(3.5 stars) BOUND begins with Kira and Lydia in gym class on a seemingly ordinary day. By the weekend, though, everything has changed and the reader is swept quickly into a fast-moving tale that involves characters who aren’t what they seem and a history that belongs to another world.
I was pulled quickly into the story and it held my attention easily. I was interested in the history of Lydia and Octavion and I’m looking forward to learning more about their world. It looks like book two will take place on Ophira so readers will have the opportunity to learn more about Lydia and Octavion’s home world.
I liked seeing the growth of Kira throughout the book from an unwanted, unloved and abandoned child to a strong young woman who won’t give up without a fight. Lydia was fascinating with her own internal struggle balancing two spirits. Octavion was a little frustrating for me, at least at first. As the dangerous, even ferocious, young prince of another world at times he felt a little cliche, but by the end of the story he was really growing on me.
I know I’m invested in a story if I get to the end and keep flipping pages as if more story will magically appear. BROKEN, book two in The Crystor series, is scheduled to be released in Spring of 2012.
BOUND is an interesting story that left me wanting more. Readers who like to read YA Fantasy and YA Paranormal will enjoy BOUND.
This review originally published on LDS Women's Book Review: http://www.ldswomensbookreview.com/wordpress/2011/11/17/bound-by-c-k-bryant-dark-c-a-r-m-a-blog-tour/
Content: A few incidents of swearing limited to “he–” and one occurrence of “a–”; kissing but nothing too graphic; a bad guy attacks a main character and touches her breast but is stopped.
I have a confession to make: I have a weakness for time-travel books involving handsome Scottish Highland lairds. It is complete and utter escapism, and I love it.
I've read Going Back for Romeo twice now and enjoyed it even more the second time. It has everything I like: a strong heroine, a tough-yet-tender Scottish laird, and a pretty believable time-travel catalyst. There are good kisses, lots of romantic elements, and side characters with personality and depth.
There is a spot somewhere in the middle where I felt a bit disconnected, but I haven't been able to figure out why. It passed quickly and I was pulled back into the story for the remainder of the book. The writing is smooth and I really like the flow and voice. There were a few typos and small formatting issues but I got past them easily as I was pretty caught up in the story.
If you like a good time-travel romance with some laugh-out-loud moments, toe-curling romance, and a bit of adventure, then there's a good chance you'll enjoy Going Back for Romeo.
Content: There were a few swear words (heck, dang); some light innuendo and references to the hero wanting to "bed" the heroine; there is no premarital sex; there is one scene where the heroine comes downstairs in a "towel" to heat bath water in order to shock the hero; after marriage the reader knows they are consummating the marriage but there are no graphic descriptions and references to what is happening are vague and tender.