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An elven prince without a throne. A mortal woman without hope, stolen from her own world to fulfill his every desire. A choice of love and death that could bind them together forever. Some people believe that beneath our own world, separated only by a thin veil of human disbelief, there is another one—an ancient land of myths and legends, a place where magical creatures dwell An elven prince without a throne. A mortal woman without hope, stolen from her own world to fulfill his every desire. A choice of love and death that could bind them together forever. Some people believe that beneath our own world, separated only by a thin veil of human disbelief, there is another one—an ancient land of myths and legends, a place where magical creatures dwell. What would happen if one of them walked the streets of London at night? Once a proud warrior, elven prince Elathan was living in exile, fallen from grace and separated from his own people. He wanted the mortal woman the moment he saw her standing on Blackfriars Bridge, staring down into the darkness with unbearable pain in her eyes. This strangely compelling female also happened to have luscious curves that made his body ache with desire. Naturally, he decided to hunt the woman down, drag her to his lair and command her to become his slave of pleasure. But would her frail human body survive a night of untamed passion in the arms of a Fae? After a devastating breakup with her fiancé, Igraine Chandler was spending her honeymoon in England all by herself, her life utterly bereft of meaning. For who could ever love a plain, slightly overweight nurse from New Jersey with nothing left but a broken heart and her lost dreams of a home and a family? But she never imagined that she would soon set out into a world beyond her wildest dreams, and help a prince reclaim his throne... Set in a medieval fantasy world of noble knights, monsters and magicians, honor, betrayal and revenge, Bound to the Prince is a romance influenced by Celtic mythology and Arthurian legends. But in its heart, it's a story of a woman's inner development to a new, strong, self; uninhibited desire, boundless love, loss and sacrifice. www.deborahcourt.com www.deborahcourt.blogspot.com


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An elven prince without a throne. A mortal woman without hope, stolen from her own world to fulfill his every desire. A choice of love and death that could bind them together forever. Some people believe that beneath our own world, separated only by a thin veil of human disbelief, there is another one—an ancient land of myths and legends, a place where magical creatures dwell An elven prince without a throne. A mortal woman without hope, stolen from her own world to fulfill his every desire. A choice of love and death that could bind them together forever. Some people believe that beneath our own world, separated only by a thin veil of human disbelief, there is another one—an ancient land of myths and legends, a place where magical creatures dwell. What would happen if one of them walked the streets of London at night? Once a proud warrior, elven prince Elathan was living in exile, fallen from grace and separated from his own people. He wanted the mortal woman the moment he saw her standing on Blackfriars Bridge, staring down into the darkness with unbearable pain in her eyes. This strangely compelling female also happened to have luscious curves that made his body ache with desire. Naturally, he decided to hunt the woman down, drag her to his lair and command her to become his slave of pleasure. But would her frail human body survive a night of untamed passion in the arms of a Fae? After a devastating breakup with her fiancé, Igraine Chandler was spending her honeymoon in England all by herself, her life utterly bereft of meaning. For who could ever love a plain, slightly overweight nurse from New Jersey with nothing left but a broken heart and her lost dreams of a home and a family? But she never imagined that she would soon set out into a world beyond her wildest dreams, and help a prince reclaim his throne... Set in a medieval fantasy world of noble knights, monsters and magicians, honor, betrayal and revenge, Bound to the Prince is a romance influenced by Celtic mythology and Arthurian legends. But in its heart, it's a story of a woman's inner development to a new, strong, self; uninhibited desire, boundless love, loss and sacrifice. www.deborahcourt.com www.deborahcourt.blogspot.com

30 review for Bound to the Prince

  1. 4 out of 5

    Krista Bunny

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Couldn't finish this book, really did not enjoy it. NOW BEFORE YOU CRUCIFY ME - read WHY I didn't enjoy it. This book is erotica based on a capture fantasy. Normally I enjoy them. HOWEVER, this book did not strike a good chord with me. Here is why. When he first kidnaps her he tells her she's not strong enough to fuck him, makes her fight him, despite no training, where she obviously sprains her wrist and gets a head injury. NOT SEXY. And then when he gets on top of her, she forgets her injuries Couldn't finish this book, really did not enjoy it. NOW BEFORE YOU CRUCIFY ME - read WHY I didn't enjoy it. This book is erotica based on a capture fantasy. Normally I enjoy them. HOWEVER, this book did not strike a good chord with me. Here is why. When he first kidnaps her he tells her she's not strong enough to fuck him, makes her fight him, despite no training, where she obviously sprains her wrist and gets a head injury. NOT SEXY. And then when he gets on top of her, she forgets her injuries and wants to lick him. If the guy wasn't hot or Fae or her soul mate or WHATEVER, this book would scare the shit out of me. I get the connection thing between them, I really do. But it does not excuse him telling her she is not strong enough to fuck him, beating her with a baton and calling her a filthy human. And he blames HER for his desire. Meanwhile she thinks she's ugly and not worthy of him, but secretely he fancies her, but he won't say it out loud (?). As a survivor of sexual assault, the blame and degredation really got to me and I could not keep reading. He behaves like his own father we are told to despise in the opening story and I couldn't get over it. I wanted her to tell him to fuck off, not all humans are filthy (I mean, he's a centuries old Fae, grow the fuck up and expand your world view!) and to stop humping him after he is so mean to her. Then I realized that was my own internalization of the character and situation so I stopped. Maybe you'll like this book and think I'm a bitch for writing this about a new up and coming promising author and that is your prerogative.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Court

    I wrote this book so I hope you enjoy reading it ;-) I'd appreciate reviews and ratings. For excerpts and more information, visit http://www.deborahcourt.com or my Goodreads author page I wrote this book so I hope you enjoy reading it ;-) I'd appreciate reviews and ratings. For excerpts and more information, visit http://www.deborahcourt.com or my Goodreads author page

