Review: Bind

Bind (The Donovan Dynasty #1)

@SierraWrites #bookreview Loyalty and love for the family can make people do things they wouldn't normally do

Bind by Sierra Cartwright

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Romance Review
Loyalty and love for the family can make people do things they wouldn't normally do.

Lara Bertrand is for all intents and purposes Daddy's little girl. She loves her father and remembers fondly as he takes her to work with him when she was little. Now, all grown up, she works for her father in their family business. The rose-coloured glasses are off as her father persists and clings to the old ways. Unfortunately, the business world is changing in rules and speed. With no other choice, she decides to put a plan into place to save her father's business, even if it means he will hate her for it.

This story moved me because it is all about love and sacrifice. What is a person willing to sacrifice for love and will the person who is receiving the sacrifice understand it? This is a sad story and near the end, my heart is breaking for Lara and her father. Ms. Cartwright does an excellent job of creating realistic characters - flaws and all. Whilst the story focuses on Lara and Connor's BDSM foreplay, the punch of the story is Lara's father's sacrifice. When he reveals his side of the story, Lara sees just how much he gave up for his company and it forces her to make a hard decision. This twist hurts so good. When I'm pulled into a story with my heart breaking, I love it.

The plot of this story is simple. It's the characters' relationships which is complex. Lara and Connor seem to be a good match from a business perspective. His spankings warm up more than just Lara's bottom. Lara may be initially taken back by Connor's dominance but soon, she's bespelled and wants more. His desire to make the marriage a real one with the exception of love is what ends up being a point of contention, ironically for Lara who wanted the marriage to just be a business deal. This conflict is well done and shows how the best intentions may still pave the road to hell. And for Lara, it would be a personal hell she would not survive.

The BDSM in this story is more on the D/s and it's good. It's what a reader would expect from the talented Ms. Cartwright. Connor exudes the dominance one would desire from a dominant. He's not perfect, but he is thoughtful and commanding. Even the punishment scenes are light and easy to handle. Lara shows how a strong woman can find pleasure in the joys of submission. Her journey with Connor demonstrates the ups and downs of a new to BDSM relationship. This erotic novel is recommended for maledom lovers who enjoy D/s.

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