Paranormal Romance

ARC Review: Bound by Forever – S Young (True Immortality #3)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


Niamh Farren has been burdened by knowledge for most of her life. As one of seven fae children born into the human world with the ability to open the gate to Faerie, Niamh’s mission is to guide her fae brethren to do what’s right. Because Niamh has seen what will happen to the human world if she does not protect the gate. Throughout the years, she’s traveled the world with her brother Ronan, using her psychic visions to find the fae-borne and convince them to stay on the path that will keep the gate from opening. She has sacrificed much … but when she loses her brother to the mission, Niamh begins to lose herself.

For nearly one hundred and fifty years, werewolf Kiyo has wandered the planet as a lost soul. Cursed with immortality, he spends his awful eternity as a mercenary for hire. When the powerful Fionn Mór confides the truth about the existence of Faerie and hires Kiyo to protect one of the fae-borne, he accepts the challenge out of boredom, not heroism. Yet Niamh is unexpected in every way the werewolf can possibly imagine.

Guarding Niamh from her enemies is nowhere near as challenging as protecting the fae woman from herself. If Kiyo is to succeed, he must help Niamh find herself again, and not just for her sake. Ignoring the fierce connection between them may no longer be an option. A new enemy is rising and threatening to rip open the gate between worlds. To remind Niamh of who she really is, Kiyo must make the choice to lower his defenses and give into their bond. Or safeguard his own heart … and in doing so lead the human world to the brink of war.


Samantha Young (known as S Young in her paranormal writing) has delivered yet another incredible story. If you love paranormal romances, slow burns sizzling with chemistry, and complex characters full of heart, you need to read Bound by Forever (and the previous two books in the series, War of Hearts and Kiss of Vengeance).

Bound of Forever features Niamh Farren, a young, fae-borne woman with psychic abilities. For most of her life, she has been on the run and evading her enemies while trying to understand the visions she sees. It’s a life full of loss and loneliness, until she meets Kiyo Fujiwara. The hero, Kiyo, is a brooding, serious, immortal werewolf. He’s a mercenary-for-hire and no stranger to loss and loneliness in life either.

Both of these characters were delightful to get to know and their first meeting was incredibly entertaining. There were some misunderstandings and mishandlings (lol) of the situation, and Kiyo and Niamh circled each other for ages as their relationship eventually bloomed. As previously mentioned, it was very much a slow burn romance but the build up was worth it.

I typically like to focus on character development in the stories I read but will also mention the rest of the storyline is equally entertaining. So many events take place that keep the reader on their toes and several beloved characters from the previous books make cameos for fans of the series.

Overall, I found this to be such a great addition to the True Immortality series. It had intrigue, action and a wonderful, slow burn romance. While this book can definitely be read as a standalone, I think getting to know the characters from the previous books first really enhances the reading experience of Bound by Forever.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Samantha Young and Valentine PR for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
Please note: The featured image in this blog post was provided by Valentine PR.

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Meet Samantha

Samantha is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty books, several of which have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. She writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction. Her books have been published in 28 languages in 30 countries. She resides in Scotland.

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