Bind Me Before You Go

Bind Me Before You Go

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by Harper Kincaid
     
 

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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

His heart is bound tighter than the bondage he craves...

Determined to put her past behind her, Cassidy Peyton moves to the Big Apple. But New York has a few dark secrets of its own, including Serve, an exclusive BDSM club. It's a place she isn't sure she's ready for, until she

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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

His heart is bound tighter than the bondage he craves...

Determined to put her past behind her, Cassidy Peyton moves to the Big Apple. But New York has a few dark secrets of its own, including Serve, an exclusive BDSM club. It's a place she isn't sure she's ready for, until she sees him watching her. Hot. Intent. Knowing. With eyes that leave her stomach tied in knots, because the loneliness he's trying to hide matches her own.

Security expert David Cavill has more secrets than any man should. Secrets that forever shut down any possibility of love, marriage, or family. Yet Cassidy draws him in, an intoxicating combination of strength, candor, and sensuality that David can't resist. But as their bond deepens, Cassidy must decide if she can love a man whose heart is bound tighter than the form of bondage he craves...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633753082
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
07/21/2015
Series:
Serve , #8
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
72,567
File size:
2 MB

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Bind Me Before You Go

A Serve Novel


By Harper Kincaid, Stephen Morgan

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Harper Kincaid
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-308-2


CHAPTER 1

Cassidy Peyton probably wouldn't have been up for her roommate's suggestion on a good day, but she especially wasn't after an exhausting twenty-four hour shift at her new job as a social worker.

"You're out of your mind if you think I'm going with you."

Allie chuckled. "You don't understand. This place is amazing. Like genie-in-a-bottle-only-granting-sexy-wishes kind of amazing. They just approved my membership, and I'm dying to go play."

"Yeah, but if they just approved your membership, how am I supposed to get in? I haven't even applied."

"Well ..." she drawled out, obviously stalling in order to come up with a sitcom-worthy, hair-brained scheme. Then her face brightened to the point that Cassidy could actually picture the light bulb turning on over her head. "That's why you should come! We'll get your application started." Her roommate gestured across the living room, like she was drawing a map of the club. "There's a bar up front for newcomers. Totally separate from the levels where anyone plays. You can walk in with me, fill out your application there, have a few drinks — my treat, by the way — while I go to the newbie class."

She scrunched her eyebrows and narrowed her gaze at Cassidy. "And that's it? You'd be okay with me not doing anything else?"

"I picked you as my roommate because you wanted to break out of your comfort zone. I'd like to see you put your own app, but hey, just coming with me will be a step in the right direction. Besides, it takes them a few days before they let you know if you're invited back for an interview. If they turn you down, decision made. But if they let you in?"

If they let me in ...

It was too tempting to think about. She was exhausted. And honestly, while she hadn't been to a sex club before, this wouldn't be the first time she'd tried to break out of her shell.

Last month? She had bought sexy lingerie, hoping for her own version of a Field of Dreams: "If you buy it, you will come." At least, that was her version of the quote. Not that it had worked out that way. Results? Nothing.

Last week? She had tried speed dating. Results? Worse than nothing. A total disaster. Only two guys were interested in her: one had breath so bad it could be formulized for chemical weaponry , and the other texted her pictures of his less-than-impressive junk. If those mishaps were typical of New Yorker single life, she was more than happy to get a jump-start on her life as a shut-in.

"All I want to do is put on my comfy PJ's, have a glass of wine the size of my head, and read one of my dirty books."

Allie put her hands on her hips. "Oh, so you'd rather read about a hot sexual adventure instead of experiencing it for yourself?" She cocked one eyebrow up perfectly. "Sweetie, what's the point of being young and single if you're going to collapse at home every night?"

Cassidy opened her mouth to offer a rebuttal, or at least to dole out one of her usual quick-witted retorts. But she ended up shutting her mouth just as fast.

Truth told? Allison had a point.

Cassidy sighed and released her hair from its restrictive ponytail holder. "I can't believe I'm even talking to you about this."

Allie smirked. "Do I sense a chink in your armor?"

