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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bound Forever by Ava March

Bound Forever by Ava March
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Lord Oliver Marsden’s life is perfect...well, almost perfect. His bookshop is doing well, his bank account isn’t empty, and his nights are filled with a deliciously dominant man...who tends to be a bit too domineering outside of the bedchamber. But Vincent loves him and that’s all that should matter. Right? And of course, Vincent still firmly holds the reins of control. Yet while Oliver feels Vincent is finally ready to give himself fully to him, to make good on the offer Oliver refused a year ago, the looming threat his lover could someday be forced to marry keeps him from tugging the reins from Vincent’s grasp.

Then Vincent receives a letter that changes everything. Oliver seizes the moment and pushes Vincent toward a night neither of them will ever forget. Yet come dawn, Oliver awakens to an empty bed. Lord Vincent Prescot knows he loves Oliver. The man’s his best friend and he trusts him. So why does submitting to Oliver leave him so shaken? It doesn’t take him long to find the answer, yet his solution could drive his lover away for good.

Oliver finally has nearly everything he’s ever wanted but just can’t help pushing for that last thing. After years together Vincent is able to profess his love and devotion for Oliver. Even if it’s only in the privacy of their bedroom, Oliver finally knows where he stands with Vincent. Yet Oliver can’t help pushing for just a bit more. When he gets it though, the results may push Vincent away forever.

Bound Forever is the third book in the Bound Trilogy. You can read this as a standalone but it’ll mean so much more to devoted fans that have been following the series. This is also the final book in the series so fans get out your hankies because it’s romantic and a tear jerker. It’s absolutely worth it as the journey these two characters have been on finally get a very solid, almost uncharacteristically romantic ending. The series has stayed very true to the historical setting in both detail and sensibility. Yet in this final installment, that strays slightly to bring a touch more romance into the relationship.

This isn’t something any fan will mind as Oliver and Vincent focus on each other and their relationship. The story is character driven and lets their occasional miscommunications be the source of mild conflict. Yet when the feelings are that intense the smallest issue may seem life changing. The tension and drama are definitely there in full course as is the expected and truly delightful sex scenes. Ms. March writes smoking hot erotica and this last novella delivers on that promise and then some.

The writing is smooth, elegant, and rich. The details are wonderfully descriptive without being awkward or obvious and the tone is always sumptuous. There’s a tenor to the writing that makes you want to indulge and just experience the story, hoping it never ends. Unfortunately this beloved series has come to a close and what a wonderfully apt close that is. It’s romantic, lovely, charming, warm, and so sexy you’ll squirm in delight. If you haven’t read this series, start at the beginning. If you’re a long time fan pick this up immediately and then start over.

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