- Author: Ann Aguirre
- Genre: Romance
- Publication Date: September 7, 2021
- Publisher: Dreamscape Media
- Series: Fix-It Witches
CONTENT WARNING: body shaming, bigotry
Danica Waterhouse is a fully modern witch―daughter, granddaughter, cousin, and co-owner of the Fix-It Witches, a magical tech repair shop. After a messy breakup that included way too much family “feedback,” Danica made a pact with her cousin: they’ll keep their hearts protected and have fun, without involving any of the overly opinionated Waterhouse matriarchs. Danica is more than a little exhausted navigating a long-standing family feud where Gram thinks the only good mundane is a dead one and Danica’s mother weaves floral crowns for anyone who crosses her path.
Three blocks down from the Fix-It Witches, Titus Winnaker, owner of Sugar Daddy’s bakery, has family trouble of his own. After a tragic loss, all he’s got left is his sister, the bakery, and a lifetime of terrible luck in love. Sure, business is sweet, but he can’t seem to shake the romantic curse that’s left him past thirty and still a virgin. He’s decided he’s doomed to be forever alone.
But then he meets Danica Waterhouse. The sparks are instant; their attraction, irresistible. For him, she’s the one. To her, he’s a firebomb thrown in the middle of a family war. Can a modern witch find love with an old-fashioned mundane who refuses to settle for anything less than forever?
Sometimes I just love browsing through the audiobooks my library offers, because I’ve found some true gems this way. And I’ll often find a book that I’ve been wanting to read but just haven’t gotten to yet. Like this book. It’s a wonderful version of a paranormal romance with a whole bunch of things that I loved.
To start with, I adored Danica from the start. She’s smart and not scared to be silly, has a great sense of humor, and she’s just a really good person. I love a female lead who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself to get it. Even if that took a bit in this story. I couldn’t resist Titus either—his nickname, the CinnaMan, is perfect for him because he’s a complete cinnamon roll character. He’s handsome, funny, easygoing, and super good to his family.
But it wouldn’t be a good story if there weren’t complications, right? Danica is dealing with a tough grandmother—she’s bigoted against mundanes, blaming all of them for witch-hunts that had occurred in the past, and she’s kind of (and by kind of, I clearly mean super) controlling, often forcing her loved ones to do things her way under risk of consequences. She’s also one for fat-shaming, and gets put in her place for it right away. As for Titus, he’s got some family issues of his own—dealing with his grief over the loss of his mother, and his relationship with his remarried father is extremely strained.
There’s threads of witchery throughout the story, but it’s done in such a modern way. Danica and her cousin work together at a repair shop doing magical repairs, but they have to cover their tracks because they can’t ever reveal their magic to mundanes. There’s curses too—the Waterhouse women are cursed to lose their magic if they fall in love with a mundane, and Titus is convinced that he is doomed to be a virgin and alone forever because of a romantic curse, which broke my heart for him.
The romance happens quickly but there’s consent and relationship building at a lot of turns. I enjoyed seeing the two of them get to know each other and develop a true bond, and that Titus was all in right from the start. He knew that she was the girl he wanted, despite all of his relationship woes in the past. There’s also plenty of representation in the story — there’s queer characters galore, and Titus is bisexual, which was a nice change to see. While there’s a character or two of color, we don’t get to know them too well … yet. I’m hoping to see more of this in the next book, because I’m definitely going to be reading the next one as soon as I can. And as for the narration, Ava Lucas did a great job with this. She’s a talented narrator, and I truly enjoyed hearing her voice the story and characters.
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