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ARC Review: Duty Bound by Christina Bauer

Duty Bound

Author: Christina Bauer

Genre: Paranormal, YA, Fantasy

Publisher: Monster House Books

Release Date: February 27th 2018

By popular demand! A prequel novella to the best-selling Angebound, told from Prince Lincoln’s point of view!

As the High Prince of the demon-fighting thrax, Lincoln knows he must marry for political gain. Not that he minds. For all of his eighteen years, Lincoln’s been bound to his duty. Fighting demons is his life, and he’s never given romance a second thought. Instead, the High Prince lives for the days when he leaves his hidden realm to fight demons on Earth.

Then, everything changes.

Lincoln and his nobles become forced to visit Purgatory, the home of quasi-demons (who are mostly human with a bit of demonic DNA). Here Lincoln spies Myla Lewis, a lady warrior who enflames his heart, ignites his interest, and inspires his respect. Trouble is, Myla’s also a quasi. By thrax law, Lincoln must kill anything demonic—not date them. For the first time in his life, Lincoln wonders if he’ll follow his duty…or heed the demands of his heart.

I received a free copy for an honest review

Christina Bauer had blessed us, people! I know that she isn’t one of the authors that believe in “just leave it at that”, looking at how she repeatedly gifted us with more and more prequels, sequels, and stories of our beloved baby Lincoln our savage queen Myla.

One thing (if I remembered right, I’ve mentioned before) I loved the most about Bauer’s books is the tone. Bauer had this distinct attitude when it comes to writing her narrations, which includes some of the best sarcasm, savageness, and badassness that I have ever seen in any book ever. In fact, if you give me a Bauer book, didn’t let me know the title or the author or anything about it, and just let me try and guess who the author is, chances I I really would think Bauer as a possibility in my head. That’s how distinctive her narrations are.

This book is no exception. This book, by writing from Lincoln’s perspectives, proved how Lincoln has just as much brains, sass, and fighting skills as Myla (if we didn’t already suspect that before). It was just a novella, and a prequel. It was simply a treat for us to get more of them, that I most definitely enjoyed a lot.

I really liked how Bauer managed to make this book so interesting for me, despite its short length. I especially liked how this book taught me so much about their world’s demonology on Class A, B, E, F demons, etc. The actions scenes were excellent quality and did give me some adrenaline when reading, all these stuff and more just made me have so much fun reading it.

I really do suggest people who have already read the Angelbound series, you’ll enjoy this so much because we get more Lincoln (and Myla, kind of). But even if you didn’t read the series…I actually do think that if you read this book before you start, it can help get you pumping and excited for the other ones because this book can really show you what you’re going to receive.


Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. Across the lifetime of her series, Christina has driven more than 500,000 ebook orders and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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