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Spellbound

(Magic in Manhattan #1)

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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,222 ratings  ·  337 reviews
To save Manhattan, they’ll have to save each other first…

1925

New York


Arthur Kenzie’s life’s work is protecting the world from the supernatural relics that could destroy it. When an amulet with the power to control the tides is shipped to New York, he must intercept it before it can be used to devastating effects. This time, in order to succeed, he needs a powerful psyc
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ebook, 275 pages
Published July 29th 2019 by Carina Press
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K.J. Charles
A very enjoyable debut with magic in the time of Prohibition and a fun saving-the-world plot. Particularly well drawn and diverse supporting cast that gives a great sense of a larger society and the magical world.

The romance is very sweet, with lots of pining and the only real conflict being the power imbalance (Arthur is older, larger, socially superior, rich, and sexually experienced; Rory is short, scrappy and insecure but has magic). Arthur bends over backwards throughout to avoid exploitin
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Cadiva
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5*

This book is exceptionally good.

It hit pretty much every note I'd expect in a historical paranormal mystery romance, from a great sense of the time period, to a unique interpretation of magic abilities, to a decent set of villains and some sweet relationship development.

My only criticism, and it comes down to personal taste only, is that I really dislike fade to black or sex scenes referenced as happening off page.

It takes away an aspect of relationship development - that of the trust whic
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Meep
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was hooked after reading the sample, eagerly pressing 'buy' and turning the page. But for me this book proved a huge disappointment. I entered expecting a colourful 1920's world, magical highjinx with romance along the way. The reality is teenage angst and overabundance of manners with very little to determine period or any plot.

The only nod to the era is a visit to a speakeasy, the wearing of cloche hats and occasionally calling women 'doll' this is so random as to be distracting; the first t
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Eugenia
Magic, mystery and love in the roaring 20’s!!

The first half of this magically thrilling mystery was sublime. The second half read more like YA.

Maybe it was me, maybe it was the book. Regardless, the pacing slowed up and allowed me to see holes in the story so well laid out in the beginning.

Ok, what I liked:
The setting: 1925! Roaringly awesome 👏
Closeted paranormals
Relics of deep magic
A mortal leading a group of paranormals to save NYC
The tension between our MCs
The status and experience differe
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Cristina
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing novel! A proper review will follow once I’m back online more regularly (I’m currently travelling a bit).

*** Update on Sunday 8th September 2019 ***

I truly enjoyed this first instalment in Allie Therin's Magic in Manhattan series. The novel brings together lovely characters, a great plotline and a wonderful sense of location.

I'm really intrigued by New York in the Roaring 1920s and combining the noises and sights of the lively metropolis with the threat posed by timeless, magical relics
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Kristen Burns
4 Stars

Review:
*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

Gah, these characters and their romance were so CUTE! They made me smile so much. Can that just be my whole review? It's a really great summary of my thoughts.

Seriously though, I loved this. Rory was so naive in some ways but tough in others, and he was so feisty. He wasn't about to let Arthur walk all over him or Mrs. Brodigan. And Arthur was a lonely hottie with a big heart. He just wanted to help
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Evie Drae
Have mercy. It’s official, y’all. I have found my new favorite book. Hands down best read of the year. I can’t say enough how much I absolutely loved and adored Spellbound by Allie Therin. In fact, if I sat here and spewed all the fan-girling nonsense my fingers keep trying to type, y’all wouldn’t keep reading. Which would be a disservice to you, me, and this phenomenal book.

So, what was it exactly that had me swooning from page one? I can’t honestly nail it down to one single thing. It was kind
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E.
Second read: 3,5 ★

Review: Spellbound by Allie Therin // Or, Never a Better Time to Overprotect Your Paranormal than Now

★★★★,5 | Don’t refuse to help me save Manhattan… You’re so sexy… Aha


“Nonsense is exactly what comes outta my mouth half the time and I don’t need anyone else to hear it”


➽ SUMMARY

🔮 M/M Romance; Gay & Bi MCs
🔮 Side Interracial F/M Romance
🔮 Magic in New York, 1925
🔮 Paranormal Investigation
🔮 A Bunch of Misfits forming a little Paranormal Family
🔮 Lots of Banter & Humour

Arthur
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Helen Kord
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edit: My full review is now up on my blog!

