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Spellbound Falls (A Spellbound Falls Romance, Band 1) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Janet Chapman
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28. Februar 2012 A Spellbound Falls Romance (Buch 1)

New York Times bestselling author Janet Chapman takes us to charming Spellbound Falls, where strange things have started happening ever since Maximilian Oceanus came to town…


Maximilian Oceanus arrives in Spellbound Falls just in time to save Olivia Baldwin from an overly aggressive suitor, only to find himself attracted to the beautiful, if rather aloof, widow. And although Mac has come to Inglenook to get a handle on fatherhood, his newly discovered six-year-old son has set his sights on finding his father a wife.


Olivia, however, is busy getting Inglenook ready for its new season, so she doesn’t have time to deal with her growing attraction to the dangerously seductive Mac. Besides, weird stuff seems to happen all around him. Take the fact that her seatbelt keeps getting stuck in his presence, or locks magically open for him without keys, and that he seems to have a talent for sensing things. Never mind the three lost albatrosses walking down the road in the middle of the night. Since when are there albatrosses in Maine?


But despite Olivia’s resistance to falling under the sexy man’s spell, Olivia is having trouble fighting her longing. Because she knows Mac is just the man to unlock the powerful passion deep within her….

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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Jove; Auflage: Jove Mass-Marke. (28. Februar 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0515150363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515150360
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 17 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,8 x 10,8 x 2,4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 178.629 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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Seit sie denken kann, hat Janet Chapman sich Geschichten ausgemalt, und daher ist das Schreiben von Romanen -- viele davon wurden bereits mit Preisen ausgezeichnet -- ihre größte Leidenschaft. Mit ihrer Zeitreise-Saga schrieb sie sich direkt auf die Spitzenplätze der »New-York-Times«-Bestsellerliste. Janet Chapman lebt mit ihrem Mann, ihren zwei Söhnen, drei Katzen und einem jungen Elchbullen, der sie regelmäßig im Garten besucht, in Maine.


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Janet Chapman is the author of nineteen contemporary and paranormal romance novels, all set in the state of Maine, where she lives with her husband surrounded by wildlife. Best known for her magical Highlander Series (a family saga of 12th-century warriors rebuilding their clans in modern-day Maine), Janet also has several contemporary series set on the coast and in the mountains. With over three million books printed in six languages, her stories regularly appear on the New York Times and the USA Today bestseller lists. When she’s not writing, Janet and her husband are camping, hunting, fishing, and generally rubbing elbows with nature. Visit her website at www.janetchapman.com

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Apparently Mark Briar wasn’t used to anyone telling him no, be it the girlfriend who’d just sent him a Dear John letter or some lonely widow he was magnanimously offering sexual favors to. Hearing the aggressive edge creeping into his voice, Olivia wondered what terrible sin she’d committed to be finding herself stuck in the front seat of a tired little pickup with the employee from hell. Not only did Mark keep trying to point out what she’d be missing if she didn’t come to the bunkhouse tonight, it appeared that her repeatedly gentle but firm refusals were making him angry.

Well, and the Dear John letter he’d crumpled into a ball and thrown at her feet after reading the more interesting parts to her. Added to that, his driving had gone from reckless to downright scary. What had she been thinking when she’d asked if they could use his pickup to go after the heater? If she’d taken ten minutes to pull the rear seat out of her van, she’d be in only half the mess she was in now; she might still be dealing with an angry young man, but at least the pine trees wouldn’t be speeding by in a blur.

Olivia decided that when they met the school bus, she and Sophie were walking the last three miles to Inglenook. “Look, Mark,” she said calmly, even as she checked the buckle on her seat belt, “it’s not that I’m not flattered by your offer, but I have a very firm rule about fraternizing with my employees.”

“Employee. You have one. So it’s not like anyone can complain the boss is playing favorites or anything.”

“When camp’s in session I have fifteen people on the payroll: seven who live at Inglenook—you, the cook, and several counselors—and eight locals who show up every day at the crack of dawn,” she said, getting a bit angry herself.

His eyes narrowed menacingly. “What about the campers? You got any rules about fraternizing with them?” He snorted. “Or is that how you fill up your single-father sessions year after year?”

Olivia counted to ten to keep from smacking the belligerent snot, wanting worse than anything to get out of this damn truck. “Ohmigod!” she shouted, pointing out the windshield. “Quick, pull off the road!”

Mark hit the brakes in surprise, then veered into a small gravel pit before bringing the truck to a sliding stop and shutting off the engine. “What did you see?” he asked, looking around.

Olivia immediately undid her seat belt and got out. “A moose just crossed the road in front of us,” she said, pointing toward the trees when he also got out. “And where there’s one, there’s usually more. Hitting an animal that size would total your truck.”

