Series: Binds, #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Ophelia Brand’s life is in shambles. Married to an abusive man and forced to act like the perfect politician’s wife in public, her freedom has been completely stripped away. Alone and without purpose, Ophelia feels as if there isn’t much in this world to live for. Everything changes when an employee kidnaps her from a state dinner. Ophelia is thrust into a new world filled with people who claim to be an ancient race of Mages. They also claim that she is one of them.
While the country falls into the hands of a tyrannical dictator, Ophelia finds herself torn between the friendly Reece who wants nothing more than to protect her, and Spencer, the leader of the resistance who sees her as a tool to fight the war. Tensions run high as Reece and Spencer both try to help her master her powers and unravel the spells that restricted her from using them. As revelations of her past come to light, and the war is brought to her feet, Ophelia must quickly make a choice of who to trust.
Binds is the first in a series of adult urban fantasy novels with sexy Mages, a sugar skull army, and an unfortunate set of Hello Kitty pjs.
First of all, this cover is fantastic. Not gonna lie, that was the first thing that had me interested in cracking it open. I didn’t really read any reviews prior to starting this book, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. A friend of mine (the Marvelous Megan Simpson of “Reading Books Like A Boss” book blog) gifted me a copy of Binds after she read an ARC of this for her blog. Let me just tell you, it was a gift that keeps on giving.
This book had me captivated from the first page. The book is told from the POV of Ophelia, who is a great female heroine. She is hilarious. I loved getting through this story through her eyes. She has a pretty rough journey of “development” and progression throughout the book, but it was good seeing her growth into an ideal book heroine.
Enough about the lady, let’s talk about the mens!
Reece: Easy on the eyes. A thoughtful Friend. Confidant. Savior?
“I told you before and I will say it as many times as I have to. I’m going to be the one that saves you … every time.”
Reece is nice. Reece says all the right things, at the right times, and gives Ophelia a sense of security and acceptance, something she isn’t accustomed to.
Overall, Reece is a good guy.
Where this is fine and dandy, THAT does not make my heart go pitter patter. As you know, you take good guys home to mama. However, it’s the cocky, snarky, brooding, mysterious and douche-y Spencer that really gets my blood pumping, and my juices flowing!
(Time to bust out the gifs!)
Guuuuurl, lemme tell you about my man SPENCER.
He is a leader. He’s a badass. He’s to be feared for his prowess. Though to others, he is just feared:
“I don’t know if any plot involving Spencer would be good versus evil, more like evil versus slightly less evil.”
At one point, he was even compared to Anakin (Star Wars reference, FTW!), as he was on “the dark side”.
“How does he always pop up at the most inopportune times? It’s like he has some radar in his brain that tells him the best time and place where douchebaggery may occur, and he follows it religiously.”
I don’t know about you, but douchebags need love too. Amirite? Anyone? Just me?–It’s cool. I’ll keep him all to myself!
The entire time, I kept thinking:
“I wasn’t going to ‘mind fuck’ you right away,” he says, leaning forward so that his knees are pressed against mine. “You need to give me more credit than that, Ophelia Brand. I enjoy foreplay too much to just jump right in.”
I’m picking up what he’s putting down. I’m all up in it.
With Spencer, it’s not all gumdrops and daisies, he gives it to you straight. He won’t tell you what you want to hear, he tells you what you NEED to hear.
“You want a hero, right? Someone who will come around and give you everything you’ve dreamt of, take you and show you the way so you don’t have to find it on your own, hero to worship at your feet and blow smoke up your ass? You’re looking for those things in the wrong person. I’m neither and don’t ever wish to be. What I can offer you is a place to call home, a confidant who doesn’t turn out to be an enemy, and a place in history that shows you were on the right side of the fight.”
Oh Spencer. Be still my heart!
I don’t even know how best to describe my over-swoony lustification (that’s not a word, but I just made it one). DYING. Can’t form words…
(this gif ^ was selected specifically for my sister-wives–you know who you are)
View Spoiler »And then, you get to about 72%. THE.KISS. *Swoon*! Here’s what Ophelia had to say of this AMAZING moment:
“Okay, so the world is not going to end, but now that I have been kissed by Spencer Donnelly, my outlook of it might. This is a life-changing kiss, something that I have not felt in all of my twenty-seven years. My life will forever be split into before the kiss (BK) and after (AK).” Pretty freaking EPIC…and, lets just say, he had me LITERALLY singing his praises… « Hide Spoiler
This book has it’s fair share of wonderful characters and fantastical elements. Normally, I’m not as keen on the Urban Fantasy genre of books, mainly because authors can spend an insurmountable amount of time introducing all of the fantasy elements. At times it can leave me lost or confused while trying to keep up with the story. This was not the case with this book. Rebecca did an excellent job setting up the world of the Mages. I LOVED everything about “Binds”. The characters, magic, romance, friendships, conflict, suspense, and action were all very well written. Rebecca’s refreshing take on “Mages” kept things interesting, and I was constantly finding myself enthralled and fascinated.
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. This book is addictive. As soon as I was finished, I wanted to read it again. I am so eager to see what else Rebecca will have in store for us in this series! I’m completely invested, bewitched, enamored, mesmerized, and absolutely dazzled by “Binds”! I just wanna shout it from the rooftops:
Do yourselves a favor. READ THIS BOOK. You won’t regret it. It’s a nice, quick read, full of action, suspense, emotion, and originality.
I am obsessed with this book. These characters. This author.
Speaking of which, I have a message for the amazing author: