Have you ever read a book without realizing it was going to change your life? Well thy was me when I downloaded the audiobook of Serpent & Dove. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d be vibing the witch and witch hunter thing – I just wasn’t sure about the witches in general basically.
But let me tell you. There was nothing to be worried about. I was in love from the first couple of chapters. It may have helped that I loved Holter Graham voicing Reid, and Saskia Maarleveld was a perfect Lou. But I’ve found that in audiobooks, the narrators can either make or break the story. And these two made it.
Louise le Blanc is a witch but ran away from her coven and has been living in Cesarine in hiding ever since. But witches are hunted in Cesarine. And when they are found, they are burned. By the Church. Reid is a captain of the Church, and loves by the saying ‘Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live’. But a fateful accident would throw them together with the only result being their forced marriage. But when Lou’s feelings start growing, can she trust Reid with who she really is?
I loved the semi French/Parisian feel to the book, I loved the world building, the different types of witches, the Church, everything! But even more than that, I loved the romance. I loved that Lou was the big tough girl, able to tie her own sandals and everything (that’s a Disney reference 👌🏻😂) and that Reid was the more timid of the two, not sure how to flirt properly, but doing a damn fine job of it! And one of my all time favourite tropes: THERE 👏🏻WAS👏🏻ONLY👏🏻ONE👏🏻BED!!! Honestly, this trope never gets old 😂 and I am always here for it!!
If you’re looking for a great fantasy romance, you can’t go past this. I have this as the audiobook, and now as a paperback, and I am on the hunt for the Fairyloot special hardcover edition as well. That’s how much I love this book! This gets all the stars from me! I loved it!