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You can’t bargain with death if you’ve already sold your soul.
Special Agent Patrick Collins has been reassigned by the Supernatural Operations Agency to New York City. Navigating his new relationship with Jonothon de Vere, the werewolf he’s now soulbound to, is nothing compared to dealing with territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures who call the five boroughs home. But the delicate treaties that have kept the preternatural world in check are fraying at the edges, and the fallout is spilling into the mundane world.
Manhattan’s club scene is overrun with the vampire drug known as shine and the subways have become a dumping ground for bodies. When the dead are revealed as missing werecreatures, Patrick and Jono find themselves entangled in pack politics twisted by vampire machinations.
Learning to trust each other comes with problems for both of them, and the gods with a stake in Patrick’s soul debt aren’t finished with him yet. Bound by promises they can’t break, Patrick and Jono must find a way to survive a threat that takes no prisoners and is stalking them relentlessly through the city streets.
Old and new betrayals are coming home to roost but the truth—buried in blood—is more poisonous than the lies being spun. Trying to outrun death is a nightmare—one Patrick may never wake up from.
–Reader Warning: This book contains on page sexual assault.—
—All Souls Near & Nigh is a 104k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Ferry of Bones & Gold, and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one. Please see the disclaimer at the beginning of the book for content some readers may find triggering.—
~Q&A with Hailey Turner~
What comes first, the plot or characters?
This is like the chicken or the egg question. For me, it’s a mixture of both. I feel my characters play off the plot, but I need the outline of the book and series to really create a character and their motives. Characters and plot are pretty intertwined when I create a book, so I can’t say one comes first above the other.
Describe a typical writing day.
I usually write in the morning and evenings around work on weekdays, and for a block of hours on the weekend around errands and time spent with friends and family. On weekdays, I get up early in the morning (I’m talking 5:00am here) to get some writing in before work. I try to make time to write every day otherwise it would be difficult to finish a book if I didn’t.
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
I like to have themes with my titles and they tend to have the same sort of word structure for the entire series. For my Metahuman Files series, the titles spoke to the missions in each book. For Soulbound, every title has a hint of the mythology I’ve incorporated into that particular book. It varies with every series but I honestly can’t start a book without a title.
This is the second book in the Soulbound series by Hailey Turner. As much as I enjoyed the action in the first book, A Ferry of Bones & Gold, I wasn’t sure I’ll stick to this series because it got exhausting at times. As English isn’t my native language I had a hard time keeping up with all the werecreatures, mages, vampires, werewolves, gods, immortals.
Well in this one we get many more characters, but I got more invested in the story! Much more than I expected…The beginning was a little slow, but we get many more intriguing characters. This is actually the sequel to A Ferry of Bones & Gold, and it’s best to read the first book in the series to enjoy this one to the fullest.
Patrick and Jono find themselves in the middle of the fighting for territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures. I really wish Patrick would have taken Jono’s advice or at least admit they were a pack now and he needed Jono by his side. It bugged me a little that he was determined to still work on his own and he got into trouble all the time.
All the Aztec gods, Santa Muerte, Tezcatlipoca, Omacatl Cartel were great additions to the story. We get many unexpected scenes, a lot of suspense and of course, A LOT of action…I don’t want to give too much away. A lot of characters surprised me, especially Wade.
What I loved most here would be the strong soulbound Patrick and Jono had. The way Jono fought to keep Patrick safe, his possessive and also tender side.
This story is well written, entertaining and full of action. I did expect a little more hotness and was left wanting more…Looking forward to reading the next book. Hopefully, we’ll get more hot scenes between the main characters!
I recommend this book!
Sunrise in summer came before 0700, and after a night of no dreams or nightmares, Patrick woke to warm lips pressing open-mouthed kisses down his spine. Cracking open one eye, Patrick flexed his fingers against the sheets. He’d rolled onto his stomach sometime during the night, arms shoved beneath the pillow. He had a vague sense memory of Jono pressed close throughout the night but that was overtaken by the present teasing touches.
“You turned off my alarm,” Patrick mumbled. His internal sense of time told him it should’ve gone off five minutes ago.
Jono licked at the dip of his lower spine, the warm drag of Jono’s tongue making Patrick twitch. He’d gone to bed in boxers but those were missing now. The fact that Jono was able to strip him without Patrick waking up just proved his subconscious had firmly put Jono in the non-threat box.
“You get up too bloody early most days but it works in my favor sometimes,” Jono said, his breath ghosting over the curve of Patrick’s bare ass. “Figured I could welcome you home now since I didn’t get the chance last night.”
Patrick helpfully spread his legs, hissing at the way his already interested cock moved against the bedsheet. Warm fingers gripped his ass and spread him open. Patrick turned his face into the pillow at the first lick of Jono’s tongue over his hole, the scrape of Jono’s five o’clock shadow against sensitive skin making him gasp.
This was, hands down, Patrick’s favorite way to wake up these days.
~About the Author~
Hailey Turner is big city girl who spoils her cats rotten and has a demanding day job that she loves, but not as much as she loves writing. She’s been writing since she was a young child and enjoys reading almost as much as creating a new story. Hailey loves stories with lots of action, gritty relationships, and an eventual HEA that satisfies the heart.
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