Bespelled is a wonderfully enchanting tale about the power of love and magic, which floats neatly between paranormal romance and my favourite new subgenre of romagic comedy.
I adored the premise of this book: hard-edged disbelieving lawyer brought to his knees by a love spell, and the sweet, gentle half-witch who not only has to find an end to the spell, but fight the urge to have her way with him.
Elena was such a sweetheart. You could see how deeply she is attracted to Jake, but she tries so hard not to take advantage of his compromised state. Jake’s powers of persuasion, fuelled by the powerful spell, win in the end, but with all she has been through, you kinda let a little cheer go for her.
Jakey, Jakey, Jakey. Watching him fawn and gently obsess over Elena was most enjoyable. There is something quite fun about seeing someone who doesn’t believe in love suddenly get roundhouse-kicked in the face with it.
There are moments of great emotion, and others that make your heart feel a little achy. The dark moment in Bespelled was wonderfully done, and the resolution that followed...simply gorgeous!
There are also some fascinating supporting characters in Bespelled and I for one cannot wait to see what their stories will reveal. I understand that there is a prequel of sorts in the works regarding Elena’s cousin Grace, which should be most interesting. I do hope we get to see more of that fabulous ghost cat!
There is a lot going on in this book over a relatively short period of time, and it may have been better served as a longer novel. However, that is probably the only issue I had. Bespelled is such a fun read, perfect for a little slice of time where you want to escape to somewhere a little otherworldly.