Friday, November 22, 2013

Spellbound in his Arms by Angel Sefer

Title:  Spellbound in his Arms
Author:  Angel Sefer
Series:  The Greek Isles #1
Published:  June 21st 2013 by Panagiota Kalofolia
Page Count:  194
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A mansion full of secrets…
From the moment investigative reporter Jackie Alexander steps foot inside the mansion dominating the Demiris estate on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu, her suspicions are on high alert. This is no ordinary assignment… The life of her beloved cousin, Aphrodite, is in grave danger, as the heirs to the incredible fortune of Greek tycoon Andreas Demiris die one after the other, under mysterious circumstances…

A man with secrets of his own…
The only person who can help Jackie is Michael Apostolou, former Special Forces Officer and one of the finest detectives on the Athens police force. Soon enough though, Jackie realizes, that despite her simmering desire for him, she can’t really trust him, as the seductive detective seems to be investigating those mysterious deaths for reasons of his own…

Trusting the wrong person can be deadly…
Jackie and Michael are forced to work together, but the suspicions and unanswered questions are devouring them, just like their rising passion for each other. In games like this, the stakes are high and the players are ruthless… When Jackie is kidnapped by the most dangerous player of all, time is running out, as Michael is forced to choose between jeopardizing his mission and personal quest for justice, or the life of the gorgeous intruder of his heart…

My Review:

This novel was intensely real. Every event was not only possible but extremely plausible. As a reader you get caught up in the suspense of the story while rooting for the budding romance. The entire story was written in a realistic yet completely captivating light. Her narrative in natural and fluid, simultaneously filling the reader in and keeping them guessing. Sefer’s descriptions paint a brilliant picture of this Greek isle, combining romanticism with reality to create a phenomenal whole.

The cast of characters in this novel was fantastically developed. Sefer uses a sliding scale of development for each character based on their role in the story. It adds for a very unique feel. I also appreciate how you get to know the male lead as the female lead does. The gradual character development adds an air of mystery to this brilliant alpha male. The female lead was the only real issue that I had with this story. I mean really... How stupid can you be? That said, I also loved her as a lead. She just made a few decisions that had me wanting to smash my head off the wall.

Suspense and intrigue definitely play a role in this intriguing tale with some very romantic vibes. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre.

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