Of Witches and Warlocks: The Demon Kiss

Rated 4.80/5 based on 10 reviews
Can someone else's past come back to bite you?
After being drained of nearly all the blood in her body, novice witch, Portia Mullins, wakes up to find that her warlock boyfriend, Vance Mangum, has fled in search of his demon father. Determined to keep him from facing the evil alone Portia follows after him, unknowingly setting herself on the path of a new adventure froth with evil and danger. More

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About Lacey Weatherford

Lacey Weatherford was born in Ft. Meade Maryland while her father was serving in the military. She has been a life long resident of Arizona, spending most of her time growing up in the small rural town of Clay Springs.

It was while she was attending the small country school in Clay Springs, that she read her first "big" book at the age of eight. It was a Nancy Drew novel and Lacey was instantly hooked. She read every book that she could find in the series and decided that she wanted to write stories too.

Lacey spent a lot of time at the library from that time forward, even volunteering in her later teen years and early twenties. She would don a crazy clown outfit for the Friends of the Library fundraisers in an effort to help get the new town library built.

When she and her husband moved away from the area, Lacey took the opportunity to take some creative writing classes at the local college to help further along her interests. Several years later, they were blessed with the opportunity to move back to Clay Springs with their family. The town had finally succeeded in building their library and Lacey had the opportunity to be President of the Friends of the Library for a very short time, before relocating.

Lacey and her family still live in the White Mountains of Arizona, where she continues to write young adult novels that have a fantasy/fairytale or paranormal bent to them, as well as being sure to include a great romantic storyline

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Review by: Naomi on July 21, 2011 :
The Demon Kiss is the second book in the Of Witches and Warlocks series by Lacey Weatherford. This book has the perfect balance of love, action, determination and resilience.

After waking from a horrific ordeal, Portia finds that the love of her life is gone. This infuriates her and makes her determined to find Vance and give him a piece of her mind. He has ran off to find his demonic father and take care of him once and for all. Portia is outraged that Vance has left her behind and is worried that he won’t come back to her. So she decides to go find him along with her two best friends promising to call in the coven when she finds him.

This trip ends up being more of a black ops mission; to find Vance’s father, help save his victims and kill him whilst not getting killed themselves. This is a lot more tricky that what they think as Vance’s father has unlimited power and resources.

I loved the character development in this book. Portia shows just how resilient and strong she is in this story. Not only has she to deal with her every advancing powers and recovering from being drained of blood but also has a blood lusting boyfriend to deal with. I also loved how much closer Portia and Vance became in this book if that’s even possible. It seems as if their love is even more unbreakable.

I had a strange feeling of foreshadowing in this book but not from anything that Lacey had written. I had the feeling that something bad was going to happen as soon as I started reading one of the chapters and it ended up happening how I thought it would but at the same time I was surprise that it happened. The ending left me with the mother of all cliffhangers but at the same time it explains the nightmare that Vance went through in The Trouble With Spells.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed The Demon Kiss and can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Blood of the Witch. Hopefully some more answers will be made available in the next book.

Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author for review. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: arick01 on July 4, 2011 :
Ahh how I love Vance! He is a totally dangerous BA, but I love him anyway. The Demon Kiss is full of action that is practically non-stop. It is pretty crazy & there are some cool magic happening. I also liked that Shelly & Brad were around more because they were helping Portia & Vance. There were just so many parts of the story that I really liked. They were a ton of really intense parts as well as a cliffhanger! I don't want to give too much away, but I learned some interesting things in this book and I can't wait to see where they will lead to next.

First off I love Portia because she is a strong character and she doesn't let people hold her back including Vance. It was nice to see him finally understand that and let her help. I just love that Portia can kick some butt herself and isn't just a "damsel in distress." Of course I love because well he is hot, but he is also so sweet adorable when it comes to Portia. There were so many scenes that I loved between the two of them (there were some very swoony moments). I don't want to mention specific scenes but they were just too cute! Other than Vance being adorable he is also super BA and protective, which I admit that I like even though he goes overboard sometimes. The two of them are just an amazing couple for how young they are. Shelly & Brad were fun characters to get to know better too.

