Friday, April 10, 2020

Duty Bound by Lindsay Buroker [Review]

 Duty Bound by Lindsay Buroker
Duty Bound (Agents of the Crown #3) by Lindsay Buroker
Format: ebook
Source: borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Date read: May 5, 2019

Agents of the Crown
1. Eye of Truth
2. Blood Ties
3. Duty BoundPaperback | Kindle
4. Elven Fury
5. Dragon Tear

Lindsay Buroker
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Crown Agent Jev Dharrow’s good dwarf friend Cutter is missing, as is the city’s master gem cutter. Jev doesn’t know who would want them, but he’s determined to find out.

He hopes his fellow agent, Zenia, can help him locate the missing dwarves. Even though she rejected his offer of a romantic relationship because of their status differences, they have become good friends, and she has years of experience finding criminals.

But this kidnapping is anything but simple. Jev and Zenia find themselves entangled in a snarled plot that threatens the entire kingdom while making them realize their true feelings for each other. If they can’t rescue the dwarves, deter an invasion, and stop an explosive plot to destroy half the city, they may lose everything they love. Including each other.
Thoughts on Duty Bound: Jev and Zenia are...well, I can't actually say they're settling into their new job. I mean, it's been one crazy thing after another since they first crossed paths and they've barely had time to study the handbook for agents (well, Zenia found some time, but Jev's almost a lost cause on that, isn't he?), but they are finding themselves smack-dab in the middle of everything.

Everything. Criminal underworlds. Kidnapped master gem cutters. Plots against the kingdom. A literal boatload of dwarves.

While all this is going on, Jev's trying to abide by Zenia's wishes and keep their relationship strictly professional. But, you know, lingering looks and accidentally admitting to some late night fantasies happen. Right? I mean, sometimes those things just slip out and once it's said it's not like it can be unsaid.

On top of all this, Zenia's dragon tear is massively powerful and...well, honestly, I don't think Zenia's the type to turn all power-mad or anything when she gets a taste of it, but that tear is far more than it seems. FAR MORE.

I'm not thrilled with the news Jev's cousin dumped on him at the end of the book, but I'm completely ready to see how he gets himself out of his situation. Completely. Onto the next book.

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