DECEIVING THE WITCH NEXT DOOR by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Reviewed by Jo
Storie Bell left Bloomington, Texas never expecting to return and at that moment in time never wanting to. Part of the problem is that Storie is a witch, yes a real witch, and she can’t always hide that fact so the residents of Bloomington are beginning to believe that Storie is crazy. The only good thing about her life in Bloomington was her last night there and a brief encounter with a Reid Malone.
Reid Malone would like nothing better than to shake the dust of Bloomington off his shoes, but circumstances with his father who still lives there has him coming back again and again. Reid now is a very wealthy man with companies to control, and yet because of a deal his father made which can’t be finalized until a missing part is been located has Reid back one more time and this time to his surprise, Storie is back and moving into the very place he needs to search.
Storie is amazed to see Reid in the bar next door to her new restaurant/bookstore, even if his father owns it. Even more surprising is the fact he ends up working as her handyman to get them ready for their grand opening. Storie knows there is something odd about Reid and his reasoning for helping out, but she has worries of her own. Her powers are on the fritz and it is affecting her in more ways than one. Reid knows he is being underhanded, even if he is helping out. The feelings he has for Storie are not helping his situation either. As the date of the grand opening comes closer and closer, so do Reid and Storie. But when the truth about what Reid is looking for and why comes to light it all but ends any budding romance between them. On top of that is a huge piece of her past is given to Storie, one that might make her leave Bloomington for a final time never to return – unless the love between Storie and Reid is enough to fight against an extreme power.
One small town, a bit of magic and a night two people can’t forget all combine with a bang in Deceiving the Witch Next Door. After seeing the encounter that Storie and Reid had one night, I wasn’t at all surprised that they couldn’t forget it. I was amused to see how they both wanted to address it when they met again so many years later and yet didn’t. The fact that they seemed constantly on the edge of combustion every time they were in the room together was also not a surprise. While I enjoyed the plot of the story, for some reason I could not bring Storie and Reid into the realm of real-life characters, which took away large parts of the attraction for me. I did enjoy how Storie and Reid, with a little help, fought for their right to learn just where the sparks of their love could take them. Deceiving the Witch Next Door is filled with magic and passionate sparks just waiting to explode off the pages as each is turned.