Deceiving the Witch Next Door: Storie Bell and Reid Malone
Storie Bell has a little secret—she’s a witch. But magic hasn’t exactly kept her life from being a complete mess—her love life is non-existent and the town thinks she’s a total nutter. Plus there’s her neighbor Reid Malone who runs hot one minute and cold the next.
Reid Malone can’t wait to escape Bloomington, Texas. Unfortunately, he’s stuck where he is unless he helps his father hide a very illegal secret. The only key to Reid’s freedom lies with the eccentric Storie…and he’ll do whatever it takes to get the information he needs from her.
But Reid’s holding something back. Something big. And if he’s not careful, he’ll find out exactly what happens when you try to deceive a witch…
This is a quaint story about Storie who is a hereditary witch that has no idea how to control her powers very well. Because of this she tends to lose control and have to move on to a different city or state. She has longed to have a home of her own, put down roots and stop running. When her father wills her an old filling station she and her best friend Harper know this is the chance they are looking for, together her and Harper work to start up Storiebook Café. A couple of weeks before the grand opening everything starts falling apart.
Storie is feisty and strong willed. All of her life she has had to hide who she is so she’s good at keeping it together, until Reid Malone walks back into her life. She can handle just about anything but him. Eight years ago they had one night, one night where things almost went too far and the night has haunted Storie ever since. So, when she finds out he is back in town too she knows she is in trouble. Despite her overwhelming attraction to Reid, I have to say she keeps her heard about her pretty well. She does a great job of keeping him at a distance. She knew Reid was up to something, but didn’t know what. So she kept him a a distance as much as she could throughout most of the story. Although, I was cheering for her to just go with it! I mean how often do you have a hot cowboy trying o seduce you? I’d have thrown caution to the wind! Storie was also so very lonely, she had Harper and the kids, but other than that she was basically alone and afraid to make any connections, so when she is offered more, she is torn with staying or going. I think Ms. Ramirez did a great job is making us feel Stories loneness and longing for more. Stories magic was also an interesting part of Storie, she’s had it her whole life, but was never trained in it so she just kind of makes it work as she goes. I love all the little uses of power and that she calls on thunder and lightning when upset. I’d have to say I enjoyed Storie as a character and LOVE her name! I’d totally name a kid or pet Storie!
Reid, was kind of one dimensional. I don’t really feel like I got to know him all that well, despite that we do get his POV from time to time. I get that he wants to leave Bloomington and that he wants to help his dad, but other than his intense attraction to Storie we don’t know much else about him. I do know that he did fill his role as incredibly sexy cowboy next door and once he started piling on the charm I’m not sure how Storie resisted because he was muy caliente!
Overall, this was a fun, sassy story with TONs of sexual tension. There was a great build up to the end; however, the story did drag a bit in the middle, but as this is a short book about 100 pages the drag didn’t last long. I enjoyed the main characters and the side characters and would like to see where this book takes us. I’m pretty sure this will end up a trilogy so we will see more of these characters in the future. I would have liked to have seen Reid a bit more developed and learned more about the town since it was such a central theme in this book. Small towns can be quirky and can take on a life of their own, especially when it is a Texas small town!