Not The Witch You Wed: Witches, Wolf Shifters, and Demons, Oh My!

What’s better than an adult contemporary romance? An adult contemporary romance with witches, wolves, and everything supernatural!

Not the Witch You Wed tells the story of Violet as she deals with not having magic (or maybe she does!!), being the outcast in her family, and her feelings for a certain alpha wolf shifter who she has sworn never to have feelings for again.

This was not everything I wanted to be but if nothing else, it was fun. Let’s discuss!

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.

Ok, let’s get right into it.

Why do I keep reading romances with alpha males when I hate them so much (or at least most of the time)??? Linc wasn’t too bad but the whole overprotective thing makes me want to vomit.

I did like the fun moments where he’s bantering with Violet, playing with the kids at the daycare, and hanging around his friend (I’m pretty sure he only has one friend).

I also didn’t totally buy their reason for fake dating. It just felt like the book was trying to do too many things and the fake dating part, unfortunately, kind of fell by the wayside.

As for Violet, I liked her character but there were certain moments where she was saying she didn’t have powers when it was clear SHE TOTALLY DID. It wasn’t clear whether she was just trying to hide it because it would mean her life would completely change or if she was in denial. Not knowing the reason for that denial confused me.

I did love her relationship with her friends and her sisters. They had a great bond and I LOVED how much they supported Violet once it was clear she had powers and that she needed to learn how to control them. Those moments were actually really fun.

Overall, I really just wanted more. I felt the connection between Linc and Violet but I wanted more from their bond. I wanted more fun, light-hearted moments and maybe fewer animalistic, sexual ones.

And I don’t mean they kept having sex. Because they didn’t. There was just this vibe every time they were together that was like they were about to tear each other’s clothes off at any moment. Like I get they are attracted to each other and he has wolf senses or whatever but JESUS MY DUDES.

I might continue the series just to see how the story continues and how the other romances turn out, but I wish this one was more to my liking.

I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars.

If you like supernatural romances that don’t take themselves too seriously, this might be the book for you.

Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher is available now.

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for the free eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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