Wednesday, September 21, 2011

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Bound by Darkness

Alexandra IvyI’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.”

Bound by Darkness, Book #8 of the Guardians of Eternity series

Author:  Alexandra Ivy

SynopsisThe Sylvermyst have a reputation as sinister cousins to the fey, and none are more mysterious than Ariyal and his tribe. To save his people from banishment, he sold himself to the evil Morgana. Finally free, he faces a new challenge: Jaelyn, an elite vampire warrior sent to capture him. By rights, he should kill her on sight. Yet he cannot bring himself to hurt her--or to resist her. . .

Jaelyn is stunningly beautiful, utterly lethal--and always alone. Until Ariyal. From their first encounter, she knows that what's between them is more dangerous than simple lust. And as they unite to thwart a terrifying prophecy that will mean the end of his clan and of the world they know, she will risk everything to fulfill her destiny by his side. . .

Our Review [by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha – Michelle L Olson]: 

Alexandra Ivy’s Guardians of Eternity series is one of my all time favorites.  It has everything a reader could want in a long running Paranormal series – wit, loveable heroes and heroines, detestable villains, intrigue, plot, action…

Upon completion of Book #7, Devoured by Darkness, I was chomping at the bit for Book #8 and swearing that I had to wait as long as I did, simply because upon meeting Ariyel and Jaelyn for the first time in Book #7, you just KNEW they were going to be something special no matter what direction the plot twists took them. 

Alexandra Ivy did not disappoint!!  She gave me an Ariyel/Jaelyn story that had me cheering, holding my breath, laughing, and sighing contently. 

Ariyel is an amazing hero.  He started out as a villain in Book #7, but you knew he wasn’t destined to remain that way.  He’s a Fey Prince with a conscience, and has spent his entire life running from the Dark Lord; why would he return to him and/or help resurrect him to flesh? 

Jaelyn is the kind of heroine I yearn for in a Paranormal Romance.  She’s strong, capable, independent, but with a soft heart underneath the steel, and a will that she isn’t afraid to exert when going after what she wants. 

The ‘bad guys’ in this story were REALLY bad, and you couldn’t help but hold your breath each time something swung in their favor.  The biggest shocker what ‘who’ one of the bad guys is (you’ll just have to read Bound by Darkness to find out of whom I speak!).

I have loved roguish Dante since his appearance way back when, but after completing Bound by Darkness, Dante has new competition for top GoE stud in my book; Ariyel is quite the yummy fairy.  J

The only complaint that I have about this book is that there wasn’t quite enough Levet.  I love that French Gargoyle, and though he was present, and you got what you love about him, he didn’t play the dashing knight to the heroine’s damsel in distress as much in this installation.  Probably because Jaelyn is no damsel in distress! 

The set up for Book #9, which I can only assume with be Santiago’s story (yay!), was great.  Not too much to distract from the meat of ‘Darkness, but enough to have you salivating for the next book.

LITERAL ADDICTION Paranormal Book Club gives Bound by Darkness 4 ½ Skulls. 

We definitely recommend it for ALL Alexandra Ivy fans, Urban Fantasy readers, Vampire lovers, and Paranormal Romance addicts.

Love Alexandra Ivy and Guardians of Eternity.  Can’t wait to see what you cook up for us next beyond the Veil.

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