Review: Bound By Revenge by Mandy Lou Dowson

Review: Bound By Revenge by Mandy Lou DowsonBound by Revenge by Mandy Lou Dowson
Publication Date: January 16th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal/Fantasy, Romance
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Synopsis

Synopsis

Revenge is a dish best served cold. And Donovan has a huge serving of it for one female in particular. He intends to find her and make her pay. But will he find her before the deadly poison in his blood gets him? Running on empty, his body no longer obeying his commands, he must rely on others to keep him alive just long enough to see his plan come to fruition.

There is one she-wolf who will be his touchstone. Together, they are stronger. Together, they might just survive. As the darkness swallows him whole, she will be his saviour. There's only one problem -- he's not interested in being saved.

A choice lies before him -- revenge or love -- but with his heart closed to emotion, his choice may already be made. Hatred is what drives him. But will his vengeance keep him warm at night?

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review

“He had to avenge her.  In his own mind, her spirit wandered, aimless and without rest, drifting through the flat, gray landscape of the vast between lands, needing him.”

Bound by Revenge begins with the reintroduction of Donovan.  He has been injured by Felicity, a crazy and ill-spirited “healer”.  He has also recently learned the truth of his mother’s death, and is out to seek vindication for her.  He is physically run-down and emotionally exhausted, feeling anger, hurt, and betrayal. Thus begins his journey to quench his need for revenge. We see that he has left his pack, and is now in search of Felicity. However, because of his injuries, he has had to seek out the help of other packs.  In making these choices and allowing his anger and animosity to consume him, he has opened the door for an array of events that will have a spiraling effect and lead him to places he never imagined.

“Greta intrigued him, made him think, and made him smile, even knowing he was likely smiling at his own expense.  She was an enigma.”

We are led to meet the dashing and uninhibited Greta as Donovan finds his way to the Dappled Wood Pack to seek out their healer and find some aid for his still suffering body. There seems to be a draw between Donovan and Greta, but it is overshadowed by others around them and their own personal denials. He learns of recent events in the area where this pack lives, and an arrangement is made that would assist both he and the Dappled Wood Pack.

As the story continues, we find Donovan constantly searching, but never quite grasping the fulfillment of the goal for which he began this overwhelming campaign.  We are allowed brief glimpses into his tortured mind…tethered to the past,  wandering in the present, and hoping against hope that he lives to have a future.  Many secrets are revealed that show us various aspects of other characters that play pivotal roles in the story’s overall development.  We are also given further insight into the hierarchy of the paranormal world and the way in which it governs those to whom it has charge over. Our hearts break with and for the main characters as they continually struggle to right the wrongs that are the cause of the present evil.  Then, in a twist of fate, we find that life’s gifts are sometimes short-lived. But, in the story world,  there is always room for redemption

I was bewitched by Bound by Revenge. The writing in the story continued to be strong, and what I have come accustomed to from Author Mandy Lou Dowson. However, the unique feel of the story was different from the initial book in the series, which seemed to be a reflection of the different personalities of the characters in it.  From the moment I began reading, the story was fast-paced.  Whether with humor, banter, feuding, or loving, the words flowed from page to page and created a delightful swirl of emotions and longing.  The character of Donovan was charming and engaging, and Greta was his feisty contrast. Together they set this book on fire!  The unexpected twists and turns in the story made my Kindle page-flipping-finger itch to press quicker and quicker to make the pages advance.  I thought that the weaving in of characters from the past amplified an already extraordinary story.  Add in the many supporting characters with their quirky, yet arresting ways, and a truly great paranormal romance story is complete.

One of my favorite quotes that made my heart go pitter-patter and planted a giant smile on my face…

“When I would have let this darkness I called vengeance swallow me whole, you brought me back. You showed me how good life could be if you were part of it.”

5 Stars

About Mandy Lou Dowson

Mandy Lou Dowson was born and raised in a small town in Ireland, in 1983, and at this stage in life, she's pretty sure the town won't let her leave. Family is a huge deal to Mandy. She has three wonderful children (most of the time), and two Siberian Huskies who are each as naughty as the other – in fact, she's sure they egg each other on in silly cartoon voices when nobody is looking.
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“Climb out the window and get covered in mud.”
“No, I did it last time. You do it!”
“R'uh, r'oh, here SHE is. Shhh.”
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When she's not writing, reading, or plotting her next book -- or, you know, world domination – , she likes to relax with a few glasses of wine and some karaoke. You can usually find her procrastinating on social media of some sort, chatting to fans and talking nonsense.

Mandy started reading at quite a young age and her appetite for the written word has only increased with time. It would not be at all surprising to find her reading anything and everything from shampoo bottles to Edgar Allan Poe.

She is the author of three different genres of romance books.

The Moon Bound series, which is in the Paranormal Romance genre, and is gathering rave reviews, and the Taboo series, which is Contemporary with a hint of the forbidden, the first of which has gathered very mixed reviews across the board, from one extreme to the other.

She has also made a foray into Dark Romance recently, with her first title in the genre, Retribution, releasing in Summer 2015.

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