Wednesday, April 9, 2014

REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: DANGEROUSLY BOUND by EDEN BRADLEY

Dangerously Bound (Dangerous, #1)Series: Dangerous #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: 4/1/14
Format: ARC
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Rating: 2.5 stars

She can whip up something sweet…

Allie LeClair has finally returned to the sultry city of New Orleans. After ten years of studying and working as a pastry chef in San Francisco and all over Europe—and feeding her submissive side at BDSM clubs—Allie is home, and she has something to prove to the man who once fueled her desires. She’s not a child anymore.

But with two in the kitchen…

When security specialist Mick Reid hears that Allie is back in town, he knows he won’t be able to stay away for long. Ever since he discovered his darker side, Mick has tried to protect Allie from the aggressive beast within him—but that power and wildness is exactly what she wants.

Can they take the heat?

Allie has made the first move, but now it’s up to Mick. The game has begun, and playing has never been so rough.

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Dangerously Bound...it just didn't really work for me, for two reasons: the hero, Mick, and the plot. The story begins with Allie coming home to New Orleans after more than a decade of traveling and working around the world. Her first order of business is to reconnect with her high school boyfriend Mick, the man she still gets off on-literally-after all these years. Mick is a well-respected Dom, and Allie wants him to know she is a sub and has joined his club. But not only that, in order to get any awkwardness out of the way, she wants to him to top her at the club, because nothing says "Hey, it's so nice to see you again!" like a little bit of spanking, and rope play, yes? And so begins the story of the reluctant Dom/lover and the sub who can't let go.

Back when they were together, for some unknown reason, well, I guess because he thought his urges were too dark and she was too good for him, Mick put Allie on a pedestal. Deemed her too good or fragile for his choice in lifestyle. Even in the present, knowing Allie is in the BDSM scene, Mick is still determined to protect her from his darkness. What darkness, though? A motorcycle accident that left him with a bit of a limp and unable to be a firefighter like the other men in his family? I get that Mick was devastated that his injury caused a change in his direction, but to be so dramatic about it and blame it for everything bad in his life was too much. I had a hard time seeing it. Mick does begin to finally see Allie as a strong and determined woman who craves the hand of a Dom, thankfully. Believe me, that causes his head to spin, causing him to continually goes back and forth with his feelings, dragging Allie along. Oh, and of course Mick is also a fighter, needs the pounding fists to channel his rage fire. His term of endearment for Allie, "baby girl", drove me bananas, especially while he was pounding her.

Allie is still fixated on Mick over a decade after their break-up. I guess I can see the continued wondering about the first love, but as a woman who's mentality is "I don't want someone who doesn't want me", I had a hard time seeing why she was so desperate for the reconnection, especially with him insisting she doesn't know her own mind, telling her she couldn't possibly want what she clearly does. But honestly, her family still treats her as a child too, so I guess it makes sense that she takes it. I was definitely more invested in her story of finding her voice and being taken seriously, though I wish the story would have focused more on Allie as an individual, furthering her career and reconnecting with her former home, instead of Allie obsessing over her relationship with Mick.

I will give Allie and Mick a bit of credit in that, towards the end (meaning, almost the very end) of the book, the both began to change. Allie finally realizes she doesn't need Mick to keep stringing her along, going back-and-forth on what he wants, and breaking her heart. And Mick, he also realizes big changes are in order if he can win his girl back.

I went into Dangerously Bound looking for a sexy, smart story. I always hope to enjoy the books I read, and I try to find the positives. Here, though, I found a story with a frustrating hero, and a plot with fairly contrived conflict that dragged on too long for my taste. On the upside, the story has a likable heroine whom I wanted the best for, and it has a lot of sexy times. Plot aside, I also found the writing to be very good. So while I didn't get the story I wanted, others may find exactly what they need.



Favorite Quote
 
  The fantasy of her here...it was some small epiphany. Small, but enough to cause a crack in the glass wall he'd erected around his memory of who and what she was to him, like some fucking fairy princess in a castle. Maybe he was the one who'd put her there, but it had always seemed to make sense. Until now. Now he might have to question his perceptions. Because this Allie was real. This moment was real.
  Too real.



Dangerous Series
 
 Dangerously Inked  Dangerously Bound (Dangerous, #1)
(covers lead to GoodReads)
 
 


Purchase Links
  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  iBooks



GIVEAWAY
I have two copies (one ARC) of Dangerously Bound to give away.
Must be 18+ years of age to enter; open to US only.
 
