Here’s my spoiler-free review for The Professor Woos The Witch, Book 4 in Kristen Painter’s Nocturne Falls Series! If you’re new to this series review then you probably won’t mind this next bit, but if you’ve read my reviews for the first three books then you miiiiggght be getting a bit tired of
hearing reading this disclaimer: some of the sections below are the same as those in my previous reviews of Painter’s NF series (Genre, Intended Audience, and Setting), with a few adjustments here and there. However! This review does not have any spoilers from previous books in the series, so you’re safe!
Read on for my spoiler-free review of TPWTW!
Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance 🎵🎶 these are a few of my favorite things 🎶🎵
This doesn’t count as a YA novel, since the main characters are in their late 20s to early 30s, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say it should be restricted to adults-only either… so perhaps mature YA
to infinity and beyond?
Also! Instalove advisory! High levels of instalove can be expected throughout this book. I have absolutely nothing against instalove though, so no complaints here 😅
Overview (from the back of the book, minus one or two sentences I left out to maintain suspense)
The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.
Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.
Pandora Williams is Nocturne Falls’ most successful real estate agent. And least successful witch. Her magic never has the intended outcome, but she’s learned to live with that. Mostly. Yes, it sucks, but what can she do? Then a hot new neighbor shows up and suddenly her magic works. Very cool, but very suspect. Especially since he’s a total non-believer.
Cole Van Zant likes practicality and absolutes. Things he can see and touch. So not magic. But when his teenage daughter insists she’s a witch – and they’re now living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day – he needs help. Of the witchy variety. Thankfully, his sexy neighbor buys into all that hocus pocus.
Enlisting her help seems like a great idea until spending time together reveals a supernatural surprise about who Cole really is. A secret even he didn’t know.
Nocturne Falls!!! 😍🙌 Like it says above, a town that celebrates Halloween every day to safely accommodate its supernatural citizens, allowing them to be themselves out in the open. Yes, please!
The main characters were more at odds with each other than those in previous books, but the way they challenged one another only added to their connection and their development as the story progressed.
What I Liked
I loved seeing familiar faces from the previous books: to reiterate, the main characters in this book had minor appearances in books one thru three and the main characters in books one thru three are now minor characters in this book.
On that same thread, I really really REALLY love how the town is so connected and family/community-oriented. I mean, I got that vibe from the first three books, but as the series goes on, said-vibe is reinforced with each book.
Again, this story is resolved in a single book, so no cliffhangers! (Although this series should still be read in order due to the reappearances mentioned above).
And, you’ll be happy to know that TPWTW is just as fun, flirty, and sexy as ever 😍
What I Liked A Little Less
It took me a little while to warm up to some of these characters and the story was slow going at the beginning, but it (as well as the characters) won me over eventually.
The Professor Woos The Witch gets 4/5 stars 💕 Keep an eye out for my spoiler-free reviews of Book 5, The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée, and Book 6, The Shifter Romances the Writer – coming soon!