I have been looking forward to Witch Please for months. I love Ann Aguirre’s books. She has gotten me through the last two years with some parts of my soul and sanity intact. On top of that already solid reason, Courtney Milan said she read Witch Please months ago and, well, the blurb is right there on the cover: “Sheer happiness in a book…” How can you argue with that? You can’t. Fortunately, I got my hands on an arc and I have read it twice now, thank you very much NetGalley.
Danika Waterhouse and her cousin Clementine are witches. They own the Fix It Witches repair shop in a small Midwestern town. Titus and his sister Maya own Sugar Daddy’s Bakery in the same small town. Danika and Titus have both been unlucky in love, (Titus thinks he’s cursed), until they meet each other. Their road to relationship bliss should be smooth, but instead it is littered with baggage from the past, and other people’s expectations. They are so immediately delightful, I was rooting for them to figure it out as soon as they went googly eyed over each other.
They each have families and businesses that demand their energy and attention. Danica’s grandmother has specific ideas about who Dani ought to marry, and her cousin wants her to keep up the no romance pact they made. Titus and Maya’s father remarried very quickly after their mother died and has moved on from his adult children, leaving them hurt and angry. Add in to the mix an encroaching cat, a friendly coven, a witch hunter, a slacker friend, and a teenage step-sister in need of saving. Both families have issues, but it’s Danica’s family throwing up roadblocks to true love. Though I don’t come from a family of witches, Danica’s grandmother was familiar.
Danica and Titus, individually and together are the glue that holds their worlds together. They like each other, and they are so horny for each other it steams off the page. This was a quick, entertaining read and I am already impatient for the next book, Boss Witch.
CW: secrets, destructive lies, family disapproval, difficult family dynamics, past parental death
I received this as an advance reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.