Lorelei James
Berkley Publishing
ISBN-10: 0-451-46730-2
January 2014

A transplant from small town North Dakota, Amery Hardwick is fulfilling her dreams as a graphic designer in Denver. Focusing on her business doesn’t leave her a lot of time for dating but she has her friends to go out with. When her friend and employee decides to sign up for a self-defense class to help her with the aftermath of an attack, Amery agrees to join her for moral support and that’s when her life takes a stunning turn.

Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is captivated by the little spitfire that dares to cause havoc in his class. Ronin decides to take over her training both in public and in private. He will push her boundaries, ignite her passions and demand her trust with each encounter. It isn’t long before Amery becomes addicted to Ronin and his dark desires but she senses there is quite a bit he is hiding from her that puts her on edge and has her second guessing their relationship — especially when he has demanded her total surrender.

Bestselling author Lorelei James creates a seductive, riveting and relentless new two-part series that is full of scandal, secrets and all the super-hot juicy stuff that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and hostage to the action. It’s amazing just how easy it is to get lost within the pages. Quite simply put, Bound is a delectable, sensual and poignant read that has no rivals. Amery and Ronin’s relationship is carefully paced, building on their dramatic desires and growing bond with each tryst, the dialogue throughout the story is perfectly pitched, and the powerful emotions often times leave the reader astounded. This isn’t your typical BDSM read. It takes this genre to a whole new level.

Ronin was a little hard to understand. He has the sexy and dark alpha male persona perfected from his determined discipline to his dangerous and threatening image. It’s really hard to grasp his motives where Amery is concerned. Is he playing with her like a shiny new toy only to cast her aside when the novelty wears off? Or does he really have feelings for her? And why does he hold tight to the secrets surrounding his life and his family, especially when he demands that Amery’s total surrender?

Small town Amery is drawn to the handsome dominant male enough so that she is willing to journey into the mysterious desires of bondage and submission which is far from her conservative and strict upbringing. Her world gets so wrapped around Ronin’s and his demands she loses track of her life and friends enough so that she can’t see how they are trying to protect her from her shadowy lover.

The ending is an enticing cliffhanger that will have the reader anxiously awaiting the final book.

Overall rating: 5hearts
Sensuality rating: Explicit
Reviewer: Shannon