Ginny Blackwell and her brother live as slaves to humans until the night she gains her psychic demon power and uses it to take their freedom. Despite her raging power, Ginny wants nothing more than to live a normal life with her brother, a husband and a family. Jerry sweeps into her life, promising her everything she wants — protection, love and a home. The trouble is she already bonded herself to the demon Gabriel when she couldn't control her abilities.
Every day Jerry shows her an ideal life on his New England estate and every night, Gabriel seduces her in a secret garden and teaches everything she never wanted to know about being a demon. When her life is threatened, will Ginny choose to let Jerry protect her or stand up and fight back as the demon she was born to be?
Ginny has no memory of a time when she and her younger brother, Henry, were not held prisoner. Enslaved and experimented on Ginny longs for freedom but would never leave her brother behind. Something has changed though and unknown to her captors Ginny's demonic powers are growing and on her twentieth birthday Ginny's life changes forever. She's terrified and reaches out for help and somehow from somewhere, she finds a sense of peace and belonging. A young man called Jerry comes into her life claiming to be Henry's guardian and offering protection but there's a price!
Ginny and Henry go to stay with Jerry who seems to genuinely want to help them but can he truly be trusted? When Ginny dreams she's transported far away to a place inhabited by Gabriel, a demon who is clearly not friendly. Gabriel claims it was him who answered Ginny's cry for help but he's dangerous and any connection to the enigmatic Gabriel may not be the safe answer that Ginny seeks. She needs his help and somehow she's determined to survive this.
I found Demon Bonds to be an interesting idea but for some reason I just didn't connect with the characters. I really liked that Ginny is protective and loyal to her brother but didn't really feel any emotional connection. I guess teenage boys can be a little self contained but his preoccupation with computer games amongst all the chaos seemed a little far fetched. I really liked that Henry has his own abilities but at times found it difficult to picture in my mind the events happening.
Jerry and Gabriel! Two completely different men and yet the heroine feels a pull towards both. She's a very naive person and far too trusting considering the way she has been abused but I feel this is the start of her emotional journey. I'm hoping for much more character development as the series progresses.
There's action within Demon Bonds and quite traumatic events happen. A really nasty and vile bad guy who deserves to get his comeuppance tenfold is part of the story. I feel Gabriel was a touch underused here and I'd hope Ms Matos explores the connection more fully.
I'm not sure if this is aimed at adults or teenagers but heat rating was quite low so suitable for most ages. There is violence and physical abuse so I feel that should be pointed out as many could find it offensive. Did I enjoy it? Well, I really wanted to know what happened so this story definitely captured my imagination but I'm left with questions which hopefully will be answered in the next book in this series. A great idea and a good beginning but please can we have more Gabriel next time?
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