Author: Gwenda Bond
Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martins Press for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
So, I will be the first to admit that I loved Mr. & Mrs Smith the movie. A couple who got married not knowing that each of them was a secret agent. Then once they discover each identity, they are authorized to kill one another.
Well, we had all that, in my favorite genre: fantasy.
Fantasy-style rom-com is starting to trend in the publishing world, and I am all for that. It is a great way to introduce yourself to fantasy as a romance genre reader.
The lovely couple that didn’t know their future spouse’s identity was Savvy our witch and Griffin our hunter. These two clandestine groups have it for each other. Both go way back to bad blood, and they absolutely despise one another.
On the day of their wedding, that is when crap hits the fan and Savvy and Griffin find out each other’s true identity. Feeling betrayed by one another, they started attacking each other and had to flee the scene before it got worse.
Things got more interesting when both sides were ordered to take out one another. Will their love stand or would they fall to the years of bad blood?
This book is told in a dual timeline where it talks about their present and their past and how they met each other for the first time.
I thought this was a fun way to tell a story. It was super creative and I love the characters. The ending was heartwarming and super cute.
I feel that the past timeline really slowed down the story. By the time you were really getting into what was happening in the present, it was interrupted by a long story of the past. I really loved the background on how Savvy and Griffin met, but it felt drawn out in those sections.
I will admit, the witches in this book were super cool and powerful. The hunters, meh, not scary at all. They have a few tools in their belt and that was it. I felt like the fighting scenes could have been described just a tiny bit better because it felt like they lacked detail.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad read with some minor details that I would change.
But if you want a cute fantasy rom-com style read, this is a good one.