Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Series: The Enchanted #1
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.
Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.
The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.
When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.
Micalea Smeltzer delivers the beginning of what is sure to be a magical new series with Enchant. Charming, sweet, and full of feels, Mara and Theo’s story was utterly captivating. I’m not usually one for fantasy romance, but the author had me so invested in her adorable, fierce, and swoon-worthy characters that I couldn’t help but devour this novel. From the very first page, Mara and Theo shared something special, the kind of chemistry that is absolutely electric. I adored the push and pull between them, thoroughly entertained by their witty banter and serious sexual tension. Micalea Smeltzer did a fantastic job developing Mara and Theo’s instant attraction into something more significant that demanded to be explored.
“But I was selfish enough to take all he’d give me while he was giving it. This feeling, this thing between us, was worth the pain.”
Mara was certainly not what I expected in terms of a heroine. She seemed detached and unsure in a way that made it hard to connect with her at first. However, once her story began to unfold and she started to grow into her own, I saw a bold, brave woman emerge. By the time the novel ended, I was definitely invested and I look forward to seeing her develop further as the series continues. Theo, on the other hand, captured my heart from the very beginning. He was mysterious, protective, and broody in all the right ways. I enjoyed watching him come unhinged around Mara and loved every tension-filled moment he endured trying to fight his feelings for her. I’m anxious to know more about Theo’s past and can only hope we’ll get to unravel this character a bit more in future books.
“My heart belongs to someone else even though I never meant to give it away. It’s just … his.”
As the first book in a fantasy series, Enchant had to focus on building Mara and Theo’s world, introducing the various players, and setting the scene for the rest of the series. Because of this, there wasn’t as much individual character development, but Micalea Smeltzer did a great job giving readers just enough to get them hooked and ensure they come back for more. I loved getting to meet all of the vibrant secondary personalities that colored this novel and am certainly curious as to how Mara and Theo’s journey will continue to unfold. Micalea Smeltzer’s writing is absolutely enchanting, effortlessly bringing her fantastical world to life and engaging readers in the vivid emotions of the story. I’ll definitely be back for more of this author’s snappy dialogue, entrancing imagery, and heartfelt prose. Enchant is an enthralling reading experience from start to finish!
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
Covet (The Enchanted #2)
Possess (The Enchanted #3)