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Book Review: Duplicity (Spellbound #2) by Nikki Jefford – Witchy Delight

Shame on me for not getting to this book sooner. I read and was highly entertained by the first in the trilogy, Entangled, last year. Why the follow up slipped through my net, I don’t know. I woke in the middle of the night recently with back pain and knew there was no getting back to sleep, so I grabbed my Kindle and got reading. I read this in a few hours, finishing about 4am. Totally distracted me from the pain – nice one!

If you haven’t read the first book, beware of SPOILERS and stuff that may not make much sense.

duplicitySince the last book, Graylee is getting along fine in Stacey’s body. She goes by Lee now. Lee’s mom is dating Stacey’s dad, so Lee gets to spend a lot of time with her mother. Her relationship with Raj is stronger than ever. All in all, life is pretty good these days. That is until her twin sister, Charlene, walks through the door claiming to be Gray. But Lee (in Stacey’s body) is Gray; she’s just in a different body. How can there be two of the same people? Are you still with me? I think I lost myself there, actually. Anyway, something magical and potentially dangerous is going on, and they figure it’s down to the dirty rotten scoundrel of a sorcerer, Adrian.

I felt for Gray. She comes back from oblivion only to find Raj happily going out with Lee. Where does she fit in? Her mother already has a version of Gray in Lee. It seems like the only one really happy to have Gray around is Adrian. The separation of Gray and Lee was very well done. Despite these two starting out as the same person, it’s made clear they’re different “entities” now. In the past year, Lee’s personality has changed a little. She’s in the body of someone else, living with Stacey’s father as Stacey, so of course she’s going to grow up and develop. Gray, however, is the same. She doesn’t have the recent life experience of Lee. She’s raw Gray – if that makes any sort of sense.

I’d love to know more about oblivion. The concept of souls isn’t explored in these books. How can there be one soul in two different bodies, and where was Gray before she suddenly puffed into existence in her sister’s body, and what are they going to do about Charlene’s soul just hovering around in France without a body? These are questions I’d like to see come into focus in the final book in the trilogy. From the sneak peek at the back of the book, we get to follow Gray in her new life in Barcelona. I visited that beautiful city last summer, so I’m looking forward to immersing myself in all things Catalan in Enchantment.

Entertaining and fast-paced, I sped through Duplicity just as I did Entangled. I liked all the characters in this book, something that rarely happens. Nikki Jefford is a talented author. Bring on book 3, Enchantment, out soon. ****

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Do you like stories about magic and witches? Have you read any of Nikki’s books?

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Book Review: Tegan’s Magic by L.H. Cosway (Screams with Excitement at this book release)

Yep, I squealed opening up the first page. It seems like I’ve been waiting years and years for this book, but it’s actually been less than a year. I haven’t been excited by a book series like this since Twilight back in 2008.

17335578Tribane is a hotpot of supernatural activity. When Tegan is out doing some shopping and minding her own business, a riot breaks out, and she is attacked. She’s a tough cookie though, and she’s able to defend herself against the guy pummelling her, a man who moments later looks appalled by his actions. People in the city are going crazy. Something supernaturally deadly is afoot. It’s up to Tegan and Co to put a stop to things.

Tegan’s shacked up with her best friend, Rita, a powerful witch and daughter of the dark sorceror, Theodore. She’s also sharing living space with Finn, the cheeky Irish vampire slayer, her friend Amanda, who is in recovery from her vampire blood addiction, and the silent Ira, who used to be a dog in the last book. Across the road lives her former love, Ethan Cristescu, the Romanian vampire who now seems to hate Tegan for her betrayal in Tegan’s Return. We all know there’s a fine line between love and hate, particularly in these supernatural type books.

The author knows how to tease the reader, to space out the scenes with only Ethan and Tegan, leaving the reader hungry for their next encounter. This is the first book in the series with some seriously steamy sex scenes. Ethan is one of the sexiest vampires to have come out of a book in recent years. I did have a major problem with him in one early scene when he spoke to Tegan in a disgusting matter. I don’t care how angry you are, you never ever call the woman you supposedly love a whore, even if it was in an indirect manner. I almost wrote him off there and then, but he apologises, and Tegan and the reader glimpse a vulnerability in him. Ethan’s flawed, but flawed characters are the most intriguing.

Finn is the other guy interested in Tegan. He’s a loveable rogue, a man’s man, but vampire men win out for me over humans more times than not, and there’s just something intense about Ethan. Just check him out there on the old book cover for Crimson. Nice, eh? h

Tegan comes into her own in this book. Her magic is increasing, she learns more about who she is and what she’s capable of. I never thought of her as the damsel in distress in the first place. She was simply more of a regular woman, rather than an ass kicking gal along the lines of Buffy. She’s rough around the edges, and that’s what makes her an intriguing character.

I read this in one day, barely taking the time to go make myself a cup of tea. I loved it. The fourth and final book in the series won’t be out until December. I’ll be very sad to say goodbye to the characters, though I hope the author will publish a short story or novella about them every now and again.

Moody, sexy, entertaining. I give Tegan’s Magic *****.

Check it out on Amazon  &   Goodreads.

Have I convinced some of you yet to pick up this author’s books? Anyone who has a major attraction to vamps like I do will love these books, trust me. I have a history of falling for vampires and other supernatural creatures that goes something like this: Julian from The Forbidden Game, Deacon Frost from Blade, Spike from Buffy, Edward Cullen from Twilight, and now Ethan Cristescu from the Tegan books.

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I think this Roxette song, “I’m Sorry”, works great for Tegan and Ethan, and it has a moody and seductive vampirey sound.

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