Author: Pandora Pine
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb: After the sudden death of his mother, a grief-stricken Niall Gallagher decides to put his dusty Hotel Management degree to good use and with his inheritance, buys a run-down Victorian mansion in the historic town of Salem, Massachusetts. The real work begins when it’s time to hire a contractor and begin the massive renovation of the mysterious and once stately home.
Contractor Tobin Woods is just the man for the job, if only he can push aside a raging hangover and the nameless man in his bed, to apply for it. Badly needing to get his life in order, he knows this job could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Tobin makes it to the house on Witch Hill Road in time to apply in another candidate’s place, easily being awarded the contract with his passion for the project along with a little help from his toned physique.
When Niall has a life-threatening encounter with angry spirits trying to scare him off the property, he and Tobin turn to the one man in town who might be able shed some light on the situation, psychic, Tennyson Grimm. After visiting the site and speaking with the spirits who once again try to harm Niall, Tennyson reveals the spirits are some of the women who were victims of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, who, three hundred years later, are still looking for revenge.
Will Tennyson be able to move these vengeful spirits peacefully into the light or will the spell woven between Niall and Tobin be broken forever?
Review: I was always intrigued by the Salem witch trials. How people could be so influenced by superstition and fear was amazing and frightening. That so many people were put to death because of that fear was sad. So when Niall found himself looking for a place to set up a B&B and went back to his mother’s roots, Salem, I knew this would be interesting.
I wonder what I would do if I put all of my money into a dream that turned out to be haunted. Would I try to re-sell the house and accept the loss or would I dig in and fight? Niall dug in and found that others wanted to help him in his endeavor. The love interest between Niall and Tobin accelerated as they worked together to find a way for Niall’s dream to be manifested.
That Niall found people who could help him rid the B&B of it’s none human forms is equally interesting. When Tennyson and his partner stepped in to help, I found myself checking out other Pandora Pine stories. Turns out they are integral to the Cold Case series, which I had not read before this book.
Until recently, I’ve not read much in the paranormal or urban genres. My enjoyment of A Ferry Of Bones and Gold by Hailey Turner had me wondering if I’d like to delve further into the sub-genre. I do and I will. Now, after reading Spellbound by Pandora Pine, I will be reading more of the series and seeking out other books within this, new to me, sub-genre.
Spellbound was well written and did a good job of interweaving mystery and budding love. Pine did a good job keeping my interest in this easy to read novella. She further, pulled me into her other books and that is hard to do.
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