This Spells Love
An utterly spellbinding rom-com for fans of The Dead Romantics and The Do-Over
by Kate Robb
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Pub Date 07 Dec 2023 | Archive Date 10 Dec 2023
'Utterly enchanting - a romance voice to watch' BK Borison, author of Lovelight Farms
'A rom-com meets magic delight...' Sarah Adams, author of Practice Makes Perfect
Have you ever had a break-up so bad you wish the whole relationship had never happened?
Well, Gemma's wish has come true. After one too many margaritas lead to her mystical aunt reading out a drunken spell, she wakes up in a parallel world where she didn't give years of her life to the wrong man.
But you know what they say - be careful what you wish for... Because not only is her boring ex out of the picture, her extremely attractive male best friend also has no idea who she is.
And in this world, Gemma and Dax don't have years of friendship history keeping them from becoming something more...
Brimming with characters you can't help but fall for and off-the-charts chemistry, This Spells Love is a spellbinding friends-to-lovers, small-town rom-com.
'As smooth as an oat milk latte and sweet as a doughnut' Jen DeLuca, bestselling author of Well Met
'A can't-put-it-down rom-com: sparkling humour, satisfying heat, and characters you'll fall in love with' Karma Brown, Recipe for a Perfect Wife
'Emily Henry and Mhairi McFarlane fans take note: you will be utterly charmed by this marvellous debut!' Marissa Stapley, Lucky
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Friends to lovers
After drunkenly reading a spell to help her forget her ex boyfriend, Gemma finds herself in an alternative timeline. In this timeline, not only did she not meet her ex, but she also didn't meet her best friend.
I really enjoyed this book, it didn't just focus on the romance, but also had a lot of depth regarding life choices and the consequences of changing the past. This was such a great fast paced read with a nice amount of steam and some really cute moments.
I absolutely loved this book! When Gemma breaks up with her long term boyfriend Stuart she is heartbroken and struggling to see the positives in everyday, until her aunt convinces her to cast a spell and she wakes up the next day to find everything has changed. From beginning to end I was routing for Gemma, I wanted her dream of opening a shop to come true and everything to work out with her ‘friend’ Dax. I loved how she saw her life from a different perspective and had to decide which world she wanted to live in. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time!
This was a gorgeously written romance with a hint of fantasy (time travelling). Absolutely devoured it and loved every second.
It follows our main gal Gemma as she gets over a breakup by travelling back in time and getting it on with her BFF (who isn't her BFF in the new timeline), she then realises the error of time traveling after falling in love (and having some spicy moments) and goes back to her original timeline in order to make things right.
She learns a lot of things about her family along the way. Her sister mainly. And also goes through this journey of self awareness/discovery.
Definitely worth the read, that ending was just the sweetest ever!
✨This Spells Love✨
This was a beautiful and well written novel and it's definitely one of my favourite reads this year💖
It follows two best friends, Gemma (FMC) and Dax (MMC) who have been friends for the past 4 years after meeting one night in a bar. Gemma has recently gotten out of a long term relationship and the thought of her ex-boyfriend brings her to tears anytime his name is mentioned. One night, after having enough of her emotions, she goes to her Aunt's house with her sister, she drinks one too many margaritas and she completes a spell to help her forget the memories of her ex-boyfriend🔮🪄
However, when she wakes up the next morning, she is living in an alternate version of her life and Dax has no clue who Gemma is😶
Due to Gemma being in a relationship for the length of her friendship with Dax, she feels she has only ever seen him as a friend -beside from the first night they met in the bar- although, in this alternate life, she has to go through the process of becoming his friend again but as she's doing that, she realises she is falling in love with her best friend🏩
I just can't stress enough how much I loved this book and the story was so interesting, I was hooked from the moment I started it🌺
The characters experience their own personal development and the side characters are perfect. I loved the strong relationship between Gemma and her sister and aunt and it was just lovely to read💖
✨'I love him because I've always loved him, but I'm also falling for him at the exact same time'.
✨'The universe could make us live a thousand different lifetimes and we'll always find a way to be there for each other'.
✨'This very moment, here, might be the happiest of my entire life. And in my other one, it never would have happened'.
