Bonded Broken by Amber Kell

Bonded Broken by Amber Kell
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (102 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

Friln had always counted on his lover to be there when things go wrong. But when one brief moment of death breaks his bond with his Thresl mate, he loses the only thing in the world he needs to make him happy.

For the past ten years Friln, the king’s Captain of the Guard, has lived with and loved his Thresl mate Nelrin. When an assassination attempt catches Friln in the crossfire, he is killed. In the brief moment before he’s revived, the bond to his lover is shattered.

At Friln’s death Nelrin loses everything. Bereft of the only person he’s ever loved, Nelrin turns back into his cat form and runs away. Unfortunately he falls into the hands of a pair of scientists who have different plans than redemption for the Thresl race.

I’ve followed this series for a while, and it was interesting to meet a bonded pair who have a long history but have to work together to repair what was broken. There were some spots that were a bit confusing, and I imagine extremely confusing if this is the first book in the Thresl Chronicles a reader picks up. This is not a book to be read out of order, so many threads of intrigue flow and carry over from previous books. I personally liked those threads though I’ll admit that I wish I had gone back and read the series again for some of the little bits of past trivia, since I didn’t remember some past players.

Friln and Nelrin have a beautiful relationship which is at the core of this story. They are proof that love blooms and gets better with time, and that even when forgotten love leaves an imprint on the heart. That was my favorite part of the book. I felt a deep connection with the characters because of their long history and easily flowing feelings of love. I also learned a bit more about how Thresl’s work and I really liked finding out more about these fascinating creatures. I will be picking up the next book, and recommend this book if the reader has already read the previous books, and I do recommend the whole series, it’s a series that keeps building on itself and getting better over time much like Friln and Nelrin’s love.

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