Mason Blackmoor just can’t compete with his brothers, much less his father. They represent the epitome of black magic, strong, dark, and wicked, and though Mason tries to live up to his respected lineage, most of the spells he casts go awry. To make matters worse, his active power has yet to kick in. While his brothers wield lightning and harness the cold, Mason sits on the sidelines, waiting for the moment when he can finally enter the magical game.
When a dead body is discovered on the football field of his high school, Mason meets Drake Carpenter, the new kid in town. Drake’s confident demeanor and quick wit rub Mason the wrong way. Drake is far too self-assured for someone without an ounce of magical blood in his body, and Mason aims to teach him a lesson—like turn him into a roach. And if he’s lucky, maybe this time Mason won’t be the one turned into an insect.
Not surprisingly, the dislike is mutual, and Drake does nothing to dispel Mason’s suspicion that the sexy boy with a southern drawl is somehow connected to the murder.
Spell Bound by Jacob Z Flores focuses on the life of Mason, a coming of age warlock from a powerful family who doesn’t have a handle on his powers, yet. A sneaky shifter, Drake, is new in town and the two of them butt heads as much as they fight their attraction to each other. A dark force has also inhabited the town and none of the protective Coven knows about. Dead bodies have been showing up and no one is sure who is causing all of the murders, including the Magical Council. Things become dangerous for the pair.
There are witches, warlocks, and wizards throughout the story along with a shifter and a powerful force that governs them all. I enjoyed Mason and his I don’t care attitude. He enjoyed the fact that everyone was afraid of him even though he never did anything specific to deserve that fear. As the family screw up, he tries to prove himself time and again only to mess things up. His brothers make sure he remembers how badly he screws up along with his counterparts. I felt bad for Mason, but I also understood about family obligation – especially with his mother’s passing and his father’s mourning.
While I enjoyed this story and the sweet/sexy pairing of Mason and Drake, it wasn’t different enough to stand out for me.