Potions and Proposals

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Pub Date Aug 24 2024 | Archive Date Jul 19 2024

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Pre-Order Potions & Proposals and on release day you'll receive:

The first chapter in book 2 of the interconnected series.

The veil between love and hate is blurring.

In the mystical town of Foxford, tenacious translator Lucinda Hawthorne is on the brink of assuming the prestigious role of High Priestess. However, fate has a mischievous twist in store for her: an unexpected coven gathering reveals that her lifelong nemesis, Benedict Matherson, is also nominated for the esteemed position. They are presented with a grave ultimatum: either become magically bound to one another on All Hallows' Eve... or risk a fateful vote that could strip them of everything.

Both fiercely independent and driven by their unwavering desires to lead, Lucinda and Benedict reluctantly agree to the binding ritual. Unfortunately, the spell Lucinda's family casts to thwart the coven's plot misfires with surprising consequences, and the pair find themselves magically intertwined in ways they never could have foreseen.

With the shadow of All Hallows' Eve looming over them, the veil between love and hate blurs. Could it be that amidst their rivalry, they will unearth a hidden longing to remain united? Together, they must confront their demons and discover whether they truly desire to be parted after all.

✨Tropes & Themes ✨

All Hallow's Eve

Arranged Marriage

Magical Small Town

Enemies To Lovers

Elemental Magic

Reluctant Allies

Open Door Spice

Witchy Coven

Readers! Please note: this is an adult paranormal romance with mature content and not suitable for those under 18. This novel contains themes of and not limited to violence, death, discrimination based on use of magic or type of magical creature.


Pre-Order Potions & Proposals and on release day you'll receive:

The first chapter in book 2 of the interconnected series.

The veil between love and hate is blurring.

In the mystical town of...


Advance Praise

✨Reviews for the Village of Foxford✨

Enemies-to-lovers trope is expertly crafted, drawing readers into a web of emotions - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love that there wasn't a 3rd act breakup. 2 people who used to "hate" each other, constantly pulling pranks, while also caring about each other, is such a unique relationship. - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Watching them come together against all odds, and put their prank rivalry aside for something more powerful was so heartwarming. - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lucinda and Benedict's witchy tale has made me want to pack my bags and move to Foxford. - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

✨Reviews for the Village of Foxford✨

Enemies-to-lovers trope is expertly crafted, drawing readers into a web of emotions - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love that there wasn't a 3rd act breakup. 2 people who used...


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Enchanting Premise

Kate Callaghan's 'Potions and Proposals' brews a charming blend of magic and romance, crafting a tale that sweeps readers into a world where love is as potent as the most powerful potion. The premise of a world where potions shape romantic destinies is fresh and imaginative, offering readers a delightful escape into a realm where love knows no bounds. This concept of magical elements influencing love can be seen in various folklore and mythologies, where love potions and spells play a significant role in shaping relationships. Callaghan's ability to weave this magical premise into a contemporary romance setting adds a unique and captivating twist to the genre.

Endearing Characters

The characters in the book are wonderfully crafted, each with their own quirks, desires, and magical abilities. From the spirited potion maker to the adventurous love seeker, readers will find themselves rooting for these characters from the start. This attention to character development mirrors the importance of well-rounded and relatable characters in storytelling. Just like in real life, readers are drawn to characters who face challenges, grow, and evolve throughout the narrative, .

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𝙋𝙀𝙍𝙁𝙀𝘾𝙏 𝙁𝙊𝙍 𝙍𝙀𝘼𝘿𝙀𝙍𝙎 𝙒𝙃𝙊 𝙒𝘼𝙉𝙏:
• Witchy vibes with elemental magic and potions/spells.
• Charming plot with captivating MCs.
• Romance that is sweet and steamy but not spicy.
• Dislike-to-lovers.
• Happy endings.

If you are in the mood for a witchy romantasy and elemental magic, then look no further. You know when everyone can see when two people fit together perfectly but those people are the last to see it? That’s Lucinda and Benedict. The librarian and next coven leader versus the manor/inn owner who is a descendant of dark magic. ❤️🖤

The writing was great and gripped me... I needed to find out what happens with their love story. I loved the reluctant love story line, the banter between the characters, and the small-town vibes. I really liked it when the MMC turned more possessive/protective. Swoon!! 🔥 And his pet name for her! 🥰

Thank you for the ARC, @callaghanwriter and @netgalley!

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Title: Potions and Proposals by Kate Callaghan
Release Date: August, 24th, 2024

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Stars

In the mystical town of Foxford, Lucinda Hawthorne, a determined translator, finds herself in a twist of fate when her long-time rival, Benedict Matherson, is also nominated for the prestigious role of High Priestess.
Presented with a grave ultimatum, they agree to a binding ritual on All Hallows' Eve to avoid risking their positions. However, a spell gone awry results in unexpected consequences, magically intertwining them.

As they navigate their newfound connection, the line between love and hate blurs, prompting them to confront their inner demons and explore hidden desires. With All Hallows' Eve approaching, Lucinda and Benedict must determine whether their rivalry masks a deeper longing to remain united.

I absolutely adored this book! It's like a magical rollercoaster ride through a fantastical romance realm.

Watching Benedict and Lucinda go from foes to friends was such a joy, especially given their complex history and the unexpected twist of fate that brings them together. The slow-burn romance is expertly crafted, and the charming town of Foxford provides the perfect backdrop for their love story to unfold.

The characters are so lovable, and seeing them grow and change over the course of the book was truly heartwarming. Overall, it's a spellbinding read that strikes the perfect balance between humour, romance, and fantasy.

Thank you to The Publisher BooksGoSocial ,The Author Kate Callaghan & NetGalley for an advanced reader copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review.

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A perfect witchy romance.

The relationship between Lucy and Benedict progressed naturally and sweetly.

I loved the magical town and the idea of safe havens for supernatural beings.

Excited to see more from the author.

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This was a very cute and fun read. I typically like my fantasy books to be more deep but this was a refreshing take on fantasy. I genuinely loved both Lucy and Benedict and loved seeing them grow through each chapter. I felt like the world and system was written perfectly, not too overbearing in the beginning and simple enough to not feel overwhelmed. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I was going to.

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Fun and enjoyable to read! Not very descriptive which is what I want, since I do better with characters talking instead of just describing what rooms look like. Very nice! Thank you! :)

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Upon entering the town of Foxford, I fell in love with these characters.

I loved how the nickname Benedict gave Lucy was his favorite food. The thing he loved most. It was clear that he loved her from the beginning.

The slow burn made the wait so much better. I totally understand Lucy in thinking her feelings might be warped because of the poison.

The whole book gave the vibes of vampire diaries, it was really fun.

I can't wait for the next book in the series, I need to know what happens with Faye!!

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Thank you to Net Galley for giving me a copy of this book. I loved the characters and setting of a magical town. I was quickly drawn into Lucy and Benedict's relationship and where it would go. I would love to see spin off books about the other characters in this story. A great fun read!

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Kate Callaghan's *Potions and Proposals* is an enchanting blend of romance, magic, and tension set in the mystical town of Foxford. With its rich backdrop and compelling characters, this novel is a delightful treat for fans of witchy tales and the enemies-to-lovers trope.

At the heart of the story is Lucinda Hawthorne, a tenacious translator on the cusp of becoming the High Priestess. Her world is turned upside down when she discovers her long-time nemesis, Benedict Matherson, is also in the running for the prestigious position. The coven’s surprising ultimatum forces Lucinda and Benedict into a reluctant partnership: they must either bind themselves to each other on All Hallows' Eve or face a potentially devastating vote.

Callaghan excels at weaving tension and chemistry between Lucinda and Benedict. Both characters are fiercely independent, driven by their aspirations to lead. Their animosity is palpable, yet as the story unfolds, the layers of their relationship reveal a complexity that is both engaging and heartwarming. The initial spell meant to thwart the coven's plans backfires, binding them together in unexpected ways and setting the stage for a thrilling journey of discovery and transformation.

Foxford, with its magical small-town charm, serves as a captivating setting. Callaghan’s world-building is rich with elemental magic and witchy coven traditions, immersing readers in a vibrant and mystical atmosphere. The town and its inhabitants come to life through vivid descriptions and well-crafted details, making the magical elements of the story feel both authentic and enchanting.

The novel's pacing is brisk, driven by the looming deadline of All Hallows' Eve. As Lucinda and Benedict navigate their forced partnership, the veil between love and hate begins to blur, leading to moments of unexpected tenderness and passion. The open-door spice adds an extra layer of intensity to their evolving relationship, making their journey from reluctant allies to lovers even more compelling.