"More like fatigue. Which is all the more reason I should stay home —"

But her roommate of four weeks went in for the kill.

"You know why I picked you out of all the choices I had for possible roommates?" She didn't wait for a response. "Because you said you moved to the city to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone. That your life back home was predictable and small and, at twenty-six years old, you knew that was just ... sad."

Okay, so her roommate was right. Not that Cassidy would admit it. Allie could have lived with anyone she wanted. Her place was huge by New York standards, it was in a great location, and — thanks to Allie's deceased grandmother, who'd left the place to her — she owned the place free and clear. A two-bedroom, two-bath condo on the Upper West Side, right off of Central Park and two blocks off the subway.

What was Cassidy supposed to say when Allie had practically begged her to move in?

Oh no, I would much rather live in some single room studio where the kitchen doubles as my bedroom.

"Okay, so you're right. I do want to live more adventurously," she answered while stripping off her work clothes on the way to her room. "But I just got off my shift and I'm totally beat. Not all of us can blog for a living. Some of us do real work out there."

Allison followed her and leaned against the door into her room. "Don't be jealous because I get paid to be fabulous," she replied with a devilish grin.

"I am totally jealous, but it's a velvet envy, so I'll live."

Allie's brows furrowed, and Cassidy had to bite her lip to prevent herself from laughing because, between Allie's huge hazel eyes and delicate, pixie-like features, she looked like a sweet, confused puppy, complete with head tilt.

"What the heck's a velvet envy?"

"Basically means you totally want what someone else has, but you're still really happy they have it."

She was now down to her bra and underwear, feeling as if she could breathe for the first time in hours. She belly-flopped onto her bed and then crawled under the covers.

"Feel better there, snookums?" Allison teased.

"Insert me groaning here, Alls. Listen, I love hanging out with you. God knows it's never boring or predictable, but really, I'm totally fried. I'll go with you next time, okay?"

Allie gave her most effective pouting face. "But tonight's their newbie night, and they only have those once a month. Do you really want me to have to wait a whole thirty days before I can go again?"

"Delaying gratification is a sign of growth and maturity."

"It's a sign of being an old chicken-shit too scared to live out loud."

Damn, another great point. The woman should've been a lawyer, not a blogger.

"I would go," Cassidy said. "But I'm going to pass out unless I get a little sleep."

Allison's expression softened. "Aw, sweetie. That's all you had to say."

Cassidy gave her a side-eye. "Just like that?"

"Just like that." She patted Cassidy's shoulder. "You get some rest."

Finally! She had to give it to Allie. If she'd persisted just a little longer, she'd have broken through Cassidy's resistance. Which probably said something about how much Cassidy actually wanted to go. But she really did need to sleep.

"Thanks for understanding."

Her friend smiled and pulled the covers up to Cassidy's chest, like she was tucking her in. "What am I, coldhearted? The meeting's not 'til much later anyways. You go right ahead and take a disco nap."

Cassidy had already closed her eyes, but she opened them and sat straight up when she realized what Allie had said.

"Disco nap?"

Allison smiled. "Yeah. I'll wake you in a few hours when it's time to get ready."

Cassidy propped herself up and fluffed a pillow before sticking it behind the small of her back. If only the pillow were a pair of muscular hands to massage away the tension.

"Allie, it's not just that I'm tired."

"Oh?"

Cassidy raised her eyebrows. "A BDSM club? Really? How much more Fifty-Shades-of-Grey frustrated-housewife can you get? What's this place called, anyway?"

Allison's lips twitched, looking as if she was trying to suppress another one of her smirks. "The club's called Serve."

Cassidy pretended to pick her jaw off the floor. "You're kidding."

Her roommate straightened her spine and jutted her chin out. "And I thought you were going to be a cool roommate." She poked her finger at Cassidy. "You are truly and totally the dullest knife in the butcher block. No fun at all."

"I am fun!" Cassidy protested. And she was ... wasn't she? "Well, okay, I'm trying to be more fun."

But these days, fun equaled disappointment. That said, she was human, and lately the loneliness had gotten so thick it clogged her throat at the most inconvenient moments. She thought she'd be used to the feeling by now.

