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Bonded by Crimson

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Love isn’t in the cards for her…

After her short failed marriage, Kate tries to rebuild her life and takes a position as a nanny to three small boys. She quickly grows to love them, but their father, terrifies her, while igniting a passion she didn’t know she possessed. Disturbed by his distant manner with his sons, Kate struggles to make him more involved in the boys’ dail...more
Published January 28th 2012 by Black Opal Books (first published January 17th 2012)
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This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

To be completely honest... I couldnt finish this book ;/ I'm sorry. I tried. I got pretty dang far but...

The characters bore me.
There is nothing really interesting to Kate. In fact i just picture this really boring teacher that dresses like a grandma and doesnt have a lustful bone in her body. The things that she says and thinks just seems completely NOT FUN to me. Sure she cares about Matts kids and that cute and all... Sure shes...more
J.K. Accinni
I was very happy to find this book a pleasant surprise. Ms. Jelic can write. Such a relief after reading so many promising titles with interesting synopses that turn out to read like a high school first draft. The writing flowed, her sentence structure varied, her grammer perfect, her editing spot on. The first chapter was wonderful as Mattias fires his nanny. She has a realistic and eyebugging way with ignorant sass. I wish we had seen more of her villian, he added great contrast to Kate fallin...more
Paige Bleu
The imagery in Bonded by Crimson, is amazing & vivid. A paranormal romance weaving between the real human struggles of Kate; the sweet, human nanny, and Mathias; the immortal widower. I found the story line interesting & unique. Watching the interactions between Kate, Matthias and his 3 boys, was both charming and amusing. Ms. Jelic has a wonderful talent for making these characters seem real and relateable, as we watch Matthias struggle with being a father to his young sons, and come to...more
bonded by crimson
author Zrinka Jelic
review by jennifer leblanc
this book is one you can't put down once you pick it up to read, October 23, 2012
if your looking for a romance novel with a little paranormal in
then this book is the perfect book for you
the hero and the heroine in the book take you on a little
ride and along the road its a little bumpy but in the end
its happy ever after
i love a story that just sucks you rate in
a book where you cant put down you have to know what happens
and this stor...more
S.R. Howen
Bonded by Crimson is a paranormal romance by Zrinka Jelic. We meet Kate as she is trying to rebuild her life after a divorce. She takes a position as a nanny to three children; she quickly becomes attached to the children, so much so that even though their father scares her, she stays on as their nanny, and is determined to change his attitude towards his children. Aided by a mysterious force, she may succeed in healing her hurts and rebuilding her life.

Matthias Zrin is a 300 year old immortal,...more
Won this from Goodreads. Totally surprised by this book. Not my normal genre but I really enjoyed reading this book
The Window Seat
I liked the idea of this book. An Immortal widower with 6 year old triplet boys hires a nanny because he is still mourning his wife of 300 years who suddenly dies at the birth of his children. He then falls madly in love with the nanny. Add on to that, their travels back and forth from Canada to Croatia, visiting his palatial homes in both countries. There were quite a few challenges with this book that kept me shaking my head, but there were also things that I liked. I think I’ll start with the...more
De Jr.
Bounded by Crimson
By: Zrinka Jelic

A riveting action packed Brilliant Read!!!

First off…. I have to say that “Author Zrinka Jelic” has written a beautifully orchestrated and extraordinary put together literary read….I love the main character’s Kate Rokov and Matthias Zrin…..

Her witting style, the way she flowed through the pages….sending we the readers on an adventure of Love, Action, Fear, Excitement and new found acceptance of immortality….with a side order of Oh My God!!!!

I was captured and dra...more
Amy Softa
I really enjoyed this Read to Review I received. The writing was well done, some of the best I have read in the free books I have reviewed recently. This is a paranormal book, but the paranormal was really mild compared to most, so don't let that hold you back if you aren’t use to them. The plot sucked me in from page one and I quickly developed a crush on Matthias. My husband is from Bulgaria and I loved that much of the plot was set in Croatia, another Balkan country, the descriptions of the l...more
This book was a pretty good read for me. My only complaint is the way that time flies throughout the book. You will be reading and the next thing you know it will be one month or so later with no warning really. Overall I really enjoyed the story though. The story flowed pretty well so the fast forwards in time didn’t really take away from the story at all. Matthias was a gentlemanly, sexy man. Kate’s character I wish that the author would have gotten into more of what she can do but she was a e...more
Jazzabella ~*~ Catherine~*~
I received a copy of this book for free in return for an honest review.

