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The Kitchen Witch (Berkley Sensation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Annette Blair
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Books; Reissue edition (31 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425198812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425198810
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dear Reader,

I've been gobsmacked! I hit the New York Times Bestseller List last year! Talk about a milestone. Hugs and thanks for making this possible. I could never have done it without you.

It's been seven years since I left my job as a Development Director at a New England Prep School to become a full time writer, and I am still loving the daylights out of it.

I didn't always know I wanted to be a writer, but I discovered Jane Eyre soon after I got my first library card. I was eleven and put a romantic spin on every story I read. I wrote romances about friends and their boyfriends. Racy stuff for which my friends' mothers did not thank me.

When my children were young, I jotted plot ideas on corners of envelopes, recipe cards, and such, and threw them in my nightstand. After discussing a romance novel with my teenaged daughter, she challenged me to write one of my own. That day, I sorted through my plot ideas, picked one, and started. I didn't know what I was doing, but I had a good time. Then I made my first sale.

As a writer, I've journeyed to Regency England; Victorian Amish America, twenty-first century Salem, Massachusetts, Newport, Rhode Island, and Mystic, Connecticut. I started by falling in love and now I'm solving mysteries. I've befriended a host of sassy, sexy witches who tantalize and torment the dishy men in their lives.

Hopefully, those same characters, witches and rogues alike, will make some magic for you.

My books are available in ebook, trade paperback, mass market paperback, and audio book formats. Recently I re-released The Rogues Club, a series of Regency Historical Romances. UNDENIABLE ROGUE, UNFORGETTABLE ROGUE, UNMISTAKABLE ROGUE & UNTAMABLE ROGUE They're Unputdownable.

After the Rogues came the Scoundrels: SEA SCOUNDREL, CAPTIVE SCOUNDREL, PROPER SCOUNDREL & HOLY SCOUNDREL, all available for your reading pleasure.

My all-time favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Jane Austin and Charlotte Bronte.

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious romp. 8 Nov 2004
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Logan Kilgarven and his four-year-old son, Shane, move to Salem, Massachusetts. (Logan had grown up in Salem as a bad boy until Judge Jessie Harris set him straight.) Logan knows that Salem is the perfect place to raise his son, under the watchful eyes of Jessie (now retired and giving cemetery tours, since Halloween nears) and his mother, Phyllis. Logan has already been hired by the TV station WHCH and is their new executive producer. Everything is looking up as Logan vows to put Shane's welfare above everything else in his life. What Logan did not expect was his sexy downstairs neighbor, rumored witch Melody Seabright.
With absolutely zero notice, Mel agrees to watch Shane so Logan may rush off to his first day of work. In return, Logan got Mel an interview with his boss, Max Peabody, for the star position on a new cooking show. Big problem is that Melody cannot even boil water or crack an egg without a disaster happening. But Melody knows how to play to an audience and becomes Salem's favorite magical cook on the new show "The Kitchen Witch"!
***** Add Tiffany, the station owner's spoiled daughter, into the mix for some spice. Blend with some lovable secondary characters, two playful kittens, and a dash of magic. Then bake the two main characters until they look ready to explode. When it all comes out, you will find this dish to be one hot and hilarious romp, guaranteed to satisfy! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By HH
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a really terrible book. When Amazon recommended it to me I thought it was a crime book or a book about witchcraft - I like those. This is a terrible romance chicklit rubbish (I also like some of those but this is awful). It mainly focuses on the main characters ERECTIONS which are very frequent and describtions of his "THICKNESS????". The sex scenes are unbelievable (at least to those who have actually had sex) and the main characters are flat and empty (except for the kid, who at age four is surely a child wonder as he takes active part in adult life and conversations, am guessing the author never met a four year old). Also the characters are supposed to have "baggage" and a "past" but really their lives have been rather uneventful so you don't get what the fuss is about. AVOID - Please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic in the kitchen 15 May 2012
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When Logan Kilgarven offers to help his neighbour Melody Seabright get a job at his TV station in exchange for babysitting his son, the last thing he expects is for Melody to bewitch the manager into giving her a cooking show. Melody is thrilled to have landed such an awesome job, but resisting the temptation of stuffed suit Logan isn't her only problem. The Kitchen Witch is an great idea for a show...as long as Melody can learn to cook.

This is the first book in the Accidental Witch trilogy and one of my favourite books that I have read and re-read multiple times. This manages to blend magic, laughter and romance flawlessly with interfering parental figures, a television show and mouthwatering descriptions of food. Despite the a magical angle this is a contemporary romance, although if you read the entire trilogy they do evolve into paranormal romance by the third book.

All of the characters are really well written and the author has managed to build believable backstories that help explain their motivations without info-dumping the reader. Melody is the perfect balance of ditzy and determined. She has a major thing for vintage fashion, but she's also stubborn and desperate to prove her worth. Logan hides his bad boy tendancies under a pressed suit, trying to do the best thing by his son Shane, who is the cutest kid ever and I'm not usually a fan of children.

