ARC Review: Sweetwater and the Witch by Jayne Castle

If there’s something Ravenna Chastain knows, it’s when to end things. And after she almost winds up the victim of a cult that believes she’s a witch, it’s easy to walk away from her dead-end career, ready for a new start. But where to find a job that would allow her to use her very specialized skill set? The answer is clear: she becomes a matchmaker.

But even a successful matchmaker can’t find someone for everyone, and Ravenna considers Ethan Sweetwater her first professional failure. After nine failed dates, Ravenna knows it’s time to cut Ethan loose. But Ethan refuses to be fired as a client—he needs one final date to a business function. Since Ravenna needs a date herself to a family event, they agree to a deal: she will be his (business) date if he will be her (fake) date to her grandparents’ anniversary celebration.

What Ethan fails to mention is that attending the business function is a cover for some industrial espionage that he’s doing as a favor to the new Illusion Town Guild boss. Ravenna is happy to help, but their relationship gets even more complicated when things heat up—the chemistry between them is explosive, as explosive as the danger that’s stalking Ravenna. Lucky for her, Ethan isn’t just an engineer—he’s also a Sweetwater, and Sweetwaters are known for hunting down monsters
I just love having a chance to spend some time with a dust bunny. Oh yeah, the hero and heroine weren't bad too. But the dust bunnies are always my favorite characters in any book that Castle writes. Without them even having a thought you know how they feel. Castle has done a wonderful job of bringing them to life and making them such a big part of these books that people really miss them from book to book. 

Okay, let's move on to the hero and heroine. I really enjoyed them both. As always there is more than meets the eye with them. You should never take them at face value. They have more up their sleeves. 

I totally loved both Ravenna and Ethan. They really work well together even if Ravenna refuses to see that. She's so busy trying to do the right thing with her job that she's missing what's right in front of her eyes. But as she gets to know Ethan more she realizes that he's more than what he shows the world. 

Both are stronger people than most realize and they take care of those they love. It might have taken Ravenna

some time to figure out how she feels about Ethan but when she does you can see the love that they share. With Ethan, she has found her other half. He's not worried about what she can do. As a hunter, he's tough and knows how to use what's available to him. 

So much happens within the story. You'll find yourself going along for the ride. I loved how each time someone came at her Ethan was willing to do anything to keep her safe. He doesn't keep her safe alone he does it along with Harriet the dust bunny. You'll love her. 

As you can see I really enjoyed this book. I think if you already read her books you'll love them. If you haven't yet read any of her books then start at the beginning. It will help you to really understand this world and the people who live in it. Plus you'll get to enjoy so many more dust bunnies. I'm kinda jealous. Have any of you read her?


  1. What a lovely review you have here! I need to read this series and soon. Is it okay to just jump into it or do you need to read them in order?


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