Read Witch Please

Read Witch Please (Fix-It Witches, #1)

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?

I liked the idea of this a lot more than what it turned out to be.

The second half of the story took some weird plot twists that didn’t really match with the first half, or make sense for the characters. The plot also relied on the heroine of this story and the next book to not have brains and take an extremely biased person’s word on something that has life-changing implications for them.

Poor Danica, she’s being manipulated on all sides! Her cousin/roommate/business partner treats her terribly, guilt tripping her and trying to hold her back from happiness due to her own fears. Her grandmother is a manipulative bitch who tries to control Danica for basically racist reasons. Neither of the two bad relationships gets resolved, nor are the impacts to Danica’s thinking addressed. She blames and second-guesses herself throughout the story.

The world building is a little too sloppy to hold up to inspection, or the sniff test. The magic system, per the ending, has horrrrrrible ramifications that are completely ignored by everyone in the story, including the heroine. I become more sympathetic to the witch hunters. Speaking of, for people who are theoretically living in hiding, the witches don’t seem to make any effort at all to conceal their magic.

There was something that bothered me about how sex was treated in this. Maybe that the virgin hero is really good at everything in bed instantly, and also down for kink almost immediately?

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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