Bound by Lies (Bound #1) by Hanna PeachBound by Lies by Hanna Peach
Published January 2014
Series: Bound #1
Genres: Dark Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense
five-stars
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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Our love is on his terms. He contacts me only through notes − unpredictable and untraceable. When we meet, he can touch me, but I’m not allowed to touch him. When we make love, it’s only after I have been bound and blindfolded. It’s the only time I truly feel alive. Which is why I play along with it. For now.

Caden Thaine is the most sinfully beautiful man I have ever seen. But more than that, his touch sets me on fire. And dear God, do I ache for him. I don’t know where he lives or even what he does. But this doesn’t scare me. My only fear is that one day his messages will stop.

I know he’s hiding something. But that’s okay. I am hiding things too. Like my real name and... who I really am. But the deeper I fall for him, the stronger my curiosity becomes.

I could never have imagined just how much our lives are bound. And that pulling at his tangled web of secrets would cause my own dark past to come back to try and reclaim me. Will we survive? Will our love?

 

Kitten is scarred by her past, and she feels that the only way that gives her back the control she once lost is to feel the power she has over men when using them sexually. However, one night at a club, she meets Caden Thaine, who makes her question her motives and MO. He offers her a deal: an exclusive relationship where Kitten is at Cade’s beck and call, and on his terms.

But soon, Kittens starts longing not only for the sexual release Cade provides her with. She wants to get to know him, even though they had agreed not to share any personal details. The more she digs, the more she gets suspicious and believes Cade has a direct link to her painful past.

I do understand why a few reviewers filed a DNF at 30% of Bound By Lies, and to be honest, I was close to making that call too, for the following reasons.

1. I thought that an author providing the below statement at the beginning of their erotic novel has got to be kidding or be really bad at writing steamy scenes:
“For the sole purpose of ensuring the story flows, references to condom use have been removed from the sex scenes.”
Wrong. The missing condom-reference did not hurt a bit and the author’s writing is really a good one.

2. Is this going to be another 50 Shades of Grey, where the guy uses restrains and blindfolds because he doesn’t want to be touched or his body to be seen because it reveals his terrifying past? Puh-lease no.
Wrong. That’s just a tiny little detail in the light of the complete book.

3. Oh wait. How come this promiscuous girl (not ashamed of using men for sex and walking around in skimpy dresses) suddenly starts to care for what one complete stranger thinks about her behavior? And suddenly she gives up the control she loves so much over to this guy willingly and obligingly?
Not totally wrong. I agree that doesn’t seem to work and is something highly debatable, but let’s just accept this and read on, because I promise, you will be… Blown. Away.

I think the book just takes some time until it takes off, but then it really does. Bound By Lies then becomes an absolutely thrilling-page turner.

As it is written in first-person and from Kitten’s POV, you will slowly find out what happened to Kitten that made her so emotionally unavailable and scared of loosing control. But with Cade, she feels a connection, and feels like he could be the person she could talk to. In fact, she wishes more than nothing they could bare their souls to each other and have their own “version of togetherness”.

But as Cade crushes her hopes in exploring their relationships further, Kitten gets braver and bolder at every pageturn and starts digging on her own. The information she finds is more than disturbing and casts a shadow over Cade’s real identity.

Suddenly, all the trust she put into him is hanging on a barely there thread.

I can’t even begin to tell you just how great this book turned out to be, as much as I refused to put it down until I was through with it. The book really resembled a gripping Nordic detective novel. After that clumsy book opening, everything just got much more interesting and actually started to make sense. Of course, you will understand my disappointment at finding out that this book is only part 1, and just the beginning of Cade and Kitten’s story. Beware of the nasty cliffhanger!

And with the added bonus of very steamy scenes, you find yourself reading a state of the art (not-your-average) erotic suspense novel, which I highly recommend and will gladly add to my “best books 2014” bookshelf, provide the sequel doesn’t top it.