In the Mastered Series by New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James, a woman's desire to shatter her inhibitions leaves her unprepared for where that erotic journey will take her…Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She's focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating - not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That's where she meets him. Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training - in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery's boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possession…
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4.25 Stars Quick Descriptions: BDSM/Bondage- Alpha Male- Female learning to be strong- Erotic Romance- Hot sex scenes- Cliff Hanger Series- Silent Hero (The ending is a cliffhanger leading to the next book in the series but it leaves off in an appropriate spot.)
Bound is the inaugural book in Lorelei James' new series, Mastered.
If you haven't read Lorelei James’ Rough Riders series start immediately! I had read them years ago when they came out and loved them.
Ronin is a strong sexual alpha that keeps himself completely closed off from everyone. He’s very secretive and this causes the obvious issues within their relationship.
Amery is a slight doormat that wants to be a strong female. They both have ex's that did a number on them. Amery has the added benefit of having a strict religious upbringing. She struggles with the feeling of being 'dirty' and unworthy when it comes to certain things specifically sex.
Side cast: Amery's so called friends didn't seem like very good friends to me and more often than not pissed me right the hell off! They got mad if she suggested a change in venue for their night out and all but attacked her about Ronin. Not cool! However Ronin's friends were what you would expect from a strong silent hero.
BDSM/bondage has been done redone and done again. Reading Bound was a more refreshing version to an old tune. His big secret seemed obvious to me but I didn't expect the twist, very nice.
They stared at each other, the attraction between them getting stronger each time they were together "you think it’s a good idea for us to be alone in your penthouse?" "Yes, because the first time I fuck you I'll need more than an hour."
A nice build-up of sexual tension in the beginning then BAM they combust into a hot sexual meeting that curled my toes. There was the right amount of sex to keep you hot and bothered but not detract from the story.
"The other reason I like your hair down is that I've fantasized about having these silken tresses wrapped around my fist as I'm fucking you"
The ending is a bit of a letdown but I have some hope the story will redeem itself since there is a sequel Unwound. This kept it from being a higher rated read for me. It's hard for me to pinpoint what it was that frustrated me about the ending. Maybe the way she approached him about it, I'm just not sure and can't hash it out without giving away too much of the story.
Bottom line if you enjoy hot alpha-BDSM/bondage-romance books then this will satisfy your craving!
I listened to the Audible.com version. Narrator: 4 stars very well done!
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
I'm sorry to have to say that there is nothing that I found good or well-done about this book. I read many, many books. And I listen to many more. I am open minded and read a wide variety of books, authors with different styles. Some may be written a little better than others, but I enjoy most every book. It takes a lot for me to abandon one, it has to be pretty bad. Well, this one qualifies. This is only the second, or at most the third, audiobook I have "quit" on in five-plus years and 500 hundred audiobooks total in my library. All of the following were annoying and poorly-done: The writing, the characters, the "love" scenes, (which are unappealing, un-sexy, and awkward with cheesy dialogue and terminology), the dialogue (mainly sniping and bickering between the characters), and the pace of the story, flow of events from one scene to another. Go ahead and give this one a miss, you will not be missing anything good. I will be returning it for a refund.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
The ice to cool my overheated body and ropes to join in on the fun!
This book was amazing! Ok.. first, this I s not really dual narration which I loved because I hate dual narration... the book is read by Vivette until the very last chapter which is told from Ronin POV and read by Daniels...
The sexual chemistry between Ronin and Amstry is WOWAH..KAZAWA! Being a sensei and 8th degree black belt only add to Ronin's sex appeal... but the rope master kicked it up like 4 more degrees...The first scene in the dojo with Ronin and the pants was so cute and smexy at the same time...
Amstry was the perfect female for Ronin, strong and smart but somewhat submissive when she needed to be... great great...
I have to say Ronin was so secretive, I was a bit shocked like Amstry when only a small part of his background was reviled...
The smex was hot and tingly which double checked all my boxes, and the story kept me entertained... when it ended I was surprised and actually looked at my K. FIRE like it had brokenen down...
Well worth the credit...it's a bit pricey... but so worth it... there has to be a book 2, which from the last chapter implies will be from Ronin's POV...
Narration was great... I hope book 2 is read by Vivette... she was actually better than Daniels.. both narrators was still great though... Great book...great story, great drama... a credit well spent!
I enjoyed the narrator's take on the voices, so I'm sure I'd actually enjoy the audio version better. I've read some mixed reviews for the narrator, but she did a pretty good job in my opinion.
You know, I have to be honest. I really didn't have a favorite character. This book is just so neutral to me that I have no opinion one way or another. The characters just seemed like vessels to move the story along while not really leaving a lasting impression on the reader. It's still a mildly fun ride, so I don't regret spending my credit here.
This book reminded me - a lot - of 50 Shades of Gray. What I can say about this is that, though the subject matter did seem similar (strong male lead with need for sexual control, docile female lead willing to meet those needs), the characters were far less flipping annoying in this book. Oh, the female lead didn't make me want to gouge my eyes out with a rolled up feminist magazine either, which was a major plus..
