Fated Hearts – Shadow Bound, Book 1
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
Length: 60,000 words approx.
Themes and genres: Contemporary LGBT Romance, Fantasy, shifters, soulmates, war
WARNING: Mature Content
He’s not a wolf.
Devastated by the death of his best friend, Zio is a soldier with one thing on his mind: revenge. Consumed by a conflict that’s raged as long as he’s been alive, he’s had little time or inclination to learn the legends of the shifter world he was raised in.
And he certainly doesn’t have time to deal with a shifter of a different kind, even if it’s for the good of the war effort. For the good of his pack. The fact that he’s already crossed paths with the new face in his unit is almost irrelevant.
Do no harm. Give life not death: it’s the oath Devan was reborn to live by, so when he’s sent abroad to embed with a wolf pack as their resident healer, he doesn’t hesitate. In the supernatural world, some bonds are instant—soldiers become brothers, pack become family. But others run deeper and before long, Devan’s at the mercy of instincts he can’t control.
Zio’s inner wolf is desperate to be with Devan, while Devan struggles to keep the pack safe. But as the war escalates, and new love is tainted by anguish and pain, the battles within might prove the toughest of them all.
What I think of the book:
Stories about soulmates always put my guard up as they often boil down to characters meeting, there not being any real chemistry between them, but due to the soulmates bond, we are supposed to believe they are the perfect couple… Even if one of them is aggressive, too possessive and gets jealous at least once per chapter, and the other readily forgives their significant other because “they are meant to be together”.
However, this book was written by one of my favorite authors, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
It wasn’t as bad as I feared it would be, but it did suffer from some of the same tropes that I dislike in this type of books.
We have characters changing their opinion a lot based on the bond, but comes out as a plot convenience, more than a natural progression of the events. I know it sounds weird that I’m complaining about this in a fantasy book but: it just didn’t seem realistic.
I love Garrett’s books because the characters are so real and relatable; here I didn’t get as much of that, and this is an aspect that the genre shouldn’t affect.
Save from that, it wasn’t a bad book and comparing it to the reads that made me prejudiced for the shifter subgenre, it was actually a pretty good novel that does its job to set the stage for the rest of the series. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for the rest of the books and if the soulmate plot is incorporated more seamlessly in the story instead of seeming like an excuse for the author to include certain scenes she wants, then I think I’m going to enjoy them a lot.
Who would I recommend this book to? If you are into the popular shifter tropes, then I think you’d enjoy Fated Hearts.
My rating: (3.5/5 full moons)
Would I re-read this book? Maybe.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Lucky – Lucky, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, MM, Contemporary Romance, gay, pan, football/soccer | Mature Content)
- Cash – Lucky, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bisexual, hunting saboteurs | Mature Content)
- Jude – Lucky, Book 3 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, bi, gay, coming out | Mature Content)
- Dream – Skins, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance | Mature Content)
- Whisper – Skins, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance | Mature Content)
- Kiss Me Again (standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bisexual, bipolar, anxiety, depression, trauma | Mature Content)
- Bullet – Blue Boy Studio, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | Gay Fiction, Romance, Contemporary | Mature Content)
- Misfits – Urban Soul, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance, polyamorous | Mature Content)
- Soul to Keep – Rented Heart, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Contemporary Romance, trauma, addiction | Mature Content)
- Junkyard Heart – Porthkennack, Book 7 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Fiction, Romance | Mature Content)
- Only Love (standalone | Contemporary Romance, LGBT Fiction, gay, trauma, angst, army | Mature Content)
- Hometown Christmas (standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bi, friends to lovers, holiday romance, Christmas, ex military | Mature Content)
- Falling for My Roommate (standalone | LGBT Contemporary Romance, gay, bisexual, friends to lovers, roommates, angst, recovery | Mature Content)
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