Ahoy there me mateys! Those who have been aboard for a while know that urban fantasy and I are not usually friends. In fact we tend to be enemies. I can’t explain why. It’s just a truth. And yet recently I loved the DFZ urban fantasy series. Then when I was perusing me Goodreads’ ports for plunder list to find something that fit me mood, the First Mate told me to scroll back up to see what had a caught his eye. Apparently his unconscious mind was finding me the perfect book because I ADORED this!
Ivy is the laziest witch around. She does the bare minimum so that she can lay on her couch, eat tasty treats, fight with her cat, and enjoy entertainment. Sounds like me kinda gal. Then a case of mistaken identity gets her magically attached to an investigator of the Order. She is not down with that. But the spell lasts for 588 days and unless she can find a work-around, she has to deal with annoying (but cute) Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. She doesn’t want to be part of any investigation (or work!). She just wants her old lazy life back. But the magic has other ideas.
Aye, this have romance in it. But it also has a snarky cat named Brutus who made me hysterically laugh out loud. Seriously he made the book for me. I also very much enjoyed Ivy who (like me) just wants to lounge around all day. I actually didn’t mind the romance in this because it was not the focus. Plus Ivy is an excellent person to hang out with. I love her humor and outlook on the world. I also very much enjoyed the mystery aspects and the side characters. The book is fun and entertaining and was exactly what I needed to read. I read it quickly in one sitting.
Much thanks to Matey Sarah @ Brainfluff for letting me know about this book. I will be reading the next in the series. Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the book:
To make one thing clear: Ivy Wilde is not a heroine.
Actually, she is the very last witch in the world to be called if you need magical support (which doesn’t mean she couldn’t!). If it were up to Ivy herself, she would like to hang out on the couch all day, watch series, munch junk food and have arguments with her cat. But due to a bureaucratic mistake, Ivy becomes a victim of a reversed identity and involuntarily – very, very involuntarily! – hurled right into the Arcane Branch, the investigative agency of the Holy Order of Magical Enlightenment.
Ivy’s problems quickly quadruple when a valuable object was stolen and she was forced to work with Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. Raphael’s sapphire-blue eyes somehow make butterflies flutter in Ivy’s stomach, but the adeptus actually shows everything that Ivy deeply rejects: the joyless pitfalls of too much stoic witchcraft. And the longer Raphael sucks, the greater your desire … to turn him into a frog!
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