10 October romance releases to fall in love with this month

Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper. Image courtesy Penguin Random House
Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper. Image courtesy Penguin Random House /
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Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

October 2021 release: Many of the October romance releases headed our way focus on the winter holidays, but Lana Harper’s Payback’s a Witch is keeping us in the Spooky Season. Described on Goodreads as “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The L Word,” this novel will appeal to Halloween lovers and romance enthusiasts alike.

Payback’s a Witch follows Emmy Harlow, a witch whose powers have dwindled, mostly because she’s been away from Thistle Grove for so long. She’s got plenty of valid reasons for avoiding her magical home, from familial drama to Gareth Blackmoore, the person who broke her heart.

When Emmy returns to Thistle Grove for a spellcasting tournament, she discovers she’s not the only person who’s been burned by Gareth. She teams up with Linden and Talia Avramov to seek revenge — but she might find more than that in their alliance:

"“But most concerning of all: Why can’t she stop thinking about the terrifyingly competent, devastatingly gorgeous, wickedly charming Talia Avramov?”"

If the stunning cover didn’t sell you, the witch romance, magic tournament, and revenge storyline sure will. Payback’s a Witch sounds like an all-around fun time. It’s available in print, ebook, and audiobook on Oct. 5. Check out our review of it here!