As for notable negatives -- There is a lot of sex in this book. I'm not a prude, I swear, but I would have loved to have more plot. Also, there is a lot of graphic language, and before you say "Well, duh", what I mean is that most books like this will use cutesy words to mask the nitty gritty. This book doesn't have a problem letting you know EXACTLY what is happening while using a colorful vocabulary. If that makes you uncomfortable, you'll want to skip this for sure.
All business but contemporary fun!
The most interesting thing about this book was the introduction to martial art and rope terms which were new to my vocabulary. The writing style is clean and simple but the dialogues between the characters are very unimpressive. I think my biggest issue with the book is the heroine's character which is not fully developed. She could have had many shades in her personality given her constraint uprising compared to where she is now.
TOTAL HOT BOUNDING! .
I loved how Sen Black and Amery where getting to know each other! He is so strong but holds himself back for fear of getting hurt again. You can feel the love coming out of the book and I can not wait till the next book comes out
I love that there are two different voices. I listen to alot of these books and sometimes I have to cringe with the voices that come out.
I did laugh in the beginning where Amery was so strong, when she was first entering the DO JO. I could so see myself acting like that. But I wanted to cry when at the end of the book things fell apart. I am not a big fan of cliffhangers!
Home is where my books are.
I know this story appeals to many -- you only have to look at the ratings and reviews to know that! But for me, this book made me drift off to just about any other distraction I could find. I've tried several times to get into it, but it just doesn't have what I need from any novel, much less an erotica novel, which I believe are the most difficult books to write because they must have that indefinable emotional truth in order to appeal to our most primal selves.
Ronin Black and his sex appeal is all told rather than shown. We know he is hot because he owns a dogo. We know he is powerful because the men and women at the dogo respect him. But there is nothing revealed, by word or deed, that made me feel those things about him. He is as stoically silent as a mannequin; he is a stick figure with muscles. He is a bore.
The big scene, the one where he reveals himself to Amery as a dominant, should have been a powerful one, but instead it made me cringed. He takes her to his SM play room so she can see what she is in for, but instead of taking control, he instead turns into a tentative little boy, anxious to please. It's an odd moment, and it made me feel sorry for Amery. Like a bad one night stand, (one in which each party tries to fake their way through it, so as not to embarrass the other), they go through the motions without any real passion in the encounter. What should be a hot moment results in her leaving. (If he's so hot, why is she so cold?)
In my opinion, James writing has all the sexiness of a little girl playing with Barbie dolls. ("Oh Ken, you're so sexy! Oh Barbie, be my girlfriend! Kiss, kiss!)
You can't just write that a character is strong, powerful and sexy, then write scenes like that to undermine him completely. You have to show by action and dialogue that he is dominant if you want me to believe it. And you have to sell it so that the attraction between them is believable. It isn't enough that we are told that Amery wants him -- the writer has to make you feel her wanting him, but all I heard was her himming and hawing about the whole thing. All of the need, want and desire that should be there, is missing. Even the characters are lukewarm.
Does the book improve from that scene onward? I read a few more chapters but I couldn't get past my initial weak impression of Ronin, so I don't know. Maybe I'm missing out on a masterpiece, but I doubt it. Sprinkled among the 5 star ratings are other reviews like mine by people who found the whole thing as underwhelming as I did.
Besides, there are so many good to great erotica novels on Audible. Stories and characters that have swept me away, taken me in, and given me vicarious pleasure. And I am always looking to add to my collection.
Unfortunately, I've yet to find a good one that was written by Lorelei James.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
This story was....no words to describe except...ew!, eyerolling!, silly!, never happening! It was just over the top how this dominant male wooed his female. I rolled my eyes so many times. The story without the sex was not bad but there was very little of it, I may listen to #2....if it is free! The narrator was not bad with what she had to work with.
Is Luke Daniels on this book? The male character does not sound like a male at all...it sounds like the female narrator trying to do a male voice....poorly...with the same odd stilted speaking style.
The narrator has a very stiff, stilted delivery style that is not at all conversational or natural. It really detracts from the story. I am only perhaps 45 minutes into the book and I am so distracted by the weird narration that I am wondering if I am going to be able to continue.
I havent finished the book by any means...so I dont feel like I can really comment on the story. It might be good...but for now, its totally being ruined by the poor narration. I am glad I got this on a sale, because if I had paid more than $5 I would feel ripped off.
Overall this was a good listen. I enjoyed the storyline as it was not a typical BDSM book. The entire book is based around the eroticism of rope tying. At first I was not really sure because I did not know much about this type of kink but I think the author did a good job of hooking you into the story. I liked that Amery and Ronin had some angst between them and that it was not just a simple romance story. Amery’s friends are pretty funny as well and so added some humour to the story. The scene at the very beginning with the pants and the dojo was one of my favourites. The chemistry was great between the two characters with a touch of mystery to keep you going. I am not sure about Ronin’s interaction with other submissive women. I know there was no sex involved but it just felt too intimate and I did not enjoy that. Maybe if that was part of Amery’s kink and she liked to watch, but that was not her at all. I will be ordering the next book to see what happens. This was not one of my favourite books but it was an enjoyable listen.
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