True love turns into great danger for a witch who chooses a domestic life over one of vampire drama.
This prequel to a prequel (What’s a Witch to Do?, 2013) tells the tale of Anna Olmstead, a young witch who grows up in a nonmagical family. After she performs a spell for a mysterious visitor, the singularly named Asher, he decides to spirit her away, rechristen her Anna Asher and raise her as his own. Anna is thrilled to get away from her abusive family and even more excited to join Asher in his lifestyle of culture, travel and adventure. She’s even willing to say goodbye to stability and daytime activities, which are pretty much ruled out by the fact that Asher is a vampire. As Anna matures, her relationship with Asher changes from filial to romantic, which even Harlow acknowledges is a little creepy. Content in her simple life with Asher, Anna waits patiently for the time when he’ll turn her into a vampire. Though Asher too wishes for contentment, the simple things in life never satisfy him, and his behavior drives Anna away. Years later, Anna is happily married to Nathan West and is the mother of two young sons when a hit man’s kidnapping attempt that comes out of the blue alerts her that Asher intends to reclaim his place in her life no matter what the cost.
Lacking Harlow’s usual humor or any strong roots in her home base, the town of Goodnight, this story works more as a stand-alone for readers who prefer Vampire Romance Lite.