Title: Witch Please [Fix-It Witches 1]
Author: Ann Aguirre
Genre: Paranormal Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3 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?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
This book was an often funny and incredibly sweet romance, and if you love romcoms, it’s probably going to be perfect for you. I enjoyed the sweet nature of Titus’ and Danica’s relationship. Titus especially was an adorable break from the usual main male lead in most romances.
I liked the interweaving of the magical lore woven into what would otherwise be a contemporary meet-cute type of romance. I wish the author had leaned into the magical aspect a little more – it was definitely my favorite part of the plot. The author did a fantastic job of being all-inclusive, with all types of characters, and it was nice to see an array of races and relationships represented.
Not everything was rainbows and puppies though.
My least favorite part of the plot was how it didn’t really get resolved. The author did a good job of incorporating the bigoted grandmother witch, a mysterious magic book that only shows you spells when you need it, and a witch hunter bent on coming after the witches of the small town the story took place in…. But there was no real confrontation with the witch hunter, the conflict with the grandmother didn’t get truly resolved, and the weird magical workings were never thoroughly explained. It felt like the rom-com aspect of the story took over, and once that was resolved, the book was over, regardless of the other threads that needed tying up. Because of this, it felt like the story was unfinished, and all the time spent on the plot was a waste of time.
Editing-wise, the book was hit or miss. The book flowed well and was easy to read, and I truly enjoyed the dynamics between Titus and Danica, but the author had a penchant for using uncommon word choices that stuck out like a sore thumb – and worse, used those word choices repeatedly.
And the sex scenes… were awkward. I expected them to be sweet like the romance, especially considering the main male lead was a virgin…. But they were uncharacteristically spicy, which just seemed out of place. I guess, in the end… I think the book needed some polishing. It wasn’t bad – there were some parts of it that I liked, and I smiled more than once while I was reading it, but it wasn’t as cohesive as I’d expect.
Overall? It was okay. If you like romcoms, you’ll probably like this, but don’t expect it to be a deep read.