As a matter of fact, it was first published back in But when someone sent it to me and told me I had to read it, I trusted them completely. I am so glad I did because this book was amazing. She often finds herself having to clean up quite the mess. When her aunt is sent to America for two years for council busine Reviewed by Heather Bewitching by Jill Barnett is not a hot new book just out on the best sellers list. When her aunt is sent to America for two years for council business, she is expected to go to another estate in London.
Alec, who likes to be known as the duke of Bellmore, is told by an old woman on a street corner that he will not marry the woman he is supposed to, but that he will marry the next woman he meets. She says that he will never be bored again. After he is denied by Lady Juliet Spencer, his intended bride, he finds himself in quite the predicament. Alec decides that Joy will fix the problem he is currently in and asks Joy to marry him…that night. Almost immediately after marrying, Alec begins to understand what the old lady meant by never being bored again.
His home is no longer quiet and controlled, but it is filled with many strange happenings…from messed up clocks to dancing statues. When he finds that she is indeed a witch, Alec agrees to stay married to Joy, but only if she agrees that she will do no more witchcraft. I truly fell in love with this book. It had the right amount of romance. It had me laughing quite a bit.
Joy often finds herself in situations that are comical. You do not want to be around her when she goes into a sneezing fit. Barnett truly has a way with writing. She has you feeling quite sorry for Joy when she is reprimanded by Alec for more of her magic, but yet you also feel that you understand why exactly Alec is the way he is. If you get the chance to read this book, I think you should jump on it. It was the perfect book for me because it had a supernatural element to it and also, of course, romance.
Mar 11, Jenny Johnson rated it it was amazing. This is the book that made me a reader! I remember one time before I was allowed to read romance novels , lying in bed with my mother, who was reading this book fresh off the bookstands. Periodically, my mother would burst into spontaneous laughter. She even found some of it funny enough chapter 13, for example to read it out loud to her impressionable young daughter me. Over the years, I became more and more curious about it, and as soon as I felt she would allow it, I asked my mother to p This is the book that made me a reader!
Over the years, I became more and more curious about it, and as soon as I felt she would allow it, I asked my mother to please find the book that had her laughing so hard those years before and allow me to read it. I am now a grown woman with children of my own, and that copy of my mother's has been read so many times by me that she had to buy me a newer copy just so I would quit reading hers before the binding completely gave way. The sequel, Dreaming, is also wonderful and quite amusing, but Bewitching will always have a special place in my heart as it is the book that made me fall in love with reading while I fell in love with Alec, Duke of Belmore and his darling Joyous Fiona MacQuarry.
Barnett, for writing this wonderful book! I really wanted to like this book. Bewitched meets English peerage and all. I like so much about it But since I bought it for only 99 cents on sale for my Kindle, I shouldn't complain that it was a bit too much like a trashy paperback romance novel, should I? I am some kind of a junio I really wanted to like this book. I am some kind of a junior high fool, I know, but I still want to laugh out loud when I read some of the lengthy descriptive passages about the "length of his manhood" and so forth.
I apologize for my immaturity. Still, it was kinda cool that, as a result of her inability to control her magic, they were showered with pink rose petals every time they made love. I would have handled it all much better if the lights dimmed, the petals fell, and the rest was left to my imagination. I need a mature audiences warning to avoid waking up my family with my laughter in the middle of the night.
Audible, narrated by Anna Johnstonbrown. Every syllable sits up straight — even the ones that should be more relaxed — every t is ttttotttally sharp, every d is dddistinct. She pronounced the word ducal wrong every single time -- at least a dozen. The doo-call cres 3 or 4 stars. What a shame, because this narrator has a voice I could listen to for hours on end with pleasure. Authentic portrayal of various emotions. Male voices are credible. But the overly stressed pronunciation distracted me from the story.
An amusing yet poignant story, if predictable and redundant. I liked the scenes with Stephan. Wish he'd shown up earlier. Lots of explicit sex. Nothing to sneeze at. View all 6 comments. Aug 31, Sha Mslvoe rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have fell in love with this author. From the moment I pickup this book, I fell in love with Joy and Alec. The Seymour also makes me smile with his words.
This book totally bewitched me. Full of fun and wit. Dec 15, Elle rated it liked it. She had bewitched the most serious, snobbish, and handsome Duke in England. And all that his society friends knew of the mysterious lady was that she was Scottish and that her grandmother had been a Locksley. Even her fine bloodline didn't make Joy quite proper enough to be a Duchess, but a proud nobleman like Alec, Duke of Belmore, did as he pleased Bubbling with laughter, filled with spirit, she turned stately Belmore Park upside down with merriment and strange occurrences. She might even have gotten Alec to laugh -- and to cherish her -- if it had not been for the truth she hid.
