Book Review: Invoked (Spellbound in Sydney, #3) by Dani Kristoff

cover100107-mediumTitle: Invoked
Author: Dani Kristoff
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Pub Date: (Expected) December 5, 2016
Format: Kindle eBook
Pages: 250
Source: NetGalley
Genre(s): New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: ★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

The final bewitching story in a trilogy about sexy witches and second chances…

Earl Pressonville knows he made a mistake, but he never expected it to cost him his life. Well, most of his life. Some small part of him survives, but only as a shadow, a thought, a feeling…a purgatory of his own making.

When a young witch, Nea Royston, comes near with her reader sense, something about her gentle touch draws him back to awareness.

But there’s a darkness that’s also returned to Lake Maquarie, one that Earl has dealt with before. Having seen the light that Nea brings to the world, he knows that she will draw the darkness to her, and he vows to protect her at all costs. But Nea is looking for life, for love, for a future, and all Earl can ever offer is a dream.

My mini-review:

I received this eARC from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way alters my opinion of the work.

Witches, and rim jobs, and blood rituals, oh my!

I almost didn’t continue reading this book because of the prologue. If the whole story was written like that, there’s no way I would have been able to finish it. It felt like I was reading really smutty fanfiction that I didn’t want anyone to catch me looking at. And that’s not a good sign.

I will say though that the story got progressively better after the prologue. My main criticism is that it felt like the blank spaces for character and plot development were filled with unnecessary sex scenes instead. There were many squandered opportunities to develop these people (and their story) into something more. The bare bones of the story had potential. The romance was cute despite its cheesiness. The writing was fast-paced and easy to read. So really, this was not all bad. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

All in all, there was a little bit too much sex and not enough substance. If you’re into paranormal romances and frequent sex scenes–this is the book for you!

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