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Release Day Review! ENCHANTED TO MEET YOU by Meg Cabot (Witches of West Harbor #1)

Yep–two witchy books in a row! Technically, I did read a spider-adjacent alien romance in between, but that’s a discussion for another day. Or maybe not. The jury’s still out on that one…dude didn’t even have LIPS. I’m still recovering.

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A witchy rom-com from New York Times  bestseller Meg Cabot about a plus size witch who must team up with a handsome stranger to help protect her village from an otherworldly force—but will she be able to protect her heart?

It’s Magic When You Meet Your Match In her teenage years, lovelorn Jessica Gold cast a spell that went disastrously wrong, and brought her all the wrong kind of attention—as well as a lifetime ban from the World Council of Witches.

So no one is more surprised than Jess when, fifteen years later, tall, handsome WCW member Derrick Winters shows up in her quaint little village of West Harbor and claims that Jess is the Chosen One.

She’s the Chosen One Not chosen by West Harbor’s snobby elite to style them for the town’s tricentennial ball—though Jess owns the chicest clothing boutique in town. And not chosen finally to be on the WCW, either—not that Jess would have said yes, anyway, since she’s done with any organization that tries to dictate what makes a “true” witch. No, Jess has been chosen to help save West Harbor itself…

As Summer Ends, Her Power Grows But just when Jess is beginning to think that she and Derrick might have a certain magic of their own—and not of the supernatural variety—Jess learns he may not be who she thought he was. And suddenly Jess finds herself having to trust Derrick and work with him to combat the sinister force battling to bring down West Harbor, or use her gift as she always to keep herself, and her heart, safe. Can she work her magic in time?

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Enchanted to Meet You is a absolute freaking delight. A childhood misunderstanding led Jessica Gold to a lifelong fascination with witchcraft; a centuries-old grimoire–and a lot of practice–has enabled her and her best friend Dina to become proficient cottage witches. But one thing Jess will never have? Membership in the World Council of Witches. Those elitist jerks have rules against people like her.

But that’s fine, because she doesn’t want to be in that organization anyway. Her archnemesis, Rosalie Hopkins, is a bigwig in the group, so obviously Jess isn’t interested in membership.

When a tall, blond Viking of a man shows up at her clothing boutique claiming he’s not from the WCW–even though his medallion and tattoos seem to say otherwise–but he does have information about an upcoming catastrophic event that could level West Harbor. It’s an event that only Jess, aka the Chosen One, and sixteen-year-old Esther, aka the Bringer of Light, can prevent. Jess isn’t sure what to make of the mysterious newcomer whose touch literally makes her tingle. She can’t deny that some strange things are happening around town, but Derrick’s lack of concrete information isn’t exactly confidence inspiring.

And did she mention he’s built like a Norse god? And by some miracle, he seems to be just as drawn to Jess as she is to him.

But Derrick isn’t being completely honest with Jess, and when she finds out the truth it’s not only her hometown but her heart that’s in danger.

This book was everything I wanted Witches Get Stuff Done to be, and more. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, smart, and sexy, with that unmistakable Meg Cabot charm. The characters feel like friends by the end of the book and I’m about ready to pack my bags and head to West Harbor to start the spooky season off right. This is being billed as the first in a series, and it’s not immediately obvious (to me, anyway) if it’s going to focus mainly on Jess and Derrick (à la her Mediator and Heather Wells books) or focus on different characters each time (like the Little Bridge Island books), but either way, I am here for it.

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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