Jake Bradshaw is thirteen years too late to start raising his son but it was better late than never. Jake is back to take custody of Austin and start a life with him but life is never that easy. He is not his son’s favorite person and there is also the woman who helped raise Austin. He will have to win both of them over which will be a challenge.
Jenny Salazar has helped raised Austin like her own and when his father comes back into town she is terrified at the news that Austin is to leave. Jenny knows she has no right to him but cannot stop her heart from breaking. She will give in as it is right only to discover more to Jake.
That Thing Called Love is definitely a heartwarming story by Susan Andersen. I liked that several stories were going on at the same time one of them being with the teenager Austin. It was fun to read from different points of views with the characters. Andersen does a good job with creating the characters to be likable even Jake who abandoned his son. You want to give his a second chance and hope this works. She creates the story to be realistic with the idea of the relationships between a son and his estranged father. Andersen also keeps the readers engaged as Jake and Jenny find the chemistry between them to be irresistible. The pages are steamy and sizzle at your fingers. Now with the exception of a little heartache a happy ending is to come but Andersen leaves it to the last minute.
Maximilian ‘Mac’ Oceanus was on his own to find a bride with his son Henry. They had a year or he had to marry a woman his father had found. He was not going to let that happen. Mac will find his potential bride in Olivia Baldwin from almost the first moment he set his sights on her. He will find a way to get himself involved with Olivia on a business level then a personal level winning her over with his slow seductive ways.
Olivia Baldwin is a widow raising a daughter on her own and running a camp for its new season and doesn’t have time for any suitor. Olivia though did not except Mac to instigate himself into her life and Sophie’s. She will find it hard to say no to him with every smoldering look he gave her. She will surrender only to find out there is much more to Mac than she believed.
After finishing up the series of Midnight Bay I knew that Mac would be the main character of Spellbound Falls series. I had grown to like him as a character throughout that series and interested in how he will be portrayed within his own book. I loved that Janet Chapman wrote Spellbound Falls, featuring Mac and his son Henry in the story. Chapman does a wonderful job at creating the father and son relationship seem off in the way it needed to be, but in a good way. She does the same great job with Olivia and her daughter, Sophie, as well. I instantly liked the interaction between Olivia and Mac as there was lust but it was not throwing it in your face, which was good as that was not in her character. I also liked that the magic was around as it was portrayed in the Midnight Bay series. This is a different type of magic that is definitely unlike something I have read before picking up Chapman.
The story had heart that collided with the great characters who were alongside with Mac and Olivia making the story well rounded. Now what made this story comical was having the parents of Mac around. It was highly entertaining to read about the man who created Atlantis to be a softy to his grandson. Then there was Carolina. I have to say when she was in the other series I didn’t really like her, now I find her character much more likable and look forward to when she has her own story.
Finishing up on the first book of Spellbound Falls series I picked up a couple more only to notice that this is a series that is starting to grow. It will be fun to find out what characters will be part of this series.