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- Publication Date: September 1, 2016
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Under Your Spell: A Romance Boxed Set of Masked Balls, Haunted Gardens, Magic, and More Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The Killing Touch by Elana Johnson
It’s July 1869, Door Country, Wisconsin. Robert Williams meets Anna Crane and it’s love at first sight for Robert. They correspond and visit each other for several months, but Anna only has the feelings of a friend. When she visits Robert to tell him that, she meets his brother Charles. Skip ahead to October 1871. Anna is now married to Charles and expecting their first child. Robert and Charles are together when a firestorm hits the area and their whole town is destroyed, with over 50 people killed, including Charles. Anna is safe with her parents in their town. Robert comes to Anna for help with his injuries. However, he isn’t really alive. He too died with the others and only Anna can see him. Robert has been given a strange ability and with it, he can make himself human again. Can he do it and if so, will he and Anna be able to have a life together?
One Touch of Silver by Elizabeth Cole
New Jersey, 1931. Silver Salem has traveled here at the written request of Collier (Coll) Dunne. He is actually expecting her father, but reluctantly agrees to let Silver stay. From a spellbook he has, he wants Silver to find a spell to break the curse he’s under…not that of being a werewolf, but the bargain he made with the demon Bahor. Silver, too, is unusual. Her cat Piewicket communicates with her telepathically and she understands every word. It is both complicated and painful to rid Coll of the curse, but it works…that is until they leave the house. You will be surprised how Bahor is defeated permanently—a little gruesome, but effective.
Sweet Lavvy by Amanda Gale
There is nothing scary about this story, but it provides a lesson in what is most important in life—family. Nick is in the cemetery of his small town in Maine to visit his father’s grave. There he meets an old man who is visiting his great-great-grandmother, Lavinia (Lavvy) Lockett Sewall. That night as Nick waits in the local pub for his brother-in-law Vince, to tell him he is breaking up their partnership and taking a job away from here, he again meets the old man. Then Nick hears Lavvy’s story. The story of her love for her husband Theodore is both heart-warming and tragic at the same time. At the end of the story, as Nick looks at Vince coming through the door, he looks back and the old man is gone. Who is this old man? Nick makes the decision to stay where he is so he can be close to Vince and continue with the job that lets him be home with his wife and family every night.
To Hell With Love by G.G. Andrew
An unusual story. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to visit Hell or the devil? Daisy meets Derek in a bookstore and they are together one night, but the next morning he doesn’t even recognize her and wants nothing to do with her. When she finds out she’s pregnant, she returns to the bookstore and learns he made a deal with the devil. Because she wants to break that deal so he will be with her again, the clerk helps her get to Hell. On her first trip she meets Will, a human temporarily working as Charon, who rows the dead across the river Acheron. Will shouldn’t do it, but he tells her how she can return to earth if she needs to, which she certainly does. Daisy makes three trips to Hell, meeting a different character each time. The third time she finally gets her wish to meet Hades (the devil). Everything works out for the best in the end, but I won’t tell you how. It’s pretty amazing! I’m glad to say Daisy ends up with the right man.
Montgomery Mansion by Sara Spencer
This is a sweet story, even with ghosts roaming around. Alice and her friend Tara (the adventurous type) are invited to a party at a haunted house on Halloween. There Alice meets Elliott and Tara finds her new friend Chuck. The house truly is haunted. There are a number of ghosts, including a lady in black and a crying baby. The sound of a baby crying draws Alice and Elliott into an empty room, where the door slams shut and locks them in. They only escape when “whoever” it is, unlocks the door. Alice and Elliott have had enough and leave to finish the night peacefully, while Tara and Chuck stay to go looking for more ghosts.
Gravebound by Rachel Shane
This is the perfect name for this story. Cole has a curse on him that is forcing him to throw himself into a certain grave and bury himself alive. How can he break the curse? He goes to Delilah, a divorce lawyer who is also a witch. She is able to break contracts, whether divorces the regular way or curses using magic. Together they seek out the most likely people who want him dead—his bookie, his ex-girlfriend and his former good friend. Delilah finds a way to break Cole’s curse, but the result isn’t what Cole wants. Now Delilah is in danger and he has to help her. In doing that, they discover who really put the curse on Cole and why. What a surprise! Good ending, though. There is one sex scene you might want to skip.
Wicked Garden by Bryn Donovan
Nicole Sherry is housesitting a month for her mother’s friend Francie in Savannah, Georgia. She meets her next door neighbor, Aaron Cavanaugh, her first day—right after a scary experience in the house. That night Nicole has a nightmare where she seems to be Polly, who is killed by her husband. The next night Polly appears in Aaron’s bedroom, but she shifts between being herself and Nicole. Trying to get rid of Polly doesn’t work, so Nicole moves across town to a hotel. After deciding she needs to go back—not just because of Polly, but also because of wanting to be with Aaron—she returns. The chemistry that has been between Nicole and Aaron from the beginning culminates in an explicit sex scene in the back yard before they confront Polly. Nicole has now moved on with her life after two failed relationships and now Polly can do the same.
