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Suddenly Spellbound

The Ivie McKie Chronicles, Book 2
Narrated by: Jorie Raine Fradella
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
4 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Something witchy this way comes.

Kindergarten-teacher-slash-sorceress Ivie McKie has officially sworn off magic. With her father back from the dead - just in time for her upcoming wedding to sexy former magician Jackson Blake - Ivie has plotted a course straight to happily-ever-after-ville. And she won't let anything get in her way this time.

But Daddy Dearest has something sneaky up his sleeve. When "just one more spell" goes horribly wrong and detours her into the path of her father's dangerously hot new apprentice, Ivie has to scramble to get the magic...and her love life...back on track.

Along the way, she encounters a promise made before she was born, a clan of Scottish sorcerers in kilts, and yet another goat.

Suddenly Spellbound is a new madcap adventure featuring Ivie McKie from Suddenly Sorceress.

©2016 Erica Lucke Dean (P)2017 Red Adept Publishing, LLC

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Oops, she did it again.

Oops, she did it again.

Warning: Ends with a goat of a cliffhanger

I’ll be honest and say I struggled a bit with Book 2 of the Ivie McKie series. As with Book 1, I loved the beginning, found the cliffhanger a hoot, and can’t wait to read the next book (in this case, the final installment). But as with the first book, I found the middle a little convoluted. Some of that is to be expected because – let’s be honest – this is about a sorceress, meddling parents, and magic.

Throw in a fashion-obsessed best friend, wedding-dress shopping, and a hot fiancé, and it’s all good, right?

Enter an ancient Scottish curse, men clad in kilts (yummy), a crazy and powerful sorceress, and it’s clear Ivie is in over her head. Again, the secondary characters are often as much fun as Ivie.

There were moments of humour in this book – and another goat – but I didn’t find myself laughing out loud as I had while listening to the first book. Overall, I enjoyed it and will definitely listen to Book 3 when it comes out.

Now, I have to address the narrator. I adored Kathryn Merry, narrator of the first book. Her comedic timing and voices for Ivie and her crew were perfect. I understand sometimes it is necessary to switch narrators, but the choice of Jorie Raine Fradella was unfortunate. I know finding narrators capable of highbrow British, faux-French, ragin’ Cajun, and Scottish brogue would be a challenge, but Ms. Fradella simply wasn’t up to the task. I truly dislike saying anything bad, but listeners need to be warned. For many, it won’t matter. For me, unfortunately, it did. If she narrates the third book, I will still listen. It’s just too bad as she detracts from the quirky book. That being said, it is still worth a listen.

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Scratchy voices narrator

I like the first book. The story was entertaining, but the narrator didn't do male voices well at all. However the scratchy voice of this narrator made listening impossible. I didn't finish the first chapter. I wanted to get her water or clear her throat for her. It was so distracting I couldn't hear the story. I could only hear her voice. I'll see if I can find the book in kindle.

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  • christa
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  • 01-07-19

The voice.....

I only got a few minutes into this story before I had to stop. I guess a really isnt fair as I haven't heard the story but what else can I do? The narrator sounds as if she needs to clear her throat and I found myself clearing mine because of it. I felt like her voice was weighing on my dars, i was so relieved when I turned it off. Maybe she was sick, I don't know but it was cringe worthy and I just couldn't continue.

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I disliked the narrator

Right away I disliked the narrator. It felt like she was reading a poem or something like that. She paused at incorrectly durning a sentence. It really bothered me. The story was great. That is 5 stars.

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I Hated This One

Ivy is so very unlikable in this sequel, as are her parents. The new character-Liam-is cringeworthy too. No wonder the third book failed to materialize. Ugh.