Moon Sworn (The Bound Series #1)
by J.F. Holland
Moon Sworn is an introduction to 'The Bound Series', (Heated Shifter Romance). The story and the characters continue throughout the Paranormal Romance Serial. (Not a standalone).
At 4-years old Maya Rawlings witnessed her own father horrifically murder her mother. Brought up by an older aunt she knows nothing of her family history.
She wants a family of her own to make up for all that she's lost, but it's difficult to achieve when she's not attracted to anyone. That is until the night of her 21st birthday when a strange mark appears on the palm of her hand. The mark was followed by re-currant nightmares of fleeing for her life, and the voice of a man offering her things she's always dreamed of. Is he real or is she finally losing her mind?
Jaden Matthews is a loner who never settles in one place. He doesn't do forever, not after the murder of his parents and younger brother. That is until fate decides to step in and a mark appears on his hand, it seems he now has a mate.
After waiting for 21-years for her to mature, the clock is now ticking. First, he needs to find her and his search leads him back to a place he'd vowed never to return. He's not the only one there hunting her though.
Can he use his skills to not only get rid of the threat to her life but also persuade her to agree to the binding? Or will he be destined to walk a limited lifespan alone, as the animal he becomes?
Contains erotic scenes and profanity.
I love discovering a new shifter series, this is a series by an author I haven't read before so you never know what to expect! I dived in and liked how Jaden was communicating with Maya, telepathically. They had never met but they are mates and upon their first meeting it got hot and heavy quickly, it seemed a little one sided at one point and made me a little uncomfortable, but then it is Paranormal and animals act differently, and Jaden felt bad, so don't be put off by that scene as you will miss out on a good read.
He was leaving his mark, as well as his scent, all over her, before this was over. He would make sure no other male would dare come near her, which at least would appease the cat, and the man, if he were being honest. The cat was hissing and clawing at him, incensed by the abhorrent scent of another male on his female. However, the man, he was disgusted with his own behaviour, and not being able to control it. Jaden was riddled with shame that he could have treated her so roughly, ignoring her fear and anxiety.
Maya is not a tame woman, so Jaden has his hands full getting to know her a little more. They are mates so the call to mate is strong between them but there is danger around and a few surprises too.
"Daniel, you just called out Daniel?" he looked at her again and realised her eyes were laughing at him. "Well as you decided it was okay to get in my pants while I was asleep, I decided it was okay to pretend you were someone else."
I mentioned they communicate a lot in their heads and I loved it's like couples texting in modern contemporary romances. It does get difficult for them as shielding thoughts is a skill to learn.
'Maya, if you don't like my thoughts, stay the fuck out of my head.' He snarled, showing her a mental picture of a she-cat with horns, and she threw him back an image of him with a flaccid dick and his balls swollen and dark blue.
Jaden is quite an alpha male, apparently a rich one too but meeting his mate takes its toll on him and a softer side is discovered. Maya discovers a lot about herself through the book and we get to meet quite a few other characthers, some very interesting ones.
"You are mine. You were given to me," he used his other hand to trace the mate mark on her palm with his thumb. "This is my proof that you are mine, and this." He told her, holding up his own hand, showing her his own mark. "This is the proof that I am yours.
I like the shifter world the author has set up, the men may be alpha but the women have all the power - not going to explain exactly how as that would be a spoiler!
The book doesn't end exactly where I would have liked but its a series and looks like book 2 starts where this one finished. Looking forward to diving into book 2.
4 Stars - give it a go.
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