Bound To Gods by Eva Chase
Series: Their Dark Valkyrie #2
Also in this series: Claimed By The Gods
Published by Ink Spark Press on July 18, 2018
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One minute I was a courier for criminals, making ends meet so I could take care of my little brother. The next, four stunningly hot Norse gods had brought me back from the dead with wings sprouting from my back and a whole set of valkyrie powers. I guess that's just how life goes sometimes.
Too bad our victory over our supernatural enemies turned out to be a farce. The divine home I thought I'd receive is a trap instead. A trap that's slowly closing in on us, dredging up every painful moment from our pasts.
Can I trust these tempting godly men now that I've seen how many secrets they've kept from me? And what am I going to do if I have to face my own darkest horrors all over again?
I'd better figure that out fast. Because I'm Aria Watson, and I will not be broken.
*Their Dark Valkyrie is a medium-burn reverse harem urban fantasy series. This action-packed, heart-wrenching ride gives you a kickass heroine, four irresistible gods, and Norse mythology like you've never seen it before.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Mythology, particularly Norse Mythology, is a subject that has piqued my interest since the first time I read about Thor as a child sneaking my way into sections of the library I shouldn’t have been in. (Side note: Once I typed that first sentence it dawned on me that alpha males are my thing and always have been. I was doomed from the start.) Anyway, I snapped up the first book in this story, Claimed by the Gods, and although I did enjoy it, it’s lack of backstory frustrated me to no end. With Bound to Gods, I got a front row seat to that missing backstory in the craziest of ways.
The good news is it wasn’t technically timeline hopping that got me that front row seat since I prefer my timelines presented in a linear fashion. The gods and Ari are trapped in a fake Asgard and forced to relive the god’s worst memories by a vengeful character. If you’ve ever felt envious of the mythological gods don’t since, according to these memories, they have some seriously effed up history.
As Aria has only one short memory of Asgard, she’s basically sent to and fro reliving everyone else’s memories and learns that not one of the Gods is who she thought they were…or are they? She needs to decide if she’s going to judge them on what they seemed to have done before or how they are now.
Although there was lots of action, since most of it happened in the past it didn’t present itself as real action. This was more of a book about the group understanding that their perception of what had happened in the past wasn’t necessarily the right one. There was also a strong undertone of forgiveness, not only for themselves but the others too.
I liked how the book gave its own spin on the story of the twins, Hod and Baldur. It’s not well known, but an extremely interesting albeit tragic one. This ended up being an unexpectedly deep story with layers upon layers of jealousy, intrigue, loads of self-loathing, huge amounts of guilt and heaps of misunderstanding.
The potential for a seriously hot romance is huge considering there are four hot, sexy Norse Gods as heroes. So you can imagine my disappointment that it’s not coming even close to living up to my expectations. For me at least, the romance aspect feels like a tacked on afterthought more than anything.
Because Bound To Gods focused on such a terrible time in the god’s history, although all kinds of interesting it wasn’t exactly fun to read. In stories like this, I need a romance I can believe in to temper all the rest unfortunately that just wasn’t there. Again, this was a good book, it just wasn’t what I expected it to be.
Rating: 3 Deep and Good but I Need Romance Stars
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