*Potions and Proposals* is more than just a romance. It explores themes of identity, power, and the courage to confront one’s deepest fears and desires. Lucinda and Benedict’s journey is not just about finding love but also about personal growth and the realization that true strength comes from embracing vulnerability and connection.

Callaghan’s writing is both witty and evocative, perfectly balancing humor, romance, and magical intrigue. The dialogues crackle with sharpness and wit, adding depth to the protagonists’ dynamic. The secondary characters, from family members to coven peers, enrich the story, providing both support and obstacles that further challenge and develop the main characters.

For fans of the enemies-to-lovers trope, magical small towns, and richly woven tales of love and rivalry, *Potions and Proposals* is a must-read. Kate Callaghan has crafted a spellbinding romance that delights and enchants from start to finish. This novel is a testament to the magic that can happen when love and hate collide, making it a perfect addition to any romance or fantasy lover's bookshelf.

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“‘Why do you have to call me pumpkin just to annoy me?’ she asked, locking the case once he’d put it back in its rightful place.

“‘I never intended to annoy you. It’s just my favorite. The food that makes me feel like I’m home,’ he admitted. Like it wasn’t supposed to turn her into a pile of mush.”

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This book was so damn sweet. It made me ready to skip summer altogether so I could curl up on a brisk, fall day with a pumpkin-scented candle, a warm blanket, and a spiced cider. Imo, that’d be the ideal way to experience this cozy contemporary small-town fantasy romance. Despite lacking the perfect ambience while reading, I loved watching Lucy and Benedict go from their silly pranking rivalry to realizing their true feelings for each other (with the help of Grams’ potion, of course). I can’t wait to see what happens in Foxford next!

Things to expect:
🔮 A delicious slow burn
🔮 Rivals-to-lovers perfection
🔮 Witchy spell hijinks
🔮 Unexpected displays of jealousy and possessiveness
🔮 Small town “everyone knows your business” vibe
🔮 A lovable surrounding cast of characters
🔮 Topped with a little steam 🌶️


Thank you to NetGalley and Kate Callaghan for the ARC in exchange for an honest review 🩵

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I am very excited to be reading this book! My full review to follow.
Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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This was such an enjoyable read! The fact that I zoomed through it on a holiday says a lot about the fun and cool story, and a bit about the curiosity caused because of the slow-ish burn.

“Fate can rather be amusing in that sense; sometimes a wrong turn can lead us to where we’re meant to be.”

Lucinda and Benedict’s witchy tale has made me want to pack my bags and move to Foxford, magless or not. If that isn’t possible, can Broomhilda send her cousin over, pretty please?

Thank you, NetGalley for the opportunity to witness the magic of Foxford before the world! Looking forward to more tales from the charming town 🧙🏻‍♀️

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Potions & Proposals was a sweet and easy read filled with magical shenanigans and small town family history.

Fire and Water, color and neutrals, chaos and order: Lucinda and Benedict were the ever-classic opposites attract pairing. Constantly being a thorn in each other’s side since the time they were children, an impending change in town leadership, prank gone too far, and meddling mamas thrust the two of them into accepting an arranged binding come Halloween. One month to prove themselves and find a way out or be bound together for the rest of their lives.

Only of course it cannot be that simple: a mixed up spell cast by a well-meaning grandma (and mother) forces the two rivals to work together to get out of their predicament after swapping their elements. A lesson in understanding one another if I ever did see one.

✨rivals to lovers
✨opposites attract
✨arranged binding (like marriage but soul-deep
✨small town
✨family heritage
✨he falls first
✨forced proximity
✨romantic rival

There were a few times in the beginning when I felt the transitions were a little wonky (aka slightly jarring in the time switch) BUT overall the flow of the story was easy to follow. It was just the usual stutter of first-book syndrome introducing the new world and its characters. Once I got a decent way into the story, everything flowed so smoothly and I got sucked in to the rivals to lovers arranged marriage romance. Especially with the added drama of a potential romantic rival, meddling families, and small town celebration prep amidst the magical mishaps.

Something about a rivals to lovers story where one side has always had feelings for the other but the other couldn’t believe it and thought they were joking around really grabs me every time. Rivals know everything about the other person (or at least a ton about them) but Benedict paid attention to Lucy’s favorite books and made sure to read them all. He got her spell books when they were younger to help her when she couldn’t figure things out. He got her a hot water bottle for her cramps even at the cost of his own exam. He even asked her to the big dance when they were teens because he knew she wanted to go. But of course, misunderstandings got in the way of her seeing all of these gestures in the moment and led to their antagonistic relationship. Now with their circumstances, past moments come back to light and Lucinda is made to see Benedict in a different way. Not only that, but Benedict is made to confront the truth of his own feelings as well. Love it!

Definitely would recommend this one to people who like paranormal romcoms, small towns, magic, and rivals to lovers romances.

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I found this fast paced romance to be incredibly entertaining and the connection between the two characters is undeniable. Everything about their story was cute and you couldn’t help rooting for them. There was some spice in the book though I wouldn’t label this as a spicy book overall. The love story was believable and really drew me one. I think this is definitely something to add to your spooky season reads!

This book will be apart of an interconnected standalone series. While the main two characters of this book’s story end I am looking forward to seeing where life takes the other characters.

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4⭐️

” In the mystical town of Foxford, tenacious translator Lucinda Hawthorne is on the brink of assuming the prestigious role of High Priestess. However, fate has a mischievous twist in store for her: an unexpected coven gathering reveals that her lifelong nemesis, Benedict Matherson, is also nominated for the esteemed position. They are presented with a grave ultimatum: either become magically bound to one another on All Hallows’ Eve… or risk a fateful vote that could strip them of everything. Both fiercely independent and driven by their unwavering desires to lead, Lucinda and Benedict reluctantly agree to the binding ritual. Unfortunately, the spell Lucinda’s family casts to thwart the coven’s plot misfires with surprising consequences, and the pair find themselves magically intertwined in ways they never could have foreseen.”

This was a very cute fun read. I ended up reading the book in one sitting. Watching Benedict and Lucinda turn from rivals to romantic partners was a joy to read. The slow burn was executed extremely well and made me want to keep reading. The charming town of Foxford was the perfect backdrop for this story. Kate Callaghan’s world-building was done extremely well and it made me feel like I was in that world with Benedict and Kate. Lucinda and Benedict were very well written main characters and that made me even more invested in their love story. The magical hijinks were interweaved extremely cleverly throughout the story.

This is the perfect read for a cozy fall day.

Tropes: Enemies to lovers, small town magic, witches, opposites attract

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

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Rating: 4⭐️ Spice: 1🌶️
Dual POV - 3rd person

Tropes:
Enemies to lovers
Arranged marriage
Small town
Reluctant allies

The story follows Lucinda Hawthorne and Benedict Matherson, enemies from the time they were in school. After a prank gone wrong, the two are forced to unite and be bound together or face exile. Reluctantly agreeing, the two find themselves in a precarious position. The line between hate and love becomes very thin as they work together to find a solution to another mishap.

I was initially drawn to the cover. I’ve never read this author but after reading the blurb I was hooked. I enjoyed the book, even with usually disliking 3rd person novels. It was a slowwww burn but the pace of the story made up for the lack of romance between the two. It felt like there was a set up for a conflict between the newcomer and main characters but nothing ever happened. I think if that conflict had come to fruition it would really elevate the storyline. Overall still a really solid read.

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'Potions and Proposals' by Kate Callaghan is the first novel in the enchanting 'Village of Foxford' series.
Foxford is not simply a village but a magical one - populated by witches, vampires, ghosts etc. And life could be idyllic, with the villagers living in (relative harmony) and visitors to the village providing much needed income.
Of course, there would not be a story if things were perfectly peaceful ..... our two protagonists are Lucinda Hawthorne and Benedict Matherson. Friends and enemies since childhood, the duo are forever playing pranks on each other. Now, Lucinda is expecting to take over from her mother as the High Priestess of the village, but the other members of the coven are questioning her suitability and Lucinda and Benedict find themselves being bound together. As a result, all sorts of fun and high-jinks as the pair fight their growing attachment for each other, meanwhile trying to save themselves from being forced to leave the village. And they must navigate the, well-intended, magical antics of their respective families.
Full of humour and an entertaining reluctant love story, this is the perfect summer read - full of positive vibes and fun.

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Did I want to read a whimsical small town witchy romance? Yes! Did I get one? Absolutely!
The whole town of Foxford had me under a spell throughout reading this, and I was dying to continue the story every moment I could.
Benedict and Lucy’s story was a beautiful rival to romance tale with witchy goodness intertwined. The slow burn felt just right to their relationship, and the banter between them made me giggle throughout. The added elements in the magic system was so interesting and I liked that it was different from other similar cosy reads. I was completely invested in their love story from the very start, and I loved that there was no third act break up or dark cloud looming overhead. I wanted something light and happy and this was exactly it.
Thank you to NetGalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

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oooooo this was such a great witchy vibe and the romance was so hot. i love the halloween deadline and it was just a fun read!!!

