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This Spells Love by Kate Robb

This Spells Love


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Quick take

Be careful what you wish for: an attempted memory wipe of a bad ex leaves a young woman a stranger to her best friend.

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    Light read

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    Friends to Lovers


What if one little wish changed everything?

When Gemma gets dumped by her long-term boyfriend, she reacts the way any reasonable twenty-eight-year-old would: by getting drunk with her sister, kooky aunt, and best friend, Dax. After one too many margaritas, they decide to perform a love-cleansing spell, which promises to erase Gemma’s ex from her memory. They follow all the instructions, including a platonic kiss from Dax to seal the deal.

When Gemma wakes up, she realizes that this silly spell has worked. Not only does it seem that she never dated her ex, but the rest of her life is completely unrecognizable. The worst part: Dax has no idea who she is.

To reverse the spell and get back to her old life, Gemma must convince her once-best-friend-now-near-stranger to kiss her. But as she carries out her plans, she finds herself falling for him—hard. Soon, Gemma begins to wonder whether she even wants to go back to the way things once were. What if Dax was The One all along?

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This Spells Love

Chapter 1

“So, are we solving the day’s problems with sugar or alcohol?”

It’s a great question. The same one I’ve been debating for the last eighteen minutes, standing on the exact spot on the sidewalk that is equidistant from the front door of Nana’s Old-Fashioned Doughnuts and the liquor store.

“You look better today.” My older sister, Kiersten, tucks a strand of strawberry-blond hair behind my ear. I’d argue that the hair wasn’t out of place, seeing as the best I could do this morning was an intentionally messy bun, but Kierst is used to acting like a mama hen, given our ten-year age difference.

“I feel good,” I lie. She knows it, I know it. But to be fair, today, I’m showered, dressed, and wearing clean underwear, a significant improvement from the last three stinky, wallowy, underwear-optional weeks.

“I think Nana’s is probably the right life choice.” I step toward the clear glass door of the doughnut shop. Kiersten follows behind me. As the door swings open, we are blasted with the sweet scent of sugar and yeast and happiness. Yes. This is the exact type of comfort I need.

We take our place in line behind a handful of other hungry Hamiltonians who have excellent taste in morning pastries and eye the double-wide glass case hosting dozens of artisanal doughnuts handcrafted with Nana’s love.

“What are you getting?” Kiersten nudges me with her elbow as her eyes lock onto a row of Coconut Dreams. Her question is more of a formality. A Wilde sister ritual. To say we come here often is an understatement. A gross understatement.

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Why I love it

There’s a unique pleasure to a what-if story. Bending reality a little bit to eye it from a different angle is always compelling, and This Spells Love does just that in such a page-turning way. There’s a feeling like anything could happen, but also hints that benevolent forces might be at work.

Playing around with an old magic book, protagonist Gemma makes a wish that she hadn’t just wasted four years on the wrong man—and then she kisses her best guy friend, Dax, to seal it. The next day, that wish comes true. She wakes up in a different version of her life: one that erases that failed relationship—but also one where Dax doesn’t know who she is.

Now, if she wants to reverse the spell, she’ll have to convince this other version of Dax—who barely knows her—to kiss her again. What follows drives Gemma to examine how she really feels about herself, and her career, and Dax . . . and to take risks like never before.

This story brims with snappy dialogue, instantly endearing characters, and an irresistible friends-to-lovers romance. Gemma gets a chance that those of us stuck in reality never get—and it’s so fun to watch her take it. What a treat of a read!

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Member ratings (11,529)

  • Kim R.

    Brookfield, CT

    Perfect romantic read! Gemma was a 🌟. Dax, Perfect! Aunt Liv, I want her in my life! And Kierstyn...best sister in the 🌎! Loved the timeline twist and all! Such a good ❤️ 'd read! Write more Robb!!!

  • Charlie O.

    Dallas , TX

    Such a cutesy quick read. I haven’t read a lot of “friends to lovers” books but this book has inspired me to read more! Great time waster while you are waiting for another book to come out (like me).

  • Amber T.

    Parsons , WV

    It’s great the spicy was chefs kiss and I loved the MMC! Gemma is obnoxious but it’s a quick read for it done in a day. It’s definitely one of those happy stories not a dark romance but fluff and fun.

  • Brittany Z.

    Dallas, TX

    I LOVED this book! I don’t know that I would’ve marketed it with the focus on magic since it’s only a sliver of the storyline, but regardless it was just what I needed to get me out of a reading funk!

  • Milena C.

    Milton, NY

    I really loved this book! The fun premise, the passionate love story & the moral dilemma between a selfish vs. selfless decision made for a great read. Only disliked that Gemma was a little whiny. 4⭐️

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