I stumbled upon Hailey Turner’s Soulbound series purely by chance. I wasn’t in the market for an urban fantasy/paranormal read, but I’m not one to say no to a redhaired mage and am I glad I didn’t.
I love a good flawed character and Patrick is certainly that. All too often authors use “flaws” to excuse uncharacteristic behavior, but Patrick stayed true to himself and never lost sight of what was important. I enjoyed how Jono became important, too. I wouldn’t characterize their romance as a slow-burn, the attraction was there right from the start, but I like how they took their time: here were two adult men who had lives and jobs and responsibilities and no easy answers. Their actions have repercussions.
I thoroughly enjoyed Turner’s world building. Her setting felt well lived in rather than just a backdrop upon which stuff happened. She gave out information and backstory as needed, creating a tantalizing glimpse into a larger urban fantasy universe that just happened to center on Patrick and his new friends, but clearly encompassed the rest of the world as well.