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Potions and Proposals by Kate Callaghan is a fun fall read set in the magical fictional town of Foxford. This book is dual POV from the perspectives of Lucinda Hawthorne, the daughter of the High Priestess, and Benedict Matherson, the owner of the popular hotel in town and her lifelong enemy. When Lucinda plays a prank on Benedict that affects more than just him, the council decides she might not be the best fit to take over the High Priestess position from her mother and nominate Benedict for the role. They are also given an ultimatum: either be bound to each other on All Hallows Eve or they will vote on who the new High Priest or Priestess will be and the person not voted in will have to leave the town. They both reluctently agree, but when Lucinda's family perform a spell to stop the binding, a mishap occurs that ends up magically intertwining Lucinda's and Benedict's lives in ways they never could have expected!

This was such a fun read and it is perfect for fall! Lucinda and Benedict were such fun characters to pair with each other and i loved reading the slow burn of their relationship! Learning about all the magical pranks they had played on each other really helped show how much history they had. The fictional small town of Foxford was such a great setting for this book and had so many fun side characters. I laughed so much throughout this book and ended up reading most of it in one day.
Tropes to expect are: Enemies to lovers, arranged marriage, magical small town, and reluctant allies.
Thanj you to NetGalley and Kate Callaghan for the ARC!

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A cozy town of witches, maybe some werewolves, witchy politics - and a rivalry of hijinks that leads to more than expected for both parties. A fun and entertaining light read.

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If you are looking for a book to kick off your fall - this is the PERFECT one. Benedict and Lucy are the sweetest couple set in a magical town. I laughed and had a few tears. This book covers my favorite trope of enemies to lovers (with a little forced marriage thrown in). Kate Callaghan did a great job giving the needed banter between the enemies and lovers with minimal spice (so your Grandmom could read this book too!). I also enjoyed the fact there was no third act breakup. I give this book 4.5 ⭐️ - highly recommend!

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i love the enemies to lovers trope and this does it so well! the mix of romance, fantasy and comedy worked so well here, it felt like a warm hug.

the writing was so beautiful and i loved our main characters - i knew so early on that i was falling in love with lucinda and benedict. i also loved the cozy fantasy and witchy elements, i think the setting and the world really added to the romance.

i’m so excited to read more from this author!

thank you so much to netgalley, the publisher and the author for the arc 🫶🏻

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I read this ARC for honest feedback.

I really enjoyed this book! It was such a cute and cozy story, and I loved watching Benedict and Lucy fall for each other. The buildup between them was so well done. I cannot wait for book two, as I really feel like the character in this novel have more stories to tell!

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Potions and Proposals is a book about young witches trying to navigate their role in their magical communities and the challenges of being part of a community with a rich history. It subtly focuses on the challenges young adults face when stepping into a role they feel they might be ready for, which is relatable to many young adults. It also has romance, and I would say that while magic caught my attention, romance kept me reading. It also addresses judgement from others due to things outside one's control and its effects.

I enjoyed the characters in the book because they were pretty realistic. They had a depth of personality, and it was interesting to see how they reacted to specific challenges and grew into their future roles in the magical community. It was repetitive when they tried to overcome the issue, as many methods they used were not explained well. I felt that the problem being resolved was a little anticlimactic.

Overall, it is an excellent read for getting out of a reading slump, and I am excited to pick up the next book in the series.

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This is a cute enemies to lovers, arranged marriage fantasy book. Lucinda and Benedict are childhood rivals who find themselves having to either wed or risk being voted out of their small magical town. And when a love spell gets involved after they both agree to the engagement…well, what’s life without a little chaos? 😉

Definitely worth the read for a cute, witchy romance with all sorts of magical shenanigans and pranks.

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This book got off to a bit of a shaky start for me, with the rather over-the-top prank-related rivalry between the two main leads, but I quickly found myself drawn into the charming town of Foxford. The characters were fun; the plot fairly low stakes, but with a few surprisingly dramatic moments; the relationship sweetly engaging and their misadventures entertaining.

Overall, a fun, light read that should slip nicely into both the new adult romance and cozy fantasy genres.

I look forward to visiting Foxford again in future as I could see the set-up for several more books here!

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Lucy and Benedict are long time enemies who prank each other, when a prank goes wrong their parents make them bind together in order to work together for the High Priestess position. When a potion goes wrong, or maybe right? They are stuck in forced proximity to work together to resolve the issue. With the heat kicking up a notch both figuratively and literally, the water flooding the floors and souls, they being to realize what they have been missing out on for the past few years.

This is a wonderful book that touches the surface of potions and enemies to lovers romance. Within this ARC there are a few grammatical errors but overall I really enjoyed reading this book. Thanks NetGalley for the opportunity!

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*** I received an e-ARC of this book from BooksGoSocial through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review***

🗣️ Fantastic! This book had everything I wanted in: magic, mystical creatures, humor, conflict, and eventually love. It was fast-paced and easy to read. The characters are easily likable and I can’t wait to see what happens next. This should definitely be your next witchy read, you won’t be disappointed! I’m ready for the next book!

✨ Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley.

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Lucinda and Benedict have spent their whole lives pranking each other. When they are forced to be bound, despite their ‘dislike’ for one another, we see them go on a beautiful adventure to discover if they truly are right for one another.

This was a lovely read! I enjoyed all the characters, the story felt magical and it was incredibly cute. The relationship felt natural and loving, and I really enjoyed seeing everything unfold, and I especially enjoyed there not being a third act break up. There was a storyline that didn’t feel very resolved- which confused me a tad but perhaps that is the next book in the story? I’m unsure but I’d love to find out.

Overall I really enjoyed the book, and feel 4 stars is an appropriate rating!

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This story had everything I look for in a cozy fall read!

Lucinda and Benedict are childhood rivals who live in the cozy town of Foxford, a sanctuary town for supernatural beings. They have been playing pranks on each other for as long as either can remember but when one prank goes to far and risks exposing the town the coven begins to question if Lucinda has what it takes to take her rightful place as High Priestess or if Benedict would be a better fit for the role.

The coven gives the two rivals a choice, let them vote and the losser would be banished or the two would be magically bound together to show their commitment to their town and each other.

I loved the characters and couldn't wait to find out what happened. There was great banter throughout and I loved seeing what these two would get themselves into next! I can definitely see myself rereading this book over and over!

Thank you to Netgally and Kate Callaghan for the opportunity to read and leave an honest review for this book

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What it is about:
Childhood “friends” Lucinda and Benedict find themselves in competition for the role of the next head of the Foxford coven of witches. The town of Foxford is a sanctuary for paranormal beings, although they do not all live in perfect harmony. This competition lands them unexpectedly in an arranged marriage to each other! Even though they have know each other since childhood, the idea of marriage initially is rejected. However, circumstances and events bring them together in order for them to realize that their childhood squabbles might be much more.


What I think:
This was such a feel good, witty, fun, witch romance set in the small town of Foxford. This town is known to the magless as being special but magic is not flaunted. I really loved both main characters: they are relatable, well developed, and funny in their own ways. I am interest to see how the enemy of paranormal beings “the order” plays out in future books. There seems to be a lot more to this story and I have many questions about what will happen next.

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This is the first book I've read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Potions and Proposals is a terrific blend of romance and magic. It had the perfect pace and held my interest. The romance is a sweet one so if you are expecting spice this might not be the choice for you. I however, found it to be a delightful read with a wonderful cast of characters and a setting that just had me settling in to read.

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Thank NetGalley for the chance to read this lovely book.

I’d say rating for spice is light rating for writing from the heart and cozy loving vibes 💯

What an absolute joy this book was to read, its well structured enemies to lovers with magical small town supernatural setting.

I feel in love with Benedict giving me Adam driver vibes he was the perfect goth gentleman with a slanty smile and I can only imagine his voice like Alan Rickman.

Awww Lucinda aka Pumpkin is just so ditzy but strong she has him already in thrall without knowing it.
The binding ritual was so beautiful and the customs with the cloak and the rings absolutely had me swooning .

I am looking forward to book too! Please let it be about Peter , he needs love that isn’t undead !!! With a side of Rosie and Emerson .


Loved it please more more more .

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This was a fun and cozy romance! It’s a perfect, light fall read. I enjoyed the development of the relationship between the two main characters and always appreciate a community run by a powerful woman.

There was a character who seemed to be building up to be a potential antagonist, but then it never came to anything, so that was strange and felt a bit anticlimactic. There were actually a few loose threads where stories were started and then abandoned. Perhaps the intention is to make it a series, but it wasn’t clear whether it was intentional or not.

