Friday, June 19, 2015

Spell Bound

Title: Spell Bound
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-63476-124-6
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Mason Blackmoor’s magic doesn’t measure up to his father and two brothers. He should wield strong black magic but instead whenever he casts a spell, it backfires, creating chaos. And despite his age, his full magical power hasn’t manifested, so he doesn’t know what it might be.

On the day Mason meets Drake Carpenter, everything changes. Not only does Drake annoy Mason with his friendly, self-confident ways but he feels strangely attracted too. Mason doesn’t understand what’s going on but after a couple of altercations it’s pretty certain Drake doesn’t like him either. Then later that day they find a dead body on his high school football field and no one in the magical community knows what’s going on.

Since nothing strange happened before Drake arrived in town, could he be to blame, or is it a coincidence. But Drake does act odd and why does he run all over town? And why is Mason drawn to him? What’s going on? Why does he feel so spell bound? Is his feeling toward Drake real or is something else going on?

Spell Bound is the first release in the new paranormal trilogy The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge by Jacob Z. Flores. This was a first time read of this author for me and I’m glad to report I found it well written, fun and entertaining. New authors are always an uncertainty but the premise of this new trilogy caught my attention and I had to give it a try—and I’m glad I did. Truthfully, I can’t wait for the next one.

I enjoyed the world building; it’s filled with vivid details and background information to make the story come alive. Some of the details on warlocks and witches isn’t new, but the author added some interesting twists to make it seem fresh and creative. There’s a lot going on in the story. Not just with the budding relationship between Mason and Drake, but with the unknown evil invading the town of Havenbridge, Massachusetts, where the Blackmoor family guards a powerful Gate. It’s a balancing act to get it right, and I haven’t even mentioned the secondary characters that play important roles, the various types of magic, and the death and danger scattered throughout the plot. 

Don’t think its all action and death, because it’s not. There’s still time for romance and some fun and laughs between the characters. And the bantering dialogue between Mason and his brothers is funny and realistic, even if the topic isn’t. Yes, there are dangling threads and unanswered questions at the end but it’s obvious the books are linked so I didn’t get unset. Know that there’s a wrap-up of some things and Mason and Drake as a couple is resolved.

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