The Shackles That Hold Us (The Magi Accounts #2) by Michele Notaro

Returning to some book characters that demonstrate commitment, love and trust in an intriguing dystopian urban fantasy. The Magi Accounts book series are filled with action and caring and the entire cast is swoony, but the main couple Cosmo and Madeo are the definition of romance.

As if crushin’ on a shifter wasn’t bad enough, I had to go and date one.

A mage and a shifter walk into a bar… No, that’s the whole joke.

Magi and shifters don’t mix, and yet I find myself in a relationship with Cosmo, a lion shifter. And on top of that, Cosmo, and all his pride members, consider my brothers and me to be a part of their pride. Three magi in a shifter pride. Who would’ve ever thought?

Navigating our connection while trying to figure out what’s going on in the world isn’t easy. Trusting that Cosmo means forever when he says it? Even harder. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned since meeting the Ono-Nais, it’s that taking a risk with my heart will be worth it to be a part of their lives.

The Shackles That Hold Us is a 113K novel and the second book in the MM urban fantasy series, The Magi Accounts. It’s recommended to read the series in order because it has an ongoing storyline.

*Intended for adults only. Please read the trigger warnings at the beginning of this novel.

Miki.J's Review:

Awesome !!! This series is just so brilliantly awesome !!!  

Mads (along with Jude and Logan) are slowly learning what it means to be part of a pride / family.  And just when it’s going smoothly, bam !!  

The twists in this story are gut wrenching and I’m not ashamed to admit I did cry ….  There’s plenty of action/cases which are becoming harder and tougher for our favourite team.  And the sweeter moments as well …. Family – who else is going to poke fun at your singing!!  

Also, there really really should be a mating “dance” bahahahahaha  I’m not going to spoil it – this story is filled with ups’n’downs – it’ll make you cry, laugh, commit some really extreme bodily harm to someone, cheer, sob, cringe and laugh some more.  

The author really does take you on a gambit of emotions and what a friggin’ ride !! 

Rating: 5 Stars

SNik's Review:

The Shackles That Hold Us is the second in The Magi Accounts series, and must be read in order due to continuing characters and storyline. Paranormal/urban fantasy. Dystopian future. Hurt/comfort. Found family. Established couple. Dual POV. 

This book very much is focused on furthering the relationship between Cosmo and Madeo, and I was here for it. 

There is more discussion of the traumatizing pasts of both Cosmo and Madeo, how they come together as they deal with each other with sacrifice and trust. 

Cosmo is so swoony and committed to Madeo never hesitating, accepting everything about Madeo in order to combine their families and their lives. 

Madeo is so relatable with his fears and self doubt, but his loyalty and strength is unquestionable and admirable. 

Loved the action, the cuddles, the heartbreak, the absolute love between the characters and the strong secondary cast as well. The Shackles That Hold Us was a beautiful and fun book to read and this series is thrilling and emotional.

Rating: 5 Stars

Janet's Review:

A truly phenomenal read. The Shackles That Hold Us was so freakin fast paced that I didn’t put it down until the last sentence was read!! Who needs sleep anyway!! 

Madeo and Cosmo story continues. There lives are full of action, danger, drama and love! The Shackles That Hold Us will break you and put you back together again, such an emotional roller coaster ride. #

Cos will put everything on the line to save and protect Mads and Jude. Cos will have to make life saving decisions that could potentially hurt or save his pride/family. 

Overall, The Shackles That Hold Us is an phenomenal read, I cannot wait for the next one! It was really well written; the pacing was fast and flowed smoothly. A must read!!!

Rating: 5 Stars

Alyssagp's Review:

The Shackles That Hold Us was an enjoyable follow-up book to The Scars That Bind Us. 

In this book Madeo and Cosmo’s relationship is more solid as they steadily grow closer, but there is also more action. 

The main plot has a hostile force outside of the government that the main characters have to deal with! Michele Notaro, the author, does a fantastic job balancing the outer world issues and the characters’ personal issues and development. 

I felt so much enjoyment reading this book. Cosmo and Madeo’s relationship growing throughout the book was palpable and honest even when they both had some disagreements. 

I will not give away any spoilers, but if you read the first book, you have to read this book! I am in love with this series. I can not wait to reading Michele Notaro's future books in this series.

Rating: 5 Stars

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