Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review: Claimed by Light by Reese Monroe

Claimed By Light (A Bound By Hades Novel)
Claimed by Light by Reese Monroe
(Bound by Hades #3)
September 15, 2014
Entangled Embrace
300 pages
Genre: New Adult Paranormal 18+
(Contains: sex, mature language, violence)
Source: eARC for Honest review

Forgiveness softens even the hardest of hearts…
College senior Slade Bennet is so close to his degree he can taste it…until his sister becomes tangled with a coven of demons and he must trade his soul to save her. But first he must kill the assigned target: a sexually charged beauty who ignites his protective instinct.

After the devastating loss of her Companion, the last thing Halena Girard can stomach is the emotional connection to a Mate. She lives for only two things: vanquishing demons, and seeking Artifacts rumored to lead to Lucifer’s downfall. That is, until she’s attacked by a…frat boy? Worse, a newly-demonic frat boy wearing the mark of her Mate.

Halena would rather kill Slade than give him her heart. Unfortunately, the only way Slade can find his sister and Halena the Artifacts is to work together. As they face the darkest of evil, Slade’s ability to crush Halena’s carefully erected walls might prove to be the most lethal battle of all.
I am a big fan of this series. I loved Theo and Sadie's story. I loved Justin and Yvonne's story. Both fantastic. But I have to say, Halena and Slade's story is my favorite. After meeting the fiery Frenchwoman in the previous books and knowing she had some major walls built up around her heart and her life, I couldn't wait to get the rest of her story and see her fall in love. And what an incredible love story it was! I loved it!

Halena and Slade's story took me on quite the whirlwind experience. They both have such sad parts to their past and present, then add in the rough and raw circumstances the demons have drawn them into, and their heartbreak is palpable. But under all the hurt and injustice is an intense bond that cannot be ignored and a tentative love that beautifully develops into more. The road for Halena and Slade is far from easy. There's much to overcome. But I absolutely loved them. I loved the way they fell in love. I loved the way they saw the truth in each other beyond the fa├žade and walls. I loved how they were better together. I just loved them!

Beyond the love story, this is the continuation of the previous two stories involving keeping the Artifacts away from the demons and stopping them from completing their master plan. There are some terrific twists and turns to the story. Great action and intensity. It kept me on my toes, not sure how it would all turn out, and if we would lose any of our loved ones in the process. This was a real page turner. Then add in getting more of Theo, Sadie, Justin and Yvonne, plus some great other new and old characters, and this story was a real treat. While there was resolution at the end of the story, I'm really hoping we are not done with these characters. I love them all and don't want to leave this world. Loved it!

Book Links:

Bound by Hades Series:
Forged by Fate (Bound by Hades #1)
Forged by Fate #1
Marked by Hades (Bound by Hades, #2)
Marked by Hades #2
Claimed By Light (A Bound By Hades Novel)
Claimed by Light #3

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