Saturday, November 17, 2018

Bonds of Cupidity (Heart Hassle #2) by Raven Kennedy ~ Review

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Bonds of Cupidity (Heart Hassle #2) by Raven Kennedy

Note to my stupid cupid self: The next time I go and anchor myself to a hot covey, make sure those anchors aren't about to compete in a fight to the death.

Yeah. Total downer.

I have a body now and I don't intend to lose it. I also don't intend to lose the genfins that I've grown so attached to. So it's time to return to the kingdom island and hope like hell that my guys make it through the royal trials of the culling. I also have to hope that the prince of the realm doesn't spot me. If he does, I'm pretty sure I have imprisonment and torture to look forward to.

But we can make it through this. I know we can. I'm at least 70% sure we can, anyway. Okay, maybe it's more like fifty-fifty. But after we do? Well, my to-do list is long, but convincing my genfins that they belong with me is pretty high up there. So is dessert. And trying some fairy wine. And skinny dipping. Also sex. Lots and lots of sex.

But mostly, I just want what I've always wanted—to have love of my own. Wings crossed that the genfins get on board with that plan. This cupid has her work cut out for her.

Going into this sequel, I was honestly kind of worried about how everything would play out. I had a great time reading Signs of Cupidity, but the way it ended left me thinking the beginning chunk of Bonds of Cupidity wouldn't draw me in. As it turns out, I was a little right about this but mostly wrong and I ended up pretty pleased with this second installment!

First things first, I want to mention the pacing. This was kind of a meh aspect for me. The beginning of the book did take me a hot minute to get into. However! There was a character addition I LOVED that came earlier in the book and kind of saved the day for me. From there, I enjoyed it almost straight through--maybe with a few little stumbles along the way but none enough to make me disinterested or anything. It was an easy book to read quick.

Emelle is still funny and quirky and her awesome self. I love how unapologetically HER she is. It's awesome and commendable and I have such a great time reading her narration. The guys...are a little less in this one, though not TOTALLY absent. They play a huge part. I missed them when they weren't there, though. That said, their growth as a group, and in coming to terms with their feelings for Emelle, was superb. And then there's the character addition I mentioned: Okot! I ADORED him. I only wish two things-- 1) That I hadn't been so skeptical when we first met him so I could have enjoyed him a bit more, and 2) That there was more of him! He's sweet and protective and amazing with Emelle and I hope so hard we see more of him soon.

As for the romance, I am here for it. All day, every day. It was so good. Emelle and her guys evolved their relationship by leaps and bounds and I loved every second of it. And of course I am head over heels for Okot. I'm sure you could tell based on my tangent above about how I need MORE. Hopefully soon in book 3...!

Last, but not least, there's the plot. Which I liked! This kind of ties with pacing, so I probably should have talked about this further up but oh well. I liked the plot better than the pacing. I'm a fan of how things are building and progressing and twisting. And...should I mention it again? I love the addition of Okot! Ha. But really, I am fully invested in this series at this point, mostly because of the characters and their relationship, but also because it's an interesting story and I'm excited to see where it goes!

Overall, Bonds of Cupidity is a super pleasing sequel! Lovely relationship progress with Emelle's harem, a new character addition I am over the moon about, and intriguing plot advancements. I can't wait for the next installment!

4 stars - A solidly pleasing second installment!

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