Brayden has been having dreams of a girl that he knows he’s in love with for a month straight. When Ariel checks into the inn that Brayden works in he is sure that she is the girl from his dreams. Brayden soon finds that Ariel is a witch but she doesn’t know anything about using her powers. Brayden offers to help since his mother is a witch too but when Ariel tries to practice Brayden discovers she’s what is known as a high witch in which only three exist in the world at any one time and are the most powerful out there. Knowing that Ariel will be coveted for her powers the two go on the run together.
I have to say I thought I would like this little novella a lot more than I did when I read the description. I found myself actually getting quite bored and not wanting to pick it back up though. It seemed like there was about 75% to 85% of professing their dying love, having sex and then maybe practice a bit of magic. I would almost wonder if it wasn’t meant to be some form of tame erotica but I actually enjoy the occasional erotic read and this one really didn’t fit that either.
Brayden and Ariel are a classic case of insta-love, which doesn’t even bother me most of the time but in this case it just felt there was hardly any reasoning. We don’t really get much information on the whole world of witches or much world building at all in the story either. I took a wild guess that this must take place in the past at some point since there was talk of carriages and riding horses etc.
For lack of a better way to describe my disappointment I’d say it just completely lacked creativity. There could have been so much done in the world of magic and with Ariel’s powers but it seemed like the fantasy part of the novella was forgotten about rather quickly. I also noticed a few times even the text just seemed to repeat for whatever reason. For example “It’ll be alright,” she said. “It’ll be alright somehow.” Two paragraphs later.. “Love will win. Somehow, love will win.” Not exactly engaging conversation. The writing wasn’t too bad otherwise, just not very imaginative.
Overall, a pass on this one from me. Some may like it but I was just left wanting more.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.