Monday, January 25, 2016

Review - Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian

Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed #13
Publication Date: July 30, 2015
Date Read: January 23, 2016

Carys Chase is accustomed to making her own rules and letting her heart lead the way--no matter what anyone else has to say about it. A rare Breed female and a daywalker as well, headstrong, beautiful Carys is one of the most powerful of her kind. She lives passionately and loves without limits, especially when it comes to the lethal cage-fighting Breed warrior called Rune.

Unbeatable in the ring, Rune exists in a brutal world of blood and bone and death. He's made his share of enemies both in and out of the arena, and his secrets run as deep and turbulent as his past. A dangerous loner who has survived by his fists and fangs, Rune has never allowed anyone to get too close to him...until Carys. But when the bodies buried in his past rise up to threaten his present, Rune must choose between betraying Carys's trust or putting her in the crosshairs of a battle neither of them can hope to win on their own.


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I have mixed feelings about this book.  I loved the second half of the story but the first half just didn't do a lot for me.  I realize that a big part of my problem could be that I haven't read every single book in this series.  I have read the first two books in the series and the last book published, Crave the Night.  I was never confused while I was reading this book but seeing all the characters from other books just didn't excite me.  I do think that this is a series best read in order and this book would not work well as a stand alone novel.  I was able to follow the story pretty well because I wasn't completely blind since I have read some of the early books in the series.  I would suggest that readers new to the series start with the first book, Kiss of Midnight.

The first half of the book went back and forth between two different plot lines.  The continuing story arc from the previous book about the Atlanteans and other enemies was one part of the book.  The other main focus was on the romance between Carys and Rune.  I have to say that the romance between the pair started in the beginning of the book seemed like it was just a whole lot of sex.  I like the sexy parts but wanted to see some connection as well.   There wasn't a lot of talking between the pair.  I wasn't really seeing a lot of connection between the two parts of the story.

When everything started to come together, the book really started to pick up for me.  Rune's true identity and heritage made things much more interesting.  When the pair started interacting out of bed just as much as in it, I started to actually see that they cared for each other.  I liked the kick ass Rune that was willing to make sacrifices for the woman that he loves.  Carys was more than awesome.  I loved that she isn't a weak character waiting to be saved.  She has abilities beyond that of the men in this story and she puts them to good use.  Hands down, Carys was the most fierce of all of the fighters in this book.

I would recommend this book to fans of the series.  I do wish that the excitement of the second half of the book would have been present for the first half as well.  I actually considered giving up on this book at about the 50% mark because I just couldn't get into it.  Then boom...I couldn't put it down.  I am so glad that I stuck with it in the end.  I do plan to continue to read this series and hopefully read the earlier books that I skipped very soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Lara Adrian, LLC via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books have been named among Amazon’s Top Ten Romances of the Year, and have also been nominated by readers multiple times as finalists for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance of the Year. Reviewers have called Lara’s books “addictively readable” (Chicago Tribune), “extraordinary” (Fresh Fiction), “strikingly original” (Booklist), and “one of the best vampire series on the market” (Romantic Times).

Writing as TINA ST. JOHN, her historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best; and many others. She was twice named a Finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, for Best Historical Romance (White Lion’s Lady) and Best Paranormal Romance (Heart of the Hunter). More recently, the German translation of Heart of the Hunter debuted on Der Spiegel bestseller list.

With an ancestry stretching back to the Mayflower and the court of King Henry VIII, the author lives with her husband in New England, where she is working on her next novel. Visit Lara’s website and sign up for new release announcements at http://bit.ly/LaraAdrianNews


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12 comments:

  1. Yeah, I just read a review where the reader stated that this series should be read in order. Unfortunately, I'll have to put this series on hold. Glad you were able to like it, at least.

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    1. This series definitely should be read in order. I have read enough of the books that I understood how their world works. I just had a hard time at the start of this one. I still want to go back and catch up on the books that I have skipped which are actually sitting on my kindle ready to go.

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  2. Haha, I stopped by after you commented on the blog and now I see that we were twinsies and reviewed it at the same time. :) Oh yes, I would have been totally turned about with all the people and situations are were part of this book so I don't blame you for glassing over in the beginning. She does write some exciting scenes to grab you. I loved seeing Carys the fighter there at the end.

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    1. I thought it was funny that we both reviewed this book on the same day. I had no trouble with the 12th book in this series and I didn't feel confused in this one. I was bored during the first half but the second half was awesome.

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  3. It's so hard sometimes with series! The ones I really love, I definitely read in order, but sometimes, I pick up a book, unaware that it's part of a long series, and then I do feel a little lost. Especially if there are recurrent characters whom I would have already known.
    Sorry this didn't work for you as well as it could have, Carole :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I do like to read a series in order too. I jumped ahead to book 12 and really enjoyed that one. I did know the characters but something just didn't click for me during the first half of the book. It was still a good book.

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  4. Somestimes you can read a novel without having read the others in the series, sometimes you can't. Ah well, bummer it was the last case and it prevented you from fully enjoying the story. I think I have the first book on my tablet, I'll have to give this series a try :)

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    1. I have the whole series sitting on my kindle ready to go. I really enjoyed book 12 after skipping a bunch of books so I thought I was good to go for book 13. I did just find out that there was a novella that really led into this book which I did not read.

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  5. Great review, Carole! I'm not sure if I've read any of this series or not but I'm glad you enjoyed it, even if you didn't love it!

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    1. Thanks, Danielle! I did enjoy this book in the end. It is a good series. I do think that you would like it.

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  6. I do love it when books surprise you like that. Right when you think you are going to set it aside and then wow you are hooked!! I have enjoyed reading this series quite a bit. I can't wait to get to this one.

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    1. I do love it when a book can win me over. I want to read this whole series in order soon. I do enjoy this world.

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