Witch Way Bends (Book 1 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy)

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Rated 4.71/5 based on 7 reviews
Devan Stowe has only one thing on her mind when she teams up with Kent Crosby and his gang—putting an end to her father’s child trafficking business. Her determination takes her on a journey to discover her true strength and... the one man she was destined to love. Devan will unlock an amazing gift that will free her from her past and open up a future full of magic, faeries and more. More
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Words: 58,380
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465769886
About Olivia Hardin

Olivia Hardin always realized how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement. With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband and their puppy Bonnie.

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Review by: hrhsophia on Dec. 10, 2012 :
Great read. Absolutely top notch story telling.
(review of free book)

Review by: Donna Simmonds on Aug. 19, 2012 :
All I can say is I loved this book. This has become one of my favorite new series for the year and an author to watch.

From the beginning you are pulled into the story. You meet Devan, who is on a mission, personal but serious. You meet Kent, who is on the same mission but with different orders ad priorities. Devan does not know who or what she is. But Kent's friend and coworker, Langston, does. We see them all come together to achieve their goals. And to watch Devan learn to control and use her talents.

This was just a great start to a new series. One that I can not wait to read more of. The story is well done and put together and the characters are interesting and fun to watch. If you like paranormal check this out right away and keep this author on your watch list.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rae Ryans on Feb. 15, 2012 :
This story featured a solid plot and combined it with excellent characters. At times your uncertain who is friend or foe, but this is done on purpose in the beginning. There is plenty of steamy romance, vampires, witches, magic and secret organizations on both side. This story is action packed, but still has enough paranormal and romantic tones to keep you pulled in.


Will Devan be able to accept who she really is? Is she crazy or is Roon real? Can Langston teach and guide her before it's too late? Does Kent finally give in to his desire? You'll have to read it!


Overall this is a great story that mixes modern times with older lore. If you enjoy urban fantasy or paranormal romance, you will love this book! If you're looking to get into either genres this might be an excellent entry book too. I look forward to reading more stories out of the imagination of author Olivia Hardin.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Delphinam on Jan. 18, 2012 :
I am not even really sure where to begin. There was so much I liked about this book. While I am going to try really hard not to give any spoilers that will impact your enjoyment of this story, I can not guarantee that I will not inadvertently over share. I apologize in advance, if I do. This is the first book in a trilogy about a woman who discovers she is a witch, as she is helping to bring down an evil organization. I know this sounds like many witch story arcs, but this story is anything, but typical. It incorporates familiar lore with new lore, making for very interesting characters and plot twists.

I'll tell you what I liked about it:

* Devan is a character I could easily relate to and care about. She is strong, yet vulnerable. She cares about others and often puts their needs before her own, but is never a door mat. While she is struggling with a horrid past, she uses it not as a weakness, but as the strength she needs to move forward and make things right.

* This book has witches, vampires, a faery-witch, a shaman, dhampirs, and a sheoque.

*I love that the characters are in their mid-thirties (or older - hundreds of years old ;0)). So many of books in this genre have young adult aged characters and I loved having characters closer to my age.

* You finish the story feeling like the story is complete, yet wanting more. There is no "I can not believe the author ended this here and now I have to wait months/a year to find out the end of the story" angst.

*Neither the love story nor the mystery/adventure overshadowed the other. It is a nice blend making this a good book for people who love romance as well as those loving the suspense of a good vs evil conflict.

*The bending in this book (this may be spoilerish) is the bending of time and the author somehow avoided most all of the things that usually irk me about this sort of thing. I am an uber geek about time distortions of any kind, so this made me happy.

*Laugh if you will, but this book gave me a brilliant recipe idea I can not wait to try and a fun desserty sandwich to make at home. The recipe they used was basically a grilled fluffernutter (so yummy). My brilliant (possibly brilliant, possibly yuck, but I am thinking optimistically)is a nutella/fluff sandwich grilled. If you try it before I get to the store for nutella, please let me know how it is.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next two books in this series. I am thinking it will have more Vamps (since it is bite) and I do love vamps. I think I know what shift will be about, but I will wait until number two gets out so I do not look foolish by jumping to conclusions ;). I will say, for the record, I do not believe it will be were related. Those of you who know me, probably realize I can not wait to find out and I will probably pester the author about my idea within minutes of posting this hehehe.




