by Ann Aguirre ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 7, 2021
Light paranormal fare that takes care to be tolerant and kind.
A bisexual pastry chef who's a virgin at 32 finds happily-ever-after with a witch who uses her magical powers to repair toaster ovens and other small appliances.
Not all American witches live in Salem, Massachusetts. Four hundred years ago, a pragmatic bunch moved west to Illinois to avoid execution and live polite Midwestern lives among the "mundanes," Aguirre's term for muggles. Danica Waterhouse, a modern-day descendant, co-owns a repair shop called Fix-It Witches, where she and her cousin Clementine use their technomancer powers to repair malfunctioning machines. She and Clem have made a pact to always stick together and never be sidetracked by love; their ultraconservative grandmother has told them that if they ever marry a mundane, they'll lose their magical powers, and the pool of genetically correct male witches (found on Bindr, the witchy version of Tindr) is thin on the ground. Danica and Clem plan to have children with magic sperm from the "witch-only sperm bank" and find family with the wonderful members of their coven (aka their book club). Then into her shop walks Titus Winnaker, owner of Sugar Daddy's bake shop, for help repairing a broken oven. Titus has been unnaturally unlucky in love (hint, hint); his last girlfriend married a biologist studying puffins in Iceland. Danica and Titus are jolted by the strength of their mutual attraction but also fearful: he because he might screw up another relationship and never, ever have sex, she because she's been taught that witch-mundane marriages are forbidden. Aguirre keeps the tone light and fun, punctuated by passionately detailed sex. (After mutual orgasms: " ‘I should have told you before,’ he said breathlessly. ‘My [STD] test results, I have them.’ ") The family, the friends, and even the tough witch hunter (more in the next volume about him) check all the rom-com boxes. Though the resolution of the family issues is predictable and a bit tedious, it's fun to know that witches can handle their birth control magically.Light paranormal fare that takes care to be tolerant and kind.
Pub Date: Sept. 7, 2021
Page Count: 368
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Review Posted Online: Aug. 17, 2021
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2021
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by Ali Hazelwood ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 6, 2024
Sink your teeth into this delightful paranormal romance with a modern twist.
A vampire and an Alpha werewolf enter into a marriage of convenience in order to ease tensions between their species.
As the only daughter of a prominent Vampyre councilman, Misery Lark has grown accustomed to having to playing the role that’s demanded of her—and now, her father is ordering her to be a part of yet another truce agreement. In an effort to maintain goodwill between the Vampyres and their longtime nemeses the Weres, Misery must wed their Alpha, Lowe Moreland. But it turns out that Misery has her own motivations for agreeing to this political marriage, including finding answers about what happened to her best friend, who went missing after setting up a meeting in Were territory. Isolated from her kind and surrounded on all sides by the enemy after the wedding, Misery refuses to let herself forget about her real mission. It doesn’t matter that Lowe is one of the most confounding and intense people she’s ever met, or that the connection building between them doesn’t feel like one born entirely of convenience. There’s also the possibility that Lowe may already have a Were mate of his own, but in spite of their biological differences, they may turn out to be the missing piece in each other’s lives. While this is Hazelwood’s first paranormal romance, and the book does lean on some hallmark tropes of the genre, the contemporary setting lends itself to the author’s trademark humor and makes the political plot more easily digestible. Misery and Lowe’s slow-burn romance is appealing enough that readers will readily devour every moment between them and hunger to return to them whenever the story diverts from their scenes together.Sink your teeth into this delightful paranormal romance with a modern twist.
Pub Date: Feb. 6, 2024
Page Count: 416
Review Posted Online: Oct. 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2023
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by Colleen Hoover ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 2, 2016
Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of...
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New York Times Bestseller
Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.
At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.
Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016
Page Count: 320
Review Posted Online: May 30, 2016
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016
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