Title: Bound by Flame
Author: Anna Windsor
Copyright: 2008 (Ballantine Books); 379 pgs.
Series: Dark Crescent Sisterhood #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
From Goodreads: Gorgeous flame-haired Cynda Flynn knows fire–its heat, its power, its magic. A fully trained Sybil warrior priestess, Cynda’s weapon is flame. But she’s unprepared for the passion ignited by Nick Lowell, an undercover cop in the NYPD’s Occult Crime Unit. He’s half human, half demon, and hotter than hell, with fathomless black eyes that ignite something buried deep inside Cynda, making her melt in all the right places. Luckily, Nick has found a way to control his dark side, but he’s done it old-school–through steel-willed self-control. And after five years working secretly within the deadly Legion cult, he’s unbreakable. Or he was, until Cynda came along. Now it’s personal–and even his big bad love may not be enough to halt a terrible new evil snuffing out fire Sybils like Cynda. It’s nasty. And if it can’t be stopped, they’re all going to fry
Comments: This is the second book in the Dark Crescent Sisterhood and it features Cynda Flynn, a fire Sybil, and Nick Lowell, a NYPD cop with the Occult Crime Unit (and like his twin brother, he’s half-demon).
I enjoyed this book more than the first. A lot of action, like the first, but it didn’t seem to drag. There is also a lot less antagonism in Cynda’s triad over her relationship with Nick — though the leader of the fire Sybils is against it and threatens to expel Cynda if she continues to pursue it.
The thing I noticed in this book was the reference to family. Cynda’s biological family couldn’t deal with a child who set things on fire and turned her over to Motherhouse Ireland, which became her home. The Sybils in general are her family, but she is closest to Rianna and Merilee, the other members of her triad. Rianna’s husband, Creed, is Nick’s twin brother. Even without his relationship with Cynda, Nick is connected to her triad through his brother. Then there is Jacob/Jake, Nick and Creed’s “brother” who may or may not be acting of his own free will. The possibility of having to kill their own brother weighs heavily on the twins.
I thought the identity of the villain was obvious, but only to the reader. It worked for me this time because I don’t think Cynda could have figured it out any sooner than she did — it would have seemed too far-fetched to have just jumped to conclusions with such vague clues to work with.
I will be continuing this series.
Start: 1 October 2012
Finished: 5 October 2012