Though he turned to fire when he tasted her petal-soft lips, he turned to ice when he discovered that this winsome lady was, in fact, a witch. A witch whose powers of white magic were not always perfectly under control Too late, Joy knew she was desperately in love and that nothing could stop the course of their destiny -- the scandal threatening to destroy her and the passion that held them both spellbound in a forbidden, irresistible match of two enchanted hearts. This was a cute quick read, very Pride and Prejudice meets Bewitched But I felt like the characters weren't really well developed which is important when your lead character is a witch, witches tend to be complicated and need explaining Her Aunt, also her guardian, is randomly leaving her with in the first 3 pages, the aunt is going to America Joy is supposed to be going to Surrey but accidentally crosses paths with the Duke of Bellmore Alec , Joy ends up traveling with him and marrying him with in 24 hours of meeting him Joy is literally some woman who falls out of the sky into Alec's arms they get married and weird things start happening to them.
The story of there time together is very entertaining but it feels like it gets made up as you go along, everything from the limitations on her powers to Alec's family history Feb 23, Sarai rated it it was amazing Shelves: In Alec Castlemaine, a callous English duke who compares courtship to horse trading, faces rejection from his meticulously selected betrothed, who decides she cannot live without love.
That same night, Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie, a Scottish witch with faith in fairy-tale endings, messes up a travel incantation and "zaps" herself into the duke's lap. Unbelievably, she explains away her sudden appearance, and the duke, wanting to salvage his pride, marries her immediately From Publishers Weekly: Unbelievably, she explains away her sudden appearance, and the duke, wanting to salvage his pride, marries her immediately.
After she reveals her powers on their wedding night, the duke forbids her to perform any hocus-pocus. Inconveniently, she can't always control her magic. This is a fast, fun read. I really loved this book the first time I read it. Joy is a spunky, sweet heroine who breaks through the ice surrounding Alec's heart. There were some very cute moments and times when I chuckled out loud, and overall the book made me smile. Apr 15, Maria rated it it was amazing Shelves: I absolutely loved it!
It was funny and heart breaking at the same time. I didnt get much of a the Regency feeling but I didnt care. Joy, a Scottich witch, has big trouble with her magic. It doesnt always work as she intends. The results are often catastrophic. So much so that her aunt, The MacLean, insists that Joy will go to some relatives when she is away. Joy tries to "zap" her self to the relatives but ends up in a forest. Alec, D I absolutely loved it! Alec, Duke of Belmore is a proud top of the ton. Everybody looks up to him but at the same time keeps their distance.
Few have such cutting tongue as the Duke. When the Duke happens to find a lonely lady in the woods he of course does the right thing and takes her to the nearest inn. From then on everything changes in both of their lives. So many things happens to them on the emotional journey they take. She to be more responsible and he to loosen up and see the magic in life. Read it if you have the smallest interest in witches or Regency but read it mostly for the beautiful love story.
So, I can't tell you if it gets any better but the first half was rather boring and silly. The heroine is a witch, who has a lot of power but hasn't learned how to use it properly. After several painful tries you would hope she stops, but no. She blunders and dabbles with the magic and makes situations ten times more awful.
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And after every disaster she is so sure that next time she will get it right. The hero is a rich duke, who is dumped by his almost betrothed. An old gipsy tells him that he marries the next woman he meets. Later the duke is wondering in the forest why are you there, man? Some hours later, after the heroine has deforested the area, they are married, the heroine is head over heels in love and decides to tell her fresh husband that she is a witch. It seems quite funny, but it wasn't. The heroine was a silly goose, the hero a stiff rich snob and the whole storyline bored me. Jun 30, Stacy rated it it was amazing.
Love Love Love this book! Wasnt the first one ive read but it will always be my favorite! Even my "grease monkey" of a brother in law has read this and loved it! He has a signed copy! Ladies this is def. Theres one part Love Love Love this book! Theres one part in the book that all i have to do is think about it and i start laughing! Those who have read this probably know which part im talking about May 08, Kim H rated it it was amazing Shelves: A very sweet and romantic spin on the "Bewitched" TV series, it has a permanent place on my keeper shelf. The showering rose petal love scenes were simply to die for; some of the most romantic stuff I've ever read.
I had a little trouble with forgiving Alec his big moment of stupidity toward the end, but I appreciated the fact that his behavior was completely in character for him. A very sweet, if a bit silly with the magic, romance. A couple of really sexy scenes too. Enjoyed every minute of the two hours it took me to read it.
