Once two souls are joined . . .
When Adam’s soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled–and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone . . .
Their hearts will beat together forever
No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn’t stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted–by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam’s kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken . . .
Rating: 5 stars
You can never go wrong with a Kristen Callihan book! Though I wasn’t enthusiastic to go into SOULBOUND based on the interactions of Adam and Eliza in the previous book, Evernight, Ms. Callihan soon changed my mind right from the first page of this book. Pretty soon, I was immersed in Eliza and Adam’s compelling story, and–Put down the book? What?! Are you out of your mind?
Eliza had been rescued from Adam’s bondage and is now living a good life as the guest of her Aunt Mab, who is said to be the queen of the fae. But she found herself getting bored at the endless parties and Mab’s “entertainments” made her uneasy. At one such party, the call of a tortured dog reached her, and unable to bear an animal in pain, she went to rescue him, only to find that the dog shifted (upon her touch) to Adam, the demon who had once enslaved her. Y
et, her soft heart wouldn’t allow her to turn her back on an injured party, and what was Mab doing, chaining him up? Soon, she realized everything was not as it was at Mab’s place, and when her past caught up with her, only Adam can help her and maybe free her…
I didn’t like Eliza in the previous book, and I expect to do the same here, part of the reason why I wasn’t enthusiastic to read this, but I seem to have the wrong impression of her. Now that I can see her view of things, I empathize with her, and pretty soon, she grew on me. She’s a likeable heroine, and I empathize with her pain and secret shame, and soon, her fear of losing Adam. She also has a strength I admire, a strength that enables her to have the courage to do what must be done.
Adam, oh Adam! *swoon* One of the best heroes I’ve read about. I like how he readily admits he was wrong in what he did, yet, once you get to know him, you’ll understand why he did what he did. Not that it excused him, of course. He may have behaved unreasonably in the previous book, but it’s all explained here. And what he did at the end, his absolute trust in Eliza–amazing!
Oh, and did I mention how hot hot hot their first kiss is? It’s HOT. And it’s just a kiss. But there was so much feeling and longing in it. I also have to mention their banter, which both came from and builds up their amazing chemistry.
And just when I thought all is right with the world and it’s HEA time for our hero and heroine, Ms. Callihan delivers a knife thrust to the gut. And how that was resolved wasn’t as unbelievable as in the previous book (which utterly confused me at that time).
All in all, an enjoyable and amazing read, and SOULBOUND is definitely a great addition to the series. Sin (Eliza’s cousin) also has a cameo role here, and his story background is heartbreaking, though he was offered a chance at redemption. I can’t wait to read Sin’s story next, but more than that, I’m more curious about the overall series arc–like who Augustus really is and is he doing with the humans and why he’s doing what he’s doing. I’m sure there’s more than what we’re seeing right now and I can’t wait to discover it!
My first review for the year! 🙂
Update: Fulfilled the following challenges:
1. Finishing the Series
2. Full House Reading Challenge – Book by Author You Really Like