Overall, an easy and fun read with magic and romance.

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This book was a fun cozy read. I enjoyed the different fantasy characters, and the twist of the magic switch. I can’t wait to see how the characters develop in book two

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4.5⭐️
This book was SO fun! I loved the banter and the little “world” of Foxford. The enemies to lovers ABSOLUTELY sent me and i couldn’t put this book down! The perfect cozy read especially around halloween. this book is by far a new favorite

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What a magical romcom! I have been thoroughly enjoying fantasy romance and Kate nails the genre. I loved it!

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I really like this! Lucinda and Benedict go from enemies to lovers, which is my thing, and it's sweet, not spicy. 3rd person works for me. too. It's fun and nicely paced.

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Thank you to NetGalley, Kate Callaghan, and the publishers for allowing me access to the e-Arc.

4.25 stars

I am a big fan of witchy rom-com. I loved the way this story was told. Lucy and Benedict have been pranking each other since they were kids. It’s so sweet that have been interested in each other throughout the years. It’s a hate-to-love romance in a small town. Can’t forget the meddling family members. I’m so glad that I got to read this book. I look forward to reading more from Kate Callaghan.

I highly recommend it!

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I love a good enemies to lovers and this did not disappoint. I would love to read more books in this world as I feel like it just scratched the surface of some of the characters. Benedict and Lucy's relationship is great to read and written beautifully and it really does put a whole new spin on "walking a mile in someone else's shoes".

I was gifted this book by Net Galley, all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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The story of Lucy and Benedict was a delightful and adorable rivals to lovers romance with a bit of slow burn. Couldn’t put it down and enjoyed every minute. The magical town and various hijinks kept me entertained along the way.

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I really enjoyed this romance based in the village of Foxford and will look forward to meeting more characters and reading more tales from this quaint magical place.

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I really enjoyed the Foxford world. The book seemed long to me wrapping up rather easily and quickly. All kinds of characters and their worlds were introduced but not necessarily explored. Definitely had the feel of setting up for a sequel. That being said I gave the book 4 stars instead of 3.5 because I will most likely read the sequel as this one left me curious about the village and the world of the surrounding woods as well as the Order.
Thanks to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for a preview of this book. This review is my own opinion.

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Dive into the magical world of Foxford with Kate Callaghan's enchanting fall read, **Potions and Proposals**! Follow the sizzling dynamic between Lucinda Hawthorne, daughter of the High Priestess, and Benedict Matherson, the town's charismatic hotel owner and lifelong nemesis. When a mischievous prank gone wrong puts their fates in jeopardy, they face a choice: marry each other on All Hallows Eve or risk being forced out of town. What follows is a spellbinding tale of unexpected love, hilarious magical mishaps, and a vibrant small town that will captivate you from the first page to the last. Get ready to be swept off your feet by this delightful blend of enemies-to-lovers romance, small-town charm, and captivating magic. Don't miss out on **Potions and Proposals** —a must-read from Kate Callaghan that will leave you craving more!

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I was really excited to read Potions & Proposals because it's about a magical town called Foxford , where people use elemental magic.
Our main character Lucinda works as a librarian, translating magical books, while Benedict, the other main character, owns a mansion that serves as a hotel.
Lucinda’s mom is the head of the coven, and Lucinda is expected to take over, but some things happen that make it difficult. Lucinda and Benedict used to be enemies as kids, but they’re forced to get engaged because they’re supposed to rule the coven together. If they don’t, one of them has to leave Foxford😥
Then Lucinda’s family tries to use magic to save her from a loveless marriage, but it doesn’t go as planned. It’s a cozy book with vampires, healers, the grim reaper, and werewolves as side characters. The story has a really lovely setting. I’ve always loved fantasy books, and when I saw the cover of this one, I knew I was going to love it 😻
It’ll be published on August 24, 2024.
I recommend this book to all romantasy fans out there.
My rating -4/5⭐️

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Potions and Proposals, by Kate Callaghan, is an adult paranormal romance novel, with a great character lineup and enough magic and romance to keep it interesting. It was a fast-paced story without too much spice. Overall, it was a fun witchy romance that kept my interest throughout.
Thanks, NetGalley and the publisher, for providing me with the ARC ebook I read and reviewed. All opinions are my own.

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I just finished this book and I absolutely loved it! The enemies-to-lovers trope was done so well, and I really enjoyed the cozy small-town vibes. It was really well-written and I couldn't put it down!

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Foxford is a town home to the most magical of people and to two of the most notorious pranksters-Lucinda Hawthorne and Benedict Matherson. These two families have a long history together with the Hawthorne matriarchs ruling as the High Priestess. Soon it will be Lucinda's turn but after a prank leaves the Matherson hotel with a bad review, a secret coven meeting reveals an ultimatum, bind herself to Benedict or risk being kicked out of the town. After an attempt to hinder the binding ritual, a potion goes mistakenly wrong and the two finds themselves leaning on each other more than ever before.

This was my first ever ARC and for that I will love it forever! I can't thank Kate Callaghan enough for letting me read her novel! This was a super cute, dual POV, witchy novel that I think will be perfect for the upcoming Halloween season. I liked the elemental magic which is something I haven't seen a lot of in witchy books. There was a perfect amount of spice, as well! I always expect romances to be a little cheesy, but overall, this was a great read! I will definitely be preordering a copy so I can have a physical copy for my shelves!

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Benedict and Lucinda are the magical enemies to lovers we’ve needed. I adored their banter and the hijinks they get up to (both past and present) are so fun! You can almost see them happening. Their romance is a bit slow burn, but so worth it in the end!

This was such an interesting world. We’re in Foxwoods, which is a sanctuary city for magical creatures. We have witches, werewolves, vampires, and grims (so far). I feel like there is so much more to learn- we mostly dealt with the witches.

I kept waiting for a huge suspenseful reveal or something that didn’t happen- but the ending worked for me! I’m excited to see how things play out in the next books because I still have questions.

Overall, this was a really fun read and I’m excited to see more of the world and characters we met.

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Potions and Proposals is a cute, fun witchy read set in the town of Foxford, where witches, wolves and vampires live alongside magless (humans).

I enjoyed the lighthearted story of Lucinda and Benedict, who start out as enemies, but find themselves falling for one another after being forced into a binding ceremony by the leaders of their coven. The dual POV kept the story interesting, and made it easy to like both of the main characters.

There are some of my favorite tropes in the book, such as, arranged marriage, slow burn, forced proximity, elemental magic, and small town vibes.

If you love a quick, easy, supernatural romance read, then I would definitely recommend Potions and Proposals.

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This was a great book! The enemies to lovers in this story was so good! I really loved reading this book. And the story was so amazing!

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Potions & Proposals
by Kate Callaghan
4⭐️

witchy romance 🔮
arranged marriage
life long enemies to lovers 🦎
forced proximity
dual POV

I am a huge fan of witchy/paranormal romances but they can be so hard to find sometimes because they are very hit or miss for me. I’m happy to say I found another book to add to my fall witchy book recs! I absolutely loved Potions & Proposals! Benedict was so adorable, misunderstood and head over heels for Lucy. I absolutely LOVED when he confessed that for years he’s been secretly buying up all the books he’s seen her reading because he wanted to understand what took up her undivided attention! I love to read light fluffy romances in between fantasy books and this is the perfect cozy paranormal romance for it! I will be adding this to my witchy book collection when it officially releases in August!

Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for this arc in exchange for an honest review!

*will be posted on IG on 7/25/24*

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Enemies to lovers? Check. Magic? Check. Open door spicy scenes? Double check, I enjoyed this book very much- I loved the small town vibes, the witchy-ness, and ADORED the way the enemies to lovers trope played out.

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Enemies to lovers, need I say more. Quick and engaging read that will make you smile. Thanks NetGalley and publishers for the Arc of Potions and proposals.

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I was dying to know how it ended. Watching the growth and love between Lucy and Benedict unfold was the sweetest thing I’ve read in quite some time.

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Overall this was a very sweet, heart-warming and cozy fantasy romance novel. I enjoyed the banter between the main characters Lucinda and Benedict with the enemies to lovers trope, and the setting of Foxford. I did feel that the stakes were not very high and the situations were too easily resolved, therefore I was expecting a plot twist and a villain reveal which did not happen leaving me a little unsatisfied. Additionally, the writing could be quite exposition-heavy and occasionally focused on details which detracted from the narrative.

Overall, a perfect easy read for lovers of low stakes, paranormal romance.

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Absolutely loved this book! The love story between Lucy and Benedict was so sweet and beautiful and seeing there relationship grow through the book was a joy to read.

