Published July 30, 2015
Lara Adrian, LLC
Lara Adrian, LLC
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Carys Chase is accustomed to making her own rules and letting her heart lead the way--no matter what anyone else has to say about it. A rare Breed female and a daywalker as well, headstrong, beautiful Carys is one of the most powerful of her kind. She lives passionately and loves without limits, especially when it comes to the lethal cage-fighting Breed warrior called Rune.
Unbeatable in the ring, Rune exists in a brutal world of blood and bone and death. He's made his share of enemies both in and out of the arena, and his secrets run as deep and turbulent as his past. A dangerous loner who has survived by his fists and fangs, Rune has never allowed anyone to get too close to him...until Carys. But when the bodies buried in his past rise up to threaten his present, Rune must choose between betraying Carys's trust or putting her in the crosshairs of a battle neither of them can hope to win on their own
What I Think....
My goodness, my goodness, MY GOODNESS! After being off the Midnight Breed train for about a year, I was worried that I wouldn't remember any of the specifics from the other novels and would have to to back track. Not the case at all! Adrian does a great job of moving the story forward in Bound to Darkness, while throwing in bits and pieces of previous knowledge to keep the story up-to-date. It took a minute for me to remember Opus Nostrum and some of the minor characters, but again, a year is a long time!
Rune is an incredible specimen. Not only is he La Notte's most vicious Breed fighter, he's also kind, and extremely caring. However, he isn't that way for just anyone, only Carys Chase. The one woman who managed to get under his skin and into his head. He has a past darker then the clouds in Hell and he wants her to have nothing to do with it, but love just doesn't work that way. He knows she's as headstrong as he is and would never back down from a fight, especially if his heart is the prize. Being known for his warrior abilities, Rune shouldn't be afraid of Carys, but he is. Because if one woman would be able to get into his heart, it would be her.
Carys Chase is a rare breed of woman. Aside from being Breed, she's also a daywalker, someone who can walk directly into sunlight without suffering any consequences. Because of this hidden talent, she's marked as one of the most powerful of her kind. Don't let that fool you though, she's every bit as tough and ruthless as the rest of the Order, but that isn't the lifestyle she wants. She just cares about one thing: Rune. He's feared among the rest of her kind, but she doesn't mind, she know's the real Rune. She know's that no matter what she must endure, he is her forever.
After La Notte's owner, Cassian Gray, is murdered, Rune's main role changes. He now must take care of the club as well as all of it's employees, all while still putting on a jaw-dropping show in the ring. It is a lot of keep track of, but he's willing to do it. However, when trouble strikes and Rune is confronted with the ghost of his past, all bets are off. He knows he's headed down the rabbit hole, but in order to keep Carys safe, that's his only option. Now, it is up to the Order to bring him back, safe and sound.
What I really liked about this novel was that we are introduced to Carys and Rune after they've already fallen in love. If you've read the series, this normally is not how the story goes. So, it was a nice surprise. I also loved the bone-deep chemistry between Carys and Rune. It seemed so much deeper and sensual then some of the other novels, which was also a nice surprise. I can't rate this novel high enough, it was fantastic. If you haven't read the series, do it! You won't regret it!