In the darkness, demons come out to play . . .
and someone must bring their sins to light.
Part vampire, part werewolf, Riley Jenson knows what can happen when vamps don’t play well with others. But she’s never seen anything like this: a series of brutal murders surrounding the latest hot spot for vampire-human hookups—and the victims aren’t just killed, they’re beheaded. Now Riley is launching into action, toying with a seductive—and highly suspicious—club owner, and finding herself in the middle of another mystery: women being killed one by one, without a trace of violence.
For Riley, solving multiple cases—in a world going mad with human and vampire passions—would have been tough enough. Instead she has two jealous lovers on her hands: Kye Murphy, the amber-eyed werewolf who makes Riley’s wolf blood howl—and Quinn, the cool, elegant vamp who has over a thousand years’ experience at fulfilling women’s desires. While she’s busy juggling these two sexy beasts, Riley’s detective work takes a stunningly violent turn. Finding a murderer is now a matter of life and death. Especially since the killer has long since found her . . .
“Meaning that someone wanted idiots like you to think this man was killed by a vampire.”
“Well we weren’t to know he wasn’t” the bigger man whined belligerently.”
I bask in the pain of the main character. Bask, I say! For the second-to-last book in a series, it is so deliciously painful for the main character. Typically, I have to wait for the last book to reach this level, because authors love to save the worst for last. Yet, for all that, this doesn’t feel like a penultimate book in a series. They typically feel like just a really long preview for the main event, a long build-up of tension.
There is actually very little in this book that we haven’t seen before in regards to Riley’s job. Actually, when I was writing up the description for the book up above in italics, I caught myself thinking I was remembering the wrong book because I write reviews in bulk. Turns out, the last two books had basically the same exact thing going on in them on the surface, and I just didn’t notice. That is actually a pretty good compliment, in my opinion. They’re both basically the same but I had genuinely no idea until long after reading it. All the extra bits in each book just make the story stand out in their own rights.
Bound to Shadows really shows us just how much each of the characters have changed over the course of the series.
Riley has gone from hating the very idea of being a Guardian, to being frighteningly okay with certain aspects of the job, even if she still hates it. She has lost almost every dream she has had. In the beginning, she slept around with who she willed, it didn’t matter. There was almost a parade of guys, and now she is down to… well…
She is down to two, I guess. Quinn, like I said in the review to Deadly Desire, has changed. I absolutely hated him by the end of the fourth book and thought nothing could redeem him (still really don’t, that was some fucked up shit he pulled). Now, he is changed. He fits the vampire half of Riley’s soul. He is supportive, and at the very least trying to be understanding.
Then there is Kye, Riley’s soulmate and absolutely everything I had to hold back on for the review of the last book. Holy hell, Keri Arthur has it in for Riley. The one thing she had to look forward to in life, shattered because the man she is mated to is a monster. She hates him. She wants nothing to do with him, and frankly he wants nothing to do with her. But, he is determined to win so he can prove he is in control of the situation. And Riley is just helpless to everything that happens regarding him.
Bound to Shadows provides a few rays of sun at the end of the tunnel, but mostly it is a deep, dark hellscape full of Riley’s worst nightmares come to life. I couldn’t be happier.
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