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Potions and Proposals is a witchy romance and it follows the journey of Lucinda and Benedict as they go from enemies to lovers. It does the trope well and whilst there is high stakes, it felt like a low stake read.

It’s set in a whimsical small town and uses dual POV which keeps the story interesting as you get to see how both characters start to not hate each other, and eventually fall in love. There are some really sweet moments that made me think ‘awww’ and there are some spicy scenes but nothing major (I wouldn’t class this as a spicy book). I was left itching to pick it up as the story was enjoyable and easy to imagine, and I can’t wait for the next book!

Overall, it’s a fun little cosy fantasy and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Perfect for fans of The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna and My Roommate Is A Vampire by Jenna Levine

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Lucinda and Benedict come from rival families and have pranking each other since childhood. Lucinda's mother is the high priestess of their coven and Lucinda is set to become the next high priestess. Until their pranking gets out of control and Lucinda and Benedict must agree to be bound to each other and will both govern the coven. This book is hilarious, lighthearted and has lots of fun witchy moments. I enjoyed the romance and the bulk of the storyline but I must say I was a bit suspicious of certain characters the whole time and kept waiting for a villain to be exposed or for something nefarious to happen and I feel like the story could have benefited from something more happening in the story. Overall an enjoyable read.
Thank you to The Publisher BooksGoSocial ,The Author Kate Callaghan & NetGalley for an advanced reader copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review
This review will be posted on goodreads 6/15/2024
And on Amazon on date of release.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6586807853

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I had a lot of fun reading this. This book is about Lucinda and Benedict, who are coveting the same position in town and a spell gone awry that winds up bringing these enemies closer together. Being forced to be close to each other opens their opinions of one another, but also helps the characters grow themselves, too. I loved how the author created this world, I thought the descriptions brought the reader in really well and had a lot of descriptions that put you as if you were in this town. Plus, the chemistry was really amazing - nothing was rushed, but there was also just enough oomph. Also, I LOVED the cover.

Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Potions and Proposals, Kate Callaghan 🔮
Publication date, 24th August 2024

Thank you to NetGalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review!

I really enjoyed this! I saw someone else on bookstagram reviewing this and thought it sounded good so I went to find it for myself.
I could tell it would be a bit of chaotic fun from the start with teacups turning into butterflies.
I really liked the dual pov of both the main characters, it was enjoyable having both their views on the situation and it was also easy to follow.
This book was fun and wholesome with the enemies to lovers theme. I loved Lucinda and Benedict as a couple!
There’s a lot of fun characters in this book, various family members as a grim reaper, vampire day managers in the manor, werewolves and witches. All of them quite likeable.
I found this to be a pretty quick read and would happily read more books if this was to become a series!
Fun and cosy read that I would recommend!

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From the very beginning, Potions and Proposals captures your imagination with it's charming setting in the town of Foxford and it's mischievous characters. I was immediately taken with the main characters Lucinda and Benedict, and as I made my way through the book I loved learning more about them. The dual perspective was interesting as you got a look into two characters minds who have A LOT of feelings about each other. Hate? Love? Such a fine line. I had MANY *happy squeeling* moments where I just HAD to send friends passages from this book. My favorite kind of reading experience <3

Callaghan does a phenomenal job of introducing the reader to the town of Foxford to the extent that I wish I could step in right now! The descriptive details, side characters associated with the town, politics and lore were introduced in the perfect amount for me so that I didn't feel overwhelmed and they only added to my reading experience. The concept of a sanctuary town in a world with folks of magical and non magical descent captured my imagination, as did the lawless woods, and the whole concept of the Vaticans Order. Definitely interested in learning more about all of these places.

The secondary characters: Rosie, High Priestess Willa, Grams, Gwendoline, Ernest, Faye, and Peter (can you say great names??) though not the main event were all given enough page time that they felt like fully fleshed out people who I cared about and would like to learn more from (hopefully in the next books??). I feel especially invested in Rosie and her past with the wolves that brought her to Foxford, and Faye, lovely seeming Faye who I'm hoping hoping we learn more about.

I received this ARC free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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𝕄𝕪 𝕠𝕡𝕚𝕟𝕚𝕠𝕟
Loved the sparkle, the evolution of the relationship and the fact that HE fell first, never recovered and how oblivious SHE is...
You should read it as soon as it is available! I want a story for his brother the Reaper please...

⚔️ᴬⁿᵈ ˢᵒᵐᵉ qᵘᵒᵗᵉˢ:
-“You should shut up and kiss me.”

-“Pumpkin. I’ve never hated you.”

-“Can you guess who I am?”
He arched a brow. “Mine.”

-“Let’s never do that again,” she breathed.
“Kissing?” he asked with a frown.
“Breaking and entering,” she said.

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This was such a comfy read! Easy, fun, fantastic magic system with a lot of humor and angst! I really liked the idea of a town where so many different magical types of people all reside and work together. Lucinda and Benedict were very well written and I loved the slow burn but found myself over 50% in still waiting for some spice. It didn't detract from the story though thankfully, and the humor throughout the book really helped! Loved it overall!

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Potions and Proposals is a delightful and enchanting addition to the magical romance genre. The story deftly intertwines elements of fantasy and romance, creating a world where love and magic coexist harmoniously.

The protagonists, are both charming and relatable characters whose journey of self-discovery and love is both heartwarming and compelling. The author’s ability to craft vivid, magical settings allows readers to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of potions, spells, and romantic entanglements. The chemistry between the main characters is palpable and builds up beautifully, making their eventual union satisfying and believable.

The plot is well-paced, with a perfect balance of romance, humor, and magical intrigue. The author’s creative use of magic as a metaphor for personal growth and emotional healing adds depth to the narrative. The secondary characters are well-developed and add richness to the story, providing both support and challenges to the protagonist's journey.

Overall, "Potions and Proposals" is a must-read for fans of magical romance. It captivates with its enchanting world, lovable characters, and a love story that feels both magical and real. If you’re looking for a book that will make you believe in the power of love and magic, this is the one for you.

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Potions and Proposals by Kate Callahan Releasing on August 24th
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Spice:🌶️🌶️
Tropes: Arranged Marriage, Rivals to Lovers, Elemental Magic, Reluctant Allies, Cozy Small Town

In the town of Foxford we meet Benedict and Lucinda who have been long time rivals, constantly playing pranks since they were school children. When their pranks go too far they find themselves connected by far more than rivalry and their families. When Lucindia’s Mother announces her early retirement as High Priestess of the Coven and Lucindia being next in line, Benedict has been nominated as well. When they are presented with an ultimatum, they agree put aside their differences and become bound together in a binding ritual on All Hallows' Eve to avoid losing their positions. But when, a spell goes wrong it results in unexpected consequences, magically intertwining them.

Potions and Proposal took me by surprise, I don’t usually read anything witchy, but I do always love cozy fantasies. This book was so fun and romantic! It was a joy to see Lucinda and Benedict navigate their new connection and keep up with their regular town responsibilities; in doing so they find each other. With this perfectly written slow burn when their relationship turns from rivalry and reminiscing to love. The town of Foxford will steal your heart just as much as Benedict will, with the cozy small-town vibes that feel like Gilmore Girls and Practical Magic joined together. The people of Foxford and the new friends introduced are just as loveable and I am hoping to see more of their stories progress with Lucy and Benedict. Overall, this is a wonderful read with humor, romance, spice and fantasy. But you can't forget a little Chaos ;)

Thank you Kate Callahan and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy, I look forward to seeing others enjoy Foxford just as I did.

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Enjoyable light fantasy romance. It was a fun read, with a sweet, cosy vibe, but I found the pacing a little inconsistent.

Thank you for the opportunity of reading it!

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Living in Oxford, Lucinda Hawthorne has been destined to be High Priestess of her coven. Her lifelong nemesis, Benedict Matherson, however, has made her life miserable. After causing one too many problems for the coven, Lucinda and Benedict are given an ultimatum: become magically bound on All Hallows Eve and rule the coven together or risk a vote that decides who will be exiled forever. When Lucinda’s family casts a spell that backfires, Lucinda and Benedict are forced to work together to set things right when their elements get switched. Can the two finds a way to switch their elements back? Will they fall for each other?

The plot is engaging, humorous, and well-developed. The characters are likable, entertaining, and relatable. The character dynamics are realistic and work well with the plot. The world building is well-drawn and draws the reader into Lucinda and Benedict’s world. Fans of fantasy, romance, and magical mishaps will want to pick this one up. Recommended for most library collections.

Please Note: A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Fun, cozy enemies to lovers story about two witches forced to marry one another. The story takes place in a small town that is sprinkled with magic. The book keeps you engaged as the two witches try to find a way out of their arranged marriage. The characters have a fun banter between them and the dual POV is interesting to read.

