Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bound In Blue by Annabel Joseph ~ New Review

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Title: Bound in Blue (Cirque Masters, #2)

Author: Annabel Joseph

Genre: BDSM Romance

Release Date: January 28 2014

Rating:

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Synopsis

At a small, struggling circus in Ulaanbaatar, a fearless trapezist fascinates Cirque du Monde talent scout Jason Beck, until he realizes, halfway through the act, that he already knows this exotic, blue-eyed beauty. Intimately. If he’d known she was part of the act he was here to recruit, he never would have done such basely carnal things to her the night before!


Torn by professional and personal desires, Jason invites Sara to Paris. She’s thrilled to join Cirque du Monde, but her trapeze partner, Baat, is less cooperative. When tensions threaten the future of Sara and Baat’s act, she finds solace in a sexy, consuming Master/slave relationship with Jason. Jason’s strict requirements match perfectly with Sara’s desires to submit, to do whatever it takes to please her Master. Soon they’re barreling toward deeper commitments, even love.


But circus life can be chaotic. Perilous. Cirque CEO—and brutal Master—Michel Lemaitre develops an uncomfortable interest in the submissive trapezist, and Baat becomes increasingly difficult to control. Fears and secrets, jealousy and uncertainties threaten to undo everything Sara and Jason have built in their intimate BDSM sessions. Hurt by lies, rocked by shocking revelations, the two must battle to remain bound together in love

Becs’ Review

 

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Is this Annabel Joseph’s most romantic novel to date?  I think it may well be!  Bound in Blue is the second book in the Cirque Masters series.  It’s not necessary to have read the first book in the series, Cirque de Minuit, to enjoy this one but it does contain mild spoilers.

 

I so very much enjoyed this one.  Annabel Joseph seems to have single-handedly rejuvenated my interest in BDSM romance.  I’d forgotten just how much I used to enjoy these books and she really is one of the top authors in the genre.  For me a BDSM romance has to contain some serious, delicious kink but it needs to be combined with believable characters you can root for, a realistic love story and a good plotline and that’s exactly what I got in Bound in Blue – BDSM Romance at it’s finest!

 

So Michel Lemaitre, wickedly devious French man that he is, has sent his talent scout Jason Beck to check out a trapeze act in Mongolia that he has heard of.  Jason spends the night before seeing the show in a daze of stunning D/s, having found the perfect submissive for him working at a fetish club as a waitress.  I was kind of reminded of the words of Simon le Bon as Jason and his little submissive enjoy their one night together.

 

Some people call it a one-night stand but we can call it paradise

Imagine his shock when the trapeze artiste he’s been sent to scout turns out to be none other than the beautiful submissive he caned and drove to unspeakable pleasure the night before.  Not quickly was he likely to forget those stunning blue eyes in an Asian face.  He takes her back to Paris and their relationship develops from this point.

 

Jason, for me, was just the perfect Dom.  It’s so nice to read a dom who’s fully got his shit together and who isn’t fucked up seven ways to Sunday.  Jason, at least by day, is an upstanding guy, very alpha, very protective, loyal and very noble.  Ok, so he has a pretty serious kink going on in private and just how pervilicious is that kink???  He’s very much the sadist, very controlling and rigid and not about to let his submissive to get away with the slightest misdemeanour without feeling the sharp end of a cane! 

 

I just adored Jason – he had no hang-ups, no reason to not be able to become emotionally attached to his subs.  he’s a pretty together guy and perfectly able to fall in love and he sure does fall hard for Sara, his Mongolian little one.  Their romance was just a pleasure to read and their D/s scenes were seriously delicious – very detailed and very arousing.  Just exactly what we need!

 

I like it intense, Master. I like it to hurt.” His fingers tightened against her pulse, prompting deeper confessions. “I like it to feel real.

 

Sara has had a tough life – everyone is living in poverty in Ulaanbaatar and she’s been working for a struggling circus with bad props and even worse support.  Moving to Paris, to be part of Mr Lemaitre’s Cirque du Monde is like a dream come true for her – it’s a pivotal moment that will change her life and nothing will ever be the same again.  Sara was just a sweetheart – she’s fairly overwhelmed by how drastically her life has changed and as a submissive she was pretty wide-eyed and pliant and Jason is her perfect dom.  She’s falling in love with him pretty quickly.