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leyla

    Okay... Everybody calm down! I see there are definitely contradictory opinions here...But before I go through the book details, I want to make something clear about this so called by many an abusive relationship... My eyes burned at comments like: Oh... I hated this book becuase he mistreats her and she's a submissive idiot. How can that be a reason to hate a book? I understand sensitivity, and maybe even comprehend that many may not accept it. Male being active and aggressive;female submissive a Okay... Everybody calm down! I see there are definitely contradictory opinions here...But before I go through the book details, I want to make something clear about this so called by many an abusive relationship... My eyes burned at comments like: Oh... I hated this book becuase he mistreats her and she's a submissive idiot. How can that be a reason to hate a book? I understand sensitivity, and maybe even comprehend that many may not accept it. Male being active and aggressive;female submissive and weak in character. These are their personalities, and if the agressive was female and the male was submissive I doubt I'd see any critique as being the main point or reason to not read this book. Stories and relationship vary,as well as dominance and frailty no matter the sex and one reads accepting to be introduced to many scenarios one may or may not like.But despite that, we can find a good story or not. So... Being that said, I shall continue with the review! There are several things I'd like to point out since I finished reading it. First of, this is a fantasy erotic novel with an elf male protagonist who is bitter and hates humans. His description and certain actions, not all of them, resemble a certain character I know. Potraid recently some years ago in a film I loved, called "Hellboy 2, The Golden Army". Remember that movie? With that hot and cold pale faced prince? YES SWEETHEARTS! IT'S NUADA! Hot? Yes... But there is sad truth... He hates humans.Period! This aspect is appealing as it is a challlenge for any female human and it fills our dark fantasies. Okay... so back to serious review here. He is filled with such hate that he enslaves a human woman(our heroine), named Igraine. He uses her and well... I leave you to read the rest. This was a very slow read for me, even painfull and dull at times. Our hero and herione have backgrounds but for some reason not enough to engage me or feel anything for them. No matter how stunningly beautiful he was...Or how tender and kind heartedly submissive she was. I just couldn't find a connection as a reader. So to resume the characters are weak and very void. The dialogues are excessively forced or the other extreme... Simply robotic! The events around them no matter how well versed or detailed did not matter what so ever! The plot non-existent... It fades and desolves as you near the ending. No matter if this is an erotic novel, if well written, it can move the reader and capture them. Debra tried to build up a pretty and viciuos world with hot scenes and love... But, to be honest, none moved me at all. No matter how poetic or hot ...The dialogues and actions were blank and empty turning it into pure porn. Not there is anything wrong with porn... But it is an erotic novel that seems to try to over build a story with two characters dramatically involved in a world of magic and mystery... Not once did it achieve that. It was forced, too adorned and repetetive... To the point of being terribly boring to finish Sigh... It really dissapointed me. Because it seemed to have potential due to our male character, some reviews, blurb and ratings. Above all... I really saw Debra's effort to amaze or enthrall us with this poisened prince with a shredded soul. Another sad point, is for the second book, they used the same cover and just changed the hair. With soooo many talented artists out there! Just clicking and hiring someone from deviant art... Or better yet. Make a cover that has nothing but eyes and pointy ears! Take a picture of a redhead guy's hair just showing his back and it would've rocked! With the first just blonde hair and a sword! If they wanted to go that simple... Yes Lord Elrond... My head hurts too. I really wanted to like this novel. I really wanted to like Elathan!But I had to be honest... So that's it for this review. I bid you all farewell and may your next reads be fab!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    i really disliked this novel. It honestly made me hate women.... and think they are stupid. and honestly made me think about how horrible books like this and twilight are... even tho i love books like twilight so that is saying something. for example twilight and this novel have one thing in common.... the relationship is abusive. both men constantly threaten to kill the women, stop them from seeing other men, are taking them away from their fronds and family, and physically hurt them in some wa i really disliked this novel. It honestly made me hate women.... and think they are stupid. and honestly made me think about how horrible books like this and twilight are... even tho i love books like twilight so that is saying something. for example twilight and this novel have one thing in common.... the relationship is abusive. both men constantly threaten to kill the women, stop them from seeing other men, are taking them away from their fronds and family, and physically hurt them in some way. like really?! this novel, bound to the prince is even worse tho. he gives her absolutely no reason to love him!!!! he is constantly a jerk, not a sexy one mind you, and constantly threatening her, and using her as a sex slave... and still treating her like crap. and almost killing her when they do have sex. it is ridiculous and makes me feel as a woman. embarrassed that we could be seen as that friggin stupid! I actually very much DISLIKE! this novel and will not even finish it to be honest. im way passed half way and let me tell you i was dying the whole time. i honestly don't care that he does get better, but honestly they should not be in love in the first place.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caity

    DNF!! Yes, I did not finish this book! Why? It was horrible. I know that many romance novels base themselves on the Stockholm Syndrome, where the heroine falls in love with her ABDUCTOR (stupid huh?). It's always the "he's a good guy underneath all that hard muscle" bull that gets old. One chapter in particular that made me stop reading the book was entitled "The Lover" (As an aside, I hate it when chapters are named. Don't know why.) Basically, the heroine is waking up after her first night of DNF!! Yes, I did not finish this book! Why? It was horrible. I know that many romance novels base themselves on the Stockholm Syndrome, where the heroine falls in love with her ABDUCTOR (stupid huh?). It's always the "he's a good guy underneath all that hard muscle" bull that gets old. One chapter in particular that made me stop reading the book was entitled "The Lover" (As an aside, I hate it when chapters are named. Don't know why.) Basically, the heroine is waking up after her first night of boinking her abductor (who's really just a good guy underneath all that hard muscle) and she discovers he's not spooning her and breathing on her with mysteriously absent morning breath. But lo and behold, here he comes strolling out of the forest with a dead boar strung across his shoulders. She's so happy with him that he dumps the boar and proceeds to screw the living daylights out of her. Did he even wash his hands? Ick. Also, end of chapter. I think I even rolled my eyes as I finished reading the chapter much to the curiousity of my fellow commuters on the train. I'm not sure how this book ends, so by all means, please find out. Just be sure you can make it through the idiocy of the first half of this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Raine Thomas

