Title: His Dark Bond
Author: Anne Marsh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Fallen (Book 2)
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
ISBN-10: 0758266790 (Kensington Publishing)
ISBN-13: 978-0758266798 (Kensington Publishing)
Reviewed by: Emmy
HE HUNGERS FOR HER BODY….
Zer is no angel – well, not anymore. He’s explored every flavour of sin imaginable, drinking in the pleasures of humanity. But now he must find the woman who carries his salvation in her very blood…a woman like Nessa St. James.
AND HER SOUL
Nessa has considered the bargain the Fallen offer. Anything she wants in exchange for accepting Zer’s bond? No way. Not her. Not when she finds out about the mind-blowing ritual involved and the marks of surrender that will ink her skin. But with a serial killer to stop and centuries of experience on his side, Zer will do whatever it takes to change her.
Quick & Dirty: This incredibly hot romance has fabulous world building, bad boy angels, and is packed with paranormal action scenes.
Opening Sentence: Three thousand years ago, rebellion ripped apart the Heavens.
Excerpt: Chapter 1
Once again we’re back in 2090, following the Fallen into dystopian Moscow–now called M City. The Fallen used to be angels, the Dominions of Heaven charged with defending the Celestial Throne, until they were betrayed and rebelled against the Archangel Michael. Michael cast them out of the Heavens, stripped of their wings and softer emotions. But Michael left the Fallen a loophole. If they can find their soul mates, the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack, they can regain their wings. So for three thousand years they’ve been searching, bonding with every woman they can in the hopes of finding their soul mate. But Cuthah, Michael’s lieutenant, knows about the soul mates too. And his place in the Heavens is reliant on the Fallen staying Fallen. The potential soul mates that Cuthah’s rogues find first end up dead. Until finally Zer finds Nessa St. James, a professor at M City’s leading university, before Cuthah’s rogues can kill her.
I really enjoyed reading Zer’s story. He’s the alpha male, the sire, the leader of the Fallen. Zer is also the one responsible for getting the Dominions thrown out of Heaven. He’s wracked with guilt. Not only for his brothers, but for the women that are dying at Cuthah’s hands. All Zer wants is for Nessa to bond with one of his brothers, to save one of them and give them back their wings. But of course Nessa has plans of her own. She’s a geneticist, and her work has upended her entire life. Not only because it’s exposed her as a paranormal, but because she’s a descendant of the thirteenth tribe of Isreal. A tribe history has long forgotten about. According to her research, this thirteenth tribe is the key to finding the Fallen’s soul mates. She’s a strong heroine, and more than a match for Zer’s alphaness.
This book is filled with action scenes. I’m always confused with the guns and gernades, but Marsh did a great job of laying out the action for the reader without being confusing. I love the Fallen and their unbending loyalty, which is what made them such great soldiers in Heaven. The plot from Bond With Me finally reaches its conclusion in this installment, but not perhaps in the way the reader might expect. Marsh’s attention to detail also crosses over into her love scenes, making them hot, steamy, and close to explicit. Zer has three thousand years of sinful experience to share with Nessa, an uptight professor if you ever met one, and Nessa’s repressed fantasies begin to come to fruition. Zer and his brothers are highly sensual characters, use to sin as well as getting everything they want. In G2, Brend’s elite club, they can find sex whenever they need it. This lends a voyeuristic layer to the book. Zer feeding on human emotions has an almost threesome feel to it because he can’t feed without being under the watchful eye of one of his brothers. If he feeds too much he could drain the soul completely and that would result in going rogue.
I read this book in a night. I fell completely in love with the world Marsh created, particularly Zer and Nael, the two Fallen this installment really focuses on. There were a few instances where the word choice bothered me, or I thought a conversation seemed a bit repetitive, but nothing that pulled me out of the story. Her characters had depth, especially as the story evolved, and the plot while not exactly new–what war story is?– was different enough that I didn’t know what to expect next. I can’t wait to read the next installment! I hope we get to see more of Nael in the next one.
He needed her to listen to him. Needed her to obey.
Fortunately for them both, he was very, very good at making humans do what he needed them t do.
Deliberately, he crowded her with his large body, trapping her against the expensive leather seats. Immediately, she tried to slide away from him, but he wasn’t having that. Inexplicably, he wanted her–he needed her–just as close as he could get her. This close, he could taste the delicious heat and scent of her skin. He didn’t want her to be afraid of him. No, what he wanted was to stroke his thumbs along the sweat-slicked line of her collarbone. Follow that feminine shadow with his tongue. His teeth.
The Fallen Series:
1. Bond With Me
FTC Advisory: Kensington Publishing provided me with a copy of His Dark Bond. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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