Of Beast and Bonds By: N.D. Jones
"In a world of mystery and magic, sometimes old bonds must be broken before new ones can be formed. Who knew that finding one's soul mate would test bonds and unleash beasts?
Mami Wata and Oya are now free from their watery prison and ready to wage a battle five hundred years in the making. Special Agent Assefa Berber and Dr. Sanura Williams are the prophesized Cat and Fire Witch of Legend. To save the world from Mami Wata, a water goddess with a bloody thirst for power and an insatiable appetite for death and destruction, they must defeat her beasts and the Water Witch of Legend.
Assefa and Sanura are fully in love but possess only a partial mate bond. While Sanura has merged their auras, bonding Assefa's cat spirit to her, she has yet to accept his claiming bite. Their incomplete mate bond and their new relationship are tested when Mami Wata sets her malevolent eyes on them, manipulating beasts, sacrificing humans, and creating heartache. Can their bond survive, or will they drown under the vicious tide of godly might?"
This novel was a the second in the 'Death and Destiny' which featured.....
Special Agent Assefa Berber and Dr. Sanura Williams picks up where book one left off [from the extensive world built around Western African lore and their culture]. The readers gets a paranormal romance [darker preternatural element] that was quite complexed. in how this author presents this dramatic story to the reader. How will this couple have a relationship and 'the fate that will fight against them? Why wasn't this relationship not complete? What did Sanura's father have to do with that situation? How would these two main characters deal with 'adversity, strife, betrayal, death, trials and tribulations?' How will 'having faith, love and strength' aid these two as the deal with all that is put in front of them? To find out all these answers to the questions and much more you will have to pick up the well written read and see for yourself how well this author brings it all out to the reader.
Be ready for a interesting long mythology ride as this author take you in a story full of 'strife, turmoil, mythical depictions, murders, vivid imagery, battles, destruction's, betrayals and death.'
The characters from [Sanura, Assefa, Rashad, Makena, Mike, Mimi Wata, Omar, Greg Zareb, Omar, Sam, Stephen, Manute, Dahad, Najja, Michael, Cynthia, Eric, Rachel, Pilar, Paul] and to name a few were well developed, strong, willed, portrayed with imaginations that were off the chart giving the reader one good read that will definitely keep your attention to the end. This author really knows how to give the readers some interesting 'hot sexy love scenes.' In the end will these two Assefa and Sanura [ Fire Witch and Cat of Legend] get their HEA?
If you are looking for a very strong and entertaining read [of African Mythology with some urban fantasy/paranormal romance] then you have come to the right place for "Of Beast and Bonds" will give it all to you.
I received a copy by winning a complementary read of 'Of Beast and Bonds' and this is my honest opinion.