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I Belong


Review: Binding Ties by Shannon K. Butcher

Binding TiesTitle: Binding Ties

Author: Shannon K. Butcher

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Sentinel Wars (Book #9)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Paperback, 358 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451240839 (Penguin/Signet)

ISBN-13: 978-0451240835 (Penguin/Signet)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

They are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior must protect his onetime enemy—without succumbing to his darkest desires.

Lyka Phelan is a Slayer, sent to live among her enemy to guarantee lasting peace with the Theronai. Yet she has a secret—and it could make her a slave to their power. But when a pack of Synestryn destroys her home and captures her packmates, Lyka realizes her freedom is a small price to pay for the safety of her people. So she strikes a bargain with the leader of the Theronai—one that reveals her true identity and binds her to him forever.

Joseph thought he knew better than to tangle with the beautiful, hot-blooded Lyka. One misstep could send their races straight back to war. But now he has no choice other than to help her. Forced to protect her with his life, Joseph finds himself increasingly drawn to Lyka. As they risk everything in their fight against the demons, he realizes he must convince her to surrender to him completely—otherwise she will never truly be his.

Quick & Dirty: When the Slayer encampment is attacked, Joseph and Lyka must work together to find a group of children taken by the Synestryn in this entertaining addition to the Sentinel Wars series.

Opening Sentence: “That woman needs to be restrained or someone is going to get hurt.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

As leader of the Theronai, Joseph has pledged to look after his people to the best of his ability. Unfortunately, doing this means he’s stuck behind a desk rather than out in the field where he’d rather be. It also means he may as well give up hope of ever finding a Theronai woman compatible with him before his lifemark deteriorates beyond the point of no return. While this is, of course, disappointing, Joseph has come to terms with it. That is, until he discovers that Lyka – the Slayer he’s been obsessing over ever since she came to stay with his people – is in fact half Theronai.

Lyka wants one thing and one thing only – to be able to come and go from Dabyr as she pleases. When her brother arrives with news of an attack on their people, she sees her chance. Desperate to save the Slayers captured by the Synestryn, Lyka spills her secret to Joseph and ties herself to him. Now, they must work together to figure out where the Slayers are. Once they’re rescued, Lyka plans on finally being able to leave Dabyr. The big question is, will Joseph be able to let her go?

I’ve been dying for Joseph’s story ever since his character was introduced, so I was extremely excited to start this book. And for the most part, the book delivered. The plot was fast-paced and action packed. The one drawback for me was Lyka. For a good chunk of the book, she was just really unlikeable. I had sympathy for her situation, not really feeling like she belonged with either the Slayers or the Theronai, but her constant whining about wanting to leave Dabyr made a lot of my sympathy dry up. Even as she and Joseph become closer, she’s still insisting on leaving, regardless of what it would mean for Joseph or his alliance with Andreas. Part of me definitely feels that Joseph deserves better.

Other than my issues with our heroine, I greatly enjoyed the rest of the book. The overall plot with the Synestryn was solid, as it usually is in this series. The main villain was suitably creepy and dark, and I definitely wanted to see her get her comeuppance by the end. We also get a few chapters from Ronan’s point of view, and his scenes definitely have me intrigued for his story when/if we get it.

My favorite part of this series has always been the overall storyline, and that continues to be very interesting to me here. I really wish I had liked Lyka more because of how much I love Joseph, but despite my issues with her, I still enjoyed the book. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next one!

Notable Scene:

The second he was through the glass doors leading outside, he saw her. As always, Lyka drew his complete attention, glowing like sunshine incarnate. He wasn’t sure why such a prickly woman would appeal to him on such a deep level, but there wasn’t much he could do to stop it.

Heaven knew, he’d tried.

As he watched her talking to the kids, the searing pressure behind his eyes began to fade. There was something magical about a beautiful woman, and Lyka was about as beautiful as they came. Long golden hair. Soft golden skin. Bright golden eyes. He couldn’t stare at her too long without feeling the need to shield his eyes from the glow.

Every move she made was filled with the sinuous grace of her kind. She took after her mother, showing off decidedly feline attributes beyond her catlike eyes. There was an alertness about her – a kind of intense awareness of the people around her. He knew that if he got to within twenty yards of her, she’d sense his presence. He didn’t want that yet. He liked looking at her too much for her to know he was doing so. Maybe staring at her wasn’t appropriate, but he couldn’t seem to help himself. And he sure as hell wasn’t about to tell her that she was so beautiful that merely watching her had the power to ease his pain.

He only wished he could find a way to stop wanting her. There was nothing quite like groping a man’s sister to ruin a perfectly good peace treaty.

Sentinel Wars Series:

1. Burning Alive

2. Finding the Lost

3. Running Scared

3.4 On the Hunt

4. Living Nightmare

5. Blood Hunt

5.5 Bound by Vengeance

6. Dying Wish

7. Falling Blind

8. Willing Sacrifice

9. Binding Ties

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FTC Advisory: Penguin/Signet provided me with a copy of Binding Ties. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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