by Liz Long
Publisher: Self-Published (April 2013)
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Adult
Format: eBook (212 pages)
Source: Free book from author for honest review
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Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)
How does a witch stay safe if a killer can get through her protection spells?
Witches like Ruby and Courtney can take care of themselves. So when Courtney is murdered, Ruby’s world crashes to a halt. The only thing keeping her grounded is the return of Courtney’s brother, Cooper. He seeks revenge, but Ruby wants to help other witches stay alive. To do that, she’ll have to reunite with her old coven’s High Priest, who also happens to be her cheating ex-boyfriend.
If that wasn’t awkward enough, when the killer gets too close, Cooper temporarily moves into Ruby’s place while a police officer tails her every move. Cooper’s presence distracts Ruby as they fight their desire against their need to stay safe. Then Courtney begins to haunt Ruby’s dreams and secrets are spilled, things from Cooper’s past that could get them both killed. The killer continues to stalk Ruby and the more she discovers, the more she fears she won’t be able to keep her heart in her chest.
At A Glance
I enjoyed the read but the I was annoyed with the stupid decisions made by the main character.
If you are looking for a paranormal mystery, Witch Hearts is the book for you. The action and suspense were nonstop. I truly did not know who was behind everything till the very end, and even then there were more surprises in store for me. I had the pleasure of reading Gifted by Liz a little while ago and I now realize Liz has a way of creating atmospheres and stories that stay with you.
Ruby was one determined chick. Ruby is still nursing a broken heart over her cheating boyfriend when her best friend is murdered. She is obviously devastated. But when her best friend’s brother comes home determined to find his sister’s killer, Ruby has a new sense of purpose. But these witch killings go deeper than anyone expected. I think Ruby did the best she could in her situation. She didn’t let herself break down enough to lose focus. She was so determined in stopping the killer and save the remaining people she cared about. I loved watching Ruby and Cooper work together because from the get-go I wanted them to get together. They had this obvious spark between them that couldn’t be denied.
Cooper was a good guy who wanted to get revenge for his sister’s murder. He had a very complicated and somewhat dark past that still haunted him. But when Ruby and him got together, you could tell he healed a little bit. I loved watching the awkwardness between Cooper, Ruby, and the ex-boyfriend. The tensions leapt off the page each time they were forced together. That was the best part for me.
The writing was good and the pacing was perfect. The mystery stayed a mystery until it wanted to be revealed. I loved how the paranormal aspect was so seamlessly integrated into this world, like is was normal. I think the story ended well and it overall felt satisfying.
Over and over again Ruby made stupid decisions that put her in danger and made others worry for no reason. There are certain situations where you need to be cautious and ask for help, and a killer following you around and wanting to ripe out your heart is ONE OF THEM!!! It was like Ruby wanted to die because there is no other reason for her to make some of the decisions she did.
Even though I liked the characters, I never really fell in love with them. They all felt pretty average, nothing special.
Even though the content of this book is adult, the sex is not. There are no sex scenes. Ruby and Copper were good together, but we don’t really get to see too much of them being lovey-lovey since this is more of a mystery book.
I think there is a definite audience out there for Witch Hearts. The suspense was spot on and the paranormal aspect was interesting. Recommended.
(I have no idea why both quotes are sexual, I guess my brain was in the gutter today :D)
“I want to change, be the person you want to be with. Give me a second chance.”
“You say that now but I know it doesn’t mean anything. Rebecca only needs to offer a blowjob and you’ll be back to your old ways.”
Michael blinked in surprise, opened his mouth to protest and Ruby waved her hand at him. “I’m done here.”
Miranda wasted no time. “So how was it?”
Ruby busies herself with unfolding a napkin and sipping her water. “How was what?”
“You know what. The sex. Naked Cooper. Is he huge?” Miranda winked at her as she took a huge bite of her veggie on rye. Ruby almost choked.