✨"Goodnight Dax McGuire", I call to him. "Goodnight, Gemma McGuire", he calls back. "Slip of the tongue?" He shrugs and smiles. "Something like that".
Honestly, this book is perfection💖💖
👫Friends to lovers
🔮Magic spells and eccentric aunts
🍩Donuts (need I say more)
🌶️Angst and so much sexual tension
👯Strong sister relationship
🎭Plenty of jokes
💭Following their dreams
☔A beautiful caught in the rain moment
Thank you Netgalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review💖🌼💕🏵️. This book is due to be released 07.12.2023.
This story is fantastic, a fresh spin on a classic tale of "What If"
The pace of the story was perfect, the right balance of will she stay or will she return.
Gemma was easy to get behind, I felt myself on the edge of my seat ready to shout "you need to go back Gemma!!!"
Daxon is an absolute dreamboat, definitely worth the jump from friends to lovers 🤩
I devoured this book in one sitting and would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a classic rom-com!
I loved this so much, it’s a fantastic read, so warm, cosy, just a great romcom. The story is fun, fast paced and addictive to read, I would think I’ll just read one chapter or so and I’d be there an hour later. It’s full of wonderful humour, the banter and snark, sass is just top class. If you are looking for a quirky, unique , cute read with some steam this one is definitely for you, it was for me
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Rounded up from 4.5 stars.
This was such a fun read! Honestly, it felt like I was watching an episode of Charmed. I love when authors do something a little different with the romantic comedy — in this case parallel worlds — it’s nice to have some variety.
It had more spice than I was expecting (not that I’m ever one to complain about that) but overall it was just a really wholesome read and the banter between Gemma and Dax was great.
If you’re looking for a cute romantic comedy with a sprinkling of magic, this could be just the book for you.
I can definitely see my self not only buying this on release day so I have a copy to annotate, but also making Kate Robb and auto buy author!
This book was such a fun read! I read it in one sitting, which typically doesn’t usually happen for me. Incredibly likeable characters that felt very realistic despite the premise of the book, they were relatable and so refreshing to read. While this premise has been used before, I loved that this telling made it feel so natural and not at all out of the ordinary, particularly with the female main character’s family members who acted as though this was just another regular thing. Beautiful book, wonderfully written. I can’t wait to check out more from this author
Great book. I love a good book with a great sense of humor, some sparkly characters and a vivid story.
It was original. It was sweet. And most important, it was funny and catching. A quick read. And a good read.
Wow. Loved loved loved this. The idea of parallel universes or just seeing how our lives could have turned out because of decision we made amazes me.
Dax and Gemma are just amazing together. As Best friends (or stranger in new world then friends) and as lovers. Kates writing is just superb. The premise that you'll find your soulmate no matter what world you are in is so heart warming to me. As for the book as a whole, the spice is right, the humour is right, and the relationships between characters were great. Also, shout out to Frank, who will make me rethink my eight legged friends who invade my showers. I really truly enjoyed this and will recommend it to others. I was sad when it ended. I also want to know alternative Gemma and Dax are okay unless it really all was just a wish/spell and not parallel universes, either way I adored this story.
Grab your warmest knitted sweaters, pour yourself a glass of wine and cuddle up with a fluffy blanket because this book gives you all the warm and snuggly feelings.
When Gemma’s relationship ends with her pathetic boyfriend Stuart she ends up on a downwards spiral that results with far too many margaritas consumed, an odd looking spell book provided by her kooky aunt and a small but powerful kiss from her BFF Dax. When she wakes up the next morning a head full of regrets what she didn’t expect was for her whole life changed and a need to patch up her friendship with Dax. Risks will need to be taken for this rule loving lady, and sacrifices will ultimately have to be made.
I loved this book, I felt like I’d entered a groundhog-esque story. Great book for lovers of TJR’s “Maybe In Another Life” Robb keeps you on your toes loving every choice made and making you glad that Gemma is growing and finally changing as a person. Robb’s writing is magical and hilarious. The comedy in this book is brilliant and the internal thought process is that of every chaotic being. The what-ifs, buts and maybes kept me turning the pages.
I am all in for a spell binding book, quirky characters and tequila fuelled mistakes!
Don’t miss this book when it’s published on 7th December 2023! Get this on your Christmas wish list!
