Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent
If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light…
KORI DANIELS is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if that means taking it from someone else…
The job? Recruit Ian Holt—or kill him.
Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.
Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty….
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“We haven’t met… I’m Kori Daniels. If you don’t get that gun out of my face, I’m gonna take it, then I’m gonna break your jaw so I can unhinge it and shove your pistol down your throat. That way the bullet goes through the long way (page 273.)”
It’s been ages since a second book in a series has given me so much pleasure. I loved so many things in this one that not even that slightly clumsy intention revealing internal monologue care of Ian, my favorite character, drew away from my enthusiasm for it because everything else in it was simply awesome.
Ian’s a little like Seth from in Mead’s Succubus series, or at least that’s what he wants others to think. If you couple this front of his with what he actually was… well, witness me stake a claim on my new book crush. Then Kori, first introduced in Blood Bound, friend to Olivia. Here it becomes clear why the two were friends at all even with both doing things uncharacteristic of one called ‘friend.’ Both are tough… except that maybe Kori’s the more vulnerable of the two, the one slightly more damaged. It’s the drama she was contending with that I thought pushed the series from the realm of UF heavy on the love-drama to something more nitty-gritty, something more tough to swallow. Come to think of it, Kori does read a little like Seth’s George, bound but still fighting. Not quite sassy rather more coarse in how in-your-face she could be.
What’s better is how the two of them find themselves on opposing sides when in fact they’re so similarly situated. They’re both strong, tough and go out of their way to protect those they consider theirs. So, they’re actually motivated by more or less the same thing, but with neither aware of the same, there I was unsure about whom to cheer for more loudly. It was fun watching them dance around each other all reluctant and wary but still helplessly drawn to the other. And then the more they got to know, the more they feel the pull… and the more complicated their respective sides of the story became.
But It’s not complicated…
How Ian is now my new favorite male lead with him presenting this non-threatening front but acting counter to it time and again. And while Kori may not be my favorite lead, that I did enjoy her because she added a touch of vulnerability to the kick ass heroine mix.
Not that it was all dark and tough, there’s this humor to her, more so with Ian in the picture. They had me laughing at the most unexpected moments:
“…Second of all, I am offended on behalf of pretty people everywhere. I’m not chiseled jaw and eyes you could get lost in. I am worth more than the sum of my defined biceps, sculpted pecs and a six-pack you could scrub laundry on.”
I nearly choked on am ice cube. “You have a six pack?”
“Okay, maybe a four pack. At least a carton of hard lemonade.”
Loved this !
Thanks Net Galley!
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