Title: Bound (Mastered, #1)
Author: Lorelei James
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Date: February 4 2014
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES
In the new Mastered series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a woman’s desire to shatter her inhibitions leaves her unprepared for where that erotic journey will take her….
Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating—not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That’s where she meets him.
Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training—in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery’s boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possession….
Ronin made that low rumble in the back of his throat, and it vibrated against her skin. “At some point tonight I will have my hand up your dress and you will come for me. Anything I want, any time I want was a very dangerous promise to make to me, Amery,” he whispered against her jaw, “because you have no idea what I want from you.”
Oh, boy this is hot, hot, HOT! I’ve never actually read Lorelei James before but I know her by reputation as an absolute Queen of down and dirty, kinky erotic romances – she’s more than well known for her Rough Riders and Blacktop Cowboys series so I was really thrilled to be asked to review this title, a first book in a new series.
I did think that this would be the type of series where each book features a separate couple and wasn’t expecting the cliffhanger at the end – Ronin and Amery’s story does not end here and will continue in Unwound which is due for release in March.
So we have Amery, a North Dakota native now living in Downtown Denver and agreeing to go to self-defence classes with her friend Molly who’d recently been attacked by homeless guys and there she meets Dojo Master Ronin. She gives him a whole load of sass and even throw her jeans at him and Ronin just knows he has to have her and pursues her. They embark on a highly sensual affair but Ronin has got far more strings to his bow, or should I say ropes, than Amery anticipates or is ready for and this leads us onto a highly sexually charged yet pretty angsty erotic romance.
“Trust me to worship your body the way it’s meant to be?”
“Didn’t I already say yes?”
“You did.” His teeth followed the tendons in her neck. She shuddered in his arms and she felt his smile against her skin. “But I want to blindfold you so you can focus on how you feel, not on what I’m doing.”
“What will you be doing to me?”
A kiss below her ear. “Teasing you.” A soft kiss in front of her ear. “Pushing your boundaries.” He gently blew in her ear. “Boundaries that you claimed earlier might not be boundaries at all.”
I liked Amery – she’s very ballsy, a little bit naive and is desperately trying to break free of her strict Christian upbringing and spread her wings. Meeting with Ronin and all that he has to offer will totally push her boundaries as she slowly gives up her inhibitions and allows herself to submit to him one step at a time. She appears to be entirely wholesome but Ronin soon learns that she has much darker desires that she’s willing to explore with him.
The enigmatic Ronin is a bit of a closed book – he holds things very close to his chest and doesn’t reveal much about himself. By the end of this book, he was still a bit of a mystery to me and I feel that we have a lot more to learn about him in book 2. I would say that as a dominant, he seriously needs to work on his communication skills. He’s supposed to be able to read his submissive and prepare her for what is to come but, at one point, he has Amery practically screaming for her life and running for the hills. It was kind of like – here let me blindfold you and did I mention my lovely whip and chains collection? Poor girl was terrified and I really can’t blame her!
Ronin is a Rope Master so there’s a lot of highly sensual Shibari and Kinbaku scenes in this and, I do have to say, that Lorelei James writes THE most intensely erotic and sensual D/s scenes – I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. But, Ronin’s holding out on Amery and his lack of communication could just about be the end of their relationship and we’re left with a big cliffy – but it’s not a long wait until their story concludes in Unwound, due for release at the end of March.
All in all, a very sensual, angsty BDSM romance with a delicious martial arts Master as a Dom and a naive yet feisty girl as his very apprehensive sub.
4 kinky stars.
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About The Author
Lorelei James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Blacktop Cowboys and Rough Riders series as well as the steamy new Mastered series. She lives in the Black Hills of western South Dakota with her family.
Visit her online at www.loreleijames.com,