Monday, April 9, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon

Bound to You
Alyssa Brandon
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 10th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

A stubborn teen faces off with her brooding, indifferent (but super hot) soulmate in this unique and sexy take on a classic paranormal romance story.

She’s met her mate . . . and he’s met his match.

Megan Ross has been waiting her whole life for her mate to come and sweep her off her feet. But the wolf she meets on the beach is NOT the sweet gentle boy she’s been dreaming of. Instead, he’s a warrior, one whose suffering has led him to lock his heart away in a prison as cold and hard as a diamond, who fights to resist the bond and their deep attraction.

Far from home, with a soulmate who is still a stranger, Megan learns that the path totrue love isn’t quite as straight and easy as she thought . . .

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Alyssa Brandon’s debut novel Bound to You is guaranteed to make readers swoon, sigh, and maybe even cry before it’s over.

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My Review:

4.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance, Supernatural, Teen, Werewolves--

Megan has dreamed about the day she would find her mate and be swept away by romance, love and perfect happiness. What she never expected was to meet her mate and he has no desire at all to be bound to anyone. Her dreams are immediately smashed and instead she is left with a silent, broody mate James who whisks her away to the middle of nowhere Canada and promptly forgets she exists. Megan has no idea what to do with her mate, her new pack, her current living situation…heck, even her life. But there is more to James than she knows, a past that may stop them from having a chance at a future. ​

Sigh, I just love werewolf romance stories, they are just the best! There is just something about the mate bond (kinda sorta like a soulmate) that I love, two people who have maybe never met before getting an instant connection- they may not know each other, heck they may not even like each other, but there is a draw and ultimately they are absolutely perfect for each other. Bound To You is a perfect example of this concept, two completely opposite perfect strangers that end up being just what the other needed. It’s just so dreamy. And sure some people complain about “insta-love” in books, but I would never say that is how the mate bond works- heck, there doesn’t even have to be love ever in a mate bond, but it is a connection that can’t be denied. These are the only stories I am ok with some sort of instant connection between characters- they just can’t help it and I eat it up.

Yes this book is a romance (way more NA than YA due to the content of the steaminess and casual sexual mentions FYI), I really don’t think it could be classified as anything else, but there were some really great action and paranormal scenes added for flavor and to help with character development. James just so happens to be a very rare Warrior Wolf who’s purpose in life (afterlife? I am not 100% sure the wraiths are actually alive) happens to be to hunt down the wraith creatures that prey on werewolves- werewolves who think wraiths don’t exist. It was really cool, and very unique, seeing them battle and the origins of the creatures. I would love to learn more about this entire world.

That brings me to another point- this story feels like it is a standalone based on the ending, which was satisfactory to me- I could be finished with this world and the characters, but I don’t want to be! I want more story, be it with Megan and James, or interesting Lucy, any of the guys in the pack (like Robin!) or even some follow-up with her best friend (she has some hesitation in her relationship it feels). I would love it if Alyssa made this a series (hint, hint) with more on how things go for Megan later on.

I really enjoyed this paranormal romance! It was a fast, engaging read that I blew through one night (when I was supposed to be sleeping, but who needs sleep when they can book!) This was my first book by Alyssa and I look forward to what comes next.

I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.

Author Bio:

Alyssa Brandon is a recent college graduate from Sweden who enjoys reading, doing yoga, puzzles, and, of course, writing. Bound to You is her debut novel.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review, Katherine! I haven't read a werewolf book in so long! This sounds like a good one! :)