Back when she was in college she'd had relationships and, looking back, she realized she'd always morphed herself into whatever the boyfriend of the moment wanted. The guy wanted vivacious and lively? That's what she delivered. He was into the shy, bookish type? Well, then hanging at the library was her new favorite pastime. Anything to prevent being abandoned again.

The irony was that the more she'd tried, the further away they'd drifted from her. It wasn't until she was in grad school that she'd become aware of her pattern. She'd never even asked herself if they were enough for her. None of them had the first clue how to curl her toes. Or challenge her mind. Or move her soul. Worse, she'd gone all those years not realizing any of that stuff ought to be important. Not just to them, but to herself.

Wasn't that why she'd moved to New York earlier that summer? Hell, wasn't that why she'd moved in with Allie? Finally, a chance to stay true to who she was. No more playing a part. And no more settling for less than what she wanted, either.

Yet here she was turning down the very real opportunity Allie offered for her to bash out of her comfort zone.

"Why do you have such a hard-on over this club anyway?"

"Hold on, I'll show you!" Allie exclaimed. Even while wearing five-inch, Christian Louboutin heels, Allie sprinted out of the room as if in bare feet, and then she came skipping back in holding a magazine. "I was perusing the latest issue of Preston's Financial."

"What's a hip New York lifestyle blogger doing reading that ancient relic?"

"Oh, they're not like that anymore! They're now this cool hybrid of savvy financial reporting and trendy, urban living cool." Then she licked her thumb and flipped the pages at warp speed, her face brightening once she found what she was looking for. She handed it over. "Case in point, their most respected finance journalist, Catherine Preston, wrote a piece about Serve."

Cassidy glanced at the article, then back at her friend. "What does it say?"

Her roommate paused to study Cassidy's face. "It says ... It says Serve is a place that helps people find out who they are and what they want. It's a place to discover and fulfill your fantasies in absolute safety."

Holy crap. Wasn't that just what Cassidy had been thinking about? She was tired of trying to fulfill a fantasy and getting nothing but disappointment. But here was a place dedicated to turning a fantasy into reality.

Allie touched her hand. "I'm nervous. But after reading that article, I just felt like this was somewhere I had to go. There's something I need to experience, and it feels like this place can help me. Ever get that feeling?"

"Um yeah," she replied while propping an extra pillow behind her head. "That's how I felt about coming to New York."

Allison sat back, her butt resting on the backs of her heels. She softly murmured, "Then you get me. You understand the need to find something out there that gets you to where you need to go. Looking for something — anything — to make you feel whole again."

Something about her just then, with her painted mouth and slick hair, her shiny shoes and her barely there voice, her eyes as wide as a little girl's, tore at Cassidy's heart. It worried her as well, knowing that sentiment from personal experience.

How many times had she wished someone would be there for her the exact same way Allie was asking her to be?

Maybe she had a point. Maybe they both needed to bash out of their comfort zone. Because maybe Fate didn't grant the wishes of mortals who refused to go on the epic quest.

She raised her right eyebrow. "I have conditions ..."

Allie's grin could have split a melon. "Name them and consider it done."

"I am not wearing that sex kitten club crap."

"Fine, be boring. Next?"

"I'll get a drink at the bar, but I'm not promising I'll put in an application."

Allie held her hands to her chest. "But you'll come?"

After a moment, she nodded. "I'll come."

She practically squealed with delight. She hugged Cassidy, then patted her pillow. "It's three o'clock now, and the newbie session doesn't start 'til 10 pm. You get your beauty sleep, and then we'll go see the sexy, seedy underbelly of this city."

"Great," she mumbled under her breath as Allie closed her door.

Slivers of sunlight peeked through her curtains, but most of the space around her was now swallowed by the shadows. She grabbed her eye mask to block it all out and burrowed herself deep into her bed.

As she drifted off to sleep, she muttered to herself, "What the hell have I gotten myself into now?"

