Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

If you like books about witches and adore the enemies to lover’s trope, you’re going to love Serpent & Dove bye Shelby Mahurin.


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“Regret changed nothing. I had no choice but to trust him now. We were linked irrevocably.”

What happens when a witch and a witch hunter are bound in holy matrimony? Well, actually a lot more than you might think. Lou is a witch, although she hasn’t been using her powers as much lately. Instead, she is a thief around the city and spends a great deal of time eating sticky buns (which you’ll want by the end of this book).

After a witch attack and a ploy to bring a chasseur a down, she ends up his wife instead. Which Isn’t great, considering he’s a witch hunter. He must not find out her secret. The two start to spend more time together and even though they dislike each other at first, they start to fall in love.

But Lou’s life is complicated. She’s got a powerful witch who’s chasing after her and even though she’s safe in the chasseur’s tower, life isn’t ever as simple as staying put.

I didn’t love all the swearing in this book. It seemed unnecessary to me. I don’t mind swearing occasionally, or if it fits the tone of the book better, it just seemed out of place here. I didn’t notice it as much the second half though.

I was sucked in from the very beginning. I LOVE Reid and Ansel. I didn’t love Lou at parts, but I thought that she and Reid are really good for each other.

The ending did fall a little flat for me. I’m not really sure what I was expecting, but it left me wanting more than we got. I’ll definitely be reading book two when it comes out later this year. 4/5 stars.

About Serpent & Dove

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.

Pages: 513

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication: September 2019

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