Review: Fairy Godmothers, Inc. (ARC)

Expected publication: December 29th 2020

Author: Saranna DeWylde

Armed with her trademark mix of quirky charm, witty comedy, and sexy paranormal romance, Saranna DeWylde takes readers on a rollicking ride through twisted fairy tales and towards the ultimate Happily Ever After in her first Fairy Godmothers, Inc. Series installment. Ever After is a town that runs on magic, and that magic is fueled by love. So when the three fairy godmothers in charge of Ever After’s magic supply realize the town’s power has started to wane, they conspire to transform Ever After into a premiere wedding destination in hopes of attracting a major infusion of love to the town…

If love is the source of all the magic in the universe, and the town of Ever After, Missouri, is the epicenter of enchantment, then the locals are in dire need of a reboot. At least according to resident fairy godmothers Petunia, Jonquil, and Bluebonnet. Their solution? Blow a bit of fairy dust in the direction of those in need of romance…what could possibly go wrong?

Lucky Fujiki’s first name is a cosmic joke. Her luck is so bad, even the number seven steers clear of her. But when her adorable godmothers ask for a favor, Lucky can’t say no–even if she can already feel the bad juju waiting to strike. And her mission is even worse than she imagined: to promote Ever After as a wedding destination by faking a marriage to her first love and long-time ex, Ransom Payne–he of the Embarrassing Incident that neither of them will ever live down…

Ransom Payne has spent years building an impressive new reputation for himself, and now his godmothers want him to pretend to wed the one girl he’d like most to forget? Sure, weddings in Ever After could be a huge boon for his chocolate business, but risking more up-close-and-personal time with Lucky? Considering the stakes, it’s a curse he’ll have to bear, at the risk of being humiliated–or perhaps, bewitched… 

The cover of this novel is what enticed me to read it as it’s beyond cute and heart-warming. There are many adorable moments that just make you joyous, but there are some that just make you sigh. Although the novel was not flawless, the concept was fantastic and would be beyond perfection with some tweaks along the way. As there will be a semi-sequel featuring our title organization, Fairy Godmothers, Inc., it will be interesting to see where the author takes this series.  It’s essentially a Hallmark movie mixed with Disney with some adult moments.  There’s also a similarity to Once Upon a Time as it is fairy tale characters living in an unknown town surrounded by regular humans.

Our three fairy godmothers are Petunia (“Petty”), Jonquil, and Bluebonnet. They run Fairy Godmothers, Inc. in their magical hometown of Ever After, Missouri. Their town’s magic is slowly running out as the love is disappearing. They construct a plan to bring love back to Ever After by making the town a wedding destination. They now just have to get their first wedding complete and they have the perfect couple in mind.

Lucky Fujiki, one of their godchildren, is cursed with bad luck. She attracts it and inflicts it on those around her, sometimes on purpose, but typically by accident. She’s the most unlucky person that she knows. Her college sweetheart, Ransom Payne, is the other half of the godmothers’ couple, who also happens to be another one of their godchildren.  He is the chocolate “prince” of his own company, Heart’s Desire Chocolate.  Their history of the first time around in their romance involves some unfortunate incidents that lead to a lasting nickname for Ransom. Despite their past, they both have residual feelings for each other and an unescapable attraction that could most likely lead to disaster.

They come together in Ever After for their fake publicity wedding, but the godmothers believe it will become real as the two will fall in love.  The entire tale is a heart-warming experience of the second-chance romance for two that never stopped loving each other and have to overcome obstacles to be together. Their chemistry hasn’t faded over the years and they both want to be together. However, Lucky’s un-luck might be enough to keep them apart as they continue to experience unbelievable barriers.

Each chapter switches between Lucky, Random, and the godmothers’ points of view.  I loved this as you got to get in each character’s head to not only experience what events were happening when the characters were separate, but to aid in understanding their thought processes. Although this is a story mainly about the godmothers with our main couple as a secondary main storyline, there were times where I wished it focused a little more on the couple to learn even more about them. I wish there was more about their past romance so we delve into why these two are meant to be together. There are hints here and there, but I would’ve loved more.

The meddling godmothers were relatable, but again, I wish there was a little bit more of Ransom and Lucky building their relationship as their love is what makes the world-go-round in this novel.  I did love the banter between the three godmothers as they reminded me of re-worked versions of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty. They are one unit, but each has their own personality.  I can see how this will make an entertaining series surrounding these three ladies and all of their meddling.

Overall, this novel was entertaining and there are a lot of characters to give possible storylines to future novels. Ever After sounds like a great place to visit and I hope that it’s further described to give the reader a full immersion experience to fully understand the magic of the town. Lucky and Ransom were a fun couple that both wanted to be together and not wanted to be together at the same time. Their love for each other is what leads them to their foretold Happily Ever After. I’m intrigued to give the next novel in the series a try as the potential was extremely present in this series. I encourage any reader who’s in the mood for an easy feel-good romance, to give this novel a try.

**Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC for me to read and review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.**

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