Soul Bound (Dark Souls #1)by Anne Hope
Published:Samhain Publishing Ltd Source: Purchased Copy Gene: Paranormal Romance
Sooner or later we all end up dead. Jace Cutler doesn’t have the luxury of staying that way. After receiving a fatal stab wound, he awakens in a hospital room in Portland, Oregon, with no memory and a big hole where his soul used to be. Worst of all is the glow. Everyone is surrounded by a strange white aura he hungers to possess, none more compelling than the one enveloping Dr. Lia Benson.
Lia has always been ruled by reason, refusing to put stock in such nebulous things as destiny. Until Jace dies in her arms, then miraculously comes back to life. Whenever he’s near, her soul responds and her body burns. And she’s consumed by odd dreams she’s convinced are Jace’s lost memories.
When Lia is kidnapped, Jace tracks her and discovers a shocking explanation for who—and what—he is. Something no longer human, a dark legacy that until now has lain dormant within him. Something that could destroy the one woman he’d sacrifice everything to protect.
Product Warnings: Contains bone-melting sexual tension, scary battle scenes, heartrending emotion guaranteed to keep you turning the pages well into the night, and a positively divine hero who may just steal your soul.
The blurb about the book catches your attention but the characters and the story line really keeps you in the book. I have not wanted to put this book down since I got it. I fell in love with Jace and Lia almost from the start. Jace is brought into Lia's world after being stabbed and he dies on her table in the ER and mysteriously he comes back to life. Everyone thinks she is crazy because when they look at him nothing is wrong he is the picture of perfectness (is that a word lol) what Lia doesn't know is there are dark forces working to make everyone around her forget, everyone that is but her, but that is because she is special, she doesn't know that either, not yet but she soon does.
Jace and Lia are drawn to each other, they don't know why as everything else around them crumbles and falls apart what they have continues to grow stronger and try as Jace might to break that bond the pull is to strong and he finally gives in cementing what was written long ago. Their destiny's, there is something they are both meant to fulfill and no matter what it will play out how depends on them but either way what was written long ago will come to be.
Battle between good and evil is within just about every page of the book, Jace is a hybrid born of a human and a nephalim but he is not like the others, he is different, his soul and that of Lia's are stronger and united they are just about unbreakable, or are they.
I like how the book takes you through Jace's death and transformation into this hybrid that he is, a supposed soulless creature that feeds off the souls of others if he chooses and the battle he goes through every day to contain that evil side of him. How at first he struggles to understand what he is and what he has become. And how Lia is in a way thrown into his world not knowing that there is something about her that draws her to Jace and Jace to her. This pull, this cord that keeps them together also tears apart her own real world and as she battles to understand and to accept she faces great loss.
There are some great side story lines in here in regards to Jace's life growing up, his father, his mother and Lia and her sister Cassie. As well as the life of the "Watchers" and what their purpose is on earth. Who they are and why they are there. And then of course there is always the bad guy the evil immortal Athanatos and his first born son Kyros and the female who always wants to be at the right hand of the bad guy Diane (or Diahnn as Athanatos calls her) she is a nasty one I tell you.
This was a great story from start to finish and it ends with the possibility of another book to follow (I personally hope there is another one) if you like YA Paranormal Romance then you need to hurry and get your copy of Soul Bound: Dark Soul