Before starting my review of Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, I want to congratulate Kat on her new Release - coming tomorrow. Hope you have a wonderful day!
Secondly, if you're on Twitter, please make sure to keep an eye out for Kat, there's a Release Day celebration going on there tomorrow. From what I've heard; lots and lots of goodies!!
And lastly. Want to win a copy? Goodreads have a giveaway going on. 5 SIGNED copies, closing on November 12. Click here.
Now, back to my review ;-)
Bound by Wish and Mistletoe is #1.5 in Kat Bastion’s Highland Legend Series. I read and reviewed the first book, Forged in Dreams and Magick a while ago (click here to read my review), and it tore me apart, put me back again, just to toss me in another direction next. I loved Forged in Dreams and Magick. So, I was a bit nervous about starting to read Bound by Wish and Mistletoe – would it be just as good, or was the first book a once in a lifetime? As we all knows, it does happen. What we read, and how we perceive the books all depends on mood and where we are in life.
Robert Brodie and two of his fellow Guards are on a hunt for a tree for Lady Isobel when Robert quite literally is run down by Susanna MacEalan. Not knowing if she is a friend or foe, Robert takes her into custody. In reality, he has just sealed his own Fate, he just doesn’t know it yet.
Turns out Susanna is on the run from her abusive father and his clan, swearing that she will take her freedom, or die trying. She doesn’t want to suffer the way her dear Mama did. Seeing firsthand how cruel men can be, she has fiercely determined that she will never fall under a man’s spell – ever.
Robert has been chased by lasses most of his life. All of them can’t see past his title (commander of the Guards), so he has sworn off ALL women. He’s so tired of all those greedy, needy and vain girls. He needs a partner, a woman who can stand up to him, AND see the man he is underneath.
As the magical Season of Christmas is closing in, both Robert and Susanna has to decide if they can trust themselves and each other to let the other person in. Hopefully Susanna’s past won’t destroy her one chance of True Love, or maybe the damage is already done?
Kat Bastion has done it again. She wrote a book that is filled with magic, love, passion, fear and action (both with a sword, and the more steamy kind). But more importantly… Kat wrote a book that made me connect with the characters emotionally. My heart tore at how frightened Susanna was, not only for her father, but her fear for love. Or more accurately, how she thought love was. Growing up with a mother who was abused by her husband (her father), I’m not surprised that she is afraid. I’m relieved she has any fight left in her. There are many who would’ve lay down on their back and bared their throat, just to get everything over with. But not Susanna.
I loved the chemistry between Robert and Susanna, how he tore down her walls, but also how she bared him. It was a delight to read. The fight back and forth, the banter between them, the feelings coursing through Susanna, where she alters between doubting them and savoring them. She dares to hope, just to trample all over them herself two minutes later because she is so afraid to bring in a little flicker of light to her darkness. Sometimes it’s easier to believe in the darkness, than hope for the light.
Even more amazingly, Kat manages to write in quite a few of my favorite characters from Forged in Dreams and Magick; Lady Isobel and Ian, Ian’s sister, Brigid, their brother Gawain, and my favorite angel; Cupcake.. uups… I mean Skorpius. *giggles* You should hear some of the other names Isobel finds for him.
I can’t wait to find out who is featured in book two. Will it be Brigid and Skorpius, or will the mighty and haunted Gawain finally find some peace?
I loved Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, it was a magical read, showing us that miracles do happen, especially around Christmas.
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