Although i did enjoy this book it has taken me a few days since reading it to really decide what i want to write about it. Its a great read for those that like a happily ever after.

What i really liked:
Although Kate falls for Matthias pretty quickly there journey through love wasn't easy they had issues that needed to be overcome.

The description of the settings, especially those set in Croatia were beautifully written so th...more
Robert Clark
Is Bonded by Crimson, by Zrinka Jelic, a paranormal romance? Yes, it is, but if you’re looking for ravenous werewolves, bloodthirsty vampires, vicious ghosts, or superhuman lovers, it probably isn’t your kind of book.

While there are references to the past, the book is set in the present. In the present most people, including the female protagonist, don’t believe in, or at least try to make themselves think they don’t believe in, the paranormal. In this novel the paranormal is real.

The paranorm...more
Marie Laval
Bonded by Crimson

What an enjoyable, atmospheric and gripping read Bonded by Crimson is! The heroin, Kate Rokov, has been terribly hurt in the past. Vulnerable, kind and with a good sense of humour, she is immensely likeable. The hero, surgeon Matthias Zrin, is strong, brooding, dark and handsome – ah yes, I should mention that he is also immortal! From the moment Kate takes up the post of nanny to Matthias’ three sons, the story keeps the reader at the edge of her seat and eager to turn the page...more
Debbie Christiana
Paranormal romance, Bonded by Crimson, by Zrinka Jelic had me hooked from the beginning. It has everything I like in a paranormal love story. Matthias,the sexy but eccentric immortal hero is need of a nanny for his three boys since the death of his wife. With a feeling of deja vu, Kate arrives for the job. From there things heat up with whispers from the past, Matthias' wife's ghost and a sleazy businessman with a grudge, who'll stop at nothing to get to Matthias' fortune.

Ms. Jelic has a wonderf...more

Bonded by Crimson
Zrinka Jelic

This is an astonishing paranormal Romance. The author moves through time and emotions with remarkable skill. Just when Kate has given up on love entirely, she meets the fascinating Matthias. Offered a position in his household as a Nanny for his three children, she first falls in love with the triplets. The widower himself, Matthias, is a fascinating character who has many secrets. When Kate learns of his true nature she is at first overwhelmed. But her love for hi...more
Lynda Kaye Frazier
Bonded by Crimson. By Zrinka Jelic is a paranormal romance that grabbed me from the first page and left me unable to put it down. This is a story about Kate, a girl who tried to escape her past by taking a job as a nanny for Matthias, a sexy, eccentric immortal. And Matthias who struggles to raise his three boys after the loss of the only woman he could ever love, or so he thought. This story takes you on a path filled with obstacles that Kate and Matthias struggle to overcome as they fight agai...more
Jocelyn Sanchez
Very good book! The characters Matthias and Kate were interesting and fun to read about and had a great story that will keep you turning pages.

After an awful marriage Kate goes to be the nanny to three small boys, who are all adorable, kind, sweet and loveable. She loves them right off the bat but their father......terrifies her, but ignites something in her she didn't know was possible. Kate tries to get their father, Matthias, involved in their life more to help him bond more with his sons. E...more
Christoph Fischer
"Bonded by Crimson" is a beautifully written, almost poetic piece of literary fiction. The language to me was one of the main strengths of the book.
The story is simple: Kate arrives to become the latest of a string of failed nannies to a remote home in Canada. The Croatian widower both frightens and attracts her but she loves the children and stays.
Their blossoming romance is disturbed by some paranormal interference, one that drives the plot nicely along. Jelic manages to keep our interest thro...more
Zrinka Jelic is the description and dialogue queen. She knows how to place the reader and her characters say the right thing at the right time. I highly recommend this book to those who need a break from your typical 'Twilight' vampire romance. Matthias Zrin is not only a handsome immortal, but he is a gentleman in a modern time when chivalry is going out of fashion. Kate Rokov is pretty and optimistic, a perfect combination for a heroine. Most people would consider this an upstairs/downstairs r...more
April Alvey
What can I say I'm a sucker for paranormal books. This book was amazing I was so captivated and mesmerized with it. OMG That Matthias he is so hot and sexy. I am a sucker for romance I just loved the way Kate and Matthias was with the kids and how Matthias knew he wasn't a good father but he tried so hard to be one. Thier love was amazing no matter what happens between them Kate always forgave him it was so romantic and loving. This book is a great read the author is totally amazing and I hope t...more

