Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge

The Spellwork Syndicate #1

Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spellbooks in blissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Too bad no one wants witchcraft on their campus. Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with rejection letter after rejection letter.

Desperate to escape her dead-end future, Anise contacts the long-lost relative she’s not supposed to know about. Great Aunt Agatha owns the only magic bakery in the US, and she suddenly needs a new apprentice. Anise is so excited she books it to New Mexico without thinking to ask what happened to the last girl.

The Spellwork Syndicate rules the local witches in Taos, but as “accidents” turn into full-out attacks on Anise’s life, their promises to keep her safe are less and less reassuring. Her cranky bodyguard is doing his best, but it’s hard to fight back when she has no idea who’s the enemy. Or why she became their target.

If Anise can’t find and stop whoever wants her dead, she’ll be more toasted than a crème brûlée.

Who knew baking cakes could be so life or death?

The Spellwork Syndicate Series
1. Deadly Sweet
2. Sugar Spells


A pleasant tale of a young, inexperienced baker with magical powers. The book is a sweet read which focuses on baking as much as magic. Do not read when hungry – you will be envious of the delicious baked goods that are described.

I purchased this book after being provided with an ARC of the second novel in this series from net galley.  It didn’t take long for me to search out the first and wow, look at that cover image!  It is sickly sweet with a sinister feel.

The plot was somewhat predictable but this did not mean it was any less enjoyable.  I hope the author expands on the idea of magical bakeries in future book of the series.

  • TITLE: Deadly Sweet
  • AUTHOR: Lola Dodge
  • PUBLISHER: INscribe Digital
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 16 January 2018






Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on K-dramas and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

You can interact with Lola Dodge on her websiteTwitterFacebookGoodreads and Amazon






2 responses to “Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge”

  1. […] read the first book, Deadly Sweet, after being approved to read second book on […]


  2. I loved this one! SO glad you enjoyed it too

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