Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bound and Unbroken by Skye Callahan

Lena is about to discover pleasure in the things she can’t control.

To get even with her roommate for dragging her to a sports bar on a Friday night, Lena begins flirting with the handsome stranger who sits at the bar next to her. Their anonymous conversation leads to a shared cab ride, but Lena’s conscience puts a damper on the evening—leaving the near-fling to become a memory. Until she finds him roaming the halls of the school where she teaches.

Will she submit to his desires?

Eric’s only reason for returning to his hometown is to care for his recently orphaned nephew. He knew the return would involve dredging up his past with family and friends, but he didn't expect a lone girl to capture his interest and offer an escape within his new life.

Will his binds be enough to keep her?

Note: This book contains explicit content and situations that some readers may find objectionable.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I have VERY mixed feelings on this book. I liked the beginning, Lena sitting at a bar and being "chatted" up by Eric (or Loner and Rusty, if you prefer). Their banter was entertaining and it just felt like it could really happen!

As the story progresses, though, I felt like many parts were rushed (including many of the "erotic" scenes). I didn't really empathize with either character. I understood that she had a rough life (although this wasn't really developed until late in the story), and he's a "control" freak – but I didn't FEEL this by reading the story.

Which made it unbelievably difficult to believe the D/s angle. He never explained what he expects from a "subbie," and she just blankly followed his lead. I think I was expecting a bit more substance from this part of the book, in particular.

Overall, it was a quick story full of romance (general & erotic).

If you read the blurb about the book you know that you are in for a roller coaster ride. Eric has issues, Lena has issues. How they meet and give each other nicknames is cute and when they actually start their relationship the nicknames are still used, which I found to be heartwarming for some reason. This book covers some touchy subjects for some people; there is a disclaimer at the beginning of the book warning you. Honestly, I wish every book came with one, not that I will or will not read them because of it but because then people can’t complain when they do read it and get upset. These are books people, just like a movie but only in print. The fact that Lena has a secret and when Eric find out he goes about helping her in an unconventional way, I thought it was brilliant the way the author wrote that, it made it seem so real to me. Certain things weren’t really touched on too much that you would have thought would have been, like the accident that killed Eric’s nephew’s parents but that is ok for me. Who knows, maybe it will eventually be brought up in another book? I loved this story, it was touching.

Characters: I connected with Lena instantly and I loved Eric and Cade.
Sex: Yes and BDSM
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: I hope there will be another one
Genre: BDSM/romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Skye Callahan is the bestselling author of Irrevocable a dark romance that ran away with her emotions and led her on a whole new writing journey. She enjoys exploring the darker sides of life through her fiction, whether through paranormal creatures or the depraved underbelly of human nature. Her other works include the follow up to Irrevocable, Bend Don’t Break, The Redline Series, The Fractured Legacy Series, and Bound and Unbroken.

Her love of reading and writing started at a young age and she has been blessed with a family that continues to support her dreams to be a full-time writer. She has lived in Ohio all of her life, where she enjoys taking long walks through cemeteries with her husband (when the insane Ohio weather permits), studying local history, and trying to make peace with the neighbor’s cats.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bound and Unbroken (Out of Bounds #1) by Skye Callahan to read and review.

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