Series: Bound by Hades #3
Publisher: Embrace on September 15, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge
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Forgiveness softens even the hardest of hearts…
College senior Slade Bennet is so close to his degree he can taste it…until his sister becomes tangled with a coven of demons and he must trade his soul to save her. But first he must kill the assigned target: a sexually charged beauty who ignites his protective instinct.
After the devastating loss of her Companion, the last thing Halena Girard can stomach is the emotional connection to a Mate. She lives for only two things: vanquishing demons, and seeking Artifacts rumored to lead to Lucifer’s downfall. That is, until she’s attacked by a…frat boy? Worse, a newly-demonic frat boy wearing the mark of her Mate.
Halena would rather kill Slade than give him her heart. Unfortunately, the only way Slade can find his sister and Halena the Artifacts is to work together. As they face the darkest of evil, Slade’s ability to crush Halena’s carefully erected walls might prove to be the most lethal battle of all.
I really had enjoyed the first two novels in the series and I was interested to see how the series came to a conclusion.
Claimed by Light was Halena’s story. The French Guardian who didn’t believe in Mates. So of course she is shaken when she feels an instant connection to Slade, who has just sold his soul to demons and is on the fast-track to becoming one himself. This novel was definitely interesting. We get to the conclusion of the Guardian’s battle against the demons and beating them to the artifacts. There was lots of action, suspense, and death. My only complaint is that the ending didn’t feel like the ending of a series to me. I actually had to double check as to whether it was the last novel. There just felt like there were a few too many loose-ends that needed tying.
Halena was the main character in this novel. It was nice to see her character in more depth as opposed to the glimpses of her personality we see in the first two novels. To be honest, this novel really changed my opinion about her character. She went through a lot and closed herself off so valid reasons and I came to sympathize with her character over the novel. I enjoyed reading her healing process and her interactions with Slade.
Slade was a good guy who did a bad thing to save his sister. He was selfless and caring. He was too good to let evil overcome him and he genuinely cared for Halena and his sister. He came out as my favorite of the guys in this series because he had a tough journey. He wasn’t a Guardian or Companion—he was the Mate of a reluctant Guardian and he was on his way to complete demon-hood. He faced more struggles, internally, than both Justin and Theo.
The romance in this novel started off as instant attraction, partially due to the bond that the two shared. Then you throw in the complication of Slade drugging her and turning her in to the demons that controlled him, as well as him on the way to becoming a demon himself. That was a minor problem in the plan, but the major one was the fact that Halena wouldn’t let anyone get close to her after an event that changed her forever. It was heart-warming and slightly amusing to see Slade break through her walls and make his way into her heart. Their feelings for each other grew a bit too fast for me considering the circumstances, but they were still adorable together.
Claimed by Light was a good read. Although it felt more like an installment than a conclusion and I wish that more loose-ends were tied up, the plot was still entertaining enough for me to have enjoyed the read