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Bound By Sin

(Cin Craven #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  566 ratings  ·  44 reviews
As the Civil War rages among mortal men, Cin Craven is locked in an epic battle of her own—fighting the renegade vampires whose unquenchable appetites she knows all too well. At her side are the immortal warriors of The Righteous—among them her husband, her lover, her soul-mate Michael. With a passion bordering on possession, Cin’s love for Michael knows no bounds. But whe ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Kathy Davie
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy, history
Third in the Cin Craven historical (1862) urban fantasy romance series set in the 19th century focused on Dulcinea Macgregor Craven, a.k.a., Cin, now married to Michael. Part of The Righteous, Cin and Michael are partnered with Devlin and Justine to carry out vampire law for the High King.

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It's absolute fluff and a great read in spite of Maclaine's haphazard approach to cultural mores and intercourse. The trick with handling a story this way is to not make it obvious. To not distract the r
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
I blasted through this book like a blowtorch through tissue paper!

Plot Summary: Witch/vampire Cin Craven and her husband Michael are enjoying Paris when she feels compelled to return home to England. One of her relations has used a summoning spell to ask Cin for help. Her cousin was kidnapped by an American, after Claire had come into possession of a very rare Greek urn. Cin takes a ship to America, along with Michael, Devlin and Justine, and they locate Claire on an island off Savannah. What sh
Laura the Highland Hussy
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have read as many of the Cin Craven books as I can, and all in the past week, so if any of this is repetative or if I go over something I used in a status update, I'm sorry. I got a bit confused by reading a Cin Craven short story out of order.

Now, this book has it all. There is a haunted plantation, a cat who only lets the ghost pet her, a murderer, a voodoo queen, Ares, the god of War, and Morrigan, the Celtic goddess.
And vampires. How could I forget the vampires.

We enter into this book with
Starting this series, I mistakingly assumed it was a trilogy; considering this last installment was released in 2009. I -★ because, judging by the way Bound by Sin ends, it definitely is not and I don't foresee another installment ever releasing. Had I'd known that, I probably would have never picked it up in the first place.
Yet another fun installment in the series. This book takes place nearly 50 years after Cin was turned, and the first few chapters made me cry.

It was great to see both Cin and Michael come to terms with Cin's magic. I only hope that Devlin and Juliana can do the same - they are Cin's family, and she needs them.

I think my only real criticism of this book was that we didn't get much of Devlin and Juliana. *pout*

Can't wait to see more of Morrigan's plan play out. When does book 4 come out?! *stamps
I loved the third book in this series as much as the other two. This is definitely in the top 3 best vampire series' I've ever read. My only complaint is that there are no more books starring Cin for me to look forward to.

The author of this series did a perfect job of balancing a continuing series that expands and develops the characters and the world-building with creating a new and unique plot for each of the three books. There was just enough of both to make each book a terrific new read that
Ren Puspita
I don't know why for the third book in Cin Craven series ,not make me want to give it 5 stars, but still its good. The synopsis sounds great, and I expect this book will better from the second, but I must admit, I'm a little disappointed.

With Civil War in America, between North and South side, Cin must help her cousin, when she abducted. Cin travel to America from English with her husband Michael, and find that her cousin, Claire, have something, an urn that can make the war in America getting w
Laurie Garrison
I have to change form 4 1/2 to 5...
Jenna has really done a good job with this book it has romance and adventure. This book has lots of elements, I love including great sex, a plantation home with a ghost to boot, Ares’s the god of war (I loved how he was brought into the book it was brilliant ), Morrigan the war goodness of course, and Pandora the voodoo queen the story line was really good and different, with a great cliffhanger ending..

I love Cin she is one character I would love to be. Ci
Aug 08, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Bleh...another mediocre book.

I do have to give credit to the author who showed the downsides to being a vampire, having to watch all those you love age and die. I'll admit I shed a few tears in certain scenes of this book and at the same time I think some great characters got killed off. We do get introduced to new characters but I think a series needs those constant supporting characters to keep it going. If Devlin and Justine were in it more I think it would have been a bit better, b
Jun 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Meh. I really liked the other two books in this series, but Bound By Sin just didn't do it for me. It was a pretty easy read, so I couldn't give it less than three stars, but I doubt I'll rush out to get the next book.
I was a little annoyed that the description on the back made it seem like Cin and Michael were going to have some big fight over her using black magic that would put their love and loyalty to the ultimate test (insert dramatic music here). When in reality, he just kinda scowled, t
Deb B
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
one of my very favourite series that i can read time and again. i absolutely love every story and the audio books are some of the best i have listened to - the voice seems to perfectly encapsulate the stories. the novellas add so much background and are definitely not just filler. a really great combination of witch, vampire and demon with just a little werewolf, some ghosts and gods .. plenty of action, plenty of romance and a lot of family

3/1/19 - still one of the best of the best. absolutely
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
This series just gets better and better, I loved this book and it is my favourite so far.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: female-lead, fantasy
Easy to read, well written, nice characters and historical too.
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Bound by Cin by Jenna Maclaine
Paranormal Romance- December 29th, 2010
4 stars

Bound by Cin is a exhilarating read that is sure to please devoted fans of the series and become a great find for lovers of paranormal, vampires and Urban Fantasy (although readers of very dark and moody fantasy may find it a little light). Jenna Maclaine skillfully writes a novel brimming with danger, mystery and mythical characters that raise the stakes for Cin and her friends.

In this latest installment, Cin (who is a
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-read-in-2011
"I love it when a plan works out perfectly"

WOW What a great end to a great series! I was iffy on the first 2 books but something made me stick it out - this third book was AWESOME!!!

