{Read Epub} ¹ Spellbound ß eBook or Kindle ePUB free

{Read Epub} ß Spellbound ⚡ To save Manhattan, they ll have to save each other first New YorkArthur Kenzie s life s work is protecting the world from the supernatural relics that could destroy it When an amulet with the power to control the tides is shipped to New York, he must intercept it before it can be used to devastating effects This time, in order to succeed, he needs a powerful psychometric and the only one available has sworn off his abilities altogetherRory Brodigan s gift comes with great risk To protect himself, he s become a recluse, redirecting his magic to find counterfeit antiques But with the city s fate hanging in the balance, he can t force himself to say noBeing with Arthur is dangerous, but Rory s ever growing attraction to him begins to make him brave And as Arthur coaxes him out of seclusion, a magical and emotional bond begins to form One that proves impossible to break even when Arthur sacrifices himself to keep Rory safe and Rory must risk everything to save himOne click with confidence This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise all the romance you re looking for with an HEA HFN It s a promise This book is approximately , words 4.25 starsOooh, what an exciting read First of all, I don t care if the description says that Rory is a scrawny blond with brown eyes while Arthur is tall, built, with coal black hair and sky blue eyes but this book has MAGIC, and the name Arthur and later, Gwen and I am TOTALLY imagining this book as a Merlin Arthur story in Manhattan laugh It makes the book a different way kind of entertainingOutside that, I found this to be engaging I love to read about magic, and it was fu 4.25 starsOooh, what an exciting read First of all, I don t care if the description says that Rory is a scrawny blond with brown eyes while Arthur is tall, built, with coal black hair and sky blue eyes but this book has MAGIC, and the name Arthur and later, Gwen and I am TOTALLY imagining this book as a Merlin Arthur story in Manhattan laugh It makes the book a different way kind of entertainingOutside that, I found this to be engaging I love to read about magic, and it was fun to read one set in Prohibition era I loved the characters too Rory with his prickly porcupine attitude Arthur with his protective streak Maybe I want to shake some sense into both men for making ASSUMPTIONS But it was the yesteryear, where liking men is dangerous, despite that this is being an alternate universe with magic involved The villains were great too, a little twist here and there and that climax in the end was worth to be translated into big screen I can t wait to read the next book And readabout the adventures of these characters 4.5 This book is exceptionally good It hit pretty much every note I d expect in a historical paranormal mystery romance, from a great sense of the time period, to a unique interpretation of magic abilities, to a decent set of villains and some sweet relationship development.My only criticism, and it comes down to personal taste only, is that I really dislike fade to black or sex scenes referenced as happening off page It takes away an aspect of relationship development that of the trust whic 4.5 This book is exceptionally good It hit pretty much every note I d expect in a historical paranormal mystery romance, from a great sense of the time period, to a unique interpretation of magic abilities, to a decent set of villains and some sweet relationship development.My only criticism, and it comes down to personal taste only, is that I really dislike fade to black or sex scenes referenced as happening off page It takes away an aspect of relationship development that of the trust which comes with a sexual exchange from the reader and, again in my own opinion, means you have a slight disconnect between the affection happening on page and that layer of build up.This is especially important to see for me as a reader in a period where homosexuality was not only frowned upon but could, in certain parts of the world, still mean imprisonment or death as it demonstrates the emotional connection between two men in spite of the dangers.That said, it really is my only niggle, because everything else just absolutely worked I adored Rory and Ace, the secondary cast of both heroic accomplices and villainous former friends were brilliantly outlined and detailed.The magical world is New York with a twist, it has a steampunk feel to it while mostly being rooted in the 20s Prohibition Era and I loved the paranormal elements.Annoyingly for me, book two isn t due out until next year because we re left with a sort of cliffhanger and a lot of loose story plot ends which will be running through the series and I m dying to find out ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review I was hooked after reading the sample, eagerly pressing buy and turning the page But for me this book proved a huge disappointment I entered