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"Magical Romance in A World That's Not Quite Our Own"

Petra Field is a non-magical woman in a world of wizards and witches. Though she doesn't have the powers that others around her can lay claim to, she still knows how to recognize a magical problem-and she knows that the mysterious bloodstain on her new rug definitely has a magical origin.

She calls a specialist in magical cleaning, and eventually ends up with Vorador, who manages to get rid of the blood by creating a huge hole in her floor. But the adventure is only starting. Vorador sweeps Petra into a whirlwind investigation and from the mysterious origins of Petra's cat to the murder victim who cursed her rug in the first place they go. What starts as an unlikely pairing soon develops into something more serious, but before romance can be addressed there is the tiny matter of survival....

SPELLBOUND IN SEATTLE is a mystical, fun romance with a murder mystery subplot. Ms. Anderson does well in mixing her genres, and her futuristic/alternate universe world building is cohesive as well as being totally believable. Petra is a strong, sassy heroine and her relationship with Vorador is steadily built as they work through the mystery of the bloody rug. Though the myriad plotlines sometimes override the romance of the story, Anderson pulls everything together neatly and gives the reader a great happy ever after at the end. A great debut from a talented newcomer, SPELLBOUND IN SEATTLE is a tribute to the changing face of fantasy romance today.

Reviewed by Ann Leveille © Apr. 2004
for PNR Reviews

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 1, 2006

SUMMARY

Debut Novel

With enchanted blood on her carpet, a house full of Merlin-wannabes unable to clean it up, a petulant cat, and houseguests scheduled to arrive momentarily, Petra Field needs a miracle. She gets a wizard, a whole lot of unwanted sparks, and a man-sized hole in the middle of her living room—a hole into which her feline promptly disappears. Vorador hasn't felt so incompetent since his days as an untried sorcerer. The girl who leaps after her cat and into his arms causes his simplest spells to backfire—quite literally setting his hair ablaze. And though she claims to be no conjurer, he knows that he's never felt so bewitched, for Petra has a mesmerizing energy of her own: love.

 

Spellbound In Seattle
by Garthia Anderson

Love Spell
March 1, 2003
ISBN #0505525372
EAN #9780505525376
320 pages
Paperback
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