by April Asher
Publication Date February 8, 2022
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Shifters, Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Witches, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
In April Asher's Not the Witch You Wed, a fake relationship between a magic-less witch and a wolf shifter turns to more in the start of this bewitching paranormal rom-com series.
Magic-less witch Violet Maxwell wants nothing to do with alpha wolf shifter Lincoln Thorne—the man who broke her fragile, teenage heart. But when the two of them are forced by arcane Supernatural Laws to find mates, Violet and Lincoln agree to fake-date their way to a fake-mating in order to conjure themselves some time.
The joke’s on them. When old feelings make a reappearance—along with Violet’s magic—they both realize there’s nothing fake about their feelings. But there are old secrets and looming threats that could snatch away their happily ever after, again. One thing’s for sure: magic doesn’t make dating and love any easier.
In Not the Witch You Wed, Asher brings all the hilarity and sweet, sexy moments you love in a romantic-comedy—plus a fun dose of magic—to this spell-binding series about being sexy, single, and supernatural in New York City.
Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher is a delightful, and playful paranormal romance that warmed my heart and made me laugh out loud. A second chance romance along with some magic and some laughs makes for a wonderful story.
Violet Maxwell is the oldest sister from a set of triplets, and she’s the only one that doesn’t have any magic. She’s content with her role as the magicless witch and doesn’t mind that her two sisters have magic and she doesn’t. When she is told by the witches council that, as the oldest sibling, she must find a mate right away, she balks as she doesn’t know anybody she could spend the rest of her life with.
Lincoln Thorne, a shapeshifting wolf, and the alpha of his pack, must find a mate by his 33rd birthday, only five weeks away. Lincoln (Linc) and Violet have a history. They were friends and dated briefly, until Linc disappeared one day, breaking Violet’s heart. So, when he reappears in her life, she’s not very happy about it. But, they eventually agree to a fake bonding in order to keep the Witche’s council off their back. Their old attraction resurfaces, and sparks fly.
I don’t read many paranormal books, so I’ll admit this was a bit tough for me to get into because of all the different paranormal characters. But, soon enough, I figured them all out and then I was able to enjoy the story, and especially the romance between Violet and Linc. The author is very thorough in her world-building, and the action started almost immediately bringing me into the story right away. I can see this being a long series as there are already so many characters.
The banter and humor between Violet and Linc was so much fun. There are a lot of characters in this book, and I can’t wait to meet more of them again in later books.
I recommend Not the Witch You Wed to anyone who loves a paranormal romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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