    I met Ms. Court on Twitter and she was kind enough to gift me with a copy of her book since I expressed an interest. It was a number of weeks before I had a chance to read BOUND TO THE PRINCE, but once I started, I found myself transfixed. In fact, I carried my Kindle around with me so that I could find out where the relationship between Elathan and Igraine was headed and (quite frankly) where they were next going to "do it." The author is aware of the fact that the book includes a large number o I met Ms. Court on Twitter and she was kind enough to gift me with a copy of her book since I expressed an interest. It was a number of weeks before I had a chance to read BOUND TO THE PRINCE, but once I started, I found myself transfixed. In fact, I carried my Kindle around with me so that I could find out where the relationship between Elathan and Igraine was headed and (quite frankly) where they were next going to "do it." The author is aware of the fact that the book includes a large number of sex scenes, and for this, I applaud her. It can be hard to have insights into one's work, but Ms. Court embraces this fact about BOUND TO THE PRINCE. She had intended this to be a series of online stories, but it grew into this novel. Due to the change in format, the amount of sex might seem out of place. For me, it was distracting enough that I will give it four instead of five stars. I would have liked to have seen more of why the characters loved each other outside of carnal lust for one another. All in all, I think this book was addicting. When I read romance, I want there to be some kind of struggle and a coming together of the two main characters. At its base, that's what romance is. Hands down, Ms. Court achieved that in BOUND TO THE PRINCE.

  7. 5 out of 5

    SheReadsALot

    I do not think I could actually describe the world that Deborah Court created in this story. I am a sucker for fairy tales. And though the premise doesn't exactly read HEA (a suicidal human, a bridge and a elven prince take a wild walk on the wide side...), this story was captivating. I love heroines who might feel a bit awkward and then push through their insecurities to recognize the real woman that has been aching to come out. Oh, do you like them too? Then read this book, please.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shirin

    Ok, so this one was bad. Truly, horrificly bad. Like, the suckiest-fanfiction-you-can-think-of-bad. Not only is the writing horrible and the choice of words nauseating (especially during the sex scenes), but the story itself is badly executed and jumpy. All in all, DON'T READ THIS. Your time and money is worth spending on better things.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sans

    Finish this book? Finish this book?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Proserpine

    Mmmm! This story was really intense, funny, entertaining and incredibly hot! What more can I say? I really should get a kindle…This book would have follow me everywhere I go if I had one… Some scenes give me shivers. This book was one of the best I read this year so far. I’ve been totally throw into a fantastic, magical and steamy world and I love it! This book mix some old Midsummer Night Dream by Shakespear and bright new Paranormal Romance by the author herself : Deborah Court. A Good mix that Mmmm! This story was really intense, funny, entertaining and incredibly hot! What more can I say? I really should get a kindle…This book would have follow me everywhere I go if I had one… Some scenes give me shivers. This book was one of the best I read this year so far. I’ve been totally throw into a fantastic, magical and steamy world and I love it! This book mix some old Midsummer Night Dream by Shakespear and bright new Paranormal Romance by the author herself : Deborah Court. A Good mix that will bring you into two differents realms :Human and Elven. I love the introduction : at first, the author will take you to the Elven realms by introducing Elathan, the Elven Prince. We will learn more about is childhood and his warrior life, then why he’s exiled. Then, you will know about Igraine who live in Human realm. She had her heart broken by a bastard and she willing to end her own life because she think she's worthless. I really enjoy the abduction of Igraine by Elathan. At first we’re not sur if Elathan want to hurt or not Igraine and his intentions are pretty mysterious and unpredictables (even if we all know somehow that he will not hurt her!). Elathan want Igraine as his personnal slave, a slave of pleasure! (OH YES)… You would wish that Elathan's abducted you! The sex scenes aren’t over exploited and they are well described. We almost feel like we are there with them at some point! And I truly wish I could be Igraine at that time! Elathan seems to be a great lover! All the adventure, training, the characters, the details are mix it up to create a strong story that wont be easy to let go. The writing of Deborah Court is truthful sweet and almost noble. Reading this books was a true pleasure and to be honest I’m eager to read the next on the series. This was really my kind of reading. I love strong, handsome, sexy male characters and Elathan his the perfect man (or more elf) that fit well in my criteria! Igraine who though that she wasn’t worth living will discovered that she’s a pretty strong, kick-ass woman. She will fall more in love with the man than with the fact that Elathan is an elf or a prince. She will teach him more about love, respect and courage in some way. I didn’t expect that kind of ending, OMG. I love to be suprised! And it’s really appreciated from the author : it’s not the conventional end or happy ending and that’s ok with me. The author know how to keep the reader into a bubble of captivation. In the last chapters, everything is going so fast and seem so sureal. I even have to re-read them to be sur I didn’t miss something… I would like to know more about it in the next book! Deborah Court is an original and fantastic author that you have to keep an eye on. I totally recommend this book to every PNR lovers. Looking forward for the entire trilogy!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Midalah Ballinger

