Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

Payback’s a Witch by Lana HarperPayback's a Witch by Lana Harper
Series: The Witches of Thistle Grove #1
Published by Berkley on October 5, 2021
Genres: Urban fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: Back in a Spell, In Charm's Way
Also in this series: Back in a Spell, In Charm's Way

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 Payback’s a Witch

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper is a sexy, witchy romp that gives the perfect autumn cider vibe.

Thistle Grove is a perfect small town embodiment of Halloween with a pumpkin patch, haunted hayrides and true witches. The four founding families all have witchy affinities.

Em, a member of one of the four families, fled nine years earlier after Gareth Blackmoore broke her heart and crushed her confidence. Emmy’s returned reluctantly to take up her family’s role as Arbiter in a magical tournament between the other three families.

And then Emmy discovers that Gareth broke the hearts of her bestie Linden and the mysterious and beautiful Talia – and Talia’s proposing to give Gareth the ultimate comeuppance by banding together to defeat him in the tournament. A chance to pay Gareth back plus spend time with the alluring Talia? Emmy can’t agree fast enough.

My thoughts about Payback’s a Witch

While there are serious romantic vibes and more than a little heat between Emmy and Talia, what I loved about this book is the other types of love it highlights. We watch Em discover that her parents aren’t quite the quiet, reserved even weak people she thought they were. And friendship – Emmy and Linden reconnecting, forgiving past hurts, and helping each other through their current problems was touching and relatable.

Not to deny the incredible sexy sparks and steam between Em and Talia. Combustible!

Perfect for fans of The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon, the Enchanted Bay mysteries by Esme Addison, or the Magical Bakery series by Bailey Cates.

In conclusion

Payback’s a Witch is an incredibly satisfying girl power, sapphic love story wrapped up in a witchy, small-town cozy sweater. Perfect reading to with your PSL and apple hand pie.

My thanks to NetGalley and 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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