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Demon Bound (Black London #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,637 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Thirteen years ago, Jack Winter lay dying in a graveyard. Jack called upon a demon and traded his soul for his life… and now the demon is back to collect its due. But Jack has finally found something to live for. Her name is Pete Caldecott, and because of her, Jack's not going to Hell without a fight.

Pete doesn't know about Jack's bargain, but she does know that something
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Paperback, 346 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published November 18th 2009)
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
The story continues on from Street Magic the first book in the Black London series. Jack has been keeping secrets and this secret is about to come back on him after 13 years; his time is finally up and a demon has come to collect what is owed him. But Jack has found something to live for, someone who needs him and he won’t be dragged down to Hell without a fight.

I thought this book was brilliant, like the previous book it was dark and gritty with the magic of the Black like smog over the book. I
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Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
I love the setting and the writing in this series from eerie London graveyards to the ethereal otherness of the Dartmoor and then occult Bangkok just to mix it up a little. Caitlin Kittredge nails it! And the bond between the bad boy mage Jack Winter and his Weir the more respectable Petunia "Pete" Caldicott deepens with each book.

Nearly a 4.5 star read.
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
The demon grinned at him. "Caught you with your knickers down, Winter." It held Jack's denim on the crook of its index finger.

"See something you like, mate?"


Loved it! I'm not particularly in the mood to write a full review for a change, so I'll make it short and sweet. ;)

I absolutely loved visiting the world through Jack's perspective. It was enlightening to discover what lies behind the mask that Jack so stubbornly clings to.

The progress that I patiently waited for with Pete and Jack's relatio
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Melissa Hayden
Feb 24, 2010 Melissa Hayden rated it really liked it
There are a few things I enjoyed in the book. The gritty magic which Kittredge takes to the next level in this book with necromancers, fey, and death knocking on the door, then we have the banter and love/hate relationship between Jack and Pete. This couple is not for everyones taste (even the other characters in the books hate Jack), but I do love their sarcasm to cover some feelings and the brutal honesty toward each other on other feelings. Pete seems to be the one more honest and Jack seems ...more
Lady Heather
What an amazing sequel! The relationship between Jack and Pete continues and it just makes you want to read all the more faster to see what's going to happen next!
The ending of the book just leaves you begging for more!

I really enjoy Ms. Kittridge's writing, but more specifically the dialogue(I love the English slang). She's captured the Punk/Anarchist mentality..it's raw, it's real, and really quite offensive, and if you didn't have thick skin you would be 'shaking in your boots' or really 'pis
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Melliane
Feb 24, 2012 Melliane rated it really liked it
Mon avis en français

My English review

J’attendais depuis un moment d’avoir la chance de me lancer dans ce second tome afin de voir comment Pete et Jack avaient évolué depuis le premier volume. J’étais vraiment curieuse de voir si leur relation avait progressé car il faut dire qu’on ressentait bien la tension entre nos deux protagonistes.

Pete est à présent complètement immergée dans ce monde dont elle ne connaissait rien. Elle fait même maintenant partie intégrante des ténèbres bien que Jack fasse
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Faye
Jun 05, 2016 Faye rated it really liked it
First read: 2009
Re-read: May 2015

The plot: Demon Bound is told from Jack Winter's perspective (as opposed to Pete's in Street Magic). Here Pete has quit her job with the police force and the two of them are freelancing in magical work; raising ghosts and exorcizing them. Meanwhile Jack is hiding a big secret from Pete; he owes a demon his life, and the demon is coming to collect.

The good:
- Kittredge writes a vivid, bustling, multicultural London well.
- The book moves through a few different loca
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Ren
3 stars

It been 2 years after I read the first book Street Magic, but like usual Kittredge bring another good dark fantasy with unusual hero and heroine. While I love that this book told from Jack's POV-not 1st person tho-, I lost patience when he's too much wallowing in his self pity party, think that he didn't deserve Pete over and over and that lie to her. The lie about his life bound to demon nearly suffocate me and make me want to smack him to just get over it. Add it with too much cuss and
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Kathy Davie
Aug 28, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Second in the Black London dark, dark fantasy series revolving around Pete Caldecott, former police inspector, and Jack Winter, crow-mage.

My Take
I really enjoy this series in spite of Jack's drug use…okay, I'm a prig…I love that Pete has forced Jack to kick the heroin habit, and that Jack truly is grateful for her support.

