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Bound to Love Her
by Esri Rose
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Zebra, 2008 (2008)
*   Reviewed by Belle Dessler

Erin Chandler leads an ordinary life. So ordinary and devoid of any real excitement, in fact, that she spends her evenings walking her elderly neighbor's dog. On one such walk, she encounters a badly wounded man lying alongside a trail. Concerned more about him than her own safety, she helps him up, dusts him off, and somehow ends up creating a magical bond between them. It's not long before Erin realizes the man she's rescued is a real, honest-to-goodness elf.

Having just lost his land - and nearly his life - to a dark elf, Galan's grateful just to be in one piece. But being bound to Erin brings a wealth of complications Galan never expected. The more he learns about living among humans, the more his feelings for Erin grow. But as much as he needs Erin, he needs a bond with nature more. When the dark elf's twisted intentions become clear, Erin and Galan put their lives on the line to amass an elven resistance against a threat that endangers them all.

Bound to Love Her starts out strong by introducing a heroine with an engaging, spirited voice. Her initial encounter with Galan is believable, as is her confusion at being confronted by a man who claims to be a creature of myth. Unfortunately, what starts as a highly suspenseful book soon gives way to too much internal angst and too few genuine thrills. The relationship between Galan and Erin develops much too quickly to be believable, and the conflict involving the dark elf villain ends in an anti-climactic, disappointing way.

I kept hoping Erin would return to her spunky, energetic ways, but she spends much of the book cowering or running away. Readers who prefer strong, gutsy heroines won't find what they crave in Bound to Love Her. However, fans of light paranormal romances that can be read in one sitting will be satisfied.

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