 



About the author
Eden BradleyBest-selling and award-winning author Eden Bradley, who has also written as Eve Berlin, has published a number of novels and novellas, both print and e-books, with Bantam/Delta, Berkley Heat, Harlequin Spice & HQN, Black Lace Books and Samhain Publishing as well as more recent ventures into self-publishing. Several of her books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Portuguese, Czech and Japanese. Her BDSM novel THE DARK GARDEN will appear as a graphic novel in Japan in 2014, and her novel FORBIDDEN FRUIT was profiled in Cosmopolitan magazine. Eden has appeared regularly on Playboy Radio and conducts workshops on writing craft and writing about sex. A psychology major, she's fascinated with how the human mind responds to intimacy, especially when sex and romance collide.
When not writing, you can find her wandering museums, buying shoes, and reading everything she can get her hands on.
 
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27 comments:

  1. I love books set in NO. When I read the blurb I was expecting Mick to be a little twisted, but it doesn't sound like that is the case. Just angry, right?

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  2. what's with new orleans and s&m stories?

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  3. Oh I'm sorry that you weren't able to enjoy this book as much as you'd hoped Andrea, it did seem like this book had a lot of potential too. I think Allie's character in the beginning would have annoyed me, especially as the only thing she thought she needed was Mick back, but I'm glad that she displayed some growth in the end!

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  4. Sorry you didn't really enjoy this one and I can understand why. Mick doesn't sound like the kind of love interest I would really enjoy either. I get the pushing away, but I dont like when they mess with the heroine's head over and over again. Thanks for the honest review.

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  5. I love reading books set in New Orleans. It sounds like such a fun place, and I'd love to visit there one day. This book sounds so good to me. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  6. So sad that the hero was frustrating. I don't like that. Boo.

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  7. can't stop giggling at the opening, interesting way to start a story i guess, but yeah sorry I see why you did not really feel it.

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  8. I don't like stories like this either so it's not the book for me but sounds like it would appeal to a lot of readers though.

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  9. Sad that you didn't like this one, Mick does sound like a frustrating hero

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  10. this sounds very interesting. Thanks for the honest review!

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  11. I've always wanted to visit New Orleans. So reading a book with it as the location is awesome.

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  12. I have lived in southern part of Louisiana for 30 years, so of course I love the settings of a book or the making of a movie here!! New Orleans is a great city for many books settings. They have so many different cultures in the city.

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  13. I like my heros to be nice guys with a touch of damage but ultimately good guys. This kat sounds like a buzzkill. Sorry it didn't work for you.

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  14. Ghost Walker series and the Night Huntress have some books set in New Orleans and they we AWESOME reads. So yes, I absolutely love books set in New Orleans. I have read several BDSM books and so long as they are tastefully written (meaning there's actually a plot to the story) I find them to be excellent reads.

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  15. I have never been there so I do like to read about it

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  16. Love the setting too bad the you didn't feel the characters though. Great review Andrea :)

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  17. Ehhh... I'm tired of BDSM to start with plus yeah, the character development is late. If that happened maybe at 75%, I think you would've liked the story and Mick better.

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  18. It sounds like Mick was a bit of a frustrating character. Too bad this story didn't work out for you. Maybe you'll enjoy a different story by the author since you liked her writing style. Thanks for your honest review!

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  19. Goodness, I'm sorry this one didn't work for you, Andrea. After reading your reasons though, I'm not sure it'd work for me either. Mick sounds really irritating. I'm glad you liked Allie though. I hope your next read ROCKS! :)

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  20. I don't remember the last you gave such a low rating :O I'm so sorry this wasn't for you. Eh, I don't really think you can call this a darkness. Wth? LOL. Baby girl :D haha. I'm glad they both get character growth though.

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  21. I have never been.
    Reading is just as good, if not better, than actually going to said destination.
    Thank you for the chance !

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  22. Oh boy, I'm def skipping this, it just doesn't sound like my kind of thing. Thanks for the review!

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  23. Sure, love mystics and witchery

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  24. I started reading this one a few weeks ago and just couldn't get into it. Now, I'm not sure I even want to try it again. I did like the quote you picked though. Hmm

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  25. I don't know that I've read a lot of books set in NO, with the exception of Anne Rice!

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  26. Yes I have several awesome books/series that are set in New Orleans. Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series has several books that are set in New Orleans and The Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon is another one of my favorites also set in New Orleans.

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