Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mystically Bound by Stacey Kennedy

Title:  Mystically Bound
Author: Stacey Kennedy
My Rating: B

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Frostbite #3
Main Characters: Tess and Kipp
Release Date: January 2013
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: self-pub
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Tess Jennings’ life is in chaos. Her ghost lover, Kipp McGowen, vanished into the Netherworld without a trace. Now, she finds herself in White Castle, Louisiana, surrounded by the Animus—a secret society of the supernaturally gifted. To make matters 
worse, they present her with an offer she cannot refuse. 

If she helps solve the murder of their Grand Master, they will assist her in saving Kipp. Soon, Tess will land herself lost in another mystery she doesn’t want. But she will have to trust her enemies to gain what she most desires—a life with Kipp. 

Only problem? People are hiding secrets and dark pasts. Tess will soon discover that nothing is as it seems. She might want to save Kipp from his ghostly state, but someone has decided it’s better for her to join him…

My Review:
We're getting so close. This book was the third out of four books in this series about the romance between Tess, human, and Kipp, ghost. For me, this book seemed to be a little bit like we were in a holding pattern, setting up for the big finale, but that's not the case with most of the reviewers. Most of them say that this was the best in the series for them. For me, I needed more Kipp and Tess interaction on the page (although what was there was damn good!) This is where my romantic roots show through...I am much more focused on the romance than the mystery and there is a WHOLE LOT of mystery in this book. 

This book sets up as Tess is being blackmailed to help solve a murder case. The Animus is a society of paranormally gifted people and up until recently they were led by Alexander, but he's been murdered and the society wants her to contact his ghost. In return, they will help her reconnect Kipp's ghost with his body. But, of course, everything isn't that easy and there is a whole lot of mystery surrounding the Animus and Alexander's death, because he is not a normal ghost. Tess doesn't know who to trust and Alexander's ghost can't tell her.

There's tons of creepy in this book. Alexander's ghost has to hang out in a swamp and of course it seems like the only time they can connect with him is after dark. There are also Wayde and Dane who both have their creepy never know who exactly is the bad guy in this one. And a HUGE cliffhanger having to do with this side of the story. 

With the romantic side, there was a fabulous moment that we've been waiting for....well, it seems like forever. But honestly, it just made me more ready for the HEA for these two. I'm ready. I want them to physically be in the same space and have that space be real and normal and happy. That's not asking for too much, right? I just love these characters so much. I want their happily ever after...

Soon, I know, it's coming soon. Trying to be patient (and then I will be admittedly sad because it's all over...see, there's just no pleasing me here. LOL.)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review:

About the Author:
Stacey Kennedy’s novels are lighthearted fantasy with heart-squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband and two children. If she’s not plugging away at a new story—which is rare because her muse is annoying—you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Games of Thrones, Supernatural and Dexter.

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