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Book Review: Under Her Spell by Monique Mulligan

Title: Under Her Spellunder her spell small.jpg

Author:  Monique Mulligan

Published: August 26th 2017

Publisher: Serenity Press

Pages: 50

Genres:  Fiction, Romance

RRP: $7.99

Rating: 4 stars

Writer Oliver Pendall has enough on his plate working on the set of Multiples, a clone movie based on his bestselling book. All he wants is time to write his next novel, but when he meets the bubbly but disconcerting Kaylie, life as he wants it is turned upside down and inside out. Kaylie’s on-off behaviour has him all hot and bothered, and the more he tries not to think about her, the more he falls under her spell.

But Kaylie’s not his usual type and Oliver’s words are as tangled as his emotions, setting the scene for near-miss that could break more than one heart. Will Oliver see what’s right in front of him? Or will he leave it too late?

Light-hearted and funny, Oliver and Kaylie will make you laugh, smile and tingle all over. 

My review:

Under Her Spell is the magical and captivating short story from West Australian based author Monique Mulligan. This sweet and deliciously indulgent novella will delight and entertain you, as leads Oliver and Kaylie jostle in the love stakes.

Oliver Pendall is Mulligan’s leading man in Under Her Spell. Oliver is an artistic writer type, who is currently in the process of overseeing the film adaptation to his bestselling book. He is also balancing his time on the set with his second book but things are not quite going to plan for Oliver. Love has a way of finding you when you least expect or want it, as Oliver learns quickly when he encounters effervescent soul, Kaylie. The more Oliver tries to avoid Kaylie, the more she keeps cropping up in his life. He also can’t understand Kaylie’s flip-flop behaviour. One minute Kaylie can’t seem to get enough of Oliver and the next she is cool and distant with him. This hot-cold behaviour only serves to bewitch Oliver even more.  With reservations about going into a relationship and Kaylie herself, who is far different from any girlfriend he has had before, Oliver wrestles with his emotions. His inability to take the plunge with Kaylie results in a move that has the potential to wreck a budding romance and break a heart. It seems Oliver is oblivious to the true beauty in front of his very eyes.

For a 40 plus page novella, Under Her Spell left me smiling from ear to ear with its light and humorous take on a couple negotiating the difficult pathway to love. Despite the small size, this novella had the power to sweep me up in the tugging emotions, high drama and difficult decisions one often has to make when beginning a relationship. Mulligan compacts plenty of deep feeling and emotion into her latest tale. This is a well written novella and a superbly executed romantic comedy that had me laughing, swooning and feeling my heart race all in one!

The characters were a delight in Under Her Spell. Oliver was a worthy hero, with some great qualities to match. I could easily see why our heroine was drawn to him. Kaylie, the leading lady of the story, is cast well against Oliver. Kaylie is a finely tuned protagonist, intriguing and quirky in one. I loved trying to work her out alongside our lead. What I appreciated most about the characters that fill the pages of Under Her Spell was the sharp banter and dialogue that flows between the leads, it really worked to draw me further into the unfolding love story. For added measure, Mulligan throws in a cracking character complication to this romantic tale, which increased the angst and the will they/won’t they aspect of this story.

It is always a pleasure to read a publication from a locally based West Australian author and Monique Mulligan’s romance for Serenity Press was a richly romantic indulgent treat. Under Her Spell offers the reader a lively passage to love that will leave you with a grin on your face and send your heart aflutter.

Under Her Spell by Monique Mulligan was published on August 26th 2017 by Serenity Press. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of Under Her Spell, Monique Mulligan, visit here.

*I wish to thank the author, Monique Mulligan and Serenity Press for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

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