“I didn’t see anything.” His complexion darkened, his anger returning as suddenly as it had left. “You just made that up,” he said, storming around the front of the truck. “What in hell is it with you women, anyway? You think you can just dump me like yesterday’s trash to go after some rich guy just because he’s got a career and drives a Porsche?”

“Hey, wait a minute.” Olivia started walking backward. “I’m not your girlfriend; I’m your boss.”

“Not anymore, you’re not, because I quit.”

Well, that took care of that little problem. Now she just had to deal with being in the middle of nowhere with this idiot. Growing somewhat alarmed when he continued advancing, Olivia weighed her chances of making a run for it over convincing him she was considering coming to the bunkhouse tonight.

“Wait,” she said, holding up her hand to stop him. “I . . . um, you have to give me time to consider your offer, Mark. I mean, I’m not opposed to getting together with you,” she said, matching him step for step when he didn’t stop. “It’s just that you caught me off guard earlier.”

He finally stopped and looked around the small gravel pit, then back at her, his eyes growing suspicious again. “So what say we get a little practice in right now, to help you decide?”

Was he for real?

Okay, maybe running would be wiser. Olivia bolted for the woods, figuring Mark would probably beat her in an open footrace down the road. Beside, maybe she could find a stick and beat some sense into the idiot.

Only he caught her before she made it ten feet. She shouted in surprise when he grabbed her shoulder and spun her around, and then yelped in pain when she stumbled to her knees and he landed on top of her.

For the love of God, this couldn’t be happening. He was just a kid!

But his grip was as strong as a man’s. Olivia tried shoving him away, but he stuck to her like glue; his fingers biting into her arms as he rolled her over to face him. The air left her lungs in a painful whoosh when he landed on top of her again, and she cried out when his mouth slammed against hers.

Okay, it was time to panic; they were in the middle of nowhere, she couldn’t seem to get control of the situation, and the idiot was flat-out attacking her! Olivia kicked at his legs and squirmed to push him off as she fought to breathe. Trying to jerk her hands free only ended up wrenching her wrist in his unbreakable grip, but she did manage to twist away from his punishing mouth.

“Mark! Stop this!” she cried. “You need to stop!”

“What in hell kind of camp doesn’t have girls?”

Olivia stopped struggling. Talking was good. If she could keep him talking, then maybe he’d calm down. “Th-there will be girls your age in town once college lets out,” she said, panting raggedly as his weight crushed her into the gravel.

“That’s more than two months away!”

Olivia shouted in outrage as she turned away from his descending mouth and put all her strength into bucking him off even as she drove her fist into his ribs. He reared up, his own shout ending on a strangled yelp as his weight suddenly lifted off her. Olivia rolled away, then stumbled to her feet, scrambling around Mark’s truck—only to run straight into another vehicle.

She stumbled back to her feet just as she heard Mark shout again and started running toward him when she saw a stranger drive his fist into Mark’s stomach. The boy hadn’t even doubled over when the man’s fist slammed into his jaw, tossing him into the air to land on the ground on his back, out cold.

“No!” Olivia cried, grabbing the stranger’s arm to stop him from going after Mark again. “Don’t hurt him anymore!”

The man shrugged her off and turned toward her, the dangerous look in his sharp green eyes making her take a step back. “Forgive me,” he said gutturally. “I was under the impression the bastard was attacking you.” He gestured toward Mark even as he gave a slight bow. “I will leave you to your little game, then,” he said, turning away and striding to his truck.

Olivia ran after him. “No, don’t leave! He was attacking me.”

He stopped so suddenly she bumped into him and would have fallen if he hadn’t grabbed her shoulders. And that’s when Olivia’s knees buckled, the magnitude of what had nearly happened turning her into a quivering blob of jelly.

Her rescuer swept her off her feet before she reached the ground. He carried her to a small mound of...

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent. 10. März 2012
Olivia Baldwin has been a widow for four years. She runs a camp for families called Inglenook. It is six hundred acres of prime wilderness lake frontage. Inglenook is designed to help parents and children connect with each other, while enjoying a camping vacation. Olivia has three weeks to get Inglenook ready for the new season and she only has one employee to help her do it.

Maximilian "Mac" Oceanus arrives in Spellbound Falls just in time to save Olivia from an overly aggressive suitor. (Olivia is grateful for the rescue, but now she has NO employee to help her with all of the necessary maintenance and repairs.) Mac has come to Inglenook camp to learn how to be a father to Henry, his newly discovered six-year-old son. Both father and son find themselves drawn to the lovely widow, as well as to her eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. Mac was supposed to receive some undivided attention from Olivia before the season actually began, but since Olivia no longer has an employee she must focus entirely on preparing Inglenook.

