Soulbound by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Revisit Review}

Posted 24 July, 2015 by Amanda / 10 Comments

Soulbound by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Revisit Review}Soulbound by Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #6
Also in this series: Firelight {Kelly}, Firelight {Amanda}, Moonglow {Kelly}, Moonglow {Amanda}, Winterblaze {Amanda}, Winterblaze {Kelly}, Shadowdance {Amanda}, Shadowdance {Kelly}, Evernight, Soulbound
Genres: Romance, Historical, Victorian, Paranormal, Fantasy, Urban, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Once two souls are joined . . .

When Adam's soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled-and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone . . .

Their hearts will beat together forever

No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn't stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted-by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam's kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken . . .

Just the break that I needed

Thoughts on Soulbound

I told myself to take a break from historical romance, and Soulbound is where I landed. Partly because it was sitting on my desk, but also partly because, while it’s paranormal, it’s technically historical romance too. Hey. I ease out of historical romance slowly, okay?

But this was precisely what I needed. PRECISELY. Kristen Callihan weaves such an intriguing world, and it expands with each installment. Plus, if my bookish memory serves me correctly (and that’s always an issue), Adam and Eliza were introduced in the previous book, Evernight, and it wasn’t a pretty relationship.

Let’s talk about Adam and Eliza. Those two did not get off on the right foot. Adam’s knee jerk reaction to chaining Eliza to him so she couldn’t escape was bad on so many levels. — Kelly

I mean, how does a romance blossom out of a relationship where Adam had Eliza chained to him? (And no, it wasn’t in a sexy way, either.)

But Kristen Callihan handles it beautifully, and really, there’s nothing I love more than a well-executed enemies to lovers trope. The enemies to lovers aspect helped to ease the eye-rolls of the soulmate factor. Often, it serves to fall precariously close to instalove, but Adam and Eliza (more so the latter) fought it, and it was only after they came to know each other that they embraced their fate.

Not going to lie, the slow trust that built between them was perfect. Absolutely perfect. — Kelly

And Adam. OH, ADAM. You see, part of my needing a break from historical romance stems from the overwhelming number of heroes who can’t seem to be without a woman warming their bed. They bed women frequently, often ending a relationship with a mistress mid-book (seriously, how do I keep finding books like that?). But Adam has been cursed to not feel anything until he finds the other half of his soul.

So, you know, there’s little lovin’ to be had that way. He’s celibate, essentially, for 700 years. And honestly, his lack of sexual experience made his interactions with Eliza all the more swoony. I like to see a rake fall hard for one woman, but there’s something infinitely sexy about a man who waits (intentionally or not) for his beloved.

As for the other, non-romance happenings in Soulbound (because there are some of those!), it was good. I figured out what the Golden Horn an Bas was long before they found it. (Because duh, I’m that good at guessing and it made sense given the clues.) But man. That ending. It was cruel and ripped my heart out (heh), but I was happy when Eliza and Adam finally found a way to be together.

I loved seeing familiar faces and I loved the setup for Sin’s book. That poor, poor boy. I can’t wait to see how his story plays out. — Kelly

I also found St. John’s POV to be useful for a couple reasons: 1, now I want to read his story (obviously), but 2, his POV gave us a glimpse of what was happening outside of Eliza and Adam’s POVs that we would not have been able to get otherwise, and it served to give us more answers (but also raise more questions). Gooooood stuff.


Filed under: ESR: 9, Review: Amanda,


10 Responses to “Soulbound by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Revisit Review}”

  1. There’s nothing I love more than an enemies to lovers romance either Amanda. It’s like crack to me, I can never get enough of it. I think I’d thoroughly enjoy Adam and Eliza!!! Also, he’s been celibate for hundreds of years? Ummmmmm. YES. It’s definitely a nice change from the rakes and rogues of historical romance ;-)
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  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I loved this book too! I was worried about it because of Adam keeping Eliza in chains thing, but the author did a good job of dealing with it. I liked that Eliza didn’t automatically forgive him even after hearing the reason. Adam had to do some major growing as a character which I appreciated. And I cannot wait for Sin’s book either! He just broke my heart in this one.

    • Yeah. That was not an easy start to their relationship, but Callihan rocked it. Now to wait until November for Sin’s book to be released. =/

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