Bound to Be a Bride: A Novella

Bound to Be a Bride: A Novella

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by Megan Mulry
     
 

An exciting erotic novella from acclaimed author Megan Mulry set in Napoleonic Spain. Featuring the sensual art of Japanese rope binding, this is a fresh and intriguing spin on BDSM.


Seventeen-year-old Isabella (Doña Isabella de Suárez de Figueroa y Córdoba), daughter of the Duke of Feria, is preparing for her arranged marriage to

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An exciting erotic novella from acclaimed author Megan Mulry set in Napoleonic Spain. Featuring the sensual art of Japanese rope binding, this is a fresh and intriguing spin on BDSM.


Seventeen-year-old Isabella (Doña Isabella de Suárez de Figueroa y Córdoba), daughter of the Duke of Feria, is preparing for her arranged marriage to the son of a wealthy aristocrat. On the morning of her wedding day, after weeks of planning, Isabella escapes from the palace, believing she is riding to freedom.


Unfortunately, after only a few hours on horseback, Isabella happens upon a small band of three gentlemen who restrain her and take her hostage. Ultimately, after they realize she is most likely a woman of privilege, they offer their assistance, as all of them are also headed to Aveiro, a port city in Portugal, to escape their familial obligations.


While they are travelling, Isabella and Javier, the leader, develop a tender affection. When Javi (Francisco Javier de la Mina) insists on binding Isabella's wrists and ankles each night—ostensibly to prevent her escape or theft of their goods-the ritual soon turns into a heated game of unspoken sexual promise that is ultimately consummated when they discover their true identities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402286346
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
41,520
File size:
413 KB

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Meet the Author

Megan Mulry writes sexy, modern, romantic fiction. She graduated from Northwestern University and then worked in publishing, including positions at The New Yorker and Boston magazine. After moving to London, Mulry worked in finance and attended London Business School. Mulry is a member of RWA. She has traveled extensively in Asia, India, Europe, and Africa and now lives with her husband and children in Florida.

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Bound to Be a Bride: A Novella 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
Set in 1808 Spain, Bound to Be a Bride features a unique setting and an opulent plot. The practiced art of hojojutsu (Japanese rope tying) brings out an element of eroticism that holds great appeal. Megan Mulry writes with great aplomb and keeps the storyline entertaining throughout the course of the book. This is a historical lovers dream-come-true! Isabella has been locked away in a convent for years. She is now being forced to wed a man that she has never met. Taking matters into her own hands, Isabella has chosen to flee before her wedding takes place. While on the run Isabella happens upon three men who take her captive. The group leader, Javi, is also escaping an arranged marriage, but little does he know that Isabella is his intended. Sparks fly between the two and it isn’t long before they end up in each others arms. It is when they decide to sell a piece of jewelry that they come to the realization that they are on the run from a marriage to each other. Isabella is a feisty heroine who refuses to live by societies rules. A woman out on her own in the world was unheard of in her day. I really enjoyed watching Isabella take control of her life and refuse to be pushed around. At first Javi comes across as a little gruff and controlling. But as the story progressed I came to be enchanted with him. His hojojutsu skills bring a lot of interest and sexual tension to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bound to Be a Bride. So often I find that historical romances lack in the historical detail, but that is not the case with this beautiful story. It is clear to me that Megan Mulry did her research and that her portrayal of the time period in which she writes is spot on. I found it very interesting that Javi’s character was based on a true historical figure. If you are looking for a well written historical romance you can’t go wrong with Bound to Be a Bride!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to soldier through till page 40 but it got to be so painfully boring; I had to abandon it. Meh Don't bother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. A little short.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This saucy novella, by new-to-me author Megan Mulry, takes place in Napoleonic era Spain and features two kindred and independent spirits. Isabella has been raised in a convent, as many privileged women of her class, where she has been educated and groomed to be a bride to a wealthy and titled family’s son. But that’s not the life she wants for herself. So she intricately plans a journey, hiding her belongings along the way. She plans to escape and live independently, free of the constraints of any man.  "…they would live in a new world of freedom, where abusive, calculating men and complicit authoritative women would no longer control their destinies."  “A husband wanted a beautiful, charming, delightful wife, the nuns had explained to Isabella on the day she departed the convent. All Isabella could think during the entire two-hour recitation of their womanly wisdom was, How would you know?! None of them had ever been a wife.” Unbeknownst to her, Isabella’s betrothed, Javier (Javi), also has no intention of being tied to a meek woman in marriage. He is on the road (to Mexico) with two of his best friends when they encounter Isabella. Javier and his friends are working in a covert group to help overthrow Napoleon. They fear she is going to try to rob them—a tiny wisp of a thing, right!—so Javier ties her, using the ancient martial arts technique of Japanese rope binding called Hojojutsu, an intricate series of knots that allows for simultaneous movement and constriction. One of the reasons I love historical romance is that I learn more about history and the history is rich in this little story. For example, I had no idea that the Japanese came to Spain in the seventeenth century and settled in a town called Coria del Rio. Also, Javier is based on a real historical figure, Francisco Javier de la Mina, a guerrilla fighter in Napoleonic Spain. Mulry says she was inspired to write a story about him after seeing “his dashing portrait.” I’ve read one other historical romance set in Spain around this time, Anne Gracie’s Bride by Mistake. In that story, as in many historical romances set during this time, women are at the mercy of men’s wishes and whims. The descriptions of landscape on their journey are vivid, as this one of the town of Aveiro: “Here, stretched out in front of her, was a teeming array of pale terra-cotta rooftops, glistening turquoise canals, and beyond, the beckoning infinite sapphire Atlantic with the city’s famous piles of blindingly white salt drying in the bright sun along the shoreline.”  The writing and characters are likable and spirited. I like Isabella’s feistiness and independent nature and, even more important, that Javier  appreciates her this way. The fact that they are intended for each other makes it all the more humorous. There is a sequel novella recently released, Bound to Be a Groom, which tells the story Isabella’s friend, Anna, born on the wrong side of the blanket. I look forward to reading more from Mulry in future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad! Would have liked it a little longer.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
BOUND TO BE A BRIDE by Megan Mulry is an exciting historical romance set in 1808 Napoleonic,Spain. This story is based on an actual historical figure,Dona Isabella de Suarez de Figueroa y Cordoba. Javier de la Mina,one of the first gerilla leaders in Napoleonic Spain and Isabella,his attended bride. Not wanting an arranged marriage,they escape,but run into each other in the countryside on their way to the coast. What they find is danger,passion and love. Fast paced and quick read! Passion filled nights,with a new spin on BDSM,you don't want to miss this intriguing story. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD to HOT(due to the light BDSM) REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More