Monday, September 26, 2011

ARC Spell Bound (Darkly Enchanted) by Stephanie Julian

Title  Spell Bound (Darkly Enchanted)
Author Stephanie Julian
Source: Requested review
Genre: Paranormal romance- Magic
Length: 158 pgs
Release date: Sept. 27, 2011

She’s running from fate…

Shea Tedaldi is the only thing standing between her six-year-old brother and the men who killed their parents. Descendents of the ancient Etruscan magical race, Shea and her brother keep powerful secrets that make them the targets of the evil Malandante. They’ve been looking for a safe haven but the bad guys are gaining on them and Shea needs a hero, a guardian who won’t falter in the face of danger…

He’s looking for the key to break the spell…

Gabriel Borelli is a warrior born to protect the Etruscan witches living under a curse. He’s dedicated to breaking the spell and avenging the murder of his father by the Malandante. He won’t let anything—or anyone—get in his way. Not even the one woman who may hold the key to his quest…and his heart.

Stephanie Julian sets up a magical world that will leave you wanting more. But I have to admit I was confused (I say this was totally my fault somehow) for the first 2 chapters as I keep plugging along I found things were falling in place and then I couldn’t get enough. I found a great story along with a great romance. There were a couple of things that stood out. One was Stephanie packed a lot in for 158 pgs. The other was this is not a quick romance as you see in these shorter books. No, these two set a slow pace and it ended up making a better read all the way around for me. 

I enjoyed reading the characters and I loved the tension between Shea and Gabriel. One holds the key to break a spell while the other holds the key to open a heart. 

I loved the magic and the way Stephanie brought the events back around from the prologue, plus added some surprises in.

 If your one who has never tried Stephanie’s books this would be a great start. You might just find yourself another author that you can’t get enough of. I can’t wait to see what comes next….

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