Not the Witch You Wed Cover
Title: Not the Witch You Wed
Author: Heat: Re
Genre(s): Romance Contemporary Paranormal
Tropes: Second Chance Fake Relationship Fated Mates
Tags: f-m romantic comedy rom-com supernatural witches werewolf shifter fake engagement mate bond first-in-series comedy New York City
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Synopsis from the Creator:

A fake relationship between a magic-less witch and a wolf shifter turns to more in the start of a bewitching new 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, April 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 new series about being sexy, single, and supernatural in New York City.

Review: Not the Witch You Wed, by April Asher

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 5, 2023 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne

I was pleasantly surprised by Not the Witch You Wed. This fake engagement romance is what I thought we were getting with that big crop of paranormal rom-coms that includes The Ex Hex, Payback's a Witch, and all the others. It's funny, sexy and generally a good time. It doesn't take itself too seriously and while there are internal and external obstacles in the protagonists' personal and romantic arcs, it's not a heavy book.

Violet is the oldest of a set of triplet witches and the only one without magic. Her inheritance, the role of Prima of the witches, has instead been passed to the middle triplet, Rose (MC of book 2). Until she gets reacquainted with wolf alpha Lincoln--and her magic--and an irrestible second-chance romance--activates.

Not the Witch You Wed suffers a little from its First in Series status, with quite a bit of focus on building out the world and cast of characters, but I'm currently reading the second (Not Your Ex's Hexes), which benefits from that setup and jumps right in.

I liked the build-out of politics of Asher's supernatural world and the friend/family groups her main characters move in. I really liked the two of them together. And mostly? Mostly I liked that it was what I expected. Sometimes there's a lot of fun to be had with a book that doesn't blow you away, but delivers exactly what you want at that moment. This is a solid read.

Audio Notes: This is third-person past tense with dual POV. The chapters don't alternate between the characters. Instead, Linc's POV is sandwiched into the chapters. It flows better than I'm making it sound, I promise. Dual POV is often less fun with a single narrator, but because of the way Asher structured the book and how Zura Johnson voices the characters, I didn't miss the second narrator. I found Johnson's narration to be a good fit for the humor of the story, never making it twee or flat. If you like audio, this is a good choice.


Content Note: Asher makes some word choices I didn't love, like gender essentialist language. I don't recall specific content warnings, which isn't to say that they don't exist... just that it's been 10 months since I read this book. I'm working on it!

I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher via NetGalley.

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