Title: Soul Bond
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #24
Author: J.S. Harker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 17th 2018
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 208
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Stealing his heart.
As a thief and a warlock, Noah survives by using his wit and charm to prey on the privileged. His dangerous criminal boss wants an enchanted dagger belonging to a family of wealthy mages, including their pampered—but handsome—son, Ben. Failing to complete the job will be hazardous to Noah’s survival.
Noah bumps into Ben at a lavish party, and as soon as they meet, the connection’s undeniable, and it goes much further than ordinary attraction. Their bond reaches into their souls, entwining and changing their magic.
Which Noah thinks he can use to get to the dagger. After all, he isn’t sure this soul bond Ben seems so obsessed with is even real.
He also doesn’t count on being caught red-handed… Or falling in love.
Ben’s known for his frivolous behaviour, he’s certain soul bonds exists but everytime he sleeps with someone he’s disappointed. When he meets Noah, Ben’s sure he’s found his soul bond. Noah refuses the thought that Ben might be his soul bond and his only goal is to deliver the artifact he’d been hired to steal or he’ll find himself in heaps of trouble.
It was an interesting read, at first I starting wondering if I had come over the second book in a series because I got so confused. I like when the story jump into the plot without an intro, that isn’t a problem but the confusion becomes a hinder when the story continues without any explanations. For example, I started realizing only further into the story that the warlocks and mages which were mentioned from the start, didn’t have a difference, at least not physically.
The characters, except Noah, could have been more developed to invest the reader more into the story which take place over the course of almost two days. Ben’s family feels like the stereotypical rich family looking down upon everyone who’s not as rich or high status as them, with the typical arranged marriage to get more influence and power. Noah’s boss’ also lacks more depth into his characterization. One could ponder upon the fact that Ben catches Noah red-handed – Noah never lies about being after the artifact – still Ben becomes angry when Noah keeps wanting to steal the object. What I think is strange is the fact that because they have a soul bond Noah’s supposed to drop everything and fully trust Ben who he only met a short time ago. At least that’s the impression I get from Ben.
The story is interesting and easy to read after getting over the confusion in the beginning. What with Noah’s boss and his master, mages and warlocks. It has suspense and overall enjoyable.
I also liked the twist and foreshadowing the story had for us.