Audiobook Review: Forbidden Bonds (Immortal Curse, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Forbidden Bonds by Lexi C. Foss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Exile never felt so good.

Tom’s a trained sniper, not a babysitter. He kills rogue immortals for a living, but after releasing classified information to a friend, he’s banished to a remote location with the CRF’s most prized asset. 

Can two tortured souls find solace and love in one another?

Secrets unfold as Tom forms a forbidden relationship with his new charge. The immortal woman evokes memories and feelings long forgotten and forces him to question everything he’s ever known. 

Sacrifices must be made.

A rash decision sends them both running for their lives as enemies vie for their heads. 

Some bonds are meant to be broken.

Forbidden Bonds

Confusing world but good romance!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💙💚💜❤️🖤
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌍
Character development: 🤐🤫🫣😍😘
Narrator(s): 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Dual Narration

The Hero: Tom – he is from a fledgling bloodline which didn’t help the fact that people are always trying to kill him. He is a former special forces sniper who works for his father, Jonathan killing rogue immortals for a living for the CRF. His father was obsessed with “the asset” with whom Tom is in charge. He is not a babysitter, so isn’t fond of his newest mission. His father wanted her kept in a cage, but Tom wouldn’t comply. Tom knew what his fate would be if he failed this mission. He knew he needed to lie low and follow orders if he wanted his freedom.

The heroine: Amelia – She is Issac’s sister from Blood Laws and she had been held captive and tortured for six years. She is the “Asset” held by the CRF for years, caged, experimented on, starved, held in her own filth and forced to wear a locked explosive collar that inhibits her powers. After Stas from Blood Laws saw Amelia, the CRF moved her to a new location at a cabin in the woods and Tom is her captor. She saw him as the good cop to his fathers bad cop.

The Story: Tom can’t stand his father and is no longer believing in the mission and methods of the CRF. His father doesn’t trust him after Tom went behind his back to tell some truths to Stas, so Jonathan calls daily to check on Tom and even sends people to continue experiments on Amelia. At some point something happens and Tom has to make a choice between protecting Amelia and following his father’s orders.

This book was told in dual points of view via dual narration and was narrated by Tor Thom and Anais Inara Chase. Tor Thom has a very deep voice and I really like his narration. His voice is so deep, that it lends itself well to paranormal romance. I don’t think I have heard Anais Inara Chase before. She has a British accent and a soft feminine voice which was pleasant to listen to. Both were great, but neither does the voice of the opposite gender very well, so duet narration would have been much better.

Like the first book, I still had problems figuring out who all the people were, which kind of paranormals they were and even what each of the paranormal groups were and what powers and idiosyncrasies they had (Seraphim, Ichorian, Hydrarian, Fledgling, Sentinal and supernaturals that came from experiments). I listened to the first book over a month ago and forgot some of the complexities including who were enemies of each other and why. It was all just a bit too confusing even well into the book.

This book definitely can’t be read as a standalone, you must read this series in order since most of the happenings in the first book were not summarized at all in this one, but were definitely referred to. I also didn’t like how subservient Tom was to his father at the beginning of the book, though I knew he had some plans for the future, it is hard to believe someone that was in the special forces would so blindly follow a man he knows to be a madman who enjoyed beating female hostages even if he is Tom’s father. Also the fact that Tom so easily believed Jonathan when he told Tom that Isaac was responsible for his mother’s brutal death and that he is taking revenge on Isaac through Amelia.


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