This book has insta-love and yet I don’t hate it. Miracles do happen.
Plot: Danica is a tech witch. So is her cousin and best friend Clementine. They can mess with technology, so what better way to make their money than by opening an appliance repair shop in the small midwestern town their family settled in after centuries of persecution. Thanks to some intense family drama, Dani and Clem have sworn off relationships. On the other side of town, Titus has some intense family drama of his own, but one broken oven throws them together and shenanigans ensue.
This is so fucking goddamn sweet I literally cannot, and for a book that delves deeply into toxic family relations, that’s quite surprising.
Dani and Clem have been getting strong-armed by their grandmother since they were young and only now are coming to terms with the true implications of their upbringing. Titus lost his mother a couple years ago and his dad remarried within six months, trying to erase Titus’ mother from their lives and trying to force Titus and his sister Maya to do the same. As Titus and Dani grow closer though, they don’t solve each other’s problems or diminish them. They are very much their own people, dealing with their own shit, sometimes better and sometimes worse.
Their relationship, as I mentioned, is based on instant love. “I met the woman I’m going to marry today” instant. But they still take things relatively slow. They realize their feelings are too intense and that they need time to process and get to know each other and figure out if the ways in which they fit well together was enough to deal with the immense complications inherent in their pairing. They grow well together, being considerate of one another, and apologizing when they make a mistake.
It’s funny, it’s sweet, and it very subtly acknowledges COVID without calling much attention to it, which was just right.
Do not read this book without food on hand, ideally pastries.
looking forward to Clem’s story, coming out in April.