"I won't make it without you, Victoria. You're everything to me."
I am a huge fan of Sylvia Day and I had picked up a copy of Spellbound whilst out shopping but I hadn't had the chance to read it. I am so glad I finally picked it up. I was looking forward to reading a paranormal romance, something different from my usual contemporary reads. And Ms. Day can certainly spice up the magical realms too!
Spellbound is three sexy novellas bound in one book. We have the beginning, middle and end of Max and Victoria's story. I liked the short stories, each gave you a snapshot of Max and Victoria's life at that point and then left you wanting more by the end. Even the final story left me wanting it to continue, and the ending is left open, so perhaps Max and Victoria may pop up again in the future.
Victoria is a Familiar, but she is not paired with a Warlock, after losing her first love she seeks revenge on the Triumvirate who killed him. Victoria is a loose cannon and Max, a Hunter, has been drafted in to capture her, in preparation to hand her over to her new partner. What Max doesn't count on is falling hard for Victoria and keeping her for himself. When they join forces, they are more powerful together and have to fight off enemies who are now scared of the powerful pairing.
I loved the word of which Sylvia had created, I liked learning about Victoria and her powers, she could switch from human to cat in the blink of an eye. When Max came along, their power complimented each other, they could read each other's mind and were made for each other. Familiar and Hunter were hot together! Max and Victoria sure had some stamina. Sylvia Day can write a sex scene like no other, Max and Victoria's feelings were poured into their physical joining and magic was transferred during sex, even their orgasms made them more powerful. It sure is a fun way to prepare for battle. ;-)
Spellbound was a short, erotic and entertaining read. It was great to read something a little bit different. I loved Max and Victoria from the beginning. Parts of the storyline, reminded me of twilight, in the way they had to defeat the Triumvirate (like the Volturi) although this version is definitely hotter! Fans of Sylvia Day need to check this one out and fans of paranormal romance looking for something spicier should give this one a read.
"Don't you dare act like I'm a liability." His fingertips followed the curve of her eyebrows. "You're my heart."
"Her eyes widened, then softened with love. "You've never been afraid before." "I've never had anything to lose."
"I love you. He nudged her thigh wider with his knee so he could thrust deeper. Love You.
Victoria pressed her cheek to his. I know."
"I've given you everything I've got". . . "And I'll keep giving it until I draw my last breath."
"He pressed his mouth to her and she relaxed, pushing her worries out of her mind. They had this. They had each other. The rest would work itself out."
*I received an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
After reading the synopsis for Spellbound, I was very much looking forward to reading this one. The blurb really caught my attention and, being that it was a Sylvia Day book, I had really high hopes. My first thoughts after starting this book and seeing that it dealt with familiars, warlocks and had kind of a BDSM-meets-paranormal vibe? I was definitely intrigued. It seemed different than a lot of the books I've been reading lately and the whole concept seemed really interesting!
Ok, so now for a little backstory... Let's see if I can get this right!
Familiars are paired with warlocks--and not by choice. Their purpose is to aid their warlock, to work with them and add to their powers. Victoria was lucky enough to experience something pretty rare-- she fell in love with her warlock, and he with her. Upon his passing, he shared his powers with her, so now she's stronger than most familiars. Her power and reputation has made her infamous, and is also the reason why she is now hunted. Because she can no longer be forced to pair with another warlock, she is now hunted. But after getting a taste of freedom, Victoria refuses to allow herself to be traded off to another warlock ever again. Time and again, hunters have tried to "collar" her and have failed.
And this is when we meet Max, the most powerful of his kind, sent on behalf of the high council to capture Victoria. He's determined to tame her, no matter what, and is quite excited by the challenge. But can he dominate her without wanting to keep her for his own? And can he even succeed where so many others have failed? There's instant attraction between the two, and their personalities allow for a very entertaining power struggle.
I had mixed feelings about this book. What turned me off the most was that it seemed to be three smaller stories in one. As a whole, the concept of this story was extremely interesting and had huge potential. With the story being broken up the way that it was, it felt like three underdeveloped stories in one, and each felt a bit rushed. Had there been more of a backstory here, then I could have easily fallen in love with this book. As it was, I found myself less and less connected to the characters as the story progressed. Clearly this book was meant to be very steamy and sexy and that was great. However, I would have enjoyed it more if the two characters had less sex and more conversation. Despite all of that, I did really enjoy reading this one, and it started off really strong for me, and did hold my interest the entire time. I just still wanted a bit more.
If you're looking for a different kind of book with lots of steam, then this one is for you. It was a very quick read for me. It got right to the point and had very little fluff. The characters were intriguing, as was the storyline, and, despite the few issues I had, it was a very fun read.
SYLVIA DAY is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen novels. A wife and mother, she is a former Russian linguist for the US Army Military Intelligence Corps. She's been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, the National Readers' Choice Award, the EPPIE Award, the Readers' Crown, and multiple finalist nominations for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award of Excellence.
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