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Her desire becomes his pleasure…

Max Westin. Sex incarnate. She could smell it, feel it with his proximity. Everything about him was a little rough, a little gritty. A primitive creature. Just like she was.

He held her hand a little too long, his thickly-lashed gaze clearly stating his intentions to have her. To tame her…


Her name, just one word, but spoken with such possession she could almost feel the collar around her neck.

“It’s in your nature,” he murmured. “The desire to be taken.”

In this game of cat and mouse, everything is an illusion but the passion is as real as it gets…

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Genre: Paranormal
Original Publication Date: December 3, 2013

  • USA Today Bestseller

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  • Spellbound Debut

    Spellbound debuts on the USA Today bestseller list. Thank you, readers!

    — December 11, 2013

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The Hunter had finally arrived.

Victoria studied him carefully through the closed-circuit feed that monitored her office reception area. The urbane Armani suit he wore did nothing to hide the predator within. Tall and dark, the Hunter moved with a casual arrogance that made her purr. He didn’t look around, completely focused on the moment when they would be together in the same room. Alone.

As she rubbed her hands together, a throaty growl filled the air. The High Council was ready to tangle with her again. She smiled and preened, as was the nature of her kind. This Hunter was powerful, she could feel it even through the walls that separated them.

It was a testament to her own prowess that they would send a warlock such as him after her. She couldn’t help but be flattered. After all, she’d broken the laws on purpose, deliberately goading the very powers that had stolen Darius from her. And here was her “punishment”, walking into her office with that luscious, long-legged stride. She couldn’t be more thrilled with their choice.

He flashed a devastating smile at the receptionist before she closed the door behind him. Then he turned his attention to Victoria and removed his sunglasses.

Oh my.

She crossed her silk stocking-clad legs to ease the sudden ache between them.

Piercing gray eyes measured her from a face so austerely handsome she was almost inclined to leave her seat and rub up against him. That firm jaw… those sculpted lips…

But, of course, she couldn’t. She first had to see if he would reveal who he was or if he intended to pretend. The High Council still hadn’t realized how much power Darius had bequeathed her. They didn’t yet realize how deeply her awareness went.

Her gaze moved to the crystal-framed miniature on her desk and the man with the rakish dimple who smiled lovingly from there. Captured beautifully in oil paints, glints of gold shining in his blond hair, the sight of Darius brought a familiar ache of loss and heartache that firmed her resolve. The waste of his life filled her with a need for retribution.

Rising to her feet, Victoria held out her hand. The Hunter took it leisurely, the palpable force in his touch betraying him.

“Mr. Westin,” she breathed, fighting back a delicious shiver. She would have to thank the Council for this gift when she was done with him. He was so dark–his skin, his raven hair, his aura. Sex incarnate. She could smell it, feel it with his proximity. It was obvious why he was a successful Hunter. Already she was wet and eager.

Max Westin held her hand a little too long, his thickly-lashed gaze clearly stating his intentions to have her, to tame her. Like all kittens, Victoria liked to play, so she brushed her fingertips across his palm as she pulled away. His eyes widened almost imperceptibly, a tiny sign that she could get to him if she really put the effort into it.

Of course, she intended to do just that. The Council only sent their best, most prized Hunters after her, and she knew how it chaffed Them when their elite met with abject failure. It was the only thing she could do prevent feeling helpless–give Them a harsh reminder of how great Darius’ had been, and what They’d lost with his needless sacrifice.

“Ms. St. John.” Westin’s voice was a rough caress. Everything about him was a little rough, a little gritty. A primitive creature. Just like she was.

Victoria waved toward the chair in front of her glass-topped desk. Freeing the button of his coat, Max sank into the seat, his dark blue trousers stretching over firm thighs and an impressive bulge between them.

She licked her lips. Yum…

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    • Spellbound features “A Familiar Kind of Magic,” “That Old Black Magic,” and the never-before-published “Black Magic Woman.”
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  • Spellbound Debut

    Spellbound debuts on the USA Today bestseller list. Thank you, readers!

