Title: His Dark Bond
Author: Anne Marsh
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: January 31st, 2012
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. 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.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: In the first novel, Bond with Me (review here), we had Mischka and Brends as our main story, but there was another couple Pell and Dathan that held a secondary plot line. In His Dark Bond the whole book focuses on just Zer and Nessa. I liked having two couples in the first book, but I appreciated Anne keeping Zer and Nessa at the forefront of this one. They had quite a few more issues to work through and I think another couple would have deluded the intensity of their story. While we don’t get to see a second couple, we still get to see inside the head of the enemy, Cuthah quite a few times. He is as determined as ever to take down the Fallen and he is using all his power to manipulate everyone around him to get what he wants. His arrogance does eventually catch up with him though, and his fate in this book was an unexpected turn that I did not see coming until the very end.
As for the couple themselves, Zer wants Nessa from the second he sees her, but is determined to have her bond with one of his brothers instead. Zer is as alpha male as they come and has completely ruled out any chance at having a soul mate. He thinks he is beyond help, so when Nessa comes and rocks his world he is completely caught off guard. She is a scientist and does not put much stock in the whole “happily ever after” notion so they are both trying to fight what they feel for one another. Zer is trying to keep his hands to himself, thinking that Nessa will eventually bond with another, but there is no denying the spark they feel for one another. Anne sure knows how to steam up the pages even when the characters are just doing ordinary things like riding in an elevator. Being the leader of the Fallen I did not think we would get to see Zer’s book this soon, but I am happy that Anne let us see what happens when someone who thinks he is beyond redemption, get a chance at happiness.
The plot of this book was still just as thrilling as the first novel, but it was more an emotional struggle than physical one. Cuthah is still following them and gathering more to his side every day, but the real crux of this book is Zer letting Nessa in. They have a few run-ins with rouges of course, but that threat remained in the background of this book as Nessa and Zer tried to decipher their relationship. Nessa is also important because she has research that may help the Fallen find their soul mates. This makes her a huge asset to both Zer and Cuthah. Nessa struggles to decide where her loyalties truly lie and how her research should be used. Nessa’s research allowed Anne to further explore the origins of the soul mates and I relished learning more about where they came from and why they have not been found before now. We also learned more about the original rebellion through Zer’s eyes and his perspective put a few more pieces of the overall puzzle into place.
The climax of the story was my favorite part of the entire novel. Anne manages to give you great action sequences, hot steamy romance and heartbreak all in the last fifty pages, making it impossible to put down. There were a couple of characters that showed up that I did not expected at all and loved how Anne kept some of the best twists for the end.
There was only one real negative I had while reading. It does not have to do with the plot, but the language used. Some of the words used to describe feelings were used repeatedly and it took me out of the moment at times. For example “lost for her” was used a couple of times close together and I wanted Zer to express his feelings using another saying. It is sweet the first time, but after a couple of times it gets redundant. I am also reading this book in ARC form though, so maybe by the final copy of the book these changes will be made. This is not a big negative, just a small aspect of the book that I bothered me a little while reading.
Overall this is another amazing addition to this series. I love Anne’s version of the Fallen and hope that she will continue to give us more of them. There is a novella coming out in May called Savage Bond that features Vkhin, he is in His Dark Bond, so we get a little peak into what he is like, but not enough. I look forward to reading more in this series and keep fingers crossed that we will get to see a book featuring Nael because out of all the secondary characters in this book he is the one that stood out for me. I think it probably has something to do with the scene of him in the club helping Zer and then later when he dances with Nessa. That guy just oozes masculinity and I want to see the girl that will be able to rein him in. If you love paranormal romance then I highly suggest you check out this series!
FTC: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this ARC for review.