Bound By Magic

Bound By Magic by Amanda Cummings
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Buttercup

Can magic and reality work together or will they be dealt a fate worse than death?

Two worlds held together by magic, the Earth realm and the realm of Aldar. Amber Moyer is a Chosen from our world. As the time draws near Samhain, Tavis, from Aldar, seeks her out in dreams. They are soul mates. Together they sustain his realm with the life giving magic of the Earth realm.

But there is evil that seeks Aldar. Will Tavis and Amber be able to overcome the evil? Or suffer the same fate as Amber’s mother so many years ago?

Amber Moyer leads an ordinary almost boring life when she begins having dreams so erotic she considers the need to turn to her sex toys to quell her yearnings. Previous relationships ended in disaster, and she turned to her precious cat, Sophie, for companionship giving up on dating altogether.

The trouble is that the dreams begin to evolve as well as her lust for this very practiced dream lover. Amber begins to feel she may just be losing her mind when suddenly she is tossed into a reality that is beyond her comprehension. She is one of the Chosen, and Tavis, her dream lover, her soulmate. But is he real? Or is she losing herself in her dream world?

Things become more complicated when a Conjurer appears whose aim to enter Aldar through a portal that only Tavis and Amber can open and channel all its magic to his own realm. The Conjurer disables Tavis, and Amber must figure out how to save her lover as well not have history repeat itself and suffer his loss as her mother suffered the loss of her father so long ago.

I found myself immediately drawn into this story. The characters are well fleshed, likable, and the relationship between Tavis and Amber is hot and the emotional link between them built upon expertly. I found myself unable to put the story down wondering where this would go. The growing relationship and the discoveries Amber made each step of the way made me think the only conflict was whether she would believe in Tavis or not. Then suddenly the plot took a darker turn and the conflict became frighteningly evident. The tension built nicely, however, I thought the climax—no pun intended here, because this story is full of mons tingling satisfaction―was a tiny bit rushed and incomplete in the battle with the Conjurer. I would have liked to see a little bit more struggle. The Conjurer antagonist came across hatefully evil yet I expected him to be even more detestable.

The sex is definitely well-written and decadent. We all should have a Tavis! I loved the tenderness with which he treated Amber yet the aggressiveness of their lust and need for each other.

The only other thing I noticed was missing punctuation throughout, but I have to say, to the typical reader this would probably be a moot point and go virtually unnoticed, the love scenes are that encompassing. Overall, this is one amazingly lusty read. Amanda Cummings has done her job with this story.

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