Fake dating gets a magical twist in this enchanting queer romantic comedy where a witch worries that the real feelings brewing between her and her crush were sparked by an accidental love potion, and the only way out of the disastrous spell is a healthy dose of the truth—drink up, witches.
Potion maker and self-proclaimed “messy witch” Morgan Greenwood is sure she was hexed at birth. Not only did she drunkenly offer to fake date the woman of her dreams during the biennial New England Witches’ festival, but Rory Sandler, spellcasting champion and brilliant elemental witch—for reasons known only to the Goddess—accepted. It’s like every good luck spell Morgan ever cast came through at once, and it doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict this charade will end with a broken heart.
Or is the magic between them real? As Morgan and Rory prepare to fool everyone at the festival, their relationship starts to feel a whole lot less fake—right until Morgan realizes she might have screwed up the common relaxation potion she made for Rory and given her a love potion instead, breaking one of the most sacred Witch Council Laws.
To fulfill her promise to Rory, Morgan must somehow keep playing pretend while under the watchful eyes of Rory’s family and legion of fans. But to break the love potion, she’ll also have to prove how incompatible she and Rory really are. For a screwup like her, ruining their relationship should be easy—except every day, Morgan is becoming more bewitched by Rory herself.
What all the cool people are saying…
“With classic rom-com hijinx and herbalist witchy vibes, this novel will have you happily spellbound.”
—The Boston Globe
“This Spell Disaster is the queer witchy romcom of my heart! I loved the small town setting, the magic system, the feel-good humor of the story, but above all I loved Rory and Morgan’s transition from friends into lovers, and the way they constantly made each better! Teen Witch meets How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days in this delightfully heartwarming, enchanted romance.”
—Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author
“There’s a special kind of magic to falling in love, and in This Spells Disaster, Rory and Morgan have to figure out what’s real and what’s an illusion. The Witch Council, the festival, the cleverly named potion shop—I lost myself in this world and found myself wishing it were real! This sapphic witchy romance from Tori Anne Martin totally had me under its spell.”
—Alicia Thompson, national bestselling author of Love in the Time of Serial Killers
“This Spells Disaster hits every bewitching element I could ever want in a rom-com! Morgan is the perfectly-relatable messy witch, and Rory F*cking Sandler is Every F*cking Thing. This book casts one hell of a charming spell and I never wanted it to end.”
—Lynn Painter, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Wager
“This Spells Disaster is literary magic! With their sizzling chemistry, relatable flaws, and escapist thrill of a world, Morgan and Rory had me enchanted from page one. Tori Anne Martin crafts paranormal romance at its best, and this steamy, sapphic delight is about to become your new obsession.”
—Courtney Kae, author of In the Event of Love
“This Spells Disaster is the witchy romance of my dreams….Hilarious and angsty in turns, this book has rich worldbuilding, lovable characters, and a nuanced approach to issues of consent, trauma, and the burden of expectations. This queer, magically sweet and sexy romance is an absolute joy.”
—Sarah Hawley, author of A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon
“A cozy, magic-laced queer contemporary that crackles with wit and heart…. Martin places a strong emphasis on consent throughout the narrative, creating an incisive examination of how societal pressures color personal experiences and expectations. That it doubles as a sweet love story is the icing on the cake.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Martin’s delightful debut feels like a party, but it has a deeper layer as Morgan and Rory learn that success doesn’t always mean fame and fortune. Martin’s romance is an enjoyable romp for readers looking for queer love stories and who like a little witchy magic with a sweet romance.”
“Martin deftly handles issues of consent and the burden of expectations. This queer, witchy rom-com should be fun for fans of Lana Harper and Erin Sterling.”