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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bound To Be Mine by Tess Lamont



Bound To Be Mine by Tess Lamont
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (57 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Stripping had not just been profitable for Lisa Emery; it had given her the power, the control, to be the woman she wanted to be. She’d had a stimulating job and the perfect man at home—her master. Together, they were exploring the darker side of passion, and both seemed to bloom with the knowledge. Why then had he suddenly disappeared just when things were going so well? And why now was he back?

Ben Johnson knew the “life” he and Lisa were living had been wrong...just knew it. Something that felt that good couldn’t be right. According to his therapist, “only by atoning for your wrongs could you really grow and change as a person.” Why then, after so many months apart, did he still need to dominate Lisa, to bend her to his will and give in to his baser instincts?

When I read the blurb for Bound To Be Mine, I was intrigued. A couple who are into BDSM part ways when the man begins to believe his actions are harmful to the woman he loves. Got your attention? It certainly did mine. So imagine my surprise when the story offered a jolting dash of the unexpected.

Lisa is a woman who turned to stripping as a way to gain power over men, which is at odds with her sexual preferences. In the bedroom, she learned about the power of submission, and her Master, Ben, was all she wanted and more. His sudden departure left a hole in not only her life, but her heart. Picking up the pieces, she struggled to move on without him and carve a new life for herself without the one man who completed her in all ways.

Ben left Lisa a year before to get help. The dominant tendencies he expresses are wrong, and he fears that he’s ruined Lisa’s life by introducing her to them. Now, as a part of his twelve steps to recovery, he’s returned to apologize, and if possible, make amends. Armed with the journal he kept through his struggle to curb his sexual nature, he faces the woman who still has the key to his heart and hopes she can forgive him for all the damage he’s caused.

What comes next are revelations, confrontations, and ultimately, resolutions. This is one of those stories in which signals were mixed, and as a result, lives were irrevocably changed. Ben might have felt he was the reason for Lisa’s erratic behavior, but the truth is something else all together. As the pieces come together, you’ll get a better understanding of the characters and the challenges they faced (but failed to discuss).

The story is well-written and progresses at a steady pace, which is wonderful in a novella this length. Ben and Lisa have an excellent chemistry, and their emotional scenes are both touching and heartbreaking. Be sure to place this story onto your TBR list, especially if you love a BDSM themed erotica with oodles of emotion.

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