 

But, of course, nothing could ever be that easy and there’s a couple of big shocks in store for Sara and Jason and they end up struggling but it’s a wonderful angsty and oh so sexy journey as Sara submits to Jason’s intensely dominant ways as his willing slave. This is just such a fantastic addition to the Cirque Masters series as Annabel Joseph so sublimely combines the pulsating, sexually charged world of the cirque with the sensual, erotic world of BDSM.  It’s just wonderful!!

 

5 stars – pretty perfect BDSM romance

 

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Series Reading Order

CIRQUE MASTERS

Cirque De Minuit

cirque de minuitIt’s no easy feat transitioning from the disciplined arena of competitive gymnastics to the artistic whirl of the Cirque du Monde. Kelsey Martin finds secret inspiration in Theo Zamora, a dark, taciturn trapezist–until his partner dies in a tragic accident and he decides to leave the circus for good.
Theo doesn’t understand why Kelsey reaches out to him, only that she compels him with her unique combination of innocence and recklessness. Before long the two are collaborating on an aerial silks act for a new production, the Cirque de Minuit. Theo’s impatience with Kelsey’s naivete is matched only by his passion for her, and the two soon become embroiled in a tempestuous, consuming romance.
But some still blame Theo for his partner’s accident, and danger wraps up the two performers as inevitably as the scarlet silk of their act. Theo and Kelsey must find a way to connect and trust one another as he leads her deeper and deeper into a dangerous world of control and desire.

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Bound In Blue

bound in blueAt a small, struggling circus in Ulaanbaatar, a fearless trapezist fascinates Cirque du Monde talent scout Jason Beck, until he realizes, halfway through the act, that he already knows this exotic, blue-eyed beauty. Intimately. If he’d known she was part of the act he was here to recruit, he never would have done such basely carnal things to her the night before!
Torn by professional and personal desires, Jason invites Sara to Paris. She’s thrilled to join Cirque du Monde, but her trapeze partner, Baat, is less cooperative. When tensions threaten the future of Sara and Baat’s act, she finds solace in a sexy, consuming Master/slave relationship with Jason. Jason’s strict requirements match perfectly with Sara’s desires to submit, to do whatever it takes to please her Master. Soon they’re barreling toward deeper commitments, even love.
But circus life can be chaotic. Perilous. Cirque CEO—and brutal Master—Michel Lemaitre develops an uncomfortable interest in the submissive trapezist, and Baat becomes increasingly difficult to control. Fears and secrets, jealousy and uncertainties threaten to undo everything Sara and Jason have built in their intimate BDSM sessions. Hurt by lies, rocked by shocking revelations, the two must battle to remain bound together in love.

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AUS | Goodreads

 

Master’s Flame

master's flameIn the sexually charged world of Cirque du Monde, CEO Michel Lemaitre reigns as king of depravity. He’s a stringent, brutal Master who selects his slaves based on their ability to cope with strict handling and pain. He exerts rigid control over his chosen partners and they submit to him in all things—that is, until fiery Italian acrobat Valentina Sancia enters his life.


Valentina’s known as la Vampa, the flame of Napoli, and her tempestuous personality and wild libido soar as high as her circus tricks. To his chagrin, she wants nothing more than to be his slave. Michel finds himself drawn to the red-headed firebrand even as he tries his hardest to resist her. It doesn’t help that the sensual beauty idolizes him and tempts him at every turn. He finally engages her in a one-month, no-holds-barred Master-slave relationship to prove their incompatibility.


And that’s when the circus really begins.


The two become wrapped up in bondage, cages, physical ordeals…and an emotionally fraught battle of wills. He’s never had a slave burn so bright, and Valentina’s heart is set on pleasing her Master, no matter the torment and trials she must endure. Is there such a thing as too much passion? Michel’s convinced there is, and he’s determined to tame a billowing love on the verge of blazing out of control.

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About The Author

Annabel Joseph is a NYT and USA Today bestselling BDSM erotic romance author. She writes mainly contemporary romance, although she has been known to dabble in the medieval and Regency eras. She is recognized for writing emotionally intense BDSM storylines, and strives to create characters that seem real--even flawed--so readers are better able to relate to them.

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