Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Chained Hearts

Author: Elizabeth Noble
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61372-542-9
Genre: {M/M}, Science Fiction, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Nick and Todd are still on the run, hoping to find a place to settle down before winter starts.  When Todd becomes sick and Nick’s injury from the kelbit becomes worse, the two men settle down in Elk Ridge.  The men fear being recognized but with Nick finally happy again, Todd is willing to take their chances.

Before going any further, I would like to take this time to say that it is necessary to read this series in order.  If you have not yet read the previous books then I would wait to read this review as it will contain spoilers.  

Chained Hearts is the third story in the Sentries series by Elizabeth Noble and takes place not too long after the end of book two.  The men are still on the run, with bounties on their heads, for the death of Chancellor Shaffer.  As the story moves north to Yellowknife territory and the little community of Elk Ridge, it starts to have an old western feel to it.  While the men’s relationship is still strong, Todd knows that because of his and Nick’s involvement with the kelbit there may be some trust issues on Nick’s part.  Knowing the history of the men’s relationship, it is easy to understand why Todd is worried about Nick.  The passion that exists between the men continues to be intense and I like the flirtyness that comes out of Nick on occasion.  The men’s time in Elk Ridge is unfortunately just the calm before the storm. 

While the first part of this story moves smoothly and is very entertaining, it is the second half that is full of action.  The men’s past comes back to haunt them when bounty hunters take Nick back to New Colorado and Todd needs the help of many past secondary characters in order to get him back.  Some of these secondary characters are friendlies, while others are not.  There are also many twists and turns, some of which I did not see coming. 

Chained Hearts was one of those stories I could not put down.  The main characters are easy to care about and the secondary ones help move the story along nicely.  The action is entertaining and holds the reader’s attention till the end.  This story had a bit of an open ending to it and I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

1 comment:

elizabeth noble said...

Critter Nymph,

Thank you so very much for such a kind review. You've made my day!

Elizabeth Noble