Book Reviews

Together Bound (Sentries 2) by Elizabeth Noble at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Futuristic / Science Fiction / Future Earth / Erotic Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 15-August-2013

Book Blurb

Todd and Nick Ruger have settled into their life and work, the master/slave bond in New Colorado tying them together in a sacred rite of service, protection, and—in their case—love. But out of the blue, Todd receives a letter from the vice-chancellor of New Colorado threatening their bond, demanding ownership of Nick under eminent domain.

It turns out Vice-Chancellor Clarke desperately needs the help of the sentries, especially Nick, to investigate a problem involving the Chancellor. With New Colorado on the verge of war with West Caldera, a rift in the government would be disastrous. Todd and Nick agree to help, and Nick enters the orphan slave compound while Todd joins the Estate security force.

They don’t expect the danger they discover. Now the target of an unimaginable threat, Nick and Todd will face terrors that lead to murder, imprisonment, and the threat of separation forever as the hopeless battle escalates into full-scale war.

Book Review

Returning to this fabulous post-disaster world created by Elizabeth Noble was such fun. Todd and Nick have been together for eighteen months now and their bond is stronger than ever. My curiosity was completely piqued to see how their mating was working out and to watch them in action together again. The fact that this story comes with so many possible repercussions, both positive and negative, due to its political machinations had me on the edge of my seat.

Todd and Nick have been conscripted by Vice Chancellor Clarke to go undercover at the chancellor's estate because something is not right about the chancellor's behavior. Todd goes as second-in-command to the man in charge of the orphan slave sanctuary, which is exactly what you would think it is, and poor Nick has to go with the orphan slaves. Oh how I despise these guys having to be separated, it's so very hard on both of them but especially for Nick. More unfortunate is what Nick's 'special gift' reveals about the chancellor and how much trouble this duo is in for. And I'm going to admit it right now - whatever this creature is, it's repulsive, nauseating, disgusting, and just plain gross.

One of the scariest parts of this book is that while undercover, Todd and Nick both face intensely personal challenges, not just to their relationship but also their very own sense of self. It's nerve wracking to watch because it is so easy to see how the doubt and worry can creep in when a relationship is still fairly new, but I had faith in Todd and Nick and in their love for each other. It was definitely hard a few times because I just wanted to yell "come on guys, just talk to each other" but we all know how well men communicate, huh?

This book was ten times more exciting, for me, than book one and I adored the first book. The supernatural creature feature in this story was simply fantastic, on par with some great horror story writer legends. It had me checking around, looking over my shoulders, a few times and really eyeballing my hubby, which he found rather disconcerting. I loved this story, I love these characters and I love this world! Get started reading this series, you won't regret it.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 196 pages/63232 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-October-2011
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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