No Shoes, No Shirt, No Spells (Mystic Cafe #1) by Rose Pressey

Format: Kindle ebook
Published: June 1, 2011
Publisher: Rose Pressey
Genre: Adult Fantasy, Paranormal

Elly Blair welcomes the chance to escape her ex-fiance and job from hell when Grandma Imelda, ready to retire to sunny Florida, calls for her to take over her little southern cafe.

Elly has no idea her grandmother has baked up magic for the unsuspecting townsfolk for thirty years-and now Grandma Imelda insists that Elly use her own hitherto unsuspected magical powers to carry on the family tradition.

But Elly's new at this stuff. Her dishes don't turn out as full of smidgens of enchantment and dashes of wishes come true as she'd hoped. When handsome customer Rory Covington takes a bite of the wrong burger, he ends up capturing the attention of every woman in town. Elly doesn't know if her feelings for Rory are true or based on her magic gone awry.

Tom Owenton is an investigator the National Organization for Magic sent to look into the magical mishap. Unless Elly can reverse the spell, the cafe will be closed permanently. Tom is more than willing to help Elly out of this magical pickle, but she's not sure she should accept his offer.

Elly only has forty-eight hours to find a way to reverse the spell, or she'll lose the cafe and never discover if her feelings for Rory are real.

Rose Pressey delivers another dose of her quirky sense of humor with this new series! From the beginning of the book, I was laughing out loud! Main character Elly Blair not only inherits a cafe from her grandma Imelda, but a large helping of chaos when she discovers the cafe come with a side order of magic!

Grandma Imelda has been helping the local townspeople by serving their food spiced with a splash of her special magic. Most are general spells, the feel better-no arthritis pain-spell or maybe even a cheer up spell. Elly has this same magic in her genes and while she's not quite ready to take over, Grandma is on her way to soak up the sun, assuring Elly all is well because she's done her practice spells perfectly.

All goes well and the characters are riots...until Elly's best friend/waitress accidentally gives the wrong customer the wrong magic--a love spell of all things! This spell not only backfires on Elly because she shouldn't have done it, but also because she had her eye on the customer, Rory. From here on out, Elly's world is a series of magical chaos, magical interventions, interruptions, and love spells gone awry - many courtesy of Tom Owenton from the National Organization for Magic, who is supposed to be overseeing and helping Elly in her time of need!

Elly has only 48 hours to reverse this spell gone wrong or she may lose her cafe, her friends, her family's trust, and possibly even her heart.

This book is hilarious, fast-paced, romantic, and has a fantastic twist at the end! I am so excited this is the beginning of a series because there are so many characters in this book I would love to revisit!

Rate: 5/5



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