Grave Bound (Secrets, #1) [NOOK Book]

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Because of the subject matter and the sexual content, this book is recommended for mature readers.

Some secrets follow you to the grave. Others send you there.

Emily Riddle has lived her entire nineteen years inside a patriarchal commune led by her father and her stepbrothers. There are more rules than ...
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Grave Bound (Secrets, #1)

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Overview

Because of the subject matter and the sexual content, this book is recommended for mature readers.

Some secrets follow you to the grave. Others send you there.

Emily Riddle has lived her entire nineteen years inside a patriarchal commune led by her father and her stepbrothers. There are more rules than she cares to admit, but the most important one, keep it in the commune, is the one most difficult for her to abide by… especially since the only people willing to champion her cause live on the outside.

When Emily learns her father and brothers have promised her to Lorenzo, a man she despises down to her core, she rebels. No matter the consequences, she refuses to marry someone who'd rather beat her than caress her.

A day of hooky that starts out as a tiny act of defiance—sneaking out of the commune for a swim—soon turns into the best day of her life. After spending time with Levi, a man camping near the lake, she finds what true romance looks like and catches a glimpse into a future that's filled with love and admiration rather than hate and submission.

That tiny peek is enough to change the course of Emily's existence and makes it nearly impossible for her to go back to the commune and pretend she will ever be able to tolerate a life chosen for her rather than the life she longs for. One that includes Levi.

Fighting to escape the commune, its leaders, and her fiancé proves to be more dangerous than Emily ever expected. The secrets she knows, as the commune leader's daughter, will either follow her to her grave or send her, and Levi, there.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016233741
  • Publisher: T. R. Graves
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Series: Secrets , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 519,541
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

T. R. Graves, the author of The Warrior Series and The Secrets Series, is a 2012 NaNoWriMo Winner.

She lives along the Texas coast with her husband. Together, they raise T. R.'s beta reading daughter and their football-loving son. Besides being blessed with a supportive family, she counts her career as a registered nurse in not-for-profit hospitals high on her list of fulfilling accomplishments.
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  • Posted May 26, 2013

    I am only giving it 5 stars because I cannot give it a higher ra

    I am only giving it 5 stars because I cannot give it a higher rating.
    This book is setting the standard for the indie published book! And not only is Grave Bound 'setting the standard' T.R. Graves is breaking
    the mold!

    This book is for everyone who loves suspense and danger and romance and action/adventure. You will find yourself so deeply engrossed
    in this novel that you will forget you are reading a piece of fiction and not actually living it.  Graves is a fantastic writer and an even better novelist.
    I love, love, love this book so much and have never wanted to see a book made into a movie more!  

    Now, for those of you who used to be like me and would hesitate before buying an indie published novel because it fell into that stigma,
    this book will make you crave indie fiction!  Graves does not fall into that stigma at all, in fact she is saving the indie name.

    This book will leave you speechless and crying and begging for more!  I have never been so engrossed in a book before!  I had an attachment
    with all of the characters.  I loved the likable ones, hated the ones who demanded disdain, and felt every emotion this writer attached to her words.
    I cannot wait to the second in the series and I cannot wait to see what big things T.R. Graves has in her future!  

    Grave Bound is action packed, adventure filled, romance drama that will have you gasping for air at each page turn.  There is danger and
    intrigue in every chapter brought on even more when two flawlessly awesome characters are brought on board.  
    Tope and Levi will leave you breathless and wishing you were Emily even with the hard life she leads.  

    This book is beyond great and ultimately just needs to be read.  So stop reading this and go buy this book.

    I will agree with other reviewers grab some tissues, I have never cried more during a book! This book, oh my goodness, this book is
    fabulous, there are not enough of the proper words in the English language or any language to say how perfect this book is.  

    T.R. Graves don't know if you will see this, but thank you for writing this book and for sharing it with us.  I love this book and hope one
    day to meet you so I can get my book autographed!  Thank you for sharing your talent with the world!  

    There are many other novels available by T.R. Graves, just type her name into the search bar and buy all of her stuff you will not be
    disappointed, her books are fabulous!

     

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    There were two reasons for me to make a genre change with this s

    There were two reasons for me to make a genre change with this series. First, I was ready to explore new challenges creatively. Grave Bound absolutely satisfied that need. Second, as soon as I got into these character's lives and their minds, I knew there was no way to do justice to Emily's story - the inequalities, the passions, the betrayals she endured - without removing the boundaries associated with the young adult genre.

