My review of Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane

Bound By Magick, Book 1
Berkley Sensation (November 1, 2011)
Meriel Owen, next in line to control the largest organization of witches in the country, is asked to investigate the owner of a notorious club reportedly siphoning magic from the font of the Clan. It’s a direct violation of the Clan Code of Conduct, but one look at Dominic Bright and Meriel’s willing to make a deal. One taste of the sexually feral outlaw witch, and she’s eager to go further: he’s her bond mate, a legal conduit into the world of Clan witches and their magic.
Playing by the rules isn’t Dominic’s style, but bonding with Meriel—night after explosive night—is. However, Meriel has unwittingly invited someone else into her world: Dominic’s mother, a dangerous and poisonously influential magic addict whose lust for death and power corrupts all she touches. Now her shadow is closing in on Meriel, her Clan, and the man Meriel loves, and it’s casting them all into the inescapable heart of darkness.
My thoughts:
Meriel is a great heroine.  She is tough as nails, yet sweet, take her job very serious, yet is always fair and some day will be the leader of her clan.  But Meriel is missing something, not something, someone, her bond mate.  Without him she will never ascend to the witch she needs to be to lead. Not knowing if her bond-mate will be the love of her life or only a mate to increase her power Meriel has not been a hurry to find him.  Until she is told of an intruder in area that is using her clan’s magic to protect his club.  When Meriel gets to the club that last thing she ever expected was Dominic Bright.  Her bond mate.
Dominic Bright, is a tough talking, royal pain in the butt alpha type, that deep down is sweet and protective.  Dominic believes that he doesn’t needs anyone or anything that is until the clan that he has been stealing magic from sends out a witch to talk to him.  The minute he sees Meriel talking to Simon he knows something is going to change.  He doesn’t know what it is about Meriel, but she is going to be his one way or another.
Dominic & Meriel are so perfect for each other.  They know when to coddle each other and when to take a step back, even if it takes Dominic a little longer to learn.  But when threatened by the mother that Dominic never knew.  Both Dominic and Meriel will do everything in their powers to protect each other and the witches in their clan.
I really enjoyed this story. I love the new world that Lauren has created for us in the Bound by Magick series.  My only fault with this book is that I think Dominic’s mother get off way to easy. I would love to have seen her suffer more.  I look forward to Chaos Burning (bk2, scheduled for June 2012) which is Simon’s book (YUM).  If you have not read a Lauren Dane book I would highly recommend you check her out. And if you would like pre-order Heart of Darkness click HERE
I have to say a huge THANK YOU to Lauren Dane for sending me Heart of Darkness to read for review. 
Find out more about Lauren on her WEBSITE 

4 Responses to My review of Heart of Darkness by Lauren Dane

  1. Amber Hughes October 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    I won an ARC of this book from Goodreads recently, but haven't gotten a chance to read it yet. It was great to read your positive review :-)

  2. Di October 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    I got it from Goodreads & Loved it!

  3. Amber Hughes October 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    Looks like I need to move this book up higher on my TBR list! :-)

  4. booklover0226 October 26, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Great review; I enjoyed it.

    Another Lauren Dane book for my must have list.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D

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