    Elves, trolls & gargoyles- OH MY! Elathan isn't just a sexy Elven prince, he is a SMEXY Elven prince, who also happens to be living in exile. Despite an obvious hatred for humans, he finds himself drawn to Igraine Chandler, a simple Jersey girl who has had her heart broken. Claiming her as his slave, we are led on a journey so sensual and mesmerizing that it will leave you squirming in your seat from the intensity of the love scenes while leaving you yearning to know more about this fantasy world Elves, trolls & gargoyles- OH MY! Elathan isn't just a sexy Elven prince, he is a SMEXY Elven prince, who also happens to be living in exile. Despite an obvious hatred for humans, he finds himself drawn to Igraine Chandler, a simple Jersey girl who has had her heart broken. Claiming her as his slave, we are led on a journey so sensual and mesmerizing that it will leave you squirming in your seat from the intensity of the love scenes while leaving you yearning to know more about this fantasy world we've been pulled into with Igraine. I have always been fascinated with author's depictions of fantasy worlds of any kind and I was left mesmerized with much of this world that Court has created, even relishing in an unusual approach to a time honored creature. Since I don't want to give it a way, I would just say pick up this book and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed. My only quibbles about the book is more of a personal preference than anything "bad" about it. I felt the prologue was unnecessary. As the reader, I would have preferred to find out what happened in the prologue through Igraine's "eyes" as she learned of Elathan's history and his reason for hating humans. I also would have loved to have read more about the events that lead up to the climax of the book throughout instead of beginning so far in. While it seemed to work despite where it started, it could very well be conceived as feeling rushed to quickly include a larger plot to go with the erotica. I will say that Deborah Court's premier book certainly leaves its mark! "Bound to the Prince" is the first of her planned Elven Warrior Trilogy and if the other stories are as engaging and hot as this one, you better believe I will be gobbling them up!

  12. 4 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    This is truly an amazing story. I am a vampire girl so for me to be so hooked on an elf was just so surprising. Deborah weaves a very believable tale of the mythical and I am with her word for word. The relationship between Elathan and Igraine is just beautiful, hot, and soul searching. Really loving it so far. I am at the point where Elathan returns home with Igraine. So I know the anticipation of what happens to them and the kingdom is upon me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Here is what I have been looking for people! I bought this book on a whim because I had been searching for a erotic FANTASY romance for a while. It took a lot looking but I finally found it! This books starts out telling the story of the Prince of the elves, Elathan, and the experience he had to make him hate all of humanity. It also gives you some of his back ground, ie the relationship with his father and others around him. The first chapter of this book though takes you to London to meet a wo Here is what I have been looking for people! I bought this book on a whim because I had been searching for a erotic FANTASY romance for a while. It took a lot looking but I finally found it! This books starts out telling the story of the Prince of the elves, Elathan, and the experience he had to make him hate all of humanity. It also gives you some of his back ground, ie the relationship with his father and others around him. The first chapter of this book though takes you to London to meet a woman named Igraine. She is on what would have been her honeymoon alone, and broken hearted. There is alot of detail in the beginning for Igraine and Elathan both and that is one of the reasons that got me hooked into the story. She is very depressed for reasons she explains and is ready to jump off of Blackfriars bridge above the Thames river and end her life when she sees movement across from her on a patch of ruins in the water. She is shocked at first that someone has been there staring at her the whole time she had contemplated her own death and she gets frightened. She turns to flee more afraid of the shadow than jumping and is tackled from behind and knocked unconscious. Igraine awakes in what seems to be a cave cell of some sort. Here is where she meets Elathan. He absolutely loathes humans for reasons stated in the beginning of the book and decides to take this one that has such small regard for her own life. At first he thinks on killing her, but changes his mind because of an attraction he does not understand. But to act on that attraction he has to make her stronger first. And here is the twist to this story between human and elf, if a elf takes a human for a lover there is a very good chance that human will die. Elves seem to have a effect on humans that drags the life force from them during sex, and if the human is not strong enough, then the elf will kill them. So he begins to work with Igraine. He teaches her to fight, and makes her strong in both mind and body. This story is somewhat of a long story and both Igraine and Elathan have one heck of an adventure through the book. It shocked me when I read this story just for the simple fact that when you read erotic romance of any kind, the story gets lost in the sex that takes place. This book actually has a very good story line that draws you in and lets you go on this amazing journey of self discovery that they both take. There is a bit of everything in this book, a true Fantasy with that erotic quality to it. Deborah Court is going to make a trilogy out of this book, her second story being about a elf named Cailain who you meet along Elathain and Igraine's journey. I can't wait for this to come out! If it is as good as this book, thank I am totally hooked! I would recommend this for people who love their erotic romance but are tired of the story getting lost. This is a wonderful read and I really enjoyed it! Surprising for a buy on a whim!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carien

    This is a steaming hot read. Elathan is a tortured, bitter (and super sexy) Alpha hero who goes for what he wants and in this case it's Igraine, a human woman who's been hurt, but not broken. There's an instant attraction between the two, although the fact that Igraine is completely at Elathan's mercy makes their relationship a skewed one at first. Readers who do not like forced seduction might want to stay clear of this book. That being said: for me the seduction and romance totally worked. It wa This is a steaming hot read. Elathan is a tortured, bitter (and super sexy) Alpha hero who goes for what he wants and in this case it's Igraine, a human woman who's been hurt, but not broken. There's an instant attraction between the two, although the fact that Igraine is completely at Elathan's mercy makes their relationship a skewed one at first. Readers who do not like forced seduction might want to stay clear of this book. That being said: for me the seduction and romance totally worked. It was tense, hot and extremely satisfying. I loved how Igraine stood her ground and slowly, but surely turned the tables on her overbearing prince. There's lots of really steamy scenes as the story focuses on the romance between Elathan and Igraine, but there's a smaller action storyline as well that I really enjoyed. Court plans on making this a trilogy (the next book will feature another smoking hot Elf in search of his lady love as I understand it) and I will most certainly pick up the next book as I want more Alpha Elven warriors.

