Detective Drake Nash: hot, alpha, bossy, and… mine.
Now, if someone could tell his ex that… I don’t care if the summer fayre is coming to Holly Woods and she’s on the planning committee. What I do care about is sugar-filled food, bright lights, late nights… and danger. The type that won’t come in the form of Nonna’s new cantankerous British parrot, Gio. (Please see the damage done to Mom’s new curtains.)
Unfortunately, when the danger comes, it comes in the form of something Holly Woods has never seen. The town is rocked to its core, and once again, I’m in danger. Only this time, it isn’t because of my clients—this time, I’m in danger because of who I am… Because of my heritage.
And despite the HWPD’s best efforts, the bodies keep on piling up.
Drake’s determined to protect me. I’m determined that I can do it myself.
Danger. Mystery. Darkness. Malice.
It’ll be a miracle if any of us make it out of this with guns unfired, cupcakes still frosted, and hearts intact…
It’s better for my sanity if I get this conversation with Nonna over and done with.
Oh my fuck. I have to meet the parrot, too. Holy fuckballs. What if the colorful rat sides with her?
Oh, who am I kidding? Of course it’s gonna side with Nonna.
Shit. Clearly, I can be swayed by the desperation of my future sister-in-law. I’ve really gotta get a handle on that crap. This should be Devin having this conversation, not me.
That thought hits right as I pull up behind Mom’s car on the drive. I take a deep breath, apprehension coiling in my lower stomach, and get out of my car. This feeling always hits whenever I get to my parents’ place, but today, it’s particularly strong. I know that Nonna will play the innocent card and make everything a lot harder.
I walk across the front yard, and a loud squawk rings in my ears. My heart stops for a brief second, and I bite my tongue. That thing is loud. How are Mom and Dad coping with that?
I knock on the front door twice before I push it open.
“Ye cruel wench! Ye vile wench! Cazzo! Cazzo!”
Nice to meet you, too, Gio.
“Hello,” I call hesitantly, closing the door behind me.
“Aye! Ye bloody wench!”
“Oh, shut up, you little shit!” Mom yells.
I walk into the front room in time to see her cover the offending bird’s cage with a bedsheet.
“Wench! Wench!” Gio squawks from beneath the black sheet.
Mom smacks the cage. “I’ll wench your beak real soon!”
Oy vey. Things have sure gotten violent in the Bond family home.
Nonna shuffles into the front room and, upon seeing Gio covered, gasps. “Kellie, you-a let-a him go-a!”
Mom snorts. “Believe me, Liliana. If I could imprison the little shit, I would! My curtains are ruined!”
I glance at the window. There’s a giant rip in one of the drapes. The ones she bought two weeks ago.
Nonna gasps and rushes across the room, her cane nothing more than a steadying tool. “Gio!” she exhales, whipping the sheet off. “You-a okay?”
The concern on her face is comical. Oh, Nonna.
“Vile wench! Vile wench!” Gio shrills, violently flapping his bright-green wings. “Kellie, ye vile wench!”
I squint. Doesn’t seem like Gio’s conversational skills are up to much unless he’s going to hop on the Black Pearl.
“Hello?” I try again, stepping fully into the front room.
Nonna is leaning forward, cooing at the parrot, and ignores me. Mom turns, her nostrils flaring.
“Nonna, do you know you can hear that thing halfway down the street?” I inquire.
“He is-a no thing,” Nonna murmurs. “He is-a Gio!”
Gio’s wings flap again, and Nonna stands. Two beady, black eyes focus on me, and it’s surprisingly uncomfortable. A high-pitched noise that sounds awfully like a whistle emits from the cage, and I blink harshly.
“Did he just—”
Gio interrupts me with a loud, unmistakable wolf whistle.
Holy shit. The parrot just wolf-whistled at me.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 Suspenseful Stars ~
Wow!!! What an amazing ride this book was. I have to be honest….I truly think this just might be my favorite Emma Hart book and it even beats out Twisted Bond (book 1 in the series).
Emma Hart has done it again!!! Tethered Bond is the Third book in her Holly Woods Files Series and this book is the reason I fell in love with this series. It had everything mystery, suspense, intrigue, romance, Nonna and a crazy Parrot 🙂 My heart was racing through most of this book. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out how this story unfolded.
I am going to warn you this review is going to be short and vague, because I can’t talk about the storyline hardly at all because everything would be a spoiler and this is a story you want to unravel yourself 😉
This book had me guessing and on the edge of my seat all the way through. I found this storyline interesting because I haven’t read a mystery/suspense story with a religion based storyline. I thought this was a unique and intriguing story and very well written. I also loved that Emma focused more on the mystery of the story and threw in just enough romance between Noelle and Drake to keep her readers happy. I mean what would a book in this series be without the sassy and smart mouthed banter between Drake and Noelle.
Tethered Bond is not a stand alone book. Just like Twisted Bond (book 1) and Tangled Bond (book 2) Tethered Bond is a complete story and the mystery is solved by the end, but what makes these books NOT stand alones, is the on going story between Drake and Noelle. Each of these books follows their journey and how they handle being in a relationship together. This book will test their bond. Will they come out unscathed or will their job threaten their happiness together?? You’ll just have to read the book to find out.
What I loved about this book was we got some more background on Drake and Noelle. We find out why Drake doesn’t like Messina and we also find out exactly happened with Noelle in her past in Dallas. I enjoyed watching these two continue to open up to each other and continue to learn how to trust and love one another. There are many times these two characters had me laughing out loud. I absolutely love their dynamic and when you throw in her family, Nonna and a crazy talking Parrot, you can’t help but laugh 🙂
So if you are a fan of Emma Hart, you don’t want to miss this book!!! I would also recommend this book/series to anyone who is a fan of a romantic suspense story. If you like a book that is full of twists and turns, mystery, and intrigue…..then PICK this book up, you won’t be sorry!!!