Casersis has been keeping a secret. And the longer he avoids Dustin’s attempts to pry it out of him, the harder Dustin chisels away at Casersis’s resolve. Throughout this push and pull, Dustin is so bored he’s all but climbing the walls. To battle this, Casersis takes Dustin on a series of long-overdue dates, bringing them closer both emotionally and spiritually.
When Casersis finally admits his secret—that he yearns for a fabled soulbond—he’s surprised that Dustin is completely fine with the idea of eventually trying for one. But when it happens by accident, neither are prepared for the fallout. Dustin still has enough human blood that the soulbond causes excruciating, debilitating flares of agony. And if the fits don’t calm down soon, the soulbond may just kill him.
Sometimes you can get away with not starting a series with the first book, sometimes… not so much. I’d like to say “live and learn” but I’ve done it too often to think that “knowing better” will change old habits. 😉
It didn’t take me long into reading The Elven King’s Love to tell that I was missing something. Evidently The Elven King’s Captive had a lot of back story that would have been helpful in understanding how Dustin and Casersis had gotten to where they were in this book. (Duh!) It wasn’t only the relationship between the two main characters that was important, but the relationship between supporting characters and their history that would have been helpful. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the continuing story, it just means that those missing pieces were, well… missed. *sigh*
So… other than those missing details (that I will go back and discover shortly), Cas and Dustin were an intriguing couple. Since I always find Fae stories interesting, I enjoyed the little twists added by Fated Mates. That’s basically what this story was about – Caserisis’s longing in battle with his protectiveness over Dustin and his fear that it wasn’t really something that Dustin would want forever.
There’s more to come in the Fated Elves series and I’m determined to keep up now that I’ve started. I’m not sure if the next book in the series will win out over backtracking to the first, so stay tuned!