I haven't seen anything about a 4th book - but she left it well open for another story to take place - or maybe another series that takes place along with this - like Rechelle Mead is doing with Vampire Academy and Bloodlines .... That would be cool!!! A whole new generations for Cin Carvan :)

Ok this book was awes
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Bound by Sin is book three in Jenna Maclaine’s Cin Craven Series.

While in France, Cin feels the pull of a summoning spell which leads her back to her home (when she was human) Ravensworth in England. Summoned by a family member Raina, Cin finds out her cousin Claire has been kidnapped and taken to America. Cin also finds out a lot of those she loved during her human life have died due to old age which makes her question her own immortality as a vampire and witch. She promises Raina she will find
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
reviewer: pamelalynne
Rating 3.5 Blue Ribbons

Cin Craven is summoned home by a powerful witch. When she arrives, Cin discovers that the witch is actually a relative and she needs Cin's help to rescue her daughter, Claire. Claire and her mother traveled to London to get away. While shopping one day, Claire was given an urn by a widow. An American showed interest in the same urn and kept offering to buy it from her. Claire's mother believes she was kidnapped because
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love that this is set in Savannah during the Civil War. I’m always curious to read how vampires handled the problems they had to face when they lived back in the past, not just a brief flashback or mention from modern day vampires. This covers a lot of the complications that a vampire has traveling by sea as well as staying in regular hotels and inns. Devlin’s shipboard situation is very ‘human’ and shows just how dedicated this foursome are to each other.

I love Cin and Michael, but they are
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: As the Civil War rages among mortal men, Cin Craven is locked in an epic battle of her own—fighting the renegade vampires whose unquenchable appetites she knows all too well. At her side are the immortal warriors of The Righteous—among them her husband, her lover, her soul-mate Michael. With a passion bordering on possession, Cin’s love for Michael knows no bounds. But when a ruthless plantation owner kidnaps Cin’s cousin, the most terrifying battle of all awaits. Cin is drawn to the i ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm in love! I like that you can encounter love, friendship, adventure, and mayhem in every single book in this series that you pick up. I've been waiting for this book, and it was so worth the wait. It was fabulous! Jenna McClain is by far one of my favorite writer's. Her books are about people and connections. It makes me feel like you belong to a part of something whenever you read one of her books. I also like that the characters are relatable... to?. (Not a real word?... Do I need a hyphen? ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it
More 3 than 4 stars (3.5)
This one is harder to rate. I guess I'd give it more of a 3.5, although there are some aspects I reallly liked. Hopefully although the author lost her publisher she will be able to contniue with the series.

The antagonist and tensions of the main plot line were strong, as in the other books of the Cin Craven series. The pacing was well played out. I really enjoy how decades pass with each instalment of this vampire tale. Going through the passage of time with them rather
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another 4.5 star book in the Cin Craven series! I normally don't love historicals but this series is written with a more current vocabulary and I think that makes it more platable for me. Cin and her vampire Champion husband, Michael, are so totally in love still when this installment takes place - about 50 years after the previous book ends - that I got misty-eyed in a couple spots and sincerely coveted Cin's marraige. Their co-horts in The Righteous (Devlin and Justina) are separated in much o ...more
Angela  M
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Cin gets summoned home to Ravenworth. Her cousin has been kidnapped by a Georgian plantation owner. Cin and Michael must go to Devil's Island to try and get her back. Only problem is that there is a user of dark magic on the island, and it calls to Cin's magic, making it hard to control.

I absolutely adore this series! I love that Cin has ties to the human world that keep her and the Righteous grounded. They are all great characters, strong, loyal, and easy to love. This book is feeled with actio
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really wish I hadn't read the third book first...well this wouldn't be the first time. Good can be read first or simply read alone. It give enough background on the characters to help the disclose the familiarity between the characters.

I will be going back to read the first two books (in order). I will learn how everyone came to be together and how Cin Craven was turned.

Great read, engaging, exciting and refreshingly pleasant.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Okay - so I thought Grave Sins was going to be my favorite in the series... I mean the necromancer twist was unexpected... but Belladonna was no big surprise... she was just too convenient a scapegoat.

But this one I really liked. This is my new favorite Cin Book.

Vampires, Voodoo, not to mention a God of war. Yum.
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Best book so far in this series. Cin really finds herself in this one (without giving out too many details). I do wish I hadn't read the epilogue- this was definitely planned as more than a 3 books series (and 3 novellas). (No book 4 as far as I know)
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series and I think that this book was by far my favorite of the series. I am unhappy that this book is the end of the series. I realize that sometimes it just happens that way but I was all caught up in this series and then it is over.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent read. I can't wait for her next book.
Emily Gibbons
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome series! This is a keeper. I wish there was more from this writer.
K.B. Hallman
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another fun romp through Cin's life. For a bit, I feared that this book was bordering on hoky, but it just managed to avoid that horrible detour.
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Jenna Maclaine has a BA in history from North Georgia College & State University. When she isn't writing she spends her time caring for the 80+ animals that share her family farm in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Cin Craven (3 books)
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“There is darkness inside all of us, though mine is more dangerous than most. Still, we all have it—that part of our soul that is irreparably damaged by the very trials and tribulations of life. We are what we are because of it, or perhaps in spite of it. Some use
it as a shield to hide behind, others as an excuse to do unconscionable things. But, truly, the darkness is simply a piece of the whole, neither good nor evil unless you make it so. It
took a witch, a war, and a voodoo queen to teach me that.”
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