Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Okay, Laura Pavlov, I see you. Charmed, your newest story, is charming and cute and everything great about romance. First of all, I love that this series, the Willow Springs series, revolves around a girl gang of friends. That each of them will get their own story is fantastic. This story, Charmed, tells the story of Maura and Crew, whose families have no love lost between them. Pavlov’s Charmed is your fabulous enemies-to-lovers, star-crossed lovers brand of romance, and this girl, this reader, LOVES this type of story.
Now, to make this story even better, Pavlov has constructed a grumpy, workaholic, playboy of a hero in Crew. But here’s the thing…we all know that the grumpy hero is actually a BIG ole softie, and it’s true. What Crew has done is use work to protect himself from the power of relationships. He loves his family, and his brothers and parents are the only ones he allows in, but everyone else gets the guy who would rather work than live life abundantly. And there are reasons for it. There’s a reason that he lives, eats, and breathes work. However, that’s his story to tell in Charmed.
Maura is an overachiever too. She’s been chosen by the faculty of her college to work as an intern for Crew’s company. She’s a top student, an obedient daughter, and a wonderful friend. However, she must contend with Crew from the first day on the job as he is ready to make her “pay” for belonging to her family since his family and her family don’t get along. Interestingly enough, Maura doesn’t know why. She’s always been curious. As their story progresses, she finds this out along with other family secrets, and her life is upended. This becomes the tension of their journey.
From the minute Crew and Maura begin working, their attraction is undeniable. Pavlov’s skill in crafting their push and pull is undeniable, and you find yourself rooting for them. Thankfully, she doesn’t disappoint her readers, but sadly, you have to endure a few moments of angst and anxious moments to get there. In the end, you find this sweet ending for Crew and Maura.
You will find yourself charmed by Laura Pavlov’s Charmed. I really enjoyed this story of enemies-to-lovers, and it makes for a great weekend read.
In love and romance,