Review: Bound to be a Groom by Megan Mulry

Bound to be a Groom by Megan Mulry
Release Date: April 14, 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 206
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review

Sometimes our wildest dreams come true.

In the tumultuous summer of 1808, Spain and England are close to war and four young lovers are close to ecstasy.

To carve out an independent life with the woman she loves, Anna knows she must leave her quiet Spanish convent to become a courtesan. To gain experience, she sets her sights on . . .

Sebastian, whose powerful, aristocratic confidence suits Anna’s mercenary goals. But his arrogance masks a craving for submission that Anna instinctively satisfies. Sebastian soon begs for her hand in marriage, even if it means sharing her with . . .

Pia, who trusts Anna completely—with her body and her future—until she learns of Anna’s hasty marriage. Pia questions their commitment to each other as they leave for London to meet . . .

Farleigh, the seemingly feckless duke who thinks he’s over Sebastian, the potent Spanish soldier he bedded two years ago.

What begins as a series of erotic escapades soon evolves into a deep, unbreakable bond. Two men and two women who yearn to explore are about to make their wildest dreams come true.


Review: When it comes to matters of the heart, author Megan Mulry does not limit the number of people involved, nor does she shy away from same-sex relationships.

In Bound to be a Groom, Mulry combines a historical romance with erotica. Young Anna, knowing that she must establish herself as an independent woman outside the convent, is determined to do whatever it takes in order to be with the woman she loves – even if it involves a man. Anna’s actions create a circle, ultimately involving Sebastian and Farleigh, in addition to her beloved Pia.

Although set in Spain and England in 1808, the themes introduced in the story are timeless – the search for acceptance and love. Readers who are open-minded about BDSM, ménage and same-sex relationships will find this a delightfully naughty read.

The characters break many of the typical stereotypes, with a submissive male and a dominant female serving as the two central characters. The interaction between the four characters highlights a time period when human attraction had few limits, and certainly not the attention of the media.

The conflict revolves around the role each person plays in the relationship. Historical information regarding Napoleon is woven into the story line, but it takes a back seat to the drama unfolding between the characters.

The heat factor is extremely high, adding the final touch to a story filled with emotion and the desire for love that knows no boundaries.