Saturday, January 7, 2017

Review: Bound by Sin (Immortal Brothers #3)

Bound by Sin (Immortal Brothers #3)

by Jacquelyn Frank 

After being chained to a star to burn endlessly as punishment for stealing immortality from the gods, Jaykun has been unshackled to wage war alongside his brothers, in the name of a goddess. But his freedom comes with a price: Each night Jaykun must still suffer—his body burning from the inside out. One early morning, recovering from his torment, he encounters a beautiful stranger on the beach. Naked from her midnight-black hair down to her sandy toes, she approaches him with starry-eyed innocence and the unmistakable full body of a woman.
 Soon Jaykun is swept up with the force of a comet, his desire for her hotter than any sun. His brothers fear he is blinded by her radiant beauty, that she has been sent by their enemies to seduce and destroy him. Jileana is indeed from another world—one Jaykun cannot begin to imagine. But will their passion burn brightly enough to light their way through the darkness that threatens to consume all in its path?
Themes:  paranormal, alternate reality
Rating: 3.75  stars
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 I was so thrilled to return to this series about four brothers that have paid the ultimate price for their hubris in challenging the gods and reaching for immortality that they didn’t earn.  The first two brothers have found their happiness in the arms of some very strong and amazing women, but now Jaykun has been returned to the mortal world in order to fight and spread the name of their goddess in repayment for his freedom.  Having defeated another kingdom, Jaykun is looking only for a little respite and a chance to assert his rule so his brothers can return to their families for the winter season.  But he is completely derailed when the enchanting and secretive Jileana comes into his world, blowing him away and showing him a true innocence that he finds hard to believe.  Jileana has her own secrets to keep, but when she stumbles upon Jaykun’s deepest secret, his deepest shame, she finds his strength and resilience truly sensual and the man himself is irresistible.  The passion between them quickly sweeps them both off their feet, even though they both know and accept that their time together is very limited.  But when Jileana convinces Jaykun to travel to her world as an ambassador to his nation and his goddess, Jaykun’s life is thrown for a serious curveball.  Her world is mysterious and the enemies around them seem to continuously grow in number, even as the Queen of Jileana’s world becomes a fast ally and treats Jaykun as a trusted advisor.  But the biggest danger is the depth of their feelings and the truth that neither of them is willing to give up the other or the love that has blossomed between them.  I LOVED Jileana and as usual Ms. Frank has a way of sneaking in characters and worlds that seem perfectly plausible in the moment, but are amazing and so imaginative that you look back thinking how did she pull that off? Jileana, though a warrior in her world, is innocent of the true depravity that people can hide, even if they aren’t human, and the protection that Jaykun offers is just what she needs to survive.  I loved the world that she came from, and seeing Jileana, in both worlds, grow as she learned and experienced life with Jaykun was an amazing experience for me to enjoy.  Jaykun’s life, while much improved, still has a few drawbacks, including his nightly curse and his inability to give his full faith and love to a woman again, but he handles the challenges as they come his way with great aplomb. I enjoyed this story very much and am thrilled that Jaykun unlocked the mystery of the location of their final missing brother and I am really looking forward to reading his story, Bound by Darkness, the finale in this amazing series.  While I may have been reluctant to finish the series after the first story didn’t trip my trigger as much as expected for a Jacquelyn Frank novel, this series has just gotten consecutively better and I cannot imagine the mystery, magic, and mayhem coming in the finale.  Another masterpiece, Ms. Frank.

*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

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