Saturday 22 June 2019

Book Review: Spellbound (Magic in Manhattan #1) by Allie Therin (MM/Historical/Fantasy)

Title: Spellbound (Magic in Manhattan #1)
Author: Allie Therin
Carina Press

Publication Date: 29 July 2019
eBook - EPUB
ARC via NetGalley

1925, New York

Arthur 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 altogether.

Rory 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 no.

Being 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 him.

Spellbound was, indeed, a spellbinding work. I loved every minute of the story, and fell in love with both Arthur and Rory. Their relationship developed at a believable pace, with instant attraction but not instalove. Meanwhile, the plot was interesting and contained plenty of action and adventure. I did regret the fade-to-black sex scenes. After the slow build-up I was keen to see the characters finally get together and would have liked to have witnessed a little more of those intimate interactions, but that's a minor complaint, and it certainly didn't ruin my overall enjoyment of the story. I would like to read more from this author in the future and am definitely keen to continue the Magic in Manhattan series when book two releases next year. An easy 4.5-star read for me, and I recommend Spellbound to fans of MM fantasy looking for works that encompass memorable characters and a strong, well-written story.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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