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    You need this book. Seriously.

    Absolutely delightful - this fast-paced tale of magic and romance picks up shortly after the first book left off and delivers even more tense action and nasty villains and dorks being thick about love than Spellbound. Highly recommended.
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    wonderful series

    posting on my blog on April 18, 2020 -=-=-=- I really enjoyed the first book in this series so it came as no surprise to me that I enjoyed this one! Star crossed picks up where "Spellbound" left off. Arthur Kenzie is wealthy, upper class and enamoured with Rory. Rory is an antique evaluator with magical powers! Intrigued? You should be. This book isn't a stand-alone... I "think" there's enough background in it that you could figure out what was going on but it will be infinitely more enjoyable if you go back and read the first book in the series. In this book, Arthur and Rory and facing a different kind of enemy... or are they? In a way, this is a continuation of the story begun in the first book. Rory is struggling to come to terms with his enhanced magical powers. In the first novel, he became magically bonded to a ring. It's a bit like trying to filter a waterfall through a hose pipe... Rory has much more power when he's near the ring but it's overwhelming and almost impossible to control. There's a new issue in this novel as well, there are artifacts going missing and they're important. Some of these magical objects allow reversal or magic. some of them help people to control their powers. Some of them can trap non-magical people. there's a great cast of characters in this story. I absolutely love Arthur and Rory. Their relationship is very authentic in spite of me not knowing much about the time period in which the story is set. Arthur has genuine feelings for Rory. He doesn't care about his "status" in society, nor does their different standing bother him. the problem is that Rory is fiercely independent. If he's learned anything in his life, it's that there are very few people that can be relied upon. One of the things that I really like about the characters in this book is that when there are hurdles to overcome, the characters react very authentically. They don't have huge blow-up arguments over little things, they truly seem to appreciate each other and know that they have something special between them. Arthur and Rory are struggling with their relationship in very different ways. Arthur can't seem to convey how important Rory is to him. he wants to take care of Rory, keep him safe and struggles with the confines of society and his own ideas. On the other hand, Rory doesn't want gifts and worries about the appearance of "someone like him" being seen coming and going from Aruther's company. there's a wonderful exploration in this series of the differences in class and the struggles that each side faces. It's not simply that "lower classes" deal with a lack of basics. Arthur faces his own challenges: forced to keep up a front to fit in with his family. I love the magical world in these books. It's well thought out and as complex as it is I had no trouble keeping up! It's such a fun explanation of a world in which magical folk exist. One of the things that I really enjoy is that it seems believable! I can easily imagine a world in which people with magical skills simply do jobs that enable them to appear "skilled" at what they are doing. The "bad guys" in these books are fascinating. They're not simple characters and I really enjoy that. I don't want to read about villains who are flat and single-minded. The anti-heroes in "Starcrossed" are complex, intriguing and often hint at being redeemable. Very enjoyable! One of the great things in this installment is that we are given a reveal about Arthur's past. He's been through a lot and the history that is revealed ties into what is happening in the new story! it's very clever and I'm not going to ruin it by revealing anymore! I wouldn't' hesitate to recommend this series to people. It's a great mystery that is very well-written, the characters are well written and lovely (I'm team Arthur & Rory forever), and the magical world is great!
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    Enjoyable Sequel

    I really enjoyed his book! I admit that I don't remember much about the first one -- mainly because I have bad memory when it comes to details ... the only thing I slightly remember is how Rory has linked his magic to Arthur's aura, in attempt to control his magic as well as making Arthur his life line if Rory falls too deep into his power... but after a couple of chapters, I powered through and had no problem to go back to this universe. I think one of the main reasons is because I was so charmed with Rory and Arthur as characters and as couple. Rory is adorable and I love him SO MUCH when he becomes protective (and rather possessive of Arthur, as later shown when Arthur's old flame is coming to town 😆). Rory also has that grumpy traits at time, which I find amusing. While Arthur is lovely as he wants to take care of his Rory. I love the fact that even if he needs to keep Rory a secret (not like homosexual relationship is nicely accepted in this alternate-universe) but Arthur has no qualm of admitting that Rory means a lot to him. Because of that, I am rather disappointed that Therin doesn't write more of Rory and Arthur's sexy time on page. I'm usually a minority type of romance readers who like less sexual scenes. But this time, I feel ROBBED of reading how Rory and Arthur get more intimate with each other *pout* Anyway, we have more baddies, new relics with interesting powers ... and a twist of the baddies from the first book. I can't wait to read the next book to see whether there are more relics to find and whether Rory and Arthur will face the big bad leader... Too bad I have to wait until 2021.
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    I was lost....

    I was so excited to read this book! I truly enjoyed the first one in the series and thought that a second book would work out some of the kinks I found in the first. Unfortunately, I encountered a new set of strains and aches, ones that simply didn't go away the more I read. Let's begin with what I liked: -I LOVE the premise of the story: magical artifacts; a team of roaring age magical detectives; love between opposite social classes. -The Roaring 20's! -NYC & Harlem -New scenes that had no need for background information. What went wrong (IMHO): -When writing a second book, author & editor, please be mindful that readers need REVIEWING/REVISING of the plot points & characters in the previous books. I had NO CLUE as to who was who and it took looking back at the previous book and my previous review to recall basic facts. But that wasn't enough! I still didn't remember relationships, plots, etc. REMIND ME!!! Authors of series do this very well and successfully. I SHOULD NOT NEED TO READ THE PREVIOUS BOOK IMMEDIATELY BEFORE reading the current to know what is going on. My brain should only need a gentle reminder. I HAD NO REMINDERS, NO MENTAL JOGS, and so I was left in the dark for the majority of the book. -I was confused for 80% of the book (see above). -Since I kept trying to remember who was who, what was what, etc., I was frustrated and pulled out of the story. -Since I was pulled out of the story, I wasn't invested in neither the characters or the plot. You may think that you still don't know what this book is about reading this far along in my review. You are right, because I have a hard time in knowing what the book was about. I'm still not sure. While the writing was good and the premise interesting, I can't give this book more than 2.5 stars because I believe that this should only be read immediately after the previous book (which I liked). Is this a fair review? I think it's a fair review seeing that I read the first book 7 months prior to this one. I expect that this would have been a great read had I reread the first book immediately before tackling this one. My rec? Read shortly after the first, otherwise you'll be as lost as I was.
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    Brilliant

    This is a great follow-up to book one, Spellbound, I was easily drawn right back into this fascinating world as Rory and Arthur's story continued to engage my imagination. I already cannot wait to get my hands on book three. *I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by NetGalley*
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