cover image Perfectly Wicked

Perfectly Wicked

Lindsay Lovise. Alcove, $29.99 (304p) ISBN 978-1-63910-953-1

In this cozy, magical love story, Lovise (Never Blow a Kiss) balances romance and spookiness. For generations, the women of the Celeste family have run Wicked Good Apples, producing amazing cider from their private orchard in Maine without ever revealing that much of their success hinges upon their hidden magical abilities. But for the past few years, business has been dropping, partly because of their low profile and partly because of the ghost supposedly haunting the orchard. In a last-ditch effort to avoid selling the business, Holly Celeste reluctantly allows Connor Grimm, host of the ghost-hunting reality show Grimm Reality, to film an episode about the orchard. Now Holly has to keep Connor from learning the truth about her family’s witchy history and fantastic abilities. Together, they slowly unravel the tragedy behind the orchard’s beginnings, even as they fall for each other. But Holly will never abandon her family business, and Connor is bound to leave for another job soon. Will their relationship survive? Holly and Connor’s chemistry is undeniable and the supernatural elements, while initially subtle, ramp up deliciously as the story goes on. Colorful supporting characters—including the rest of the Celeste family—bring the setting to life. This is perfect for an autumn night. (Sept.)