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(Once Upon #1)

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Leave it to number-one bestselling author Nora Roberts to spin a tale that blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy, modern-day mishaps and ancient curses, obsession and undying passion. She’ll have you cheering for love to win the day as a man and woman discover just how deep their bond lies—and how some dreams are meant to be…

While on a much-needed vacation in I
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Mass Market Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Jove (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jennifer
Jan 25, 2009 rated it liked it
I bought this for a few reasons:

1)I was trying to read 100 books in 2006 and this was thin and looked fast.
2)I didn't have to pay for it.
3)I thought it would be a good excuse to dip my toes in the pool of romance books written by Nora.

I have to say it was better than I thought. Having shelved her books on bookstore shelves aproximatly 4 million times in my life - I always wondered at her success. I think she might even have more novels out than Daniel Steel - which is kind of amazing when you t
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Carla Marques
O último livro desta mini colecção da Nora Roberts, muito fáceis de ler e de transportar.
São livros de fantasia muito leves em que normalmente o amor vence sempre.
Opinião completa em: http://aviciadadoslivros.blogspot.pt/...
Amy
Apr 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-it
Spellbound – Nora Roberts – Spellbound follows world-famous photographer Calin Farrell on his much-needed vacation in Ireland. While there, Calin becomes bewitched by the ravishingly beautiful Bryna Torrence, even if he refuses to believe in the spell that has brought them together-and could destroy them both.

I finished the book, all 1447 pages of it and I am unfortunately disappointed. I had high hopes for this book, it has magic, love, adventure and written by the famed Nora Roberts. I don’t
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June Stevens
Sep 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I never thought I'd "one-star" a Nora Roberts book, but there it is. I didn't even finish this one. Barely got past chapter 1. I had a hard time with all of the sexual metaphors. Though that is something I usually like (I'm no prude), they were so cheesy and I felt like many of them were inappropriate, like the "cat rubbed seductively on his leg" or "stroked the cat to ecstasy". I'm paraphrasing, of course, but those are the basic words. One or two like that are one thing, but he also felt a "st ...more
Cindy Christiansen
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
As a reader, I liked this book. It's not really my genre, but I was curious to read a Nora Roberts' book and found it interesting. Her writing style in this book was kinda over the top for me. In comparison, it reminded me of the spoofs they do on old detective shows where it is so obviously over dramatic. That's how this book hit me--over dramatic. But, it was still an enjoyable read.

As an author, it amazed me that a top author like her could break so many writing rules. I stand by the fact tha
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Agnes
Feb 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
I really expected more from Nora Roberts. I did not expect this fantasy world that Cal and Bryna were in. Yes I see the love story within but I personally could not get passed the dreams and powers.
Andreia Silva
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Lyndi W.
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
It's so freaking corny, it's great.
Margaret
Jul 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book was terrible, but at least it is mercifully short.
Melissa Coy
May 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...this is just bad. Not awesomely bad, just stupidly bad.
James Perkins
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
I thought I'd give a writer I hadn't tried before an opportunity to impress me with her story-weaving skills. Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed. This book is an attempt at a sweeping saga in short form; instead, it comes across as pretentious. Unrealistic, cardboard characters who speak trite, B-movie dialogue coupled with sword-and-sorcery cliches missing almost any dramatic tension snowball into a predictable, dull story: it contains almost everything you shouldn't do to create a quality ...more
Pam Stocker
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
As always Nora Roberts weaves a great story and this is no different. It is a sequel but stands alone for anyone who's not read the others.
Set in Ireland (great!!) it tells of an unconvetional family of relations and friends and those who came before. There is good and evil and romance and everything in between!
A great read!!
Karen
Oct 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just stupid and silly. I feel sorry for the people that pick this book up as their first Nora Roberts book. It would make you not want to read any of her other books. Big disappointment.
Elaine Dowling
Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it
A novella that should have been a novel. Interesting legend, I would have liked to have read the whole story.
Marian
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book.
Becky
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
A short story with romance, suspense, magic, witches and an evil wizard. Calin Farrell goes to Ireland for a much needed rest. He has had dreams since childhood of certain place, with a red-headed young woman. He feels pulled to this place all of his life. When he arrives he finds a small cottage and very aggressive, beautiful woman named Bryna Torrence. She tries to convince him why he is there and the spell that has been cast over them. She needs his help to once and for all defeat the wicked ...more
Amanda
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
The best thing about this one is that it is short. I'm pretty good at suspending belief for the sake of a story, but this one felt too forced.

