Verity Hastings has a little trick; she can find anything, no matter where it's hidden. It's a skill that's kept her safe and fed all the way from the orphanages and workhouses of her youth. But when she steals a mysterious item for a masked man, she knows the con is on her this time.
In order to protect herself from his associates, she can turn to only one person: Adrian Bishop, the sorcerer she stole the relic from.
Scarred recluse, Adrian Bishop, is rarely surprised anymore. But when a rather enticing little handful turns up on his doorstep claiming to be his mysterious thief, he doesn't know what to think. He needs the relic back, no matter the cost, and he's not above using Verity to find it. But as Verity begins to sneak under his guard, for the first time in years there's a ray of light in his dark world. He will do anything to protect her–anything–but can Verity ever love him once she learns the truth of his darkest secret?
Clearly each of these books features one of the three brothers who also happens to be a powerful Sorcerer. Sharing the same powerful father, they fight an evil that threatens the very fabric of society. Hexbound focuses on Adrian, a man so tightly connected to death magic that he cannot ever allow himself to truly let go. Yet into his life comes the confident thief Verity, who not only steals something incredibly powerful from him, but challenges him in oh so many ways. Together they embark on reacquiring the missing Chalice but their hunt takes them into the underbelly of London and deeper still until it's all too obvious an evil plan is about to come to fruition!
As usual I devoured this story and quickly found myself enmeshed in the world the author has created. Perhaps a little less like the usual steampunk stories around as it's more a story of magic and not about fabulous mechanical creations but nevertheless another strong story. Yes, I've missed out slightly on the initial setting up as it were, but I found it very easy to follow with its mixture of intrigue, action, vile bad guys, and of course romance.
If you enjoy slightly stiff, honourable male leads partnered with feisty, bold heroines then Hexbound is a winner. Plus, as it ends, it sets up all the deliciousness that's to come from the next book and I, for one, cannot wait.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.