The two of them have such an adversarial relationship, and Kittredge has the jargon down so well — it sounds so real!

In this story, their brief sojourn in the country is quite
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Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 06, 2011 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing
After really enjoying STREET MAGIC last week, I decided to get stuck into the second book in the Black London series right away.

The POV shifts to Jack Winter, and I had a blast getting an insight into Jack's head, as well as learning so much more about him. He likes to keep plenty of things hidden from Pete, so delving into his inner thoughts was a great way to understand exactly why he is how he is, and why he's done all the strange and weird things that make him seem like nothing more than a s
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CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
It's actually a 3.7 for me.

I've read the first book and was very excited for the next book in this series. Jack Winter is a bit of an ass but even though he denies it, there is a heart underneath his scarred and battered frame. That heart beats for Pete Caldecott, an ex-cop who is a source for magic and has her own shared past with Jack that leaves her in a strange place of love and exasperation.

This installment has Jack facing his demons - literally. He sold his soul to a demon the night that h
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Ami
3.5 stars
This book is a bit uneven for me.

On one hand, I LOVE Jack's voice -- better than Pete. Probably because there's an impending doom waiting for Jack by the end of the day, as his thirteen years time comes up, and demon is ready to take his soul to hell. There's a sense of angst from Jack, because this time he has a reason to stay alive. His Pete. The only one who is willing to stay (Pete even leaves her job as Detective Inspector) and fight with him. I love reading Jack's feeling for Pet
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Yodamom
Apr 14, 2012 Yodamom rated it really liked it
Poor Jack, he made a deal, an unbreakable one to save his life. Now this deal will be the end of his life. He has a reason to live, Pete. His magic is not going to get him out of this. he'll make another deal. This deal, is not made with truths and fairness. His crow magic is drawing unwanted attention. Around him it draws two faced liars, demons, shadows and the black beady eyes. Nothing is easy or clear.
Pete has left the force, and works wit Jack as a ghost buster duo. Her magical developments
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Steph
Black London is one of my favorite UF series. I love Jack and Pete. It was a big Thank You! moment when they finally admit their feelings and we are rewarded as much as them. I sigh everytime Jack says, "luv"... ahhhhhh. hehe ;)

"I don't want to be your mistake, Pete." "Too late for that ... I've told you you're in my blood, Jack ... You're in my blood like poison ... And I die because of you."

Jack is battling a 13-yr old pact with a demon for his soul. He's struggling to find a way out, before t
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Chad
Feb 04, 2010 Chad rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Friends here on goodreads.
Shelves: favorites
The 2nd novel in the Black London series by Caitlin Kittredge is AWESEOME, I LOVED the whole book, it captured by attention (like her others as well) and the ending is a very clever cliffhanger, leaving readers wondering what is next for the 2 main characters and I am waiting for book three, not sure when it will be released yet.

Caitlin Kittredge sure can tell a damn good story from beginning until the ending/cliffhanger, I also love her Nocturne City novels, this year the 5th and final one w
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Louise
Hmpf... a bit of a mess. The first/ main plot with the spooky English manor, just sort of fissled out halfway through ( don't know if fissled is a real word, but it just fit :-D ) It seems as though Kittredge changed her opinion about the story in the middle of the book. It felt as though the mystery just got solved by it self in two sentences in the end.
Actually I don't really know why I keep reading this series. I don't really connect with any of the protagonists and the story and world build
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Maggie K
Aug 25, 2013 Maggie K rated it liked it
I know writing characterization is hard, but this just seemed over the top in how it portrayed Jack Winter the Crow Mage. He really didnt need to flip off EVERYONE he met, or include 'wanker' in every sentence to get his british-punk stereotype across. Frankly it got old.

That being said, the buildup of showing the depth of his feelings for Pete was handled well. It was good to see his POV in this book, and although the beginning dragged for a long time due to Jack not wanting to express anything
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Suz
Feb 10, 2011 Suz rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
More like a 3.5. This is an improvement from the first but it still had trouble holding my attention. I would have chosen 4 stars to represent the 3.5 I'm feeling, but the cliff hanger ending pisses me off. I really hate cliff hanger endings.

On the good side - the installment is told more from Jack's perspective and he's a more interesting read than Pete is. He's gritty and hard to like, but somehow you still want to keep rooting for him.

