ORDER A COPY: His Dark Bond
Publishing Date: February 1, 2012
Paperback: 291 pages
Rating: 3 stars
Zer is no angel – well, not anymore. He’s explored every flavour of sin imaginable, drinking in the pleasures of humanity. But now he must find the woman who carries his salvation in her very blood…a woman like Nessa St. James. Nessa has considered the bargain the Fallen offer. Anything she wants in exchange for accepting Zer’s bond? No way. Not her. Not when she finds out about the mind-blowing ritual involved and the marks of surrender that will ink her skin. But with a serial killer to stop and centuries of experience on his side, Zer will do whatever it takes to change her mind.
Zer lead the rebellion again the Archangel Michael three thousand years ago, and he still feels guilty for subjecting his brothers to banishment on earth. Now the Fallen survive feeding off the souls of those willing to make a Bond with them. The Fallen can fulfill your greatest dream, if you are willing to make the bond and give up part of your soul. The bigger the favor, the longer the bond and the more of your soul you surrender to them.
But the Archangel Michael has promised a chance at redemption. If the Fallen can find their soul mate—that one woman meant just for them– and learn to love her, they can regain their wings. Zer will do anything to provide his brothers with their chance at redemption. Even if it means forcing a woman to accept the Bond.
Dr. Nessa St. James, the brilliant geneticist and investor of the pee-on-a-stick DNA home test kit, is having a problem with her boss. She is losing her funding and her lab and only has a few days to come up with something proving her thirteenth tribe theory. When the Fallen come calling, offering to fulfill her dreams, is she wiling to pay the cost to get what she needs?
It was an interesting and well written story, but I have a few issues with some of the storyline. If you don’t delve too much into it or if these things simply do not bother you, I am sure you will enjoy this story.
#1 – Nessa isn’t interested in forming a “bond” with the Fallen, but her name is on the list for a possible soul mate, and Zer isn’t going to let a potential soul mate for one of his brothers regaining his wings, get away. So regardless of Nessa’s wishes, he is going to make her choose a bond mate. Worse is that he never indicates to her the possibility that she is a soul mate and this will be a forever bond. When she finally relents (not that she has a choice), she thinks its just going to be a one-night stand with a fallen angel.
To create this bond, you need to have sex with the fallen angel. Soooo, technically isn’t this forced prostitution. He’s making her have sex with a Fallen to create the bond and in payment for the bond he grants her a wish or “favor” which she didn’t want to begin with.
#2 – Zer leaves out a little more information since it appears that the Bond and Favor needs to be witnessed. So hopefully you are not shy since you will have to have sex with your Fallen angel in front of a witness who will verify your favor and the bond being made.
#3 – On the night she is to choose this bond mate, Nessa is brought into the club (dressed up like a high priced prostitute) and she is told to choose one out of over 200 men dancing in a club. It’s not even like a night of speed dating where she has 10 min to talk to each guy. They dance with her and rub up against her. So is it any surprise that she chooses the only man she has had any conversation with—like him or not?
#4 – Although Zer feels that he himself does not deserve a chance at redemption and that Nessa should choose one of his brothers to save–that being said he seems to have no problem taking a little sample of Nessa for himself. Although these encounters were erotic, it seems in poor taste while you stick your tongue down someone’s throat and your finger up somewhere else, that you are telling them they need to choose some other guy, a guy who hopefully has no problem with what you were doing to his future soul mate first.
#5 – Now after kidnapping her, forcing her to have sex in front of witnesses and forcing a bond on her, we have the additional fact that Nessa is a biochemist and the creator of the pee-on-a-stick DNA test. So now Zer wants Nessa to see if she can determine a DNA difference between the soul mates and others so that the Fallen can go out, locate and kidnap more potential soul mates and make they bond with the Fallen so they can regain their wings.
Seems to me that redemption shouldn’t be something that should be gained by kidnapping women, forcing them to have sex and bond with you so you can have a chance to get back into heaven.
Okay, okay, so maybe I am reading too much into my paranormal romance, and maybe these things could be said for any “fated female” story, but when I really started to think about this one, it rubbed me the wrong way. I did not get a chance to read the first book in the series, Bond with Me, so I don’t know if my issues are more with Zer and his heavy-handed, leader of the Fallen personality, or with the Fallen in general. But there was one comment by the heroine from Bond with Me wherein she said a group of the Fallen stood outside the bathroom while she used the pee-on-a-stick DNA test, so I am guessing she might have been forced into a bond as well. In my brain, that pushes this story from a fated love story into a kidnapping/forced sex slavery story. Just not my thing.
Received ARC from Kensington Books. Thank you.
This close, he could taste the delicious heat and scent of her skin. He didn’t want her to be afraid of him. No, what he wanted was to stroke his thumbs along the sweat-slicked line of her collarbone. Follow that feminine shadow with his tongue. His teeth.
Christ. What was wrong with him? She was a weapon in his fight with Cuthah and making this personal was a disaster waiting to happen.
“This is kidnapping,” she hissed up at him. “Kidnapping. Do you know what the penalty is for that?”
“Ten years,” Nael tossed over the seat. Brother had a mistimed sense of humor, as always. “If you’re human. Your kind hasn’t built prisons that can hold our kind, love. There’s no point in making useless threats.”
“Is that true?” Her glare drilled into Zer as if he was honor-bound to tell her the truth. Clearly, she hadn’t gotten the memo that the Fallen were no longer members of the choir. “You think you’re above the law? That you don’t have to play by the same rules the rest of us play by?”
He eyed her.
“You want to kidnap me, feel free to try.”
She was absurdly feminine, lying there sprawled on the seat. Her careful chignon was lopsided, sliding out of its pins. He reached out and pulled the last survivor free, ignoring her hands as she batted at him. The heavy locks spilled around her shoulders, all waves and gentle curves. He wanted to bury his fingers in those sweet strands, run them through his fingers.
No. He didn’t want a lover—and he certainly didn’t want a vulnerable, fragile human lover. It didn’t matter that she was the prettiest thing he’d seen in months, startlingly alive and achingly vulnerable. Someone had to seduce her, coax her into falling in line with the plan. That someone could be him.