  15. 5 out of 5

    jackie frye

    If you grow up loving fairy tales you must read this marvelous fantasy. Elven Prince Elathan has lived in exile for centuries in the world of the humans he hates. When he sees a dark hair human female standing on the edge a bridge looking as if she is going to jump he decides to take her to his lair as his slave. Thus begins a love story that takes us to the magical land of the Fae. A land with an enchanted forest populated with elves, fairies, trolls, gargoyles, nymphs, centaurs, grass monsters If you grow up loving fairy tales you must read this marvelous fantasy. Elven Prince Elathan has lived in exile for centuries in the world of the humans he hates. When he sees a dark hair human female standing on the edge a bridge looking as if she is going to jump he decides to take her to his lair as his slave. Thus begins a love story that takes us to the magical land of the Fae. A land with an enchanted forest populated with elves, fairies, trolls, gargoyles, nymphs, centaurs, grass monsters, and even a half dragon/half unicorn clairvoyant. I bought this book when I read the author, Deborh Court, pictured Alexander Skäsguard as Prince Elathan. I am pleased to say I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I agree with Ms. Court Alex would be perfect as the Prince!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michele ~ la Smoocherina

    I enjoyed this book. I read at the end Calatin's story is next, which is what I was hoping for. I know what people mean when they say the climax was a little disappointing, see spoiler. But it doesn't make the story any less. I loved how Igraine's opinion of herself improved with how strong she had to become. I love that her desire to love melted the ice around Elathan's heart. I love all of the magic and how it's replenished. It's a really good book. SPOILER- I would have liked to have seen the I enjoyed this book. I read at the end Calatin's story is next, which is what I was hoping for. I know what people mean when they say the climax was a little disappointing, see spoiler. But it doesn't make the story any less. I loved how Igraine's opinion of herself improved with how strong she had to become. I love that her desire to love melted the ice around Elathan's heart. I love all of the magic and how it's replenished. It's a really good book. SPOILER- I would have liked to have seen them come home and take their rightful place or an epilogue of 5 years later with little babies. It felt like the book was cut off with ten steps to go.

  17. 5 out of 5

    HJ

    This is a hard one. I DESPISED the way Elathon (the Elven Prince) treated Igraine for the first 1/3 of the book, and it was very difficult to get through. Actually, I almost didn't. Fortunately, I persevered, and in the end it turned out to be a decent book. I wouldn't say that this was a great book, pretty mediocre in terms of fantasy and/or erotica, but if you can push through the boorish assholeness of the hero in the first 30 percent, then you'll probably make it the rest of the way just fine. I This is a hard one. I DESPISED the way Elathon (the Elven Prince) treated Igraine for the first 1/3 of the book, and it was very difficult to get through. Actually, I almost didn't. Fortunately, I persevered, and in the end it turned out to be a decent book. I wouldn't say that this was a great book, pretty mediocre in terms of fantasy and/or erotica, but if you can push through the boorish assholeness of the hero in the first 30 percent, then you'll probably make it the rest of the way just fine. I was torn between liking it and it being 'ok' so we'll say 2.5 stars, but I'll post it at 3 since I would NEVER actually reread a book I gave 2 stars to, and 'might' reread a 3-star.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    I want an Elven Prince. Whew! This one was on the steamy side. If you dont get offended by lots of loving it is a great book with lots of twists that are unexpected all the way till the end. Hopefully we will get more Elathan and Igraine so much more could happen. Loved it!

  19. 5 out of 5

    MsRomanticReads

    The elven prince Elathan is still grieving over the death of his cousin Lady Ailidh at the hands of humans who breached the portal from the human world into the world of the Fae. His stepmother and stepbrother accused him of trying to usurp the throne and exiled him. Igraine had put her entire life on hold for her then fiance only to be dumped for a younger, perkier woman. Broken hearted and alone she had planed on committing suicide. Elathan who is hiding nearby catches her unique scent, sees h The elven prince Elathan is still grieving over the death of his cousin Lady Ailidh at the hands of humans who breached the portal from the human world into the world of the Fae. His stepmother and stepbrother accused him of trying to usurp the throne and exiled him. Igraine had put her entire life on hold for her then fiance only to be dumped for a younger, perkier woman. Broken hearted and alone she had planed on committing suicide. Elathan who is hiding nearby catches her unique scent, sees her and decides to snatch her. He's tired of being alone after such a long time that he wants to make her his (pleasure) slave. There is however a snag in that plan – elven men can't mate with human women without killing them. Mating usually causes a male elf to suck all the strength out of the woman while making love. Therefore, he plans to "train" her to make her stronger, or at least strong enough to be able to sleep with him. It is in that vein that his brutal training consists at first of some hand to hand combat, and weapons training (why weapons?). Even though she is badly hurt in their first sparring session, Igraine refuses to just back down, and Elathan's desire flares up anew. Elathan had stated that he despised humans, yet he'd never hurt or killed human women and children. But he seemed to have no qualms about hurting Igraine physically. Basically he made Igraine bear the brunt of his hatred for the human race. I found that a little odd. For both of them it's lust at first sight, and they seem inexplicably drawn to each other. She always seemed too eager and willing to submit to him. When he proposed that she become his slave of pleasure of her own free will, she didn't hesitate to agree. The first 15 chapters are all about the slow seduction and finally the multiple scratching of many itches. Ruadan and Breena – evil stepmother and stepson – hello Oedipus complex! Things pick up around chapter 20 when Elathan and Igraine travel back to the castle to stop Ruadan's crowning ceremony. (view spoiler)[I'm a little confused as to whether or not she might have been part Fae, or if Elathan's blood in her veins was enough to cause her transformation when the gargoyles attacked her and injected her with their poison. She must have been different because she displayed curious talents before her blood bond with Elathan, no? (hide spoiler)] I loved the ending in that a true love/bond requires a type of sacrifice, and I think it was rather fitting how they lost and found each other again. I just wasn't wild about how it went down. (view spoiler)[First he finds her in some other realm, but she has no memory of who she is nor of him. Then he chases after her, catches her, makes love to her and her memories come back when he gives her some of his strength. However he uses too much energy and loses his memories. She shepherds him onto the ship that will take them back to his realm, and with a little patience and many kisses later he regains all his memories again. (hide spoiler)] All in all, I enjoyed the book for the very descriptive setting of Ms Court's story. It's obvious she has a very vivid imagination and she described the surroundings well enough that I had no trouble picturing what I was reading. It took a while to get to the heart of the story, which I thought came and went rather quickly. It also seemed to take our hero and heroine a very long time to discover that all those odd feelings they were having was love. I honestly thought they'd have picked up on that a lot sooner given their blood bond and mental connection. How can they feel each other's pain or fear but not something as strong as love? Regardless, I liked the strong woman Igraine became and Elathan finally regarded her for who she was in her heart and not by her species. This story should definitely be labled as paranormal erotica for the sheer volume of copulating that went on (I lost count). Yet each encounter was undeniably hot. I think I'll be looking for the second book when it comes out, because I hope to catch glimpses of this couple during Calatin's story. I found this story when the author followed me on Twitter, and a friend of mine lent me her copy through Amazon. I think I'll purchase this book in print form when I get the chance.

