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In a magical race around the world, there can only be one winner.
My powers weren’t enough to save my mother from an excruciating death. But I won’t stand by and watch anybody else I love suffer.
The spells I need to protect us all are locked away, sealed by a magic I can’t break. The only key is conning my way into the magical elite and winning their deadly competition.
I can’t do it alone.
Levi has my back. He’s a strong witch, my best friend, and fiercest protector.
Raphael might be my ex, but his vampire powers give us an edge.
And then there’s Isak. Dragon shifter, with his own secrets and reasons to win.
But in a competition full of witches whose powers outweigh my own, dangers arise from every corner of the globe.
Until one thing becomes clear.
We aren’t just playing to win.
We’re playing to live.
Cursed in Love is the first book in a "why choose" paranormal romance trilogy.
340 pages, Kindle Edition
First published June 23, 2021
There's also a nice prequel called Jinxed in Love that introduces the character of Nora Moss and you get it for free if you subscribe to Zoe's newsletter.
I've only read a handful of Zoe Ashwood's books and until Cursed in Love, my favorite series was Sea Dragons of Amber Bay (another why choose paranormal romance). But Cursed in Love tops it and it's my new favorite this year!
Let's talk about the plot!
I won't repeat what's on the book cover description, but I'll talk about how I perceived it. The story is fast-paced and the descriptions are vivid, creating an almost movie-like experience. The quest and the adventure (with dangerous close-calls and all) give it a very Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider cross-over with a sexy witchy heroine who has a crush on her witchy best friend and partner (Levi) and teams up with an ex that happens to be a super hot ancient vampire (Raphael) who's still in love with her. There's also a mysterious Icelandic sea dragon who might join in the fun in the future 😁