American Witch by Thea Harrison

You know what this book had that most PNR and UF novels don’t? A lead female character who is in her late 30s. Every once and a while it’s nice to read about characters who are close to my age.

It grabbed me from the start. Molly discovers that her husband is cheating on her again. The way it was written I really felt her pain. While going through her emotional turmoil, she starts to exhibit weird powers. It turns out that she is a late blooming witch. Josiah takes notice of her and realizes her burgeoning power could ruin his plans to get revenge.

Molly and Josiah’s relationship evolves a little quicker than I would have liked, but they are really good together. Josiah is an old, powerful witch, and he tries to help Molly learn how to deal with her own power before she endangers herself or someone else. I would have liked it better if Molly hadn’t been quite so powerful. Aside from her considerable power, she was normal in all other regards, so it didn’t bother me too much.

I liked Josiah a lot. He is an alpha male but respects other people’s boundaries. He isn’t the asshole that Molly makes him out to be. Molly is a strong woman who doesn’t put up with crap from other people. She did annoy me at times because I felt like she was quick to judge Josiah without really trying to understand him.

I wish there had been more world building. Everything made sense, but I gathered that my general understanding of the world would have made more sense if I had read the Elder Races series. Some things were left open ended, but most were wrapped up. Based on the way it ended, I’m guessing the next book will be about different characters, possibly one of the other people in Josiah’s coven.

I received this from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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