CHAPTER 2

For someone who loved living in the city as much as David Cavill did, he sure hadn't spent a heck of a lot of time there over the last six months. At least it had been for a good cause: two Search and Rescue's, both successful, and an off-book, overseas surveillance job he hadn't trusted to anyone but himself.

That was all over now. He'd finally recruited two of his buddies from his former Special Ops unit to join his firm. Maybe now he'd finally have some time to get back to his life. Well, if it could still be called a life.

It was his own fault everything outside of work had fallen apart. Two years ago, he had mistakenly chosen to open up to Marla, his ex-fiancée that only lasted three days, even though none of his other lovers had ever responded well when he'd let them into his private life. But he'd still thought Marla — supposedly the love of his life — would be different.

He should have known better.

The moment David had revealed his family history, she had bailed. Others before her had also left him as soon as they found out, but he thought she would be different.

He was wrong. Two years later and the wound still ached.

At least on missions, he knew the risks. He could help people without worrying about whether he'd get close to them — and whether they'd abandon him. They needed him to be a strong, silent protector. And it was a role he was glad to fulfill. All that mattered was keeping those people safe. Keeping them whole.

He would have preferred to jump into the next mission immediately, but it would be two weeks before his new contract began. Besides, who was he kidding? Six months was a long time without a vacation. He'd barely been home a day and already the time off had awakened an itch he had to scratch.

What better place to scratch that itch than his old haunt, Serve?

The minute he walked through the doors, he felt like he was coming home. Serve was a space where you could be your true self. No judgments. No explanations. Just pleasure. The chance to be whole, even if only for a night.

There'd been a time when he was at the club often, offering demonstrations and privately indulging in Japanese rope bondage, his favorite kink. He could get off in a variety of ways, but practicing Shibari was his drug of choice when it came to setting a scene.

He'd barely made it into the club when he heard his name called from across the room.

It was Leo Delacroix, not only an employee at Serve, but also a friend of his since high school. Both had grown up in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, and it had been Leo who'd introduced David to Serve once he'd returned from serving in Afghanistan.

In fact, now that he thought about it, Leo was one of the only civilian friends he had. The few others he'd put in the category were all former military, like him. At least the ones who'd actually made it home.

After college, David had hoped Leo would join the Marines with him, but he'd had other ideas about his future, and ironically, being part of Serve seemed to satisfy Leo's own protective instincts.

"Good to see you, my man," Leo said while clapping him on the shoulder. "Been too long. Where've you been at lately?"

"Nowhere near as interesting as home," he replied, taking in his surroundings then turning his attention back on Leo. "What are you up to tonight?"

"It's funny you ask." He hooked up his thumb like a hitchhiker and pointed over his shoulder to the club at large. "Just got promoted to manager after Nolan left us high and dry."

"You're kidding. This place was his life."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Bind Me Before You Go by Harper Kincaid, Stephen Morgan. Copyright © 2015 Harper Kincaid. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. Along the way, she worked as a community organizer, a professional matchmaker, an art teacher, a popular blogger, and a crisis counselor (to name a few things), all the while longing to have the guts and follow- through to do what she really wanted: to write and become a published author. That wish has finally come true.

Besides writing about sexy people falling in love, Harper adores listening to indie, lo-fi complaint rock played on vinyl, wearing black, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh 'til they snort. She's a self-proclaimed change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but has now happily settled in the cutest lil' town-Vienna, Virginia.

