Bound By Fire (Cauld Ane Series) Paperback – January 25, 2013
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Now to my review of Pepper and Con's story. I already loved these characters from the first book. Pepper is the ride or die best friend to Sam, Con's Sister-In-Law. Danger, plot twists, mushy love, and sweet Jonesy make this book so special. Con reminds me of my husband. He is sweet, fiercely protective, and HOT! I look forward to anything Mrs. Jackson publishes in the future. Thank you for sharing your talent with us, TJJ!
Because the pair falls for each other at the start of the book, the conflict and communication issues between them are essential in maintaining the romantic tension over the course of a plot that takes some ambitious turns. Jackson does a great job hiding the true identity of Pepper's tormentor while at the same time offering subtle hints that all is not what we might think. By the time the truth is revealed, the reader is strung as tightly as a piano wire.
As the second book in a series, some repetition is inevitable as new readers are given essential information about the nature of the Cauld Ane and the fate of their human mates. I think Jackson could have cut the review by about 30% and been fine. Also, her decisions regarding Pepper's dog at the very beginning of the book lacked a certain subtly. It is typical "bad guy" behavior, yet this stalker is anything but typical in how he operates--through fear, misdirection and the UNEXPECTED. As with BOUND BY BLOOD, the descriptions of both Georgia and Scotland could have been sharper. However, the passages about Connall's country house and cottage seemed to interrupt the action and, in the end, still left me unable to actually visualize the place.
Still, I'm glad to have lost sleep to BOUND BY FIRE. It is entertaining and exciting. I can't wait for the release of the next Cauld Ane book.
In the words of Persephone Ester Gunnach herself, “It’s just all happened so fast.”
You darn right Pepper. I’ve never in my life seen romance build in such a hurry. I tell you the love between Persephone and Connall took off like the speed of light. Which means that 299792458 meters per second equals a week. According to Claud Ane maths. If we want to get a tad scientific.
I’m ready to spill some hella hot tea. If you read Bound by Blood, which is the starter of this series. You’d know who Pepper and Con are. If you haven’t read it as yet I’ll enlighten you….a bit. Persephone aka Pepper is Samantha Moore’s horse loving, childhood friend. Yes, the same Samantha who is now married to Kade Gunnach. The king/ leader of the Claud Ane clan. Who turns out to be the brother of the vet doctor, Connall Gunnach. Stay with me here. This is some deep stuff.
Binding, mating and conversion (for humans) aren’t anything new in the world of the ‘cold ones’, the Anes. But to most humans, these concepts are foreign. Samantha didn’t mention the whole truth to Pepper. So she really was in the dark until she started hearing voices in her head. No, the child isn’t going mad. Despite the fact that she has a stalker on her hand. However, she is pretty much sane. The voices she has been hearing in her times of distress is the soothing voice of her mate. You wanna take a guess who he is? Ding Ding. He’s Connall Gunnach.
They are brought together due to Samantha and Kade’s wedding. In the span of one week. I kid you not. They identified that they were indeed mates. Destined to be together forever. Roll out the fairy tale red carpet. I wasn’t surprised by this fact. Expected. There’s more. During that same week they were bound. Became husband and wife according to the culture of the Anes and moved in together. Talk about an eventful week.
I hate it that ‘I love yous’ were being thrown around like nobody’s business within just about three days of Pepper and Conn meeting each other. If the fact that they could communicate telepathically didn’t send her running. Surely the fact that he was a six hundred and some year old, semi-immortal being should have. But, just like her brave friend Sam she stuck it out. The sweet believability of fiction!
Aside from that, I must admit that Ms. Jackson knows how to tell a story. I may not have agreed with the romance timeline. Yet, I found myself loving the characters and their interactions. That’s what kept me turning the digital pages of this novel.
Get caught up into the Gunnach’s love fest. Surprises are waiting to throw you off balance. Happy Reading!
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As this is a series I am hoping there will be another one
This is the second book in this series. While it could be read as a stand alone novel , treading them in order reveals more details.