“Bound and Unbroken” by Skye Callahan

 photo BoundandUnbrokenCover_zps28c05975.pngLena is about to discover pleasure in the things she can’t control.

To get even with her roommate for dragging her to a sports bar on a Friday night, Lena begins flirting with the handsome stranger who sits at the bar next to her. Their anonymous conversation leads to a shared cab ride, but Lena’s conscience puts a damper on the evening—leaving the near-fling to become a memory. Until she finds him roaming the halls of the school where she teaches.

Will she submit to his desires?

Eric’s only reason for returning to his hometown is to care for his recently orphaned nephew. He knew the return would involve dredging up his past with family and friends, but he didn’t expect a lone girl to capture his interest and offer an escape within his new life.

Will his binds be enough to keep her?

I received a copy of this book as part of a Promotional Tour, in exchange for an honest review and I’m so thankful I did! I loved it!

The Review

Lena is a school teacher who has a horrible and secretive past.  She protects her heart and secrets with jokes or by running and if that doesn’t work, her roommate Jeremiah steps in to protect her like a big brother.  Her last boyfriend Landon was her roommate’s best friend and things never seemed right. Lena suspected it was because she had darker tastes, but she never dared to explore them.  Then she meets Eric.

Eric is back home to care for his deceased sister’s son Charlie. After his sister and brother in law were killed, Charlie stopped talking. Nobody could get through the wall of silence he had built around himself.  Eric is at a loss.  He is at a bar taking some time to himself while his parents are babysitting Charlie, when he meets Lena.  At first she refuses to give him her real name, so he calls her “loner”.

Their attraction is immediate, but Lena continues to hold back.  Eric immediately spots the submissive personality in her and senses all her secrets.  He is intent on discovering everything he can about her and he has ways to make her talk and her body scream.

This book had me riveted from start to finish.  There were times I wanted to yell at Eric to leave her alone, but yet I also knew Lena need to get things out.  By keeping her secrets buried, she was being poisoned by them and it was holding her back from truly living her life and falling in love.  I went through some of the emotions with her though. Especially concerning her ex.  I was pretty disappointed in that and can only imagine the betrayal she felt. She let that scene pass by with a lot more class then I would’ve shown that’s for sure!!

Eric has his own demons to deal with.  His mother is a real witch and it seems to me she sets out to ruin Eric’s happiness every chance she has.  I was glad the story didn’t delve too much into that though. Lena’s issues were hard enough.

Now…that all being said…the sex was amazing! Don’t doubt there are sizzling sex scenes and some serious BDSM going on.  The chains in the back of the Land Rover? It made me have a WTF moment, but it was also a turn on.

Even though his role was small, Cade, Eric’s friend, made a hell of an impression on me. I really hope there will be a book with his story.

Skye Callahan toed the line perfectly with shock value vs realistic BDSM, emotional vs sexual and calm vs chaos. She did an exceptional job and considering this is the first book I’ve read of hers, I was extremely impressed!  I look forward to reading a lot more from this wonderful author!

~Robin Malone
 



 

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 8
  • Characterization – 10
  • Style – 8
  • Threshold Quality – 10
  • Addictiveness – 10

Total – 46

Rating –5 Stars