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Bind Me Before You Go by Harper Kincaid
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley
***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***
Summary (from Goodreads):
His heart is bound tighter than the bondage he craves...
Determined to put her past behind her, Cassidy Peyton moves to the Big Apple. But New York has a few dark secrets of its own, including Serve, an exclusive BDSM club. It's a place she isn't sure she's ready for, until she sees him watching her. Hot. Intent. Knowing. With eyes that leave her stomach tied in knots, because the loneliness he's trying to hide matches her own.
Security expert David Cavill has more secrets than any man should. Secrets that forever shut down any possibility of love, marriage, or family. Yet Cassidy draws him in, an intoxicating combination of strength, candor, and sensuality that David can't resist. But as their bond deepens, Cassidy must decide if she can love a man whose heart is bound tighter than the form of bondage he craves...
What I Liked:
I've never ventured into the BDSM world before - like the protagonist of this book, I'm very wary of it, especially from what I've heard about Fifty Shades of Grey. Never read the books, never seen the movie, but I can tell you now - that series, and BDSM, aren't my thing. Not really. I mean, I guess I've never tried it, so I can't shut it down, but theoretically, it's not my thing. I guess I won't really know until (if) I try some sort of it. ANYWAY. This was my first venture into scratching the surface of BDSM, and I must say, this book wasn't too bad. The BDSM in this book felt light, not like what I was expecting. Good or bad thing!
Cassidy is a fairly rational, clear-headed, boring person. She moved to New York to get some change in her life, but she didn't expect to be joining her roommate Allison at a BDSM club called Serve. Nor does she plan on meeting David Cavill, a handsome, thrilling stranger at Serve who lights her nerve endings on fire. Cassidy and David can't resist each other, but are they prepared for more than they bargained for?
This book is so short! Yet we get a lot of detail and background about Cassidy, and David. Both of them have issues, and both of them are hardworking, passionate individuals. Cassidy grew up in a difficult place, and David has a home life that isn't easy. The two of them are a great pair, and not just sexually. They have plenty of chemistry together, but they also connect emotionally.
I love the subplot with Cassidy's roommate Allison and David's friend Leo! Leo is an instructor at Serve, and he and David have worked together at Serve together, and are friends. Leo and Allison meet and the attraction is instant. I like the pair of them!
The story goes beyond the romance, though the heart of this book deals with Cassidy trying something new - BDSM with David. David is into a specific type of bondage, and it isn't *super* kinky, actually. I expected a lot kinkier things in this book, but there really is only one "type" of BDSM going on in this book, and it's pretty mild.
The relationship is developed super quickly, which bothered me, but meh, they fell for each other hard. But I feel like this book could have benefited from another fifty pages. More on this below!
The chemistry was steamy, the tension fairly thick. I thought this book would be a little hotter, given that it's a BDSM-based book, but that's okay. Overall, I was pleased with this one!
What I Did Not Like:
This book is waaaay too short. The author tries to cram in character development, relationship development, and a very intricate world into a super short book! Like, novella short! I think she does a pretty good job of introducing the BDSM, but the character development was info-dump-like. Also, the relatnioship was super speedy. We have "I love you's" thrown away way too quickly into the relationship.
Also? There is supposed to be BDSM in this book. There is literally like, ONE sex scene. It involves BDSM, but the BDSM seems mild. Unless... my sexual knowledge has gotten super strange (scary thought), and BDSM suddenly seems tame. I don't think that's the case though. The fact that there is only one sex scene is a trouble to begin with. Romance novels - especially the Brazen novels I've read - need at least three in the book. Not to mention that this is a book marketed with BDSM in it. I expected more!
Would I Recommend It:
I liked this Brazen novel, but I wouldn't necessary consider it a priority Brazen read. It's a good one, but perhaps not the best Brazen I've read. It's on the mild side of BDSM, so even if you're not into that kind of thing, trust me, it's not bad at all. Nowhere near FSoG kind of kinky (not that I specifically know what happened in that book).
3.5 stars -> rounded down to 3 stars. I'm glad I had a chance to read this one! I can't believe I'm saying this but I wish it were a little more kinky. If you know what I mean. I love the steamy romance and the story was pretty interesting! I'll definitely be looking for more of Kincaid's books in the future.
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About the Author:
A woman with the heart of a revolutionary,
The mind of a pragmatist,
And the inappropriate humor of your tipsy BFF...
Born in California and raised in South Florida, I've moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on my head ever since. Along the way, I've worked as a community organizer, a professional matchmaker, an art teacher, a popular blogger, and a crisis counselor (to name a few). All the while, longing to have the guts and follow-through to do what I really wanted: to write and become a published author. That wish has finally come true and I am tickled pink with glitter over this good piece of fortune.
What else? Hmm...I love indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, wearing black because it's slimming, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds),and making those close to me laugh 'til they snort. I'm a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but have now happily settled in the cutest lil' town, Vienna, Virginia. I totally love hearing from readers so stalk me via social media or email me at HarperKincaid26@gmail.com!