Review: Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian

bound to darknessReviewed by Jen

This is the best book in the Midnight Breeds series I have read in a long time. The last few romances haven’t been big hits for me, but I am happy to say that Carys and Rune’s story lived up to its potential.  I had hoped this book would give us some flashbacks to the beginning of their relationship. It didn’t, but even joining the romance in progress, I still felt invested.

We met this couple a few books back. Rune is a cage fighter with a mysterious past. Carys is the daywalker daughter of Sterling Chase and his mate Tavia. Unlike her twin, Carys isn’t part of the Order, but she can kick butt if she has to. She desperately wants a deeper connection with Rune. It’s clear they love one another, but he doesn’t want a blood bond with her. Carys has no idea why, but readers know its because he doesn’t want to reveal his dark history to her.

Meanwhile, the Order is going after their latest target in the war against Opus Nostrum. It’s Riordan, father of the heroine, Nova, in “Marked By Midnight.” One of my beefs about that novella is that it felt like Nova’s backstory was all build and no payoff. That payoff comes here, as her father’s machinations come to light as part of the bigger picture series arc.  And let’s not forget the Atlanteans. Zael is back with some interesting revelations –and an obvious set up for his romance with Tavia’s sister, Brynne.

I liked Rune. I always enjoy a hero who thinks he is not good enough for his heroine, but at the same time, he is a fighter. He can’t give her up. And she won’t give him up either. I appreciated how strong both of these characters were –how they fought for each other. And the big climax where Carys faces off with the bad guy made me cheer out loud. What an empowering scene!

I will acknowledge that my copy had a couple of spelling errors I am not used to seeing from this series. And at times, it felt like there was just too much backstory getting squeezed in, especially at the beginning. But overall, I enjoyed this one, I think largely because of the romance. But I also really enjoyed seeing so many first generation characters and couples playing a part in the story.

I hope that Adrian starts to drill down more on the Atlanteans if they are to be the Big Bad of this arc. At this point, Opus Nostrum feels like a red herring. A complicated red herring. And I hope the next romance is as engaging as I found this one.

Rating: B

*Book provided by author for review

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Bound to Darkness
by Lara Adrian
Release Date: July 30, 2015

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