I really enjoyed this and it’s not my usual thing at all! It was a lot less ‘witchy’ than I expected, the magic involved in the time travel/alternate reality isn’t explained at all but that didn’t matter. I liked Gemma and Dax and the whole Sliding Doors-esque ‘what if’. I don’t typically read romances but I was sucked into this and rooting for them and I enjoyed the spicy elements - bit of a revelation for me! This was a pacey, fun and engaging story and I liked that it was Canadian, different kind of vibe. Very pleasantly surprised by this and would definitely recommend for a light read with a happy ending.
This is a sweet, fun, cosy romance. When Gemma wakes up one morming after performing a love cleanse of her ex, she is in an alternate world where she never met her best friend, Dax. As she traverses her new life and works towards regaining Dax's friendship, she comes to many realisations about herself and the important relationships in her life. She also realises that Fate works in funny ways and that while she may be living a dream she never knew she could have, that the consequences of that can affect those that she loves the most.
Dax and Gemma are such lovable characters and their bond and relationship was so sweet to read. In addition, the supporting cast of characters are quirky, fun, and so very likeable. This is a great romance to cuddle up with with a cosy blanket and a hot cuppa.
Wow. I absolutely inhaled This Spells Love by Kate Robb! If you love a little magic in your romance novels then this one if for you!
Gemma is unhappy in her career and has just been dumped by her four year long boyfriend Stuart. In the midst of her heartbreak, her sister Kierstan and Aunt Livi stumble upon a spell book whilst taking a break from drinking margaritas and decide it’s a good idea for Gemma to perform a love cleanse to remove Stuart from her life once and for all. But to do so she has to kiss her best friend in the whole world, Dax. And when Gemma wakes up in a world and a life that isn’t her own. How real was that love cleanse? And what will this new life look like for her without having met Stuart in the first place?
I just want to thank Kate Robb, the publishers, and NetGalley for sending me the arc for this book. I can’t explain how much I’ve loved reading this book! It’s such an easy read and has had me cupping my oat lattes and grinning at my screen for the past 2 days. As a fan of romance, fantasy, and spice (of course), seeing this book and reading the description had me jumping at the change to review it. I wasn’t disappointed! If you love magical romance comedies with added spice and the friends to lovers trope, then this book is for you!
I cannot resist anything that has magic, cute romances and some fantasy to add to this perfect recipe. This book did not disappoint, I cannot express how much I enjoyed this book, I will not spoil it but trust me, you need to read it ASAP!
I loved this book so much more than I anticipated, its the perfect cosy read for autumn! The characters were so well written and the fantasy aspect of this was woven into the plot so well!
I loved this book, it was so different and exploring the opportunity of a do over via an alternative reality.
The characters were extremely likeable and you are routing for Gemma & Dax
It all starts with one little spell, but the wheels are then put in motion when our protgonist is given the opportunitynto live her dream life in an alternate reality. Obviously best friend/soul mate Dax is there, and although initially he doesn't know/recognise her in her 'other life', it affords her the opportunity to explore her relationship with him outdside of the 'friend zone'
Its a lush book and thank you Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read it in exchange for an honest review. I kmow its not a massive review but, I really do recommend this book, it will make you smile and laugh out loud at times. Enjoy
I can't believe this is a debut book for this author, I liked it so much, and her writing style is as fascinating and interesting as someone who has been writing this type of books for a long time.
The story is very funny and somehow reminds me of the movie 50 first dates, which is very cute. I really enjoyed the alternate reality twist. I always love a good friends to lovers romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the laugh out loud humor throughout the book. This was very fun and quick read which I'm sure you'll like.
About the story:
In the beginning, @kate_robb_writes introduces us with Gemma a seemingly beautiful and funny 28th year old girl who lives a nice and expensive life, with a well-paid job, but breaks up with her boyfriend and in a completely girly style decides to get drunk and do everything possible to forget it, but naturally as a typical childish behavior she decides to try something new related to magic. (Well, believe me, it's definitely not good to try magic love spells while you're drunk)
After waking up, however, she realizes that the spell has really worked, and she finds herself in an alternate universe where not only has she never met her ex and her life isn't what she wanted, but her best friend Dax (who is super sexy in my opinion) doesn't remember her at all. On top of that, she has to convince him that he knows her before the appointed time to hit and she can't break the spell (I know, a little Cinderella style, but it's cool). And from there, the story begins to excite us with every next page.
