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Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Penguin Group
Released on February 4, 2014
There ain’t no cowboys in this story. Ok, no I don’t talk that way. Heck, I correct my kids left and right on double negatives. For real, there isn’t a cowboy in sight in this book and that is what I came to know about Lorelei James. She stepped right out of that genre and hit a home run, but also made me want to throw my Kindle at the wall leaving me in a cliffhanger. Bound is a drama filled erotic story of Ronin and Amery, separated by 10 years of age, some maturity and dark secrets that will bite them in the ass at the end of this book.
The story is about 99% told from Amery Hardwick’s perspective with just a little bit from Ronin’s at the end, but it is told in third person point of view…thank you!!!! Amery is a young woman who grew up in an ultra religious family with one sibling. Moving to Denver with a boyfriend , Amery is stepping slowly away from her background roots. She live separately from her boyfriend, unable to totally break that religious background she grew up with. When she finds her boyfriend cheating on her, she breaks up, losing most of her friends except for Chaz, a gay guy who rents space from her building. Oh, she owns a building where she runs a graphics business, has one intern and rents space to two friends…one is gay and the other is a lesbian.
The story opens up with Amery being the moral support for her intern attending self-defense training. There is no “watching” at this dojo, so Amery has to take the class too where she butts heads with the owner, Ronin, over her attire. Bold, she undresses in front of him, which is totally out of her element. Intrigued with Amery, Ronin takes over Amery’s training both inside and outside of the dojo. Slowly over time Ronin pushes Amery beyond her boundaries. But as Ronin draws Amery out of her shell and opens her up to a totally new erotic world, he holds himself back only doling out little pieces of himself and his past to Amery. But deep secrets start to unravel a little over time causing upheaval to their relationship.
Amery is innocent, but I would not say naive. She knows what is going on in the world, but has no understanding of BDSM or erotic works. Ronin slowly introduces her to bondage, Shibari, Kinbaku and further darker Japanese bondage traditions. While it excites Amery it also terrifies her to hand over so much power to Ronin. Little by little Ronin’s secrets and desires start to unravel putting up walls around Amery that Ronin will have a tough time climbing.
The emotional turmoil this book caused me never ended and I wasn’t prepared for it to end in the cliffhanger it did. Know that this is a two book series and hopefully not more. Amery provides a wonderful choice in a heroine who is tough, has pulled herself away from a family setting that is negative and made choices best for her. Ronin pulls her sexually. He is older, darker and charismatic, but she can never seem to really get to know him. He is ultra rich, but she thinks it comes from the dojo, though her friends hear rumors he is into dark things. Fighting with her friends, she picks Ronin’s side even though she doesn’t really know his side.
There were times I wanted to tell Amery to run. Run far away from this man who expects such honesty and commitment from her, but doesn’t return it. Drawing Amery into his world, I was happy to see her stand up for herself and not let him totally walk all over her.
Ronin is a dark enigma. He treasures Amery. He bends over backwards to make her happy, but he draws her into his darkness without really telling her what he wants or needs. I formed a cautious feel for him in that I couldn’t tell if he walked on the dark side of the law or not. If he was just a dojo owner who once fought in competitions for money. He was a puzzle through much of the book and even at the end, there was a wealth of knowledge we still didn’t have on him.
Shibari has fascinated me, but not enough to really investigate it. I got a lot of knowledge of it and how beautiful it is. It isn’t just erotica it is a way of creating art, controlling a part of someone. There is a lot of Japanese history to this story that both fascinates and repels parts of me. Please note that this is mostly bondage and some control, not a BDSM relationship. He’s not going around spanking her, dominating her with protocol or having sex with her in a club. It is strictly bondage and the control he feels when creating art on her body and some control he feels when she can’t get away.
Bound is a dark look into a world of kink from a different perspective that isn’t all about protocols and orgasm denials. It deals with the beauty of rope, how it binds a person, controls the person and brings them both to a orgasmic heaven. It’s deep, but quiet. Peaceful and riot filled. The story brings out a rainbow of emotions from highs to lows. And yes, I wanted to throw my Kindle when I was left wondering what happens next. Kudos to Lorelei James for writing a story that evoked deep emotions from me.
What draws you to BDSM? The spankings? Ropes? Dark dreams?
Secrets seem to be the problem in BDSM lately…do you agree?