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(Law of the Lycans #4)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  12,816 ratings  ·  748 reviews
Reno’s a tough Enforcer for Lycan Link who finds himself drawn to Brandi but duty rules his life. Brandi, just on the edge of starting her career as a Disaster Control officer, falls for Reno at first sight, but are they really meant to be? Is it love or lust and does it really even matter? Enforcers and DCs don't get along...unless fate forces them to. Bonded precedes The ...more
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Published January 6th 2012 by Smashwords
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I originally read this a year ago but now that Nicky has released the next installment I wanted to brush up on what happened in this one as Betrayed: Days of the Rogue follows on directly after this.

I loved it just as much as I did the first time around! As soon as I started reading it the details started flooding back but I still wanted to go ahead and read the whole book again despite knowing what was going to happen.

I still can't believe that Nicky writes these books and doesn't charge f
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really had a difficult time deciding on the rating for this book. I enjoyed the plot, however, I found myself skimming hundreds of pages. The inner turmoil between the two main characters quickly becomes redundant as does the political discussions separating the two were factions. I understand that background information is needed, but sometimes it distracted from the story. Also, by page 600, I wanted to slap both of the main characters, shake them, and yell, "Get over yourselves already!" Al ...more
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Bonded is the fourth book in Nicky Charles’ Laws of the Lycans series, but takes place before the events in The Mating (the first book in the series). I’ve enjoyed this series quite a bit, and I thought Bonded was an enjoyable book, overall; however, I thought a few of the devices used by the author stalled the story unnecessarily, and made Bonded my least favorite in the series thus far.

This novel is a paranormal romance focusing on werewolves/lycans, and is set in roughly the current time and
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I got this book for free on iBooks, and with all the great reviews, I figured I would give it a try. I did like it and read all of it in about two days (and I'm a college student in final exams currently), but I did have some problems with the novel. First off, I feel as though the author could have edited out about half of this story and it would have been the same, if not better. There was a TON of unnecessary information and I found myself skipping over the majority of it. Do we really need t ...more
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Yet again another great book by Nicky Charles.

Thrust into a self defense demo, Brandi gets blood bonded to Reno an Enforcer by accident. Never telling him, because she doesn't want to trap him they spend years coming together for various reasons related to work tring to stop the "purists" through the "lycan Link", similar to the FBI.

Brandi goes back to her birth pack on a short vacation to find it corrupt with purists who expected her & she calls Reno for help.

This book was always moving. It wa
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
There were some definite positives and some definite negatives, imho.

- There were some pretty detailed sex scenes that I thought were a bit overboard (I'm not a prude, but the book didn't need it).
- There was a bit of repetitiveness where entire paragraphs would be reiterated, sometimes only a few pages later.

- It had a great background and history that was written quite well and held my interest throughout the whole book.
- The characters have flaws that are believable.
Jennifer Monzon
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I am a huge fan of the Lycan Law series and I love how Nicky Charles writes. However, Bonded to me felt as if it dragged on and on never getting to the point. Although, I enjoyed reading it, I would have to skip a couple of paragraphs just to get pasted the characters “thinking” I was utterly frustrated that it took all the way until the end of the book for Reno and Brandi to express their feelings toward each other. I felt it was very repetitive in the way author explained over and over again t ...more
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I probably would have given this book a 3.5 if that were a choice. The author gives all of her books as free downloads and asks if you like the book to please consider donating to your local animal shelter. I love that :). Part of me really liked this book. It took a while for me to get into the story. The beginning had a lot of background/history, which was fine and necessary, but I am not sure if I like the way it was presented. That being said, once the main story arc really took off, it was ...more
Maria Mercedes
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Law of the Lycan’s Series Review
By Nicky Charles
The Mating: Published: Feb 23, 2010. Pages 216
Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn.
The Keeping: Published July 1 2010, Pages: 1048
Ryne Taylor was a sexy bad-ass Alpha set on establishing a new pack. Melody Greene was a journalism student researching his work as a photographer or so she said. But could Mel really be t
This first of a series was released a tad later than the traditional origin story but here, Brandi Johansson's role is not so much wide eyed student as it is woman in lust as she provides a gateway into the inner workings of this world and how certain pieces fit together. After lusting for Lycan Link Instructor on loan Reno Smith from the moment she sees him on the Academy campus, Brandi assists him in a demonstration. Said demonstration awakens both of their wolves to the possibilities of life ...more
Rebecca Graf
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brandi finds herself attracted to an instructor at her were school but the attraction turns out to be more than that. Jobs and more will not allow them to leave each other alone. When they are thrown together the sparks fly. Add in a little mystery and some deception to get a story that is more than just a romance.

