Book Review: Witch Hazel and Wolfsbane by Emily Michel

Reviewed: July 15th, 2021
Released: February 5th, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Annie doesn’t need anyone to rescue her from the things that go bump in the night, but when the Carter brothers barrel into her life, she might have what she needs to find her husband’s killer.

Thrown into a world of magic and monsters, Annika Turner pursues the creature that changed her life with relentless determination. When her only lead is killed in front of her by a pair of Hunters, she seizes the opportunity to learn from the battle-scarred brothers. Annie gets more than she bargains for when she falls for one of them.

Rhys and Owen Carter take a detour to a small Arizona town to stop a werewolf. The headstrong witch they save from the creature brings chaos into their lives when they decide to teach her about the things that go bump in the night. It might be the best idea ever or the worst, but they can’t let Annie face the monsters on her own.

Helen’s thoughts:

A quick, enjoyable read. Emily introduces us to some wonderful characters who develop throughout the novel. It is nice to have some older characters in their thirties for a change and Annie, Rhys and Owen are all characters you can relate to, and invest in. So much so that I want to know more about them. I am glad this is the first book in the series and there are two more to read.

Having collided in the middle of a werewolf hunt, brothers Rhys and Owen are horrified to find out Annie is hunting werewolves alone, and without the proper knowledge. Annie is annoyed that the brothers have ruined all her planning, and killed her only lead. Fortunate for the brothers, Annie is a healer, a witch, and she is able to treat Owen who was injured in the fight. In return the brothers share some of what they know about the monsters roaming the lands. There are some tantalising hooks that you want to know the answers to, and will keep you reading the series. I’m ambivalent about the ending, I think maybe that could have waited until later, it felt a bit rushed. But even saying that I’ve already bought book two!

The story evolves naturally and is very well written. You keep turning the pages and you don’t realise you’ve read so much. A sign of a well-written novel. Witch Hazel and Wolfsbane is the start of an enjoyable paranormal fantasy series. You won’t regret picking it up.

About the Author:

To find out more about Emily, and her latest novel, A Memory of Wings which launches August 3rd, 2021, check out my Interview with Emily here.

Emily Michel spent most of her life as a military family member. She has called many places home, including Germany, Belgium, and Kansas. After nearly twenty years traipsing around Europe and the US, she settled back in her home state of Arizona a few years ago with her husband and kids. 
When not writing, Emily reads, walks, hikes, and pets her feline overlords. Emily is the current President of Saguaro Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. She also volunteers for the PTA, but do not accuse her of being a PTA Mom. She’s cooler than that. Maybe. 
In 2019, she self-published her Magic & Monsters trilogy, a steamy witchy romance, and is currently working on a new angel/demon romance set in Kansas City. Please buy them. Her two teenage boys eat a lot of food.

You can find more about Emily via:

Author Website 




You can purchase: Witch Hazel & Wolfsbane

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