Back in a Spell

Berkley. (The Witches of Thistle Grove, Bk. 3). Jan. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593336106. pap. $17. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
In the newest in an ongoing series, Nineve Blackmoore’s fiancée dumps her days before their wedding. Hoping to lift her despondency, her best friend encourages her to meet up with Morty Gutierrez, the nonbinary owner of a local pub, the Shamrock Cauldron. That goes badly as well. Morty realizes it is Nina’s family that have been pushing hard to buy the pub. Instantly at odds, neither Morty nor Nina plans to see the other again. But something odd has happened. Morty develops magical powers, and Nina’s magical abilities are suddenly supercharged. All the spells she casts are dangerously magnified and she seems to have become witch-bound to Morty, who is suffering a great disillusionment with the supernatural side of Thistle Grove and its secrets. When Nina finally discovers the startling truth, she must decide between losing Morty or losing her extraordinary powers while betraying her family in the process. While some inequities between magical and non-magical residents of Thistle Grove are explored, it doesn’t overshadow the scorching chemistry between Morty and Nina.
VERDICT The third in Harper’s “Witches of Thistle Grove” series is just as suspenseful and action-packed as the first two installments.
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