Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bound in Death review

Bound in Death by Cynthia Eden is the fifth book in Eden's Bound series featuring vampires and werewolves. Eden has her own twist on vampires and on the combination of the two species.

As with the first four books, Bound in Death features a mega-alpha male in werewolf Alerac - a male stubborn and determined enough to search for his mate for 200 years. He is ruthless and violent but his mate brings out every protective and possessive instinct of both man and beast. When Alerac finally finds Keira/Jane, she is understandably confused and unsure who can be trusted. She doesn't remember anything prior to the past six months and certainly doesn't remember Alerac. However, it doesn't take long for our heroine to find her core of steel and to take action against those looking to harm her and Alerac.

I enjoyed Bound in Death a great deal. Eden has a fast paced story and a descriptive writing style that flows well and keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. There are no lags or bogs and I always get sucked into her stories. She writes strong, interesting characters -  the good, the bad, and the ambivalent - that I feel invested in and empathize with easily. The ending felt a tad rushed and I would have liked slightly more detail on the transformation of Alerac and Jane through the mating as it was different from the ones in previous books but other than that it was a fantastic read. Eden also set up (I believe) the next book in the series featuring Jane's twin brother Ryan - at least I hope it's the next one because I'd really like to see what happens with him and Zoe.

Bound in Death was published as an ebook on April 15, 2013. While it is not necessary to read the first four books in the Bound series in order to read Bound in Death (there are no spoilers for previous books), I am the type of reader who is compelled to read things in order. So for those of you like me, the first four books are: Bound by Blood, Bound in Darkness, Bound in Sin, and Bound by the Night.


She can’t remember him…
He can never forget her.

For over two hundred years, alpha werewolf Alerac O’Neill has been searching for his mate, Keira McDonough, a woman who was taken from him and imprisoned by a dark vampire master. He’s hunted for her, endlessly, using vampire blood to extend his life. He has become a vicious predator, feared by all the supernaturals. His hold on reality seems to slip more each day because he is consumed by her.

Only…the woman he discovers in a small Miami bar isn’t the Keira that he remembers. In fact, this woman doesn’t remember anything. She calls herself Jane Smith, and she has no memory at all of Alerac—or of her own past.

Now that she’s been found, Alerac knows that his enemies are going to start closing in on her. Jane may try to act human, but she’s not. She’s a pureblood vampire princess, incredibly powerful and incredibly valuable. His enemies want to use her, her enemies want to destroy her, and Alerac—he just wants her.

If he can’t make her remember him, then Alerac has to seduce Jane into loving him once again. Because now that he’s found her, he’ll fight hell—and every sadistic vampire that stalks the night—in order to keep her safe at his side.

Some bonds go deeper than the flesh. Some go beyond life. Beyond death.

Jane will soon learn that a werewolf’s claiming…is forever.

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