The story is engaging, but it's unfolding slowly. The imag
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Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
this book was hard for me to get into. it just didn't flow like the first one did, until the end. now I really want to read the next book.
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I adore Jack and Pete.
Katter
Mar 07, 2017 Katter rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! The first 'Black London' novel was okay even though I got tired of all the angst, drama, and found some of it to be quite confusing. Demon Bound, however is completely different!

In this installment the story is told from Jack's point of view which is quite nice. We get to see the crow-mage's inner workings and how he deals with issues. The main one in this book being a demon who wants to collect Jack's soul. Jack being the stubborn man that he is, refuses to go down witho
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Syahira Sharif
In the last book, Jack Winter came back from the dead to help Petunia “Pete” Caldecott in a case of missing children and hunt sorcerers that was under the command of a powerful sorcerer-ghost that the previous 16-years old Pete had bear witness him killing Jack. After banishing the ghost with her innate powers as a weir, Pete quit being a cop and move in with Jack and started a business of exorcising ghost and medium for the living to support themselves. A year later, unbeknownst of her, Jack ha ...more
Tiffany Danner
May 27, 2010 Tiffany Danner rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
I already had Caitlin Kittredge’s Nocturne City series on my “to read” list, but I was looking for something quick in between review books and The Mighty Buzzard suggested this series as he was really enjoying it. With only 2 books released so far, it was perfect. I was looking for a good urban fantasy that wouldn’t tear my heart out and this was just what I needed.

First things first…. what I loved about these books? The characters. I liked and related to both Pete and Jack from the first chapte
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Ryan G
Feb 07, 2010 Ryan G rated it liked it
Shelves: no-longer-own
Before I get started in on the review I just wanted to say, this cover is so much better than the first book in the series. Jack still looks dangerous and oh so sexy and Pete looks almost normal now. I do find it odd that on both covers, Jack is featured quite a bit more than Pete. I can live with that though, Jack is just hot for a blond boy.

This book lived up to the potential that I saw in Street Magic. The characters of Pete and Jack were developed beyond my expectations. You get a better se
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marlene
Dec 01, 2009 marlene rated it it was amazing
This book picks up shortly after the last one left off. Pete and Jack have fallen into a routine of sorts. They are now taking cases exorcising ghosts or raising the dead for pay.

Jack our incredibly troubled reluctant hero shows even more layers in this book. his choices, even if not the best thought out usually had the best intentions behind them. We all know what they say about good intentions, and in this case we were literally headed on the road to hell.

I usually saw Jack as this person wh
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Elena Love
Oct 16, 2012 Elena Love rated it really liked it
*Review coming soon*
I think I'm going crazy from excitement.The second installment of the Black London Series, Demon Bound is even better than the first. There were many twists that really surprised me but finally Jack and Pete were together only to be seperated again.So, Pete and Jack organise an operation you could say and they are like paranormal investigators.They kinda help the people that have problems with ghosts and that kind of stuff but you can't actually call it helping since the get
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Dawn
Jul 30, 2011 Dawn rated it did not like it
I liked the premises of this series and book one, while seemingly harsh, made me think it might turn out to be great. I was sorely mistaken. While I often found it difficult to like the characters in Book One I chalked bad behaviour to circumstances (he was still taking herion at the time and she was stressed/freaked to find out he was alive).
However in this book I realized the writer was not going to make them deeper and more likeable. The world she created has such pottential but the characte
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Christina
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Sabrina Ogden
Sep 10, 2011 Sabrina Ogden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Demon Bound, Pete Caldecott has resigned from her position as detective inspector and is now living with Jack running a paranormal investigative service that allows them to use dark magic for cleansing ghosts, finding lost souls, and even calling upon the dead for clarification regarding last will and testaments. We also learn that Pete's sensitivity to the supernatural is because she's a weir *dramatic pause* and that Jack didn't just want Pete with him at the cemetery all those years ago... ...more
Lou
Apr 14, 2014 Lou rated it did not like it
I say 'read', but in truth I'm not going to finish this book. There are too many badly researched and lazy bits. I'm on page 49 and I can't take it any more, and I've read most of the Laurel K Hamilton books, so it's not like I give up easy. So far the characters have bought and eaten 'cranberry sandwiches' (I know you have some pretty crazy food across the pond but really? Do you think Brits eat things like that? We don't. Turkey and stuffing sandwiches don't even get cranberry sauce in unless ...more
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