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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061191361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061191367
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,505,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lois Greiman is the award-winning author of more than twenty novels, including romantic comedy, historical romance, and mystery. She lives in Minnesota with her family and an ever-increasing number of horses.


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Under Your Spell is a unique combination of the paranormal, historical, romance and mystery.
MNix
I couldn't even get through the entire thing, although I did manage to skim the rest to find out the plot and read the naughty bits.
Libby Rian
The two main characters, Ella and Drake have a lot of chemistry/magic, their dialogue is witty, sexy and fun.
D. Hoskins

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 1, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like all the students at Lavender House, Elegance "Ella" St. James possesses special talents; as that is a prerequisite to get into the exclusive school. However, unlike her peers, she has no interest in spellbinding a man into marrying her. Instead she wants to act "normal" but first she is interested in uncovering the person who murdered her friend.

However her efforts at undercover sleuthing fail because wherever she goes regardless of the time, Thomas "Sir Drake" Donovan is always there. Thomas knows she is in over her head and worried about her even as he knows she is dangerous to his heart. Ella wants desperately to trust Thomas, but fears he may not be what her heart hopes he is; so she tells him nothing and continues to dig bringing her to the attention of someone who has killed before.

Readers will be under Lois Greiman's spell as her first Witches of Mayfair historical paranormal romance is an enchanting tale. Ella is a terrific, some might say foolish, heroine who knows what she wants and does not want until the interfering Thomas enters her life. He is heroic as he knows from their first encounter she is the one although she seems to reject him. Combining a delightful romance with a solid murder mystery, a bewitching paranormal element, and plenty of action, UNDER YOUR SPELL is a terrific one sitting read.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Hoskins on April 4, 2009
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I loved this book because it was different and yes, enchanting. The story is unfolded, not told in a straight narrative way. You get a bit of info here and there until the picture comes together. The two main characters, Ella and Drake have a lot of chemistry/magic, their dialogue is witty, sexy and fun. There are several twists that make the story interesting, the romance is sexy and intriguing and the glimpses into Lavender House and Ella's past are tantalizing. Can't wait to read more in this series.
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I love the complexities of a Lois Greiman plot and her characters are irresistible for their great humanness; it is so great to share their journey to discover their flaws do not make them unlovable.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Romance Books on June 4, 2008
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Lois Greiman, known for her superbly written Scottish Romances, mostly about the Fraser clan, and also for her beautifully sensual princess and pirate romances, breaks free into this simply enchanting new storyline about Witches in Mayfair. But these are not the type of witches that a reader would think of. Like Glenda the "good witch of the west" in the Wizard of Oz, these witches do no harm, but simply share unique gifts that add to a mundane social life, are alluring, and make tales of the Ton more fun than the normal historical or regency romance.

In the first of this fabulous trilogy, the bewitching Ella St. James can dazzle any man with her beauty and she snags the attention of the handsome Thomas Donovan. But Thomas and Ella both fight their attractions, as Ella is in London, a place she is not comfortable and does not find enjoyable with all the glittering parties. She is there because a dear friend is missing and feels it is her mission to find her. Thomas has secrets of his own for being around everywhere where the beautiful Ella is and his desire and attraction for Ella are getting in the way of his own mission. But are their two missions possibly connected? And if so, then can the sensual sparks and desire and sensual devour they feel for each other be even more powerful to help both of their situations?

Ms. Greiman has written another delightful story with this new series. Her talent can span any subject with characters that are sexy, charming, loving, honorable and totally unforgettable. The second book in this series cannot be released soon enough. Under Your Spell is an enjoyable fast read that keeps the reader glued to the pages and disappointed when it ends. A wonderful summer beach and pool read!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on August 2, 2008
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Ella St James, Countess of Lanshire, is a widow who has a secret - she is a witch and has been working with other witches to help others. However following the death of her friend Sarah she has decided she wants to live a quiet life with a child, she just needs to find a suitable man to provide that child. Ella doesn't want to get married as she doesn't want any man to have power over her as her former husband did - and then put her in an asylum when she told him about her powers.

When Ella meets Sir Thomas Drake, a former soldier, she finds him unexpectedly appealing but he doesn't fit her criteria for a liaison and so she tries to ignore him. However he often appears when she's in danger and they spend time together. Does Sir Thomas know anything about Sarah's death? Can she find a man who will accept that she is Gifted?

The basic story of this book is rather thin and several aspects which were discussed aren't entirely resolved (such as Ella's time in the asylum). It is mostly made up of interactions between Ella and Sir Thomas where he wants to sleep with her and she tells him he's not suitable. Neither character feels particularly convincing, despite the fact that we follow the story from both of their points of view.

Unfortunately the historical accuracy in this book goes vastly awry at times. The author clearly hasn't done thorough research into the period - she has several characters who are referred to as 'count' (the English title is Earl), the hero is called Sir Drake where he would always be called Sir Thomas (Thomas being his first name) or Sir Thomas Drake; and there's a colossal howler two thirds of the way through the book where the adjective 'sophomoric' is used which is unlikely to be understood by modern British people, let alone historical ones.
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