Perfect for a quick, sweet romance.

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A funny book, fantasy and romance, easy to read.Two people fall in love. And it is fun to read what Happens between them.I really liked it and will read other books by this author.

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Lucinda and Benedict have known each other their whole lives but never gotten along. The coven is fed up with their escalating pranks, so gives them an ultimatum: become magically bound to each other and run the coven together or have a vote and the loser is banished from town.

I initially thought it was so immature that Lucinda and Benedict were grown ass adults pranking each other out of hate. But they totally charmed me. All of the townspeople of Foxford charmed me really. And I'm excited for more books set in Foxford.

Lucinda and Benedict seem like enemies or rivals, but really they've just had a series of misunderstandings. Their story was sweet and full of healing. And bonus, no third act break-up!

If you like witchy romances, arranged marriage, or small town romance, I think you'll definitely enjoy Potions and Proposals.

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I absolutely loved this book! The banter between Lucinda and Benedict had me laughing out loud. I was giggling over all the pranks they pulled on each other since they were young. This will definitely be a book I buy! I can’t wait for more books to come out!

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This was such a great read! It has me just longing for the Fall season so bad! Benedict and Lucinda were such great characters and it was so easy to fall in love them and root for them from page 1.

Their story is so exciting and I love how this book really shows such a strong female character and how the male character just appreciates and supports her so much. It’s great to see strong women also get a great love!

This was one of my favorite reads in a while I just couldn’t put it down since I started reading it!

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Favorite Quotes
"Love is one of the most powerful forces - you can't truck or entice it."

"Curiosity. You've always had your nose in a book. Walking to school, coffee shops, in the park by the town fountain - the world could crumble around you when you're reading, and you wouldn't even notice" he admitted.

Review
This is the story of Benedict and Lucinda, rival enemies since childhood and about to be forced together in an arranged marriage. It is like magical Gilmore Girls mixed with a little Halloweentown in the small town of Foxford where everyone knows each other and grew up together. The banter between the two main characters is on fire 🔥, like when he calls her pumpkin, and she calls him Benny. This story does have a little bit of spice and is told from a dual point of view between Lucinda and Benedict. I like how you get to see each point of view and them both together at the same time. Now this is an adult book that contains some mild language and open-door spice so it is not meant for younger readers. This book gives you everything you could want in an enemies to lover story with all the feels of Autumn and Halloween.

You will love this book if you love:
🎃 Enemies to lovers
🎃 Slow burn romance 🍑
🎃 Magical small town
🎃 Arranged marriage
🎃 Open door spice 🌶️

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Thank you Net Galley and Kate Callaghan for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!

This was such a cozy read! I loved the rivals to lovers plot line and how everyone in town seemed to meddle to make things happen for the FMC and MMC!

Tropes & Themes:
Open Door Spice
Spooky Season Vibes
Arranged Marriage
Enemies To Lovers
Coven Ruled Small Town
NO Third Act Break Up (THANK YOU!!)

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First impressions 💭
This was my first “low stakes” cozy fantasy and so it did take a minute to settle into a different style than what I am used to! But I really enjoyed that it was easy to read and all round wholesome!

What I Loved ❤️
- finding out over the course of the book, all of the little things that both Lucy and Benedict did for eachother over the years that actually proved their feelings were always beneath the surface
- that element of “fate” and that their love was meant to be. Also that their families both seemed to know that deep down there was something there, especially Grams.
- The elemental magic! I almost wish that it dived a little deeper into the family magic and shown more of what they could do with it!
- the friendship between Lucy and Rosie 🥰

What I didnt love 👎🏻
- I didn’t love the pop culture references, but that is just a personal preference not a fault in any way! I just prefer my fantasy to be seperate from the “real world” as I enjoy the escape it brings!
- I did feel like the “dislike eachother” and denial phase could have been drawn out a little bit longer so that once they started really questioning their true feelings it would have more impact!
- Benedict’s feelings felt a little bit inconsistent and contradictory at times. Eg. in some moments it seemed like he knew he always had feelings for Lucy, but in other moments it seemed as if he was only just realising his feelings.

Favourite Quote 📝
“You bewitched me, body and soul, long before any spell or potion”

Final verdict ⭐️
I really enjoyed reading Lucy and Benedict’s love story! The cozy vibes were perfect and even though I think it could have been slower, I loved how their relationship developed. There were a few “loose ends” that weren’t explained and I’m not sure if that was intended for book two. But I’m definitely looking forward to it!

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I enjoyed this book. I always love a book with magic and HEA. Plus, no 3rd act break up!

It was nice seeing the relationship between Lucy and Benedict. Loved that they played all those pranks and how it was used to force the binding on them.

I also loved how the mom and grams wanted to help, but ended up making things worse.

This book took walking a mile in each other's shoes to a new level.

I'm looking forward to reading more about the characters in Foxford!

This ARC was given to me for my honest review.

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This is a wonderful book that touches the surface of potions and enemies to lovers' romance.. I adored this witchy romance, the chemistry between Lucy & Benedict is obvious from the start

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Potions & Proposals is a Paranormal Romance and Romantic Comedy book from Kate Callaghan. It’s my first book from this author and it definitely won’t be the last, I really enjoyed it and Lucy and Benedict were amazing!

Lucy and Benedict are witches who have been pranking each other their whole lives but with their latest prank gone wrong, they are forced to either enter into an arranged marriage or risk a banishment. Despite their mutual dislike they agree to being married, but after a spell to change their circumstances makes everything even worse, Lucy and Benedict need to work together and both realize that maybe they were wrong about each other and spending the rest of their lives together might not be as bad as they thought.

Potions & Proposals is a really great and fun read, the idea of a magical small town where supernaturals like witches, vampires, werewolves, grim reapers are living together was really interesting and I loved getting to know all the different characters and hope that many of them will get their own stories. Lucy and Benedict were incredible as main characters, I loved their enemies to reluctant allies to lovers romance and their pranks were hilarious. Despite their dislike and knowing each other for most of their lives, it was amazing to see them slowly realize they are perfect for each other (with some help from their meddling families) and I loved it when they finally gave in to their growing feelings, they were truly incredible together.

Potions & Proposals is a really great paranormal rom-com with amazing characters and beautiful romance that I really enjoyed and already can’t wait for the next book.

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Potions and Proposals is a romantic comedy that I really liked.

In this book, the main couple, Lucinda and Benedict, have had a bad relationship since they were young and due to a spell that has gone wrong, they must work together more than ever to fix it before anyone in their coven finds out what has happened. This leads them to spend a lot of time together and to feel something they thought they had forgotten.

The story, told from two points of view, mixes magic, romance and comic situations very well. Set in the town of Foxford, one of the few towns where witches, magless and different creatures (vampires, werewolves...) are allowed to live together freely, as long as they do not use their powers for evil. In Foxford, Lucinda is the daughter of the High Priestess and works in the public library, as well as being a liaison between her town coven and The Order (who used to hunt down and execute witches and now maintain a truce), and Benedict, who comes from a family with a dark past, but who has helped attract tourism thanks to the hotel he runs with his mother.

Lucinda controls the element of water and Benedict that of fire, they are "destined" to be polar opposites, they have not gotten along since they were children, carrying out their pranks for years, until the day comes when the coven has to choose a new successor, and although a woman from Lucinda's family always inherits the position, this year Benedict is proposed as the second option. Since there is no consensus between the families that are part of the coven, they decide to compromise (magically unite) Lucinda and Benedict so that both of them lead the coven. And what could go wrong? Well, a spell, which alters the elements of the main couple. Lucinda and Benedict must work together to reverse the spell and regain their powers.

Potions and Proposals is a book that I loved and enjoyed. I enjoyed Lucinda, Benedict and the rest of the characters, and how the relationship of the main couple evolves throughout the chapters and they go from hating each other because of misunderstandings, to helping each other in everything necessary. I highly recommend it.

*This is my honest and voluntary review. Thanks so much to the author and Netgalley for this ARC.*

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The line between love and loathing is rather thin in this paranormal romance!💘

Benedict and Lucinda have been mischievously one upping each other since childhood. Now both are in the running for an esteemed position in the coven and subsequently are presented with a magically bound ultimatum.💍

A little misfire with the cauldron cooking and now the two must rely on one another to make it through.

A true slow burn, enemies to lovers romance in a magical small town on and around All Hallows Eve. This will make a cute and quick spooky season read! Get your feels in with romance, humor and fantasy… a perfect blending!🔮

You’ll enjoy this witchy vibe if you like:
Enemies to Lovers (early rivals)
Magical Community
Elemental magic
Sweet but not too spicy
HEA and what comes next???

