Bound and Unbroken (Out of Bounds #1)
by Skye Callahan
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Lena is about to discover pleasure in the things she can’t control.
To get even with her roommate for dragging her to a sports bar on a Friday night, Lena begins flirting with the handsome stranger who sits at the bar next to her. Their anonymous conversation leads to a shared cab ride, but Lena’s conscience puts a damper on the evening—leaving the near-fling to become a memory. Until she finds him roaming the halls of the school where she teaches.
Will she submit to his desires?
Eric’s only reason for returning to his hometown is to care for his recently orphaned nephew. He knew the return would involve dredging up his past with family and friends, but he didn’t expect a lone girl to capture his interest and offer an escape within his new life.
Will his binds be enough to keep her?
Note: This book contains explicit sexual content (including BDSM themes), graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable.
Bound and Unbroken was a bit slow at the start. The beginning of Eric and Lena's relationship, for me, was a cause for a little it of skepticism—it seems a little unlikely he could peg someone as a submissive the first time meeting her. From that point, the progression of the relationship was quick as a result (it was a short book, after all), but not to an intolerable level. More like unlikely, but still likable.
The premise to the characters was not especially complex—Lena is the loner haunted by a troubled past and Eric is the dominant with a heart of gold. The one thing that was nice is that Eric was much more considerate, understanding, and sweet than counterparts in similar stories. It was easy to like him beyond just the fantasy-fulfillment element. The nature of the relationship didn't automatically mean it couldn't be sweet, which is a rarity in my experience.
Overall, Bound and Unbroken was a short, sexy, and enjoyable read that's worth checking out for fans of erotica and BDSM stories.
Skye Callahan has been coming up with stories for as long as she can remember, and by elementary school she was writing them down to share with friends and teachers. Ghosts and vampires were always her favorite beings to write about and those interests led to her debut novella Fractured Legacy in 2013. With Bound and Unbroken, her characters led her on a departure from the paranormal world and into the realm of BDSM romance.
When she isn’t spending time with the voices in her head, she works to help other women design their own style of freedom as a consultant for Jamberry Nails, and spends time with her husband and ferrets.