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His Dark Bond [Paperback]

Anne Marsh
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12 Mar 2012
Zer is no angel - well, not anymore. He's explored every flavour of sin imaginable, drinking in the pleasures of humanity. But now he must find the woman who carries his salvation in her very blood...a woman like Nessa St. James. Nessa has considered the bargain the Fallen offer. Anything she wants in exchange for accepting Zer's bond? No way. Not her. Not when she finds out about the mind-blowing ritual involved and the marks of surrender that will ink her skin. But with a serial killer to stop and centuries of experience on his side, Zer will do whatever it takes to change her.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Brava; Original edition (12 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758266790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758266798
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 897,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I won this book 27 Oct 2012
Even though I hadn't read book one in this series it didn't spoil my enjoyment of this book (won this from author along with book 3)

The story world was easy to catch onto and the action was fast and intense. I really liked the main characters and the interaction between them too. I am looking forward to reading more from Ms March's Fallen series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'I'm no poet' (book 2) 2 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This story was about Nessa a professor who could decipher the genetic codes of the Fallens soul mate's making her a target for Cuthah (the bad guy) and Ker the leader of the Fallen.
Full of action but felt like a bit inconsistent at times. You know you'd get a feel for certain characters then they'd disappear. It did come across a bit crammed with the author trying to get everything in but not quite hitting the info spot.
Having said that Nessa and Ker's bonding was still sexy and I wanted to find out what happened in the end.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great dark paranormal romance read 31 Jan 2012
By Stephanie G (Reviewer for Paranormal Haven) - Published on Amazon.com
Three thousand years ago, Zer and his fellow Demonions were charged with the task of defending the Celestial Throne. After being tricked into rebelling against the Archangel Michael, he and the men who followed him were stripped of their wings and most of their emotions and sent to earth. Any chance of salvation lies in the Fallen finding their soul mates.

Nessa St. James is one of the few remaining soul mates and though the thought of her with someone else makes his blood boil, Zer will do what it takes to convince her to bond with another. Nessa has been kidnapped from the university where she teaches and told by the wickedly seductive Zer that she needs to bond with a Fallen so they can protect her from their enemies. Nessa doesn't have a death wish but Zer has another thing coming if he believes she'll simply submit to his demands.

His Dark Bond takes place in a alternate Moscow in the future where if you're willing to trade pieces of your soul to the emotion hunger Fallen, you can have any one wish you desire. The Fallen can become addicted to emotions to the point where they turn rogue and feed off of humans until they die. Zer's own addiction and guilt of leading his men into a failed rebellion has made him think he doesn't deserve one of the remaining soul mates. I love Zer, not just because he's a fine example of what an alpha should be but for his unwavering loyalty and dedication to his men. It was their choice to stick by him all those years ago but he takes on the full burden of their fall and would give everything, even his chance to have a mate, to give them what they had back. I think Nessa is a great match for Zer, even if he doesn't believe so at first.

Zer and Nessa's first encounter is when he barges into her class and kidnaps her and she gives him attitude the entire time. Zer is very dominate and accustomed to having things his way. Nessa's stubbornness and refusal to ever take the easy way out is downright sexy to him and her naughty side makes it impossible to keep his hands off her. Nessa is a intelligent, strong willed woman whose genetic research has led to her uncovering a forgotten tribe of people that have a direct link to the soul mates the Fallen are searching for. Her work is important to her and she doesn't have time for a distraction like Zer. Nessa is a great heroine. I not only loved the sass she'd throw Zer's way but also that she wants to give him more of her, more than he thinks he deserves. This unlikely combination really worked and when things got hot and heavy, which at times involved elevators and voyeurism, I had a hard time not blushing.

The pool of candidates for soul mates is so small because of Cuthah. He is the lieutenant to Michael and has known of the Fallen's road to redemption the entire time. He has no desire to see the Demonions once again defending the Celestial Throne, something he wants for himself, so he has gathered rogues and spent years tracking down and killing as many soul mates as he can. Cuthah is vile and a worthy adversary to the Fallen. A few times I thought the fights between them were drawn out more than necessary but they gave the reader some action and really showed how dangerous the world of fallen angels can be.

Anne Marsh did a great job creating a cast of characters you can't help but love and a story that hooks you in from the start. This is a darker paranormal romance with an alpha that is rough around the edges and unapologetic in everything he does. If this is the right combination for you then I say definitely check out His Dark Bond. This is book 2 in Anne Marsh's Fallen series and I suggest if you have time, go back and read book 1. It's not necessary story wise but I think Mischka and Brends' story is worth reading.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising Story Line, But Fell A Little Flat 25 Jun 2012
By L. J. Engelke - Published on Amazon.com
HIS DARK BOND has a promising story line yet a somewhat disappointing execution. Paranormal fans may get their fix, but could still be hard pressed to find a fan favorite.

