Book Review: Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher

Posted February 4, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 29 Comments

Not the Witch You Wed
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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
Pages: 320
Format: ARC

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.

My Review:

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.

About April Asher

April Asher, aka April Hunt, was hooked on romantic stories from the time she first snuck a bodice-ripper romance out from her mom's bedside table. She now lives out her own happily-ever-after with her college-sweetheart husband, their two children, and a cat who thinks she's more dog—and human—than feline. By day, April dons dark blue nursing scrubs and drinks way too much caffeine. By night, she still consumes too much caffeine, but she does it with a laptop in hand, and from her favorite side of the couch.

From the far left cushion, April Asher pens laugh-out-loud romantic comedies with a paranormal twist, but when she’s not putting her characters into embarrassing situations with supernatural entities, she also writes high-octane romantic suspense as April Hunt, her thrill-seeking alter ego.

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29 responses to “Book Review: Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher

  1. Kim

    Another lovely review, Wendy. This sounds like a fun romance, I like the idea of a little paranormal being thrown in too.

  2. This sounds like such a fun book! I’ve never read a paranormal romance story before, but I like that it’s playful with humour. Thank you for sharing your lovely review!

  3. I love it when a story can make me laugh and I do enjoy paranormal elements. Glad to see you enjoyed it even though you don’t read many paranormals. Great review, Wendy!

  4. I’m jealous you’ve already gotten to read this one. I keep hoping my library will get a copy, but it’s not looking good. Fingers crossed though because this one just sounds like fun. 😀

  5. Lovely review🙂 this sounds like fun. I don’t read paranormal themes either but I have picked up a couple of cosy paranormal mysteries in the past which turned out good fun.

  6. Jenny McClinton

    I used to read the true blood books which I guess would count as paranormal romance aswell as horror. Great review 💕