expecting a colourful 1920 s world, magical highjinx with romance along the way The reality is teenage angst and overabundance of manners with very little to determine period or any plot.The only nod to the era is a visit to a speakeasy, the wearing of cloche hats and occasionally calling women doll this is so random as to be distracting the first t I was hooked after reading the sample, eagerly pressing buy and turning the page But for me this book proved a huge disappointment I entered expecting a colourful 1920 s world, magical highjinx with romance along the way The reality is teenage angst and overabundance of manners with very little to determine period or any plot.The only nod to the era is a visit to a speakeasy, the wearing of cloche hats and occasionally calling women doll this is so random as to be distracting the first time it happens I was imaging a bespelled doll and had to pause to remember the supposed time period There s also I believe a number of coloured characters, but this is expressed very coyly to the point that when it s stated you have no rights in America I m still confused as to whether that was down to skin tone or posessing magic ability.Characters Oh my Arthur is limitlessly rich and all knowing, without us ever getting a good explanation for that knowledge He s on a mission to save the world or possibly just Manhatten, how why this came about I don t really know He doesn t seem very focused on it though because he sconcerned over not causing offense than to actually gathering information For a big bruiser of an ex soldier much is made of his muscles all we get from him is the could he possibly like me Then Rory Rory is described as a hell cat but is written to seem increasingly younger as the story progresses Also it s seems undecided if he s attracted to men or unaware such a thing is possible, his behaviour thoughts waver Then there s a few other random characters thrown in often upstageing.Romance well Rory is half Italian Though passing smoothly for Irish accents what accent He speaks a few words, almost one whole sentence of Italian and Arthur is hooked Hopefully Arthur wont bump into someone who can speak two whole sentences in the near future or he may move on I found that odd Rory says he can cook Italian food never demonstrated and so it s love.I found characters acted illogical to their situation and stories view spoiler Can anyone tell me the point of carrying potions without knowing what they do or attempting to find out That really bugged at me hide spoiler Someone in hiding revealing their presence to rant, random visits to locations seemingly simply for the visual This is primarily a romance with fancy terms subordinate paranormals to make it seemSo full on angsty teenagers doing the does he, doesn t he.The plot sort of happens around the 80% mark The characters do little to bring it about, though there s a few special magical effects The outcome seemed obvious I went through the whole book thinking it was the sequel, that the main events had already occured and this was the follow up, but this is the first book For any of this to have impact I think you d need to read the non existing first book Sorry if disappointment is making me bitchy There were plenty of promising ideas here but the result is lacklustre, it needsplot focus to drive the story on Magic, mystery and love in the roaring 20 s The first half of this magically thrilling mystery was sublime The second half readlike YA Maybe it was me, maybe it was the book Regardless, the pacing slowed up and allowed me to see holes in the story so well laid out in the beginning Ok, what I liked The setting 1925 Roaringly awesome Closeted paranormalsRelics of deep magicA mortal leading a group of paranormals to save NYCThe tension between our MCsThe status and experience differe Magic, mystery and love in the roaring 20 s The first half of this magically thrilling mystery was sublime The second half readlike YA Maybe it was me, maybe it was the book Regardless, the pacing slowed up and allowed me to see holes in the story so well laid out in the beginning Ok, what I liked The setting 1925 Roaringly awesome Closeted paranormalsRelics of deep magicA mortal leading a group of paranormals to save NYCThe tension between our MCsThe status and experience differential between themThe different paranormal powersWant I didn t like How one MC, Rory, was so bullheaded How Rory was so bullheadedAce and his sudden insta loveHow they were apart and then all of the sudden togetherThe flatness of some secondary charactersJust a small nod to the era Harlem, speakeasy, mentions of racial prejudice The language didn t seem to fit the era FADE TO BLACK SEX So why the 4 Stars I truly enjoyed the first part of the story and this made me overlook the somewhat sophomoric feel of the second half I can totally see this book as the beginning of a great TV series, and I expect that a fantastic narrator could rock the hell out of this story