Exhausted with the butting heads and heated excha ...more
I love it when I pick up a book on a whim and it turns out to be great. This was one of those books. Elion and Stavros are wonderful characters and the author did a fabulous job of giving them depth. Stavros was all curmudgeonly and growly and stoic and just *sigh* swoon worthy. Elion was no slouch himself. I was afraid at the beginning he would end up being a bit of a brat (Stavros certainly called him that enough times) but he didn't; instead he was a surprisingly strong character an ...more
The plot is surprisingly good, but the writing needs polishing. There were no proper transitions, and sometimes the delivery of the story was confusing and rushed. This had a promising enemies-to-lovers story going on -- with angsty pasts and palpable sexual tension between MCs. But, I just think it was too cruel to drag it out until the very end for the "lovers" part to finally commence.
Although, the story really boasts of many action-packed adventures, dramatic twists, and sometimes funny mome...more
I thought I was going to really like this one. The premise sounded good and I liked the sample... but then nothing really happened. I mean I am at 30-odd% in and I just don't feel invested in the case they are working or really even them if I'm honest. Something isn't working for me. And seriously, how many times is Elion going to BLUSH for gods sake - is he a 13 year old school girl? I swear he has blushed about 10 times in the last 10% alone. :/ And what was with the really random hai ...more
I had this on my Scribd list for quite some time and never got around to reading it. Why? The blurb was just really poorly written. So even though it seemed like a premise I might like, I just didn't expect it to be good. There is a lot of really bad fiction on Scribd.
But I saw it elsewhere, with an edited blurb and some good reviews and decided to give it a try. It turns out th ...more
I don't read enemies to lovers books all that often but when they're done well they are totally worth it. This particular story was, for me, just okay. One of the MCs, Stavros, can be summed up in three words: Anger Management Issues. I kept waiting for someone to offer him a happy pill but they'd have probably gotten their face ripped off for the trouble. Elion was a good counterbalance to the utter ball of rage his partner was but there was really only so much he could handle before snapping a ...more
I really hope to read more stories by this author.
RECOMMENDED well written romance!
I didn't connect with either Stavros or Elion. I found Stavros very intriguing when I first read him, but then he slipped into the badass-leather-wearing stereotype that always seems to be present in supernatural romance. However then his character just seesawed around that I couldn't really bring myself to care about him, plus ...more
I was hooked quickly by Stavros. As much as I wanted him to chill out, I wanted to know more why he was the way he was. There was backstory there that I needed to know.
Elion seemed really straightforward and simple at first--not one-dimensional, just a very open fellow. I liked that as cheerfu ...more
A random purchase, that has pleasantly surprised me. I read many so-called "paranormal" stories - I find them mostly relaxing, but rarely really well written. Marcus Atley has created in his debut (?) a solid story with complex characters and a refreshingly unromantic nonetheless deeply (com)passionate look at the world "behind" known reality.
Stavros, the "short-fused cambion" is beauty incarnate, like every in ...more
4.25 Stars - This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. It was an interesting world with interesting characters. Lots of action, near death experiences, UST, and magic make for a great read.
Stavros was so surly and Elion so eager they seemed like opposites but they really had core things in common. The unresolved sexual tension was so thick and unrelenting I wasn’t sure we were ever going to get there, but it worked for the story. This ...more
I enjoyed the concept, setup and settings of Spellbound. That was all interesting and well done. I also liked Elion a lot and rooted for him throughout the story. Mikhail is a great supporting character. Stavros, on the other hand, never quite won me over. The plot was also entertaining, except there were some points that were vague or confusing to me. For example, they have t ...more
The beginning is a great start, and really the first half is fairly strong. As long as you don't think too hard about the fact that they're supposedly working a case. Really, any plot beyond the "get along you're stuck together now" magic is flimsy and badly-handled, but that forced magical bonding is cute and up my alley. (But seriously, that case is really weak and between the w ...more