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Bind Me Before You Go (Entangled Brazen) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: After incessant begging on the part of Allie, her roommate and friend, Cassidy reluctantly goes with her to Serve. Cassidy expects to just sit at the bar and wait for Allie since she's not a member, but then David joins her. The connection between them is obvious, even though anything beyond a brief rendezvous is made abundantly clear. Two weeks. That's all they have. David is determined to help Cassidy get what she needs, but to let anything last any longer for them would be trouble. He doesn't want her to find out the reason for his choices, but the truth will come out. Bind Me Before You Go has the heat! I loved how open and funny Cassidy was--you can't help but enjoy her personality and want to be friends with her. And the chemistry between David and Cassidy is intense, drawing out all sorts of feelings. Despite the secrecy, you can sense that their passion goes far deeper for him as much as it does for her. Harper Kincaid delivers another great novel to the Serve series! My Rating: Very Good
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
Tessa Bailey, Katee Robert, Joya Ryan, and now Harper Kincaid...These are the women behind the Serve books and Harper Kincaid joins the ranks flawlessly. A quick read, Bind Me Before You Go is sexy, steamy, and sizzling. Kincaid offers readers so much backbone to the story, I was amazed at what she packed into a quick read. Being dragged to a sex club by her friend, Cassidy meets David and the two dive into the world of bondage and exploration as they release their inhibitions and let them fly free. The characters themselves are amazing and the chemistry is there. I liked the fact that there wasn't instalove, but instead it developed. The storyline itself was great and the author writes both the plot and characters very well and in a way that you not only like these characters, you love them My only complaint was that things went a little too fast. Of course the author was fitting in a lot in a quick read, but I would've liked to see the book develop and play out more. Other than that, I really enjoyed Cassidy and David's story and by the time I finished this book, I wanted more of them. I just loved them.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Bind me before you go is the story of Cassidy, a recent addition to the big apple, and David, a security expert and shibari master. Cassidy's roommate Allie discovered the BDSM club Serve and is excited to join and would like Cassidy to accompany her to the club. Cassidy is tired of her boring life and is trying to push her boundaries more, so she reluctantly agrees. There she meets David and they are instantly attracted to each other. They flirt, and have a hot hookup. After a week, they agree to see each other for two weeks. He introduces to Shibari and they explore their growing connection. This is my first book in the Serve series and I was happy that it wasn't as kinky as I expected . I felt there was a real connection between David and Cassidy, even if it was a little fast. This book was fast paced and very sexy. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
An easy afternoon read that is pure fantasy and sensual excitement, BIND ME BEFORE YOU GO is the eighth installment in the Serve series. And also the shortest. While this makes for a quick read on a lazy Saturday afternoon, the shortness of the novel(ella?) means that our hero and heroine – David and Cassidy – didn’t really get a chance to fully develop and shine. I would have liked to see more exploration of their backstories and how their past relates to their personalities and present desires. Regardless, this novel was still good. David and Cassidy explore their desires together in the safe environment of the Serve BDSM club. Though the novel does involve BDSM, it is light and instead focuses more on the emotional connection between David and Cassidy which in turns plays into their club scenes together. Theirs is a student/teacher relationship as David teaches Cassidy about the intricacies and art of Shibari, a form of Japanese rope bondage. David is very considerate of Cassidy, both physically and emotionally, which is precisely what sweet, people-pleasing Cassidy needed. The plot was a little rushed and the couple’s love of the “insta-” variety, but I did enjoy the book and would pick up another by this author in the future. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Spice Up Your Bind-Great Read ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****** What another great book in the #SERVE series. This is a book about David and Cassidy. Security expert David Cavill has a lot of secrets , secrets that he doesn’t share but then he meets Cassidy. Cassidy Peyton moves to the Big Apple to start anew and to figure out what she wants from her life, including in her relationship. Her roommate takes her to Serve one night and its like entering a whole new world. There she meets this new guy-David and it’s like he knows what’s she needs. She loves that he takes her beyond her comfort zones yet does it in such a way that makes her feel safe. She starts to discover what she wants in her life for the first time ever. She knows David is someone she is falling in love with. When it comes to David, he has his own issues about relationships so it is slow going. The path they take to deal with learning about themselves as they fall in love and deal with how this is going to change their lives. There are some emotional twists and turns. It at times will pull at your heart strings