January 17, 2023

Back in a Spell by Lana Harper

Back in a Spell by Lana HarperBack in a Spell by Lana Harper
Series: Witches of Thistle Grove #3
Published by Berkley on January 3, 2023
Genres: Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: Payback's a Witch

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Back in a Spell

Ready for more sensual, diverse, inclusive witchy vibes? Because Lana Harper delivers a cauldron full of magic and romance in BACK IN A SPELL. 

In the newest book set in Thistlegrove, we get opposites attract in all senses of the trope. Nineve Blackmoore, cool, driven, and sensible, witch goes on a blind date with Morty Gutierrez, the nonbinary, quirky, human, bar owner. The date is more awkward, closer to dreadful. But then something magical happens and Nina accidentally discovers her powers are growing. And that includes a witch marriage to Morty. Now that they have a telepathic bond, maybe things aren’t so bad…or are they? 

My thoughts about Back in a Spell

The writing is sparkling and magical – everything is described in gorgeous detail with sensuality threaded through it all. The banter is clever and fun. We get backstory about Thistlegrove, the founders, and where the magic originates. It’s glorious to see Nina, usually so reserved and buttoned down open up, both to the goddess and the possibility of happiness with Morty.

There are some rough spots – Nina’s mother and grandmother are emotionally manipulative and abusive. Almost every scene with them made me want to chuck something at their heads.

In closing

This series keeps charming me with its witchy and seductive ways and I can’t wait for more!

For fans of The Kiss Curse by Erin Sterling or A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass.

Thank you Berkley for the ARC.

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About Lana Harper

Lana studied psychology and literature at Yale University, law at Boston University, and is a graduate of the Emerson College publishing and writing master’s program. She was born in Serbia and lived in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania before moving to the United States, where she now lives in Chicago with her family.

Pseudonym of YA novelist Lana Popović.

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