Witchy Books With Spooky Rom Com Vibes
Now that it’s autumn, I’m ready for cozy and spooky books. And while those two things might seem like they don’t go together, they can when it’s a witchy rom-com with a small-town setting. These witchy books make me want to snuggle into a chunky sweater with fuzzy socks, hot cocoa, and just maybe a tiny witch’s hat perched on my head.
So get comfortable and snuggle up with one of these fun reads!
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper
Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one–in part because she hasn’t been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoor, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams.
But when a spellcasting tournament that her family serves as arbiters for approaches, it turns out the pull of tradition (or the truly impressive parental guilt trip that comes with it) is strong enough to bring Emmy back. She’s determined to do her familial duty; spend some quality time with her best friend, Linden Thorn; and get back to her real life in Chicago.
On her first night home, Emmy runs into Talia Avramov–an all-around badass adept in the darker magical arts who is fresh off a bad breakup . . . with Gareth Blackmoor. Talia had let herself be charmed, only to discover that Gareth was also seeing Linden–unbeknownst to either of them. And now she and Linden want revenge.
Only one question stands: Is Emmy in? But most concerning of all: Why can’t she stop thinking about the terrifyingly competent, devastatingly gorgeous, wickedly charming Talia Avramov.
Book 1 in the Witches of Thistle Grove series. From Bad to Cursed is book 2.
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths, and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.
That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong.
With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all. Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed-off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say.
Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off-the-charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late.
Book 1 in the Graves Glen series. The Kiss Curse is book 2.
Small Town, Big Magic by Hazel Beck
Emerson Wilde has built the life of her dreams. Youngest Chamber of Commerce president in St. Cyprian history, successful indie bookstore owner, and lucky enough to have her best friends as found family? Done.
But when Emerson is attacked by creatures that shouldn’t be real and kills them with what can only be called magic, Emerson finds that the past decade of her life has been…a lie. St. Cyprian isn’t your average Midwestern river town-it’s a haven for witches. When Emerson failed a power test years ago, she was stripped of her magical memories. Turns out, Emerson’s friends are all witches.
Go Hex Yourself by Jessica Clare
When Reggie Johnson answers a job ad in the paper, she’s astonished to find that she’s not applying to work at her favorite card game, Spellcraft: The Magicking. Instead, she’s applying to be an actual familiar for an actual witch. As in, real magic.
The new job has a few perks – great room and board, excellent pay, and she’s apprenticing to a powerful witch. Sure, the witch is a bit eccentric. And sure, there was that issue with the black cat Reggie would prefer to forget about. The biggest problem, however, is warlock Ben Magnus, her employer’s nephew and the most arrogant, insufferable, maddening man to ever cast a spell.
Reggie absolutely hates him. He’s handsome, but he’s also bossy and irritating and orders her around. Ben’s butt might look great in a crystal ball vision, but that’s as far as it goes. But when someone with a vendetta targets the household, she finds herself working with Ben to break a deadly curse. Apparently, when they’re not fighting like cats and dogs, things get downright…bewitching.
This is the first book in the Hex series. The next book, What the Hex, is due in 2023.
A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass
In the sleepy college town of Zenobia, New York, the only supernatural trace on display is the name of Gwen Engel’s business-Abracadabra Odd Job Service. But Gwen’s family has some unusual abilities they’ve been keeping under wraps-until one little letter spells big trouble . . .
Nearly a century ago, Gwen Engel’s great-great-grandfather cast a spell with catastrophic side-effects. As a result, the Grand Council of Witches forbade his descendants from practicing witchcraft. The Council even planted anonymous snitches called Watchers in the community to report any errant spellcasting . . .
Yet magic may still be alive and not so well in Zenobia. Gwen and her cousins, Trudy and Milo, receive a letter from Gwen’s adopted sister, Tannith, informing them that she’s bewitched one of their partners and will run away with him at the end of the week. While Gwen frets about whether to trust her scientist boyfriend, currently out of town on a beetle-studying trip, she’s worried that local grad student Jeremy is secretly a Watcher doing his own research.
Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher
Magic-less witch Violet Maxwell wants nothing to do with alpha wolf shifter Lincoln Thorne–the man who broke her fragile, teenage heart. But when the two of them are forced by arcane Supernatural Laws to find mates, Violet and Lincoln agree to fake-date their way to a fake-mating in order to conjure themselves some time. The joke’s on them.
When old feelings make a reappearance–along with Violet’s magic–they both realize there’s nothing fake about their feelings. But there are old secrets and looming threats that could snatch away their happily ever after, again. One thing’s for sure: magic doesn’t make dating and love any easier.
Witch Please by Ann Aguirre
Danica Waterhouse is a fully modern witch. After a messy breakup, she makes a pact with her cousin: they’ll keep their hearts protected and have fun, without involving the overly opinionated Waterhouse matriarchs. No need to add criticism on top of heartache!
Titus Winnaker has family trouble of his own. After a tragic loss, all he’s got is his sister, his bakery-Sugar Daddy’s-and a romantic curse that’s left him doomed to be alone. Until he meets Danica.
The sparks are instant, their attraction irresistible. For him, she’s the one. To her, he’s forbidden fruit. Can a modern witch find love with an old-fashioned mundane who refuses to settle for anything less than forever?
First book in the Fix-It Witch series. Boss Witch is the second book.
Enjoy these witchy rom-com reads during spooky season. Or really, anytime!
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