Vance's dad was quite possibly the creepiest, grossest person ever! Seriously he disgusted me and I wanted to beat the crap out of him myself! It creeps me out thinking about him! Anyway I can't wait to see what happens in the next book & I definitely recommend this one!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Review by: Eileen Burmester on June 14, 2011 :
I really liked the book. I did not read the first book in the series, The Trouble with Spells, but I had no difficulty following the storyline. Vance and Portia have a special relationship that cannot be broken even through the toughest problems. I can see why everyone is raving about Vance. He is charming, handsome, confident, funny and such a bad boy. Vance's red eyes were terrifying as well as seductive and I wish I was Portia. There were twists and turns that had me guessing throughout the book. The ending was fantastic, unpredictable and a cliffhanger. I cannot wait to see what Lacey has in store for us in the next book of the series- Blood of the White Witch. Way to go Lacey! I have joined team Mangum and I am looking forward to reading the next book.
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)
Review by: RBtWBC on June 5, 2011 :
3.5 Stars - Good Read

Following the events from The Trouble with Spells, the young witch Portia Mullins embarks on a journey with her two best friends, searching for her warlock boyfriend Vance Mangum who disappeared after nearly killing Portia. Vance is hunting down his evil warlock father, Damien, to take him down for good so he will no longer be a threat to those he loves. But Portia easily catches up to him and with a lot of determination convinces Vance to accept their help and the help of their coven.
Following a paper trail to Mexico they find Vance’s father and uncover his evil plans, which are even more terrifying then imagined…

The action is amped up in this exciting tale of magic and romance. I definitely enjoyed The Demon Kiss more then its predecessor, The Trouble with Spells. I really adore author, Lacey Weatherford, straight and to the point writing style. The plot moved quickly and consistently, the characters are more fleshed out here and a complexity is added to Portia and Vance’s relationship that was missing in the first novel.
There were times when I forgot that Portia was only sixteen because of the maturity shown in many areas but there was a lot more drama here in The Demon Kiss and in some scenes between Portia and Vance, Portia would go off on an emotional rant that quickly reminded me of her young age and even seemed a bit Twilight-esk. But thankfully, these scenes were few. There was also some cringe-worthy scenes when Vance and Portia openly talked about sex with her father and Portia would be seen leaving Vance's room in the morning . It’s an incredibly romantic story but as in the first novel, the adult/mother in me kept rearing her head to say ‘Yeah right!’
Vance receives a whole new dimension in The Demon Kiss and an intriguing dark side that I hope to see more of in future installments. Brad and Shelly have developed a more decisive role as well, and their humorous dialogues added key elements to the story. Surprising twists were interweaved with the additional action and really pushed this novel forward.

Action, romance, tension and espionage makes The Demon Kiss an exciting paranormal romance for young adult readers.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Review by: Lindsay on June 5, 2011 :
Title Thoughts: It fits perfectly!

Cover Thoughts: I really like it. I like how they are always both in the cover.

WARNINGS: There are just some really good kissing scenes.

First, let me start with what has been on my mind since I finished this book this morning. Weatherford is a torturous little writer! And I say that in the nicest way possible. I've come to discover that she ends her books by leaving you with her characters on the brink of another adventure. She leaves you wanting more.

I was not disappointed with this next part of Portia's and Vance's lives. I enjoyed every word and can't wait to read the next book. Although, I do have to say that that is not because of the ending. Maybe a tiny bit, but I mostly want to continue it because I love this group of characters and I want to see more of them.

There is one thing I am sure of about this book. It made me, a single gal, miss the little things of being in a relationship. In The Demon Kiss, we have Portia whose boyfriend is there for her. He showers her with sweetness, fun, and some good ol' kissing. He holds her hands and they love spending their time together and learning more of each other.

