Tangled & Bound by Emily Ryan-Davis
Series: Taken in Bondage (# 3)
Release Date: September 21, 2012
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Friendly, adventurous, sexually submissive…and a complete stranger. She’s exactly the anonymous, no-consequences diversion fetish-club owner Sam needs to kick off a few days in Las Vegas. He doesn’t hesitate to take her up against the door of the in-flight bathroom.
Powerful, dominant Sam could have walked straight out of one of Melanie’s dog-eared BDSM novels. When he strikes up a conversation on a late-evening flight, fictional fantasies become knee-weakening, panty-soaking, feminine-core-clenching reality. And oh-em-gee, does she want another taste of that!
When Sam informs her that his plans don’t include a long-term D/s relationship with an impulsive young blonde for whom submission is more than likely a passing whim, Melanie throws herself into convincing him she’s exactly the submissive lover he wants, needs and can’t live without.
Review: When you’re a divorcee in your forties, disillusioned with marriage and – especially – marital sex, what do you do? Well, if you’re Melanie, you join an upscale, exclusive BDSM club.
Her first night there, Melanie meets Sam, one of the co-owners, who ostensibly will just escort her around and show her the ropes (GET IT? The ropes? A BDSM club?). Sam’s tour turns much hotter when he finds himself unable to resist her, and the two hit the sheets. Melanie craves the spanky panky, and Sam craves delivering it.
They fall for each other: she finds a man willing to take the dominant role in her life, pushing her limits and inflicting pain when she needs it. He finds a willing submissive who pushes his limits and accepts the pain he needs to inflict. The romance aspect is fairly straightforward, which just goes to show that BDSM fans are just folks. Melanie, still smarting from her divorce, is reluctant to give her heart, while Sam has to face issues of his own.
There aren’t a lot of surprises in this book, but that’s okay. It’s a quick novella, and the sex scenes are HOT. Let’s face it, when you read one of these books, you aren’t exactly looking for character development. You want the sexy times, and Emily Ryan-Davis delivers. There is one exceptionally combustive scene that takes place in Sam’s club when he puts Melanie on display, so to speak.
Aside from the hot sex, Sam and Melanie are pretty good characters. Melanie is someone we can relate to because she’s realistic. She wants to discover her sexuality, and she is old enough and secure enough to know that she deserves to seek out the pleasure she wants. And Sam. Sam, people. Sam is the perfect hero, BDSM or not. He is strong, supportive, and knows how to please a woman. Boy, does he ever.
So, yes, while this book is predictable, it’s nonetheless fun and steamy. And who knows – maybe you will get some ideas for some fun things you can try out.
Warning: This book features BDSM, and while not bizarre or hard core, there are scenes featuring beatings and exhibitionism.
This review originally posted at Romance After Dark, our now defunct sister-site.