Under Your Spell

Atria. Jun. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781668051900. pap. $18.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Clementine “Clemmie” Monroe is the daughter of one rock star and the ex-girlfriend of another, and being in the public eye (and stalked by paparazzi) has scarred her deeply. She now avoids musicians and the spotlight as much as possible. When she loses her job, her boyfriend, and her apartment all in one week, she and her sisters drunkenly perform a spell designed to curse her ex as well as bring Clemmie her soulmate, a job, and a place to live. Soon after, she’s offered a paid position to live with and keep tabs on famous musician Theo Elliott while he writes songs for his long-overdue album. She reluctantly accepts, not realizing that Theo was her recent one-night stand. Living in an isolated house together is going to be difficult, and not giving in to their desire might be impossible. Clemmie and Theo are well-developed characters who communicate as much with their actions as they do with their well-crafted dialogue. Their chemistry is palpable and electrifying, and the tension is drawn out beautifully.
VERDICT This excellent, unputdownable adult debut from YA author Wood (Agency for Scandal) is a must-purchase title.
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