Sunday, 7 December 2014

REVIEW BLOG TOUR - Bound by Melody Anne

Title: Bound
Series: Forbidden Series #1
Author: Melody Anne
Publication Date: August 25, 2014

Summary
Relinquish Control has just opened its doors in Seattle, and already we are not shy for customers. Relinquish Control is an exclusive escort service catering to the most distinguished customers, from business magnates to foreign royalty. This proven and well-established international business offers an elite selection of women who are ready and willing to attend to your every need with no questions asked. Confidentiality is our special obligation.

Jewell Weston is homeless and desperate at age twenty-four. Two years ago, she quit her job to care for her ailing mother and her young brother; the medical bills incurred because of the cancer that killed her mother two months ago took everything the family had, and the state then took away her brother, now age fourteen. The only way for her to get the boy back is by finding a job and securing a home.

When she’s approached by a woman in cashmere and pearls who tells her she can change her life, and is handed a card with the business name Relinquish Control on it, she thinks she has nothing to lose by calling the phone number. Maybe this will be the answer to her prayers, a way to save her little brother from the nightmarish foster home he’s been placed in.

Blake Knight, known to the world as cold and without a heart, is given an exclusive membership to Relinquish Control by his devilish younger brother, who thinks it would be amusing to make his staid brother squirm. Little does this brother realize that Blake does indeed have unusual desires that Relinquish Control can cater to perfectly. What started as a joke turns out to be just what Blake needs. Though the world sees this man as deliberate and emotionless, it’s nothing but a façade. What lies underneath would shock all those who know him.

When he and his two brothers were six, eight and ten, they were tied up and forced to watch while their parents were murdered. The image has been burned into their minds, though they’ve tried to forget, leaving each of them guarded and unwilling to give their trust to anyone other than each other. No one is allowed to have their hearts. The brothers would never think of letting down their guard with anyone else, certainly not with a woman.

Follow Blake and Jewell’s journey and see if they can find a happily ever after… 


My Review
(by Trish)


Bound (Forbidden, #1)Bound by Melody Anne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 HOT SEXY EROTIC STARS

This was one hot sexy erotic read.

Blake Knight is one hardened, cold man. He’s wealthy, handsome, always in control and a dominant in every way possible. He doesn’t do relationships – he uses women for his pleasure only, never wanting to get attached. He has a troubled past, that concerns his parents, especially his mother - that haunts him still to this day.

Jewel Weston is young, innocent, naive, down on her luck, homeless, has lost her parents and the only family she has left, her little brother, to foster care and is trying to get him back -but is not having any luck. She can’t find a job and is feeling hopeless when she is approached by a woman, McKenzie Beaumont. McKenzie runs an escort agency Relinquish Control. She offers Jewel a job and the opportunity to make some money. Jewel walks into this with her eyes closed at first not understanding what she is getting herself in for.

Can she really take on this role as an escort? What will she endure? She feels she has no other choice but to do this. She really will do anything to get her brother back.

What has she gotten herself into? How will it change her life?

Is it fate that brings these Blake and Jewel together? What possesses Blake to enter Relinquish Control?

Blake really doesn’t understand why, but Jewel begins to consume his every thought. And Jewel, well in all her emotional torture about what she is going through, she is really beginning to enjoy how her body reacts to Blake. Blake commanded and controlled every move, every pleasure, every disagreement.
Blake is so closed off from Jewel. He’s mean to her, aggressive, rude and controlling. He expects her to do as he commands. Jewell has to accept that she is there to service him. She has been hired for a job. And Blake does not let her forget that. I did like the times though where Jewel stood up for herself. It was nice to see that she had some self-esteem left to speak her mind – but only on the odd occasion.

The story brings us a message of two people struggling with their past and present of their lives and just trying to survive the only way they know how. The only way they think is the right way – until they start to doubt everything they knew or believed in.

I would have liked more background on both of them. What was really behind the torture in Blake’s past, his brothers, their construction company. And Jewel, more into her losing her mother and exactly how she lost everything. I just felt it was light on that area. Almost only touching on the surface with all of that. A little more would have been helpful to understand the setting of the book.

Melody Anne doesn’t disappoint in the erotic department though. This story is full of sexual chemistry and tension, seduction, anticipation, dominance and control. And let me tell you the sex scenes were hot. Totally dominated by Blake – they were scorching, assertive and controlling. But I will say – the ending will leave you hanging. I was left with a stunned silence, and constantly repeating WTF, WTF – no, it can’t end like that. I really need book 2. It’s definitely worth reading book 2 to see where it goes.

Blake
I want you now. I want you always. I can't get enough of you," he said as he undid his pants and pushed them down, leaving him bare before her.

The frustration in her greedy eyes fueled his desire even further, and he came up to her again and ran his hands along the inside of her spread thighs.


As much as I liked reading this story, I felt that this story has been told before. Wealthy, young male billionaire meets innocent, naïve female in somewhat interesting circumstances – and he HAS TO HAVE HER.

It was so similar to many others that I had read and it was easy to read and predictable. For this reason only - my rating is 3.5 stars.


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About Melody Anne

Melody Anne is the author of the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young Adult Series out; Midnight Fire and Midnight Moon - Rise of the Dark Angel. She's been writing for years and published in 2011. She hold a bachelors degree in business, so she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen.

When Melody isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She lives in a small town that she loves, and is involved in many community projects.

See Melody's Website at: www.melodyanne.com. She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. You can also join her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/authormelodyanne, or at twitter: @authmelodyanne.


Excerpt


“Let me give you the tour of our facilities and tell you a little more about us, things that you won’t find on the website,” McKenzie said as she began leading him from the room. “We are particularly selective. Our women are, first and foremost, elegant. No one will know you are with an escort. They are trained to be anything you need. We have a list of questions for you to answer, and then we set you up with potential candidates, women who won’t question what you want from them. Not only that,” she said, pausing to look at him, “but they will also enjoy every minute of it.”