and omg, the heat in this story is WOO! I love how Cassidy takes control , instead of David. That is a change from the other stories. It was a gradual change and it was nice to see a woman take charge and make the calls. It doesn’t show David to be a wimp, but shows that he allowed her to have control, to be the one having the say. It was great! I think, though, there would have been nice to see an epilogue to this story showing how they were doing. I didn’t see that and for me, that was a letdown. I would have liked something showing how they were doing months later but that is in my opinion. Maybe the author can do a followup of them in a later story. Cassidy is a spunky lady who is sweet and kind with a beauty to her inside and out while David is an ALPHA male who has a lot on his shoulders but he cares for Cassidy. He is dominant male who is handsome yet he has a kind soul about him who is worried his secrets will ruin his life / romance so he pushes her away. He always gives so much because he feels he is owed so little. Both MC are good people who just want to find lasting love and they have in each other. The heat and passion they have given the story the right edge. **Update to review-- There was a glitch when my book downloaded and I was able to get a revised copy which did include what mine was to have the orginally. There is a epilogue and it shows Cassidy and David some months down the road after their story ended. It shows them seemingly settled and it appears everything it good between them. I do like the HEA featured because it shows the MC happy. That is good. I applaud the author for showing that because it does show how the characters are living their lives after the book ends. I wont tell you, you just have to read to find out how everyone is doing. My rating: 4.3 stars ****
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
Wow! This wasn't at all the book I was expecting going in. It was so much more. I absolutely loved Cass and David. For those unsure about the BDSM aspect of this book, it is really on the mild end of the scale. The bondage used was really to express and symbolize the trust between the two characters. It was a truly romantic story and I couldn't put it down. I'll definitely seek more works by Harper Kincaid in the future.
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
“Bind Me before You Go” by Harper Kincaid is my first book from this author. I guess at some point (like many subjects before) also the BDSM theme will have been viewed and written about from any angle. So if an Author wants to do something “fresh” for his readers it will be quite a task to accomplish. So far, I believe I read quite a wide range of books on this subject and I believe – even if this book is not a total new angle – it is still very refreshing because it is not extreme. Lately it seemed that everything had to be “more” – but sometimes the old saying “less is more” is still true. The writing is fluent and the storyline well developed – the characters are very likeable and their problems/secrets are not too far-fetched. So in total a fully recommendable read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Friggin LOVED this book! Such depth of characters in a fast-paced story. And David Cavill is hella-hot!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Bind Me Before You Go was an enjoyable read, though it felt really short. Everything here happened fairly quickly and had a touch of "insta-feel" to it, but Cassidy and David were very likable and had amazing chemistry together, which made the suddenness of it all a bit more palatable. That's not to say it wouldn't have benefited from being longer; it definitely would have--but what was here was enjoyable nonetheless. I especially liked David's attitude about their relationship as a whole and Shabari in particular--it was more about trust and equality of both partners, which gave him a less dominant/alpha feel than some of the heroes of the series (not that the whole dominant alpha thing is bad, necessarily, but I did appreciate the difference here for this story). David's big "secret" and the reason why he doesn't believe he'll ever have a lasting relationship seemed a bit out of proportion once it's revealed--it does make more sense once he explains the background to Cassidy, at least, but once I found out what it was I pretty much had a "that's it??" reaction. But since we obviously want them to get together at the end, having it be less of a huge problem worked for that part, at least. ;) Bind Me Before You Go is book #8 in the Serve series--a few other characters from previous books show up here, but it works well as a standalone, probably in good part because it's the first series book from Ms. Kincaid. It's also my first book by the author--based on this, I'd definitely read her again, especially if a future book in this series is going to be about Leo and Allie, Cassidy's roommate :) Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
