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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bound by Night by Naomi Clark


Fleeing her arranged marriage, Adeline seeks sanctuary in Geistheim Abbey. Within its cursed walls she finds the beautiful, scarred monk, Daghan, who offers her shelter—for a price.

Daghan needs a pure soul to break his curse. Adeline isn't sure how pure she can be when she lusts after this stranger so badly. But before they can find out, Adeline's cruel fiance arrives at Geistheim to reclaim her. And he won’t leave without a fight.

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An excellent short story that sizzles with heat and has just the right amount of threat to make it interesting. It's something of a pity that the story isn't longer, and that we don't get to know the characters more, but at the same time it didn't really need much more length to tell it's tale. We may only become briefly acquainted with Adeline and Daghan, but the characterization is still quite rich and they are far from being two-dimensional stereotypes as so often is the case in stories this short. It's easy to really feel their passion for one another, as well as their heartbreak when they think their loving might not have been enough to break the curse. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, hot read.

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