Though Olivia feels it to be unfair for Mac, she agrees to allow him be her handyman. Perhaps as they work together (or relax afterward) Olivia can help Mac transition from bachelorhood to parenthood. Olivia does not have time to deal with her growing attraction to the strange and seductive Mac. Besides, weird stuff seems to happen around him. Locks magically open for him without keys. When he tells her to stay in the vehicle, Olivia's seatbelt gets stuck so she has no choice but remain. Oddest of all is that both Mac and Henry have a talent for sensing things. There is definitely more to Mac and Henry than meets the eye.

As the days pass, Olivia begins to realize that her heart will break on the day Mac and Henry finally leave.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great new series opener by Janet Chapman 1. März 2012
Von Sharon Redfern - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Olivia Baldwin runs a camp for families looking to reconnect with each other. Her late husband's parents own the camp and she has been saving for years to purchase it and run it the way she wants. Her marriage was over even before her husband died in Iraq but the townspeople continue to treat her like a revered widow so her dating life is nonexistent. She also has abandonment issues from her childhood to deal with.
Mac Oceanus and his son Henry have come to the camp to bond with each other. Henry is eight years old and Mac has only known he exists for a few months. Mac's relationship with his own father is difficult and he needs all the help he can get to have a better relationship with his son. He is instantly attracted to Olivia but she is giving the hands off vibe.
Mac ends up helping her in a bad situation with her amorous ranch hand and he becomes her new helper. Olivia and her daughter Sophie are drawn to the two Oceanus males but Olivia is so focused on her future goals that she can't open herself up to love again.
Mac has some secrets of his own that cause him to shy away from long term relationships. He has powers and abilities beyond a normal human and Henry does as well. Over the course of the book, other people come into Olivia's lives that are not what they seem.
This book was a nice mix of romance and paranormal. Olivia has had many tough breaks but she keeps on trying to make her life better and her daughter's too. Mac has had his own way for far too long and he needs someone like Olivia to take him down a peg or two. Both of their characters are well done and all of the secondary characters add to the story. I loved Mac's family who came in with a boom, literally. The ending has lots of drama good and bad but does not feel contrived.
Fans of Ms. Chapman's Highlander and Midnight Bay series will enjoy this first book in the Spellbound Falls series. Even those who have not read those books will enjoy this one as it stands on its own.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spellbound Falls is a Keeper 28. Februar 2012
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The best thing about having a Kindle is receiving a new release a few minutes after midnight. Spellbound Fallls is worth staying up really, really, really late to read. This book was worth paying full price for an ebook--a discount would be better though--hint,hint Jove Books.

Spellbound Falls has everything a good romance (to my way of thinking) should have: a happy ending, not too much stress getting there, and some, make that many humorous situations. Great main characters with great interaction between them and the secondary characters are also on my must have list. Janet Chapman delivered on all accounts.

Olivia is a single mom running a camp for families to connect or more often reconnect with each other. Maxmilian (Mac) Oceanus just found out he has a 6 year old son and is baffled about being a parent while Henry is not sure about having a father. While getting the camp ready to reopen, Mac enjoys the "pearls of wisdom" that Olivia drops. As Mac becomes a better father, Olivia is teaching Henry is to become a proper son. Of course Olivia and Mac have different ideas of what proper should be.

Since this is a Janet Chapman book, not everyone is quite what they seem. Olivia finds herself unable to open car doors, unbuckle her seat belt, and suddenly wearing an ankle bracelet that she can't get off!

Maximilian appeared in the Midnight Bay Trilogy, but Spellbound Falls can stand alone as the first in a series. The next book comes out in June 2012.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A rare miss for amazon reviews. 15. Juni 2012
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I read a lot of different genre's but romance is my 'comfort' food genre. Even better with a little magic included. With all the excellent reviews of this book I settled in excited to try a new author I was prepared to love.

WOW, was I in for a bait and switch.

First, you need to have read the author's previous Midnight Bay series to make heads or tales of the mythology, I assume, because the author doesn't grace readers-- who assume that since this the first book in a new series they would get an explanation of it-- with one at all. I finished the book with a very confused understanding about trees and druids and sea gods. No clue what any of it meant. But it was all very important apparently to the identity of the hero because we are told it is. If it was that important though, you'd think the author would bother to explain it coherently.