Nessa St. James is having a normal day lecturing at the university, when suddenly a group of lethal warriors crash in to kidnap her. They are the Dominions, the fallen angels of Heaven and they are as dangerous as they are attractive. Their leader Zer is the most lethal of them all and has Nessa in his sights. He knows she is a soul mate, so if he has to kidnap her to keep her safe and gain her compliance, so be it. The Dominions' enemies want Nessa dead and Zer will do everything he can to prevent that from happening because Nessa is the salvation for one of his brothers. She is the means to gain back their wings and redemption. Zer and Nessa share a sizzling attraction, but he knows it will go no further. He has long since lost his emotions and belief that a soul mate exists especially for him. Yet everything about Nessa is showing him he may be completely wrong...

The premise of this book really hooked me in. I was truly excited and ready to read about it, but early on I began to realize there may be a few problems. The first half of the book really makes no progress. In a way it made me question the characters' intelligence. Both Nessa and Zer acknowledge a sexual attraction towards one another, but they think that could never mean they're `bonding' material. As the book goes on, you realize this attraction is obvious to everyone (reader included) but they still refuse to acknowledge its potential. What personally became irksome to me was the repetitiveness of the characters' thoughts. If a character said or thought something once concerning their potential to be soul mates, or lack of, it was rehashed over and over again.

To expect HIS DARK BOND to be sexy would be stating the obvious. In a way it was, but it was also weird. In some parts, Anne Marsh tries to make it kinky but it just ends up being awkward. It was lust with no feelings attached. Which I guess in a way suits the `Fallen' characters since they really aren't supposed to have feelings, but it just didn't seem right. You don't really get a full understanding of what it's like for one of the Fallen or how they experience anything, if at all. It's possible more has been explained in the first book to help readers understand these characters. I will honestly admit I have not read the first book to this series, so I cannot say with certainty whether or not that previous novel would have improved my enjoyment of the second.

As for the characters, I became overwhelmingly frustrated with Nessa. She seemed smart and independent, but when kidnapped by Zer and the Fallen, she just loses her identity. While it is true that her character sees few options that could change her fate, once you get to know her personality, you realize she just gave in too easily on some matters. She didn't like it, didn't want to do what they ask of her, but she did it. It just made no sense to me. To complicate matters, her personality becomes extremely fierce after she concedes to some very important decisions. Finally, after it's too late, she grows a backbone. At this point, I just didn't know what to think about her.

It's possible there is something from the first book I'm missing and it's possible that this just isn't the type of paranormal I enjoy. Either way, I can't say I loved this book which is slightly disappointing since I was really looking forward to it. The characters just didn't connect with me and the story line was either repetitive or confusing. It seems like the building blocks for a great story are there, it just has an uncertain foundation. I will say the ending picked up and became the novel I was expecting from the start.

Unfortunately at that point I was just so confused about my feelings towards these two characters that I didn't know what to think. As dismayed as I am to write this review, I still found it intriguing enough to pick up the first novel or next to be released in this series. I am hoping that being left unsatisfied after reading HIS DARK BOND was just a fluke and that I will have more to look forward to from Anne Marsh in the future. Because after all is said and done, there is much potential and promise to be found in Ms Marsh's writing and I still have high hopes for this series.

Originally posted at The Romance Reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars - The Fallen have risen! 17 Feb 2012
By tsteiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I knew dark angels were bad, but I had no idea!

Zer is the leader of the Fallen and he will redeem his fellow angels, no matter what he needs to do. Finally, things are looking up for the Fallen and he is determined to ensure that he and his brethren will be back where they belong, in heaven. One human woman is not going to get in his way. He is bigger and stronger and she will do what he says.

Nessa St. James is a brilliant woman who has no idea what she is in store for. All she wants to do is continue her research on the mysterious thirtieth tribe, but that has now been taken away from her. Suddenly her world is filled with danger, death and angels. She is being forced into a world she has no desire to be part of and Zer will regret the day he kidnapped her.

Time is running out for the Fallen. They are weakening and they need their soul mates to earn their wings back. For centuries they have searched for these women, but as time progressed and no soul mates were found, the Fallen started to believe that this option for redemption was a lie concocted by the archangel Michael. Now that a soul mate has been discovered, it is a race to find other women that can save the Fallen. Nessa very well may hold the key to their salvation. Too bad she has no desire to become involved.

