ROMANCE

Spellbound

Carina. (Magic in Manhattan, Bk. 1). Jul. 2019. ebk. ISBN 9781488055089. $4.99. HISTORICAL paranomal m/m ROMANCE
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Those with magical abilities live alongside ordinary folk in 1925 Prohibition New York, hiding their supernatural talents from the world. As a psychometric, Rory’s powers allow him to see the history of an object, a skill useful in appraising antiques. Arthur “Ace” Kenzie, on a mission to prevent supernatural artifacts from falling into the wrong hands, discovers Rory’s abilities and recruits him to identify the influence of two relics. Initially cagey and irascible, Rory eventually agrees to help Ace, falling hard for him in the process. Returning Rory’s affections, Ace offers protection from those who would hurt or exploit him. And as their bond develops into something more, its consequences are those that no one could expect.
VERDICT Despite its fantasy elements, this remains a romance at heart, revolving around Rory’s and Ace’s growing feelings for each other. Rory’s personality shifts drastically toward the end, creating a noticeable character inconsistency, but an exciting plot paired with fascinating magic makes this a solid and enjoyable start to the series.

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