These Twisted Bonds
Author: Lexi Ryan
Series: These Hollow Vows #2
Genre & Tags: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Fae, Enemies to Lovers, Chosen One, Fated Mates, Jealous Hero, Possessive Hero, Love Triangle
Steam: Open Door, Infrequent
Release Date: July 19th, 2022
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Synopsis: In this thrilling conclusion to These Hollow Vows—the sexy, action-packed fantasy by New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan that started it all—Brie finds herself caught between two princes and two destinies while the future of the fae realm hangs in the balance.
After Abriella’s sister was sold to the fae, she thought life couldn’t get any worse. But when she suddenly finds herself caught in a web of lies of her own making - loving two princes and trusting neither – things are not quite as clear as she once thought.
As civil war wages in the Court of Darkness, Brie finds herself unable to choose a side. How can she know where she stands when she doesn’t even know herself anymore? In this darkly romantic thrill ride, the more Faerie is torn apart from the inside, the clearer it becomes that prophecies don’t lie and Brie has a role to play in the fate of this magical realm – whether she likes it or not.
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My Rating: ★★★★★
Thank you to NetGalley, Lexi Ryan, and Hodder & Stoughton for the DRC of These Twisted Bonds.
Well, this duology went straight onto my reread pile!
I absolutely loved the first book, These Hollow Vows, but I did have a few issues with Brie being tormentingly stupid on occasion. Thankfully, These Twisted Bonds has completely redeemed her character flaws. After the betrayals of the first book, Brie launches herself into her new circumstances taking no more shit from anyone.
Although Brie has gone all independent woman, the love triangle is still a major part of the plot. It’s practically what drives the plot with it being tied to major and influential historical events. So, if you hate a love triangle this may annoy you. I love an emotional love triangle so I was all over it and very happy with its outcome.
We also get a new character in this book who was briefly mentioned in the first book. Misha, Pretha’s brother, is awesome and I really wish he had been present in the first book. He brought an energy These Hollow Vows lacked that These Twisted Bonds really benefited from. I would love a spin-off starring him and his kingdom.
The “twists” and reveals were somewhat predictable but it didn’t make the story any less enjoyable. It was the characters that really made this duology such an engaging and enjoyable read.
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