Title: Bound by Fate (Moon Bound #1)
Author: Mandy Lou Dowson
Published Date: August 29th 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Giving her Guardian the slip has never been a problem for Beth. Even for a wolf, she is wicked fast and almost impossible to track. Then she meets Gareth, her new Guardian. Gareth is ruggedly handsome, unfailingly stubborn, and seems determined to sniff Beth out, no matter where she runs.
After a disastrous night of passion with Gareth, Beth has no choice but to put herself forward for mating. Although, it’s not just Gareth that has his eye on this female. Donovan, a wolf from a neighboring pack , has his own reasons for wanting this she-wolf, and when Beth makes the wrong choice, she finds out exactly what happens when you’re “thrown to the wolves”.
Secrets are revealed and choices are made. Will love conquer all, or destroy everything Beth has ever known?
Wow! I am truly blown away by the first installment of the “Moon Bound Series,” by Mandy Lou Dowson, “Bound by Fate.” While I am a great werewolf story enthusiast, I am rarely surprised by most of the books. I can’t believe how entrenched I became in this world and how attached I become to these well-crafted characters.
The main character, Beth, has yet to find her mate. She is bold and sassy, and extremely likeable… for me anyway. An orphan, Beth has problems with authority and doesn’t feel like she belongs with her pack. Your heart will ache right along with hers as she has to make decisions that will affect the rest of her life… and all in a the midst of a long time pack feud.
Beth craves freedom, respect and a sense of belonging that she knows she may never find. She strives to become her own woman while clinging to her childhood, which wasn’t the best. Her adoptive father of sorts, referred to as a denfather, adores her. Her denmother is jealous of her, which I didn’t particularly like because I always feel like the whole “evil stepmother” thing is way overdone. (Wasn’t really stepmother anyway). But it worked here, and I can honestly say that was the only thing that gave me pause. Otherwise, I am totally thrilled about the beginning of this series.
There are plenty of males to adore in this story. Dowson will keep you absorbed in the storyline. Extremely well written and genuinely captivating, the intensity of the words grow as the story continues.
I should also add that Dowson has a very interesting style of writing that I really enjoyed and look forward to seeing more of in her future novels. She also handled the intimate moments tastefully, which was refreshing.
This book is the first of a series, (Thank God!) and I can’t wait for the next one. Packed with everyone a girl would want in a paranormal romance, Bound by Fate doesn’t disappoint.
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