I am very quickly learning that the combination of romance and magic is irresistible. There is just something otherworldly about the process of falling in love, and the element of magic lends itself very well to this.
What is Charmed about?
When a handsome and charming stranger reluctantly enters the magic shop where perky Melanie Cooke works as a psychic, she fully expects to give him a standard reading and send him on his way. But for the first time in her life, her powers fail her and the reading goes horribly awry.
Michael Harrison was dubious about the idea of seeing a psychic, but given the attraction between them, he’s prepared to put first impressions aside. Yet as he and Melanie get to know each other, Michael is forced to confront his past, and to face the fact that Melanie may be more than she seems.
Will fear and suspicion ruin all or will the magic and power of love keep them together?
So, here’s what I thought of Charmed!
Everyone at some stage in their lives has wanted to be able to read other people’s minds. I have an almost 2-year-old and I tell you I would love to know what on earth is going through her crazy little mind.
Mel’s skill as a psychic-seer has been both a blessing and a curse – it has provided her a living, but has also cost her a few friends. People aren’t always that keen to be friendly with someone who knows what they’re thinking. Something I enjoyed a lot about Charmed was that despite the supernatural abilities of our heroine, Mel is a very regular woman with everyday wants and needs. I definitely found it easier to identify with her because of the way Emmie wrote her.
There does seem to be a concerted effort to make the accountant hero sexier at the moment. Emmie, I must say you do an excellent job here. Michael isn’t your stereotypical bean-counter, and I like that a lot. Most of the people I have worked with over the past decade have been accountants or finance types, and the profession certainly does attract a wide and weird mixture of people.
Another thing I enjoyed so much about Charmed was that despite the supernatural abilities of our heroine, Mel is a very regular woman with everyday wants and needs. I definitely found it easier to identify with her because of the way Emmie wrote her.
There is definitely not just the magic at work in the pages of Charmed – there be the heat too. The flashes from Mel’s visions of them together are pretty damn hot, and the actual chemistry they share more than matches the power of the visions.
The irrepressible Aunt Gertrude was fabulous comic relief – I could definitely imagine the look on Michael’s face when Gertrude started to let fly with some fabulously inappropriate behaviour.
As with Spellbound, the location of this story is the St Kilda area of Melbourne – a place very near and dear to me. Reading through the pages, I could picture the ice cream shops and when they ended up at the Malaysian restaurant, my mouth started to water with the memories of lazy Saturday lunches at Chinta Ria.
I really enjoyed reading Charmed, and I hope that even with her impending move halfway around the world, Emmie will continue to write these magical Melbourne stories.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 16 December 2013
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy by Destiny Romance, an imprint of Penguin Australia via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.