Speed Date and Tour with Ronin: BOUND by Lorelei James

Posted 30 January, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 25 Comments

BOUND (Mastered #1) by Lorelei James
Romance (erotic)
400 pages, trade paperback
Available February 4, 2014
Publisher: NAL Trade
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating—not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That’s where she meets him.


Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training—in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery’s boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possession….


First Date: The heat coming off this guy is so intense, I’m surprised his dojo hasn’t burst into flames multiple times. (Actually, he should probably invest in a top-notch sprinkler system, just in case.) Ronin (whose name means “a wandering samurai who has no lord or master *epiphany* this also explains that movie 47 Ronin) is the strong, silent type, a fighter, incredibly private…and a mystery that Amery is just lusting to unlock. I loved the chemistry and mind-blowing passion between Ronin and Amery but I wasn’t the biggest fan of Amery’s rather unsupportive friends.

Second Date: Hoo-boy. Ronin has some interesting kinks. Kinks that involve colored ropes and intricate knot work. Um…I…um…well, this book is pretty far out of my comfort zone. Sure, I’ve read books with BSDM in it before, seen covers with people tied up in fancy ways but I’ve never actually read one that delves into the world of kinbaku and shibari bondage (hey, look! I learned something!). To those involved in this, it’s an art form, as it is to Ronin. Lorelei James definitely did her research on this one, as the scenes involving the bondage were highly descriptive (actually, all the smexy scenes were descriptive. And so freakin’ hot *sizzle*). She also didn’t throw this in just for kicks. Ronin takes great pride in his abilities, having spent years mastering them, and they’re an integral part of his persona. This, of course, causes a bit (okay, a lot) of friction in his relationship with Amery, who was raised in a strict Christian household where affection scarce.

Third Date: GAAAHHHHH!!! *flings book* *runs to pick it up and dust it off* SERIOUSLY?!? It just…ends? *runs to Goodreads to figure out what I missed* Oh, holy shit. This is one of those serials that are making an appearance again (upcoming discussion post!! Because…gah!). The next book, the second half of the story, doesn’t come out until March 25th. As much as I liked this story, this type of serial story (and me with no foreknowledge of it being a serial; I thought it was just a regular romance-type series) is as bad as romancing me hard, taking me home, getting all hot and heavy with me, taking me all the way to the edge then handing me my shoes and shoving me out the door without any explanation or satisfaction. Or cab fare. Bastard.

I do recommend this book but you might want to wait until both books are out so you won’t be left hanging. It’s a killer!


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Lorelei James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Blacktop Cowboys and Rough Riders series as well as the steamy new Mastered series.  She lives in the Black Hills of western South Dakota with her family.  Visit her online on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

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25 Responses to “Speed Date and Tour with Ronin: BOUND by Lorelei James”

  1. That sounds awesome and yes these books are out of my comfort zone too, but of course I love to read them anyways. I just do not review them on the blog, but .. I’ve read my fair share of kinky books 🙂 This one actually sounds awesome, but… I also hat the serials part!

  2. Very little is out of my comfort zone, actually. If there’s something, I tend to avoid realistic, contemporary, issue reads. I’m weird like that.
    I’ve never read a book by Lorelei James.. I know, shame on me.
    And what’s this thing about the ending? It’s a trend I can’t get behind. Awful.

  3. I have this book sitting on my shelf. Now I’m torn between devouring it and avoiding it until I can easily skip to the next one!

  4. Uh oh. Obviously this first installment ends at a tricky part!!! It would be hugely frustrating to be going along enjoying the story completely unaware that it’s a serial novel and then BAM! Over and done. It seems like you were really enjoying it up to that part though, so I’m looking forward to seeing what you think when the next part comes out in March!

  5. hehe, I loathe this type of serial, since you have to buy like four installments and it ends up costing more than a hardcover novel. This does sound interesting and I just read my first erotic book since the 80’s and now nothing about these knots..LOL

  6. Wow this sounds intense! I have never read a serial series like this. I also never read a BSDM book so call me intrigued haha. I definitely love and hate the kind of ending this one seems to have, though. It makes for a memorable end but it can make you want to throw the book/kindle across the room >.<

  7. Yikes! I am not sure what to make of this… I would be way way out of my comfort zone with the whole bondage thing even though it sounds like it is done tastefully. The ending? That sounds frustrating as well!

  8. I”m not a fan of cliffhangers but BDSM is totally out of my league. I’ve tried it and have only enjoyed it in tiiiiiiiiiiny increments. I might enjoy this, but I think I’ll be waiting for all the books in the series to release before picking it up. Thanks for putting it on my radar, though, Mary!

  9. Oh that would have KILLED me. I stay away from serials because of the endings. I have to have a full ending. I hate cliffies or those endings that just drop off the face of the planet (hate those more). Yea, I would have flinged it too and scared the dogs. Poor pups! LOL

  10. I really haven’t read anything like this before, and it does sound rather interesting and at least there’s a lot of heat. I’m willing to try anything once. But that ending!! I hate cliffies in general but to spring a serial “to be continued” on you seems so unfair. 🙁

  11. I’ve never read a story like this and while I’ve heard of BDSM I didn’t know about it in this sort of art form. Interesting. I see what you mean about serials now. I do NOT like to wait. Is this just two parts? I’d definitely be waiting to read them together. Though not sure this will be for me.