Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) By Shelby Mahurin [Review]

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

RELEASE DATE: September 3rd 2019
Shelby Mahurin
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Romance.
Harper Teen

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.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.



MY REV (Copy)

“There are some things that can’t be changed with words. Some things have to be seen. They have to be felt.”

I’ve started the year 2020 with this book and it ended up on my favorites shelf. It’s one of my highly anticipated books and it met all of my expectations. I seriously had great time reading this book. It’s the first book in the series and for a debut, I think it was a great start. I absolutely loved the characters. If you like slow burn romance, forced marriage, and enemies to lovers trope then you must give this a shot.  Due to some scenes, I think this would be more suitable to mature YA readers and NA readers.

Louise Le Blanc is a young witch who fled from her coven due to some reasons. She currently lives in the city of Cesarine and survives by stealing from the others. She can’t use her magic because witches in her city are hunted by witch hunters called Chasseurs. As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. When his path crossed with Lou, he suspects that she might have a connection with a witch. To escape from Reid, Lou pulls a wicked stunt which backfires on her. They’re forced to marry each other. Reid isn’t aware that he had married a witch that he has sworn to kill. Lou needs to keep her identity a secret from her husband while living with him because if he ever finds out about her deceit, he wouldn’t hesitant to kill her. They don’t trust each other, but things becomes complicated when feelings starts to grow between them.

I absolutely loved Lou! She’s definitely one of my favorite female protagonist. She’s sassy, witty, sarcastic, cunning, and oh so hilarious.  Her crude language and filthy pub songs always made me laugh especially that Big Titty Liddy song. On the other hand, we have Reid Diggory. He’s quite a gentleman, loyal, and a very caring guy. They’re polar opposites. He never disrespected Lou even though she was beneath his status. And also he never abused her even when she irritated him with her taunts. The only time that I hated Reid was his reaction towards Lou when her secret was finally revealed. The slow burn romance between them was well developed. There’s a lot of sexual tension, and my god did I love that sexy scene in the second half? The secondary characters were also pretty fun. They made this book even more enjoyable. I loved Lou’s young warden Ansel. He’s so gullible and adorable. I quite enjoyed the friendship between him and Lou. And also not to forget Lou’s witchy best friend Coco. She’s pretty fun and a great friend. I also liked the arrogant Beau, and the smart Madame Labelle.

The plot was very much entertaining, dark, and fun. It has everything I ever wanted in a hate to love fantasy romance. Even though it was a 500+ pages book, I never felt the need to skip pages. I enjoyed every minute of it especially the banters between the main leads. The pacing was perfect for me, but some might find the first half a little slow. The twists and twists were totally unpredictable. I loved the author’s writing style. It was addictive and easy to understand. The book was written in dual (first person) POV’s. The 17th century French setting was just perfect. If you’re already familiar with historical novels, then you wouldn’t have much issue with it. I also liked the magic system. It was dark and all the hunting of witches reminded me of salem witch trials.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book! It was a great fantasy read filled with magic, friendship and a heart pounding forbidden romance. The book finally concluded with a cliffy and I can’t wait for the sequel.

Recommend it?

I highly recommend this series if you love hate to love and enemies to lovers trope!

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Art by @Gabriella.Bujdoso

“You’re to be my wife.” Catching up to her in two strides, I reached out to grab her arm, but stopped short of touching her. “That means you’ll obey me.”
“Does it?” She raised her brows, still grinning. ” I suppose that means you’ll honor and protect me, then? If we’re adhering to the dusty old roles of your patriarchy?”
I shortened my pace to match hers. “Yes.”
She clapped her hands together. “Excellent. At least this will be entertaining. I have many enemies.”


[5/5 Stars]

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18 thoughts on “Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) By Shelby Mahurin [Review]

  1. anovelglimpse March 26, 2020 / 3:10 am

    High praise! I just saw the cover for book 2 today. It’s like the same, but opposite because of the color. I think they’re both beautiful. Sounds like the story inside is just as good. Great review!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions April 18, 2020 / 11:53 pm

      Yeah, both the covers look the same but they’re still pretty. If you like enemies to lovers trope then you really need to give this a shot.
      Thank you! 😊

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  2. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader March 26, 2020 / 10:37 pm

    Yes yes yessss! I am so happy you loved this one too!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jamie @BubblyBooks March 27, 2020 / 2:15 am

    Yay!! So happy you loved this one! This made my favorites self easy, I LOVED Reid and Lou they are fabulous! Great review love 🙂

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  4. stephaniesbookreviews March 27, 2020 / 5:39 am

    I’ve seen this around, but never really took the time to see what it’s about. I don’t generally like stories with witches, but I do love all the romance tropes you mentioned. You convinced me to request it on Overdrive. Great review!

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  5. theorangutanlibrarian April 7, 2020 / 7:13 pm

    I’m so glad this met your expectations! I had a great time reading it too! (though yeah, it’s definitely for more mature readers). And the plot was so entertaining! It was completely addictive! Excellent review!

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