In the interest of full disclosure, I beta read this book about a year ago, and I do know the author, in an online kind of way. That being said, it's an amazing book!
Bound is the story of Rowan, a young lady in the country of Darmid, where all magic is out-lawed. At nearly 20, she is past due to choose a suitor and settle down and marry and attempt to bolster Darmid's dwindling population. But she wants so much more than that. She longs for adventure. She wants to see a dragon, meet a prince, do something worthwhile with her life. And also to find out what is causing her debilitating headaches.
Enter Aren, a sorcerer from across the border, in a country where magic is used to control and subjugate. Following a series of meetings and mishaps, they find themselves on the run, from themselves and their enemies.
As I said, it's an amazing book. It's polished and well edited, two things that always win me over. It's exciting and scary and romantic and funny, all in the right places. I laughed, I gasped in horror, I wanted to kick the characters for being pigheaded. Any book that can elicit that strong of an emotional response from me almost guarantees itself 5 stars.
If you're a fan of epic fantasy or romance, give this book a go. You won't be disappointed.