    — December 11, 2013

Industry Reviews

    • Library Journal: “Hot, rough, and deeply sensual, this novel is a winning contribution to the supernatural erotic genre. Max and Victoria’s bond as Warlock and Familiar is predicated on the dominant/submissive element of their relationship and also helps validate the savage intensity of their otherworldly passion. Overall, this is a hot read with a great backstory to match. Fans of Day’s work (Bared to You; Entwined with You) will not be disappointed.” – January 2014
    • Paranormal Romance Reviews (PNR):"A Familiar Kind of Magic" is by Sylvia Day. This story is the crown jewel of the anthology. Ms. Day collared this reader with sensuous characters that had her purring and clawing for more. Ms. Day has proven time and time again that she has what it takes to write in any genre and do it with sexual precision and a killer pen!” – March 2007
    • The Road to Romance:"A Familiar Kind of Magic" by Sylvia Day — This is my favourite story and I would even say this story makes it worth buying the book. The plot and back story was fully developed and the characters were wonderfully complex. The story was full of emotion and drama, and the love scenes are smoking hot. Day had created an unusual and interesting world that I would love to revisit in future stories.” – March 2007
    • Fallen Angels Reviews: “The reader is treated to a fantastic blend of contemporary and paranormal novellas from veteran and newer authors. Each story read as a complete tale, and they all complemented each other well. There was no weak story in this collection; they were all just wonderful. Though it was hard to choose a favorite story, Sylvia Day’s "A Familiar Kind of Magic" was a story I could not get out of my head.” – March 2007
    • Just Erotic Romance Reviews: “WOW!! Awaken The Fantasy was an amazingly erotic book filled with lots of sex, interesting characters and {keep beating my heart} love. My favorite hero/heroine were Victoria St. John and Max Westin, from "A Familiar Kind of Magic". They were meant for each other, but did not know it. I was impressed by the anthology as a whole and am more than ever eager to read more Allure authors. Sylvia Day’s story "A Familiar Kind of Magic" just enthralled me. Ms. Day’s story was well-written and flowed beautifully. ” – March 2007
    • Romance Junkies: “Simply delightful is the best way to describe ["A Familiar Kind of Magic"]. Sylvia Day brings out all the playfully fun things that make reading about familiars so much fun and adds a suspense element that’ll have you glued to the pages waiting to learn of Max and Victoria’s fate.” – March 2007
    • Joyfully Reviewed:"A Familiar Kind of Magic" had me absolutely engrossed from the first paragraph. The way Sylvia gives life to both the human and animal aspects of Victoria is amazing and I really want to have the abilities Victoria has. Max is a very attractive mix of strength, dominance and sensitivity that makes him irresistible. With hot sex, some BDSM and a wonderful paranormal world, this story is hot!” – March 2007
    • CK2S Kwips and Kritiques: “With "A Familiar Kind of Magic", Day proves a woman can find strength and power in letting go. Max proves himself as a gentle and sly Dominant when he sets out to tame Victoria, simultaneously empowering her and allowing her to unleash the needs she has subjugated for years.” - March 2007
    • Romance Junkies: “Sylvia Day has a unique talent for writing totally seductive heroines, and her heroes are always the epitome of male perfection. Max and Victoria are no exception. They are sophisticated, attractive, intelligent characters, and their smooth seduction of each other is simply breathtaking. ” - March 2007
    • Love Romances and More:"A Familiar Kind of Magic" is a wonderful story that is absolutely spell-binding. You will absolutely fall in love with these characters. Ms. Day did a terrific job with this story and it’s a real keeper.” – March 2007
    • Romance Junkies: “We first met and fell in love with Max and Victoria in the first Alluring Tales anthology. Sylvia Day delivers an emotionally charged story full of passion, adventure, and even a bit of heartbreak. I was thrilled to revisit this couple and loved the unexpected twist to the plot.” – November 2008