Book review: Enchanted by You ~ Hilaria Alexander

Posted December 6, 2018 in Reviews by Marieke/ 0 Comments

Book review: Enchanted by You ~ Hilaria AlexanderTitle: Enchanted by You
Author: Hilaria Alexander
Series: Standalone
Release date: December 6, 2018
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 279
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
Rating: four-half-stars
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I had no idea that my seven-year marriage would implode during our long awaited and needed vacation to Albuquerque—the city that will change your perspective. Unfortunately, our attempt at fixing everything wrong in our relationship backfired, big time.

My husband left me alone in Albuquerque, with no friends, no family . . . and no idea what my future holds or if I’ll ever find happiness again.

As I begin to move on, I can't help but notice the man who was there for me during my darkest hour.
Esteban Garcia is the dashing hero you want on your side, even though I'm no damsel in distress.
With his dazzling smile, bright green eyes and golden skin, he's a brand of gorgeous I'm not used to, and mysterious enough to drive me crazy with thoughts of him.

I wouldn't be surprised to find out I've somehow been enchanted by him . . . or maybe he was my fate all along.

Saying goodbye to your life as you know it and make drastic changes, would you do it? In Enchanted by You Ines does that very thing, she walks away. I love the journey she makes, and the man she meets. Enchanted by You is a sweet, charming story.

“He looks at me like I’m the most magical, beautiful creature, holding the secret to eternal happiness.”

Ines is a married woman. Once she was happily in love, but over time her husband changed. Not that he was cheating or beating Ines, but there are more ways to kill the love of a woman for a man. And right now, Ines is totally done with the whole situation and decides to start over. Starting over in totally town is unplanned, but it turns out the be decision. Here she meets Esteban, who gives her all the feelings she hadn’t had for a long time.

“I can’t bring myself to spoil the moment. I’m not sure how long we dance, closer to each other than we’ve ever been, constantly stealing glances when not openly staring at one another.”

I love Ines. She’s a brave woman who decides enough is enough, who wants to be happy and acts on it. Could she have handled it differently? I don’t think so, she saw an opening and took it. Her new life is very different, in a city where she doesn’t know a single soul. Luckily there’s Esteban (and his protective sister), who makes it all easier. That Ines falls for Esteban isn’t a surprise. Although he’s a good looking, successful guy, he also happens to be a sweet and kind man. A man looking for the right woman to settle down with.

Like other books by Hilaria Alexander, Enchanted by You is an engaging story with a great leading couple and interesting side-characters. It’s a standalone book and is told solely through the eyes of Ines. I kind of miss the point of view of Esteban, I really want to know what he is thinking from time to time. Okay, obviously I can guess it, but I want to read it, because Esteban is a very intriguing guy. I love Ines and Esteban together, they are an amazing couple who both deserve all the love and happiness.

“His eyes beam in a way I’ve never seen before and the fire in my chest burns with the intensity of my love for him.”



“By the way, how are you settling in? Still in love with the apartment?” he teases, arching one eyebrow, his voice loaded with humor.

I make a face. “What exactly are you hinting at?” I ask, and he lets out a laugh, his eyes bright with amusement. He puts his hands in his pockets, and relaxes, slouching his shoulders a little. “Is this your way of asking me if I’ve experienced any paranormal activity?” The sound of his laughter stirs something in my chest, a happy feeling I haven’t felt in so long. I don’t miss the looks I’m getting from the women he was talking to. Also, I just can’t miss the opportunity to tease him in return.

“Oh, yeah. I haven’t had a chance to tell you. There’s a ghost who visits me every night. I haven’t been getting much sleep but all in all…I can’t really complain,” I tell him with a knowing look, and his face falls immediately.

He looks pale, and I almost feel sorry I lied.


“You’re joking,” he tells me, jaw taut, a panicked look in his eyes.

“Not so funny now, is it?” I quip and see him slowly regain the color that had gone amiss from his cheeks. His eyes sparkle like emeralds as he recovers, and the corner of his lips tilts into a grin that tells me he’ll make me pay for it.

I wouldn’t be opposed to the idea, if it entails certain things.

He points a finger at me and shakes his head in disbelief.

“That wasn’t funny, Ines.”

“That was very funny and you know it.”

“Alright. You got me. I’m going to stop teasing you now, okay?”

Oh, please don’t.

I shrug. “A little teasing never hurt anybody, am I right?”

He nods slowly, a small smile stretching across his face. His eyes linger on me, as if trying to read me. I felt bold a moment ago, but now that he’s staring at me with such intensity, I feel my cheeks redden and look down.


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