Dangerously Bound [NOOK Book]

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Allie LeClair has finally returned to the sultry city of New Orleans. After ten years of studying and working as a pastry chef in San Francisco and all over Europe—and feeding her submissive side at BDSM clubs—Allie is home, and she has something to prove to the man who once fueled her desires. She�s not a child anymore.

When security specialist Mick Reid hears that Allie is back in town, he knows he won't be able to stay away for long. Ever since he discovered his darker side, ...

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Dangerously Bound

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Overview

Allie LeClair has finally returned to the sultry city of New Orleans. After ten years of studying and working as a pastry chef in San Francisco and all over Europe—and feeding her submissive side at BDSM clubs—Allie is home, and she has something to prove to the man who once fueled her desires. She�s not a child anymore.

When security specialist Mick Reid hears that Allie is back in town, he knows he won't be able to stay away for long. Ever since he discovered his darker side, Mick has tried to protect Allie from the aggressive beast within him—but that power and wildness is exactly what she wants.

Allie has made the first move, but now it's up to Mick. The game has begun, and playing has never been so rough.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 02/24/2014
Bradley (who also writes as Eve Berlin) blends the sticky heat and spice of Louisiana with edgy, kinky romance, in this sensuous contemporary. Allie LeClair returns to her hometown of New Orleans after spending 12 years traveling the world to study and work as a pastry chef—and explore the world’s top kink clubs. Hoping to recapture the love of her high school sweetheart, gruff dominant Mick Reid, she enlists the help of their mutual friend Jamie, who is familiar with their history, and with the delicate negotiations required in a BDSM relationship. When Allie and Jamie present the plan to Mick, he’s appalled; despite Allie’s years of experience as a submissive, he still sees her as a sweet young thing who needs to be protected from his brutal side. But he can’t resist the chance to rekindle the love they’ve both held at bay for a decade. As Mick and Allie slowly reconnect, ghosts from the past threaten to destroy their relationship. Bradley serves up a blazing hot erotic tale, seasoned with rope bondage and the mystique of New Orleans, that’s sure to satisfy fans of the genre. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101636565
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: A Dangerous Romance , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 10,838
  • File size: 970 KB

Meet the Author


Eden Bradley is the author of several erotic romances including Pleasure's Edge, The Dark Garden, and Forbidden Fruit. Two of her books have been Romantic Times Top Picks, and her novel Forbidden Fruit was profiled in Cosmopolitan Magazine's Red Hot Reads column in 2008. Eden lives in Texas.

Tatiana Sokolov narrates a variety of fiction but especially likes saucy romances.

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

    ** 2.5 stars ** Dangerously Bound...it just didn't really work

    ** 2.5 stars **

    Dangerously Bound...it just didn't really work for me, for two reasons: the hero, Mick, and the plot. The story begins with Allie coming home to New Orleans after more than a decade of traveling and working around the world. Her first order of business is to reconnect with her high school boyfriend Mick, the man she still gets off on-literally-after all these years. Mick is a well-respected Dom, and Allie wants him to know she is a sub and has joined his club. But not only that, in order to get any awkwardness out of the way, she wants to him to top her at the club, because nothing says "Hey, it's so nice to see you again!" like a little bit of spanking, and rope play, yes? And so begins the story of the reluctant Dom/lover and the sub who can't let go.

    Back when they were together, for some unknown reason, well, I guess because he thought his urges were too dark and she was too good for him, Mick put Allie on a pedestal. Deemed her too good or fragile for his choice in lifestyle. Even in the present, knowing Allie is in the BDSM scene, Mick is still determined to protect her from his darkness. What darkness, though? A motorcycle accident that left him with a bit of a limp and unable to be a firefighter like the other men in his family? I get that Mick was devastated that his injury caused a change in his direction, but to be so dramatic about it and blame it for everything bad in his life was too much. I had a hard time seeing it. Mick does begin to finally see Allie as a strong and determined woman who craves the hand of a Dom, thankfully. Believe me, that causes his head to spin, causing him to continually goes back and forth with his feelings, dragging Allie along. Oh, and of course Mick is also a fighter, needs the pounding fists to channel his rage fire. His term of endearment for Allie, "baby girl", drove me bananas, especially while he was pounding her.

