#BookReview: This Spells Love by Kate Robb

Second Chance / “Glimpse” Type Tale Done Right. This is one of those second chance/ “glimpse” type tales ala the late 90s/ early 2000s movie The Family Man with Nic Cage and Tea Leoni done *right*, complete with wildly alternate lives for the male and female leads in this particular tale. And done by a debut author, and set in a suburb of Toronto to boot. So hey, a lot going on here to make it its own – yes, including brief discussions of a multiverse scenario. So if you like your romances with a tinge of magical realism/ scifi-ish ideas… this one is for you. That noted, if you’re among the “clean”/ “sweet” romance crowd… eh, this probably has a lot more thinking and acting on sex than you’d like, including some rather graphic terms… at least according to those types of sensibilities. Again, the actual spice level here is probably more akin to a chipotle – not actually all *that* spicy, but far more spicy than some stomachs can handle and perhaps far more spicy than some minds *want* to handle. Still, as long as you’re aware of that up front (thanks to reading this review), you can make up your own mind. Ultimately, I thought this was a particularly strong effort from a debut author, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Ms. Robb is capable of in her sophomore effort. Very much recommended.

This review of This Spells Love by Kate Robb was originally written on December 8, 2023.