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Heart of Darkness (Bound by Magick #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,463 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
From national bestselling author Lauren Dane comes a white-hot new series of a dangerous family legacy, and sensual paranormal passions played to the death on the knife-edge of darkness…

Meriel Owen, next in line to control the largest organization of witches in the country, is asked to investigate the owner of a notorious club reportedly siphoning magic from the font of th
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Berkley
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Katie Michaels
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I had high expectations going into this book –A– because I have heard great things about Lauren Dane and –B– some of my other bookish friends gave it generally positive reviews. While I didn’t actively dislike it, unfortunately, this wasn’t a winner for me. The worldbuilding is solid and pretty interesting, but I failed to connect with the characters and I didn’t feel invested in their romance.

Meriel is a powerful witch and the heir apparent to her family’s clan. The only thing that is holding h
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
WOW First Reads Winner!!!!!! Whoop!!!!! Sorry just excited is all. Thank you for picking me!!! lol

Ok so this is a first in a new series and it was really good. I love books about witches and this was right up my alley. Dominic was so wonderfully alpha male and so sweet . I loved that he didn't caved right away and join Meriel's coven. That made it feel more real. Loved Meriel, she was feisty, smart and never was afraid to show Dominic how much she loved him even when he was pushing her away. Sh
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under The Covers

I was so excited to get to this book!! Ahhh!!! I've been a fan of Lauren Dane's work for a while and I remember being introduced to the magical world that this book follows back with the Cascadia Wolves and De La Vega Cats series. Of course in those books, the Clans were the bad guys. So it was fun to see that world from their perspective now.

Meriel is a great heroine. She's next in line to rule Clan Owen, in the Seattle area. She's a powerful witch, eve
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane
Bound by Magick, book 1

I absolutely loved this book!!!

Lauren Dane has created a story with a lot of the elements I love. A great story / plot, romance, suspense, action, and oh so sexy. Dane puts us in a world where Vampires and Were have come out of the closet… so to speak, but witches still remain a secret. There are different types of witches and the most powerful of them are the council witches especially after they find and bond with their bond-mate. There ar
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
When I read romance novels--whether they're paranormal or contemporary or historical or WHATEVER--I live for the tension between characters. That build up, that fight against the attraction, the explosiveness of finally giving in. The romance itself is the main plot arc.

But that wasn't the case with Heart of Darkness, and for me it overshadowed the rest of the story.

Don't get me wrong: there was plenty of sexin' it up and gettin' down and dirty. But the falling for each other part happened quick
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

In search of bookswith witches, I found this story. It was an interesting take on magic, with some likable characters. Meriel was a strong and capable heroine, who felt like a real person. Dominic made for an intriguing hero, what with his dark past. I loved how relentless he was in pursuit of Meriel though, he was very protective and possessive, but he wasn't a jerk. The two worked well together, and I really liked how the usual dynamics found in paranormal romance were changed here.
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
How to write a paranormal romance and keep both main characters smart and together throughout the book? It was nicely done here. I loved these two. There wasn't a single moment in the story where one or the other was acting stupid. I admit the way it started it seemed everything would revolve around them getting together and him accepting her. It wasn't. They got around every issue they had really fast. Their relationship wasn't the focus of the story.

Humans in this world know about wer
Lady Lioness
I will likely post a review at my blog closer to time of publication.

Quick note, though, this book works as a stand-alone, but characters from some of Dane's previous books are mentioned in passing, as they are all set in the same world. While not strictly necessary, I recommend you read What Happens In Vegas...After Dark, and the de La Vega Cat books if you have the time and/or money. Failure to do so won't detract from Heart of Darkness, but knowledge of these characters will add an extra lay
I loved this! This book has pretty much everything I enjoy in a paranormal fiction story.

The book is about a clan of witches living "in plain sight" among the humans. I enjoyed that the clan is basically run like it's a corporation. The fact that the leaders are all strong, smart, capable women was extremely cool and a big positive feature for me.

The characters in this are terrific! I loved everything about Meriel, and her friendship/partnership with Nell was also awesome. The banter between the
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Lauren Dane is Freakingfantastic!
I loved this book from the start to finish, and when it ended i wanted more!
Im Going to write about how much I loved this Book Heart of Darkness.

"Are you going to remain prickly so that i have no other choice but seduce a good mood back into you.?"

Loved the main characters,Meriel and Dominic they were perfect!! The sexual tension between these to was on fire,it was so so funny.

Meriel's bff Nell she is awesome! I loved the relationship between them..
“I’VE got som
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars -I liked Heart of Darkness, this is a nicely steamy read, but even though their is a 'bond' which establishes an intense immediate connection to draw the leads together there is a solid reason for them to hold off a bit and that builds the sensual tension nicely and gives them - and us- a chance to know each better before the smexiness ensues. Both the leads are good Meriel is strong, magickally powerful, intelligent, and sensual - basically everything you'd want in a leading lady and ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Sexy, sweet and steamy paranormal romance with two very lovable characters, great start up to a new world of witches, but confusing dialogue and a slow start to the real action may turn some readers away.

Opening Sentence: Meriel sat, taking notes as her mother spoke from the head of the table.

The Review:

Meriel Owen is a powerful witch but she has the potential to have a lot more power after she meets her bond-mate. Meriel has no idea that sh
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am not new to Ms. Dane's work, that I can say. However, what I can't say enough of is how much of a wonderful story teller Ms. Dane is. She is an Ace above the rest and this new series will show you just that. She will cast a spell on you that will make you fall in love with the story she has crafted for you. You will become completely mesmerized by this tale of the world of the witches she has brewed up. This is not your Mama's story of witches... In fact, Ms Lauren makes those stories look l ...more
Rva Booklover
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-couples
I was so excited to win a copy of Lauren Dane’s Heart of Darkness in a GoodReads contest! She is one of my favorite authors. I love the way she builds her characters, and HoD was no exception. Strong hero and shero, great secondary characters, and a strong beginning to a brave, new world.