Next, the heroine's reactions are JUST NOT REALISTIC. The 6 year old boy speaks like something out of an 18th century text book and not ONCE, upon meeting him, does she think it's weird that he speaks that way. Oh, she says at one point to the hero that the kid is trying to talk like him-- but it's not sufficient to explain the kids vocabulary or formal address of adults straight out of a different century. There's absolutely NO explanation that the kid has an English accent either-- you have to figure that out-- all you know is he talks weird and apparently you, the reader, all the only one who notices anything awry except MAYBE he's emulating his dad, except well, he's NOT. It's such a small detail that could have been handled so easily with an observation by the heroine that the kid talks strangely and formally, even for someone from England.

Another inconsistent reaction is the heroine's reaction to magic. No real curiosity. She doesn't ask questions about this new world she's a part of (that would have served as a vehicle for the author to explain the magic mythology to us). Nothing. WHO ACTS THAT WAY? No one. Here's how it goes: "Magic is REAL!!!" then the heroine's reaction: "Okay."

And that basically sums up a lot of little issues with the writing in general. No attention to the details that make a world and characters come alive for readers. And inconsistencies that jerk you out of the story and become a jarring counterpoint to the storyline. The hero says at one point that she's always smiling and that's one of the things he loves about her. Except, she's not. At first she's recovering from an assault and crying and stupidly defending her assailant. And then after that: she's always running away from EVERYTHING. I have no idea is she has lips in the back of her head that are smiling, because that's where they would have to be in order for the hero to have seen them at any point. She doesn't smile. She winces, she scowls, she drools, she avoids but smiling? Not so much. When I read that I floored. I actually thought "Are we talking about the same person?"

And my final (and probably the biggest) problem was the heroine herself. She's the most passive aggressive heroine ever. I couldn't respect her and couldn't imagine her running ANYTHING competently, let alone a resort or multiple resorts. Her idea of employee management is avoiding the fact that she's a boss. Her solution to fixing families is to take them up a mountain and lose them. And she doesn't change her way of thinking. She doesn't grow. I have no clue what the hero sees in her. But then, I wasn't exactly impressed by him. The primary draw of him appears to be his physique, cause that's really all we hear about. How hot he is. Nothing of his substance (probably because the heroine was so busy avoiding him she never really gets to know him, until she's magically in love), and we never really get to know him, what makes him worthy of the title "hero."

I have no idea why this book has such high reviews. I can only think that perhaps her fans are very loyal, and that she's an acquired taste. I certainly didn't acquire anything but the fierce desire to avoid anything by the author in the future, however.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Magical fantasy contemporary romance 25. August 2012
Von Ace Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I enjoyed "Spellbound Falls. I loved the character Mac. But, I had a hard time getting through the first half of the book. For me, this story was a little difficult to stay with. It took me a couple of weeks to push through it. I almost quit. This does not happen a lot to me because I try to read only HIGH STAR RATED BOOKS. This was rated HIGH. It's weird because the story seemed like it would be really good. But it was slow going for most of the book. Then it took off a little over half-way through and I loved the ending! Also, it was not as romantic as it could have been, should have been. I read romances for romance. I wish there had been more of it. So this book is not a keeper. I would not want to read it again. :(

Grade: C+
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4.0 von 5 Sternen 4 Kisses 17. Juli 2012
Von Linda D. Crooks - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews. 4 Kisses, 1/2 pepper (very mild love scenes)

The first thing I noticed about Spellbound Falls is that it has a tasteful cover you can read in public without blushing. For my personal reading preferences, sometimes that's a good thing and sometimes not. This time it was a winner.

Olivia Baldwin, who operates a summer camp along with the parents of her late husband in Spellbound Falls, Maine, seems to attract the attention of men who are either too old or too young for her, and they don't always take no for an answer. But then Mac arrives on the scene and rescues her from a dangerous situation. My first impression of Maximilian Oceanus is that he's a self-assured and take-charge kind of guy. But he's facing a challenge that tests his confidence: he's learning to be a father to his six-year-old son, Henry, a child he didn't even know existed until recently. So he made arrangements to arrive early at Camp Inglenook and to stay all summer, because the camp has programs to help parents and children connect.

The chemistry between Mac and Olivia sizzles. He's calm and patient, and they're very good together. Then odd things start happening that make Olivia wonder not only what's going on, but also how she's going to be able to protect her heart when Mac leaves at the end of the summer.

Janet Chapman has written a pleasantly family-oriented book and there are some nice surprises waiting for you near the end of the book. It's heartwarming, and has more than a touch of paranormal, which is revealed little by little as the story progresses rather than giving it all to the reader up front. For supporting characters, Olivia and Mac's children, Sophie and Henry, are fun characters who add a lot of depth to the story, and I hope we'll hear more about Mac's sister, Carolina, in future books. I think this was a good start to a new series by this popular author.
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