Author: Ann Aguirre
Narrator: Ava Lucas
Audiobook Length: 10 hours 30 minutes
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?
Witch Please is a fun witchy story with a set up for other novels in the series. This novel was enjoyable with a lot of potential, but, unfortunately, it fell short for me. The story is set in the town of St. Claire, which is near Chicago. Danica Waterhouse has fun and bubbly and I loved her relationship with her cousin, Clem. The two of them were great at supporting each other. The two of them are witches with magical abilities centered on technology. Since magic needs to be hidden, she utilizes her magic secretly by fixing electronics for the customers of her shop, The Fix-It Witches.
Titus Winnaker is a 32-year old bisexual virgin baker that owns a shop in town with his sister. When one of his ovens breaks down, he hires Danica to fix it. The two of them have an instant spark and both want to get to know the other more. While I am a huge fan of the slow burn, I enjoy a faster paced romance in certain situations. For this couple, Titus went a little too hard too fast. When he first sets eyes on Danica, his inner thoughts state that, she is the woman that he will marry. He even misses some of their initial conversation because he is daydreaming a life together with her complete with multiple children. A huge piece of his character is that he is a virgin with hopes that Danica can break the curse that he thinks he has, as he cannot figure out another explanation for his bad luck. While this is a huge part of his internal thoughts, it actually is fairly glossed over as far an element of the plot. His first experience has no awkwardness or anything that would normally be associated with a similar individual. Essentially, for me, it felt like a missed opportunity.
When Danica’s mother married a mundane, non-magical person, Danica’s grandmother took over running Danica’s life. This includes informing Danica that she must not be romantic with mundanes or she will lose her magic. This is the main obstacle between Titus and Danica becoming closer in the story. While I liked this problem for the characters to try to overcome, it felt a little incomplete in the end. On Titus’s end he is fearful that pursuing Danica would result in heartbreak given his past. Titus goes through his own family drama as both he and his sister have a rocky relationship with their father. There are some pieces of this part of the story that either did not make sense, were glossed over, or felt rushed.
Overall, Danica and Titus are an adorable couple with an intense connection. Their moments together were very sweet. The story itself is light-hearted and an easy read. For me, it just did not meet my expectations for all parts of the story. As the second novel is switching to Clem as the main character with her relationship with the witch hunter from this novel, I do not know how the author will put the two stories together. The pieces, a virgin baker and a witch who may lose her powers if she falls in love with him, are both filled with potential, but there did not seem to be a lot of resolution in the end. I can see other readers enjoying this and maybe not agreeing with the flaws I experienced, so I would suggest trying out the book yourself to decide. Since Clem’s story intrigues me, I will try out the sequel, but I do not think I will add this novel to my re-read list anytime soon.