Bound By Desire by Amanda Steiger
Publisher: Changeling Press
Length: Short Story (68 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern
Keelie al'Trega marries Lord Kalen Ashler to secure peace between their two home planets. On their wedding night, Kalen sends her away from his bed, despite his obvious arousal. Then Keelie learns the terrible truth -- becoming his mate will create an unbreakable psychic bond between them, a bond so intense and powerful that it can drive a person insane.
Is Kalen worth the risk?
Need, want, and desire are wonderful things – unless you want what you cannot have. Lord Kalen has married for convenience and to unite warring planets. He cannot have a wife in the fullest sense of the word, knowing it could cause her harm, but the moment he meets his intended bride Keelie, she becomes an irresistible temptation. As she tries to break down his defenses, he finds his resolve weakening.
Keelie is confused by Kalen’s responses to her. One minute, he’s hot, the next cold. Unnerved by this new planet she will call home, she is determined to find her own place. The first place to start is with her husband, and she soon discovers why he has remained so distant. Kalen isn’t like the men from her planet. Once he makes love to a woman, his mind and emotions will merge with hers. It’s a bond that can never be broken, and once started, will remain throughout their lives.
Talk about a fantastic sci-fi/erotic story! From the beginning, I was hooked. Kalen is super-sexy in a tortured hero kind of way, while Keelie starts out uncertain and grows into the strong and capable woman who will save Kalen from an existence of loneliness. The mystery surrounding Kalen’s past is well worth the big reveal near the end, and the intimate scenes absolutely sizzle. I couldn’t wait to learn what would happen next and couldn’t stop reading until I found out.
Fans of sci-fi/fantasy/erotica will love Bound By Desire. It’s got all the elements you look for in a steamy erotica, with a perfect balance of romance.