Release Date: February 24, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance | Steampunk
Once two souls are joined...
When Adam's soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled—and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone...
Their hearts will beat together forever...
No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn't stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted—by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam's kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken.
Before anything else, I know a lot of you have never tried Steampunk, and would like to dip your pretty toes in the genre. If you love romance, historical and/or paranormal, Kristen Callihan's Darkest London series is something I'd recommend. The Steampunk element is very light, a few gadgets here and there with some volumes devoid of it, like SOULBOUND, not too overwhelming for Steampunk virgins; the historical aspect is very Victorian London, complete with the necessary accoutrements associated with the era; lastly, the romance is very heavy, totally swoony, breathtaking, and bodice ripping!
On to SOULBOUND!
I absolutely love SOULBOUND. It's very affecting, I found myself clutching my chest, making faces and laughing on a few scenes, tearing up on some, rereading lines and passages, because I'm utterly swept by the story. Adam is probably one of the most tortured and pitiful hero I've ever met, and yet he handled it with much candor, and refused to play the victim. Eliza is every bit a heroine, sharp, witty, and compassionate to Adam's plight despite her own issues with him.
Adam and Eliza are engaging characters and even more as a couple. I want to highlight their romance because it's so so swoony! For starters, Adam is a 700yo virgin (part of the curse) whose cherry is practically begging to be popped. But sexual innuendos aside, Adam's sincerity and brutal honesty tugged my heartstrings hard. So many lovely quotable quotes, Hallmark would be jealous!
The fae angle was well developed too. KCallihan adapted the fae myth well and its incorporation to her series didn't disappoint. I also enjoyed cameos made by other characters and previous couples. I didn't realize how much I've missed them and delighted in getting news of their current situations. It seems all's well in their respective paradises.
SOULBOUND is a book that sent ripples through the world KCallihan created. Adam touches a lot of lives and his imprisonment and Mab's cruelty affected Darkest London in many ways. It gave us a glimpse of something apocalyptic if Adam doesn't survive Mab and as a reader, you will definitely feel the pressure and how high the stakes are here. SOULBOUND is nothing short of fantabulous, it's superlative in every way. The final confrontation in particular, though the outcome was expected, was fantastic! It's one of those scenes where it will make you exclaim WTF! out loud and if not for the guaranteed HEA, you'll feel grief and helplessness.
Another thing that I love about this series is how the novels are set up. Once again, the premise for the next book has been started which will feature the Ellis sisters brother, St. John "Sin" Evernight. I'm a little anxious about his book because the plot feels big at this point and I can't see how he can BE and still have his HEA in the end.
Please read SOULBOUND. I promise you, mine won't be the last gush-filled review you'll ever read in the coming days. It is VERY VERY VERY good, if Valentine's is a fantasy/paranormal book, this would be it!