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Posted June 20, 2014
Book Two in the Knights in Black Leather series was not what I expected.
I have read my fair share of books that have had rope play in them, but never in my experience has so much detail and subject related words been used. It goes to show the amount of research Ms. DeLand must have done. The only thing I wish is that there was actually more rope play. The story really didn’t support an extensive amount of it, it seems like such a waste of some really good information.
I liked Tie Me Down, but I didn’t love it. Case was such an interesting man, that I wanted to know more about him and how he became a shibari master. Sam had a past I wanted to help her through, but it wasn’t brought fully to the surface. These two characters were so amazing, but we were only able to scratch the surface. I loved how Case made up his mind quickly about Sam and then fought hard for her. Sam has had such a hard time and he was so patient with her, it was beautiful. Case’s time and tenderness won Sam’s heart. He proved over and over that he was the man for her.
For a short novel, Tie Me Down had a good plot, great character interactions and solid romance. Ms. DeLand did a fantastic job portraying their passion, love and devotion. So the question is why don’t I love it?
Rarely do I go into a novella thinking I’m going to get a full blown, richly detailed epic novel. Tie Me Down could have been that story. Case seemed to have an amazing past that was filled with family, military service, shibari training and then political life. Sam’s past was the complete opposite; filled with loneliness, struggle, pain, fear and then strength and perseverance. We could have enjoyed Case helping Sam heal through his rope work and we could have been with Sam while she healed from her past traumatic experience.
I can’t recall two characters that I wanted 500 plus pages from. Ms. DeLand envisioned an exceptionally beautiful story but was likely limited by word count. The unfolding of their lives and their future would have been a work of art; an amazingly classic love story.
To tie things up (I really had to go there), Tie Me Down was still a very good story. While it could have supported a longer storyline, the story was complete and very touching. I fell completely in love with Case and Sam and even more enchanted with the town of Bravado and its community. I can only hope there is more of this Texas town in my future.
Posted February 26, 2013
Fiery Attorney Sam Marlow meet sexy Texas Rancher Case Turner. Oh, and he also happens to be a Dom. Sam comes to town to work on a water rights issue, one which Case has a definite interest in but with a really bad experience in her past with a Dom, Sam is not about to let this sexy man take over her life or her body. When Case finds that last part out, he sets about to work his magical charm and change her mind. Or does she change his?
The Good: I love it when two characters meet and there are immediate fireworks. Sam and Case just about got off on the wrong foot due to said fireworks but when Case decides to turn on the charm, he is a man who is hard to resist...in my book anyway. ;) Ms. Deland creates these two likeable yet intense characters whom you want to love and smack their heads together at the same time. She gives you just enough back-story to understand some of their current choices and focuses the spotlight almost exclusively on them. There are additional characters, one or two who might be interesting but they get little page time. I loved the tender way she portrayed Case when he realized that Sam was not just any woman to him and that Sam showed a variety of emotions as she tried to decide what her heart truly wanted. Sam was an especially realistic character to me - relatable, cautious, yet a vixen under the right circumstances. While the book was only 122 pages long, I felt it dealt with Sam and Case's stories sufficiently and did not leave us hanging. A fast read, I completed it in one setting.
The Bad: The additional characters of note - Joel (Case's long-time best friend who he has a history of sharing women with), and Cara McRae (owner of the women's store Knickers, Joel's cousin, wife to 3 lucky men, and the closest thing Sam has to a girlfriend in town) do not have nearly enough page time nor character development in my opinion. We are made aware that Joel has never been the same since coming home from the war, including becoming an alcoholic. But when he shows up, kind of out of the blue and ruins a special birthday celebration between Sam and Case by trying to barge in and share Ms. Marlow, the circumstances and story surrounding it all felt off and like is was missing some significant details. Perhaps that was just me.
The Snuggly: I find BDSM, handled properly, and Shibari to be very erotic and Ms. Deland's descriptions and way with words, make it all doubly hot. The chemistry between Sam and Case sizzles, it is so hot. I especially enjoyed the Ice Cream Sundae. ;) The sex is hot, descriptive and sooo not for the faint of heart. 18 and over for sure. Oh, and you will most certainly want to bring a fan.
The End: This was a fun, hot, sexy book that some substance to it as Case and Sam had to decide what they could and could not live without and what they would and would not do for each other. I loved observing the changes that took place in them both as the book progressed. Of course, I am a big fan of Ellora's Cave books and this one was not different. If you enjoy books containing lots of erotica and some BDSM along with your M/F romance, then Tie Me Down will be a wonderful addition to your reads. I know it was to mine!
4 Stars, 4 Flames!
*Note: I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are 100% my own.