer, Rand, and the mysteriously sexy vampire, Sinjin.

And as if that weren’t enough to ruin a girl’s day, everything Jolie knows will be turned inside out when she’s thrust into the shock of a lifetime.

Toil and Trouble is the second book in the Jolie Wilkins series, the follow up to Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

Received from Author and bought on Amazon (yes folks I liked it that much)!

(Tara from 25 hour books loved it too! Check out her Review)

What I Loved:  Toil and Trouble really is Jolie’s life in a nutshell! I really can’t write much without giving it away so this will be a general review. This book rocked the house in a fun, spunky kind of way. I liked the first one (gave it a 3) but all those little things that were missing from it are in this one in spades.  Jolie, bless her little wiccan heart, is just as much of a beautiful mess as she was in the first one.  She gets into bigger trouble, her romances are more tangled than ever, and she does a great job of keeping it together even though you know she just wants to fall apart.  I love the men of the book and yes I am talking about the two biggies: Rand and Sinjin.  I liked the roles they played and I think they were both essential to the building of Jolie’s character and giving her the “umph” she needed.  The time “warp” is my favorite part of the book and I think gives you essential information for the series. Everything just meshes together very well and you can’t turn the page fast enough to see what is going to happen.

What I Liked:  Pretty much all the world building, secondary character building, and plot pacing.  The actual nuts and bolts of the book were done really well!

Complaints: None

Why I gave it a 4:  This book I will read again as I am sure I missed some things because it was packed with information.  It was a really good read.

Who I would recommend it too: UF fans and maybe PNR if you can handle the two guys aspect.  I would say read the first one before this one though, you might be a little lost of you don’t.

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Other books in this series:
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
Toil and Trouble


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6 responses to “Review: Toil and Trouble by HP Mallory (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

  1. Tara SG (25 Hour Boo

    Thanks for the link to my review!I'm sooo glad you loved this one! The time warp was my favorite part too πŸ™‚ I can't wait to see what Rand thinks of what she learned!!

  2. Missie

    Don't you just love it when you LOVE a book so much you just have to buy it, even when you have the ARC. Speaks volumes. Really does. A beautiful mess, perfect way to describe Jolie. She is adorable.

  3. Jenny

    No complaints huh? Maybe I should give these books a try. I read her other book, To Kill a Warlock, and liked her writing style but got frustrated by all the possible love interests (there were 3). Glad to see this book improves on the first one though, love it when that happens! Nice review Felicia:)

  4. Felicia the Geeky Bl

    You know I agree about the cover (I think it is cute) but I don't think it fits the story. It is a little darker than the cover implies!