Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian (Review)
Lara Adrian, LLC, 2015. Print. ISBN-13: 978-1515250494 Formats available: ebook $4.99. Paperback comes out August 18, 2015. $12.95.
Synopsis & Review
“Softness and affection had never had a place in his life – until Carys had stepped into his orbit.”
The Breed (vampires) are a mostly male, night dwelling species. Out of their entire species there are only 3 females, and 3 day-walkers. Carys is exceptionally rare, being a day-walking female. As the beloved daughter of one of their people’s leaders, Rune knows that Carys is destined to be more than the mate of a cage fighter. Even though he thinks she deserves better, Rune can’t stay away from Carys. But Rune is keeping dark secrets and is terrified his past will come back to haunt him. Or worse, cause harm to Carys. Meanwhile, war threatens as the Breed warriors race to track down their enemy and learn more about the mysterious “Atlantean” race that recently surfaced on their world.
The Midnight Breed series has a well established world, whose rules and characters have been carefully explored and developed over the course of more than 17 novels/novellas. Because of this, even though Carys and Rune’s romance stands alone, readers new to the series may be lost if choosing Bound to Darkness as their first foray into the series. If you are new to the series, I’d recommend you instead start with Edge of Dawn (Book 11), because it starts the second major story arc of the series and better re-introduces the characters and world.
The alternating viewpoints strategy is one Adrian has long employed successfully. It allows us to see the story not only from the two main character’s points of view, but also occasionally from other characters, giving a broader look and understanding into the events surrounding the main romance. In Bound to Darkness the romance appears to take a backseat to the other story elements, giving this more of an Urban Fantasy feel rather than the traditional Romance-dominated feel. In terms of emotional intensity and character development, Bound to Darkness didn’t quite compare to the previous entry into the series (Crave the Night (book 12)) and felt more like it was laying the groundwork for the next story. Carys and Rune’s story didn’t have the same importance to the story that the romance usually does in Adrian’s books.
Nevertheless, fans of the Midnight Breed Series will find this a satisfying addition to the series and will enjoy seeing what their favorite characters have been up to in the face of the upcoming war with Opus Noctem. With steamy romance, and exciting action, this is a quick and entertaining read for fans of the genre.
About the Author:
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- Kresley Cole’s series Immortals After Dark
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