Addict's Last Words: The Demon Kiss continues where The Trouble with Spells left off and delivers just as good.

To Buy or To Borrow: This is a buy for me, of course. I love the characters and I'll say what I did in the review of the first book. Better buy the entire series at once so you can read them back to back.

Disclosure: I participate in tours with The Bookish Snob Promotions and a copy was provided for me by the author. No payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was not any obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist, or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
Review by: Lori (Romancing the Dark Side) on June 3, 2011 :
An emotional journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat with anticipation!

The Demon Kiss picks up right where The Trouble With Spells left off. After overcoming a near demon conversion, Vance Mangum has left his girlfriend Portia and his coven in search of his now demon father. Not one to sit around, Portia enlists the help of her friends Shelly and Brad to join her in finding Vance. What starts off as a simple mission to retrieve Vance, soon turns into an unexpected battle against evil that will test the power of love between Portia and Vance once again.

This book was a whirlwind of emotions! As Vance and Portia embark on their journey to find his father, their bond becomes stronger than ever. Vance is still dealing with his withdrawals from his blood lust and while he tries to keep his distance from Portia, she is determined to stand by his side and help him through this difficult time by using her magical powers to heal him. It's great to see their romance blossoming with each chapter and how protective they are of each other. We finally get to see more of Vance's father Damien in this story and he is quite the villain! He's ruthless, devious and probably the only character you love to hate. There are tender moments, moments of suspense and a cliffhanger I didn't see coming!

Lacey Weatherford has created a great love story with fascinating characters that will have you addicted to the series in no time. There was a lot more action in this installment which made it more exciting to read. The storytelling draws you in to the point of becoming emotionally invested in the main characters and wishing for a happy ending. I was fond of Vance while reading The Trouble With Spells but I completely fell in love with him in this book...he's one dreamy warlock! This is truly a story that will tug on your heart strings whether you're 16 or 36 and I am highly anticipating the next chapter in this magical romance!

{Courtesy of author for review}
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Review by: Paranormal Opinion on May 17, 2011 :
Wow, this series is just awesome. This is the second book in the Of Witches and Warlocks series. This book takes you on a roller coaster ride - making you feel just about every emotion imaginable. The author has an awesome way of somehow making you feel what the main character, Portia, is feeling. The story has a great plot and wonderful characterization. You'll love all the characters - well, expect for the ones you're not supposed to love! Ok, first I want to warn you that this review may contain spoilers if you haven't read the first book in this series. I will try my best to not spoil anything for you in this book, which is really hard to do sometimes.

The book begins with Portia's friends being there for her, and risking their own lives to go in search for Vance. Vance is Portia's soulmate. They are perfect for each other, and the sparks are unimaginable. In this book, Portia is feeling upset and angry with Vance for leaving her to search for his father. Everything that Vance does is to protect Portia, and you can't help but love him for that. If you loved Vance in the first book, you'll love him twice as much in this one. Seriously, almost every scene between Vance and Portia gives me butterflies and I feel ridiculously lame for it. They make me feel like a giddy school girl swooning over her crush, and I'm a married mother of 2 who has been out of school for *cough* 12 years. Not that I have any issues about feeling old or anything...

See how easily distracted I am? Ok, now back to the book. Not only does this book have an abundance of romance and passion, it has plenty of humor, suspense, and adventure as well. This book just goes non-stop and when you get to the end, you'll be begging for more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Kathy Martin on April 9, 2011 :
This second book in the Of Witches and Warlocks series has Portia and Vance, along with friends Shelley and Brad, tracking down Vance's evil father to a resort in Mexico. Vance is determined to destroy him before he can commit more evil acts. His father is kidnapping witches and warlocks and draining their powers because it increases his power and give him a high.

