Friday, September 7, 2012

BOUND BY DARKNESS by Annette McCleave

A Soul Gatherer Novel, Book 2
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Date published: May 4th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-451-22976-2
Paranormal Romance
Book format: Paperback
Obtained via publisher
Reviewed by Dawn

For Soul Gatherer Brian Webster, his guilt over his failure to save his sister is eating him inside. When another girl dies in his arms, he finds the guilt overwhelming and decides to take up her cause to protect an ancient coin from the demons, for if the demons get all thirty coins, they will be able to destroy civilization in a matter of minutes. These ancient coins are no ordinary coins at all. They are the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas and united will form a weapon with immense power. Lena Sharpe has made some wrong choices and as a Soul Gatherer herself, she knows what will happen if demons get these coins. But when Brian kidnaps her in order to find the rest of the coins, she finds her passion for him has not waned nor has his distrust of her. Sparks fly between Brian and Lena as they race against time to find the rest of the coins. But what happens when Brian finds out what secret Lena is hiding? Will he be able to put aside the longing he has for her in order to do his job or will he lose everything dear to him-Lena, the coins and civilization itself?

This was the first Soul Gatherer novel I read and I have got to admit, it was a blast to read. The writing is tight, storyline moves fast and the characters are very well written. This is an author who knows this world very well. Her world building is phenomenal plus I loved the mystery with Judas’s coins and having a paranormal tinge to it all. The action is nonstop and the reader feels like they are on the grand prix with a few plot twists that leave you gasping as you flip the pages to see what happens next.

Meet Brian and Lena. Both are Soul Gatherers’. Brian is making up for not being able to save his sister. Lena is hiding that she is a thief and has made a secret deal that will change the world if she finishes what she is to do. Both long for one another but their past is mired in secrets, hurt and guilt. Can two strong willed people find a way to listen to their hearts and let love bring them the peace they crave? I really loved these two characters. They were very well written, almost to the point that they could step off the pages and show me their world themselves. This is a story of how love can overcome darkness, of the classic good vs. evil fight and how two people will find their hearts desires if they can overcome their own personal hang ups. This is truly a fast paced character driven story that will thrill readers immensely. The secondary characters are wonderful and keep the story moving along nicely.

If you enjoy an action packed paranormal thriller to get your pulse pounding, then I highly recommend the Soul Gatherer series. I can’t wait to check out the rest of the books in the series. This author has fast tracked her way to my auto-buy with this book and I can’t wait to see what else happens in the Soul Gatherer world.


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