Of Scares and Smooches by Nicole Zoltack
This is one of my favorite stories in this collection. I really enjoyed it, even with the scary things going on. Ryder Warren comes to a very old, very rundown mansion in South Carolina to, hopefully, be the handyman to restore the house. He meets the owner, Jade Abbot, there, but even before she arrives, there are strange things happening—the front door opening by itself and a cold breeze blowing from inside the house to the outside through a broken window. When Jade goes to enter the house, the door slams right in her face, hitting her nose hard. Jade believes the “curse” of the house has killed her parents and grandparents. At dinner that night, an invisible hand throws her against the wall and almost chokes her to death. She barely survives, but the ghost suddenlyleaves after she says she is the last of the Abbots. Jade and Ryder are attracted to each other, so they work together to figure out why the house is haunted and how to get rid of the ghost. They succeed, but I’ll let you find out how. The story has a great ending.
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Mysteries of the Universe by Jessica Arden
I really enjoyed this story too. Julie Deveaux is doing her college thesis on the Madam Sophia murders in New Orleans. She believes Sophia is innocent of murdering two men, even though there is an eye witness. But how can she prove it? She literally bumps into Griffin Durocher, who is Sophia’s grandson, but Julie doesn’t know that right away. They are drawn to each other and discover how many things they have in common, including a great sense of humor. Julie is afraid to tell Griffin she’s researching his grandmother’s alleged murders because of his reaction, and it turns out she was right. He is super angry and walks out on her. Discover how they get together again and find out the truth behind the murders. Julie is torn between her attraction to Griffin and her family’s strong dislike of him. See how that works out for a happy ending.
Unmasked by Saskia Blake
This was definitely one of my favorite stories of all. There are no unusual, scary or strange occurrences except two brief times when Julia seems to be in a place decades earlier. Carly invites her best friend Julia to help waitress a party at Willingdon Manor. Willingdon Manor, the house Julia has tried to locate for the last two years since seeing it on a hiking trip in the mountains. Of course, a second reason for going is that Julia hopes to see Jason, the man she’s thought about the last two years. Julia meets her true love at the party, but not who you might think. He too has been waiting two years for the girl he saw in a dream…a girl in the mountains, sitting on a rock looking towards Willingdon Manor. It’s a great happily-ever-after story.
One Touch of Silver by Elizabeth Cole: Loved it. LOVED IT! I fell head over heels for Silver and Coll. I usually read stories with at least two POVs, but this was amazing from Silver’s (third-person) point of view. Strong start, strong finish. Excellent pacing. Great balance of angst where necessary, but not wallowing in angst. At no point did I want to set it down. Then I immediately bought, downloaded, and read Cole’s 5-novel Zodiac series.
Gravebound by Rachel Shane: Wow. Modern law and modern witches in a believable story about defeating fatal curses and falling in love in a single night. Good mystery, good suspense, great chemistry. The clues are real clues, the physics and dangers believable. Great pacing, great dialogue. I see there’s a sequel about this couple . . .
Wicked Garden by Bryn Donovan: I skipped ahead to read this one first because I follow Bryn’s blog and Facebook page. Great modern novella. Great use of two third-person points of view. Strong start; strong finish. Respectful handling of OCD and other behavioral health issues. It’s got scary ghost moments, hot sex, and a happy ending. It’s new and unique, not a repeat of Bryn’s Sole Possession novel (which is grittier and I recommend for lovers of ghosts, hauntings, and fighting demons).
The Skeptic's Guide to the Mysteries of the Universe by Jessica Arden: New Orleans. The feels! Several parts of this modern novella made me tear up. Love the characters. It’s all from the heroine’s third-person POV, and works well that way. Great historical detail, characters, and storyline. They have challenges to work through, but no part of this story left me wallowing in angst.
Unmasked by Saskia Blake: Intriguing. I wanted at least another paragraph or two, or another few chapters. Good modern novella (more like a short story) with historical embellishments from various periods. It’s all from the heroine’s third-person POV, and works well that way.
Montgomery Mansion by Sara Spencer: Okay start, nice meet-cute and first kiss, but the meeting of and role of the rotating cast of secondary characters didn’t gel for me. Couldn’t get into it, didn’t finish.
I couldn’t get into the others and didn’t finish them: The Killing Touch by Elana Johnson, Sweet Lavvy by Amanda Gale, To Hell With Love by G.G. Andrew, Of Scares And Smooches by Nicole Zoltack.
Overall, I got a great deal for five stories/novellas for a dollar, and I plan to check out more by these authors.
My favorites of the set are; The Skeptics Guide to the Mysteries of the Universe by Jessica Arden, One Touch of Silver by Elizabeth Cole and Unmasked by Saskia Blake.
This set is definitely an enjoyable bargain and worth taking the time to read each story.