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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?
Where do I even begin in the review of this book?
One week later…
Wow! That was quite the book hangover!
Everything I loved about Bound By Duty is present in Book 2 of the Bound Series: the characters, their relationships, and the setting.
I loved the dual POV utilized in this book, it was great getting to see two very different but intertwined storylines play out. Aidan really comes into his own during this book, and learning more of his history was great. Amelia has definitely grown a bit since Book 1, but in realistic ways. She’s still the same character at heart, still struggling between putting herself or what she feels she should do for the sake of others first. Both Micah and Bethany are still present and light up the scenes they are in. Seeing their friendships grow with Amelia and Aidan respectively were great touches to the plot. Out of all the new characters introduced, Dillon is my favorite. You’ll have to meet him to find out why.
One thing I had asked for my review of Book 1 was to see more world building for where the Immortals lived. Although I did not get it where I expected it would be based off the ending of the first book, I did get it in a couple of other places and was definitely impressed. There are small touches with each place that really elevate the setting beyond just a backdrop, without telling you what it means, the clothes bins at one and the labyrinth at the other are perfect elements.
The pacing of the book was awesome. It flowed smoothly and felt balanced between Aidan’s and Amelia’s stories. The overall story arc of this book closes nicely, definitely less cliffhangery than the last book. You’ll still be wanting more because the series arc is definitely not complete. I felt very satisfied with how Bound By Spells ended.
Bound By Duty was one of my Top Reads of 2014, and I would not be surprised, even at this stage of the year, if Bound By Spells made my Top Reads of 2015. At the conclusion of Bound By Duty, I wrote that “Smith is an author to watch for sure.” I hold true to this statement after reading Book 2. If you haven’t started this series, you need to. I eagerly await Book 3 of the series and any more books that Smith writes in the future.
**Thank you to Stormy Smith and Wordsmith Publicity for giving me an ecopy of Bound by Spells in exchange for an honest review**