Review: Sins That Bind Us – E.M. Lindsey
by E.M. Lindsey
Series: Madly Ever After #2
Also in this series: Sins That Find Us
Publication Date: January 25, 2023
Source: the author
I received an advance review copy of this book from the author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My rating:
My name might be Alice, and this sure as hell isn’t wonderland, but everyone is definitely a little mad here.
A line was drawn, bets were placed, and the chips fell, leaving me in enemy territory. The only reason I can live with that is because this gamble allowed me to make my own choice.
As the only daughter of the Romano empire, I was always up for auction, but Kane made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I might be exchanging one level of hell for another, but at least in this one, with Hades by my side and the other misfits in my bed, I can rule as queen. I can finally have power over the person who had made it clear my worth was only in what someone was willing to pay.
And then it all came crashing down. My father might not be clever, but sometimes he gets lucky, and the prison that had become my sanctuary is now under threat. Kane is missing, the rest of my men are frantic to find him, and I’m still being hounded by the life I left behind.
James, Ariel, Phoenix, and Kane might seem like the harbingers of both doom and happily ever afters, but something tells me there’s still so much more story left until our fairytale reaches The End.
The Sins That Bind Us is the second book in an MFMMM, modern fractured fairy tale trilogy that tells the story of how heroes and villains might not always be what they seem. It features MF, MMF, and MM scenes, and ends on a cliffhanger.
After that wild cliffhanger from the last book, I couldn’t wait to read this one, the second in a planned trilogy. Like the first book, we get lots of revenge plotting, lots of Alice wondering if she’s just a means to an end, and lots of development of the relationships between each of the characters. This is the second book in the Madly Ever After series and can’t be read as a standalone. As such, this review will contain spoilers for the first book.
With Kane missing, his band of misfits jump into action to track him down. James, Ari and Phoenix must work together to find him, but it’s more obvious than ever that Alice has traded one sort of pampered captivity for another. Left behind, she has more time to ponder whether marrying Kane is the right decision. If they can find him, and if he survives…
Each character is based on a fairy tale, whether that’s Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, or the Little Mermaid. And Kane, of course, considers himself Hades, king of his own underworld. There’s POVs from each of the characters, giving more insight into their characters and backstories. That’s six POV characters, mind you, but the author juggled them all well, making sure that each scene was told from just the right POV. With this book, I feel like I understand each man’s reasons for staying with Kane better. I especially appreciated seeing more of the extremely complicated relationship between Kane and Phoenix.
But the thread running through all of that character work is a meticulously planned revenge plot. Alice may have agreed to remain with Kane, coerced or not, but a major part of her reasoning is to get revenge against her “father.” Luckily that dovetails nicely with what they have planned. But there are hints that Alice hasn’t been told the whole story, especially about who was responsible for her mother’s and sister’s deaths. She may have agreed to sleep with all of them, but trusting them is harder. Is she a cherished member of the misfits or a convenient weapon of revenge?
While this book also ends on something of a cliffhanger, it’s much milder than the last one. Nevertheless, I’m very excited to read the next book and hopefully see Alice, Kane and his misfits get their revenge!
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