I Love the story of Kate and Matthias. Taking a position in Mattias as a nanny in Mattias household there is an instant attraction. Who is Mattias and what is his secrets? As the story unfolds you follow Kate and Matthias from Canada to Croatia. This a Paranormal and Mystery rolled into one. Bonded by Crimson will keep you turning pages late into the night. When you finally get to the end you will still want more. Do yourself a favor buy Bonded by Crimson you will not be sorry. I was given a cop...more
**I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest, review.**

I thought this book was really great. There was no boring part, and clues kept coming. I loved visualizing the different settings in the grand house, the city in Croatia, their own island, the church, etc. The spirit of Emina really touched my heart. The only thing was, maybe Kate got to Matthias (Mr.Zrin) a little too coincidentally? even though he knew who she was.

Overall this was a nice book, and I recommended it...more
Renee Rearden
Immortal heroes and sweet heroines grab your attention and pull your heart strings. Bonded By Crimson’s characters meet this description.

Matthias Zrin is a 300 year-old immortal widower. He’s a successful businessman with triplet boys and desperately needs a nanny. Enter Kate Rokov, an unemployed Croatian school teacher that loves working with children.

Mattew, Kate and the triplets all have personal issues that complicate their interactions. Unethical and downright dangerous individuals threaten...more
Kiru Taye
A refreshing take on a vampire/ghost story. This is packed full of myth and Adriatic charm. I love that parts of the story is set in Croatia and we get to live the beautiful culture and scenery. A good first outing for a new author. I look forward to plenty more from her.
Really enjoyed this book and it will be in my heart for a long time.
Coull Critiques
This was given to me by the author for a fair review.

I didn’t overly enjoy this book and I very nearly gave up on it. Not to say it is bad as such, I can see the ideas were really good, and it has great potential. But for me it just seemed a little bit off. Some of the timing and the pacing seemed a bit wrong, like it was rushed and unedited, the jumps in time were very confusing Too. The sub plot seemed unnecessary in the fact that it was only really mentioned a few times and it could have been...more
Fiona Ingram

Not your normal paranormal romance, Bonded by Crimson offers a refreshing new look at a popular genre. This is not so much about vampires as about true love. Author Zrinca Jelic weaves an interesting plot with themes that many readers will appreciate. Romance, of course, and the appealing angle of the (immortal) hero’s three young (mortal) children; as well as the backdrop of an unusual and beautiful location: Croatia. When Kate Rokov takes the position of nanny to the handsome and mysterious wi...more
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Lynn Worton
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a most intriguing paranormal romance. I loved it!

Kate is a wonderful character. She is a very loving person. I found her to be extremely likeable. She is trying to get her life back on track after a divorce. When she is offered a position as a nanny in a widower's household, she decides to take it. What she didn't expect was to fall in love with the boys in her charge. For some reason, their father was also fam...more
Eskimo Princess Jenkins
I was given this by the author for an honest review. I have 4 stars marked but it was more on the line of 4.5 stars!
I try not to give to much of the story away in my reviews, that is why my reviews are sometimes short. I just want to say that before I get started.

*at times in the book, it felt like time moved super fast then you were reading for awhile at the same "time period". I understand you can't write every little thing that happens in a course of a year of two without skipping a few mont...more
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Zrinka Jelic lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and two children. A member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter Fantasy Futuristic &Paranormal, as well as Savvy Authors, she writes contemporary fiction—which leans toward the paranormal—and adds a pinch of history. Her characters come from all walks of life, and although she prefers red, romance comes in many colors. Given...more
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“Thank you. Take a good care of her,” he said on a yawn. “She’s very special to me and my boys.”
Dr. Matthias Zrin”
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