Book Review

An Origin Story: Girl Meets Boy


Bloodbound (Cruentus Curse #0.5) by Amalie Howard


Love or freedom…the choice is hers.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA, 1892. Lady Leandra Von Kurzberg is a hellion. Raised with seven older brothers, there is only one thing Lena fears: marriage. She has no desire to give up her freedom to be any lord’s broodmare.

When Lena meets the dangerously attractive Devereux twins, , she is smitten. Inexplicably drawn to both men, the brothers are polar opposites—as much as Christian is every inch the debonair Duke of D’Avigny, his brother Lucian is a roguish scoundrel bent on hedonism.

But the captivating twins aren’t what they seem…

As frightening truths are unveiled and a one-of-a-kind offer is made, Lena will have to decide whether love is worth the loss of her freedom, or if freedom is worth the ultimate cost…her life.


Bloodbound is the prequel to the Cruentus Curse series. This book tells the story of Lena, a character from Bloodspell and the events that occur when she meets twins Christian and Lucian Devereux.

I read this story after I’ve read the first book, Bloodspell and it was really good. I get to see Christian and Lucian before they had a falling out and I finally know the story about the whole Lucian, Lena, Christian situation. Howard glanced on it in Bloodspell but didn’t get to much into. Bloodbound opens up a whole new insight into Lucian all three characters and what has lead to their situation in Bloodspell. Vampires twins competing over a noble woman, near misses, exciting races, fights, balls, attacks and murder. How could I not like this book.

As usual Howard has written and strong and interesting tale that even though I read Bloodspell and knew how the story sort of end, it kept me waiting to find out what happens next. I fell in love with Bloodspell, continued on with Bloodbound and soon I will be reading Bloodcraft.

Overall ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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