May 3, 2016

REVIEW of Bound by Carmen Fox

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I made a mistake with this book. A strong way to start off my review, I know. I made a mistake because I didn't read the first one, and I've made it known in my previous reviews that I do not like starting a series in the middle. It's not the author or tour organizer's fault so I won't let my naivete affect my review. I will say this though: I liked Bound so much that I'm somewhat apprehensive to read Guarded, the first book in the series, because I may be disappointed and not like it as much.  

Title: Bound (The Silverton Chronicles #2)
Author: Carmen Fox
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Date of Publication: April 30, 2016
Publisher: Smart Heart Publishing
Cover Designer: Ana Grigoriu
epub ISBN :  9780993199233

Source: ARC Given by Tour Organizer
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29409702-bound
Facebook Page for Series: https://www.facebook.com/Divide-and-Conquer-557838687668817/

 SYNOPSIS:
Bound by blood. Bound by loyalty. Bound by love.

Florian has it all: excellent fashion sense, a kickass job with his best friend, and a hard-won place among Silverton’s werewolves. When a pack of females pads into their territory, Flo’s alpha dispatches him to handle a merger. Total cakewalk. Except Keely, their alpha, has no intention of submitting her wolves to Flo's larger pack. Worse, a single glance from her baby blues sends his eloquence on vacation and his heartbeat into overdrive. His flirtations seem welcome too, but there's a snag. She doesn’t know he’s a vampire.

While Flo struggles with his conflicts—obey his alpha, or win over Keely—his estranged sire blasts into town with a catalog of radical ideas. And hanging out with unsophisticated werewolves didn't make the list.

With violence in the air and all sides testing his loyalties, Florian must bite back, even if showing his fangs costs him the girl.
REVIEW:
Because I have yet to read Guarded, I decided to have a feel of it by reading people's reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. A couple of things I learned: first, Ivy is a hot commodity and second, people LOVED Florian. It's almost like they read the book because of him! Well, if I were Carmen Fox and I received that strong of a feedback about one of my characters, I would definitely give him a book of his own. And she did! Which brings us back to Bound.
From the first sentence of the first page of the first chapter: "I sucked in a huge breath of helium from the tank." I already knew that I would LOVE this book and this author. I've always leaned towards authors who write with humor, who doesn't fluff his/her work with fancy mumbo-jumbo that can only be applied to historical romance novels. So needless to say, Carmen Fox already won my heart from the first page.
But that doesn't mean that everything went smoothly for me. I got confused with the POV at the beginning. I just assumed that I'm reading from Florian's perspective since the blurb was basically about him and his adventures, and when I tried to read through the first page again, it all made sense.
I don't really know how to write a review about Bound without giving too much away. I guess I should point out that I totally understand why people fell in love with Florian; he's a goofy guy who is reliable and sweet. He's also honest and sometimes reckless. I love how humorous and witty he is, and I found myself looking forward to whatever he's going to handle following situations.
The story was going at a good pace. Even though I haven't read the first book, I still found myself being able to catch on with the things that are happening around them. It does take a while though because there are A LOT going on; different beings all around them, an array of characters with different characteristics, and a lot of action unfolding at every corner. The author has such a wild and colorful imagination that she obviously doesn't run out of story. Which, I appreciate, because then the book doesn't get dull and/or repetitive.
SUMMARY:
Bound is a well-written book with a great foundation and solid story flow. There's the balance between everything readers would need and want for in a book of this genre. I strongly suggest that you guys pick up a copy of this book, but read the first one though, because you will be drawn to the story, the humor, and the characters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carmen lives in the south of England with her beloved tea maker and a stuffed sheep called Fergus. An avid reader since childhood, she caught the writing bug when her Nana asked her to write a story. She also has a law degree, studied physics for a few years, dabbled in marketing and human resources, and speaks native-level German and fluent Geek. Her preferred niches of geekdom are tabletop games, comics, sci-fi and fantasy.
She writes about smart women with sassitude, about pretty cool guys too, and will chase that plot twist, no matter how elusive.
Guarded (The Silverton Chronicles – Bk. 1) became a no. 1 bestseller in the vampire and werewolf mystery categories.
For details on this or Carmen's other work, visit her website at www.carmen-fox.com
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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for featuring BOUND and for taking the time to review it. :-)

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    1. It has been my pleasure :) I really did enjoy it.

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