Heroine is is a combination of Inspector Gadget if he were magical and didn't have so much help and Samantha Stevens with a touch of feisty Scottish wench thrown in. Hero has an attitude that isn't horrible but is certainly dull and ends up making one rash decision and throwing his life into complete turmoil.
I love witches, I love humor, I love historicals and apparently, I love cold hearted, unloved Dukes that say terrible things because they don't know how to love. Aug 24, Judi Fennell rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Judi by: Utterly adorable and fun! Oct 12, Brittany rated it it was ok.
Reread for the book club pick this month. I remembered not liking it much and now I remember why. Alec is extremely emotionally abusive. Joy is intensely child like and annoying. The Duke, Alec, was spurned by his choice of bride, so he marries Joy upon meeting her and learning she had an acceptable background. He is surprised to realize she is a witch and doesn't want her to practice and ruin his name. Joy has been a screw-up witch who has mainly lived with her aunt.
She was swept off her feet by Alec and believes she can bring hope and joy to his life. She soon realizes this will take a lot more work than she expected as he is very closed off and only concerned with th The Duke, Alec, was spurned by his choice of bride, so he marries Joy upon meeting her and learning she had an acceptable background. She soon realizes this will take a lot more work than she expected as he is very closed off and only concerned with the family name.
Although I believe making her choose between staying with Alec or saving Stephen was unneeded. I also find it odd that Alec only came round once he discovered Stephen was his brother who had been discarded by their father for being imperfect. Apr 19, Camila rated it it was ok Shelves: La historia se va a dando de a poco y se toma su tiempo. I thought this was a cute story. I didn't want it to end, however the way it did was pleasing.
Jun 25, Megan B rated it did not like it Shelves: The story was promising but little problems kept pulling me out of it. Is that a common phrase elsewhere, cause I'm not aware of pigs having whiskers. Sad, too, since I grew up around farms and should know that. Regardless, what does that have to do with swiftness? One minute he was walking back to his carriage from the thick woods I gave this book a three out of five stars because Well it's sorta cozy, but way sexy. So that's middle ground. Feb 10, Melissa rated it it was amazing.
I received a copy of this book for review. It's called "Bewitching Bedlam ," aptly named after the town and owners. Three satyr brothers, owners of the Heart's Desire Inn, are none too happy with the supposed competition , and im I received a copy of this book for review. Three satyr brothers, owners of the Heart's Desire Inn, are none too happy with the supposed competition , and immediately start to slander Maddy's establishment and her. Add in Rachel, Aegis' vampire ex - girlfriend who wants to change that status, the body of Maddy's friend and coven mate found in her backyard, and things get sticky My only issue with it is that it's over Feb 07, Casey Anderson rated it liked it.
Not one of my favorite of her books for sure. I do love Bubba though, it's a cool concept. The character build is not bad. I'm not really sure of the over arching story though.
I just don't quite get what it is. And unfortunately the main character is one of my least favorite. She got a little better by the end but she's kind of annoying. One of my favorite things about her books is usually that the main female protagonists can kick butt and take names. This girl is like your standard damsel in Not one of my favorite of her books for sure. This girl is like your standard damsel in distress. She doesn't basically nothing for herself. It tells stories of a past where she did, but here she's always hiding or waiting to be rescued or just throwing hissy fits.
All that aside, I know this author is a good one so I will read the next and hope it gets better.
Oct 09, Johanna rated it it was amazing. Galenorn introduces us to Maudlin Maddy Gallowglass, a witch, looking to start a peaceful life as the hostess of a bed and breakfast in the northwestern town of Bedlam. She quickly learns that her plans will not go as smoothly as she hopes. We meet quite a few unique characters, some you love and some lets just say, are unforgettable.
Without giving the story-line away I will say that there is much to learn about Maddy this time around. You will be hooked by page two. Jan 22, Lisa rated it really liked it. This was a good fun read. I love how the author weaves her world to make it so incredibly real. I honestly want to visit even live on Bedlam Island! Getting to know the characters was fascinating, but tinged with a bit of sadness.
Long lives equals more sorrows and joys. Mad Maudlin Maddy is a great leading lady along with her vampire boyfriend Aegis who's a wanna be rock star and so much more and bff Sandy, and of course, Bubba-a cjinn not quite sure what a cjinn is yet I'll see what' This was a good fun read. I'll see what's in store in the next book!
