Synopsis from Goodreads
Niamh Farren has been burdened by knowledge for most of her life. As one of seven fae children born into the human world with the ability to open the gate to Faerie, Niamh’s mission is to guide her fae brethren to do what’s right. Because Niamh has seen what will happen to the human world if she does not protect the gate. Throughout the years, she’s traveled the world with her brother Ronan, using her psychic visions to find the fae-borne and convince them to stay on the path that will keep the gate from opening. She has sacrificed much … but when she loses her brother to the mission, Niamh begins to lose herself.
For nearly one hundred and fifty years, werewolf Kiyo has wandered the planet as a lost soul. Cursed with immortality, he spends his awful eternity as a mercenary for hire. When the powerful Fionn Mór confides the truth about the existence of Faerie and hires Kiyo to protect one of the fae-borne, he accepts the challenge out of boredom, not heroism. Yet Niamh is unexpected in every way the werewolf can possibly imagine.
Guarding Niamh from her enemies is nowhere near as challenging as protecting the fae woman from herself. If Kiyo is to succeed, he must help Niamh find herself again, and not just for her sake. Ignoring the fierce connection between them may no longer be an option. A new enemy is rising and threatening to rip open the gate between worlds. To remind Niamh of who she really is, Kiyo must make the choice to lower his defenses and give into their bond. Or safeguard his own heart … and in doing so lead the human world to the brink of war.
I absolutely adore Samantha’s writing style and while I haven’t read any of her paranormal stories prior to Bound by Forever I was ecstatic to find the same amount of emotion and character development as with her contemporary romance stories.
Niamh is one of the most powerful creatures on the planet, and yet she is able to maintain her compassion and empathy for the most part. Losing her brother, Ronan, leaves her vulnerable to manipulation from a surprising source.
Although Bound by Forever is able to be read as a stand-alone, I think there is a benefit to reading it in series order due to the connection to the other characters who have played a central role in the previous books.
Kiyo is hired to protect Niamh, a job which she makes extremely difficult in more ways than one. From the start of their interactions there is a tension between them that neither can understand. It is only as they begin to grow closer they are able to recognise the connection between them for what is is. A true mate bond; something which thrills and terrifies them at the same time.
All the while they are figuring out their emotions they still have to prevent the end of the world from a sociopathic supernatural intent of on destroying the human world in order to open the door to Faerie. Throw in vengeful exes and warring factions of supernatural beings and you have an action packed plot.
Samantha never fails to make the reader completely invested in the characters and events within her stories, Bound by Forever is no exception. With the way paved for the last book in the series, Bitten by Deception, I cannot wait to see how they are able to deal with the crazy redhead.