Thank you to the author, Kate Callaghan, NetGalley and BooksGoSocial, for the opportunity to read this book. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Potions and Proposals is a light hearted and fun romantic story set in a small magical town. It is a good read inbetween some heavier reads.

We meet Benedict, the owner of the town's inn, when a prank pulled on him reflects badly on the inn. The prank puller is the future high priestess Lucinda. When the coven calls both of them in they get a scolding. Their pranking is getting out of hand. Not only do they question Lucinda's abbility to become high priestess, they think they should be magically bound to one another. Become magically bound or one of them has to leave town. Lucinda's grandma and mother engineer a spell to help get Lucinda out of the bounding. Of course that backfires.

The start of the story was a little wonky to me. The jump from the pranks to an arrianged marriage was a big leap. Huge leap. It doesn't quite make sense. Luckily that is kind of answered at the end of the book.

Both Lucinda and Benedict were a lot of fun to follow. I don't feel like their relationship was truly an enemies to lovers. Mostly Lucinda was easily annoyed with Benedict. But I felt you could see from the start that Benedict had a soft spot for Lucinda. So I don't think this was a truly enemies to lovers. Their pranks seemed to be something they both enjoyed. Though Lucinda seemed to be the one who took it further and went outisde of personal pranks as she pranked the inn and not Benedict personally the last time. Which is why I didn't really feel bad for her when they questions whether or not she should become the next high priestess of the coven. She clearly wasn't making good decisions.

Their romance did fizzle on the page. It was there each time they were together. I especially liked Benedict though. His family and he have had a troubled past. Both he and his mother are trying everything to prove to the town that they won't set a toe out of line. Even though the choices his father and brother made were from good intentions and grief.

I mostly liked seeing the small magical town coming together to organize the festival and the bounding of Benedict and Lucinda. The library and spell books are also a big part of the story. I see potential to explore the town and the forest near them. I also see two potential couples that might become a focus in next books. Even though that hasn't been announced I feel like that was being set-up already a bit in this book.

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4⭐️

Thank you to the publisher, the author and Netgalley for the ARC of Potions & Proposals in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a cute, cozy fantasy romance book. Benedict and Lucinda’s relationship was sweet and fun to read. I loved the side characters we were introduced to and the Village of Foxford where they live.

This is a perfect book for autumn and Halloween as well!

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Thank you net galley for the arc of Potions and Proposals!

I throughly enjoyed this read, I felt like the relationship dynamic was well executed! Having characters who "hate" each other to accepting that the other has cared about them this whole time can be difficult but Kate pulled it off well. I also loved that there was no third act break up since it is annoying when an author adds a breakup or miscommunication for the sake of conflict. Low spice but the characters still made this a great read for the upcoming spooky season!

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Spice:🌶️
Tropes: Enemies to Lovers
Arranged Marriage
Small Town Romance

Potions & Proposals had the perfect wholesome not quite enemies to lovers witchy cosy vibes! I can never resist a small town witchy romance and this didn’t disappoint! I loved the characters of Lucy and Benedict and seeing their relationship evolve and I thought that the author Kate did a great job of referencing their past experiences so you felt like you understood their relationship on a deeper level.

This was a slow burn but I thought that the story itself was fast paced enough that I didn’t mind! I did think we were going to get some big reveal or twist at the end but again I didn’t mind that we didn’t! Thank god no third act breakup for the sake of it!!!!

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Potions & Proposals is a cozy romance set in a world filled with magic. Benedict & Lucinda are lifelong rivals with a prank filled past. When the coven decides it has gone too far, they insist that one of them must leave the village or both be married & lead together.

Will the marriage go ahead? Will they kill each other with their opposing elemental powers? Will they actually fall in love? I mean it’s a romance so you can probably guess whether they fall in love… but the journey is both sweet and intriguing.

I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, maybe it involves a certain werewolf or possibly a grim reaper? I can’t wait to find out & while away another few cosy hours in the village of Foxford.

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Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for sending me a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, wow, wow. I read a paranormal romance once about three months ago and have been looking for something paranormal and witchy that would give me the same feeling. I needn't look any further.

This was honestly so cleverly done. The writing was phenomenal and kept me interested all the way through. I loved the cheesy elements to this as well as the incredibly well-thought-out magic system. The characters had such amazing backstories, with their childhood and teen years having a direct impact on the slightly flawed and entirely human adults they became.

There is nothing I love more than a book with dual POV and this served that and some. Benedict's point of view was so full of pining, obviously, despite the fact that he was desperately trying not to. I loved seeing Lucinda from his point of view, especially as he slowly revealed that he never hated her to begin with. Lucinda was hilarious - I really enjoyed seeing her pretend not to be falling in love with Benedict. Her pranks were absolutely amazing and really so clever! Seeing her handle her own issues as well as the expectations of the town, her mother and those around her was really refreshing to see in a romance book. It was really interesting to me that Kate chose to make Lucinda the more troubled of the two characters despite Benedict's background being the difficult one. I loved the light and dark magic elements. I really would have liked to see more of Benedict's family background - we only get glimpses of it throughout the book. I also desperately need a book about Emmet and Rosie because seriously, how do you go from being terrified of a woman to moving in with her!? I want to see everything that happened between them behind the scenes and when Emmet was helping Rosie in the library.

I also, on an entirely separate note, need a book about Peter. I loved that he was a reaper and could go back and forth and still see his family. Kate handled the familial death and grief aspect really well, making it a part of a typically light-hearted genre without taking away from the relationships within the book.

I loved this book so much. I can't wait for it to come out in paperback so I can add it to my shelf!

Easy 5 stars <3

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I just....I am obsessed with this book. It will live rent free in my thoughts forever👌🏻

🔮 Magical small town
🔥💧 Elemental magic
💖 Paranormal romance
⚔️ Enemies to lovers
✨ Spell gone wrong

I want to crawl into this book and live in Foxford with Benedict and Lucy (and Chaos😼) forever🥰 It was cozy, sweet, and ignited all the perfect warm-and-fuzzies. And the 🌶️SPICE🌶️ - *swoon*. I cannot recommend this book enough to everyone, especially witchy-book lovers🧙🏻‍♀️!

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Thank you @netgalley for the chance to read this early in exchange for an honest review!

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Potions and Proposals was my first Kate Callaghan read and I can officially say that I am a big fan of her writing!

I felt so immersed in the world she has created and built strong connections to all of the characters. Even the characters that don't play much of a role in the story itself, which is something that many authors fail to do.

I rated Potions and Proposals 3.5 Stars, as it was the perfect cosy fantasy read. Those of you that enjoy tension will love this book as it really draws out the inevitable love between the two main characters Benedict and Lucinda. There is the perfect amount of emotional and physical connection between the two of them that builds over the course of the story. It really makes you feel invested in them both as individuals and as a couple.

When I reached the end of the book I found myself wishing that a bit more would've happen. At stages it felt like it was building up for other things to happen but then they just weren't mentioned again. Maybe that was done as a way to set up some of the plot for the next book? I guess I'll have to wait and see, as I will most definitely be continuing on with the series!

Overall, it was well worth the read! I most definitely recommend it!

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This is for the girlies that start decorating for Halloween right after the Fourth of July 🔮🧙🏻‍♀️
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This book was SO. FUN. Omg. I’m not typically a contemporary romance reader, most of what I read skews to the darker side. However, the Halloween setting and witchy vibes drew me in and I’m so happy I requested this one.

Lucinda and Benedict are both witches living in the magical town of Foxford. Since they were little, they’ve been at each others throats, constantly competing and pranking one another. However, when they’re suddenly forced to bind themselves to one another or risk being cast out of town, their creative methods of getting out of it ultimately lead them even closer.

This story has something for everyone. Enemies to friends to lovers, a Halloween setting, paranormal romance, and a magical small town. The world building and magical elements are well done and easy to follow. The romance builds gradually and you really see their relationship come together in a believable, heartfelt way. Overall, I’m very excited to see what comes next in the Village of Foxford!

I loved every second of this book and I cannot wait for its official release later this month!

Thank you to @netgalley and BooksGoSocial for the eARC!

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Looking for a spellbinding romance ? Well this certainly ticks the box as the couple find themselves under a spell that definitely goes awry ! The couple are kind of forced into an arranged marriage but our heroines family want to"help" and that's the kicker dear reader because their magic gets mixed up and the race is on to correct it before their coven or the dreaded Order find out !
This was a fun and actually sweet story. The couple have never got along and have for years played pranks on each other and very quickly the reader knows that Benedict is really rather smitten by his rival Lucy. I enjoyed the small town vibes and the supporting characters added to the fun. Plus Lucy works in a library so what more could this old bibliophile ask for ?
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

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This is a lighthearted and fun "witchy" read. I enjoyed the world building, especially learning about the town of Foxford. The characters are quirky and lovable. I really enjoyed the slow burn between Lucy and Benedict. They have witty banter with my favorites tropes -enemies to lovers/slow burn-and some good laughs in between!

