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The First Spell (Prequel to Hot Magic) [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Carrington
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Though a prequel to the Hot Magic Series, this is a standalone book. None of the other books in the series, Indigo Spell, Breaking the Spell, and Unchained Spell, need to read first!

Captivated by a wizard with amnesia, Jensen knows he’s only asking for trouble when he takes her to his world. Finding out she’s a member of an enemy guild doesn’t change his connection to her. And their first kiss only strengthens his need to keep her close.

Barely knowing her own name, Charlemaine begins having horrible visions of impeding doom, and she’s labeled an enemy of Jensen’s guild. She doesn’t trust she isn’t being used as bait to bring down the group of powerful wizards, but she doesn’t want to leave Jensen.

Jensen will risk anything to save Charlemaine’s life when magic gives way to betrayal. But will the need for vengeance overcome even the strongest love?

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From the Author

I wrote the first book in the Hot Magic series, Indigo Spell, in 2003. That was when I introduced the parents of the hero, Jaxon. Jensen and Charlemaine had a loving relationship that had continued for centuries, but, to me, it wasn't enough that they only be a small part of the series. I wanted them to have their own story. That's what The First Spell is all about. Their story.

It is a standalone title. You don't need to know anything about the entire series as I wanted every reader to be able to enjoy this magical world without feeling the need to read the other books.

I hope you enjoy this fantasy journey!

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  • File Size: 195 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Betrayal and Sacrifice June 17, 2014
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When Jensen and his brother find Charlemaine unconscious and with amnesia, no one realizes the depth to the betrayal Charlie is in danger of or by whom. Who or what will be sacrificed in order to have her family reunited? This was a quick short story that is part of the Hot Magic series. Well written and enjoyed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read February 22, 2014
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This was a really interesting read. I knew nothing about the series so, this is totally fresh material to me.

I really liked Charlie and her spunky attitude. I love a gal with sass! Even when she had no memory, she was still feisty.

The romance with Jensen develops quickly but it is still believable. I liked their connection and really felt the feelings develop.

The story is simple but the world is very well developed. I could see it leading into the series and am definitely curious to read more. The idea of guilds and magic is always fascinating.

The story is mostly a clean romance, not detailed steam. It is still enjoyable from that angle. Not every romance has to be a sexfest.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Katie McAble. She does a very nice job with the women's voices and the general narration. She really missed the mark on the men's voices. They ranged from creepy to annoying. Several really grated the nerves. I liked her pace and found it to be a nice read aside from the men's dialogue. I am not ready to write her off though, I would definitely give her another listen.

I am curious about the rest of the series and hope to see it on Audible soon. If not I may have to break down and get the ebooks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning to a series packed with Magic!! January 22, 2013
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What a fantastic start to the series! As you may or may not know, I am an action girl and The First Spell has everything I love jammed into one short book! Rachel Carrington has written a fast paced book and introduced me to a whole new world which includes Wizards, magic, lust, deception and plenty of action.

Two brothers, Jenson and Remy are both part of the Assembly, the most powerful Guild of Wizards in the world. While they were in the woods, they find an unconscious girl and when she wakes she doesn't have any memories. Jensen has an attraction to the girl immediately and is quick to defend her and keep her safe. Jensen uses his abilities to help her to remember who she is and hopefully to get some of her memories back. Charlemaine or Charlie as she prefers, remembers nothing of her family but is desperate to find out so she can return home. The brothers believe she is from the Nocturne Guild, but Jensen will not let her leave until she is able to defend herself and she remembers who she is.

And now begins the whirl wind romance. Charlie and Jensen have to overcome a few obstacles and are thrust into some situations that are out of their control. Even though they are from two different guilds they are beginning to realise that not everything is black and white when it comes to magic and their beliefs.

As I said earlier, there is deception in the plot as someone is trying to bring down the Assembly and Charlie tries to work with Jensen and his Guild to help find the traitor. Someone wants to bring the fire dagger into the world to destroy the Assembly and to unleash evil upon the world.

Charlie is a character I found easy to relate too. She is a bit reserved to begin with, but when her memories start to come back she starts to fire up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The First Spell October 26, 2012
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Jensen knows taking Charlemaine is something he shouldn't do, but he can't help it. Their kisses set them on fire and finding out she is forbidden and an enemy doesn't change his feelings in the least. All he knows is that he loves her and will protect her at all costs.

Good Read! I haven't read the other books in the series, but I did enjoy this short story. Jensen and Charlemaine are a great couple to read about. Of course they are forbidden to be with each other, but that made the story even better. I'm a sucker for forbidden loves. The First Spell is a fast, fun read. Sweet and sexy. I loved the fantasy elements. This is a prequel story to Carrington's Hot Magic series. From what I can tell this story can be read as a stand-alone.
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A prequel to the Hot Magic Series, this book starts with Jensen and his brother Remy, finding Charlemaine unconscious, in the woods, without memory or realization of her powers. The wizards from differing clans are not particularly friendly to each other, and in some cases, are overtly hostile to those not in their clan.

While Jensen is convinced Charlemaine has not been sent to the castle of the Assembly to cause difficulties. Unfortunately, not everyone is of the same belief. And when one of Charlemaine's own family members uses his wizardry and telepathic connection with her in a bid to obtain powers that would place him above all others: Charlemaine and Jensen are thrown into a battle for their lives.

A great starter taste to whet the appetite for the Hot Magic Series, the tone of the wizards and the partnership between Jensen and Charlemaine are something to look forward to. Their relationship offers the possibility of a happy for now, while there are underlying issues to be sorted out still. A solid effort that has me adding the series into my TBR pile.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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More About the Author

I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well...anything to do with writing.

After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense. I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer's Journal, Writer's Magazine, Writer's Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, and Funds for Writers.

I'm fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I'm not writing, I love to read paranormal romance, romantic suspense, young adult fantasy and paranormal, create videos, shop, cross-stitch, cook, and drink lots of coffee.

The following books are available in audio: Vampire Cursed, Vampire Forgotten, Vampire Betrayed, Vampire's Fury, The First Spell, Waking Up Immortal, and Extreme Measures. If this is your preferred method of reading, check them out on Amazon!

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