Monday, April 2, 2012

[Blog Tour Review]: "Trinity Bound"

Trinity Bound by Carrie Ann Ryan
Publisher: Self-Published (March 30th, 2012)
Series: The Redwood Pack, 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Menage
***May I just say that I'd
love to be that woman!***

Hannah Lewis, a rare earth witch, is taken from the only life she’s ever known. Held at her will by a sadistic wolf, she almost gives up hope that she’d ever see her real life again. But as her fellow captive, a werewolf named Reed, tries to calm her fears, she begins to feel a spark of something she never thought she’d feel – love. But is Reed, alone, enough to get her out of this dark basement so she can move on with her life?

Reed Jamenson, the artist of a werewolf Pack of Alpha males, knows instinctually that Hannah is his mate. Thus, despite their imprisonment, he will do all to protect her and then worry about their hearts. But is he strong enough to find a way for both of them to escape? And why does he feel as though something else is missing?

Josh Kolb, an ex-military human, stumbles upon Reed and Hannah and finds he must trust this new world of supernatural beings to survive. But that desire will lead the three to a triangle of attraction that will test the boundaries they all possess and its consequences in defeating the enemy. Can they all trust one another to save themselves and life as they know it? Even at the cost of their own hearts?

Where to Buy*:
More Info:

Other Books in the Series:
Click on the covers to buy from; the title links to the book's page on the author's website.
Book 1: An Alpha's Path

Book 2: A Taste for a Mate
Read my review of this book here.

My Review:

To be honest, I was a bit hesitant going into Trinity Bound. I mean, I've read a few menage books before (and liked them), but they were always ones where the men wanted to share the woman, but didn't actually do anything with each other. Trinity Bound is not that kind of menage, as Reed, as I already knew, is bisexual and therefore wants Josh just as much as he does Hannah.

I was pushed out of my comfort zone with this book. And yet, I mean that in a good way because even though, in general, this type of story is not my cup of tea, Carrie Ann Ryan made it work, and I actually found myself enjoying this sexy paranormal menage. I know I won't be jumping into the many other GLTB books out there, but after being introduced to the subject just a little in this book, I'm more open to trying similar books in the future. :)

Reed was a welcome respite from all the he-man alphas (though I love a good alpha hero). He's strong, and he takes care of his own, but he's also very sensitive. As he says, he's an artist, not a fighter. Now, that's not to say that he can't fight, but his whole word doesn't revolve around it. He'll fight to keep in shape, to protect his mates and family, but otherwise he'd rather be painting.

Hannah is a witch, and though she already knows that she can heal, she finds out that she's now the Redwood Pack's Healer. This means that she can draw power from the pack's magic, as well as feel if anyone in the pack is hurt. It's a big job, but as part of the pack, she sees everyone as family, and she'll do whatever she can to help them. Beyond the basics of her character, I didn't get quiet as much from Hannah, and I felt like she was just a shadow walking around for most of the book. I do wish she had been a bit more developed, as I think she could have been a very strong heroine.

Josh, an ex-SEAL, is also a Finder, which basically means that he can track someone down if he knows them, sees their picture. He suddenly see their location in his mind. This was a helpful tool when he was a SEAL, as well as afterward he retired (it allowed him to find Reed and Hannah), but it wasn't such a gift when he was growing up...Josh takes the role of the alpha in this relationship, and although he has never had feelings for men in the past, upon meeting Reed he begins to fall for him, desire him—and Hannah, too. Obviously he's uncertain, and thinks that something is wrong with him, but as their relationship builds, he slowly begins to accept that he does have feelings for Reed, and they are just as natural as the ones he has for Hannah—and luckily just as accepted by the Pack.

The scenes between the three were scorching hot, and I wasn't disappointed in the physical aspects of their relationship at all! I liked that Ryan allowed the three to get to know each other and work up to the whole “I love you and I know we've been destined to be your mates”. It made it seem like they did have a choice in their mates, rather than it being completely up to Fate. While I did want a bit more from their relationship outside of the bedroom, the abundance of hot steamy sex almost made up for it. Almost.

While Josh, Reed and Hannah were discovering their trinity bound, the Centrals are still on the hunt, and they're not working alone anymore. Not only do they have the help of a demon, but they're also getting help (dark magic) from a few witches, too. Can the Redwood Pack stand against all three threats? Can Reed and the others find out how to help Josh with his demon bite, seal their bound, and destroy the Centrals—or will it all come crashing down on them?

4 STARS! A well done menage story with a paranormal twist, Trinity Bound was surprisingly good, although I had my doubts when I first picked it up. I'm interested to see what happens next, and I can't wait to read Adam's story (he's been through so much), though I think it's Maddox's book that I'm most anxious to read! This series is turning into quiet a ride, with such a wide diversity of characters and storylines mixing together, and new twists to keep us interested. While I did enjoy Reed's book, there were a few spots that irked me, though they weren't anything huge. I didn't like how some phrases were repeated over and over again (like their scents—almost every time Reed saw/thought about Hannah, he mentioned her “honey and bitter apple scent”, which got old after the fourth or fifth time). I would still highly recommend this book, as well as the entire series, to any paranormal fan out there. But be warned: this one is very steamy, and there is not only m/m sex scenes, but also anal play and some pretty wild m/f/m playtime, too. If none of that bothers you, then be sure to pick this up! And if, like me, you've never really gotten into the m/m romances, give this one a try, as Ryan does a great job at showing us the complex relationship between the three characters, and the action between Reed and Josh wasn't nearly as awkward as I feared it would be. :)

I received this e-book from Goddess Fish, in addition to joining the blog tour for this author. In exchange, I agreed to give my honest opinion on the novel.

Be sure to stop back on Friday, April 6th--Carrie will be here with an interview and blog tour giveaway! :)


Until Next Time,
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