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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Review: His Dark Bond

Title: His Dark Bond
Author: Anne Marsh
Page Count: 291 pages
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

He Hungers For Her Body. . .

Zer is no angel--well, not anymore. He's explored every flavor of sin imaginable, drinking in the pleasures of humanity. But now he must find the woman who carries his salvation in her very blood. . .a woman like Nessa St. James.

And Her Soul

Nessa has considered the bargain the Fallen offer. Anything she wants in exchange for accepting Zer's bond? No way. Not her. Not when she finds out about the mind-blowing ritual involved, and the marks of surrender that will ink her skin. But with a serial killer to stop and centuries of experience on his side, this is one job Zer's going to nail.

Before I say anything else, let me say this- do not read this book until you've read book 1 in the series, Bond with Me. You'll enjoy this book way more if you read the series in order. Consider yourself advised.

Moving on, this was an excellent follow up to a book that I really enjoyed- we get to see more of the secondary characters from the first book and get their take on the goings on in the story, which don't always line up with the characters we already know. This time around, the hero of our story is Zer, the leader of the Fallen, and ostensibly the reason that they got themselves kicked out of heaven. Zer does what's right and damns the consequences, and that (logically) doesn't always have good results for the people around him. He's a leader and a persuasive one at that, and he turns his powers of persuasion on a scientist named Nessa who may be able to help the Fallen find their soul mates.

Until the events of book one unfolded, the Fallen thought that soul mates were a myth- after all, if you've been on earth for thousands of years and never seen one, you'd probably think they were made up too. Now the cat's out of the bag and the search for soul mates is on big time- lots of the Fallen and not a lot of soul mates to go around. That's where Nessa comes in, and her knowledge and research might be just what they need.

Zer knows he's no catch, and he doesn't care- he figures that he got the rest of the Fallen into this mess and therefore it's his job to get them out. Nessa doesn't see things quite that way, though, and their relationship comes barreling forward from there. I liked Nessa a lot and I enjoyed how her brains were center stage throughout this story. She's trying to make a name for herself in academia at the onset of the story and finds her priorities reorganized in a hurry, but she doesn't lose her cool and isn't afraid to fight for what she wants. She's smart as a whip in all respects- something you don't often find in PNR, when women have to be tougher than everyone else, often to their own peril. You know what I mean.

Like I said, start at the beginning of this series, for heaven's sake! This series is gritty and dark and hot, hot, hot. I've really enjoyed it so far and am looking to picking up installment number three (a novella I believe.)

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