I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mr. & Mrs. Witch by Gwenda Bond
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 7, 2023
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance
Source: the publisher
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In Mr. & Mrs. Witch, the next novel from bestselling author Gwenda Bond, a couple discovers at the altar the surprising secret identities they’ve kept from each other.
Savannah Wilde is a witch, a very powerful one—an identity that only her fellow witches know. Following a whirlwind romance that surprised herself and her family, Savvy is all set to marry the love of her life. But she isn’t the only one with a secret that needs to be kept, even from her soon-to-be husband.
Griffin Carter is a top agent for a clandestine organization that, well, used to primarily hunt witches, but now mainly tries to shut down supernatural threats their own way. He can’t wait to lay his eyes on the woman he’s about to spend the rest of his life with.
As Savvy walks down the aisle to Griffin, the wedding quickly goes from blessed day to shit show when their true identities are revealed. To say there’s bad blood between their factions is putting it mildly. Savvy and Griffin are tasked to take the other out, but when they discover a secret that could take down both of their agencies, they realize the only way to survive is to team up. With assassins hot on their trail, will Savvy and Griffin make it out alive to try again at ‘I do’?
After enjoying the Not Your Average Hot Guy series by one of my favorite authors, I was excited when the publisher reached out and approved me for an e-galley of this from Netgalley. It was a quick read, and I really liked it! While I know that it was kind of a take off from the movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith, which I’ve never seen, I enjoyed the different takes in a lot of it. The witches and the hunters that were enemies but for the two main characters, Savvy and Griffin to fall in love thinking they’d have to hide their secret identities from each other. It also reminded me a bit of the Buffy and Angel romance, except those two knew who the other was.
I loved the setting, and the world building, and the whole baba yaga thing was fun since I recently read the book, Into the Forest, with all the short stories about her. The connection between Savvy and Griffin was so perfect. I giggled at her friends accusing him of having a magic you-know-what. And her agreeing, lol. And the way he fell for her was very romantic and perfect.
One thing about the world I loved was the familiars. That was so neat! I want my own familiar, although I’m not a witch, so, I’ll have to settle for my dachshund pet dogs. Savvy’s friends Brie and Elle were a lot of fun as well. It was amusing for me since I’d just finished another book with a best friend named Brie. Griffin’s brother and buddy Diego were also fun. And while I know this is a standalone, and probably everything was wrapped up at the end, I think it’d be fun to have a series where we get to see these friends and family members find their own HEAs.
About the Author
I’m the New York Times bestselling author of many books. My first romantic comedies, the Match Made in Hell series, which includes Not Your Average Hot Guy and The Date from Hell, are available now from St. Martin’s Griffin. Mr. & Mrs. Witch will follow in March 2023. My magical heist, The Frame-Up, is coming from Del Rey Books soonish, as is a new historical fantasy romance series with St. Martin’s called The Wayward Sisters. I’m also hard at work on lots of other projects, some secret for now.
My previous work includes: the first official Stranger Things novel, Suspicious Minds, which tells the story of Eleven’s mother; the young adult Lois Lane series (Fallout, Double Down, and Triple Threat), which brings the iconic comic book character front and center in her own YA novels; and the Cirque American series (Girl on a Wire, Girl Over Paris, and Girl in the Shadows), about daredevil heroines who discover magic and mystery lurking under the big top. I also co-wrote the middle grade series the Supernormal Sleuthing Service with my husband author Christopher Rowe, and I created Dead Air, a serialized mystery and scripted podcast written with Carrie Ryan and Rachel Caine.
I have also written for Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, Salon, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others. I am a member of George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards Consortium.
I live in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with Christopher and our monsters, er, pets: Stella the Cat, HRH; Phoebe the Cat, HRH2; Puck the Dog, INC; Izzy the Dog-Girl, VIP; and Sally the Other-Dog-Girl, ESQ. (Get to know them over on the Meet the Pets page or on Instagram.)
I love hearing from readers, so please visit the contact page. If you’d like to book me for a speaking engagement or school visit, that’s great too. You can also find me on twitter as @gwenda, on Instagram as @gwendabond, or sign up for my author newsletter. Members of the media, bloggers, or others who need a third-person bio or images, can find them on the press kit page for both me and me and Christopher.
My children and YA’s work is represented by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and my work for adults is represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. For film/TV rights inquiries, release contact Olivia Burgher at William Morris Endeavor.
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