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Monday, November 1, 2010

Bound to Night by Nina Croft

Bound to Night by Nina Croft
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Water Lily

Waking up after a brutal werewolf attack, telepath Tasha Grant finds herself a prisoner of The Facility, an organization carrying out dubious research into the paranormal. She dreams of freedom and going home, but after enduring eight years of physical and emotional abuse, she believes her dream might never happen.

Her life changes significantly with the arrival of Jack, a vampire, and the latest unwilling guest of The Facility. Despite the fact vampires and werewolves are natural enemies, blinding passion flares between them—yet, he refuses to let her inside his mind.

Is Tasha anything more to Jack than…food?

Together they escape The Facility and with the help of Sebastian, head of the local Lykae pack, the horrible secrets behind Tasha’s attack are revealed.

But as the past unravels, will Tasha’s chances of going home become remoter than ever?

Nina Croft grabs you by your collar and yanks you into a heart pounding paranormal suspense in Bound to Night. This story was seventy-two pages of action and heated foreplay combined with complex characters in a darkly fascinating world. Tasha is a werewolf who has yet to turn (become a wolf). She’s spent the last eight years locked in an underground laboratory. In the opening scene, she’s shoved into a cell as food for a vampire (Jack). And the story gets better from there.

While Jack and Tasha’s attraction had a lot to do with the enflaming nature of vampiric blood-taking and the pull of the moon, there was more to it than that—a deeper connection—a lovely combination of strengths and weaknesses that attracts them to each other. I enjoyed the sexual tension between Jack and Tasha, but I liked the plot even more. The whys and wherefores kept me turning pages. Why is she a prisoner? Why is he? And then what?

The ending was satisfying on so many levels which I’m afraid I can’t divulge without ruining the story. But trust me, it works.

My only complaint is I wish it had been longer.

If you are in the mood for an exciting, sexy short, give Nina Croft’s Bound to Night a try.