Review: Willem, by Victoria Danann Reply

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5 out of 5 Stars

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A Slam Dunk Hit!

WOW! As a lifelong fan of author Victoria Danann, I knew that her new novel, Willem, would be a hit. I was absolutely correct. Ms. Danann has created a splendid world of magic and mayhem in her new Witches of Wimberley series. Willem is the first novel, and it’s fantastic! I fell hard for the entire citizenry of Wimberley, and Willem most of all. Ravish, the prize, is also incredible. And just when I thought it was going to slow down, the storyline sped up again.  Willem is a man after his own dreams. But what those dreams are, he’s not really sure. When the opportunity of a lifetime comes his way, he takes it, and all that comes with it, for the good or bad. Can he learn to trust his heart before it’s too late, or will his head lead him away from everything he knows to be true? Read on to find out. I did receive a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed by Deviant Diamond

Our Blog was given this book in exchange for an honest review.


Willem is an out of work actor. He gave himself ten years to make it and never got a single paying job. While waiting for what would probably be his last audition ever, the guy standing behind him in line gave him a card with a phone number and said, “If you’re definitely quitting, try the witches.”

He took the card for the sake of being polite and planned to throw it away, but didn’t He called the number, entered the annual competition to win a witch, and won. To his amazement, he got everything he’d ever wanted from life. There’s only one problem. Willem can’t accept what’s being offered because he doesn’t believe in love.

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Early Readers Say…

“So entranced I almost missed my subway stop.”

“Now, I need to know is Wimberley real?”

“…just what I expected from the ‘Witchy Woman’ herself”.

“Now I’m seriously craving sweet tea!”

“Had me sitting on the edge of my seat.”

“Characters so memorable I fully expect to run across them.”

“excited, happy, laughing, in awe, happy ..madder than a wet hen! Shed a few tears., back to being happy again.”

“Damn you Victoria you made me cry again.”

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He squinted his eyes and gave me a little smile like he questioned my sanity.

“You do know we’re talking about witches, right?”

“I know there are a lot of people who call themselves witches, but what it means is they like burning candles, dancing naked sometimes, I guess. Are you saying you think there are women here who really are touched by the supernatural?”

He laughed. “Man. I don’t know how you’re sitting on that stool next to me. How did you manage to get this far without knowing anything about what you’re doing here?” He shook his head. “Yes. I do mean there are women here who really are touched by the supernatural.”

I had to admit that I felt a thrill start in my nipples and run all the way through my body producing goosebumps, a cock twitch, and a half hard. What if it was true? I’d spent my whole life secretly hoping that I’d be lucky enough to have an actual encounter with the other side of reality, while not really believing that such a thing might be possible.

That’s when I realized that I’d been on the wrong path. For the first time I recognized and confronted the fact that I didn’t really want to be an actor. I hadn’t wanted to be a college student taking a foreign language I’d never use or studying geology, which I would never use. But I hadn’t really wanted to be an actor either. It was just Plan B more or less suggested by other people. My heart wasn’t in it at all.

Acting as my heart’s desire? Don’t make me laugh. Actually there’s not much laughable about wasting ten years pursuing something I didn’t even want.

That revelation made me feel like the dumbest guy sitting on a counter stool anywhere. Why hadn’t I clued in before? And what if I couldn’t get jobs acting because I wasn’t supposed to be acting.

That follow up revelation almost blew me right off the stool.

“If that’s true, it would be beyond incredible.”

“You scared?”

It hadn’t occurred to me to be scared before and maybe that just meant I was revealing an expanded capacity for stupidity.

“Should I be?” He shrugged. “Do you believe there’s a ghost at the hotel, too?”

Roger laughed again. He had a nice laugh. I wondered if that’s what they were looking for. All of a sudden I cared what they were looking for.

I wasn’t interested in contemplating a lifetime contract of marriage, but I could do a year with anybody if it meant doing actual hands-on research. Maybe I should change that to on site research.

He lifted a well-toned shoulder. “Who knows? I can’t say I’ve seen anything like that, but ley lines do intersect at the crossroads.”

I jerked my gaze back to his. “Ley lines? You know about ley lines?”

“I know enough.”

Deciding to let that go, I said, “So we’re going to meet the witches at the barbeque tonight?”

He shook his head while still taking a pull on his IBC. When he swallowed he said, “I think it’s just contestants and former winners. Our chance to talk to them about life in Wimberley or whatever. They’ll be at the big event tomorrownight though. The Witches’ Ball.”


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About the Author:


New York Times bestselling author of fourteen romances. Victoria’s Knights of Black Swan series won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES THREE YEARS IN A ROW. Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.
Her paranormal romances come with uniquely fresh perspectives on “imaginary” creatures, characters, and themes. She adds a dash of scifi, a flourish of fantasy, enough humor to make you laugh out loud, and, occasionally, enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. Her heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, werewolves, hybrids, psychics, or past life therapists. Her heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners… usually.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Winner BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES three years in a row. (2013, 2014, 2015)

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