Vance is also still dealing with the attempt to convert him to a demon. Portia healed him enough to stop the full conversion but he is still experiencing some symptoms. Portia is determined to stay with him, help him and love him. While they are in Mexico, Vance proposes and Portia accepts. When her parents and the rest of the coven arrive to help with defeating Vance's father, her parents give their permission for the two to wed when she turns 17. Meanwhile the couple is determined to be together with consumating their relationship until they are married.

This book was both action packed as the team finds a way to defeat Vance's father and romantic as Portia and Vance explore their relationship. I think that teenagers will love both the romance and the adventure. I had the same problem as I had with the first book. My inner adult kept getting in the way and asking questions like "what responsible parent would let their child travel to a foreign country to track down an evil demon warlock who has already killed?" and "what parent would really be OK with a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old essentially living together especially if he could go demon at any time?"
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: The Bookish Snob on April 5, 2011 :
This book left me begging for more and frantically searching the computer looking for the release date of the 3rd book. I think that Lacey Weatherford is a genius. She has followed up her first book (The Trouble With Spells) with a second phenomonal story. The Demon Kiss continues the journey in Portia and Vance's discovery of each other and their magic, with events that seem impossibly difficult and relentless in trying to pull them apart. Having overcome the danger of a near demon conversion, Portia and Vance embark on the journey of facing Vance's father, with the hopes of finally laying to rest the threat that hangs over Vance's fate. As I read each page, I found myself pulled deeper into the story and my emotions became tied to theirs. I loved the dynamics the author developed further with Vance and Portia and I have to say that they are rapidly becoming one of my favorite couples. Portia is more committed to doing all she can to support Vance and Vance is more determined to protect Portia at all costs. Both fall deeper into each other and for all lovers of romance, both of them sizzle on the page. One of my favorite scenes occur when Portia and Vance come face to face with the evilness that is Vance's father, Damien Cummings and as a villan, Damien definitely delivers the goods. Even through the pages he made my skin crawl and that's what I loved so much about reading this book. Not only did the author have my skin crawling, she also had me blushing through the kissing, sighing through the tenderness, laughing at the humor and cheering in those moments where Vance and Portia need it most. She has written the book in a way that engages both the mind and heart of the reader, taking them on a ride that they won't easily forget. I enjoyed every moment of reading this book and I definitely look forward to reading the next book in the series. I absolutely loved this book. Thank you Lacey for writing it
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Beverly S on March 24, 2011 :
My thoughts:
~ the quick note ~
Demon Kiss is a fast-paced, tragic, triumphant, romantic, inspirational, emotionally loaded, powerful story. It grabs you from the first sentence and doesn't let you go! This is a "cover to cover, hope you downloaded book three on the same day" read.

If you haven't started the series at all - go get all three books (four is coming soon) - or if you have already read book 1 - then grab something to snack on, something to drink and get set up in your favorite reading spot and plan for a read-a-thon!

~ the longer version ~ (spoiler alert)
I am totally in love with this series! I finished the first book and immediately went looking for more! I was thrilled to find books two and three on Smashwords, so I bought and downloaded them both right then. I couldn't wait to get going on The Demon Kiss.

Demon Kiss started right away from where The Trouble With Spells left off.
Once again I was captured by the characters and intrigued by the story.
We are in back in another "Can love conquer all" situation.
Portia sets out in search of Vance - the love of her life - and in the company of her two best friends. Once they find Vance, we are taken on an emotional whirlwind ride and left breathless.
The connection between Vance and Portia is stronger than ever and they finally decide to work together to try to find and destroy Vance's demon father (Damien). This sets them up for a multi-country search for Damien. They discover that he is stealing power from other witches and warlocks with what is called the Demon Kiss and the only way to save everyone is to stop him. They finally find him, but he has found them too and comes for Portia just like she has seen in her dreams so many times.
Once Damien has Portia, the story seems to fly by as Vance sets out to save her. There is an epic battle between Vance and Damien. Of course (because there is a book 3) Vance is victorious.

This one too ends with a cliffhanger - hence my suggestion to have the next book already!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
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