Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian #Review

Posted September 25, 2015 by Shari in Reviews / 17 Comments

Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian #Review
Bound by Darkness

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Series: Midnight Breed #13
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on July 30, 2015
Pages: 275
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

The Midnight Breed series continues with a new generation to love. Carys and Rune lead the way with the entire bad boy love from the wrong side of the tracks. The overall story arc moves forward in a slow manner that left me getting more confused as to where it is all going.

Carys Chase is the first born female breed and a rare daywalker. Genetically strong, she makes her own way in life even with an overbearing father and twin brother. Well, Carys Chase is all grown up and falling hard for the boy she knows she shouldn’t, but can’t help. Escaping in the evening to watch Rune fight and then taking hard loving afterwards is what she wants. She knows Rune’s heart unlike anyone else. Why can’t her family accept who she loves?

Rune is an unbeatable cage fighter. He doesn’t know much else and doesn’t have aspirations for more. He knows he should cut Carys free from his life, but he can’t let go of the one good thing he finds in her. Unfortunately his past is about to rear it’s ugly head and he will come into the crosshairs of the Order.

This story is spent with a lot of characters coming in and out that I found distracting. You have Lucas and his son, Carys’s father and mother along with her aunt and brother, the Order trying to track down their enemies before its too late and then the story of Carys and Rune.

Carys and Rune don’t have the usual meet and fall in love type of theme because that part took place in other books. They are already established as a couple even if they are still falling in love. Carys is trying to get her family to accept Rune and Rune is trying to decide what to do with the arena and club as the owner died in the last book.

The biggest part of the story is Rune’s past colliding with the Order’s moves. The suspense comes in to play at this part with Carys kicking ass. He has run from the past and now it has caught up with him. He does get one surprise in the end that lighted things up, but I must have missed a novella to understand that relationship.

While I loved this story, it felt like it lacked actual substance on the relationship. There wasn’t much build up, more of a desperation to their love in the beginning. What is annoying me is the Opus Nostrum seems to be a dead end part of the overall story arc and that the Atlantians took an back seat on this one. I am not sure where the author is going with the threats coming into this series and I am concerned I will grow to be bored with it soon.

While I felt the children of the original Order was a reboot to the series, I am also hoping this picks up soon. The Atlantians want something and I want to see what plays out. Carys and Rune are made for each other. The adventurous heroine and the protective killer hero. It all worked for me and left me eager to find out the next couple and where this all is going to go.

About Lara Adrian

LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books have been named among Amazon’s Top Ten Romances of the Year, and have also been nominated by readers multiple times as finalists for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance of the Year. Reviewers have called Lara’s books “addictively readable” (Chicago Tribune), “extraordinary” (Fresh Fiction), “strikingly original” (Booklist), and “one of the best vampire series on the market” (Romantic Times).

Writing as TINA ST. JOHN, her historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best; and many others. She was twice named a Finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, for Best Historical Romance (White Lion’s Lady) and Best Paranormal Romance (Heart of the Hunter). More recently, the German translation of Heart of the Hunter debuted on Der Spiegel bestseller list.

With an ancestry stretching back to the Mayflower and the court of King Henry VIII, the author lives with her husband in New England, where she is working on her next novel. Visit Lara’s website and sign up for new release announcements at

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • I am eager for Carys and Rune’s story. There does seem to be a lot going on here. And, yes, I think I know what novella you missed b/c I read that one and felt like there was more in that story to come. We had matching pieces to the puzzle. 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Well, Rune and Nova have a past, but I won’t go into it. I need to find the novella to fill in my blanks. Rune is uber delicious.

  • I haven’t read this book yet but dang I do love this series. All the books she has written are so good and the characters are so well thought out.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I love the series, but there were a few books in the old generation I wanted to scream at. I am glad she rebooted the series into the future to give it some freshness.

  • I love when there’s the next generation in a book series, but yeah, hopefully it picks up.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I feel kind of lost with this generation since the old generation still runs almost everything.

  • Sounds like this one was just ok in the romance department and there was a lot of side story with the other characters. I do have this series on my list.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      A lot of side story, bad people and a really big vampire that loves a daywalker.

  • I am pretty excited to read this soon. I am working my way through the series, so I just skimmed the review, but I am interested to see how Adrian develops the series.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Not to worry, I try not to reveal too much!

  • Never read her. I did have an ebook but when I FINALLY opened it it was unreadable

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Oh, that is sad! It started off so strong with the first books and then had a dip towards the end that frustrated me. This recent reboot has been good so far.

  • I love this series so much-although it was the earlier books that I loved the most. I am like you, not real interested in the Opus Nostrum part and would rather hear more about the Atlantians. Good review 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Thanks! I want to move onto the Atlantians and see what’s going on there.

  • I love this series so much-although it was the earlier books that I loved the most. I am like you, not real interested in the Opus Nostrum part and would rather hear more about the Atlantians. Good review 🙂

  • I really enjoyed the early books, but I read the first book with the kids. I didn’t really like it. I’ve heard that book 12 was better.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      The reboot has been interesting, but the old crew is still running things so it seems like the kids are just grunt men/women.