Review: ALL SOULS NEAR & NIGH (Soulbound Book 2)

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 devoured the first book in the series and jumped on the follow-up fully expecting more mischief and mayhem. I wasn’t disappointed.

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. His attraction to Jono is undiminished, which is good, because he’s stuck with the werewolf for the long run. I like how they navigate their life together. They’re adult men with lives of their own, jobs and responsibilities, and making that work. Their actions from the first book had repercussions. There are no easy answers.

I thoroughly enjoyed Turner’s world building. I love how her setting feels well lived in: it’s not just a stage on which Patrick and Jono act. Their actions don’t happen in isolation. It’s clear they live in a larger urban fantasy universe populated with people and creatures in all corners of the world.

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