    Allie is still fixated on Mick over a decade after their break-up. I guess I can see the continued wondering about the first love, but as a woman who's mentality is "I don't want someone who doesn't want me", I had a hard time seeing why she was so desperate for the reconnection, especially with him insisting she doesn't know her own mind, telling her she couldn't possibly want what she clearly does. But honestly, her family still treats her as a child too, so I guess it makes sense. I was definitely more invested in her story of finding her voice and being taken seriously, though I wish the story would have focused more on Allie as an individual, furthering her career and reconnecting with her former home, instead of Allie obsessing over her relationship with Mick.

    I will give Allie and Mick a bit of credit in that, towards the end of the book, the both began to change. Allie finally realizes she doesn't need Mick to keep stringing her along, going back-and-forth on what he wants, and breaking her heart.Mick, he also realizes big changes are in order if he can win his girl back.

    I went into Dangerously Bound looking for a sexy, smart story. I always hope to enjoy the books I read, and I try to find the positives. Here,I found a story with a frustrating hero, and a plot conflict that dragged on too long for my taste. On the upside, the story has a likable heroine whom I wanted the best for.Plot aside, I also found the writing to be very good. So while I didn't get the story I wanted, others may find exactly what they need.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

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    Eden Bradley brings readers the first book in her new Dangerous

    Eden Bradley brings readers the first book in her new Dangerous series, Dangerously Bound. The New Orleans setting and a BDSM club provide the background for the series. The first book focuses on a second chance love story between a couple with some serious history. He has a hard time curbing his more dominate sexual needs and she isn't the fragile girl she once was. Mick and Allie have a sizzling chemistry together and their play includes ropes and teeth, yep... teeth. Interesting new book, from a respected name in the genre.

    What I liked:

    Readers are introduced to two characters who have a past together. Allie was a young girl when Mick broke her heart and left her alone after a night of unprecedented passion. Mick had always treated Allie like a delicate flower until that fateful night, when his emotions got away from him and his dark inner passions took over. Now years later, she isn't a little girl anymore. Allie was an interesting character. She has traveled the world as a pastry chef and as a submissive. She got a taste of the lifestyle with Mick that night, and it changed her. I liked the fact that she didn't give up on what she wanted. She went to clubs, she explored and she became a woman, who understood her own desires. That made her a great heroine for this book. Bradley did a great job with her.

    Now Allie has returned to New Orleans for good and for Mick. But a lot has happened in the interim and Mick has some serious demons of his own to face. He is an experienced Dom now, knowing and understanding his own needs, but he has never forgotten the passion he shared with Allie. His dreams have literally gone up in smoke, and he hasn't become the man he wanted to be. He can't follow in the footsteps of his family and motorcycle accident has left him with scars Allie can see and some she can't. I had a little bit of a hard time, seeing Mick as a tortured hero. I understood his desperation at not being the man he wanted to be, but eventually the strong move on. And I felt like he would have been a much more believable hero had he left that in the past. Yes, he was still going to be reminded of it, but it didn't have to rule his life.

    These two together were a very hot ticket. Mick has penchant for rope play and for using his teeth. He's a biter not a nipper and some people like to straddle that fine line between pleasure and pain. To some this might seem a bit harsh, but those who like a little sting in their play will find this right up their ally. I loved the ropes and the way that Bradley used them in this book. She's either done her homework or is a fan of this kind of kink because she knew what she was talking about in the way Mick used those ropes and how Allie responded to them. But Mick was more than a one trick pony and I would have liked to see a little more than just rope play. It was good, but got a little repetitive. 

    What I didn't like:

    I felt like the hero could have been so much more. He had the potential but he kind of fell flat in some ways. The chemistry was definitely there between him and the heroine, but he needed to get over himself a little bit and sink or swim. There was a bit too much push and pull, but still an overall good read.

    Bottom Line:

    This one was good, but could have been a whole lot better. I wanted a hero with more strength and fortitude. He had some demons in his past, but he needed to prove that he could get past them and it took him a little too long to do it. Still a good book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

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    Enjoyed the book very mmuch. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Great story

    339 pages good story sexy love scenes

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