Wednesday, February 5, 2014

BOUND BY LIES (Bound #1) by Hanna Peach: Review & Giveaway

BOUND BY LIES (Bound #1) 

A Romantic Suspense novel

Our love is on his terms. He contacts me only through notes − unpredictable and untraceable. When we meet, he can touch me, but I’m not allowed to touch him. When we make love, it’s only after I have been bound and blindfolded. It’s the only time I truly feel alive. Which is why I play along with it. For now.

Caden Thaine is the most sinfully beautiful man I have ever seen. But more than that, his touch sets me on fire. And dear God, do I ache for him. I don’t know where he lives or even what he does. But this doesn’t scare me. My only fear is that one day his messages will stop. 

I know he’s hiding something. But that’s okay. I am hiding things, too. Like my real name and... who I really am. But what we have is enough. Sort of. And everything works…

Until one day, I follow him.

Soon our dark pasts will collide and I will discover just how much we are both bound by lies.

“I suppose you want to come in?” I say trying to keep the shake out of my voice.
He smiles. “No, kitten.”
I blink at him, stunned. No?
He leans close to me, so close I can make out the dapple of the lighter jade in his irises. Then he continues in that dark chocolate voice that turns my insides out, “You don’t believe this yet. But you are a woman who deserves to be taken slowly. And I intend to do just that.”
Now I can’t move.
And I can’t tear my eyes from him.
And I am both terrified and soaring because I think he might kiss me. 
I close my eyes and inhale as he leans in. And my mouth parts…
But his lips brush softly on my cheek. Like a single drop of rain rolling off a leaf.
“Be good, kitten.”
And he walks away, leaving me stunned and confused and shaking in my heels from unfulfilled desire.

Bound by Lies was an unexpected story!  I went in reading this story thinking it was going to be one thing and then it twisted and changed and went into new directions that took me by surprise and sucked me in!  

Bound by Lies feels like it is set up as two different books (but they are seamlessly entwined).  The majority of the book you are reading a erotic story about Caden and Kitten and getting flashbacks to how their unusual relationship starts.  Then we start to  get insights into Kitten's (the narrator's) past and learn that maybe this story isn't just about two broken people who like a specific kink, the story changes into a more suspenseful and layered story that ends just when you get hooked!  (Well played, Hanna, well played)

Hanna Peach does great job showing the reader how Caden and Kitten meet while mixing bits from their past six months together in flashbacks   The flashbacks to the past were clearly understood and set up in a way that kept the story flowing and interesting.  My only wish while reading the book, was to get more heat and explicit in the moments between Caden and Kitten.  I guess I was expecting a more erotica level of heat, but once I got over myself I was able to get past it.  What I did really enjoy about Hanna Peach's writing was her ability to let you into the characters thinking and letting the characters be genuine, flawed and real. 

Bound by Lies really took me by surprise, I wasn't expecting the switch into a more suspenseful and action packed story but I am sold!  I can't wait to get my hands on book 2 (which is coming out mid/late 2014), I desperately want to see how this all plays out and if we get to dive more into Caden's background, but whatever actually happens in book two I know I am sold on the Bound series!

If you are looking for a book to shake up your expectations, this is a great one to read this weekend!  Go 1-click Bound by Lies by Hanna Peach

Hanna began to write at the tender age of seven, starting with a daring and questionable autobiography entitled Go Suck a Lemon. Perhaps it was a little before its time.
After leaving school she agreed with everyone who said she needed to get a degree and a real job to become a proper adult. She kept writing as a hobby. After starting (and never finishing) several degrees and switching from multiple careers, she finally decided that being a real adult was overrated. In 2012, she sold everything, moved to Europe and began to write full-time.
Eternally restless, Hanna has lived in Indonesia, Australia, Germany and Scotland. She is currently residing in England.
She is addicted to coffee and chocolate and would one day like to own a dragon.
Hanna Peach is the author of the Dark Angel urban fantasy series and Bound romantic suspense series. Angelblood (Dark Angel #4) and Bound by Fear (Bound #2) are due for publication in 2014.

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