Now this story is advertised as the prequel to The Mating. It is, but it is not all about the characters that you meet in The Mating. You basically get a little of Kane and his brother
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

I tried really hard with this one. It gets such great reviews I thought it was me, and perhaps it is... But I can't help but wonder what the reviews would look like if the book wasn't free...just sayin...

Long story short, this story just trudged along and had a lot of elements/moments/scenes/whatever that just felt unnecessary to me. This was my second try with this author- I gave my first try 1 star- so I think
I'll avoid her stuff in the future.

I think it's so awesome that she publishes fo
Chels Patterson
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fun-reads
I liked it, only because I enjoy the way the author writes. But really the novel could have been 100 - 200 pages, it was dragged out. I really hate how it happen over 3 years or so, really could have been a year, would have been more believable. Also this author tends to have too many characters and links this book to the other three, could just be left well enough alone.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book, in my opinion, was just as great as the other Law of the Lycans series. Many people have said in their reviews that the book is repetitive, that paragraphs were repeated only pages apart. This is true to a point, the paragraphs were repeated but told in the point of view of a different character. So they were not just repetitive paragraphs they held different meanings based on the characters experience.

The story is one of love, romance and relationships. Trust, anger, longing, belongi
It was really hard trying to figure out what order to read the books in this series. I have read the first 4 out of order with this being the last one I read, but it still has not lessened my enjoyment of the story. I just convinced myself this was the way and they are just giving me background they didn't have time for before, yeah I am good at self delusion, it's why I read in the first place. This was maybe a little longer than I thought it had to be, it made things a little boring at times. ...more
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bonded by Nicky Charles
Prequel to the Law of the Lycons
Nicky Charles Law of the Lycon series are excellent books. Bonded is the newest book but it's the prequel to The Mating, The Finding, & The Keeping. At the end of The Keeping we hear a little bit about a werewolf named Damien and in Bonded we hear more of his story. If you have not read the other books I think you could read Bonded first.

In Bonded we meet Reno Smith. He is an Enforcer with Lycon Links but is doing mandatory teaching at the A
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
*****Might give away a few details in the story********It was a good story over all. It's has adult sexual content so I would recommended it for adults only. I liked all of the characters and the story was entertaining in the type of jobs and lives they (being Lycans) led. The only things that I could say that I didn't really care for was how the author would recap a lot and some parts felt like they repeated themselves. The main characters sometimes acted like pre-teens (when they are in their ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As always Nicky Charles delivers an exciting tale of erotic romance between shape-shifters. I love the characters and the factors regarding the characters background and the hierarchy of werewolves packs. This information adds so much to this book and the other books by Ms. Charles.

The characters Brandi, Reno, Damien, Klaus were truly characters readers can love as family members. Their constant love for each other and the community reinforces that as a people we need to get over the racial non
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Bonded, we meet Reno Smith, an Enforcer for the Lycan Link, doing a teaching stint at the Academy. Brandi Johnasson has a secret crush on Reno Smith. Her roommate Tabitha pushes Brandi into Reno's self-defense class where she accidently becomes partially blood bonded with Reno. Flashfoward several years, Brandi works as Damage Control Officer or DC for short. Reno is working hard to catch Purist for Lycan Link and crosses paths with Brandi. Brandi is tired of fighting with the blood bond but ...more
Donna Hatridge
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have loved this series from the first book I read. This is the forth book in the series. The others are The Finding, The Mating & The Keeping.(not listed in reading order ) Each has been well written, drawing you into the Lycan world. As a plus all these stories are free eBook downloads. Nicky encourages you to make a donation to your local animal shelter if you like the books, this is a wonderful idea. It would also be great if after you read the book you leave a review at the site you downlo ...more
Kami Dodson-Perry
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Bonded precedes The Mating in the Law of the Lycans timeline. You could read this before The Mating if you wanted to without any problems but then I would follow the course of Book #1 The Mating, Book #2 The Keeping, & Book #3 The Finding.