    Without limitations, this story unfolded easily and every one of its characters instantly became multi-dimensional... layered in a way that made the characters more real (endearing, hateful, desperate, etc.) than they would have been if I'd have stopped the progression of the scenes or filtered the discussions in order to avoid offending. As soon as you begin reading Grave Bound, you will find there are no filters on this story, and I did not play it safe. It and its characters are frank, open, and real, and I hope the risky scenes are, at minimum, viewed as tasteful.

    The Warrior Series will always hold a special place in my heart, but The Secrets Series is fast approaching my favorite. I began it for NaNoWriMo 2012, and successfully wrote >50k words in the month of November. Over the course of the next two months, I've made some significant changes, added voices, and finished the first part of Emily's story.

    Everything about Grave Bound and its characters were a test in what I could do. 1) How fast can I write a novel? (Answer: 3 months while working a full time job, commuting, and being a mother.) 2) Can I write intimate scenes that don't feel rehearsed or sterile, taking the character's interactions with each other to a level that allows the reader to understand - maybe even feel - exactly how the character feels? (Answer: Of course, the verdict is still out on this, but I gave it the old college try, making sure to ignore my comfort zone and push through so the readers could see... truly... see what Emily was dealing with.) 3) Can I write a story that is not Allison La Crosse's? (Answer: Thankfully, I can. For me, Emily's story is as powerful as Allison's, but the two characters have different hurdles to cross and outcomes to maneuver. Regretfully, Grave Bound took me away from Dark Angels of the Cross, but I'll go back and finish that story. I promise.)

    Now, let me talk about the characters. Emily is quietly desperate, determined, loyal, strong, and holds her feelings and opinions in until they can't be ignored another minute. Levi is Emily's knight and shining armor. Levi and Emily's attraction is immediate, and their passion is SUPER-HOT! Tope is strong, silent, and fiercely loyal. He loves Levi enough to give his life for him, and he hates the world Emily lives in enough to go against the grain and fight for what's right. Lorenzo is sick, twisted, and perverted. He's Emily's fiancé as determined by her father and brothers and without her input. Emily's need to get away from the commune has as much to do with getting away from him, as it has to do with anything.

    I can honestly say that I love Grave Bound, its characters, and the chain of events we follow. I hope others feel the same. In fact, it is all I can do not to begin writing Underground, today. I want to see where Emily's fate takes her and how she's going to handle her next challenge.

    T.R. Graves
    Warriors of the Cross
    Guardians of the Cross
    Enemies of the Cross
    Dark Angels of the Cross
    The Warrior Trilogy Boxed Set
    Underground
    Grave Bound

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

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    ¿Wow!¿ was my immediate reaction after finishing Grave Bound. Th

    “Wow!” was my immediate reaction after finishing Grave Bound. This beautifully written, stirring, and bittersweet love story wrapped me up in such a turmoil of feelings: shock, outrage, pity, frustration, hope, dread, and sadness that I was emotionally exhausted by the end, yet still ready for more of the dramatic story that awaits in Underground. 

    The plot is built around a commune from hell, a patriarchal society that resembles a mafia organization heavily involved in criminal activity, and one that devalues and demeans women in every area of their lives. Women are treated as possessions to be owned, used, abused, and discarded whenever a man chooses. The pacing in the first part of the book is much slower compared to the second half which is filled with intense dramatic action, danger, and despair that consumed my attention and led to an astonishing cliff-hanger ending that left me feeling overwhelmed. 

    Graves spends a lot of time early on describing and explaining life in the commune from nineteen-year-old Emily Riddle’s perspective. Emily’s father, Owen, is the leader of this community, and as part of his family, she has personally witnessed the ruthlessness and level of brutality these men are capable of doling out to anyone who threatens their way of life. As a reader, I needed the detail from Emily’s observations, insights, and flashbacks in order to wrap my mind around the cruelty, violence, and injustice woven into the fabric of this insular group. The women are isolated from the outside world, treated as slaves, and severely beaten if they say or do anything that might indicate disrespect to any of the men. Leaving the commune is not an option. Owen and his men have the power and the resources to track down and punish anyone who tries to escape.  By the time the action picks up and the danger increases, I truly understand and believe Emily’s fears and predictions are real and justified. 

