This Spells Disaster by Tori Anne Martin

This Spells Disaster by Tori Anne MartinThis Spells Disaster by Tori Anne Martin
Published by Berkley on September 12, 2023
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback

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 This Spells Disaster

If you’re a fan of witchy or queer romances, read this!

After being dumped because she wasn’t ambitious enough for her ex, Morgan suffers from insecurity. Working at her family’s potion shop is what makes her happy but she feels like she should be doing something more.

Rory was at the top of her game as a competitive spellcaster when she walked away from it to become a bartender at The Empty Chalice much to her family’s disbelief.

Knowing that Rory’s family will pressure her at the witch festival, Morgan offers to be her fake girlfriend and distract them. 

My thoughts about This Spells Disaster

This is a sweet and swoony queer contemporary romance. Watching the relationship between Morgan and Rory develop was charming, both of them so fiercely invested in the other’s happiness. The magical parts were fun and well-developed, especially the idea of competitive spellcasting.

I loved Morgan’s strong support – her mom, grandmother, and friends – all willing to back her no matter what.

The mental health rep was relatable as Rory talked about the stress and anxiety of competing and how hard choosing the healthy option was – especially with so many people, including her family, pressuring her to start competing again.

  • Small town setting in Maine with most of the story happening at a witch festival.
  • Opposites attract with one sunny, neurodivergent chaos demon pining for a painfully organized, reserved grump.
  • Pining  and crushing
  • Fake dating and practice kissing
  • Love potions and magically orgasmic chocolate
  • Witchy vibes

In closing

For fans of Lana Harper and Erin Sterling.

Thank you Berkley for the ARC of This Spells Disaster.

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About Tori Anne Martin

Tori Anne Martin lives in New England where she collects pen names, tattoos, and hoodies in shades of gray and black. Previously, she collected degrees, including a doctorate in psychology where she studied interpersonal power, consent, and sexual assault. She much prefers writing romance. If you can’t find her online, it’s because she’s lost in the woods. Send help.

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