Reno’s an Enforcer for Lycan Link who finds himself thrown into a strange mishap with Brandi. Reno really likes Brandi but can not get a grip on his feelings for her. His job comes first. Brandi is just graduating & embarking on a new career as a Disaster Contr
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
So i should of read this before The Mating ...... But ive read The Mating first so was a bit weird when i read about Kane being in the academy!! I really wanted to read them in order so i went back to this book and i will continue with the next book after The Mating.
I felt this book was abit to long for the story the author was trying to tell, i didnt really start getting into it untill about a third through the book, the relationship between Reno and Brandi was tense but as i got further throug
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Laurie (Bitten by Romance), I have read the "Law of the Lycans" and also would highly recommend this very skilled author to everyone who is interested in Sci-Fi/Paranormal/Fiction adult books. I have no idea who Ms Charles is. But I am a big and sincere admirer of both her as a person, who happens to write very well written, interesting, full length books, and for her making the books available free for a donation to your local charities. In my case $35.00 of needed food to help famili ...more
Okay, let me start by saying this book, in fact the whole series, was free. The author only asks that the reader consider making a donation to their local animal shelter or food bank, which is pretty awesome when you think about it. Now for the book, I had a little trouble with this one. I love werewolf books, and I enjoyed another book in this series a great deal. That being said, I was frustrated by this one. It had all the elements of a great story, strong characters, conflicts, a dastardly b ...more
Kathie (katmom)
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read Mating, and have backtracked to reading BONDED.

This sets up Ms. Charles world, although I didn't miss this beggining when I read #2.

I enjoyed this one very much. Reno is what an Alpha wolf should be...even his clueless moments!

Brandi is submissive...and sometimes I wanted her to just TELL HIM ALREADY, lol.

But getting THERE is half the fun. And it was fun watching the way these two come together.

There are some tearful scenes here as well. Those scenes set up for book 2.5.

I'm very impressed
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars....This is a prequel book to the Law of the Lycan Series (FYI-LOVED) and bonus-They are all FREE. If you like werewolf stories with hot alpha males, then this series is for you. This particular book for me was entertaining, however not so much as the previous ones I have read. This story is about Reno, a potential rogue and enforcer for Lycans, and his battle fighting his own destiny. The other lead character Brandi, is a fiesty, self sufficient were who finds herself an accidental mat ...more
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe this was a free ebook (I got it from Smashwords )
I'm big fan of shifter and werewolf books and it was one of the best ones I've ever read.
I loved the world building , it happens before the first book in the series but was written last. The characters were great , there was a mystery and suspense . The romance part was great , I really loved how it developed .
my only problem was that it was too detailed .
I can't wait to start the next one!
Donna Simon
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite series when it comes to Paranormal Romance. I was so glad to have found the prequel.You see 3 years ago I found these books while browsing from B&N site, The Mating, The Keeping and The Finding. Started reading them and BAM!!!! I'm hooked...

They're very interesting, I love paranormal stuff with a hint of romance and this is the perfect example of it. I can't put it down, I just want to keep going, it's really fun to read.

If you're like me who loves this kind of stuff
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series.

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when I found out that there were more books in this series than the three I read last year. I dove into this one and literally could not put it down. I neglected everything else that needed to be done yesterday and stayed up entirely too late to finish this. Not only do I get my paranormal fix but the suspense! The twists and turns and they omg I have to know what happens!! These books will grab hold of you and won't let go.
I read all of the books in this series several years ago when they first came out. I decided to reread them starting with the prequel because for some reason I barely remembered reading it and didn't remember reading Betrayed at all. I love Nicky Charles' writing. To me it's classic paranormal writing. It reminds me of the Twilight series but for adults. I agree with any of the four and five star reviews. ...more
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Nicky Charles is an independent writer/publisher who became an author quite by accident. She always saw herself as a ‘reader not a writer’ and can thank—or blame, depending on the day—her friend/editor and fellow author, Jan Gordon, for the career she now finds herself immersed in. The tale goes something like this:

In January of 2009, Nicky penned a fanfiction for an old TV series, “Scarecrow and

Other books in the series

Law of the Lycans (9 books)
  • The Mating (Law of the Lycans, #1)
  • The Keeping (Law of the Lycans, #2)
  • The Finding (Law of the Lycans, #3)
  • Betrayed: Days of the Rogue (Law of the Lycans, #5)
  • Betrayed: Book Two - The Road to Redemption  (Law Of The Lycans, #6)
  • For the Good of All (Law of the Lycans, #7)
  • Deceit can be Deadly (Law of the Lycans, #8)
  • Veil of Lies (Law of the Lycans #9)

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“Life is what you make it, Reno. That’s what Beth told me once.” He shrugged and looked a bit sheepish but continued on. “She said you never pass up an opportunity for love even if you don’t know how long it will last because the chance might not come again. ‘Never forget to love.’ It’s her favourite saying. I know it sounds sappy but I’m starting to believe it’s true.” Damien gave him an uncharacteristically serious look. “Don’t let what you think you are ruin your life.” 0 likes
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