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Bound to Shadows by Keri Arthur
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Feb 19, 2015

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bookshelves: urban-fantasy, paranormal-romance, shapeshifters, vampires
Read in October, 2009

One more book to go, what's next for Riley? ,
Riley and the very much overworked Guardians have their hands full, vamps are losing their heads and women are mysteriously dying in their bedrooms. And if Riley doesn't have enough on her plate, Riley's despicable wolf soul-mate Kye is back in town to threaten Riley's fragile happiness with Quinn.

Bound to Shadow was a page turning read which kept my interest until the very end, but after I finished reading and started really thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that Bound to Shadow was a very flawed addition to the series. The Riley in Bound to Shadow, is a much lesser Riley than in the other books. Riley is outmatched by her ruthless soul mate Kye and Riley responds weakly to his manipulations with idle threats which carry very little weight. And where Riley's stories always contain a fair amount of sensuality - even if its just her lusting after anything male - except for a couple of brief interludes with Quinn - most of Riley's sexual encounters in Bound to Shadows are coerced under-duress or flat out forced.

With one more book to go, and after all of the build up of the prophesies and foreshadowing in the previous books, I found the way that things played with Riley's dual mates, cutting short any anguished soul-searching for Riley in the next book to be rather disappointing - even though the result is so telegraphed that it is not that shocking in the context of this book. So the question after reading Bound to Shadows is, with one book left, where does Riley go next when the saga completes in Moon Sworn: A Riley Jenson Guardian Novel?
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