Review: Blade Bound by Chloe Neill

Ethan Sullivan and Merit are preparing for the upcoming wedding when an infiltrator to Cadogan House attacks Merit. Initially, they suspect the attacker has mental health issues but later events show them that dark magic is at work in Chicago. Will the rise of a dark sorcerer destroy Chicago?

BLADE BOUND is the 13th and final book in the Chicagoland Vampires series and boy am I sad to see this series end! BLADE BOUND is best appreciated in the context of the series as a whole, particularly since it concludes several ongoing story threads (including the wedding).

One of the things I love about Chloe Neill’s books is the action. Chloe Neill doesn’t waste any time kicking things into gear as the action heats up almost immediately. However, this doesn’t detract from the wedding, which goes about how you would expect a wedding between Ethan and Merit to go. Needless to say, they didn’t need a trash the dress party afterwards!

And what can I say about the characters except that I love them? From the Ombuddies to the Cadogan House vampires to the Red Guards, each faction we’ve met throughout the series has earned a special place in my heart. Yes, Ethan and Merit are the heart and soul of the Chicagoland Vampires but all the supporting characters and factions are just as essential to Chloe Neill’s world. I love that BLADE BOUND truly showcases the diversity of the Chicagoland Vampires population and how working together is the only way to save the town from the sorcerer and her deadly weapon (and just wait till you meet her weapon!).

Finishing BLOOD BOUND is bittersweet as I really am not reading to say goodbye to these characters or the Chicagoland Vampires series as a whole. Thankfully, Chloe Neill’s website indicates a spin-off series is in the works so hopefully we’ll get to see glimpses of Ethan and Merit in those books. Highly recommended!

*copy of book provided through Netgalley

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Review: The Chosen: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood By J.R. Ward

The Chosen

Narrated by: Jim Frangione Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 15 Release Date:04-04-17

Publisher: Random House Audio                                      Rating:  5*

I have waited a long time to finally get the real story of Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards; convicted of treason against the Blind King and at the end of book 14, was captured and awaiting a brutal interrogation and a most heinous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.    Xcor would never have given in if it weren’t for the promises he made to a sacred female, The Chosen Layla.  She was never his, but she had saved his life and after the life he’d led he knew he’d never deserve someone like her.

Now that Layla has delivered her young twins she finds herself at loose ends and wants something for herself including the warrior she knows who is a good man Xcor.   When Quinn discovers that Layla had been seeing Xcor behind his back – he went nuts and wanted to keep her babies from her.  Devastated by the chasm she had caused  between the young’s biological father and the warrior she loved Layla had to summon the courage to stand up to the only family she has for the only man she has ever loved.    Layla knew Xcor’s heritage and was torn between keeping the secret or revealing that which might divide their world further.

****  Once again, a stellar book to add to Ms. Wards fabulous Black Dagger Brotherhood series.   The more answers that are revealed in these books, the more questions and subplots emerge keeping this series alive and well.   Enter a new deity which seems very evil and new characters begin to come to the forefront where one cannot wait for the next book to be written.   Just as new folks begin to take on life, characters we thought we knew seem to be taking on new persona’s such as our resident fallen ‘angel’  – now what is that all about?

So many directions Ms. Ward can go in with the revelations found in THE CHOSEN –  I personally cannot wait to see what comes next!   And Ms. Ward – Please, Please – help out Assail!

Marilyn Rondeau

Review: Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear

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Publication: July 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN13: 9781492621898      Series:  Billionaire Wolf #1

Characters:    Rafe Denali, Jade Ashton   –  Rating    5*

From the queen of shapeshifter romance, Terry Spear has opened up a new Billionaire Wolf series with book #1  BILLIONAIRE IN WOLF’S CLOTHING,  and after reading this first book in a brand new series I am fully committed to continuing and pre-ordering the next books as soon as they become available.

Rafe Denali is a self-made billionaire who got to this point in life thru sheer hard work and determination.  He wasn’t a pushover and guarded his private life so that no one would discover what he truly was.

Jade Ashton, hated that she was being forced by her evil brother to get close to Rafe to discover where his twin brother was.  She had no choice as her son Toby had been taken from her and if she didn’t provide the information her brother promised to kill him.

Frustrated to discover how difficult it was to attract Rafe’s attention, she walked into the ocean below his home and unfortunately got pulled away by a rip tide.  Rafe had noticed her, and seeing how dangerous the rip tide was pulling her out to sea he immediately ran down to jump in the ocean in an attempt to rescue her.    From there they both had the opportunity to realize that they had a very strong attraction to one another especially once Rafe discovered that she also was  she-wolf.

***   This story was terrific with immensely likable characters and a very fast pace that found me hard to put this book down for even a second!   It was that good!   The romance between Rafe and Jade was built slowly allowing time for Jade to grow so comfortable with Rafe and his gentle and generous nature that she finally came clean and told him why she was there and what she had been forced to do.

First difficulty, find her son Toby and once that was accomplished the very precocious and adorable tyke had everyone wrapped around his chubby little fingers.  Loved this child!  Next locate her despicable brother and eliminate his threats.

Bottom Line:  I loved, loved this book.   All the characters were fleshed out and the romance and sensuality between Rafe and Jade was quite tastefully done  – just enough description but not over the top with blow by blow intimacy.   Again – love BILLIONAIRE IN WOLF’S CLOTHING and cannot wait for the next volumes to this series.

Marilyn Rondeau