Review of Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith

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Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, and Paranormal

Bound by Duty Synopsis: Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she’s an Elder, but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control, but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she’s betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and doesn’t even know his name.

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky southern girl, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head win the battle, or her heart?

My Review

I was given an eBook of Bound by Duty in exchange for an honest review. But you know that’s the only kind I give ūüėČ

So, y’all know I loooove me some PNR (Paranormal Romance) and I am always ¬†excited when I find a new (or new-to-me) author. But not everyone can write a good PNR story. Well, Stormy Smith can. Flat out, this girl can write.

Bound by Duty is written exactly how I prefer my PNR books. There is a lot of explanation – because no two author’s worlds are the same – but it is mixed into the story in a way that keeps it from being boring.

Amelia, our heroine, is great. As a character she has very¬†relatable ¬†family issues – issues that are made even more complicated by their, um, abilities. It is hard to watch her at times, though. Many scenarios have Amelia acting on assumptions that aren’t necessarily correct. ¬†As awful as it is to watch, what really made my heart hurt as a reader was the memories the book evoked from me. No, I do not have supernatural powers (damn it!), but I have reacted without all of the facts before and I’m left wondering: “What would the reader be yelling at me?” The self-reflection is exactly why I say this book is well written. Amelia makes you think, cringe, cry, and cheer – she becomes very real to the reader.

Aiden starts off as appearing to be a super-fun, flirty counter-part to the closed-off Amelia. But, he becomes so, so much more than. My heart hurt for him on more than one occasion. You just cannot help but

Micha and Bethany are fantastic supporting characters. Micha is very interesting. The beginning of the book had me questioning his intentions and motives. As the story progresses you get a much better understanding of who he is and what he really wants. Bethany is the best friend you cannot help but love! However, she is so sweet and understanding, I kept waiting for the bottom to drop out from underneath her. I have a very bad feeling about poor Bethany…

Cole (Amelia’s brother) is a character I hope to see more of in the future, but not because he is SO awesome. Nope, it’s because I feel that maybe Ms. Smith is holding back from us when it comes to Cole. He is very, well, dry. Yeah, dry is a perfect description. Especially for owning an MMA training facility. I really hope that his character will become more colorful as the books progress.

Overall, I am honored that Stormy gave me the chance to review this book I highly suggest you pick it (and the second book, Bound by Spells) up today. TODAY. Clear your calendar at start reading. 5 cups.

bound by spells

Bound by Spells Synopsis: Aidan Montgomery hadn’t been prepared for Amelia Bradbury to walk in and then out of his life. He also hadn’t expected to find the powerful magic hidden deep within him for the last nineteen years, but he’s embracing it — finding more control and more answers every day. Now, with the help of Amelia’s best friend, Bethany, Aidan is on a quest to understand his destiny and find Amelia.

Amelia decided to stand by her duty, which meant walking away from her first chance at love. Trapped in Cresthaven at the Queen’s mercy, she spends her days with Micah — an ally she still holds at arm’s length — struggling to manage her heartbreak while keeping her mind focused on the task at hand. As she continues to unlock the secrets of the Keeper power, Queen Julia’s true motives reveal themselves, forcing Amelia to decide, yet again, how much she’s willing to sacrifice.

Will Aidan get to Amelia before it’s too late, or will the very power that sustains them keep them apart?

Endorsement for Bound by Spells: “Featuring a cast of mages¬†and¬†shapeshifters with unique magical abilities, one destiny-shaping prophecy, a genocidal megalomaniac, and a budding, heated romance (or two!), this book is paranormal gold! Read the first book in the series first, of course, but once you finish this one you’re sure to be salivating for the next release in this not-to-be-missed¬†romantic paranormal series.”

— Serena Chase,¬†USA Today‘s Happy Ever After blog

Bio: Stormy Smith is the author of the Amazon best seller, Bound by Duty, and Bound by Spells. She calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. She knew quickly stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form.

Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and couldn’t be stopped. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.

Website: http://www.stormysmith.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorStormySmith

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stormysmith

Instagram: https://instagram.com/stormysmith

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8159417.Stormy_Smith

Book Buy Links:

  • Bound by Duty (Bound Series, Book One) Release Date: July 24, 2014
  • Bound by Spells (Bound Series, Book Two) Release Date: March 19, 2015
  • Bound by Prophecy Coming in 2015!!
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