WITCH PLEASE (Fix-it Witches #1)
Written by Ann Aguirre
Published by Sourcebooks, September 7th, 2021
My star rating – 4 stars
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.
Until 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?
A modern witch/business owner meets sexy bakery owner who also happens to be a virgin…. sounds adorable, right? It totally was! This was just the light hearted and entertaining read that I needed right now! I did find a few faults with this book (more on that later) but I had such a good time reading this that I didn’t care about the small amount of things that I questioned or didn’t enjoy.
First off, I loved that this was a romance novel where the woman was the strong passionate one! Don’t get me wrong – they both were at times. But Danica was definitely the forceful one and I can appreciate that! She radiated confidence, knew what she wanted, and wasn’t afraid to go for it. She wasn’t overbearing or pushy, she was just confident and capable. I loved Danica as a character. Titus was totally adorable too! He was super vulnerable at times and wasn’t afraid to show it. Being a bigger guy who was always being fawned over, it would have been easy for the author to make him be a totally different person. I’m glad she let him be sensitive yet strong!
Probably my favourite thing about this book was the strong family ties. Each of these characters had some serious family issues going on. Danica had a pact with her cousin that they wouldn’t fall in love. She also had her grandmother breathing down her neck to find the proper man with magic in his bloodline – mundanes simply weren’t allowed. Then we have Titus who lost his mother a few years ago and, within a few months, his father was in a new relationship and married again. Now he’s in his 60’s (I think?) and is having a baby with his new wife. Their lives were separately messy but there was so much support coming from their close family and friends. There was even a storyline that included a relationship with their step sister that made my heart swell! I can’t wait for the second book for more of them!!!
Also another favourite? Their relationship was so realistic! They wanted to take things slow for their own reasons but their passion kept wanting to speed things up. They were feeling things that they weren’t ready for and were questioning if it was real or too early. The best part was that they didn’t try and fix each other! In books it seems that authors like to try and force the characters to come together and solve their problems. Not here! They were both knee deep in family issues and they made it a point to listen to their problems, talk them through it, be there for them for support, but that was it! They were there for each other in times of need but allowed the other space and time to work through it. Especially since this was a new relationship, it made it feel very true to life.
Like I said though, this book had it’s problems and, to properly explain why I had issues, I might slightly step into spoiler territory. I will only mention what’s necessary to get my point across but if you don’t want to get spoiled, skip the next paragraph!
So – I had 3 major issues with this book. Number one – there’s a witch hunter. They make such a big deal about him coming to town and try to stress how dangerous he is. One of the witches strikes up a relationship with him as a spy to get intel and *poof* he’s suddenly no longer a concern and the author doesn’t even follow up on it!!!! I know that this is going to be a storyline for what will probably be book #2, but still. There was nothing. Number two – the grandmother is a controlling, manipulating, self centred bitch. Yeah, I went there. She manipulated the entire family to do what she wanted. She even guilted Danica saying that they used to be so close and do all these things, meanwhile, all she cared about is who Danica married. I have a strong personal reason to hate this character so maybe i’m going to be the only one with such strong hate for her…. sorry that got a little too real lol. Number three – the lack of communication trope was strong with her mother! For quite literally the entire book there was ample space and time for communication between the two! For years Danica believed one thing and, if she had just asked or had a conversation with her mother, the entire book would have been different. I get it. That miscommunication is what made the plot of the book. But stop it! It makes no sense!
If you like cute romances with a little bit of a fantastical element, this is a must read! I had so much fun, loved the characters, and all the family and emotional aspects that came with it! I will absolutely be reading book 2!!
Until next time, happy reading!