Monday, August 5, 2019

Bound by Desire by Wendi Zwaduk

Stella wants her groove back after her divorce, but she never figured a younger man would be the answer to her prayer. He’s determined to do more than bind her wrists. He wants her heart, too.

Stella Barnes isn't looking for love. She's convinced it's not in her cards. The guys she's met seem to want her money and greeting card business. When her sister throws a freedom party at the local dance club, Stella meets a man who makes her think twice about giving up on love. Can the young buck command her body and soul in the sensual ways she needs or will her desire to be spanked send him packing?

Wes Chase has known he wanted Stella since the moment he saw her--at the club and two years before when she was still with her husband. Her plan to use him for her date to attend her ex-husband's second wedding makes him cringe. He'd rather be with her out of love and kinky devotion, not as a dodge. Will he convince her they belong together and he can set her spirt free or will her fear keep them apart?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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3.5 stars
M/F Romance
Note: Age difference between characters

Stella thought that she would have a very different life by now. But she finds herself somehow still connected to her cheating ex-husband in ways she never thought. She knows that he likes to manipulate and hurt her, but she can't seem to break those ties. They were friends first and it's difficult to get past the fact that he says he wants to remain friends, despite him treating her like gum on his shoe.

Then you have Wes. You first meet Wes when he tries to obtain a rental property from Stella's horrible, then, husband. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders. However, when you re-meet him, he is much more grounded.

Stella and Wes have to get over their own issues along with everyone else's issue with them being together. Their age difference seems to be the biggest issue for them to overcome. I didn't really see what the big deal was and thought that always coming back to that issue was a huge distraction from the story.

Then, once Stella figures out what she needs, wants, and can have, she's quick to take action. She knows that she needs to cut ties with her ex, but when she does, it seems almost choppy. It wasn't smooth, nor did it really resolve anything. I also felt that Wes' ending seemed almost rushed. He wanted to be with Stella and showed her how serious he was, but it felt unfinished.

While Stella and Wes did have some chemistry, I also felt that because their issues kept getting in the way, they struggled with their connection. Overall, this had great potential, it just didn't really pique my interest.

I think that this book holds a lot of potential, and I liked the storyline. I did, however, sometimes feel that the leads did not stay in the character that I thought had been previously developed. This was particularly true of Stella. Whilst I understood that she was working hard to overcome the damage done, and still being done by her ex, her continued allowance of his interference in her life was incongruous. Thankfully Wes was patient, determined, and consistent. These characteristics enabled her to be free even when fully bound.

An enjoyable read, with an ex that really everyone could get behind disliking!!

Wendi Zwaduk is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to BDSM and LGBTQ themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on and the former AllRomance Ebooks. She also writes under the name of Megan Slayer.

When she’s not writing, she spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bound by Desire by Wendi Zwaduk to read and review.

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