Soul Bound by Luxie Ryder
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (46 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Carnation
It's been years since Seattle cop Jessica Hammond thought of the boy who broke her heart in high school. So when she is caught in a hail of bullets and facing certain death, she has no idea why it's Nathan's face that flashes into her mind as she prepares to die. Jessica survives unharmed and is deeply unsettled by the experience. Desperate to escape her thoughts, she jumps on a plane to Vegas.
The intrigue deepens when she discovers that Nathan is also there, performing his New Age magic act in a large casino. Drawn to the show, she is mesmerized by him. When Nathan takes her to his bed and unleashes a different kind of magic, Jessica knows that the fates brought them together. But Nathan can't protect her from the curse of his heritage and Jessica soon learns that loving him could take her life.
Do you wish that your partner could hear your every thought and experience your every feeling and sensation during lovemaking, creating a perfectly symbiotic erotic event driven ever higher by the hunger and responses of one other? This unusual love story contains that and other exciting and surprising details of mythical and fantasy fare. This riveting tale grabbed me instantly and sent me on a breathtaking and sometimes astounding journey with its unique ideas and suspenseful romantic tension.
Jessica has just had a mysterious, life altering experience that she can't explain. This grounded, conventional police woman just escaped the reality of her own death. At the moment of the miracle, she heard the voice in her head of her high school friend and crush, Nathan, saying, “Open your eyes. You're safe.”
Nathan Cain is a man of power. He has known since high school that he was in love with Jes. In the next month events seemingly conspire to bring the two together in Vegas, where Nathan has big hotel magic act. From there Jes tumbles head first into a whirlwind of wildly magical and unbelievable revelations and incredible, raging hot sexual episodes. She comes to the realization that she is no longer in control of her life and that she is in love with the dark, compellingly handsome and sexy man that Nathan has become.
This is a well-told, superbly written contemporary myth that is so original in its plot and scenario that I was completely captivated. The dialog, the pace, the eloquence was all everything I hope for in good writing... especially considering the fact that the story is told in first person. And expertly told at that, with a strong, flowing voice. The only reason I didn't rate it higher was that there were a few slight editing errors. I loved the story and sincerely hope that Ms. Ryder will continue it in a series. (please?)
This believable and entertaining tale has magic, mythic and rare quality romance, mystery and a perfect dose of sex so sensually hot that I was transported magically into the story itself! I couldn't get the whole reading experience out of my head, and was moved to ask Ms. Ryder, 'Why, oh why did it have to end so soon?'
My advice to everyone is, go get a copy of, Soul Bound. I'm sure you will be glad you did.