Bewitching my heart I loved this, i love how close i feel to Maddy and its only the first book. Bubba is so cute i think the concept of a cjinn is really cool and its a first I've ever read and while I'm not completely sold on Aegis yet he's starting to grow on me. I can not wait to devour the next book when it is released. Thank you Yasmine for creating the best stories, characters, and worlds I've ever read. Ummm Wow This book had my jaw to the floor. I loved the wild ride. I think this series will be a top contender for the top five favorites.
You learn more about Maddy, Sandy and Aegis. Quite the few road blocks come to pass as her grand opening nears. I just wanted to keep reading and not put it down.
Very well done and I want more. Reads like a good mystery From a witch's perspective. A somewhat different take than other series, but a very enjoyable book. Once again, having an historical perspective helped make it more real. Would like more on the magic used and hopefully this will be expanded on in next book of this series. Maudlin Gallowglass is a witch. Then a member of her coven is murdered in her back yard, and a local centaur is dissing her on social media.
A fantastic novel and great follow up to the novella Blood Music. Favorite author Yasmine Galenorn has done it again. She's created a fascinating series that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning. I loved the blending of past information with present discoveries. Seeing a new relationship progress and become stronger is heart-lifting. May 08, Jeanne M.
I can't wait for the next book. This series has me entranced, I couldn't put the book down. I can't wait to see how things pan out. Pick up this book and get into the great new series by Yasmine Galenorn. You won't be disappointed. Make sure that you check out all her other books. Maddy, Bubba, and Aegis - what fun! I loved this story. It was a fabulous introduction to a new cast of characters and I can't wait to get back to Bedlam.
It feels like a place I would love to live in! Nov 12, Shawna Mitchell rated it really liked it. I really liked the book, the plot and the characters. My one semi issue is Mary being sort of timid. Overall great read though and will definitely continue to the next in the series. Love This New Series! Love love love the story line and characters in this new series. And, of course, the magick- I love that Yasmine brings a believable sparkle of it to all of the books she writes.
I already have the next book and am looking forward to diving in. Dec 20, Christina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fun new witch series by one of my favorite authors Galenorn creates such rich and magical worlds. The new character in this series is funny, smart and a bad ass! Aug 19, Kennedy Sawyer rated it really liked it. Really enjoyed this book. It's one of those novels that are similar to YA novels with adult content. Its what I always go looking for in a book! Fun Enjoyable, easy to read.
First Known Use of bewitching , in the meaning defined above. He is a prince too, albeit in secret, but doesn't see that assuming it, it would help a lot matters in the city, more dullness Just when you think you got it, something will happen and change it all up. The H for the next book was great though and I look forward to the next book! I liked the scenes with Stephan. During the course of her education, she was fortunate enough to study at various times under, among several other distinguished instructors, three Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and one of the foremost authorities in the field of interpersonal communication. I reread it all the time.
Like anyone's life just when you think you're on an even keel bam you're underwater. Ex's, enemies, friends, and ghosts, hot sex, and magic oh my. Aug 23, Ang from OZ rated it it was ok. I found the pre-novella to this series very good. But I've tried a few times now to get into the full length first book in the Bewitching Bedlam Series, alas it hasn't grabbed me by the horns.
This is a must read series! Wonderful characters that follow through out the series. I highly recommend this series. Oct 06, Shannon Dyer rated it really liked it.
This took me totally by surprise. With Bewitching Bedlam, Yasmine Galenorn has just given me everything thing I have been wanting in a fresh paranormal read. Maddy has lived a long life, made history, loved and lost. Hundreds of years running, fighting and maybe even reeking a bit of havoc. Maddy is smart, strong and independent. A talented witch and an amazing friend. She funny, snarky and powerful in more ways than one. Maddy is a complex character whom I very much connected with.
Her charm and charisma make it very easy to like her, once I got to know Maddy, I was fascinated. Aegis is a smoking hot vampire musician. He just enough alpha to make me purr. He what I call the perfect romantic vampire. He commanding but not overly aggressive. He respectfully and caring.
Excellent world building, a few plot twists and amazing characters make Bewitching Bedlam a fantastic read. Galenorn has outdone herself. First the world building- is truly excellent. I love the mixing of so many paranormal beings. You can almost feel the magic coming off the pages. The town itself is almost like a character. It has a personality that is all its own.
Next, the plot twist- Ms. Galenorn kept me engaged and guessing through the entire story. Just when you think you got it, something will happen and change it all up. Characters- the cast of the story rock. Yes, all of them. Personality shines through, even with secondary characters. Making the story that much more enjoyable. Sandy is flamboyant, funny and bold.