The Shoppe Of Spells by Shanon Grey (The Gatekeepers #1)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press

My Copy: Sent

When is a whole more than the sum of its parts? When it has ties to the quaint little town of Ruthorford, GA, as Morgan Briscoe discovers when a cryptic message threatens to change her life forever.

Morgan’s relatively normal life is turned on its ear when she learns not only that she is adopted, but her birth parents are dead and she now holds half-interest in a business with their ward, Dorian Drake, who, despite his riveting good looks, can barely conceal his hostility toward his new partner.

Morgan discovers that she is more than she seems and together she and Dorian have the ability to control a portal to another dimension. Unable to control their growing attraction, Morgan and Dorian dance around their desires and her burgeoning abilities, until danger forces them to face their destiny

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The Shoppe Of Spells introduces us to the world of Ruthorford, GA. A unique community that centers around a quaint shop of herbs, candles and a bit of magic. Morgan has just found out she is co-owner of the shop after her birth parents die. The shock of finding out she was adopted and never told of her lineage is one thing but to also find she now owns and needs to make decisions regarding a store in the middle of no where Georgia is quite another. Taking a leap of faith Morgan head to GA to find out what she can and to meet the co-owner of the shop, Dorian, who was a ward of her birth parents.

Dorian knows he has to take things slow with Morgan. She doesn’t know or understand the implications of coming to meet him or the instant attraction that arcs between them. Seemingly betraying his erratic inner turmoil, he comes off as slightly rude and Morgan isn’t sure what to make of him. Dorian will need to make her see her place with there, with him, and that the things of her nightmares are not only real, but living among them. Only they together can make them recede.

The Shoppe Of Spells gives the reader a completely unique story line that I had never encountered before. I loved the twists and turns it took and found the story as a whole to be very engaging. It was easy to get lost in the world Shanon built with every chapter and I kept reading hoping for more information then I think Shanon was willing to give so soon in a series.

The aura of mystery surrounding the law firm that informed Morgan of her birth rights was built up but never resolved. I wanted to know more about its shadowy characters and what they spent all their time doing. I think in future books this will probably be dealt with more thoroughly but I wanted at least a basic understanding in this book and I found I didn’t really get that.

Morgan and Dorian played off each other quite well and I enjoyed them as a couple. I found Dorian’s restraint with Morgan to be commendable but I thought he should also just tell Morgan what was going on. It felt like he didn’t think she could handle everything and that she’d fold under the pressure. I understood Morgan to be quite capable and think she could easily handle whatever was thrown at her. Sure, there is going to be moments of questioning, but overall she did well with what she was given. I think it could have saved them a lot of time had Dorian just be upfront with her. I think that made the book drag a bit. There were entire sections I thought…JUST TELL HER SOMETHING USEFUL…so we could get on with it.

The sex scenes in this one sizzled but didn’t explode. Those readers that don’t like a ton of description will enjoy this one I think. I liked the idea of the magically charged items reacting to their attraction. Especially in the grotto scene…hehe read it 🙂 . There were times I didn’t feel the connection I think the author was trying to convey, but nonetheless, I was on board with their attraction and the sexual tension that crackled between them whenever they were in a room together.

There were a lot of things going on throughout the book…several story lines and set up for future books I’m sure. There are a array of secondary characters all centering around this small town and the magic that exists there. I am looking forward to Jasmines story simply because I thought for sure I was going to hate her from the get go. Her role in this book did a complete 180 and by the end I was feeling bad for her. I have an inkling she has more power then she thinks and only needs to find the right…”person”…to complete the arc within her.

The Shoppe Of Spells is a good love story with a slight paranormal twist. Readers will enjoy learning about Ruthorford and all the characters is has to offer!Shanon Grey has a good starting point in this one and I look forward to her expansion with her next installment!

I give The Shoppe Of Spells by Shanon Grey 3.50 stars!

3 Comments

  1. I’m anxious to see what Smexy says too. I enjoyed the series when at first I didn’t think I would. Witchcraftiness not normally my thing. I liked seeing things form both sides; Man vs Woman. I plan to read the next one. I’m not a fan of Jasmines and curious how things will unfold for her. Thanks Nikki

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