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Serpent and Dove ( SERPENT AND DOVE #1) by Shelby Mahurin : A Review.

LRM_EXPORT_935644397035355_20191022_085231849.jpegBook : Serpent and Dove ( SERPENT AND DOVE #1)

Author : Shelby Mahurin

Genre : FANTASY/ Historical Fiction

Pages : 528

Publisher : Harper Collins India 

Rating : 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

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516uVlGOH3L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_SYNOPSIS : Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.1562986


First of all remind me again, how am I to not fall in love with a book from my favorite genre evidently flaunting all the tropes I could literally sell my soul for///

Marriage of convenience 
Enemies to lovers 
Historical fantasy
Wicked witches
Slow burn romance

Mahurin’s Serpent and Dove is the one book I am shoving into your face if you come to me looking for an enemies turned lovers recommendation! It is the 18th century France and we have Lou who is a witch and a thief in the hiding. Lou is supposedly trying to get away from her mother and in this endeavor she is abetted by her best friend Coco, who is a blood witch. Reid, on the contrary is a witch hunter(ooooh la la hottie alert 101) and is a good one at that. He is sworn to the Church to bring to the pyre every witch that breathes. AH HA!!!!giphy (1)

Something extremely (un)fortunate and (un)predictable happens and Lou and Reid find themselves married to one another. I was completely immersed in the story throughout the book. We get to enjoy the story with both Lou and Reid’s point of views and it was like the best thing to watch how their relationship played out. The slow burn romance, the sarcastic banter between Lou and Reid and topping it all with Ansel’s (he a fluff ball) innocence and Lou and Coco teasing him made had me grinning.

Lou for me was a bundle of strength and a rebel at heart who knows how to get her way. Reid is the perfect boyfriend material. He initially comes off as this stuck up Chasseur who is stringent to his vow and duty but once he marries Lou and opens up his mind, he is ready to bend his values for their relationship to thrive. His loyalty to Lou is unrivalled and even though he hates her at first, he sticks to his marriage vow and does everything to protect her. ALSO HE BRAIDS LOU’S HAIR asdhjfksljhfhwiueu kill me already!!!!!!giphy (3)

I loved the witchy and atmospheric vibe that emanated in SERPENT AND DOVE. There was something or the other happening like small actions that weave the plot together. The witch magic was great as well although I wouldn’t complain if there was a bit more hocus-pocus in the mid section as well. The climax was full of action and it kind of caught me a bit off guard, but that’s completely on me I guess because to be very honest action isn’t my forte XD!!

Fantasy and Romance being two very strong and bold elements brilliantly mixed in this one of a kind historical fantasy. Neither of the elements overpowered one another and that is what made this adult fantasy stand out from others in the genre.





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