My Review of By Love’s Honor Bound by Patricia Bond

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By Love’s Honor Bound
Patricia Bond
Soul Mate Publishing (July 17, 2013)

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Someone is killing conductors on the Underground Railroad. With a cellar full of runaway slaves, Olivia June Mathieson must decide whether the handsome Fenton Pierce-Smythe is savior or traitor.Both Fenton Pierce-Smythe’s fiancée and grandfather were killed when runaway slaves spooked their horses. Determined no one else will face that pain, Fenton hunts runaways to return them safely to their owners. But can he remain unmoved by their plight and unaffected by the beautiful woman who risks her life to lead them to freedom?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

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I love all manners and forms of Romance and Historical was one of the first I read in my younger days. You know the ones I mean, the bodice rippers. This book is rich in history and exquisitely detailed. Not at all like those books of yore.

This book was a gift from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

After a chance meeting and a kiss in the rain, Olivia never expected to see the man who assisted her free the carriage from the mud again.  Fate however, had other ideas. Fenton Pierce-Smythe shows up for dinner with her father. He is quite pleasantly surprised to see her again, not knowing he would have some interesting decisions to make.

Fenton is practically engaged and full of indignation that his Grandmere has to live with them because his father stopped helping her financially. He comes up with a plan to find runaway slaves and collect the bounties to save her home and business.

Olivia is full of life and is fighting for a cause, one that could lead to her being imprisoned or worse, killed, she is a conductor for the underground railroad.

Fenton’s initial run with his ship was turned into a leg of the underground when he finds that Olivia never left the ship, which was probably a good thing since a mob showed up on the docks.

I loved this story, the intensity of the era is brought forth in every word.  The build of the relationship between Fenton and Olivia is perfect, an exquisite tension that eventually explodes.

This was Ms. Bond’s  first book and I look forward to reading more from her.

Five Contented Purrs for this book.

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Patricia Bond

Ever since her first encounter with a long hooped skirt gown at age 5, Ms. Bond fell in love with the style. Her love of historical romance began a bit later, when she discovered Gladys Malvern’s books and scoured the public library for every one she could find. Reading Gone With the Wind as a teenager cemented her suspicion that she was born about 100 years too late. She daydreamed about writing novels but knew it was beyond her ability at that time. Instead, she tried her hand at poetry and really bad iambic pentameter flowed from her fingers. Thankfully, for the world at large, it was a short-lived obsession.

After attending an all-girl high school run by nuns, she enrolled in a local men’s college that had just opened its doors to women. (A Libra, she understands the need for balance.) She earned her B.A. in English, and met her future husband there. Many years, four children and a grandchild later, the man who made her see fireworks with the first kiss is still her go-to research assistant for all things romantic.

The desire to write books never left, even as she worked selling property and casualty insurance, Avon, and craft kits. She sold luggage at a local department store to earn the money to attend her first RWA national conference and finally feels safe enough to admit to hiding a legal pad under her counter where she wrote scenes in between customers. She still does much of her writing longhand. (100 years too late, remember?)

RWA is the best thing to happen to her writing career, teaching the art as well as the craft of writing. It also brought her together with four of the most amazing women she’s ever known – critique partners and friends. Special thanks and much love to Helen, Karen, Carol and Jan.

An amateur photographer, Reiki master and Guild knitter, Ms. Bond lives in Western New York one mile from the home she grew up in. You can often find her at the lakeside, camera and notebook in hand.’s books and scoured the public library for every one she could find. Reading Gone With the Wind as a teenager cemented her suspicion that she was born about 100 years too late. She daydreamed about writing novels but knew it was beyond her ability at that time. Instead, she tried her hand at poetry and really bad iambic pentameter flowed from her fingers. Thankfully, for the world at large, it was a short-lived obsession.

After attending an all-girl high school run by nuns, she enrolled in a local men’s college that had just opened its doors to women. (A Libra, she understands the need for balance.) She earned her B.A. in English, and met her future husband there. Many years, four children and a grandchild later, the man who made her see fireworks with the first kiss is still her go-to research assistant for all things romantic.

The desire to write books never left, even as she worked selling property and casualty insurance, Avon, and craft kits. She sold luggage at a local department store to earn the money to attend her first RWA national conference and finally feels safe enough to admit to hiding a legal pad under her counter where she wrote scenes in between customers. She still does much of her writing longhand. (100 years too late, remember?)

RWA is the best thing to happen to her writing career, teaching the art as well as the craft of writing. It also brought her together with four of the most amazing women she’s ever known – critique partners and friends. Special thanks and much love to Helen, Karen, Carol and Jan.

An amateur photographer, Reiki master and Guild knitter, Ms. Bond lives in Western New York one mile from the home she grew up in. You can often find her at the lakeside, camera and notebook in hand.

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