Friday, June 7, 2019

Spellbound & Starcrossed (Suburban Witch Mysteries #5), by Ruby Blaylock

Ruby Blaylock, June 2019

Seneca Wolfram's beloved dog, Alistair, has suddenly turned into a handsome young man.

And it was her missing father, Viktor Voltaire, who had given Seneca her dog, who had originally turned Alistair from young man to canine.

Viktor has not lived an entirely blameless life, and in fact is supposed to be serving a long prison sentence for crimes both magical and financial. These crimes included involvement with the maestrioso, the magical mafia. and Alistair is the son of Alexander Orlikov, a leading maestrioso whom Viktor insists was really a good guy, and who was murdered.

Viktor turned the then teenage Alistair into an English bulldog, and gave him as a pet to daughter Seneca, also a teenager at the time. He also put a binding spell on them so that they can't ever be too far apart. Shortly after that, he was convicted of his crimes, and went into hiding rather than going to prison. Now the transformation spell has worn off, Alistair is human again, and the maestrioso know that he's alive.

Alistair, Seneca, and Seneca's coven are in serious danger.

And they don't yet know the half of what Viktor has hidden away in the former family home. It's enough to bring down the entire maestrioso, and therefore enough to get a lot of people killed.

Seneca has to find it and get it to the police, without getting herself and Alistair killed.

For all the risk of death, this is a fun book, and Seneca, her coven, and coven member Poe's two talking cats are a lot of fun to spend time with. Recommended.

I received an electronic galley of this book from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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