This is not a YA book and I would recommend it for people 18 and older. The violence is not too dark, but there are scenes of adult fun not geared towards a younger audience.

I received this as an arc, so I can not comment on the formatting or proof reading of the final product. I use a kindle and the formatting seemed really strong. There were some editing errors, but they were not distracting to me (the nerd) and may have been fixed before the final product was released.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Delphinam on Jan. 18, 2012 :
I am not even really sure where to begin. There was so much I liked about this book. While I am going to try really hard not to give any spoilers that will impact your enjoyment of this story, I can not guarantee that I will not inadvertently over share. I apologize in advance, if I do. This is the first book in a trilogy about a woman who discovers she is a witch, as she is helping to bring down an evil organization. I know this sounds like many witch story arcs, but this story is anything, but typical. It incorporates familiar lore with new lore, making for very interesting characters and plot twists.

I'll tell you what I liked about it:

* Devan is a character I could easily relate to and care about. She is strong, yet vulnerable. She cares about others and often puts their needs before her own, but is never a door mat. While she is struggling with a horrid past, she uses it not as a weakness, but as the strength she needs to move forward and make things right.

* This book has witches, vampires, a faery-witch, a shaman, dhampirs, and a sheoque.

*I love that the characters are in their mid-thirties (or older - hundreds of years old ;0)). So many of books in this genre have young adult aged characters and I loved having characters closer to my age.

* You finish the story feeling like the story is complete, yet wanting more. There is no "I can not believe the author ended this here and now I have to wait months/a year to find out the end of the story" angst.

*Neither the love story nor the mystery/adventure overshadowed the other. It is a nice blend making this a good book for people who love romance as well as those loving the suspense of a good vs evil conflict.

*The bending in this book (this may be spoilerish) is the bending of time and the author somehow avoided most all of the things that usually irk me about this sort of thing. I am an uber geek about time distortions of any kind, so this made me happy.

*Laugh if you will, but this book gave me a brilliant recipe idea I can not wait to try and a fun desserty sandwich to make at home. The recipe they used was basically a grilled fluffernutter (so yummy). My brilliant (possibly brilliant, possibly yuck, but I am thinking optimistically)is a nutella/fluff sandwich grilled. If you try it before I get to the store for nutella, please let me know how it is.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next two books in this series. I am thinking it will have more Vamps (since it is bite) and I do love vamps. I think I know what shift will be about, but I will wait until number two gets out so I do not look foolish by jumping to conclusions ;). I will say, for the record, I do not believe it will be were related. Those of you who know me, probably realize I can not wait to find out and I will probably pester the author about my idea within minutes of posting this hehehe.




This is not a YA book and I would recommend it for people 18 and older. The violence is not too dark, but there are scenes of adult fun not geared towards a younger audience.

I received this as an arc, so I can not comment on the formatting or proof reading of the final product. I use a kindle and the formatting seemed really strong. There were some editing errors, but they were not distracting to me (the nerd) and may have been fixed before the final product was released.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cassie Bautista on Dec. 24, 2011 :
Love love love this book! This book is Amazing. It was just what I was looking for in a paranormal romance. It is very unique and the storyline is like nothing I have read. The characters are intriguing and you just can't help but love them. The book kept me interested till the end and left me wanting more. I would recommend this book to anyone. It has become one of my absolute favorites.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Beth Wright on Dec. 12, 2011 :
This is one incredible unigue paranormal book. *Drool* sexy, hot male lead who clearly loves to tease his lover for a while before he finally gives in. Come on now i would have thrown him to the floor and taught him a thing or two about teasing lol. Witchs, fairy, vampires and lots of action, and love gonig on up in this book :D I love their unigue powers and her imaginary friend is a hotty as well 0.o you must read this book. Things are not as they seem in this story. I so can not wait for part two :D
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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