I am very excited to introduce a new feature to my blog today. It is called “The Ones That Got Away.” I love to shop at used bookstores and often pick up a series that I had not heard of before, but they are usually a couple of years old. After I read them I still want to share my thoughts about them, but that is hard to do when most of the time people want to read reviews for recent titles. So, this feature is my chance to review books that might have been sitting on my shelf, waiting on my Kindle or ones I have found at a used bookstore that should not get away.
This week I am going to review Bound by Shadow by Anna Windsor. This is the first book in The Dark Crescent Sisterhood trilogy.
Title: Bound by Shadow
Author: Anna Windsor
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 24th, 2008
Falling for a demon can be hazardous to your heart.
Riana Dumain is a fully trained Sybil, a warrior priestess battling evil whose practical magic keeps her grounded in earthly science–and desires. She knows that gorgeous NYPD detective Creed Lowell is dangerous, and possibly a foot soldier of the evil Legion cult, using his badge and drop-dead looks to consolidate demonic power.
Creed’s low-profile Occult Crimes Unit pulls Riana and her two sister Sybils into the case of a politician’s son, murdered in a ritualistic sacrifice. Soon, Riana’s instincts prove true. Creed, the hottest half-human she’s ever known, a demon in bed and out, is guarding a trapdoor to hell. And unless Riana can find a way to tame her mystery man’s treacherous inner self (and her heart), all of Manhattan may be enveloped by darkness.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: Bound by Shadow revolves around a group of women called Sybils. They are female warriors who battle an evil group called the Legion using the elements to aid them. I loved that the warriors in this book were female and not male. Many of the adult paranormal romance books are male warrior dominant and seeing women take the reins was very refreshing. Bound by Shadow focuses on Riana, she is an earth Sybil and the leader of her triad. She protects the other two women in her triad with everything she has and has no idea what to do with Creed when he comes into her life. She thinks she has everything figured out and finally has control over her life when Creed comes along and rocks her solid foundation to her core. She is determined to put her feelings for him on the back burner and lead her triad. It is not easy though with Creed doing everything possible to break her resistance towards him.
Creed was a bit of mystery. Even though the women in this novel are the bad asses, Creed is still all alpha male. He does however, have something inside of him that he has labeled as “other” that does not always let him get what he wants. For much of the book we are unsure about his origins and while I had my suspicions I was still eager to see what he really was and where he came from. Anna did a great job of keeping the mystery interesting and while I did have a couple of things riddled out there were still some surprises I did not see coming at all.
The romance in this book was h-o-t! There is a point where the girls have Creed restrained in a cell but Riana and him still come up with some creative ways to be together with the bars between them. While the physical attraction was instant it took time for Creed and Riana to form an emotional bond and it felt natural and was very tender. These two had so many obstacles to overcome, but they were determined to find happiness with one another. They were easy characters to fall in love with and really root for.
The action was a little slower in the beginnings of the book, but definitely picked up. The fight scenes were very well done and exciting. While they were jammed with information I did not feel overwhelmed or was confused at any point. I liked the way the girls fighting style and the way Anna described the events as they occurred.
Overall I loved this book and the world that Anna has created for us. It is something different in the paranormal romance world and had me glued to the pages until I read the book cover to cover. I have already downloaded the next book and will be starting as soon as possible. Any lover of paranormal romance should definitely check this book out!