  20. 4 out of 5

    MoonGlitter

    Where do I begin? Bound To The Prince is a very HOT and STEAMY read!! Elathan is the elven prince and our tortured hero. He is VERY Alpha *heart thuds against chest* and just over the top SEXY! He absolutely despises ALL humans. But when he sees one particular human woman, Igraine...he simply can't help himself! (Or rather, he DOES help himself...to her *winks* He makes a quick decision and snatches her right off the streets and brings her back to his world. She is to be his slave of pleasure. S Where do I begin? Bound To The Prince is a very HOT and STEAMY read!! Elathan is the elven prince and our tortured hero. He is VERY Alpha *heart thuds against chest* and just over the top SEXY! He absolutely despises ALL humans. But when he sees one particular human woman, Igraine...he simply can't help himself! (Or rather, he DOES help himself...to her *winks* He makes a quick decision and snatches her right off the streets and brings her back to his world. She is to be his slave of pleasure. She is to fulfill his every need and desire ;) *Oooh, pick me, pick me!!* Igraine is catapulted into Elathan's world. There is SO much for her to take in and get used to! Elathan must "toughen" Igraine up so she will be strong enough to survive in his world. Heck, he needs to toughen her up just to survive the sex!! His world is beautiful and dangerous at the same time. It is full of mythical creatures, a true fantasy world. A world that humans could only dream of or hear about in fairy tales. There are fairies, mermaids, gargoyles, elves and other fasinating creatures. The descriptions of this world are painted beautifully and vividly through the authors words. She is a true master at world building. The adventures are as exciting and unpredictable as the romance is erotic and errrr......stimulating ;) This author leaves NOTHING to our own imaginations *wipes sweat from brow.* If you are looking for an amazing erotic fantasy full of heart pounding adventure and magnificent characters full of breathtaking passion, you simply MUST read Bound To The Prince! I'm SO happy to have "discovered" Deborah Court! She is most certainly an author I will be keeping my eye on! I'm very much looking forward to the next installment in this series! Reviewer for WearVampsRomance. http://werevampsromance.blogspot.com/

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Out of five stars I would give this TEN...That's right 10! And boy what a ride!! On the worst night of her life lovely, lonely Igraine has had enough. While standing on a falling down bridge contemplating suicide, she is under observation from an Elf prince alleviating his loneliness watching the beauty of the lights on the old bridge. He sees Igraine as a very beautiful, desirable woman and it makes him angry that 1) she intrudes on his peace, 2) that she would dare think of ending her life, an Out of five stars I would give this TEN...That's right 10! And boy what a ride!! On the worst night of her life lovely, lonely Igraine has had enough. While standing on a falling down bridge contemplating suicide, she is under observation from an Elf prince alleviating his loneliness watching the beauty of the lights on the old bridge. He sees Igraine as a very beautiful, desirable woman and it makes him angry that 1) she intrudes on his peace, 2) that she would dare think of ending her life, and 3) that she makes him feel SOMETHING for a lowly HUMAN. So he abducts her with the plan of training her to be his slave of pleasure. Something Snaps in Igraine, causing her to make a dead serious attempt to take His Royal Pain in the Butt down a notch. With hundreds of years of magic within his grasp, it is beyond easy for Elathan to subdue and place Igraine right back where he wants her...training to gain strength so she can last more than one time with a completely lust filled immortal. The forest Loves and protects Prince Elathan, but many of it's inhabitants would like to see the intruding human dead and gone. So Elathan spends most of his time protecting Igraine. A bond forms between the two and grows to become more. A look at the future shows Igraine the death of her Prince...will she make a deal to spare her beloveds life or will she at last be free to move on with her life back in the human realm. Time will tell...this beautiful, romantic tale is a stepping stone for more from this author, and I WANT it! What's next?:::Bound by Magic by Deborah Court...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Brooke