    Emily has been brought up to be subservient, to passively accept the abuse she experiences, but she also recognizes the injustice occurring around her and secretly disagrees with the dominant mindset of The Community.  Emily has been fortunate enough to receive more education than many others in the commune due to her Aunt Tess’s influence although she never receives any formal schooling. However, I don’t think Emily has ever really considered her future and her options until she learns that Owen has promised her to Lorenzo, a man she despises and knows will make her life a living hell.  The news of her father’s betrayal is the catalyst that motivates Emily to boldly lie and sneak out of the commune to enjoy a brief bit of freedom. With her father and most of the men away for three months on “business,” she takes advantage of the opportunity to temporarily escape her oppressive life. 

    While out alone, swimming, she meets two “outsiders” Levi and Tope who will change the course of her life.  Emily accidentally meets Levi first, and the level of attraction between them is instantaneous, and although neither of them understands the intense level of chemistry between them, they are mesmerized by the hold they have on each other: 

    Emily: “With Levi’s nearness, an emotion-a longing I’ve never expected or experienced-bubbles to the surface. I want to be more to this man than a servant or a housekeeper. As if magical, Levi’s stunning small and tender handshake instigate a sense of belonging within me that warms me all over and makes me want to follow him to the ends of the earth.” 

    Levi: “When I finally see her eyes-those rich-chocolate eyes-I know I can never get enough of them. Of her. Something deep inside me is awakened. Whatever feelings I’m having go beyond physical attraction, but that’s there too. I’m so drawn to her, if I were a lesser man, I’d have her pinned between me and the tree, kissing her breathless. This woman makes me want to write poetry worshiping her, build monuments in her name, and dare other men to look upon her.” 

    Levi is out camping with his cousin, Tope, the local DA whose main mission is to gather enough evidence to bring the leaders of the commune to justice. Through a secret connection with Emily’s Aunt Tess, Tope has learned much about Emily and communal life. He already knows of Emily’s impending forced marriage to Lorenzo, and he is in the process of planning to rescue Emily even though she and Levi are initially unaware of this. 

    The time Emily and Levi spend together is limited, and even though it seems like “insta-love,” the passion and tenderness between them moves me, especially after Levi expresses his sentiments toward Emily: “The day I met you is the day by which all others will be measured.”  At this point, I want them to be together, to have the opportunity to allow those feelings to grow. 

    At the same time, I also feel bad for Tope, who seems to have fallen for Emily as well just based on what he’s heard about her and their limited interactions. However, Tope loves and respects his cousin, Levi, so he steps aside and does what he can to help them be together, even though he clearly isn’t happy about it. 

    The one weekend Emily spends with Tope and Levi pushes her to finally acknowledge her “true self” who can no longer remain silent, chaste, and subservient: 

    “I’ve always been comfortable being by myself. Now that I’ve spent just a few hours with Levi, I realize a lifetime of dead-inside-isolation is not the future I want. He’s awakened something in me that can never be put back to sleep.” 

    From this point on, the tension builds as Lorenzo grows tired of waiting for Emily and begins to force himself upon her as is his right as her future husband. Emily becomes more and more desperate to escape her life so she can build a future with Levi, and Tope is secretly working to keep Emily, Levi, and Tess safe until they can get the evidence needed for arrests. However, time is running out, forcing both Emily and Levi make choices that leave me biting my nails and shaking my head, and fearing the worst. 

    This was a powerfully moving story that will stay with me for a long time, and I can’t wait to continue with the newly released sequel, Underground. 

    I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Good story

    Interesting......

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  • Posted April 25, 2013

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    Grave Bound is an intense story that has it all-danger, romance,

    Grave Bound is an intense story that has it all-danger, romance, suspense, gut wrenching pain, and lots of determination. Emily is a product of her environment. Born and raised in a commune, she does not know anything else…but that does not mean her heart and spirit do not yearn for more. The Community has its own laws and way of life. There are severe punishments for those who do not conform or do as their told. When her father and brother leave on the men’s annual trip, she decides to do something for herself for a change. That is when her life changes forever. She meets Levi and Tope at the lake and immediately there is a connection between the three, but especially between her and Levi. From the start she cannot deny that she feels strongly for Levi. Tope and Levi embark on a dangerous mission–to bring down The Community and rescue Emily.

    T.R. Graves takes you on a rollercoaster ride with all the emotions that this story has! The gripping danger and suspense that keeps you shaking with anxiety and biting your nails as you hope the characters do not get hurt or caught….heart pounding, hands sweating suspense. The characters are such a big part of this story from their beliefs, courage, anger, and love. They have you wanting to strangle them, hug them, and stand up against the unjust. This story is not for the faint of heart, it is a race against time, run from the monsters, heart breaking tale.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

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    *4.5 Stars* First of all, I'm going to give y'all a tissue warni

    *4.5 Stars*
    First of all, I'm going to give y'all a tissue warning...as in you're going to need a few reading this book. Ms. Graves, you didn't warn me. But I'll let it slide because you've written such an engrossing novel! ;)




    Grave Bound tells a compelling story. It revolves around a young woman, Emily, who has lived her entire life within the walls of a commune, and two young men, outsiders, whom Emily meets while engaging in an act of defiance against the rules she's always lived by.




