Synopsis: She can’t remember him… He can never forget her. For over two hundred years, alpha werewolf Alerac O’Neill has been searching for his mate, Keira McDonough, a woman who was taken from him and imprisoned by a dark vampire master. He’s hunted for her, endlessly, using vampire blood to extend his life. He has become a vicious predator, feared by all the supernaturals. His hold on reality seems to slip more each day because he is consumed by her. Only…the woman he discovers in a small Miami bar isn’t the Keira that he remembers. In fact, this woman doesn’t remember anything. She calls herself Jane Smith, and she has no memory at all of Alerac–or of her own past.
Now that she’s been found, Alerac knows that his enemies are going to start closing in on her. Jane may try to act human, but she’s not. She’s a pureblood vampire princess, incredibly powerful and incredibly valuable. His enemies want to use her, her enemies want to destroy her, and Alerac–he just wants her. If he can’t make her remember him, then Alerac has to seduce Jane into loving him once again. Because now that he’s found her, he’ll fight hell–and every sadistic vampire that stalks the night–in order to keep her safe at his side.
Some bonds go deeper than the flesh. Some go beyond life. Beyond death.
NWW Review: Bound in Death is a Book 5 in the Bound series by Cynthia Eden, last year’s RITA finalist for the paranormal romance (Angel in Bounds, Book #2 in the Fallen series). This novella builds on the world already presented in the previous four books, yet it can be easily read as a stand-alone. In this violent universe, the world of Humans is shared with Vampires and Werewolves, two immortal enemies. The story begins when Alerac, and alpha of a wolf pack is captured scourging for information inside the Vampire’s stronghold. His aim – to kill Lorcan, a heartless and brutal Vampire leader. Unexpectedly he finds help in Keira, Lorcan’s unwilling betrothed. Until the last minute he does not realises that Keira is so much more than a useful informant. She turns out to be his fated Mate. But, by that time it is too late and for her crimes against her own people Keira is condemned to 200 years of imprisonment. Preserved in stasis, she is aware of every passing second, allowed time to think about her crime, about her regrets. Yet as soon as the time passes, the is to be released with no prior knowledge of who she was nor the people she once knew and loved. Including Alerac. Forced to extend his life by drinking vampire blood, after 200 years Alerac is more than ready to have his vengeance and to find Keira and claim back her heart and soul. But in this fight for his lost past he will face not only his enemies but also…brothers.
When I first heard about this book on Twitter I was immediately captivated by the cover. It is dark, in blue and black hues, with a striking male behind a barbed wire with that menacing stare of beastly eyes. It gives me the good sort of shivers. Yummy! My experience got even better when I actually opened the book. From the very first page I was captivated by the story. It proves a point that a well written Prologue will tell you more the book than a most enticing snippet on the back cover. The introduction was full of raw emotions, hot rage and ice cold cruelty intertwined with excruciating pain and misery. And it only got better. Even though the book is a novella, the Author managed masterfully to paint a very vivid world, filled with centuries-old cruelty and vengeance, where the war between Vampires and Werewolves is long, dirty and consuming precious lives on both sides. None of the participants is truly innocent.
I have also enjoyed the fact that even though I was unfamiliar with the previous instalments to this series, I was still able to fully enjoy the story. So much in fact, that as soon as I have finished the last page, I have immediately purchased all the remaining books. I am looking forward to engaging into the world of Cynthia Eden’s fabulous storytelling.