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FROM NO.1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER SIERRA CARTWRIGHT
‘This was an emotionally charged, highly sensual book with excellent characters and an intriguing plot. ~ BDSM Book Reviews
‘Bind was probably the best book I’ve read by Sierra Cartwright to date! ~ Ms Romantic Reads
Book one in The Donovan Dynasty series.
Only one man can help her. Is she willing to pay his price?
Faced with the potentially overwhelming loss of her family’s fortune, Lara Bertrand turns to the one man who can help her, the gorgeous and powerful Connor Donovan.
She knows he’s dangerous to her on every level. Only desperation would drive her to make such a risky proposition. After all, she knows all about his ruthless nature and relentless determination to succeed.
When the classy, elegant Lara walks into his office with an outrageous proposal, Connor is stunned and more than a little intrigued. Ever since he first met her, he’s been attracted to the cool beauty, but she’s more than kept her distance.
Connor is absolutely willing to help her out. For a price. He not only wants her hand in marriage, but also her total submissive surrender…
From Publishers Weekly
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Mature characters, fluid writing, erotic, romantic and sexy!
*Complimentary ARC provided by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.
BIND was probably the best book I’ve read by Sierra Cartwright to date! The beginning was reminiscent of Fifty Shades, but where Fifty seemed reliant on “shock and awe”, BIND was more pleasing in all aspects. The smattering of humor throughout did a great job of diffusing the intensity of the developing relationship.
Lana Bertrand, CFO of Bertrand Holdings Inc., had learned all about the family business from her father. She was a daddy’s girl through and through, until she completed graduate school and began to challenge his outdated business decisions and practices. The fact that she had contemplated giving up two years of her life to save the company spoke a lot about her dedication, determination, loyalty. She was a workaholic with no time for relationships, and she’d been repeatedly disappointed by past lovers and the way they handled her kinkier desires. She was confident, bold, and generally unafraid to express herself sexually. Dealing with developing romantic feelings did not come easy to her at all.
Connor Donovan (27) had been appointed president of his family’s company, Donovan Worldwide, at the age of 23, after his father had died tragically in a car accident. His parent’s marriage wasn’t perfect, but what he knew was enough to turn him off of pursuing any serious relationships. I loved his relationship with his siblings both in and out of the business. When he was first introduced, from Lara’s perspective, he seemed aloof, a bit cold, and he definitely commanded the space in which he moved. Since the story was told from alternating POVs, it turned out he was anything but cold and reserved. I just loved the way he talked—everything he said was measured, considered, charming and intelligent. For someone his age and in his position, he was very down to earth.
Probably the most intriguing aspect of this story was Lara’s proposal and Connor’s conditions and whether or not a reader would see him as taking unfair advantage of her predicament. Her position coupled with his promises of giving her a taste of what she'd only fantasized about was definitely a catalyst for the fast pace of their sexual relationship. Also, the way he treated her as an equal outside of the bedroom and his unwavering support in business showed her that being able to rely on him was a core element of his personality and not just a selfish means to get laid. Personally, I enjoyed the set-up and the execution. It was anything but trite because the characters were so compelling. The BDSM parts were kept to introduction to the lifestyle and spanking, but the seduction and the sex were incredibly hot.
The side characters enhanced and complimented the couple, and I adored Lara’s mother and her “ESP” abilities, as Lara liked to call it. And for fans of the BONDS series, Julien was his usual awesome self and returned for a bit of meddling.