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No Rest for the Wicca [Kindle Edition]

Toni LoTempio
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Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes. A half-Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghost or demon as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad – until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance. Someone’s killing pureblood witches- and the SFA’s convinced Morgan’s heritage (her father was a voodoo priest) could be instrumental in solving the mystery. Teamed with dashing SF agent Cole St. John – an Inheritor Vampire that sets her blood racing – the two of them fight their attraction for each other as they race to stop a madman from unleashing a demonic force upon the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00427ZIIG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of Twists and Turns. 11 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The book is full of suspense and takes the reader on a rollarcoaster of twists and turns. I sat down to read this novel and within two hours I found myself at the end with no more pages to turn.

Toni LoTempio has a great talent in keeping the readers guessing who the killer is. One moment I found myself so sure of who it was, only to turn the page and find myself changing my mind and I never saw the ending coming.

I can say that I haven't read very much novels that would be classed as paranormal romance but I enjoyed this novel so much that I am going to try and read more of this genre.

I can't wait to read more books by this author as their talent is obvious and I really hope that this book gets the recognition it deserves.

A copy of this novel was received for free and all opinions expressed are my own through reading this novel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5, but I'll round up 21 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I got a couple good chuckles out of No Rest for the Wicca. Morgan was a fun character who managed to pull off the tough snark without pushing it over into the suicidal diarrhea mouth so many such characters have. I enjoyed her, her desire do the right thing, her intelligence and her backbone, maybe not so much her tendency toward alcoholism and self-destructive behaviour. But a few quirks make a character more interesting.

I also enjoyed the mystery here too. Honestly, it wasn't that hard to figure out but it wasn't super obvious either. However, Morgan didn't seem to have to do much investigating to solve it. She just needed to present herself and people handed her all the information she needed. As an example, she met one of the suspects once (never even had a conversation with him, she was picking up a dropped pencil) and he offered her an assistantship. Now, anyone who's been to university and tried for an apprenticeship knows this isn't at all realistic, but even in fiction it's a little too easy of an in. What's more there was one particular side-character who essentially laid every clue she could need at her feet with almost no prompting and without suspecting why Morgan would be asking such questions. Too easy! As was the fact that the main villain, who managed to spend years carefully planning the whole thing, suddenly lost all composure and got sloppy as soon as Morgan came on the scene. How do heroines to this to bad guys so often? I've never figured this out, no matter how often I read it in novels.

A lot has already been made in previous reviews of the whole half-wiccan/half-voodoo thing. So I won't go on about it, but I'll admit it threw me for a loop too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good 13 April 2013
By Yas
Format:Kindle Edition
I got this book as an Amazon freebie and was pleasantly surprised. I found the story enjoyable and fun; the Wiccan lore was detailed but the reader wasn't overloaded with information.

The main character, Morgan is flawed but likeable. The love interest is arrogant but self-deprecating, and who doesn't like a metrosexual vampire. I admit I didn't predict who the bad guy was, probably because I was having too much fun. This one is a definite keeper.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  43 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the cover - the book is EXCELLENT 5 May 2011
By Tara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So, I kept on getting this as a 'You may like this' and kept on ignoring it because of the cover. However, at .99 I decided to to take a chance. EXCELLENT book. I started to read it and couldn't put it down, it just kept on drawing me deeper and deeper in. Great character development.

Try it, you won't regret it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book 22 Feb 2011
By Canadian Book Addict - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I very much enjoyed this book.This is an other book I couldn't put down. This is a fast-paced read and made me want to read even more.
If you are into the paranormal romance genre then I recommend this one.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive indie 2 Nov 2010
By Shelleyrae - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If I have to choose a paranormal `group' that I find most interesting it's witches, I grew up watching Bewitched after all. Morgan Hawkes in No Rest for the Wicca, is nothing like Samantha, she is an ex-homicide cop, using her half-Wiccan heritage to banish spirits in the `Ghostbusters' unit. When young witches are found brutally murdered, Morgan is drawn into the investigation against her will.
It's a strong premise that puts the story the realm of urban fantasy. LoTempio's world is a contemporary setting where the paranormal is known and includes a range of supernatural beings and beliefs. Morgan has a half Wiccan, half voodoo heritage and these religions play a central part in the plot. LoTempio shares some fascinating information within the context of the story, using the setting in the university cleverly. I can't judge the accuracy, but it certainly seems genuine and convincing. There are enough red herrings to distract you in the mystery, even though it is reasonably obvious who is behind things well before the conclusion.
Morgan's snarky attitude is amusing and she is very human despite her abilties. At times she is a little whiny and petulant but still she is satisfyingly complex. I particularly liked that we saw her relationship with cousin Xia - urban fantasy heroes are usually sadly lacking in family or close girl friends.
Cole St John has all the elements of a paranormal hero, he is a vampire with a tortured past, who denies his true nature to do good. His character is well developed and appealing, he is `masculine' yet not alpha. I really liked his role in the relationship with Morgan, he is supportive yet calls her out on her less attractive traits. I do feel he could have done a bit more within the storyline, but then I think this would have tipped the book more to the paranormal romance genre. Their relationship, while part of the story, doesn't overwhelm it.
There are a few inconsistencies in the writing, tenses slip on occassion, some of the dialogue could be stronger and there are a handful of typos, but these things are minor and easily ooverlooked.
I'm impressed with this indie title, I'm sure that fans of the genre who take a chance on No Rest for the Wicca will enjoy it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-pumping action 8 Jan 2013
By RabidReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
At first glance No Rest for the Wicca seems like your run-of-the-mill indie book. The cover isn't an eye catcher but the synopsis had potential in my eyes and is the main reason why I added it to my to-be-read pile. After reading the first few pages I realized that this novel was going to be "one of those", a story that I just couldn't put down! Lovable characters, heart-pumping action and great world-building make this book a must read.