Full review to come closer to publication date but this was magnificent. A very strong debut, with tightly plotted story, two wonderfully grumpy characters falling in love with so much great romantic tension, wonderfully diverse cast that doesn't whitewash history (its set in 1925 new york and you can tell), some great handling of biracial characters and what it means for them in a bigoted society. The magic system was really great too!! I had some minor
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Sometimes a book comes along that leaves me digging for all the possible superlatives to describe how exquisite it is, and frankly, I’m at a loss here. My vocabulary is inadequate to the task of articulating how gorgeous this book is. There is no single word I can think of to describe its brilliance, though the title comes close to encompassing it. I am spellbound.

Author Allie Therin introduces a world of magic within the mundane in Spellbound, book one in the Magic in Manhattan series, in a 192
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Santy
Great beginning to the series.

As you may have realised I love PNR/Urban Fantasy and historical romance so a mixture of all three made my day! I gobbled this one in one sitting.

I loved Ace and sloooowly warmed up to Rory. I eventually understood his need for an armour but prickly/surly/rude people are so not my type of people(even in real life) so I really struggled with Rory.

I don't know if it was his age or something else that was to blame but bless Ace and his overly large heart because I wou
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Ami
4.25 stars

Oooh, what an exciting read!! First of all, I don't care if the description says that Rory is a scrawny blond with brown eyes while Arthur is tall, built, with coal-black hair and sky-blue eyes -- but this book has MAGIC, and the name Arthur (and later, Gwen)... and I am TOTALLY imagining this book as a Merlin/Arthur story in Manhattan *laugh*. It makes the book a different way kind of entertaining...

Outside that, I found this to be engaging -- I love to read about magic, and it was fu
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ttg
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable historical fantasy romance. (1920's New York, but with...magic!) I dug the author's vision of prohibition New York with magic and relics running around. The characters were interesting, the developing romance was cute (and if you like big jock-y guys being all caretaking, you'll probably like Arthur.) My only down-point was that both MCs dwelled in "Oh-no-I can't-we can't...for REASONS" on why they shouldn't fall into their attraction to each other, and that felt at tim ...more
thefourthvine
Okay, so, let me say: I think the best indicator for whether you’ll like this book is if you like pre-serum Steve/Tony. I’m not saying any serial numbers were filed off in the creation of this book, but it does feel like the author was steeped in that part of the MCU fandom when she wrote this.

This is a fun, light book that shows a ton of potential — it definitely reads like a first novel, but a good first novel, you know? The emotional arc is a little uneven. There’s a chunk missing in the mid
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Roberta Blablanski
I got lost in this book. Lost, I tell ya! This story of magic set in 1920s NYC during Prohibition hooked me from the very first sentence, and I had trouble putting it down. The setting is written so perfectly that I felt as though I was running the city streets with Rory, sneaking into a hidden club to have a drink with Arthur, and freezing my butt off at Coney Island. The world-building is phenomenal, the character development is  amazing, and the magic is...well, magical. The book ends on a cl ...more
CrabbyPatty
Author Allie Therin introduces us to the New York City of 1925 - a world of jazz, Prohibition, crime, corruption, speakeasys, skyscrapers ... and paranormal magic. Arthur Kenzie - Congressman Kenzie's son, former soldier, Harvard quarterback - has surrounded himself with paranormals, like Jade with her telekinetic powers and Zhang who is an astral walker. Then Arthur comes across Rory Brodigan, who has the power of psychometry:
"Think of magic as radio waves. Most paranormal powers make magic -
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Kathleen
4.25 stars

Heck of a debut novel! A bit of a start/stop at first, but the book finally found a rhythm (or was it me who finally found a rhythm?) and I quite enjoyed this historical urban fantasy. Enjoyable characters, good world building, excellent editing, and a unique view of paranormal people and the magic in their world. Looking forward to the next one.
Taryn
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reread 5/20/20 in preparation for book 2--still just as good!

