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Welcome to Spellbound, where paranormal is the new normal.
Witch-in-training Emma Hart is preparing for one of the worst days of her life...the marriage of fallen angel Daniel Starr to the spoiled fairy, Elsa Knightsbridge. Fortunately for Emma, distractions are easy to come by in Spellbound when a troll is found dead near a bridge and an overzealous werewolf is arrested for indecent exposure. Will these incidents be enough to keep Emma from falling apart? Or will one of these situations be her undoing?
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Story Outside the Romance was Good
Some minor spoilers further in but this is my least favorite story so far, at least the romance Emma/Daniel sections. The rest of the story involving the murder case and the overarching issues of Emma's identity were enjoyable but the romance felt really awkward. So last book Emma found potions in the cabinet at Elsa's house who is engaged to Daniel. These potions were never tested but it is 'proof' that Elsa was putting a spell on Daniel to make him love her (despite him willingly going to Elsa's home and flirting and engaging with Elsa while Emma witnessed invisibly in the last book). Which is weird to use as immediate proof in a town where they constantly discuss putting potions in all their drinks, coffee, etc. Emma (despite the fact that she has only been in Spellbound for about two months and only known Daniel that long) keeps insisting she knows the 'real' Daniel and that they are meant to be together and their love is special and she has to break the enchantment. This includes (minor spoilers) going to his bachelor party pressuring Daniel to drink a bunch of ale and shots that are loaded with different spells she made to try to break the spell he is under, going to Elsa's bachelorette party to try and catch her misbehaving to break up the marriage, and getting all her friends involved in casting spells to get the real Daniel back. Honestly it doesn't feel romantic to me at all, it feels creepy and stalkerish. She keeps insisting Elsa is bad but I don't feel like this is really shown in the story just stated by Emma, Elsa makes some rude remarks to Emma when she shows up to her party uninvited and knowing that Emma wants to break her and Daniel up, that hardly feels like a mean girl. Yes Elsa is privileged but since the author doesn't show much of Elsa and her actions we are relying as an audience on Emma who feels like an unreliable narrator and has again been in this town for about two months. Emma gets a happily ever after with Daniel as this is a cozy but I don't feel like cheering about it I found myself cringing at the couple. Which was a shame because the story without their romance was interesting and engaging and in keeping with the rest of the series. The narration continues to be well done and some of the characters throughout the town are fascinating and I look forward to hearing about them. But I guess I just am not a fan of the obsessive fated instant love trope so often found in these stories and the extent people go to for their 'true love'. These same stories sound identical to horror films of an obsessive partner who keeps insisting they love you and know the real you and their love is special. I'm sure this doesn't bother some folks and some might find it romantic but this volume and the last just I found myself questioning Emma's perspective and not liking her. I will continue in the series as I hope this is just tied up now so it won't have to be dealt with again and also because I genuinely enjoy the world and concept that has been created. But by far my least favorite in the series.
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