    This is the story of an ordinary woman -- depressed and sexually frustrated after a ten-year-old relationship has ended on a sour note -- who is transported right out of her dreary depressing existence into a different, magical world. Throughout the book you never lose the sense of Igraine as an ordinary 30ish woman in Britain, and her sense of wonder at the extraordinary change in her circumstances. Her lingering self-doubt makes her love affair with the elven prince, Elathan, all the more sati This is the story of an ordinary woman -- depressed and sexually frustrated after a ten-year-old relationship has ended on a sour note -- who is transported right out of her dreary depressing existence into a different, magical world. Throughout the book you never lose the sense of Igraine as an ordinary 30ish woman in Britain, and her sense of wonder at the extraordinary change in her circumstances. Her lingering self-doubt makes her love affair with the elven prince, Elathan, all the more satisfying as it grows stronger and deeper. The author takes us on a wild roller-coaster ride of adventure in this strange elven world, describing the places and the creatures in awesome and loving detail, so that you feel you are right there. Equally detailed are the frequent love scenes with Elathan and Igraine, in which nothing, and I mean nothing, is left out. If you enjoy steamy love scenes in the context of a deepening love relationship, Bound to the Prince will not disappoint you. At a certain point in the middle of the book I felt there was too little conflict, but I was rewarded later in the book as Elathan's quest, and Igraine's role in it, emerged clearly out of unfolding events. The ending was extremely satisfying and thought-provoking. The author seems to have left the door open for another book in the series, and although this is not my usual genre, I will certainly pick it up when it comes out. Well done, Mrs. Court!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    It took me a bit to get into the swing of this book but I really ended up enjoying it. While there were times where the writing got a wee bit too flowery for me, the heat between the characters made up for it. Now, I'm a sucker for the instantaeous "mine" storylines. I love when two potentially incompatible people end up being the other half of each other. I love the push and pull between two people who don't know one another and yet who can't keep their hands off. I'm quite happy to say that th It took me a bit to get into the swing of this book but I really ended up enjoying it. While there were times where the writing got a wee bit too flowery for me, the heat between the characters made up for it. Now, I'm a sucker for the instantaeous "mine" storylines. I love when two potentially incompatible people end up being the other half of each other. I love the push and pull between two people who don't know one another and yet who can't keep their hands off. I'm quite happy to say that this book had plenty of that. Elathan loathes humans, so when he finds himself attracted to one he reacts with anger and by lashing out. Igraine is heartbroken and lost. Her kidnapping by a man who she is ridiculously attracted to confuses her. His surly attitude, the way he blows hot and cold, his lonliness all rile her up until she doesn't know which way is up. When Elathan drops his guard and allows himself to enjoy her - both her company and her body - things start heating up. I really liked the mythology here. I love when different aspects of the Sidhe are explored and this book allowed us a glimpse at many of the different types of fae. Elathan is a dynamic, sexy character while Igraine grows into a strong woman who is able to hold her own against an Elven prince. Nicely hot with a fun and interesting arc, Elathan and Igraine's story kept me entertained. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  24. 5 out of 5

    jD

    I really liked this one. I could have loved it but it was too long winded in the first half. The hero, a fae prince who has a nasty side that is dark and cruel meets a suicidal human who he decides to make his love slave. The heroine is a woman who has been hurt deeply and never truly loved. Their romance starts out in a dark place for both of them and slowly becomes a love story that had a ring of truth. Not a truth most woman dream about but it's one that fits these characters. Their journey w I really liked this one. I could have loved it but it was too long winded in the first half. The hero, a fae prince who has a nasty side that is dark and cruel meets a suicidal human who he decides to make his love slave. The heroine is a woman who has been hurt deeply and never truly loved. Their romance starts out in a dark place for both of them and slowly becomes a love story that had a ring of truth. Not a truth most woman dream about but it's one that fits these characters. Their journey was one of erotic exploration that I did not expect. I also did not realize this was a full length novel not a novella. I didn't think there was enough to the synopsis to work a full book into the plot but Ms. Court did by making close to half of it sex, graphic sex. It was tasteful and romantic but I wanted more from these two as they had such potential and richness. The world of the fae is a well done with generous descriptions. The fae mythology was beautifully told with all the aspects I love about them. Their beauty, natural magic, and range of species was all there. If you love the fae but don't enjoy erotica, skip this one. It ain't for the quick blushers. It is a really good love story with a clean ending. If you decide to take a chance on this one, I believe you will enjoy the investment of patience and imagination. The HEA was well deserved by the time all was said and done. I would not hesitate to read Ms. Court again.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ♥Book♥YouVeryMuch

