Friday, March 9, 2018

Alchemy with Benefits by Katalina Leon

Title:  Alchemy With Benefits
Series:   Sorcery by the Sea, 3
Author:  Katalina Leon
Publisher:   Katalina Leon
Genre and Pairing:  Paranormal and M/F
Page Count:  238 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb 
What happens when a wacky witch who casts spells that backfire, collides with a hunkalicious food wizard who practices alchemy from a food truck?
Alchemy With Benefits.
Estele “I meant to do well” Esposito is the worst witch in the San Buena enchantment community. When she casts a spell it goes batshit wacky with disastrous results.
Everything changes when a sexy brujo, who drives an enchanted taco truck, shows up with a mysterious warning that he is her new protector. Too bad Estele hates brujos, but when an evil djinn threatens the community, Estele has to put trust issues aside and enter an alliance with a brujo to save the city.
Want the perfect alchemical recipe for hilarious chaos? Mix romance with Estele’s brand of loopy spellcasting, hexed food, a ghostly sea captain with questionable vices, a priceless gem of infinite power, malicious djinn bent on world domination and thousands of innocent people trapped at a county fair—what could go wrong?
Note: This title is number 3 in the Sorcery by the Sea series, but it really should be number 2. The storyline directly follows Fredi and Gus’s story in HOODOO BLUE, Sorcery by the Sea, book 1. Estele’s story can be read alone, but reading her hijinks in Hoodoo Blue, first will make it better.
Contains strong language. Mild sexual situations.

Estelle’s magic means well but never quite works as intended.  But she is needed to save her part of the world from evil.  Can Val convince Estelle to trust not him but herself?

Alchemy With Benefits is third in Katalina Leon’s Sorcery By the Sea series.  It does not need to be read in chronological order.  I really liked Val.  He came to town in order to fight evil.  He found an insecure witch in training.  I liked that he saw more in Estelle than she saw.  I enjoyed learning her history as we began to understand why her confidence suffered.  I thought Ms. Leon did a nice job of showing us the nature of Val and Estelle.  While I did find Estelle lack of confidence a bit annoying at times at least but I understood why.  This story was my first time reading Ms. Leon’s work but I enjoyed it so it will not be the last.

                            Four Twinkling Stars 

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