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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Book Review: Bound Temptations by Shiloh Walker

Bound Temptations
By Shiloh Walker

Print edition of two previously released ebooks, "TEMPT ME" and "BEG ME"

She’s a temptation he can’t resist…

Roxanne ‘Rocki’ Monroe’s life is full of secrets and hidden heartaches. Cole Stanton would love to heal her pain and chase away the ghosts of her past, but she’s just a complication he doesn’t have room for in his life.

Or so he thinks.

It doesn’t take Cole long to realize he’s more than willing to let temptation get the best of him, more than happy to deal with complications if that’s what it takes to get her.

What he has and what he needs are two different things…and what he needs is Rocki.

Beg me…there had been a time when those words made her burn with desire. But now, there was only fear.

Once, Tania Sinclair’s life was almost perfect…But a couple of tragedies later, she’s barely holding it together. A car accident took away her husband, and an attack from somebody she should have been able to trust has shaken not only her confidence, but it’s also stripped away her fantasies and even made it painful to look back on her memories of her husband without fear.

Two years after her attack, Tania is determined to take her life back and the first step is taking back herself…her fantasies, her dreams, her memories. There’s only one person she can trust to do it, too. One person she wants enough…Drake Bennett, her husband’s best friend.

Warning: This book involves light bondage play, rape fantasy & role-playing. The acts between the hero & heroine are consensual, but they may not be ideal for all readers…

Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Viviana's Review:

“Tempt Me”
A quick read with a heroine that is sassy, intelligent, values herself and knows her worth. She is also secured in her looks and body. Loved that Shiloh wrote a heroine that is healthy and full figured. The book/story addressed the issue with society’s messed up view of what is beautiful and sexy. The truth is healthy is beautiful and everyone is different. Some of us have curves and are busty and that is sexy too!

This story isn’t just about the looks of the individual. It’s a romance, so we have a woman who has loved and lost but is not jaded or morning the loss. She’s just refuses to settle for anyone. We also have a man who is in a relationship with someone he no longer loves and has met someone who could be it that brings out the best in him.

That’s the start of Roxanne ‘Rocki” and Cole. As the story develops, we get to know them as they get to know each other. It’s a quick read that keeps you entertained and engrossed in the plot.

“Beg Me”
I really like Shiloh’s writing style. It’s an easy read though it has depth. The characters are each strong but have their own vulnerabilities. The hero is smart, sexy, strong yet in tuned with the needs of the heroine.

“Beg Me” has a disclaimer. Light bondage, rape fantasy & role play. That didn’t deter me what so ever. As I read, and it was at the beginning, it turns out that the heroine was actually raped.  The ‘rape fantasy & role play’ is part of the story as well and I can’t get into details or explain better as that would give too much away. Know that, I believe, Shiloh did a great job with how the story/details of the actual rape was shared with the reader.

Over all thoughts: 
So what do the two books have in common that they were placed together for the re-release? They both have the common theme of the heroine overcoming a sexual assault and/or abuse. These are two very tough heroines who were victims of a violent crime. They had no control over or fault, regardless of what some may say. Perhaps, it was done on purpose or just subconsciously, but Shiloh made it clear that regardless of how “kinky” or how “out of the box” one’s sex life/love life may be, it doesn’t give anyone the right to judge or accuse the victim of “wanting it” or “deserving it”.

What stands out is that these two very different heroines both fight to gain control of their lives and move forward. Refusing to let the abuser have any more control over them. “Tempt Me” and “Beg Me” are two very different stories, but they were both excellently written. This was my first book by Author Shiloh Walker and I will be catching up on her books.

Rating: 2.5 Stars - I liked it

Original Review Posted on Reading Between the Wines Book Club

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