Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Fix-It Witches, book 1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 7, 2021)
Paperback, 363 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance
Practical Magic meets Gilmore Girls in this adorable witchy rom-com with:
• A bisexual virgin baker with a curse
• A witch looking to avoid romantic entanglements
• And a chemistry between them that causes literal sparks
Danica Waterhouse is a fully modern witch—daughter, granddaughter, cousin, and co-owner of the Fix-It Witches, a magical tech repair shop. After a messy breakup that included way too much family “feedback,” Danica made a pact with her cousin: they’ll keep their hearts protected and have fun, without involving any of the overly opinionated Waterhouse matriarchs. Danica is more than a little exhausted navigating a long-standing family feud where Gram thinks the only good mundane is a dead one and Danica’s mother weaves floral crowns for anyone who crosses her path.
Three blocks down from the Fix-It Witches, Titus Winnaker, owner of Sugar Daddy’s bakery, has family trouble of his own. After a tragic loss, all he’s got left is his sister, the bakery, and a lifetime of terrible luck in love. Sure, business is sweet, but he can’t seem to shake the romantic curse that’s left him past thirty and still a virgin. He’s decided he’s doomed to be forever alone.
Until he meets Danica Waterhouse. The sparks are instant, their attraction irresistible. For him, she’s the one. To her, he’s a firebomb thrown in the middle of a family war. Can a modern witch find love with an old-fashioned mundane who refuses to settle for anything less than forever?
It took me a bit to get into this book, but by the end I was really feeling it and I’m ready for book two!
This is such a fun paranormal romance rom-com! There are definite laugh out loud moments, as well as some tearful ones that pull at the heartstrings. There’s also an element of dealing with emotional abusive/manipulative family that add a more serious undertone to the light-hearted vibe and the steamy sparks (sometimes literal sparks!) between Danica and Titus.
I love how casually diverse this story is. Titus (our cinnamon roll making cinnamon roll of a hero) is bi, and there are several queer side characters and characters from different age groups and ethnicities.
The final resolution is a little anti-climactic, and there were a few lines and moments that left me rolling my eyes, but overall this was a fun and flirty read. Maybe have some baked goods on hand though, because this book made me HUNGRY!
This is the first book in the Fix-It Witches series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but there are lots of plot threads that start up the second book, Boss Witch, which is Clem’s book (which I CANNOT WAIT FOR).
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.