Prohibition, Magic, and a Charming Romance : Spellbound by Allie Therin | Book Review

“But you.” He stared up into those wide blue eyes. “You make me think I got a chance. I don’t want safe, Ace, I want you.”

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Author: Allie Therin

Genre: Adult > Historical Fiction > LGBT Romance

Publisher: Carina Press

Published: July 29 2019 

Format Read: eARC

Part of a Series: Yes – first.

POV: Multiple

📚 Cliffhanger? Yes.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Prohibition era means homosexuality was illegal at the time.

⚠ Book Tags :  Magic. 1920s Manhattan. Period romance. Opposites attract.

⚠ This Book In Emojis: 👬🕴🏼💥💨🔮🎩

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Book Blurb

To save Manhattan, they’ll have to save each other first…


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 psychometric…and the only one available has sworn off his abilities altogether.

Rory Brodigan’s gift comes with great risk. To protect himself, he’s become a recluse, redirecting his magic to find counterfeit antiques. But with the city’s fate hanging in the balance, he can’t force himself to say no.

Being with Arthur is dangerous, but Rory’s ever-growing attraction to him begins to make him brave. And as Arthur coaxes him out of seclusion, a magical and emotional bond begins to form. One that proves impossible to break—even when Arthur sacrifices himself to keep Rory safe and Rory must risk everything to save him.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise : all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

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About The Author

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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.

When not researching odd questions for her 1920s romance series, she loves to connect with other readers and writers. Come say hi on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, or at

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Much thanks to Netgalley and Carina Press for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy.

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A Dip Into Something I Don’t Usually Go For

Spellbound is a M/M romance set in the 1920s Manhattan world with elements of history, magic, and mystery. As a lover of romance, I usually just stick with contemporaries and historical themes, so this one was definitely something new.

I have to admit, though… I enjoyed this debut novel. It was quick to read and the magical aspect is quite intriguing.

The romance was a little weird, where it went from enemies and jumping into love in just a blink. I was looking for that little bit of connection that didn’t feel forced. But, the banter was cute and there were some steam here. It was a little lacking though and most of the action happened off page, if that’s something you’re after.

The redeeming aspect of this book, for me, are the side characters. The friendship dynamic is one I wish I had more of.

Overall, this book is pretty entertaining and if you’re looking for some enjoyment, it will be able to deliver. Despite not being perfect, it can still draw you in and bring you to a fun adventure. Looking forward to the next installment of the book.

Final Thoughts: On to the next installment!

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My Book Rating Breakdown

🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | 3.63/5

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♡ , Yna the Mood Reader

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