TangledUpInBooks More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! I have so much love for Entangled's Brazen line. They are short, quick reads with a lot of feelings and a lot of naughty. The perfect thing to pick up when you want to get through something quickly, a nice little appetizing snack to whet your whistle. I think, in a way, that was sort of a negative when it came to Bind Me Before You Go. Don't get me wrong, and don't let that 3 star rating fool you, I loved this book, the characters and the storyline. I just feel like, had there been opportunity to really flesh out this book, add a couple hundred pages. really expand on David and Cassidy's back stories this book could have gone from great to amazing. As short as it is though, everything is crammed in and just happens like bam, bam, bam with no time to breathe and truly absorb. As far as I can remember from the past 7 books in the Serve series, I'm pretty sure that both David and Cassidy are new characters in this world. I really liked both of them though. A lot. They have these very heart wrenching back stories. Things from their past that could easily break the best of people, probably would have broken me. But these two are survivors. They've both found their own ways to cope and to retreat into themselves. I wanted more of that. More of what had made them the people they were today, instead of the quick explanations. More of David dealing with his brother and Cassidy dealing with her past as well. The one thing I could find no fault in was the incredible chemistry between these two. When they would come together there was this rightness between them. And this nearly tangible heat. Made me want to find the nearest object and attempt to fan myself with it! So much yum! Though I guess I shouldn't have said I found no fault because if I had one complaint it would be that, once again, it all happened too fast. Too quickly Cassidy opens up to David. Too quickly and easily they could just read each other and know what the other one needs. Too quickly they fell hard. So, yes. It was pretty insta-love in a lot of ways. Yet that didn't really bother me or leave me frustrated, deep into the eye rolls. There was just too much sweetness to them. In the end, yes, everything happened at warp speed and wasn't as drawn out as I would've liked for it to have been. But by the time I was done reading it really didn't matter because the characters still stole my heart and made me feel for them. I would definitely read more from Harper Kincaid in the future! Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book!
MeganSmith More than 1 year ago
***This ARC was received from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review*** I like the way the author writes about the sex club but doesn't automatically make the woman submit to a ridiculously dominant man. People are capable of exploring their sexual preferences without that extreme. I also appreciate how their "secrets" are not life threatening, but still important and/or embarrassing enough for them to need to hide them. This story had good flow and use of emotions without going to an annoying extreme
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
3.5**** This was a great quick hot read. I loved both the characters of David and Cassidy. He was not your normal alpha dominant male, but was very into the mutual pleasure experience. He took great care of Cassidy in showing her how to let go. And when he broke off into that foreign language or understood it, momma mia, that was spicy! David did frustrate me at the angsty part, but definitely made up for it in the end. Cassidy was a strong female character who was open to discover what she truly wanted. I enjoyed her "all in" attitude along with her support for David. She held her self together and fought for what she wanted, never giving up. I love reading about strong women who do not let others walk over them. This was my first book by Harper Kincaid and will not be my last. She wrote a very image evoking, strong sexual connection between her two main characters, as well as an entertaining supporting crew. Allie and Leo were crazy, fun times to be had fun. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Marie1MB More than 1 year ago
Marie's Tempting Reads (Netgalley) eARC Review: Bind Me Before You Go happens to be the first book that I have read ever, by Harper Kincaid. I am happy to say that after finishing this book, it will most definitely NOT be my last! The first thing I liked about this book was the cover. Its sensual and sexy and the colors blend beautifully with the title. The second thing was the blurb. It intrigued me and had me ever so curious and had me anticipating the story. Once I started it, I had a heck of a time putting it down. I loved the style of writing and the characters as well as the plot. The sexual tension between Cassidy and David was simmering from the moment they first met. The other thing that I enjoyed about the book was the BDSM. Anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy a romance featuring those delicious BDSM elements. I thoroughly enjoyed the play in the story and found myself finishing the book before I even realized it. Nothing beats a good romance like a romance with some BDSM! Harper Kincaid brought us readers the perfect balance of dominance and love. I give Bind Me Before You Go an AMAZING FOUR SHOOTING STARS! Its mouth watering good with sweet seduction and dark temptation. It almost reminds me of dark chocolate, completely yummy!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is the latest in the Serve series, with stories from several different authors centered around the Serve BDSM club. In this story, Cassidy and David meet, he being a Shibari rope expert and her being a newbie to the scene. It doesn't take long for them to hit it off, nor for Cassidy to let David take liberties with her that she never imagined. While I found that they moved rather quickly into some pretty daring scenes, Cassidy's trust in David is not misplaced and he obviously comes to care for her quickly. This one is heavier into bondage (both in and out of the club) so might not be for everyone, and definitely has a big dose of insta-love, but their chemistry is great together and it's a worthy addition to the series. Lots of steamy scenes and an interesting storyline. 3 stars.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
