Once upon a time...
The wicked King Thorn forced the enchantress Zuleika to cast a terrible curse. She fled his court to travel the world, helping those who need her magic most. Until a search for her merchant father's lost ships leads her to an enchanted island, where Prince Vardan, the island's ruler, is afflicted by the most powerful curse Zuleika has ever encountered. She's not sure she can reverse the spell, but she's determined to try. After all, a prince who fights pirates can't be all bad...no matter how beastly his appearance.
Together, can the enchanting beauty and the beastly prince break the spell?
Our tale starts with a young idealistic Zuleika trying to impress King Thorn with her magic. The spell she casts for him is truly frightening with such far reaching consequences that none truly appreciate just how powerful it is. Fast forward a few years and Zuleika has grown up, travelled trying to aid others like herself and finally finds herself on an island with cursed inhabitants. The curse originates from Prince Varden, who seems unlike his brother in nature which prompts Zuleika to want to help him, but tracking down the dark witch and breaking the curse seems an impossible task.
So yes, it’s obvious to the reader that poor Varden and his people are trapped in Zuleika’s magic but it takes almost all the book for Zuleika to realise this and more importantly make a hard decision. Theirs is a sweet romance as unfortunately Varden came across as a little needy but as he's trying to save his fellow islanders, I could understand that. Zuleika is quite deceitful at times, hiding both her identity and her abilities. Yet she slowly sees Varden as a man and not a beast and certainly nothing like his brother inside. Here's where I must say there's a scene initially involving Zeleika and Thorn that felt distasteful. It's over quickly without the author dwelling or drawing it out, but it felt incongruous and to my mind didn't fit in with the rest of the story.
So, although I enjoyed Enchant it didn't quite wow me as I couldn't quite find Zuleika’s behaviour believable at times. She's a powerful Enchantress and yet acts almost without thinking and keeps far too much to herself. Unfortunately, I just didn't like her as a heroine but that's just my opinion.
So, my final thoughts are I'm glad I read it and would try something else written by Ms Carlton but will probably check reviews first next time.