Terri Reid – Hazels Heart

Over 100 years ago, a group of witches escaping a second wave of Witch Trials made their way from New England to Whitewater, Wisconsin, known as Second Salem. Others, seeking knowledge in spiritualism and the occult, also made their way to the city and, through their ignorance, unleashed an evil entity poised to destroy the city. Three sisters, the Willoughby Witches, created an incantation strong enough to ensnare the demon. But magic requires payment, and so the sisters sacrificed themselves to keep their city and their family safe. Now, 120 years later, the incantation is at its end and the demon grows stronger every day. Three sisters, three witches, know that now is the time for them to step up and face the creature their ancestors faced and sacrifice whatever they need in order to keep Whitewater safe.

When Joseph Norwalk, Whitewater’s new Police Chief, meets Hazel Willoughby, he realizes that there’s something unique about the gorgeous brunette. Heatedly arguing with him that she doesn’t deserve a ticket because she would never park in front of a fire hydrant, and it’s obvious that someone else moved her pickup trick for spite, Joseph is intrigued. Not only does she have spunk and spirit, but she also seems to have a secret. Which is another thing they seem to have in common.

Author: Terri Reid
Narrator: Traci Odom
Duration: 6 hours 28 minutes
Released: 19 Oct 2012
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English

User Review:

midpoint unwelcome

Claude is a successful vampire who does not actually like being a vampire. He was turned, not born, and retained a lot of his humanity. The Coven leader is suspicious of him because he lacks ties to the community.

Sven is an omega wolf who chafes at societys expectations of omegas. He wants to take his time and find his fated mate, but his parents pressure him to date. Ironically, he dates a wolf approved by his parents while having hook ups with Claude. And he gets pregnant.

Claude and Sven get together and I thought that was the end of the story, but hold on there! Not so fast, sonny. There is more.

The second half of the story has kidnapping, betrayal, some angst and forgiveness? Claude has to make a choice and Sven argues for the path that leads to forgiveness. That was a bit too sweet for me because the shifter-vampire life seems like it would be more brutal. Like the first book. I was hoping to see some familiar friends and a little crossover, but that did not happen.

JJ Jenness does another good job of telling the story. I found Sven could sound annoying at times, but he is young so that is expected. I liked the voice he gave Claude. It fit and really brought him to life.

“I was given this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.”