Anne Marsh's take on fallen angels is just wonderful. She has taken an old tale and put a whole new spin on things. The Fallen were wrongly accused and cased out. Now they are living life to the fullest, waiting for the right time to seek their revenge; if time and madness don't take them down first.

Let me just say, even though His Dark Bond is about angels, there are no religious connotations. I'm not sure how Ms. Marsh does it, but she does. The Fallen are bad boys to the core, but she has an ability to make them loveable, ok that might just be pushing it a bit, likeable.

At first glance, these men are pure evil. They have turned their corner of Russia into their own and they rule with an iron fist. Guns, murder, and lust are all theirs and they own it. It's not until you are allowed into their secret world that you can comprehend their reasons and see that things are not always as they appear. But make no mistake, they don't care what you think of them and they will do anything to get their wings back.

Zer feels he is not worthy of redemption and will sacrifice Nessa to one of his brothers. No matter how he feels about her. Nessa will not go down without a fight and Zer has misinterpreted the wrong woman. Their power play was fun to read. I was completely drawn into this fascinating corner of Russia.

Ms. Marsh has filled this novel with amazing action sequences and steamy sexual tension. Even though I found some faults with the probability at the end, I enjoyed the book as a whole. She has written a wonder new universe and I can't wait to see what is next for these delightfully evil angels.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars His Dark Bond 23 July 2012
By FV - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
My goodness this book is full of clichés and it is oh so similar to that little Blackdagger Brotherhood series as well as the Midnight Breed series, this one just revolves around Fallen Angels. So I'll go ahead and say that if you really love those series you might like this one. I started this series with book two because I couldn't find book number one, Amazon doesn't sell it, and it's not available for any e-readers so..it appeared that this would fit as a stand alone. I didn't feel lost reading this one, so that was nice, I'm sure the majority of world building and explanations of bond mates was more in-depth in the first book (Bond With Me) but luckily I didn't have to go through all that and the explanation was still present in this book. It seemed that this book was trying to fit the story around the sex but the story was interesting, though very, very predictable. It seems that these fallen angels 'feed' of human emotions because once they were thrown out of Heaven, Michael took that away the ability to feel emotions except when absorbing them from humans, which could kill them and emotions are an addiction for the fallen which are also called goblins. Once the fallen get to addicted and want to kill people they're rogues, oh my goodness this plot is way too familiar, but the angels could be redeemed if they find their soul mates and there are mates for every angel. Other than the predictable plot, the characters are fun to follow Zer is that tortured leader that is most in need of redemption and Neesa is a very stubborn scientist who can help save the fallen. I don't know I'm sure the more I think about this book the more I'll find frustrating, but it is a quick and light read. I am interested in the character Vkhin, who is featured in the next book Savage Bond, he's the silent type so I think his book will be much more entertaining.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "His Dark Bond is a unique and captivating suspenseful joyride..." 24 Jun 2012
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
Zer is leader of the Fallen a group of angels that fell from Heaven. For Zer and those like him, they must find their soul mate if they ever want to get their wings back. Unfortunately, there are some that will do anything to keep Zer and his followers from finding their mates. A soul mate bond is one that can never be undone and it is to be treasured. Zer and his fallen search for their soul mates in this unforgiving world.

Dr. Nessa St. James is a leader among her field of DNA research. With her own invention she discovered that she is part paranormal. Since her discovery she has expanded her research into that of her paranormal origins. She never expected to find out she is a coveted soul mate of a Fallen.

While danger strikes from every turn Nessa must choose a Fallen for her mate but there is only one that makes her melt. Unfortunately, Zer seems content to pass her off to one of his brothers. Can she make this Fallen angel see the error of his ways?

This is my first foray into the world of Anne Marsh's Fallen and I'm digging it! It is not necessary to have read the first book to fall in love with this one but you will probably want to go back and read it when you are finished with His Dark Bond. The action leaps off the pages of His Dark Bond. Zer and Nessa are combustible together. I could not get enough of these two. I found the plot surrounding the Fallen and their soul mates to be thrilling. I just love Nessa's insistence on pushing all of Zer's buttons. These two make a great match. The baddies' of His Dark Bond are perfectly evil and make this story more interesting. His Dark Bond is a unique and captivating suspenseful joyride. I will definitely be tuning into Anne Marsh's next story!

Reviewed by Miranda
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