Not the Witch You Wed-Review
Not The Witch You Wed
By April Asher
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Supernatural Singles #1
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: February 8,2022
Source: Received ARC in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 3.5 Stars
A fake relationship between a magic-less witch and a wolf shifter turns to more in the start of a bewitching new paranormal rom-com series.
Magic-less witch Violet Maxwell wants nothing to do with alpha wolf shifter Lincoln Thorne—the man who broke her fragile, teenage heart. But when the two of them are forced by arcane Supernatural Laws to find mates, Violet and Lincoln agree to fake-date their way to a fake-mating in order to conjure themselves some time.
The joke’s on them. When old feelings make a reappearance—along with Violet’s magic—they both realize there’s nothing fake about their feelings. But there are old secrets and looming threats that could snatch away their happily ever after, again. One thing’s for sure: magic doesn’t make dating and love any easier.
In Not the Witch You Wed, April Asher brings all the hilarity and sweet, sexy moments you love in a romantic-comedy—plus a fun dose of magic—to this spell-binding new series about being sexy, single, and supernatural in New York City.
Not the Witch You Wed made me like tropes that I’m usually not a fan of. This book focuses around a fake relationship between Lincoln and Violet as well as them overcoming past betrayals. Neither of those tropes are my favorite and this book did take me a little while to finish. However, once I got into it, it did pick up speed and my interest. Both of the main characters, as well as the intriguing cast of minor characters worked for me. I loved the New York setting and that they even went to a state park in my home town (although I question how long the author said it takes to get there from NYC). There was a third act breakup but that doesn’t usually turn me off and it didn’t with this story. The reason this rating is a 3.5 and not a 4 is the book suffers from first book in a paranormal series issues. I was left confused by how the world worked. Paranormals were know but have their own council but there was a bonding agreement for witches, something with Violet being a triplet, and a different bonding agreement for shifters and then issues with the Elders? There was just a lot going on and the explanation of all of it felt a bit disjointed. Maybe if I hadn’t been listening to the Psy-changeling series by Nalini Singh at the same time, I would have been more forgiving. But in comparison, the weakness of how this paranormal world was explained was really clear to me. That said, I understood enough to enjoy the book and want to read the next one. Hopefully, the worldbuilding will be better explained in that book.