Blood-Bonded by Force
Book 3, The Community Series
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The Vârcolac warriors face their biggest challenge as one of the demented Topside Om Rău goes rogue and starts stealing Fey power, driving them all toward an Otherworld apocalypse.
With a single act of unspeakable cruelty, half-demon Pändra Parthen unintentionally binds herself to Vârcolac warrior Thomal Costache. Stuck together for life, these two enemies must find a way to negotiate a truce. As time apart from her controlling father allows Pändra inner peace, she is able to reach out to Thomal. But he is stalled in seething rage, troubled by an inner turmoil even deeper than Pändra’s abuse. Pändra makes an incredible sacrifice to try and free Thomal…but lands herself in the demon town of Oţărât, instead.
Half-Rău Big Nỵko Brun is the one man who has a slim hope of breaching Oţărât. But Nỵko took himself out of the hero business after too many times of failing the people he loves, even abandoning Faith Teague, the woman who was supposed to be his mate. Left to fend for herself in a world that is crumbling down around her, Faith also makes a sacrifice that traps her in the hell of Oţărât. Now the fate of both woman rests on Nỵko’s large shoulders, but he can’t manage a rescue without Thomal’s help…and only if the proud Vârcolac can somehow find room in his heart for his enemy.
**Content warning: not intended for gentle readers, this book contains profanity, violence, and intense adult situations.
Sensational, a little bit dark
Tracy Tappan continues the “Community Series” with this sensational, a little bit dark third book. Keeping true to her previous books this one continues with the large list of characters and adds more to enrich the storyline.
This book focuses on Pändra’s point of view incorporating her evil step brother, Videon, several other siblings and father, Raymond for most of the storyline. But in the authors intertwining writing style you also see events from Thomal’s viewpoint as well as Nyko and Faith.
The first part of the book half-demon Pändra does the unthinkable to Vârcolac warriors Thomal Costache and his older brother Arc. Honestly because of this act I originally didn’t see how this book could have a win-win situation. The heroine was not likeable and to me definitely a broken villain like her twisted father. Thomal and Arc are so impacted by what she did that one almost dies and the other wishes he had. Thomal’s character flowed really well with the storyline creating a believable reaction and resolution to the traumatic event creating a learning lesson for the reader.
My strongest connection was with massive half – Rau and Dragon warrior Nyko, son of the evil Lorke leader of the Om Rau. Nyko is one of those men that looks are deceiving. Externally he scares the pants off of you but inside is this caring person that no one knows exists. This man is a protector and it shows subtly throughout the story.
Nyko’s unclaimed mate Faith annoyed me to no end because she wouldn’t get over her sports injury and move forward with her life. But wow she showed great personal growth and strength of character when she meets Lorke, Nyko’s evil father.
My only problem with the book was in the very beginning I had to slow down to acclimate and refresh my mind to the characters from the previous two books I read in this series. Of course the techo nerd in me had to make an electric character list so I could use it for reference when I read her future books in this series. But to be perfectly honest this could be a reader error. I am horrible with names in real life.
This series continues to be action packed and fast moving. The introduction of The Shifted World and a new race sets the reader up for the next book, which I am impatiently waiting for and really excited to read. Erig has really gotten my attention and I hope to read more about him in the next book.
I rate this book 5 Stars and recommend it to the person who doesn’t mind some darkness before the light.
I was gifted this ARC by the author for an honest opinion
This series just keeps getting better!
This series just keeps getting better!
The third book in this series, it is darker than the other two books, but I thought the darkness fit this installment. However, similar to the other two, Tracy expertly writes essentially two stories at the same time. For example, in this story, there are really two heroes (Thomal and Nyko) and two heroines (Pandra and Faith).
The love scenes in this one are more plentiful and more sizzling than the past two books. Holy smokes!!!
I love how the males in this town are genetically forced to “be the perfect guy,” otherwise they will be in physical pain: Dedicated, loyal, faithful, protective. The masochist in me enjoyed reading about Thomal and Nyko’s respective struggles, finding it almost endearing that they need their mates THAT badly. It’s a very unique trait to give them, and I love reading about it!
Across this series, Tracy is like the conductor of a 127-piece orchestra; she introduces a new instrument (or character), gives them an awesome solo, then fades them into the background, all the while making sure their sounds can still be heard. In other words, she has the main characters from past books as minor characters in this one. Not only was I thrilled to read their continuing stories, but I feel it kept the story interesting, injecting it with fresh perspectives every now and then.
I was ECSTATIC when I found out another book is being written in this series. I LOVE IT!!! To that point, Tracy took the story in a unique direction from not just “vampire-paranormal,” but also merging with the “other-worldly-fantastical.” I can’t wait!!!
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
This is the third installment of Tracy Tappan’s Community series and she does not disappoint. This like the other books was fast paced and fun to read. As with most paranormal romance stories, it can be easy to get lost in all the different worlds and species but Tracy makes it easy to follow along and enjoy the story and the action. She also did a great job of recapping the different characters and their storylines, which was always really helpful and added to the enjoyment.
Although some of the scenes were tough to take, they were necessary in order to appreciate how far the main characters Thomal and Faith had come to realize they were truly meant to be with each other. Their story was definitely one that I had never read but certainly enjoyed.
The other element of the story that I loved was the parallel story line amongst several of the characters. Although these worlds are very different from the one we live in they still have the same problems we do like sibling rivalry. Many of the characters spent most of the book trying to prove themselves as individuals no longer wanting to live under their sibling’s shadow. Being the youngest in my family, this theme struck close to home. This made this an unconventional paranormal romance. It was this added element that tugged at my heartstrings.
Blood-Bonded by Force is a great read with lots to offer.