Love Spells has a lot of love spells—what else would you expect given the title—filled with rhymes that were truly poetic and nicely woven into the story.


The Description

Publication Date: May 14, 2020

It all began with an innocent prank. Tilly, Drew, and Dizzy, inseparable friends, had dressed as witches and planned to spend Halloween evening watching horror films while Drew’s mother attended a costume party with Jacques, her college flame, who was a total dork. Worse, her mother was actually considering marrying this pompous jerk, which meant Drew would have to move to France, dress like a mime, eat snails, and carry a baguette everywhere she went.

The girls decided, since they were dressed as witches, it would be fun to cast spells on Jacques. To their utter amazement, each of their spells came true in outrageously comical fashion.

Convinced they had somehow acquired magical powers, the girls resolve to use witchcraft to find a more suitable mate for Drew’s mother. As long as they were at it, they might as well find partners for Tilly’s mom and Dizzy’s dad as well.

The Review

Love Spells by Gino Cox is a quirky tale about three teenage girls who are wannabe witches forever casting spells to find mates for their parents. The spells are full of details and magic, and I loved the rhymes. The spells were the best part of the story for me.

The book has more characters than expected, and too many are central to the story. They help flesh out the story, but so many of them were used in rotating chapters to tell the story from their point of view and some chapters were extremely short. The story could have benefited from more robust plot and character development.

Several stories were told within the main arc, and most were set during a birthday party. There are many references to movies, shows, actors, music, and even food that were popular long ago. There are secrets, surprises, and laugh-out-loud moments due to the spells not always spot on. The story ends abruptly, and an epilogue might have given better closure.

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About The AuthorGino Cox grew up in Wilmette, Illinois on Chicago’s north shore. He studied economics at Rockford College and marketing at Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

He eventually moved to Malibu, California, where he worked for various entertainment companies, including a stint as general manager of Fleshwound Films, a company that produces extreme sports videos and live events, and is credited as production manager for Crusty Demons: 9 Lives.

While in California, he wrote, directed and produced a series of comedies for cable television and wrote several screenplays that received critical success in several minor competitions. His œuvre includes a fifteen-minute comedy loosely based on A Midsummer’s Night Dream, written entirely in iambic pentameter.

Gino has also appeared on stage in minor roles as an actor (three productions, eighty performances) and dancer (two productions, three performances).
Gino now lives, works and writes in Southeast Asia.



JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for - and which is on hiatus. Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


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Love Spells has a lot of love spells—what else would you expect given the title—filled with rhymes that were truly poetic and nicely woven into the story.3.5-STAR REVIEW: LOVE SPELLS by Gino Cox