His heart is bound tighter than the bondage he craves... Determined to put her past behind her, Cassidy Peyton moves to the Big Apple. But New York has a few dark secrets of its own, including Serve, an exclusive BDSM club. It's a place she isn't sure she's ready for, until she sees him watching her. Hot. Intent. Knowing. With eyes that leave her stomach tied in knots, because the loneliness he's trying to hide matches her own. Security expert David Cavill has more secrets than any man should. Secrets that forever shut down any possibility of love, marriage, or family. Yet Cassidy draws him in, an intoxicating combination of strength, candor, and sensuality that David can't resist. But as their bond deepens, Cassidy must decide if she can love a man whose heart is bound tighter than the form of bondage he craves... Review: Though it does not list it on the Goodreads site, this is part of the Serve multi-author series. This is a total stand alone and do not need to read any of the others, though I have read quite a few of them and have enjoyed them all. This is a new to me Author and I really liked her writing style and the story and characters in this book. I am not sure how many pages there were in the story, but it flew by, I finished it my lunch hour. The author did a great job of combining sexy and emotion in this story. I particularly liked that David is into shibari and thought that tied (no pun intended) the characters together in the beginning and ending of the story. Both characters know this is affair is on a time limit, but you know those emotions don't know anything about time limits. David is hiding a secret about his family that he is afraid to tell Cassidy about because of his past relationships and Cassidy has to show David that she is not like the others. When David gives up, I like that Cassidy goes and gives him a "Come to Jesus" talk and fights for him and shows that she is different from the rest. Though, he is stubborn and it takes some manipulation to get David with the program, but the ending is very satisfying. Great for when you want some quick spice in your day. 3.5Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*
JaneyC More than 1 year ago
3 Disney stars This is the latest addition to the fantastic Serve series, and this contributor, Harper Kincaid, is a new author to me. Cassidy Peyton has something missing in her life, having recently moved to NY, and feels a trip to the exclusive Serve BDSM club would help to fill those gaps. David Cavill is head of Security at Serve, having had plenty of experience in that area, and finds himself in a teacher/student situation rather quickly with this newbie. David’s specialisation lies in the art of Shibari, and once Cassidy experiences the feel of his fretwork, she becomes quite literally hooked. David is not a classic Dominant, by his own admission, but his devotion to his artwork, and tenderness he displayed towards Cassidy was heartwarming. The speed of this story is immediately apparent, and whilst it all culminates briskly, I did enjoy the connection between this couple. It would, however, have benefitted from a little more length, and subsequently, depth in order to enhance and expand the storyline significantly..IMO. I did enjoy this authors voice very much, and would definitely pick her up again. ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review..
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I received Bind Me Before You Go for an honest review from NetGalley and Entangled. For the most part Harper Kincaid did a good job of introducing readers to Cassidy and David. Although BDSM plays a central part within this story it is not THE story. It serves as a metaphor. Cassidy and David both have issues with trust. Cassidy is also struggling to find her voice and learn to be comfortable within her own skin. David is sexy, protective and fighting demons of his own. These two troubled people bring out in each other the traits that are lacking within themselves. Some of the scenarios were a little much for me but the story was still quite good.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - "I'm all in." Stars. Bind Me Before You Go is Harper Kincaid’s first addition to the now long-running SERVE series, it is also the first work I have read by this author. On the whole it was an easy read. I think I am right in saying this is the shortest addition to the series so far, and that in essence is what let the book down a little. There is no doubt Harper can write, and write well, however I found the main issues that I had with Cassidy and David’s story were pacing, everything happens very quickly for this couple, think ‘insta’ on a shot of espresso, and you are in the right mind-set. For me they would have benefited with a little more development between them, especially at the beginning, and definitely prior to what is essentially their first ‘scene’ at SERVE together. As a couple they were both pretty likeable, David has issues with commitment, Cassidy is looking to live life to the full after recently arriving in New York. You can sense where the story is going pretty early on, but it was an enjoyable and relatively uncomplicated read, that only took a couple of hours to get through. I am looking forward to seeing what the author has in store in her second book for this series Claim Me Before I Break, due later in 2015, here’s hoping it’s a bit longer, with a little more development to it. ARC generously provided by Entangled, in exchange for the above honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5