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Potions and Proposals
Release Date: August 24th, 2024

I want to say a big thank you to Kate Callaghan, BooksGoSocial, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this as an ARC in exchange for my honest review!

Fans of Hallmark Channel, this cozy read is for you!

Favorite Quotes:

“I can’t give you fireflies, but I hope you’ll accept the stars…”

“In that moment, Benedict realized that eternity with her might not be enough.”

Summary:

In the first book of the interconnected series, we are introduced to the town of Foxford, a sanctuary village for various supernatural beings lead by the witch Coven and their High Priestess. It is here we are introduced to Lucinda and Benedict for the first time and we learn of their rivalry with each other that started when they were children. After a prank goes wrong, Lucinda and Benedict must navigate their Coven deciding to bind them together for all eternity, or risk being banished from their home. We follow their story as they work together to navigate their impending binding and a potion mishap that causes some issues for them.

My Review:

Potions and Proposals is a quick and cozy read that I can’t say enough good things about it! Kate immerses the readers into Benedict and Lucinda’s love story, making it seem as if you are watching it unfold in person.

I love the main characters banter and rivalry with each other, and ultimately when they realize they each fell for each other. While this is a he falls first love story, she isn’t far behind. I think I can also speak for everyone and say that Benedict will become a fan favorite amongst many popular book boyfriends!

This is also a book that everyone can read and enjoy, even if you don’t enjoy reading spicy books. There was one open door scene, but it doesn’t take over the plot, just amplifies it.

Also, as it is the first book within the interconnected world of Village of Foxford, we are introduced to a lot of side characters that will most likely have their own story written in the future. While this book has a lot of side characters with their own subplots, it doesn’t overshadow Benedict and Lucinda’s story. Each of the side characters’ interactions with the main characters added to the plot and their love story, rather than taking away from it!

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this was a quick and cozy read and I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves reading paranormal romance. It was beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every bit of it! Run, don’t walk, to preorder Potions and Proposals today!

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Potions & Proposals by Kate Callaghan.

Lucinda (Lucy) Hawthorne, a young witch that works at a library and translates old texts is bright (pun intended) and determined with an element of water. She is also in line to become the next High Priestess after her mom’s early retirement. Benedict Matherson, who turned Matherson Manor into a luxurious and classical hotel with the element of fire. These two have been pulling pranks on each other since they could remember. A misguided friend/enemy relationship. With Lucy’s last prank going too far and scaring hotel guests the coven decided that maybe Lucy is not right for the position of High Priestess and think another might be better. Benedict is nominated. (Why one prankster over another – kinda confusing) - but he has done a wonderful job in attracting new business to the town. (hmm…I’ll go along with it for the story) High stakes that if there is an election the losing candidate must leave town. (What?, Why?) No one wants to leave their home, so the coven suggests they both rule by becoming magically bonded together. Lucy’s Grams and mother create a spell to help Lucy find her love match before the bonding. So now Lucy and Benedict must deal with a backfired spell that switched their elemental magic.

I love the characters of Witches, Werewolfs, Vampires and even a Grim Reaper.

It is a cute, light-hearted, fun, witchy read. The characters are easy to love. I loved watching them realize their feelings for each other.

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My only regret is that I had read this in the fall! This is an enemies to lovers trope. It is fairly predictable, with very mild world building. I really enjoyed all of the tricks the characters played on each other!

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"What's life without a little Chaos?"

This book had me the moment I started reading it. It's so good, like "stay up until 3am to finish it because you're so wrapped up in the story" good. I couldn't get enough of Lucinda and Benedict. I'm a sucker for the enemies to lovers trope, but childhood enemies to adult lovers? My entire heart explodes! The fact that "Potion and Proposals" is written in a dual perspective just makes it so much better. I love being able to see and experience things through each character's eyes, especially in romance novels. I appreciate that Kate gave us the opportunity to learn about Lucinda and Benedict through themselves and through each other. Kate writes such well-rounded characters that you learn to love their flaws and understand why they are the way they are. They're just so real and relatable. It's one of the main reasons why I loved watching Lucinda and Benedict's love story unfold.

The romance and the spice? I mean... 🔥🔥🔥 I couldn't get enough of it! To be honest, I probably would have fell for Benedict instantly. He is so my type 🤣 My husband and I had a similar start to our relationship, so all of Benedict's actions, even the pranks, made my heart sing. Benedict also just aggressively pays attention to and cares for others and the people who are important to him, which is such an honorable and rare trait to have these days. Lucinda is the same way, and because of this, they never truly put themselves first. Pleasing others is in their nature, and that's exactly what creates the mess they're in and begins their story.

I have been a fan of Kate's writing for a while now and "Potions and Proposals" is a perfect example why. It's incredibly well written and believable. I could vividly see the town of Foxford while reading. Lucinda and Benedict, while they may have magic abilities, felt like real people going through real-life things and were perfectly flawed. I truly loved every moment of this book and I'm incredible thankful to have had the chance to read this arc.

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"Potions and Proposals" by Kate Callaghan is a wonderful adult paranormal romance set in the magical town of Foxford. The story is about Lucinda Hawthorne and Benedict Matherson. As they both fight for the position of High Priestess, their rivalry takes a turn when they are forced to confront their feelings and work together.

The novel has the classic enemies-to-lovers trope with a twist involving magic and coven dynamics. There is well-crafted character development and and emotional journey for the protagonists. The back and forth between Lucinda and Benedict is done with playful pranks and deep-seated care, and adds depth to their relationship making the eventual romance satisfying and heartwarming.

Overall, "Potions and Proposals" has an enchanting premise and endearing characters, making it a must-read for fans of paranormal romance and magical adventures​​. It was a great read and I am looking forward to what other books this author will come up with in the future.

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"Lotions and Proposals" by Kate Callaghan transports readers to the enchanting town of Foxford, where magic and mystery intertwine in a captivating narrative. The story follows Lucinda Hawthorne, a determined translator on the cusp of becoming the High Priestess, only to find her long-time adversary, Benedict Matherson, vying for the same position. The plot thickens when a coven gathering delivers an ultimatum: the two must either bind themselves magically by All Hallows' Eve or face a vote that could cost them everything.

Callaghan masterfully weaves a tale of rivalry, magic, and unexpected romance. Lucinda and Benedict are both fiercely independent and driven, making their reluctant agreement to the binding ritual all the more compelling. The twist of a misfired spell adds an element of unpredictability that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. As the magic takes hold, Lucinda and Benedict find themselves intertwined in ways that challenge their perceptions and emotions.

The character development in "Lotions and Proposals" is exceptional. Lucinda and Benedict's evolution from sworn enemies to potential partners is believable and engaging. Their banter and the gradual unveiling of their deeper feelings create a dynamic and emotionally rich narrative. The mystical setting of Foxford adds a layer of charm and intrigue, enhancing the overall reading experience.

Callaghan's writing style is both vivid and fluid, making it easy for readers to immerse themselves in the magical world she has created. The pacing is well-balanced, with moments of tension, humor, and heartfelt emotion woven seamlessly together. The looming deadline of All Hallows' Eve adds a sense of urgency and excitement to the plot, driving the story forward.

While some elements of the story may follow familiar romantic tropes, the unique magical context and well-crafted characters set "Lotions and Proposals" apart. The blend of magic, rivalry, and romance makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read that will appeal to fans of fantasy and romance alike.

In conclusion, "Lotions and Proposals" earns a solid four stars for its enchanting storyline, well-developed characters, and the perfect balance of magic and romance. Kate Callaghan has crafted a spellbinding tale that will leave readers eagerly anticipating what happens next in the mystical town of Foxford.

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I adored this book!

The cosy vibes it gives off and the humour is amazing.

So many giggling and kicking feet moments!

I love how it’s set in a small town containing all sorts of creatures run by founding witch families and I could really picture how the town looked and felt with Kate Callaghan’s writing.

I really don’t want to give too much away it’s such a good book! Small bit of spice as well for all you spice lovers but also not too much so it won’t put off non spice readers! This book is for everyone who loves magic and romance!

Brief plot:

Lucy and Benedict have been rivals/enemies since they were children playing pranks on each other. When a prank goes a little too far the coven intervenes and arranges them to be bound in order for them to lead the coven.

How will they survive each other’s company and what has her mother and grandmother gotten them into!

With small town twists, turns and problems to solve how will they navigate the lead up to the binding , will it even go through?

I cannot wait for the next book! These are interconnected stand alone’s so no cliff hangers here! Makes a nice change! ❤️

Big thank you for NetGalley for allowing me to read this!

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