Time of Enchantment (Cursed Legacy #1) by Julia Clarke
Released: October 21, 2018
Genre: SciFi Romance / Reverse Harem
Publisher: Julia Clarke
Reviewed by Keyrsten
Ana Marea is disenchanted.
By the promise of love.
By the illusion of forever.
Ana may have the brilliant mind of a scientist, but she’s a romantic at heart. Endowed with the ability to enchant objects, she can’t seem to spark the same magic in her love life. And after a string of failed relationships, she worries she’ll never get her chance at a happily ever after.
Could the answer lie with a wolf shifter, a genetics professor, and two men from the past? Or when time runs out and the spell breaks, will Ana’s heart shatter with it?
***Time of Enchantment can be read as a stand-alone, but for maximum enjoyment, it's recommended that you read Charms of Attraction (a prequel novella) first.
For those of you that don't know, I have a small obsession with twins. Being introduced to twins from the get go in this story I was ecstatic. All I could think about was the possibility of a twin sandwich, I know I know I couldn't help it. Then, my love for the twins was ripped apart and stomped all over, being replaced with a quiet rage. You've done the impossible Julia, you've made me despise twins. That being said ... I flubbing loved this book.
Ana is the opposite of her sister Kat when it comes to her feelings about her powers, she loves them. She has always enjoyed her abilities to enchant things. The only thing she despised about magic was the price her mother and sister had to pay when using her magic. In the midst of this, her heart took another hit from men who took everything she gave them and threw it back at her. She begins believing that maybe love wasn't meant for her, that maybe she'll never have the all consuming forever love that her mother and sister had. The one thing she couldn't enchant, is the one thing she desired most. Love. Forever. Just because she was capable of taking care of herself didn't mean she couldn't want to be loved and cherished.
Broody. Mysterious. Werewolf. Easton. He stole my heart the moment he strutted around in a hot pink spandex bodysuit like the badass he is. Scientific badass. Kind soul hidden under asshole tendencies. Brazen. Beckett. The minute Beckett asked Easton to remove his hand from Beckett's ass I was all in. Curious cowboy. Nurturing. Anchor. Will. Let's be real I started falling for him the minute he showed up in that elevator, but by golly he sealed the deal with that first date. Silent cowboy. Courageous. Unbridled Strength. CJ. My silent warrior first caressed my heart during that quiet night when he first showed Ana his sketchbook. He officially owned my heart when he protected her with a fierce loving kiss, distracting her from the heartache around her. These men not only stole Ana's heart, they stole mine. Ana may have been feeling down on love, but these four were resilient on showing her just how enchanting and worthy of love she was. They not only became her best friends, her cheerleaders, her lovers ... they became her family and were a family to one another. Easton was their protector, he made them feel safe. Beckett knew them inside and out, and loved them flaws and all. CJ was their strength, he gave them all the courage and confidence to embrace life. Will was their rock, taking care of all of them.
The storyline keeps you on your toes throughout the book. The will they won't they aspect tugs on your heartstrings and occasionally makes you want to reach into the pages to shake Ana and scream "JUST LET THEM LOVE YOU". I think this trait must run in the family. The time traveling aspect was interesting and threatened to give me a heart attack on several occasions. Pacing was great and overall the way things came together felt right. The only thing I would have liked was more of an explanation of the tattoo at the end and exactly how it came to be.
Ana was disenchanted by men. By love. By the the idea of forever. She became so afraid of failing love, that it was keeping her from experiencing successful love even when it was right in front of her face. She needed them to remind her just how enchanting she was and just how much she deserved their love. Ana needed to look beyond love and needed to learn how to love herself again. She needed more than just love from them, and they gave her everything and more. They enchanted her life in ways her magic couldn't. She found a family. She found a home. She found her forever.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.