Let’s get one thing straight – Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact, she’s probably the last witch in the world who you’d call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she’d spend all day every day on her sofa where she could watch TV, munch junk food and talk to her feline familiar to her heart’s content.

However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she’s yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch, the investigative department of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Her problems are quadrupled when a valuable object is stolen right from under the Order’s noses. It doesn’t exactly help that she’s been magically bound to Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. He might have piercing sapphire eyes and a body which a cover model would be proud of but, as far as Ivy’s concerned, he’s a walking advertisement for the joyless perils of too much witch-work. 

And if he makes her go to the gym again, she’s definitely going to turn him into a frog.

Titles in The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Magic include:  Slouch Witch – Star Witch – Spirit Witch –

Title:  Slouch Witch
Series:  The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Magic #1
Author:  Helen Harper
Genre:  Paranormal Romance-  Witch
Published:  June 8, 2017
My Rating:  4 stars

I had fun with Slouch Witch, the first story in Helen Harper’s The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Magic series.  This was my first time reading Ms Harper’s work and I will definitely finish this series and look into her back-list as well.  A Paranormal Romance is supposed to entertain, take me away to a mystical world with mysteries and unknown elements… if it makes me laugh along the way, all the better for me.  And I found all of that and more in Slouch Witch.  Yes, there is definite world building, but I expected that especially when establishing a magical world.  I didn’t find it overpowering, and for the most part it was accomplished through dialogue and scene background.

Lily is not the lazy witch that these titles would have you believe… no, this is one natural, powerful witch who has no problem taking an easier route through life and magic.  Oh, she is definitely snarky, opinionated, more comfortable on the sofa than the crime scene but don’t doubt her abilities.  Many will, to their soon to be dismay.

When an Order snafu causes Lily and Rafe Winter to be bound magically, well let’s just say that neither are thrilled and that the adventure is about to begin.  Rafe is a powerful witch, one who is a by the books, stick in the mud kinda guy.  And he doesn’t work well with others, which is why those above him used a powerful binding spell to keep he and his assistant (who was not supposed to be Lily) together.  Huge Mistake.  Once a crime has been detected their fun begins, and our entertainment sky rockets.

With intricate twists and turns, dead ends, dead bodies and Lily’s history/reputation with the Order well in mind, Slouch  Witch weaves a mystery that will not be so easy to solve.  And will bring two adversaries closer together to the point of… maybe a friendship, possible romance.  We’ll have to see in future stories how that turns out.  If you enjoy mysteries and suspense then this is a story that you would most likely get an enjoyment kick out of.  I had fun with Lily and Rafe’s adventures, discovered some nasty people, more than a few liars and that magical spark that will eventually lead to a romance between two very stubborn, totally opposite thinking people.  I had fun, and I can’t ask for much more than that.  I’d recommend Slouch Witch, and I’m off to download the next in the series, Star Witch.  Can’t wait to get started.

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