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When i started reading this book i got a feeling it was like watching a very bad B rated movie with worst dialogue ever. To sum it up for the first third of the book- Heroine Igraine/lowly Human, was kidnapped by an Elf Prince, because she appealed to him sexually even though he hates all humans. The heroine even though she has been kidnapped, beaten, wrist broken, ribs hurting, with Elf constantly taunting her that he will kill her, the only thing on her mind was that she has found him so attrac When i started reading this book i got a feeling it was like watching a very bad B rated movie with worst dialogue ever. To sum it up for the first third of the book- Heroine Igraine/lowly Human, was kidnapped by an Elf Prince, because she appealed to him sexually even though he hates all humans. The heroine even though she has been kidnapped, beaten, wrist broken, ribs hurting, with Elf constantly taunting her that he will kill her, the only thing on her mind was that she has found him so attractive, sexually appealing, she finds herself instantly wet and wants him to fill her up with his manhood - Seriously? To make matters worse she is constantly viewing her self as fat, and feels sorry for herself because her captor may not find her attractive. But the dialogue takes the winning place, to me it felt almost like "Me Tarzan, you Jane".... There were so many inconsistencies, there was no character development. I felt tired of non consistent conflicting emotions... And then of course the Stockholm Syndrome kicks in and she loves him so much.... Towards the end of the book i must admit that the story was starting to become interesting, the action was fast paced, but i just could not get rid of the sour taste that the first part of the book has left. I doubt i will read more books from this Author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Bound to the Prince is like Lord of the Rings meets Debbie Does Dallas, but in a good way. Bound to the Prince is a mish-mash of creatures from elves, trolls, demons, nymphs to gargoyles. And the scenery, Court does an amazing job of detailing the surround world and creatures that I felt like I was watching an epic movie on an IMAX screen in my head while I was reading. Just breathe taking. Court knows how to write an Über-sex scene too. Holy freakin’ cow was this book hawt! I was panting right al Bound to the Prince is like Lord of the Rings meets Debbie Does Dallas, but in a good way. Bound to the Prince is a mish-mash of creatures from elves, trolls, demons, nymphs to gargoyles. And the scenery, Court does an amazing job of detailing the surround world and creatures that I felt like I was watching an epic movie on an IMAX screen in my head while I was reading. Just breathe taking. Court knows how to write an Über-sex scene too. Holy freakin’ cow was this book hawt! I was panting right along with Elathan and Igraine. This is the first book that I’ve read about Elves and when it came to the sex scenes, the Elven prince love making reminded me of the death by sex fae that was in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Oh, what a way to go; with a smile on your face and your body tingling all over. Sign me up! But Bound to the Prince wasn’t just a hot sex book; it had heart and true romance. Plus I loved how Igraine really grew as a character and became a kick ass chick at the end. She protected her Eleven Prince like a true Queen would. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this trilogy. [image error]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Before reading Bound to the Prince, I had never read anything that met so many of my literary desires all so perfectly rolled into one story. You really can't place a simple label on this book. The story of Igraine (so very Human, I felt connected to her right away) & Elathan (the uber sexy & equally deadly Elvin prince) is a truly epic tale of love, fantasy & adventure with the HOTTEST passion that really curled my toes, made me blush and kept my heart pounding! I really loved this story and did Before reading Bound to the Prince, I had never read anything that met so many of my literary desires all so perfectly rolled into one story. You really can't place a simple label on this book. The story of Igraine (so very Human, I felt connected to her right away) & Elathan (the uber sexy & equally deadly Elvin prince) is a truly epic tale of love, fantasy & adventure with the HOTTEST passion that really curled my toes, made me blush and kept my heart pounding! I really loved this story and didn't want it to end but now eagerly anticipate the release of "Bound by Magic", the tale of Calatin, Elathan's closest and possibly even sexier best friend! Deborah Court has been added to my list of "Top Shelf" authors and I know I will enjoy reading Bound to the Prince again and again!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shevvy

    wow. Thats one word for it. A tale of an elf prince and his pleasure slave who both overcome obstacles together in the real world and in their own minds helping eachother in the process. Igraine was a spunky little heroine rebelling in her funny ways whenever she could and Elathan...well hot damn is all i can say. And then there's the loves scenes.....just whoa there are plenty but not too much to make you roll your eyes and tell them to get on with it, just enough to keep you satisfied with their wow. Thats one word for it. A tale of an elf prince and his pleasure slave who both overcome obstacles together in the real world and in their own minds helping eachother in the process. Igraine was a spunky little heroine rebelling in her funny ways whenever she could and Elathan...well hot damn is all i can say. And then there's the loves scenes.....just whoa there are plenty but not too much to make you roll your eyes and tell them to get on with it, just enough to keep you satisfied with their bond. All in all it was a wonderful story. one star lost because int he beginning Elathan's punishing Igraine for his hatred for humans kind of made me want to slap him at first but, he did grow on me so his 'royal ass' is forgiven. I would deffinatly reccomend this for people who love magical stories and i really cant wait for Calatin's story since he seemed like a really fun guy and is now my favourite character in Trilogy. =3

  29. 5 out of 5

    ValerieC

    This was one of those books I could barely put down until I finished it. A very good start to a new series. I loved the h, Igraine, but the H, Elathan took me quite a long while to warm up to. Regardless, the story was good with a lot of action, even if the smex scenes were just ok... not every writer does it wonderfully, but that's not why I read the stories. ;-) There were only a few mistakes/typos. I surely hope the author will not use a name like Elathan again... so hard to read along when hav This was one of those books I could barely put down until I finished it. A very good start to a new series. I loved the h, Igraine, but the H, Elathan took me quite a long while to warm up to. Regardless, the story was good with a lot of action, even if the smex scenes were just ok... not every writer does it wonderfully, but that's not why I read the stories. ;-) There were only a few mistakes/typos. I surely hope the author will not use a name like Elathan again... so hard to read along when having to deal with a name like that (just wondering how to pronounce it properly was bad enough, not to even mention how it just doesn't 'flow' well). I will absolutely be on the lookout for Book 2 and this is on my 'read again in the future' list. Highly recommended for those who enjoy fantasy stories with erotica. These aren't Walt Disney's elves!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    This book reminded me of a dream, the way one scene would flow right into another. There are definitely a lot of love scenes, one after another, very erotic :) It was a little slow at first because it was just the two main characters in a cave, but the plot starts to thicken and get interesting in the middle. Other characters come into the story. I liked the transformation of Igrain, the mortal. She changes so much and comes to be a perfect match for the prince. The elven prince was just hot, at This book reminded me of a dream, the way one scene would flow right into another. There are definitely a lot of love scenes, one after another, very erotic :) It was a little slow at first because it was just the two main characters in a cave, but the plot starts to thicken and get interesting in the middle. Other characters come into the story. I liked the transformation of Igrain, the mortal. She changes so much and comes to be a perfect match for the prince. The elven prince was just hot, at least the way he was written. I liked his possessiveness in all aspects. I very much enjoyed this book and I will read the next in this trilogy.

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