Series: Binds #1
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: December 15, 2013
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Ophelia Brand’s life is in shambles. Married to an abusive man and forced to act like the perfect politician’s wife in public, her freedom has been completely stripped away. Alone and without purpose, Ophelia feels as if there isn’t much in this world to live for. Everything changes when an employee kidnaps her from a state dinner. Ophelia is thrust into a new world filled with people who claim to be an ancient race of Mages. They also claim that she is one of them.
While the country falls into the hands of a tyrannical dictator, Ophelia finds herself torn between the friendly Reece who wants nothing more than to protect her, and Spencer, the leader of the resistance who sees her as a tool to fight the war. Tensions run high as Reece and Spencer both try to help her master her powers and unravel the spells that restricted her from using them. As revelations of her past come to light, and the war is brought to her feet, Ophelia must quickly make a choice of who to trust
The debut novel by Rebecca Espinoza is intriguing, exciting, and well written.
Ophelia does not have the greatest life. For starters, her husband, Donavon, is the king of all creeps. He is physically, mentally, and emotional abusive. Donavon not only treats Ophelia as his trophy wife, but as his personal possession.
“Our life together has become a game to him, one of his favorite games to play, ever. He pretends he is a loving husband in any and all social settings, I pretend I am a loving and devoted wife in the same settings. We both circle each other like a couple of caged lions in private.”
But Ophelia is not a willing victim. She is simply waiting for the right time to leave. And the right time to leave comes in the form of the hired help, Reece.
Reece kidnaps Ophelia and introduces her to a world unlike any she has ever known. A world in which Mages exist, and she is one of them. Reece assumes the role of Ophelia’s protector, educator and possible suitor, but he is not the only one.
Spencer, the leader of the resistance, is cold, infuriating, and has that sexy douchebag vibe to him.
“How does he always pop up at the most inopportune times? It’s like he has some radar in his brain that tells him the best time and place where douchebaggery may occur, and he follows it religiously.”
But Reece and Spencer are not what they seem.
With Ophelia learning about her identity, hiding from her husband, and dealing with Reece and Spencer’s pissing contests, the journey from abused housewife to a powerful mage, is action packed, thrilling, and downright shocking at times.
To say that this book left an impression on me is an understatement. By the time I got to the epilogue I was pretty much like this:
If your looking for a book with well developed characters, descriptive world building, and originality, then look no further. I was hooked from the first page, till the very last and I cannot wait for what happens next.