Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bound by Lorelei James: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Title: Bound (Mastered, #1)

Author: Lorelei James

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Release Date: February 4 2014

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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….



Becs’ Review


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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.


Series Reading Order

  1. Bound
  2. Unwound – due for release March 25




Amery bit back a girly sigh at seeing his rare smile. With her, away from the dojo, he seemed to have a softer side. Ronin in action as eighth-degree black belt and hard-ass owner of Black Arts had a cool veneer as well as an aura of power. Everything about him screamed discipline.

With that cool veneer stripped away, the man oozed sex. From his unruly black hair, to his liquid brown eyes that changed from ice to fire in one quick blink, to the fullness of his sensual mouth. And don’t get her started on the strength in his body. The measured way he walked—a combination of purpose and grace. The deliberateness as his hands performed a task even as simple as making a drink—no wasted movement. The man was an erotic enigma.

So . . . why was he interested in her?

She’d been so lost in thoughts of him she jumped when he slid a drink across the bar.

“See if that tastes okay.”

Amery sucked in a mouthful and swallowed. Crisp, tangy, limey. She smacked her lips. “It’s perfect. Is there anything you don’t do well?”

Ronin thought about it a bit before he shook his head. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”

“You’re intimidating as hell, Ronin Black.”

He offered a slight bow. “Thank you.”

Yeah, she was in way over her head with this man.

“Come on.”

Amery followed him inside the elevator.

He opened a small panel above the main controls and punched in a code.

The elevator moved up.

Wait. Up? Weren’t they on the top floor?

Before Amery could ask what was going on, the doors opened and a breeze blew in.

Ronin took her hand.

They stepped out of a small alcove onto the roof. As soon as they turned the corner, she gasped.

Ronin said, “Surprise.”

This wasn’t an ordinary roof in the city with vents sticking up and razor wire strung across the roof supports. This was an urban oasis with a view of the Rocky Mountains, the Denver skyline, and the Platte River Valley. And with the added height of brick walls around the entire perimeter, none of it was visible from street level. She said, “Heckuva surprise, Ronin,” and set her drink on the closest table.

Posted by arrangement with New American Library, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Lorelei James, 2014.




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About The Author


Lorelei James 2013Lorelei 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. 

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  1. this woman. Becs I highly recommend her Rough Rider series. They are my go to books for hot cowboy loving. Every book in that series is 4 Stars and up! So excited about this new series. Great review.

  2. This new series sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. I do enjoy them. I love The Sweet series by Maya Banks, The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton, and Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair

  4. Love Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair, Wicked Lovers by Shayla Black and the Sweet series by Maya Banks.

  5. Rough Riders has to one of my top three series, as does Maya Banks Sweet and Coulter series.

  6. I love the Rough Riders series and Olivia Cunnings Sinners series

  7. I love Olivia Cunning's series and Maya Banks

  8. 50 Shades, Anything Olivia Cunning, Rough Riders.

  9. Club Shadowlands (Cherise Sinclair), Masters and Mercenaries (Lexi Blake), and Club Libertine (Diane Leyne)

  10. I like bdsm books. Shayla Black was the first of that type book I read andwas hooked from there.

  11. wowww i want read this book...i hope

    1. some bdsm book i read and i loved, are: The Dom Who Loved Me ,Captive in the Dark and Seduced in the Dark

  12. My 3 fav are Touched by a Dom by Holly S. ROBERTS, Required Surrender Series by Riley Murphy and Master of Submission by Jan Bowles. Thanks for the chance

  13. The Doms of Dark Haven, Shoshanna Evers' Enslaved series.

  14. Yes I love BSDM books.
    My favorite 3 are:
    1. 50 Shades of Grey
    2. Bared to You
    3. The Submissive

  15. Is my favorite genre.... :) Narrowing down the list is hard. LOL The Art of D/s byElla Dominguez, the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day, and Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway.

  16. I loved 50 Shades, Bared to You, and Club Destiny.

  17. Loved Crossfire and Rough Rider series

  18. FSOG, of course! Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair and everything and anything by Maya Banks :) THANK YOU :D

  19. I love them. My top 3 would be Club Shadowlands, Rough Rider and The Sweet series.

  20. Release Me, Bared To You, and FSOG, of course.

  21. Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair, bared to you and rough rider

  22. Oh, yes I surely do. FSOG started it for me, then I love Annabel Joseph's books and the Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz. I really need to read the Club Shadowland series by Cherise Sinclair.

  23. I do enjoy BDSM style romances my top three that i have read in the past month are Tears of Tess, Dark Desire and Long Hard Ride (Rough Riders, #1). It will change it always does. Happy Reading

  24. I do enjoy them a lot!! The Master at Arms series by Kallypso Masters, and Fifty Shades of course. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Unrestrained by Joey W. Hill
    Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
    The Blackstone Affair series

  26. Love your new picture Lorelei. I have Turn and Burn, Corralled, and Gone Country. Would love to add Bound to my collection ;)

  27. I have to admit that I've never read any BDSM yet but I am looking to broaden my horizons from my usual readings. Thanks for the opportunity to win this one! :)

  28. loved 50 Shades, Bared to You, and Club Destiny.

  29. The Master at Arms series by Kallypso Masters, all of Lorelei James, and Maya Banks

  30. I enjoyed the Blackstone series, 50 shades and Tears of Tess. Thank you

  31. FSOG got me started in romance in general. I read The Shadowlands series by Cherise Sinclair. Tiffany Reisz books.

  32. "50 Shades" by E.L. James, "Walker Brothers" by Nicole Edwards, and "Double Seduction" by Randi Alexander.

  33. I would have to say my favorite 3 are series, Bianca Sommerland, the Dartmoth Cobras - Cherise Sinclair, the Shadowlands and Kallypso Masters, Master at Arms.

  34. I'm a fan of Shayla Black's, Lisabet Sarai's, & Sylvia Day's stories. Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. I loved FSoG, Bared to You series and This Man series. Thanks for the chance!

  36. Yes, I do enjoy them. My favorites....Bared to You (Gideon Cross....oh my); Driven (Colton Donavan-my new favorite) and Beautiful Bastard (Bennett Ryan....!)

  37. Just the Fifty Shades trilogy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Yes, I enjoy reading BDSM style romances! I'd say my favorites are the Crossfire series, Fifty Shades series, and Breathless series!

  39. love the genre... favorite would be 50 shades, bared to you and Originals Sinners