“Roger not only had to prove himself to the Council, he also had to prove himself to Wyndham Wrenwhistle.”
In Breeze Spells and Bridegrooms, Sarah Wallace and S.O. Callahan take all the best elements from Bridgerton (the show), except make everything a bit more magical and a lot more queer! Allow yourself to be transported to a delightfully queernormative Regency London in this cozy, diverse, charming, dazzling, and highly amusing historical fantasy romance!
Childhood enemies Roger Barnes, a bubbly tenacious human, and Wyndham Wrenwhistle, a classy dashing Fae, are forced into a reluctant partnership to help solve the problem of the dwindling magical scores amongst humans. But with the next Season in London about to commence, the local gossip column is thriving, and soon Roger and Wyn discover that they have unexpectedly been declared as engaged. As magical experiments and wedding plans take over their lives, the winds of change sweep in and their tentative alliance might just slowly blossom into something more.
Oh, where to start with this absolute delight of a story?! I was just completely entranced by the warm air of whimsy from the very first page, and it took me no time to just fall head over heels in love with Roger. Wyn admittedly took me a bit longer to warm up to, with his haughty better-than-thou Fae arrogance, but soon he conquered my heart as well once he started showing his true colours. We got to know these loveable idiots so intimately through the brilliantly executed dual-POV set-up, and I loved seeing the similarities and contrasts in how they each viewed themselves, each other, and the world around them.
Their complicated history together is smoothly woven into the narrative, which really helped strengthen my emotional investment in their relationship. Themes of forgiveness, redemption, and self-discovery are so beautifully explored in Breeze Spells and Bridegrooms, and I loved how we got to witness every tentative step in the slow development of their feelings for each other. What starts out as a tentative alliance full of snarky remarks and exasperated sighs soon builds into a very tender, passionate, supportive, and heartwarming dynamic that will just light your heart on fire, even if it stays very low spice (thank all that is holy!).
Also, I just adored how wonderfully and casually diverse the world and cast of characters in Breeze Spells and Bridegrooms is; not only in terms of gender and sexuality, but also in terms of body types and mental health issues. The beautiful and authentic plus-size, demisexual, neurodivergent, non-binary, and social anxiety representation were all just so lovely to see, and I also appreciated that there is little to none miscommunication in this entire story. Like, you can actually talk to each other about your fears, doubts, and anxieties, what a concept?!
Speaking of communication, the dialogue in Breeze Spells and Bridegrooms is just hysterically funny in the most effortless way. With this story being set in an alternative version of Regency Era London, it’s full of silly sensibilities, snide quips, and snarky banter that honestly had me rolling. What’s more, all the inserts of the juicy local gossip column were also highly entertaining; they truly give Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown a run for their money!
Now, I have to admit that there were some sections that felt a little too slow for me, and I don’t know if Breeze Spells and Bridegrooms entirely deserved its 500+ pagecount. But at the same time, I truly didn’t want this story to end, and I was just devouring, inhaling, and gobbling up all the heartwarming goodness. And ultimately, I was also extremely impressed with how cleverly and smoothly the political, magical, and romance threads of this plot wove together to result in an utterly satisfying conclusion.
Safe to say, I had an absolutely marvellous time with this charming story, especially consuming it as an immersion read with the masterfully performed audiobook (highly recommend)! And while this first instalment in the Fae & Human Relations series stands beautifully on its own, I am honestly already counting down the days until I can return to this dazzling world.
So, if you are looking for a diverse, slow-burn, and low-spice queer historical fantasy romance with endearing characters, silly Regency Era sensibilities, steaming cups of tea, juicy gossip, and a dash of magical light academia, then I can’t recommend Breeze Spells and Bridegrooms highly enough!