It is great to read about Logan and Melody's work as well as the development side of television shows isn't something frequently seen in books. I loved Melody's early attempts at cooking and I was really rooting for her show to succeed.
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5 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hot stuff 8 April 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am amazed that both characters managed to keep their hands off each other for most of the book. It was very obvious from the start that these two deserved to be together. The parents got together, moved in and married before the main characters declared that they were in love with each other. I wanted to hug the kid as he was adorable.
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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  63 reviews
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute fluff 25 May 2005
By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was annoyed at the beginning of this novel. It starts with a drop-dead gorgeous but unemployed woman, Melody, using her sex appeal to manipulate her way into a starring role on a cooking show. Never mind that she can't cook.

From there, however, it becomes a cute, lightweight romance that isn't bad at all. Melody matures a great deal throughout the book, becoming more mature and responsible while retaining her spunk and spirit. The male lead, Logan, becomes more annoying as Melody becomes less so. He's looking for a woman who can be a good mother to his son, ignoring his feelings for Melody and the constant proof the she's great with kids--from her adorable bonding with Logan's son to her rescuing abandoned kittens--because he has the idea that only a staid, conventional woman could make a good mother. The rest of the novel is devoted to finding out whether Logan will ever wise up.

I did hope there would be a little more *witchcraft* in this book! If it's going to be titled "The Kitchen Witch", and star a witch and a man who's a little afraid of witches, and be set in Salem--I want a little more magic than, say, a red candle getting lit when the characters are about to get it on. I don't like novels that read like Witchcraft 101 primers--but this goes too far in the other direction. The story could have been better either by dropping the witch angle entirely or by having more fun with it.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars magical and moronic all rolled into one... 3 Nov 2005
By retroredux - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this book is unusual that I found myself liking it one minute and dispising it the next. While it had it's moments of cleverness, it seemed equally filled with sophmoric "harlequin" like drivel.

I agree with the other reviewers-the love scenes were 1-way to many "pri*k tease", almost-had-sex scenes, and 2-all were strictly sex scenes, there was no love to these scenes, more "horny teenager" type of sex that seemed played more for titilation than romance. Explicitness in romances is fine, IMO, but as long as there is some emotion behind the motion:)

The good points-1-several fun and well written minor characters, especially Logan's son Shane. 2-the two characters do show some maturation and growth-but that and their realization of their love came sadly, to late in the book to make it enjoyable, more like a niggling suspecion of time wasted:(.

5 stars for a great cover, 4 for an interesting premise but sadly a 2 on actual story. Altogether-3.5 stars.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 17 Aug 2008
By schnuppi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok, first of all: I hate when the titel of a book is misleading! If the book titel has the word 'witch' in it I kind of assume it's a paranormal and it is - well duh - about a witch. Somehow this book ends up with no witchcraft in it at all Melody, the heroine, was accused to be a witch (not even seriously) and just went along with it and kind of pretends to be one to get a job as a cook on tv I guess in order to spice up the plot Annette Blair made Mel a complete failure in the kitchen (ha ha ha funny - NOT).

Logan, the hero, is a former Bad Boy who knocked up a girl, she disappeared with her sugar daddy, and four years later - after he got his life in order - he finally gets custody of his son. He moves back to his home town Salem, gets an apartment in the same house as Melody and she starts baby sitting for him. As a thank you Logan checks if he can get Melody a job at the tv station he works at and that's how she gets the job as cook. They are attracted to each other but Logan thinks that Melody is just another dits like his ex who uses her looks and sex to get a career. Melody thinks Logan is an uptight guy in a suit without a wild side.

I thought the book and the whole story had potential but somehow it turned out to be totally boring and a torture to read Usually in third person novels you switch from the hero/heroine point of view and you are kind of 'in their head'. You know why they react in a certain way, you know what they think and you really get to know them. In this book I never had the feeling like I was inside of the hero or the heroine.
Like usually the hero gets mad and you get a full length explanation why he is pissed and how it makes him feel. In this book you got "Logan is mad" and that's it. WTH? Anyway, I never got the hero or the heroine, I never felt like I knew them and because of that I didn't care for either one of them.

I would give the book 1 1/2 stars...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great premise that never went anywhere 17 Feb 2008
By Jen Warren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really wanted to like this book. The premise is great and the opening drew me in, but after that, it fell flat. Logan and Melody don't seem very well fleshed out and I never understand them. The writing is entertaining, but I never really cared about the characters and had to struggle to finish.

Another thing I thought was odd - there is no witch or witchcraft in this book. Because of the title, I expected a fun story about a witch. But Melody just pretends, which was kind of like my impression of the entire book.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok, if you're twelve or have never read a book before 28 April 2009
By HH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a really terrible book. When Amazon recommended it to me I thought it was a crime book or a book about witchcraft - I like those. This is a terrible romance chicklit rubbish (I also like some of those but this is awful). It mainly focuses on the main characters ERECTIONS which are very frequent and describtions of his "THICKNESS????". The sex scenes are unbelievable (at least to those who have actually had sex) and the main characters are flat and empty (except for the kid, who at age four is surely a child wonder as he takes active part in adult life and conversations, am guessing the author never met a four year old). Also the characters are supposed to have "baggage" and a "past" but really their lives have been rather uneventful so you don't get what the fuss is about. AVOID - Please!

Ps. I really wanted to like this - so against better judgement I read it through waiting for it to get better - it didn't!
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