I challenged myself not to buy any new books for the rest of the year, and only read books from the library or off my shelves. And overall I’ve done really well with that! However…you know where this is going…when I read the blurb for Spellbound, I just had to have it. (And honestly, I don’t feel bad about buying books by POC and/or queer authors because I believe in supporting their art!) So I may have hinted strongly to my husband on
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Jax
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
This took me a long time to get through and felt much longer than 243 pages. There wasn’t a whole lotta story until the action near the end. Most of the book concerns Rory and Arthur circling each other with lots of self-imposed and situational obstacles to keep them apart. When they do get together it’s all G-rated fade to black and the tiresome doubts and insecurities continue.

These two men - one a former soldier - come off as teenagers in love. There’s blushing and even an actual foot scuffin
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Freya Marske
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A charming, fast-paced adventure romance with some very promising worldbuilding around magic-users in Prohibition-Era New York City. Reminded me of KJ Charles's Magpie Lord books in all the best ways.
Ashley
This was a solid first novel, and a good start to this fantasy/romance series.

This is paranormal/fantasy romance set in 1925, where some people have paranormal powers but most don't, and magic is a well kept secret. Our main characters are Rory Brodigan, a scryer, who can see the history of any object, and Arthur Kenzie, a politician's son who fought in WWI, and who uses his wealth to employ paranormals to keep the world safe. Rory is caught up in their net when a dangerous magical object is ma
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

Really enjoyed this one! I liked all of the main characters basically from the moment they appeared on the page and I think that Arthur and Rory had great chemistry. The magic system was very interesting [although I'm hoping it's expanded on a bit more in the next book] and there was a really good balance between the romance plotline and the magic plotline. A really good book in general and even more impressive since it appears to be the author's
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Jess
This was a slow starter for me, but I'm glad I stuck through it, because I wound up liking it a lot. I'm not convinced I actually understand the magic system, but that's probably okay, I've read through things like that in the past. I thought the characters were well drawn, and though that kind of relationship is not my favorite, I would have had to have been a monster to not like Ace and Rory, and I don't think I quite qualify as that.
WhatAStrangeDuck
3.5 rounded up. The book itself is well done and I suspect that I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't so generally grouchy at the moment. Also, I really hate the "I'm not good/good enough for you" trope, so that didn't help. I'm still looking forward to the next installment when that particular theme will hopefully be laid to rest.
Rachel
Per author "Spellbound is a Kindle Daily Deal & price-matched at all retailers!
$1.99--TODAY (12/15/19) only!"

💜Queer romance
🎩Magic
🗽1925 New York

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- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, lgbt, 2019-reads
. : ☾⋆ — 4 ★

READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!!
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ARC provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (thank you Harlequin & Carina Press!!)

although I feel like the plot of Spellbound was a little bit lacking and disperse in places, I can’t give this book any less stars knowing that I very genuinely enjoyed every minute of reading it!! it was a fun and light read, with a magic system that’s very easy to follow, and a weightlessly seamless world building.

now, hear me
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Steven
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m at a loss. I’m not sure what praise I can heap upon this book that would be sufficient.

A new author, Allie Therin has immediately become an autobuy for me. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump for the better part of two years now, bit I feel like I’m finally turning a corner. And how refreshing this book has been.

Think of KJ Charles, Jordan L Hawk, and Cat Sebastian all writing a book together and Spellbound is the book you get and it’s truly magnificent.

5 stars and now I have a book han
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Elin
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great start to what I hope will be a series

This is a feel good story to lead into the series. Roaring 20s, a favourite historical period of mine, mis-matched heroes both of whom are loving tender and gallant, and some superb secondary characters plus a creepy plot with a whole centipede's worth of shoes still to drop. Can't wait for the next instalment.
Alisa
3.5 stars

full review to come
Caz
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The synopsis for Allie Therin’s début novel Spellbound caught my attention immediately. Supernatural relics, powerful psychics, romance, magic and an unusual setting -1920s Manhattan – it all looked like a recipe for a great read, and for the most part, it was. The story pulled me in right away, I was impressed by the worldbuilding, the plot is intriguing, I liked the characters, and the setting is vividly described; pretty much everything about the book works, although I had a few issues with t ...more
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Allie Therin is a writer and avid reader of sci-fi, fantasy, and romance. She also is, or has been, a bookseller, an attorney, a Parks & Rec assistant, a boom operator, and a barista for one (embarrassing) day. She grew up in a tiny Pacific Northwest town with more bears than people, although the bears sadly would not practice Spanish with her.

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