I have a confession to make: I was offered to be a part of this blog tour and I saw Lorelei James’ name and “new series” and jumped at it. Then I found out two things which made me worry: 1-No cowboys, but even more troubling was 2-It was a cliffhanger. EEP! I’m one of those people who LOATHES cliffhangers. I read romance because I’m guaranteed a HEA and with cliffhangers I have to WAIT. LOL I’ll be honest. I was dreading this book.
I should have had a little more faith in Ms. James. I’m STILL not crazy about cliffhangers, but I really enjoyed this book, and, honestly, it’s such a departure from what I’m used to getting from her, I’m not sure I would have picked it up right away. Bound is as far from Ms. James’ usual cowboys as you can get (city, martial arts, Japanese culture vs. country, rodeos, and cowboys) but still brought the same hot sex and entertaining romance I’ve come to expect.
Amery Hardwick is a graphic designer in Denver and begins taking classes at Sensei Black’s dojo. Ronin Black is a mysterious, well-connected, well-respected martial arts trainer/teacher/practioner. Not quite sure what the term is there.
It was interesting going into this book and looking at is as only half of a story. Ms. James was able to have several different minor plots going on without sacrificing any of the time spent on the focus between Amery and Ronin. There are her friends, his co-workers, her family, his ex-girlfriend, his family, and there are all the ups and downs of a good romance. Ronin is one of those mysterious guys your friends always warn you about, but even though her friends (and his) keep warning Amery about Ronin, she just can’t seem to stay away from him. Unfortunately Ronin takes being the strong silent type to the extreme, and isn’t sharing any of himself with Amery. As you can imagine, Amery doesn’t take this well AT ALL.
As much as I enjoyed this book, and as much as I’m looking forward to Unwound, Book 2, because while I really like Ronin, I’m not sure he’s learned to really trust Amery. She keeps confronting him, because he demands (and receives) her absolute trust, and she lets him do things she never in a million years would have considered with anyone else, and yet, when it counts, he holds her at a distance. He needs to get over it…fast…or he’s going to lose her, and unless he figures it out in a hurry, she’d be better off without him.
I can’t wait to see how book 2 goes. I hope Ronin gets it together, because when he lets his walls down, I think he and Amery could be really good for each other.
Lynda the Guppy
aka Not A Ninja Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks