Magical Meet Cute

Mira: Harlequin. Aug. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780778334415. pap. $18.99. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
When antisemitic flyers are anonymously distributed throughout Faye Kaplan’s friendly, quiet town, she is shaken. After a night of fending off her fear with too much wine, Faye, a practicing Jewitch, creates a small golem, inscribing his clay body with all of the traits that her perfect man should have, including being her protector. The next morning, hungover and late for a meeting, she hits someone while whizzing through the main street and knocks him out. He’s physically okay but has amnesia. Faye feels so guilty over the accident that she invites the man, whom she calls Greg, to stay with her while he recuperates. Almost immediately, Faye realizes that Greg is displaying the unique characteristics she carved into her golem. Did she manifest Greg? Is she falling in love with a golem? This romance is a unique mix of mystery, magic, and humor. Faye’s fears are examined and well-written, creating sympathy for her and disgust for her unknown tormentors. Her subsequent creation of a golem and confusion over Greg is realistic, leading readers to wonder themselves.
VERDICT Meltzer’s (Kissing Kosher) latest is a page-turner, and readers won’t be able to stop until they have all the answers.
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