Gemma tries her best to remind him who she is and comic situations come one after the other, and her aunt Livi and her sister Kiersten are always there for her even in the shenanigans. But through this new experience, between Dax and Gemma a lot of sexy sparks start to fly between them and she starts to see him in a different way that isn't just friendly.
And here comes the question - Should she return to her old life or can she remain in this reality? And what will happen between the two?
If you wanna find out, read the book😉
Story : 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Enjoyment level : ✨✨✨✨✨
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First of all thankyou to penguin random house for such a great read .
Well first of all this is Kate first book and what a start to her ceerer in writing I'm totally in love with this story .
I thought the plot to the book was just fantastic it captivated me as we are now coming to fall/autumn it's just perfect . It's wonderful cozy read and flows wonderfully.
The charaters are so so well written I really did feel like I could escape into gemma and dax world and we all know I love a friends to lovers story so I was sold .
Thiis did have me laughing which gemma gulid to getting over a break up ...... by sing All By Myself by Celine dion but repeat do not make a tiktok lol I thought that was great!!
I really highly recommend this to all you hardcore romcom lovers like me , it's magical , fun of gone wrong witch spells ,and a whole lots of heart warming moments, whimsical, cosy vibes you will be sold .
I'm giving this wonderful magical book 5 ⭐
What if you could wish never to have met someone?
And what if that wish came true?
But what if it lost you someone else, too?
After a bad breakup, Gemma's wacky aunt ropes her into a mystical "love cleanse" with unintended consequences.
I absolutely adored this book, with its magical, romantic and wistful plot line. It is a true story of being careful what you wish for, and that sometimes what we need has been right there all along. Wonderfully written characters, showing relatable struggles, had me instantly gripped from the first few pages.
A delightful, friends to lovers, mystical romance - I cannot wait to read more from this author.
A truly amazing debut by Kate. I can't wait to read more her work.
I could literally feel the love between Dax and Gemma with this book.
A perfect love story with no 3rd act breakup (thankfully) with a touch of magic. What's not to love! It wasn't just about love, it was about people's dreams too, about taking risks.
A wonderful friends to lovers romance taking place over multiple universes. With a "he falls first trope".
Lots of character growth and development. The relationship between Gemma and her sister was also particularly important and transformative. I loved Gemmas growth in this relationship as well as her love life.
When picking up This Spells Love, you can expect:
👫 friends to lovers
🔮 witchy rom com
🕰️ time slip
🌎 alternate reality
I read this in a few hours because I genuinely couldn’t put it down. It is so cosy, unique, heartwarming and hilarious.
I will say that from the moment Gemma woke up in her alternate reality, I had such strong 13 Going on 30 vibes! If you’re a fan of that film (because, who isn’t?) you’ll see what I mean and you’ll love it. 🙏🏻💛
The characters are so likeable and relatable, plus Dax is majorly swoon-worthy 👀
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll giggle and kick your feet… I really can’t recommend this one enough. I loved every second of it!
Kate Robb really sprinkled some magic into this book. I devoured it, and it absolutely made it to my favorites list for the year.
In a decision fueled by a few margaritas, Gemma decides to cast a spell so she never met her now ex-boyfriend. All she needs to seal the deal is a kiss, and her best friend ends up playing that role.
But when she wakes up the next day, not only did she not meet her ex-boyfriend, but her best friend doesn't remember who she is.
It's a blast following Gemma in this new life and her journey to get Dax back into her world. The connection between Dax and Gemma is undeniable, and I loved every interaction between them. Gemma's newfound reality becomes crucial for her to realize what truly matters in her actual life.
And what can I say about Dax? Just one word: Amazing.
I loved that this new reality also opened Gemma's eyes to what she was missing in her real life. The ending was *chef's kiss*.
I can't forget to mention the supporting characters; each had a vital role in the story and they're truly captivating.
Every moment of this book was fantastic, and I highly recommend it.
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Thank you so much, NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this ARC!