Review: His Dark Bond by Anne Marsh (Fallen #2)
January 31 2012
Received from author
Yummy Man – Zer
Kick Ass Chick – Nessa St. James
From Goodreads –
Zer is no angel – well, not anymore. He’s explored every flavour of sin imaginable, drinking in the pleasures of humanity. But now he must find the woman who carries his salvation in her very blood…a woman like Nessa St. James. Nessa has considered the bargain the Fallen offer. Anything she wants in exchange for accepting Zer’s bond? No way. Not her. Not when she finds out about the mind-blowing ritual involved and the marks of surrender that will ink her skin. But with a serial killer to stop and centuries of experience on his side, Zer will do whatever it takes to change her.
Fallen angels, one true soulmates, evil crazy angel villain, super brilliant heroine, super surly yet yummy hero and a chance at redemption… You will find all of these things in His Dark Bond by Anne Marsh. And even though none of these are new to the world of paranormal romance books, they work very well within the world that Anne has created and make for an exciting story.
Even if His Dark Bond is the second book in Anne Marsh’s Fallen series, it can totally be read as a standalone. I didn’t read the first book and I didn’t feel lost or discombobulated at all. I just thought I would mention that before I continue on with my review.
Zer is the hero in this book and boy is he a bastard. Really, that’s the best word for him. You see, when Domonions were cast out of Heaven and became Fallen, they lost their emotions – well, most of them anyways. So Zer don’t care. But even though he isn’t the sweetest guy on the planet, you can feel that there is more in him – it’s just that he’s so used to not feeling or caring that he stopped trying. I know that I am making it sound like I didn’t enjoy reading Zer, but I did. He is larger than life, fills every page he’s on and is sexy as hell. And snarly. And hot. Yeah…he was alright. *g*
Nessa is a scientist – a geneticist. Yup, she is super smart. I sometimes wanted to shake Nessa but really, it wasn’t her fault. The men withheld information from her – you know…to protect her O-o (*sigh* men…) – so she sort of freaked out and said ‘no’ to things that really were in her best interest and did things that really were not things she would normally do. All because she didn’t know better. Yes, that part of the story sort of bugged me a little. Zer even thought on many occasions “she just doesn’t understand”. Well tell her so she can! She’s a smart cookie! And even by the end of the book, I felt like she didn’t get the full implications of her situation. She’s going to be okay and I do like where she ends up, even though she was a little confused along the way.
The premise of the book is interesting. The Fallen have lost emotion because they have no soul. It was stripped of them when they were banished. To survive, they must feel off human souls. If they aren’t careful they can kill the human they are ‘feeding’ from. As a thank you to the humans who let the Fallen feed, they are offered one favor – anything they want. Some humans run at the chance, but Nessa wants nothing to do with it. The Fallen have one chance at redemption. They can get their wings back only if they find their soulmate. One for every Fallen. They have been on earth over 3,000 years and only one has been found so far. Zer thinks that Nessa is one of the lost soulmates, but he thinks she is destined for someone else. For one of his brothers. And even though there is an attraction there, he thinks it’s just that – attraction – and not that they are meant to be.
Even though I didn’t feel insane chemistry between Zer and Nessa and I found the ‘I love you’ came out of nowhere, I did feel the couple’s heat. And boy the heat! This is one hot book. Fan yourself hot. So hot.
Nael is another Fallen and…yum. There isn’t much else to say about him. I hope he gets his own book because…yeah. Yum.
I mentioned that Nessa was a scientist and that part of the story was really well done. Either Anne did her research about DNA and such or she’s just a natural genius. The info seemed thorough and presented in a way that reminded us that the character knows what she is talking about without alienating the reader.
The villain in this book was good. I didn’t completely get why he was so evil and what his deal was but he was bad bad bad. He hurt the innocent in a bloody gory way making you really dislike him.
Anne created an interesting mix of brawn and brains in this book. And even though I didn’t totally click with the hero and heroine as a couple and that the story wasn’t all original, I still think this book is worth checking out. It read easily and the action was solid. And let’s not for forget the heat. No…let’s not forget that. *fans herself*
Giggle worthy quote
“Holy shit and then some.”
Books in the Fallen series –
Bond with Me
His Dark Bond