Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Spell Bound
Author: Jacob Z. Flores
Series: The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge #1
Heroes: Mason & Drake
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 216 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 27, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Mason Blackmoor just can’t compete with his brothers, much less his father. They represent the epitome of black magic, strong, dark, and wicked, and though Mason tries to live up to his respected lineage, most of the spells he casts go awry. To make matters worse, his active power has yet to kick in. While his brothers wield lightning and harness the cold, Mason sits on the sidelines, waiting for the moment when he can finally enter the magical game.
When a dead body is discovered on the football field of his high school, Mason meets Drake Carpenter, the new kid in town. Drake’s confident demeanor and quick wit rub Mason the wrong way. Drake is far too self-assured for someone without an ounce of magical blood in his body, and Mason aims to teach him a lesson—like turn him into a roach. And if he’s lucky, maybe this time Mason won’t be the one turned into an insect.
Not surprisingly, the dislike is mutual, and Drake does nothing to dispel Mason’s suspicion that the sexy boy with a southern drawl is somehow connected to the murder.
If only Mason didn’t find himself inexplicably spell bound whenever they are together, they might actually find out what danger hides in the shadows.
Mason Blackmoor is a powerful warlock… who doesn’t have control over his powers. Whenever he uses them, they more often than not seem to backfire on him. But while he may be a disgrace to magic users, he’s feared by humans, especially those at school. Until Drake, a new kid in town, challenges Mason and shows him not every human is afraid of him. But before he knows it, he’s thrust into solving multiple murders where Drake just so happens to always be a part of. Can Mason figure out who’s killing people and why Drake rubs him the wrong way before it’s too late for both of them?
I’m going to be completely honest. I went back and forth on whether I’d read this book or not. I saw the cover and read the blurb and it caught my interest immediately. However, I was scared to read it because I haven’t had much success in this author’s other works. Even so, I decided to give it a try because I’ve been jonesing for more stories like these (has anyone else noticed the shortage in paranormal stories lately??). I’m so glad I did because this one was definitely worth the read! It’s a captivating story built around a world on witches, wizards and warlocks. I loved the different factions of the white, gray and black magic.
With that said, the characters were definitely the highlight of this book. Not even just Mason and Drake but also the secondary characters like Mason’s brothers, who’s bickering and fighting led to some interesting situations!! Still, Mason was my favorite because of his ‘I don’t give a fuck’ attitude. He has a temper and he flies off the rails at times but when Drake challenges him, it was like sparks flew. I loved, loved, loved that Drake wasn’t afraid of Mason and that his stubbornness caused so much conflict between them. Their chemistry together caused so much tension because it went from hate to unsatisifed lust to love and I adored how it developed!
I had two minor issues with this one. For one, it took everyone a really, really long time to realize there were two culprits and I felt like the second culprit was undeveloped and almost forgotten. Granted, I know this is most likely because it’s a series and he plays the big overall conflict so overtime we’ll explore more of that. However, I just felt as if the shadow weaver was mentioned a few times but it didn’t really go anywhere with the story. Yes, I know he’s connected to the other villain but I just felt like it wasn’t as developed or explored as much as it could have been to the point that leading into the second book would give the reader more of an idea of what the Blackmoors are dealing with… and I don’t have that feeling.
In the end, though, this was a fun, fast-paced and exciting book. I was hesitant to read it because I haven’t had much luck with this author but once I started, I was immediately pulled into the story. I absolutely adored the characters, their chemistry and most of all the way the story played out. I cannot wait to read the next book (although I’m a little scared it’ll be menage – not a big fan of those or love triangles) but I’ll still give it a chance because I’m not done with this world just yet!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*