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Extra Witchy by Ann Aguirre
Narrator: Ava Lucas
Series: Fix-It Witches #3
Published by Dreamscape Media on November 10, 2022
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Length: 10 hours, 11 minutes
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After two failed marriages, Leanne Vanderpol is here for a good time, not for a long time. She only loves the witches in her coven, and she cares more about her career than happily ever after. A difficult past makes her skittish, and she doesn't trust relationships to stick. But when she decides to run for city council instead of wasting her talents cleaning up messes for the mayor's office, she fears her past could be used against her.
Unless she can find the right husband to shore up her political career...
Trevor Montgomery might have peaked in high school. He was popular then, and in college as well, but he partied away his future, met the wrong person, and everything fell apart. Now he's jobless, dateless, and hopeless, at least according to his toxic family. Then a chance meeting with the redhead of his dreams offers an unexpected ray of light just when he needs it most.
Extra Witchy is the third book in the Fix-It Witches series and can be read as a stand alone. It has one of my favorite troupes of strangers marrying or marriage of convenience. She was just looking to take the edge off one night and he is in a rut he just can’t seem to get out of. It is Trevor’s lucky day when the beautiful Leanne asks him to sneak away to have sex in the bathroom. It was supposed to be just once; it was supposed to end that night but it became the start of something more.
Leanne didn’t really want another person in her life. It was perfectly full enough with her job and coven, but if she really wants to run in a political race she is going to need a husband. Trevor never recovered when his girlfriend left him years ago and he has let the negative self talk in his head drag him down for years. It seems too goodto be true when the beautiful Leanne pitches the idea of getting married. She’ll be the bread winner and he can help her out with keeping the house clean, cooking meals and assisting her campaign. It will at least get him out of his parent’s house and give him some time and space to figure out what he wants to do.
I really like Leanne. She is a get to the point girl and don’t sugar coat it for me. Trev is such a nice guy but no one really knows him well besides his only friend, Titus. He has spent the last few years baked and in a state of depression without direction in his life. On paper, he and Leanne don’t seem like they would make sense. But in actuality they have a lot to offer each other and because of their unique arrangement, they also have the space in their fake marriage to be the best versions of themselves. Now if only Leanne wasn’t keeping so many secrets about being a witch.
There were a lot of things I really liked in this romance. The characters were interesting and likable people, their families gave them some issues to work through to be a stronger couple and the witchcraft while present seemed natural and low key. This was a great feel good kind of book with just enough drama to keep the tension in it without going overboard. My favorite thing though is how Trevor dealt with his own mental health issues and learned that how he saw himself really colored how he thought everyone else saw him too. Actually having someone else believe in him didn’t fix him but gave him the belief he could fix himself.
If you are looking for a book heavy on witchcraft and spells, you are not going to find that here. Leanne may be a witch but the spellwork in this is pretty minimal and the coven of witches she calls friends is more of a girl group. I was in it for the trope and stayed for the characters and the girl power.
Ava Lucas is a solid narrator. I enjoyed her voice for Leanne which was pretty perfect, for Trevor she was still good but for romances I really prefer dual narrators for the 2 different PoVs. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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That marriage of convenience trope is a lot of fun. I like it, too. 😀
It is totally one of my favorites of all time as tropes go.
I would like to give this series a try. It sounds like so much fun!
I’m looking forward to going back to the start to see what happened in the first two books. Hoping they are just as good.
I’ve enjoyed some of her sci-fi, but this series looks pretty good too. I like how you describe the way the marriage of convenience and characters work out in this one.
I’d only read her SciFi stuff before this but really liked her Galactic Love series and Sirantha Jax was good but I didn’t finish the series due to the strange love triangle. This though made me think this series has a ton of potential
I love a marriage of convenience trope and witch books! Nice review, Robin
Two things I really enjoy so it lead to a lot of fun.
Leanne sounds like a fun character!
This is a series I still need to start. I do like the trope of this one too. Great review!