Review: Bound by Lies by Hanna Peach

Tuesday, March 11

Title: Bound by Lies*
Author: Hanna Peach
Series: Bound, #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Gypsy Publishing
Format: ebook, paperback
Date/Year: January 21, 2014
Reviewed by: ElaineReads  

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

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 what we have is enough. Sort of. And everything works.

Until I decide to follow him.

Soon our dark pasts will collide and I will discover just how much we are both bound by lies.

My Musings:

At the very beginning, I did not think I was going to like BOUND BY LIES.  The main character, Kitten, is self-destructive and is exhibiting that by her sexual excesses with strangers in a club. I did not feel that this was the type of book I would be interested in reading.

I am so, so glad I continued reading. 

Yes, the story begins at a very bad place, but it evolves into an intense, extremely well written, and engrossing book.  I could not put it down.

Both Caden and Kitten (I know she has another name, but that is what she is called throughout the book) have had horrible things happen to them . . . things that were not their fault.  Because of this, they both consider themselves damaged and unable to form a normal relationship.

They decide they can have a sexual relationship without knowing anything about each other.  Caden contacts Kitten with notes telling her where to meet, but she has no way to contact him. He also controls every aspect of their sex life.  She is always bound and blindfolded and she can never touch him. 

I felt like I should hate him for being such a control freak, but he is so well written that I can’t.  Just like Kitten, I want Caden to be happy.

Eventually though, Kitten needs more from Caden and these needs may drive him away.

Underlying the relationship plot (I have a hard time calling it a romance), are two mysteries: one is what happened to Kitten that has her on the run and the other is what is Caden hiding.  This is the first book in a series, so neither situation is completely resolved, but the book does not, thank goodness, end on a cliff hanger.

I will definitely read the next book, BOUND BY FEAR (2014).  I have to know how things work out between Caden and Kitten and I want to see the bad guy get his comeuppance. I really, really hate him and I feel like I have a lot invested in Caden and Kitten even after only one book.


Overall:  4 stars
Sensuality level: 4.5
(There is mild bondage between the two main characters, but it is the flashbacks to a previous [abusive] relationship that makes this a 4.5 rather than a 4.0)

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