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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
Published January 28th 2012 by Black Opal Books (first published January 17th 2012)
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Nov 07, 2012 Bayli rated it it was ok
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
Paige Bleu
Nov 04, 2012 Paige Bleu rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 23, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 21, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Won this from Goodreads. Totally surprised by this book. Not my normal genre but I really enjoyed reading this book
Renee Rearden
Jul 29, 2016 Renee Rearden rated it liked it
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
Nov 08, 2012 Terree rated it it was ok
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Jan 27, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
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
Robert Clark
Oct 18, 2013 Robert Clark rated it really liked it
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
Marie Laval
Jan 10, 2013 Marie Laval rated it really liked it
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
De Jr.
Jan 15, 2013 De Jr. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: native-s-reads
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
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
Amy Softa
Oct 30, 2012 Amy Softa rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-nook
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
S.R. Howen
Jan 04, 2014 S.R. Howen rated it really liked it
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,
Jazzabella ~*~ Catherine~*~
Oct 27, 2012 Jazzabella ~*~ Catherine~*~ rated it really liked it
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
This Coull Chick
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
Debbie Christiana
Jun 15, 2012 Debbie Christiana rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 29, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing

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
Lynda Kaye Frazier
Nov 05, 2012 Lynda Kaye Frazier rated it really liked it
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
Christoph Fischer
May 06, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it it was amazing
"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
Jocelyn Sanchez
Jan 29, 2013 Jocelyn Sanchez rated it really liked it
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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
April Alvey
Nov 19, 2012 April Alvey rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 09, 2012 Diva rated it really liked it
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
Nov 06, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
**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
Nov 15, 2014 Marlis rated it it was amazing
This is a hell of a book! ( In a good way.) It took me 5 hours to finish it. I couldn't stoooooop!
And I am stunned actually. You know that Zadar is my hometown, but I am blown away with the details that you put in, to bring us the true spirit of the town. And that visit to your family! WOW! I could see everything so vivid. Thanks, Zrinka for this beautifully story. The characters are very alive and complex, and you can feel all of their emotions and struggles. Great, great, great book! I can't w
Aug 19, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing

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
Nov 08, 2012 Eren rated it liked it
I received this free book as a Read to Review, for an honest review..

I liked this book, I liked the idea, it just didn't seem to connect, at all. I mean other than him being immortal, and he's slowly becoming more human than not, it's not really much of anything. You knew who the bad guys were and it was very predictable. I did enjoy the characters. I think the characters didn't bond with the story.
Shelley Bagley
Jun 03, 2015 Shelley Bagley rated it it was amazing
I read Rose of Crimson first, which I loved, the romance, the suspense, was a great read. I then wanted to read Bonded by Crimson, what a treat! I love this author, fantastic detail in her writing. Started to read on a rainy Sunday afternoon and couldn't put it down!
Zrinka is a genius, her writing is very captivating, she draws you into the character's world and you don't want it to end.

Keep up the great work, Zrinka!

Shelley from Ontario, Canada
Kiru Taye
Mar 07, 2012 Kiru Taye rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 27, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book and it will be in my heart for a long time.
Michael B.
Nov 11, 2014 Michael B. rated it liked it
Bonded by Crimson, by Zrinka Jelic, is a paranormal romance featuring a love triangle between a young lady named Kate, a 300 year old immortal named Matthias and the unearthly connection that he has with his deceased bride, Emina. It begins when Matthias hires Kate to be the live-in nanny for his 3 boys. As Kate begins to connect with Matthias’ sons, Emina begins to make her presence known. Eventually Matthias asks Kate to join him on a summer vacation trip to Croatia, sparks fly and the two be ...more
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Zrinka Jelic lives in Ontario, Canada. A member of the Romance Writers of America and its chapter Fantasy Futuristic &Paranormal, Kiss of Death 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 Jelic’s love for her ...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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