Spellbound (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Spellbound (Magic in Manhattan Book 1)
Author: Allie Therin
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: July 29th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Historical
Page Count: 243
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


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.

This book came out of nowhere and surprised me. I had no idea how much I’d love it, but I did.

Rory Brodigan is working in his aunt’s antique shop in New York in 1925. He’s got a gift. When he touches an object he uses his powers of psychometry to validate its antiquity.

Arthur Kenzie is the rich son of a politician, but the friend of quite a few paranormals who are trying to rid the world of supernatural relics. In an effort to flush out another paranormal, he brings a relic to the antique shop that Rory works in. When it becomes obvious that Rory has powers, he needs protection, but he also might be the key to unlocking a mystery and saving New York.

This story was very well laid out, planned and executed. The characters involved were unique and interesting and I loved the slow burn between Rory and Arthur.

Allie Therin built a world that came alive and flew off the pages. A world with magic and potions, astral walkers and telekinetic powers. A world where a twenty year old boy can save the lives of his friends, lover and the state of New York with an ability that he doesn’t even fully comprehend.

I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next in the series.

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Galley copy of Spellbound provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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