My favorite part by far was Morgan. She's an amazing character with a past that's just as colorful as her present. At first, she turns down the chance to work on a special assignment that's offered to her but when her cousin's life is threatened she quickly reconsiders. I can't help but admire someone who's willing to fight tooth and nail for those they love. Morgan had locked her voodoo half away after a previous mistake on the job but forces herself to revisit it. She's incredibly hard-headed, fiercely independent and never walks away from a fight. One of the things about her personality that made me love her even more was the fact that she doesn't believe in being promiscuous. Too many urban fantasy heroines jump into bed within the first few chapters of a book but not Morgan. Don't get me wrong, I love r-rated action as much as the next girl but it's nice to come across a protagonist with strong morals with regards to sex for a change.

The storyline is equally as captivating. It's well developed and Toni LoTempio does an excellent job of tying up all of the lose ends. Things that I'd forgotten about or disregarded as trivial came into play in the final chapters. The author's attention to detail is admirable! The murder investigation side of the plot transformed the book into a real page turner. Just when I thought the case was solved all neat and tidy like things blow up and nothing is as it seems. LoTempio skillfully steers the investigation into a different direction, one that I didn't see coming but ends up making perfect sense. Well played!

Cole is another great character. At first I disregarded him and thought that he was a jerk. But after he and Morgan become partners we start to see that there's more to St. John than meets the eye. He's a vamp but with a few added twists on the standard breed. Cole and Morgan eventually do get it on so don't worry. Her resistance efforts were admirable but I was happy when she gave in. I know, I'm contradicting myself. I don't like the female lead to jump into bed too easily but I still do want her to get it on... eventually!

I only touched on my favorite aspects of this book but there are plenty more. I strongly encourage you to read No Rest for the Wicca and discover your own preferred elements. Don't be put off by the cover, this book has a lot going for it and it would be a shame for you to miss out on this jem because of a decision that's based only on your first impression. I expected the worst from this book but instead I was surprised by the quality of the writing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Urban Fantasy Murder Mystery 30 May 2011
By Heather - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
No Rest for the Wicca follows Morgan, a former homicide detective turned supernatural investigator who hides the pain of causing her partner's death behind a very tough and snarky exterior. While she isn't exactly content exorcising ghosts and demons and settling disputes between the various supernatural beings that live side by side with humans in Central City, she believes this is her penance for turning to dark powers as a last resort and unknowingly killing her partner in the process. Of half-Wiccan and half-Voodoo decent, she doesn't really have a strong hold in either world and just relies on her sensitivities to the spirit world to do her job.

When someone begins to target female pure blood witches and their bodies begin to show up ritualistically dismembered and with voodoo figures next to the bodies, Special Forces is called in and Morgan is asked to work along side sexy Inheritor vampire Cole St. John to bring the murderer to justice. While Cole (half-vampire/half-human) will go under cover as a teacher at a local college where every victim has attended magic classes, Morgan is an obvious choice to attend as a student undercover as well due to her Wiccan/Voodoo mixed heritage, as well as her experience in law enforcement. Morgan is reluctant to join the investigation until someone she loves unwittingly comes close to danger.

I love a good mystery. The clues are revealed at a great pace and they come from a lot of different sources. The story wasn't generic or predictable. Toni LoTempio writes very lovely dialogue and is great about never having a character just give a large "info dump" of dialogue. Her descriptions of the scenery and situations aren't overly wordy, so they don't take you out of the story. There is a decent amount of humor in this book, especially in Morgan's attitude and speech. And it makes Morgan much more fun.

The relationship between Cole and Morgan develops a little quickly, but it's nice to see a relationship that isn't too angsty. Cole certainly takes a boat load of Morgan's crap and attitude, and it makes you love him more for it.

Overall, I give this book a four. It's a fun, sassy urban fantasy with a little splash of paranormal romance. There were a few instances of continuity issues, but they were very minor and they didn't take away from the story. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes witches, hot vampires, and a good serial killer mystery.
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