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“With classic rom-com hijinx and herbalist witchy vibes, this novel will have you happily spellbound.”—The Boston Globe
Fake dating gets a magical twist in this enchanting queer romantic comedy where a witch worries that the real feelings brewing between her and her crush were sparked by an accidental love potion, and the only way out of the disastrous spell is a healthy dose of the truth—drink up, witches.
Potion maker and self-proclaimed “messy witch” Morgan Greenwood is sure she was hexed at birth. Not only did she drunkenly offer to fake date the woman of her dreams during the biennial New England Witches’ festival, but Rory Sandler, spellcasting champion and brilliant elemental witch—for reasons known only to the Goddess—accepted. It’s like every good luck spell Morgan ever cast came through at once, and it doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict this charade will end with a broken heart.
Or is the magic between them real? As Morgan and Rory prepare to fool everyone at the festival, their relationship starts to feel a whole lot less fake—right until Morgan realizes she might have screwed up the common relaxation potion she made for Rory and given her a love potion instead, breaking one of the most sacred Witch Council Laws.
To fulfill her promise to Rory, Morgan must somehow keep playing pretend while under the watchful eyes of Rory’s family and legion of fans. But to break the love potion, she’ll also have to prove how incompatible she and Rory really are. For a screwup like her, ruining their relationship should be easy—except every day, Morgan is becoming more bewitched by Rory herself.
Martin (the Miss Misery series, written as Tracey Martin) delivers a cozy, magic-laced queer contemporary that crackles with wit and heart. Twenty-something potion maker Morgan Greenwood is messy, loud, and lives life large, despite the specter of a nasty ex who did a number on her self-confidence. That lack of confidence is why she can't bring herself to act on her crush on bartender, sweetheart, and retired competitive spellcaster Rory Sandler. It's thanks to tequila that Morgan dreams up the idea to pose as Rory's fake girlfriend to get Rory's well-meaning but pushy parents off her back during New England's annual witch festival. The ruse works well, with Morgan even hoping that Rory might return her affections—until she starts to worry that Rory is under a love spell. To break it, Morgan must prove their incompatibility even while continuing to convince their friends and family that they are madly in love. Martin places a strong emphasis on consent throughout the narrative, creating an incisive examination of how societal pressures color personal experiences and expectations. That it doubles as a sweet love story is the icing on the cake.