Meriel Owen is the heir apparent to her Clan of witches. Loved everything about this character. No too stupid moments. She is tough as nails, but not a ballbreaker. She is smart about people, and she seems to ha
3.5 Stars

Meriel is a coven witch and has been raised knowing that one day she will take over the role of running the Owen clan from her mother. As the future leader Meriel has to live up to her mother's high expectations of her which she doesn't always find easy and their relationship is quite strained at times. Before she can take over her place at the head of the clan she must become a full council member and she is unable to do that until she has met and joined with her bond-mate.

As they disc
Joyfully Reviewed
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Heart of Darkness is a Joyfully Recommended Read

Meriel Owen is next in line to run Clan Owen and she is also a very talented attorney. One of her main jobs is to keep all threats to Clan Owen either contained somehow or to make them disappear and that is on top of what she does in her legal job. At this point in history, there are many things that are pulling at Meriel. Times are changing again for those with magick and Meriel is determined to find a way to protect not only her people but all wi
Pamela / SpazP
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
What a nice new PNR gem Heart of Darkness is! Meriel Owen is second in head to Clan Owen, and she must visit a newcomer violating Clan rules by tapping in to the Magick source without asking Clan permission first. It turns out that violator is Dominic Bright, a smoking hot owner of the human and supernatural club Heart of Darkness. I adored Mariel right from the start. Because of her status and upbringing in the Clan, she could have come across as a tot
I won this book through the GR's giveaway section. I was really excited to see this one listed as I enjoy Lauren Dane's books.

I found I did have trouble rating this book because there were some things I really liked and then other things I had some issues with. A brief synopsis of the book first, the main characters is a woman named Meriel Owen and she is a witch. Not just any witch but the next in line to control a very large coven. While she is out investigating a possible illegal paranorm clu
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
Meriel is a great heroine. She is tough as nails, yet sweet, take her job very serious, yet is always fair and some day will be the leader of her clan. But Meriel is missing something, not something, someone, her bond mate. Without him she will never ascend to the witch she needs to be to lead. Not knowing if her bond-mate will be the love of her life or only a mate to increase her power Meriel has not been a hurry to find him. Until she is told of an intruder in area that is using
Ren Thompson
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved the story-line, the chemistry between Meriel and Domenic and the interaction with the other characters. Its different from some of the other PNR stories I've read. There was a lot of give and take between the two main characters. I found the development of their relationship a bit more relatable than some of the stuff that's out there.

I can't stand the term "kick-ass" when describing a strong heroine. Let's just say Meriel doesn't play when it comes to her man. She's strong, determined
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

It has been awhile since I read a Lauren Dane book, so I decided to give this new series a shot. I liked the idea of the Owen clan, where Merial is the second person in charge. It’s her job to find this violator who has been tapping into the Magick source without permission from the clan. It turns out that this person is Dominic Bright, the owner of a club called Heart of Darkness.

I loved both Merial and Dominic together, they had amazing chemistry right from the start. Dane is always good at cr
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mandi Schreiner
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
I'm pleasantly surprised by this book - and I say that because it's hard for me to find a new pnr series I can get into. But this one definitely sucked me in. It's refreshing in that the hero and heroine (both witches) are so darn mature. They get thrown together at the beginning of the book as bond-mates (aka lifemates, they must be together)but they calmly asses the situation. They don't freak out or run away. They use their friends, and family and each other for support to get through the bon ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
Like many of Lauren Dane's book, this one had some potential: an interesting world, a story that could have been gripping but turned out flat.

The plot completely lacks conflict: it hints at it constantly (clan witch vs outclan, family clashes, bad guys that turn out nearer that thought) and never delivers.

It starts from the beginning: an outclan witch is stealing magic from the clan. Heroine goes to investigate and deliver a warning. You (well I) do expect sparks flying, a hard lesson taught (or
Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
This book could have been half as long and still accomplished the same thing.

The characters are the most well adjusted, supportive, and emotionally self-aware people in the universe. They are boring, one dimensional and totally hot for each other. There's a mention of their mutual lust on every other page. This book is sort of how I imagine a conversation between Barbie and Ken. Yes, they're pretty but they lack any substance.
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading
I have to say that I loved this book. I loved Meriel and Dominic and was so sad when the book ended. I loved their banter. And I liked watching Dom accept the fact that he was a full council witch. There is so much going on and it was just fabulous. I read the sneak preview of the next book and saw it's about Simon so that really excited me. He is Doms best friend and holds nothing back.
My 4ooth review.

Just to make it official, and since Ms Dane said Dominic Bright like Michael "Fassy" Fassbender.

Will write the complete review, of course until I finish reading *duck*
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
3.5 stars for part 1. Was a little slow to start off and it almost lost me but I'm glad I stuck with it - enjoyed Damien & Meriel as their bond grew... Here's to book 2 taking off !
Betty Lambert
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome in my opinion. It held my interest right from the very beginning and didn't stop until the end of the book and makes me want to go right out and buy the 2nd book in this series. This was about Meriel Owens and Dominic Bright. Meriel is a witch and is next in line of a very powerful line of Owen Clan witches to be the next ruler. Dominic is also a very powerful witch but he is not attached to any clan. He has been siphoning magick from the powerful Owen font. That is a big n ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good book. Really well done world building, with an interesting plot. The characters are well done. I think the problem I had with the book are my problem not the way it's written. Meriel is not my type of heroine and she's not someone I predisposed to like, but that's on me, not her. :)

I liked the short before this with Nell just fine because Nell is just more my type of heroine. :)
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