The Ones That Got Away is a feature where I 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 even though they are older titles.
This week I am going to review Bound by Flame by Anna Windsor. This is the second book in The Dark Crescent Sisterhood trilogy.
Title: Bound by Flame
Author: Anna Windsor
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 29th, 2008
When Cynda gets hot and bothered, things start to sizzle.
Gorgeous flame-haired Cynda Flynn knows fire–its heat, its power, its magic. A fully trained Sybil warrior priestess, Cynda’s weapon is flame. But she’s unprepared for the passion ignited by Nick Lowell, an undercover cop in the NYPD’s Occult Crime Unit. He’s half human, half demon, and hotter than hell, with fathomless black eyes that ignite something buried deep inside Cynda, making her melt in all the right places.
Luckily, Nick has found a way to control his dark side, but he’s done it old-school–through steel-willed self-control. And after five years working secretly within the deadly Legion cult, he’s unbreakable. Or he was, until Cynda came along. Now it’s personal–and even his big bad love may not be enough to halt a terrible new evil snuffing out fire Sybils like Cynda. It’s nasty. And if it can’t be stopped, they’re all going to fry.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I started this series and devoured the first book, Bound by Shadow (review here), in one day and immediately downloaded book two. We pick up in Bound by Flame a couple of months after the first book. Anna seamlessly brings us back to this world and what the Sybils are up to now.
In Bound by Flame we are following Nick and Cynda as they hunt a new evil taking out all the fire Sybils across the world. No one can figure out why, but it is not looking good for the fire Sybils. While Nick and Cynda fight side by side to unravel this mystery they are also trying to sort out their feelings for one another. I will admit it did take me a while to warm up to Cynda because of how she behaved towards Creed in the first book. However, we do get a glimpse into her childhood and I can understand her need for family and why protecting it is so important. Nick really had his work cut out for him since she literally sets herself and other things on fire when she gets emotional. Good thing his half demon side can absorb fire, because he needs that ability every time he gets around Cynda.
This book was more emotional for me than the first one because of the issues both Nick and Cynda had to work through. Not necessarily with one another but within themselves as well. Cynda struggles with letting people in or letting anyone get near her for that matter. She loves her triad sisters, but is afraid that one day she will have to give them up. Nick on the other hand was forced to kill his birth mother in the last book and now he might have to kill his brother Jake as well. There is so much guilt that he internalizes and keeping it all bottled up is starting to get to him.
As for the action, it slowed a little in the middle, but the climax…wow! I was getting towards the end of the book and a major battle was going down but I still had at least fifty pages left and I could not figure out how it was going to play out. That is because Anna saved the best for last and that final fight seriously tore at my heartstrings. I don’t want to say anything about it because it would ruin way too much, but Anna seriously knows how to write a finale. It was amazing! I was glued to my kindle screen and didn’t want to get up for any reason because I had to know how everything was going to be resolved.
Overall, this is turning out to be one of my new favorite series. I love how powerful and independent the women are! The men in their lives are pretty hot too though, literally in Nick’s case, haha. There is a real sense of family laced throughout the novels and the action is fantastic! I would recommend this book to any lover of paranormal romance looking for something different that does not involve vampires, werewolves or shifters. I am off to download the next book, Bound by Light right now.