- File Size: 4018 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: NineStar Press (June 11, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 11, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DH6WJ8H
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Okay, so, Rhian is a badass shapeshifting assassin for the dark god Arawn. She’s beautiful, deadly, and asexual. No matter how much she’d like, she can’t become sexually stimulated by the people in her life that she’s close to; except for one man, her estranged ex-husband. Unfortunately, that’s who her next target is. Rhian has to not only see the only man who ever ignited a fire inside her, but she may have to punish him for the misdeeds commit against her god.
The action never stops as Rhian fights to discover the truth about her ex-husband’s recent activities, and fights to deny the truth that she still wants the man she left behind so many years ago. Blood-Bound is a slow-burning romance full of sexual tension and excitement, but it also has great representation of what it’s like to live as an asexual person in a sexually-charged society. The stellar writing, the great rep, and the amazing storyline all came together in a perfect storm of awesomeness.
If you like unconventional and steamy romances, paranormal aspects, edge-of-your-seat action scenes, and flawless narratives, Blood-Bound is the novel for you.
Blood-Bound is ultimately a fierce romance about identity and connection. The flow was a little choppy at points, and sometimes the mystery plot could be lost, but this story is ultimately about the characters. All the dynamics were full of tenderness and connection, and polyamory made a pretty big show here in a way that made sense (and a part of Welsh mythological culture? It's interesting!).
But one of my favorite parts is Rhian's demisexuality. This important part of her identity not only shapes how she perceives the world, but colors her relationships and creates tensions you don't often see. I don't think I've read another character with such a vivid perspective like this, and especially not in paranormal romance. It's unique and interesting in a genre that can quickly become repetitious.
Overall, this was an amazing read. I highly recommend it if you're a fan of romance, reconciling relationships, rich mythology, and complicated identity.
I don’t want to spoil even the tiniest detail, so I’ll just gloss over what I appreciated and hope you find it helpful.
The worldbuilding is amazing.
The mythology in the story isn’t one I was familiar with when starting, and there were plenty of words in Irish and Welsh I didn’t know, but the context and story filled in the blanks so I was never lost (there’s also a glossary at the end that I didn’t discover until way late...but still appreciated)
It’s an odd compliment for a book, but the way each scene is described hits every one of your senses. You will find yourself feeling like you’re right there in the room. Combined with the first person narrative and it’s super effective for a romance novel.
I’m blushing so I’m skipping to the next point.
When I finished the book I was disappointed because one of the subplots wasn’t wrapped up in a tidy bow. I initially thought maybe it had been forgotten. Thinking about it more, the subplot that I wanted more of as a reader wasn’t really a priority for either of the main characters (they had more important things going on) so it made sense for it to be on the backburner. For the author to choose to honor the specific POVs of each character rather than have them break character just to tie up all of the loose ends is a choice I really respect. (It helps that this is part 1 of a series)
I warned a friend who wanted to borrow my copy that reading this book feels a lot like being seduced. She reported back that my description was 100% accurate. You’ve been warned.
But the warning is: sexually explicit, rough sex/willing partners, reference to tickling as coercion, graphic violence, talk of depression, suicidal ideation and past attempt, panic attack, ableist language as self-ID, allusion to rape, blood letting and exchange, reference to self harm.
The graphic violence starts the story. But it's a good read for a first person POV. I don't usually read many first persons. But this one works. If you are fine with what is in the content warning then I'd recommend. Definitely not a child's read.
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