Series: Darkest London #6
on February 24, 2015
Genres: Adult, Historical, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Sexual Content: Sex scenes, threats of rape.
Reviewed by: Julia
Once two souls are joined...
When Adam's soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled—and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone...
Their hearts will beat together forever...
No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn't stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted—by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam's kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken...
A sexy mix of historical setting and paranormal romance, the Darkest London series doesn't skimp on magic or chemistry. SOULBOUND, at long last, explores the origins of the mysterious GIM and Adam, their king.
While each Darkest London book focuses on a particular developing romance, the characters and plots are intertwined from book to book. For Adam and Eliza, pivot moments in their early relationship take place in EVERNIGHT (the one book in this series I haven't read). While new readers can catch up, SOULBOUND leaps from first meeting to established enmity, with only memories of why Eliza is so angry at Adam. With every reference to a past event, I became more and more interested in the story I have missed, not the present tense being told.
My own continuity issues aside, the body of the book had no difficulty holding my attention. Adam was a rare and delightful confluence of tropes, a virgin Alpha, and his sexual focus alone was enough to keep me riveted. Plot wise, I never grew to care about anything other than Eliza and Adam's relationship, making the final conflicts rather lackluster. Overall, Adam was almost enough to carry SOULBOUND all on his own... but it would have been nice to see him get a little more help.
- For more historical romance with a dashing, paranormal twist, try Zoe Archer's The Blade and The Rose series.
- For more historical fantasy, try dragon hunting with Lady Trent in Marie Brennan's A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS.