Dr. Samantha Moore is one of the youngest and most acclaimed researchers in the world. Her specialty is blood and she has been recruited by the largest pharmaceutical company in Scotland. For what purpose she cannot begin to imagine, but in an attempt to break out of her painfully shy shell, she throws caution to the wind and leaves her family and best friend behind in Savannah.
Dr. Kade Gunnach is taking a chance hiring an outsider, but he’s desperate to find out how to help his sister. He believes the key lies in her blood, but so far, no one has found the answers. When the new researcher walks into his office, he’s unprepared for his reaction to her and the life-changing ramifications her arrival brings. They’re drawn together by a force neither is prepared for, but Kade is holding something back. Something that could scare her away.
When Samantha learns his secret, will she run?
Will Kade be able to live with the answers he’s been desperately searching for?
A brilliant young female scientist’s first venture from home to take a job in Scotland leads to passion, danger, and the ultimate adventure when she encounters a powerful man full of secrets. Not my first time with this author or the series, but I was delighted to go back for where it all began in book one of the Cauld Ane series.
Bound by Blood is the beginning of a paranormal romance series about a secretive race hiding among the humans around them. Kade Gunnach needs the professional expertise of Samantha Moore who is a blood expert and she wants to take her first steps away from her shyness and fears.
I went into this one after having read two others from later in the series and some of the parallel series with crossover characters so I was already in the know about the mystery surrounding Kade and the others. I wanted to see how things began and get the introduction to the Cauld Ane world. I was given that and enjoyed how the author gave it all an air of mystery from Sam’s perspective. I could have wished for more details to the Cauld Ane world, but I guess it could be explained further as the series progresses.
I enjoyed getting to know the cast of characters and thought Kade was a great romantic hero. He’s a blend of tender protector, strong leader, passionate lover, and yes, a frustrated man who must figure out how to be in a relationship and figure out women, in particular, Sam.
Now, Sam, I had mixed feelings about. She is described as one way- shy, timid, and needing to flex her wings for the first time- and yet, other than a fear of flying and feeling inferior to other women, she was very different in action, thought, and words from that description. I found her bold to the point of being bossy, nosy, and pushy. She drama’d things up unnecessarily at times. There was a scene with her brother with a screeched and flailing fists ‘your dead to me’ when she clearly loves him and what she was mad about was not equal to her reaction that was probably the most drastic example, but left me unimpressed. But that said, she was a giving, caring, and compassionate woman that matched with Kade’s strength rather well.
Speaking of the pair together, this was a fated mates style romance. I usually give those a bit of latitude on the instalove and I did to a certain extent in this one, but not completely. Sam is into the ‘I love you’ barely after discovering all Kade’s secrets and learning how they are to be together. I guess I needed to see more of a progression between her learning the truth to acceptance to love. Though, once past that, they were a cute couple.
The action and suspense were a good layer with the paranormal element and the romance. The villains are obvious, but not their brand of conspiracy. I enjoyed what transpired and look forward to seeing how the twists in this part of the story tease out.
The side stories were as appealing as the main romance. I can’t wait to see what’s up with Pepper, Sam’s brother, Fi and Duncan, Brodie and Payton, and then several of the others.
I love this author’s ability to blend heartwarming, humor, and a sense of family with passion and excitement. This book was no exception. It might have had a few iffy elements, but I still felt it a strong story. For those who want a paranormal that’s a little different in a creative way, I’d suggest giving this one and the series a try.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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