Nora's Ireland tales are usually some of my favorites from her but I don't think that I can include this one into that category. If you're looking for a good Irish tale or mystical tale try the Guardians trilogy, Circle Trilogy, Cousins O'Dwyer, Irish Born trilogy, Sign of Seven trilogy...are you seeing a trend? Nora writes great Irish, mystical tales whe
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belva hullp
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
66. Spellbound by Nora Roberts; (1*); kindle; library book; TRL; FANTASY FICTION; (JUNE 2018)

This was a 'buzz-kill' for my Fantasy Fiction category.
It began hopefully with a young boy's questioning dreams, memories and parallel thoughts. An interesting premise and I thought we had something here. BUT upon adulthood, as he returns to face the above dreams, etc, he travels to Ireland knowing the answer lies there and thus within pages begins the kerfuffle. I did read on and finish the novel becaus
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Jen
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nora-roberts
Cal Farrell has always had dreams, very vivid dreams since he was a child. Now as a famous photographer, he's decided to head to Ireland to take a vacation. In the middle of a storm, he stumbles across the woman he's been seeing in his visions since he was a child. Bryna, is a witch and has loved Cal all her life. She's always known he'd make his way to Ireland because it's part of their shared destiny. A thousand year old spell has been cast and it's going to take both of them to break it.
Jess F. (From Me to You ... Book Reviews)
"2 out of 5 stars. Can I just say awwwwwwwwww ...
It was a cute story but not one I would ever read again ... to predictable and BORING!"

Read more of this review as it was read within Nora Roberts' A LITTLE MAGIC and THREE TEASERS here: https://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2010/05/disappointmentvillemade-grade-little.html
Andrew D Zeiner
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its about magic and yet the main character was able to choose freely.

I liked the story
The main character chose her life over safety for the one she loved.
She did of use her powers to force a man to love her.
Stephanie SJ
May 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not great

This is firmly at the low end of Roberts’s work. Good enough to finish in one lazy morning, but feels juvenile compared to some of her other work, where the Irish fantasy romance themes are better handled.
Tami Winbush
A cute little story but as always I have a HUGE issue with Bits Roberts and her switching POV in the same paragraph.
Eñpñ
Calvin and Bryna are decently developed characters and a short story that really could be fleshed out
Ashley Oxford
I enjoy a good short romance read, but Spellbound didn't do it for me. I felt the story was lacking, the characters were underdeveloped and the magic wasn't developed enough. I do want to read every Nora Roberts book though so at least I can check this one off... even if it wasn't a favorite.
Cristina Gaspar
2.5*

É o meu primeiro contacto com a autora, se tivesse sido há 20 anos atrás eu tinha delirado! Amor, magia e algumas cenas mais acaloradas seriam a combinação perfeita para uma adolescente romântica. A escrita da autora é muito fluída e leve, lê-se bem numa tarde de sol na esplanada ou jardim!
MELISSA
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful

A simple, beautifully written fairytale of danger, challenges and owning one’s own heart. Even in a novella Ms Roberts writes with magic.
Dalonda
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
The heroine was not believable and the connection with the hero was lukewarm at best. Not horrible considering how thin it is but definitely not something I would recommend
Tina
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-before-2015
I remember reading this ages ago, not sure exactly when, but all I do remember is how much I enjoyed reading this! :D
Sam
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Didn’t care for it
Jeremy Thomas
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Could not put this one down. True love bound from birth because of a curse. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a good mystical love story
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