Soul Bound: The Warrior by Jas T. Ward
Death May Be The End...
But Love Doesn't Give A @&%#.
Jace Camden is haunted by his past. One that has many believing he got
away with murder. He’s on the run from it, trying to start a new life in a new
town. But his past won’t let won’t him escape, and it’s determined that his future will not long.
Death will demand its due… and his dead wife will make sure that debt is paid in full.
Kitt Thomas’ life is in a rut, but that changed when she looked into the sad, haunted eyes, of Jace Camden. Something about his wounded soul called to her—like a like a whisper of a melody in a mysterious abyss she should have the sense to ignore.
But his past will make sure Kitt is no more part of Jace’s future than life is.
Because he’s Soul Bound – and that’s a shackle that can only be broken by death.
It's not about the Happily Ever After...
It's about surviving the read.
This kind of book is totally in my wheelhouse. I read what some might call horror/paranormal/fantasy all the time and if I’m honest, they’re my favorite genre.
Jace’s story is what kept me reading this book. He’s such a tragic character. The guy has been drug through the wringer….backwards. Jas did a great job of making me feel his pain strongly while I still questioned whether or not he actually had a hand in his wife’s death or what the fuck was actually going on.
Kitt as the love interest is a perfect foil for Jace. As uptight and closed off as Jace is, Kitt is as easy going and open to Jace’s idiosyncrasies. I liked that she didn’t just buy all the weird stuff he was throwing at her. Even the way she acted when confronted with Jace’s past was understandable… sad for Jace, but understandable.
Olivia, Jace’s late wife’s sister, is a fantastically creepy, evil woman. She definitely has a very personal and vindictive agenda and she’ll do whatever she has to do to make sure Jace never finds any kind of peace and pays for every single sin she feels he’s committed. I shivered every time she showed her cold, perfect face. She insidiously spreads her poison across any happiness Jace finds.
As for the rest of the cast, I like them all. Alex, the therapist, annoyed me a bit but not enough that I actively disliked her. I was disappointed with the way the others reacted to his past, when he had shown them nothing but friendship, but again it was understandable.
Overall, it was an engaging read that kept me interested and is a good beginning to this new series.