Exile never felt so good. . .
Tom’s a trained sniper, not a babysitter. He kills rogue immortals for a living, but after releasing classified information to a friend, he’s banished to a remote location with the CRF’s most prized asset. Can two tortured souls find solace and love in one another? Secrets unfold as Tom forms a forbidden relationship with his new charge. The immortal woman evokes memories and feelings long forgotten, and forces him to question everything he’s ever known. Sacrifices must be made. A rash decision sends them both running for their lives as immortal enemies vie for their heads. Some bonds are meant to be broken. . .
Review: (Video review here)
What was a fantastic start to this series did not end in disappointment with the sequel. ‘Forbidden bonds’ is as intriguing as ‘Blood laws’. The way the focus shifts onto the lesser-known characters enables a deeper understanding of all the connections between the participants; yet the original characters are still involved. I was hooked from the start and felt sympathy for Tom, who strives for righteousness and deserves love, although his father makes it extremely difficult. The explanations of the internal dark and emotional battles are vividly expressed as well as the importance love plays in healing him and Amelia. I will definitely keep reading the rest of the series to learn what happens to the characters.
Message & Moral
The message in this instalment is even more attuned to forbidden love by a father’s disdain rather than a complicated relationship due to different species. Tom is trained to obey orders, yet strives against his father’s demands as a result of him having assessed right from wrong. He wants to be righteous and he wants to fight for the good side despite the peer pressure of what is socially expected of him.
Creatures & Environment
The world Tom lives in is the same as in the previous instalment and although people around him don’t know about the creatures that lurk in the shadows, he is very well aware of them. But perhaps not aware of all the dangerous places…
Captivation & Continuity
Oh my God, can a forbidden relationship be any sexier. Being a prude, normally reading a romantic rather than erotic genre, I had to hide behind my pillow as I read. Tom is a highly trained sentinel and tasked to guard his hostage, the Asset. As they engage in a social banter in a secluded cabin Tom starts lowering his guard more and more and becomes more and more infatuated by his prisoner.
Language & Flow
As the prequel, the language is vibrant and slang and foul language is often used to portray the characters and their sexual activities. The way the author jumped between the characters and writing their thoughts and emotions in first person gives it even more oomph. It isn’t heard to imagine and empathise with the dilemmas and the passion that is electric between Tom and Amelia.
T.M. Caruana’s Shooting Star Award