BOOK REVIEW: Payback’s A Witch by Lana Harper

Payback’s A Witch by Lana Harper

Series: The Witches of Thistle Grove #1

Release Date: October 5, 2021

Page Count: 336 pages

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The L Word in this fresh, sizzling rom-com 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 Blackmoore, 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 Blackmoore. 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?


Sapphic, witches, magic town and a competition! I loved this fun and witchy rom com!

Emmy and Talia have great chemistry together and I adored them. Emmy teams up with Lin, her bestie and Talia to get back at their mutual ex and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I loved the worldbuilding and the small town setting, the different ancestral homes with a specific type of magic and especially the tournament that takes place every 50 years.

It’s a perfect read for this time of the year and I highly recommend it!

*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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