    Emily is enjoying a first taste of freedom after having snuck out of the commune. Her father, the leader of The Community, and all the men have left for the summer. This exodus by the men is an annual occurrence but Emily has never before thought to shirk her responsibilities and do something as selfish as enjoy a day of fun at the lake. But after receiving some rather disturbing news, she decides to take advantage of her father's and brothers' absence.




    Tope Bryson is the District Attorney for the parish. He was elected primarily for his promise to rid the parish of The Community for their illegal drug/alcohol trade. He has an inside contact who has provided him with information not only on the illegal activities in the commune but also on the leader's daughter, Emily. Tope's made it his mission to save Emily and has developed an attachment to her despite never having met her.




    Levi Bryson and his cousin, Tope, are as close as brothers. Both men were raised by their grandparents due to parents who were self-absorbed, to say the least. As a college student, Levi doesn't get to spend as much time with Tope as he once did. So a hiking/camping adventure together for some bonding time is what brings them both to the same lake Emily is enjoying.




    When these three meet, there is an instant chemistry between Emily and Levi, yet a bond between all. The subsequent events and consequences of their meeting are nothing they could ever have expected.




    Grave Bound is action-packed. I didn't realize it was going to be so suspenseful. I enjoyed how the action aided in the growth of the characters. I felt like each learned something about themselves while coping with adversity. The portrayal of life in the commune was so gritty and realistic feeling. The love triangle was also fascinating. And the suspense  of wondering what secrets the commune is keeping from Emily and whether or not she and her cohorts will be caught kept me turning pages until the wee hours. 




    This was such an intense read. I had a hard time putting it down. I really liked the characters - I was so impressed with the strength of character Emily showed in the face of such hardship...well, I was impressed with Tope and Levi for the same reason. But Emily, in particular, was interesting to follow as she charts a course for living a life on her own terms. This novel packs a punch with action, suspense, romance and gut-wrenching heartbreak. *remember the tissue alert?* Ms. Graves doesn't shy away from describing the violence that is a part of the culture within the commune. 




    The only reason I'm not giving Grave Bound 5 stars is because of a few editing issues that bothered me. They in NO WAY detract from the story - it's just my persnickety-ness. Grave Bound is a fantastic read!

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

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    Wow first let me just start by saying that this is the first boo

    Wow first let me just start by saying that this is the first book that I get to read from Author T.R. Grave. And I have to say wow I love it couldn’t get enough of it. I am gone keep this short because I don’t want to give anything away.
    I read this book in one day that’s how much I love it and enjoy it, I couldn’t put this book down, and when I say I couldn’t put it down I mean it, I stayed in my room with no plan to get out of it, in to I was finish with it and I love it.
    This book made me cried and made me mad, cause of the way this story play out, the characters when through so much that it made you feel the same hurt and anger that they were feeling. it’s kind of scary to even think that they would be a world like that out there, and to think that sometimes their still some man that think like they think in this book, even though the story got me mad I have to say I also felt in love with it.
    Emily Riddle has lived in a commune that is run by her father, that’s the only world that she known, they have many rules but the most important one is keep it in the commune. she is not allowed to go anywhere by herself and she always have to be accompanying by someone, her chores are to clean and cooked and teach her class at the union hall, that’s where everyone spend time, every summer the man of her commune go away for three months. And that happened at the beginning of the summer. one day she pretend to be sick, just for her to play hooky and go to the lake outside the commune and enjoy one day of freedom.
    That’s where she end up meeting Levi and Tope. now what cant I say about this two, I love how they take care of Emily and how they trying to help her out of there. And also love it how they both love her so much that they would do anything for her.
    I really did not like the ending. but I am so happy that I don’t have to wait to read for the second book, which means that’s another day or night spend in my room to read it just to see if she get a happy ending, and I’ll do that once I finish writing this review. :)
    I really hope that you get to enjoy and love this book as much as I did.
    Once again I want to thank Author R.T. Grave for introducing me to this amazing book and giving me the chance to read this great story can’t wait to read more of her books.

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