Audio Review: Charmed by Nora Roberts

Audio Review: Charmed by Nora RobertsCharmed by Nora Roberts
Series: The Donovans #3
Published by InterMix on January 17th 2012
Genres: Adult, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Cristina Panfilio
Source: Audible
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four-stars

Anastasia Donovan has a very special gift - but it comes with a great burden. She's an empath - a healer - but her power has a dangerous side. She has spent years hiding away, trying to protect herself and her magic at all costs.

When widower Boone Sawyer moves in next door Ana finds it hard to ignore the instant, powerful connection that passes between them. Perhaps the time has come to open up to love at last? But when a sudden and shocking accident puts a child's future at stake, Ana knows she cannot deny her powers - even thought it could cost her Boone's love, and even risk her life...

I re-read quite a few Nora Roberts books in 2016. As you probably know, Nora Roberts has written a crazy amount of books, and I’ve read a lot of them (although not all). Some of her books aren’t my favorite, but some I absolutely love. Charmed by Nora Roberts has always been a favorite, and after re-reading it, it still is.

What I Liked:

  • I loved the heroine, Ana. She’s independent and strong, and happy with her life. Oh, and Ana is a witch, her whole family is, and she has a special talent. She’s an empath, and she has some strong healing abilities. She tends to keep to herself, but she’s very friendly, as well.
  • Boone is pretty fabulous, too. I have such a soft spot for awesome single fathers, and Boone is that. He’s a wonderful, loving and supportive father to his daughter Jessi. Boone is also a children’s book writer, and as a children’s librarian, that made me love him all the more. He would tell this fantastical tells to Jessi, and I loved it!
  • Jessi, Boone’s daughter, is so freaking adorable. She’s friendly and curious, and makes friends with everyone. Which is how Boone and Ana meet.
  • The chemistry between Boone and Ana was amazing! I felt their connection, but it was based on more than sexual chemistry. I could just tell how perfect they were for each other. When Boone discovers Ana’s special powers, he doesn’t handle it well, but luckily he realizes his mistake, because these two just need to be together!
  • Nora Roberts does father (or grandfather) figures so well, and that is evident in Charmed. I loved when Ana’s father showed up and gave a (justifiably) hard time. It was funny and sweet and perfect.
  • Cristina Panfilio was a great narrator. I would listen to other books she narrates.

What I Struggled With:

  • Some of the actual spell business was a little hard for me to swallow. Lots of “so mote it be” and stuff like that.

Final Thoughts

Charmed by Nora Roberts remains one of my favorite books by this author. I love the characters, the story line, and the connection between the hero and heroine.

 

four-stars

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8 Responses to “Audio Review: Charmed by Nora Roberts”

  1. Nick

    I’m so weird but I can’t seem to enjoy books with little elements of magic like this one does. I either need it to be full on fantasy/paranormal or just contemporary.

  2. Kristin @ AddictedtoHEA

    Aren’t “motes” those things that float in the air? Yep, I’d have a problem with that spell, too! hee, hee. But otherwise, this sounds so cute!! Writers get me everytime, too, but toss in the Daddy angle and I’m sold!!! Great review!!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Haha. I think motes are little things in the are. But the phrase “so mote it be” I think means something like “so it will be.” It’s kind of a weird phrase, though, especially in a contemporary setting, and it does pull me out of the story a tiny bit.

  3. Sophia Rose

    I still have not read a Nora Roberts book, but I have a feeling I’ll like her stuff. The mild magic of this story and the single dad elements sound great.

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