Do Your Worst

Berkley. Nov. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780593437148. pap. $17. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
American Riley Rhodes is a curse breaker, a gift held by generations of women in her family that allows them to scent the magic of a curse. Riley is the first in her family to try to make a business out of this unique skill, and her biggest job yet is to break the curse on Arden Castle in the Scottish Highlands so its new owners can successfully make it a tourist destination. Beyond the curse, her biggest foe is the hot but infuriating British archaeologist Clark Edgeware, who believes she’s a sham and should be fired. Their attraction only increases, though, as they battle to prove each other wrong, but ultimately, the two of them together may be the key to fulfilling the deal with a fae that the castle’s last resident made centuries ago. Danan (The Intimacy Experiment) expertly deploys the enemies-to-lovers trope as Riley’s confidence and Clark’s arrogance are peeled away to reveal the wounded, kind people underneath who are made for each other.
VERDICT A curse breaker and an archaeologist go from enemies to lovers as they vanquish a fae curse in this delightful, steamy romance.
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