Tuesday, May 20, 2014

eBook Review: Spellbound in Sleepy Hollow

The Von Tassel sisters are in deep. With a new inn opening up to non-magic guests, these three witches have enough to worry about, but after a deal with the Headless Horseman, all three Von Tassel sisters must find their true loves by All Hallow's Eve or forever be trapped as ghosts in Sleepy Hollow like their ill-fated aunties.

Will Stephanie be able to forgive her playboy ex? Will Bri be able to win back her childhood crush-turned-ghost hunter? Will Lexi be able to sway her supernatural employee? And will they all be able to fall in love by the week's end?

Story 1: Bewitching Her Enemy by Patricia Eimer
On the one hand this had all the trademarks of what makes me enjoy Eimer's "Speaker of the Devil" books - humor, wit and a pair of lovers who spark and sizzle.  I loved Aunt Katarina and I thought Carson made for a good foil to Stephanie.  And the misunderstanding between the two was an actual misunderstanding that wasn't really their fault.  My problems lay mostly in that since Eimer's story was doing the set up for the other two (with the Horseman's spell and such) the obstacle of Agnes was shortshifted a bit.

Story 2: Under His Spell by Rosalie Lario
I judge Bri just a little in this story for the fact that let's a screech owl like Jason's TV host partner get the better of her at one point.  I do think it was a little convenient that Jason was more suitable then previously believed and there's no possible way something he didn't recognize for ten years would suddenly dawn on him like that.  Regardless I thought he and Bri made for the best couple in the book and I gotta admit Aunt Elizabeth was awesome.  All levels of awesome possible.

Story 3: Hexing Her Ex by Boone Brux
Unlike the other two this one spends just as much time with the ghostly Aunt (Cassandra in this case) as it does with the living Van Tassel sister Lexi.  They're stories mirror each other in a lot of ways and I thought their personalities complimented one and other well.  This suffered a bit like the first story in that it had to tie all things up so the last bit is more a resolution to the overall anthology then this story in particular.  I didn't quite believe in this couple as much--Tristan was well enough, but Lexi didn't seem ready thus the romance felt more rushed.

Overall this was a cute fluffy read of light paranormal romances.  I like the dual romance plot lines and that the Horseman was given his own sort of storyline as well.  I wanted that to be explored a bit more (as well as the sisters' running the inn), but that wasn't the focus for this anthology and that's well enough.