Eva Charles-Bound

So last year, Eva Charles write the Devil’s Duet, which are the first 2 books in the Devil’s Due series. I noted at the time that there were parts of that story which touched perilously close on American politics, which was a nice added layer to the story. Anyway, in that book, we met Smith, the hero’s best friend and security guy. And interestingly enough, Smith is his first name. Bound is his story. You don’t have to have read the first 2 books to get this one, but it will help because you will get more of a flavor of what is going on.

So, Kate is an investigative reporter. She got in on a story about JD Wilder (hero from the last book), but she’s back in Charleston looking up info on a new story. She keeps sniffing around Wilder’s brother, but that’s because she’s pretty sure that he’s a link to the story that she really wants. He wants her to back off, so he sics Smith on her. Only, things don’t necessarily work out that way. After all, she’s a journalist, and she knows there’s a story there. Plus, she owes it to her mother to win a Pulitzer Prize. So, she’s going to stay on her story, no matter what Smith says or does.

Then we have Smith, who is controlling, cautious, possibly paranoid, very security-minded, and a former Special Forces kinda guy. He knows that he has to get Kate to leave the Wilders alone, so he thinks that he’s going to chase her off. He decides that he’s going to fuck around with her, and does exactly that. What he didn’t count on was wanting to fuck her. He thinks he’s managed to chase her off, right until he runs into her again, and discovers that she quit her job at the paper, sublet an apartment, and moved to Charleston.

On the other side, we have Father Jesse. Kate is Catholic and has always connected well with priests, so when Father Jesse comes into the library where she’s working and meets her, she decides that she’ll go to his church for Mass, and they develop a true connection. Maybe.

I like Kate a lot. I think that she has a lot of inner strength. I also think that her family are a bunch of fuckholes. The way that they treat her in her past and in the present is just horrid. The only person who actually treated her well was Liam, who is now gone. But I still think that she’s really strong and determined. She does everything that she can to get the story that she wants.

I actually like Smith a lot. I liked what we learned of him in the last book. He is an honorable man, even if he has had to do dishonorable things in his life. He is incredibly protective over everyone that he knows. There is really only 1 time in the book where I downright want to strangle the man, and frankly, he would’ve deserved it if I had. He acted like a complete asshole at the time.

Father Jesse is an interesting character, and that’s as far as I’m going to go with him.

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I felt really sorry for Petey. I don’t know that I ever really trusted some of the people in the book.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Dani Rene-Bound

Bound is the 5th book in Dani’s Sins of Seven series. The books are all interconnected standalones, so theoretically, you could read it alone, but why wouldn’t want you want to read them all, I mean, come on. Great stories, sexy heroes and heroines, and great happy sexy times. What more can you possibly want? Every one of the books is based on one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and it’s generally pretty easy to figure out which one you are reading about. The books also all center around the Seven Sins, this time as in a BDSM club owned and run by friends Carrick and Mason. Carrick has a wife and submissive named Peyton, who is best friends with Mason’s sub, Savannah. Read Carrick and Peyton’s story in Indulge.

Anyway, through the last 4 books, it’s always been Mason and Savvie as the perfect couple. They are so in love and so involved with each other. They are like binary stars that orbit each other and they are always aware of where the other is. Mason is always the one who smacks people around and talks sense into them and helps them get through their stupidity when they are being stupid. Savannah has been there to support people and help them feel better when the world is falling apart. They have always seemed like there is nothing that could break them apart. Buuuutttt… Well, we’d have a short book if that’s all there was to it, wouldn’t we?

We’ve never known much about how Mason and Savvie get together, but we start out 4 years in the past and learn how they got together, which is really nice. He needed a demo model at the club, and she applied. And 4 years later, they are the perfect couple. Except…

We all know that the perfect couple from the outside aren’t usually perfect from the inside, and even Mason and Savannah aren’t perfect. They are both hiding things, from themselves and from others.

I was really glad to get the backstory of Mason and Savannah as a couple and their individual backstories. Having that insight always helps us to understand the characters more, both this book and in other books. It’s really interesting to go back and look at what I know of Savvie and Mason from the other books through the eyes that have read this book. Does that sentence make sense? You know what I mean, anyway. I was sitting at the grocery store with my husband waiting for the cab to take us home while I was reading this, and there were legit tears running down my face while I was waiting. Poor husband, he was worried. I was like, no, sad part of the book. He was like ahhhh. He no longer wants me to explain why the book is sad because I have to go from the very beginning of the story, and there have been some that are very convoluted. Now I just tell him if he really wants to know, I will give him the book to read. Luckily no one else asked why I was crying. We all know how much I love a Dani Rene book, and this one is definitely no different. I truly loved it, even as I had tears running down my face. When the last 2 books come out, I’m going to binge read the entire series, which is going to be awesome.

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Oh, man, yeah, I know that I usually have some sorta spoiler-y thing down here, but I’m not all that sure what I can put down here. I think that I have one or two things that I can say.

I both like and hate Uncle Marcello. He’s fucking sneaky. He has some serious ulterior motives, I know he does. Anything he’s done, he’s had 57 reasons to do.

Cousin Alexei, I’m really hoping we see more of him because he’s complex, and he’s complex in the way that I like.

That’s all about this one, so go check it out. Happy reading!