What started as kinky fun just became deadly serious.
All summer, Tom's biggest worry was keeping the women who owned him happy. It was a cushy gig until a .22-caliber bullet and a dark truth changed everything. Just how far will he go to repay those student loans? At times rough and raw, this is a story of love and trust, deception and revenge, and its own definition of family, told with a good share of tongue in cheek humor.
This fast-paced, dark, psychological thriller set in Boston is much more than meets the eye. With a cast of kinky characters who think nothing of swapping partners or teaming up on one another within their private world, there is no shortage of heat and sexual intrigue. But that's not what Bound is about.
The steamy sex lives of the humble man and strong women of The Arch Nathan Foundation family are a subtext. It is in how these characters interact with the outside world that drives the drama in the Wicked Dark Boston Thrillers Series. In these very visual tales, you'll find spies, gangsters, and other random representatives of the Boston underworld who betray and murder one another almost casually.
BOUND IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. If you are uncomfortable with much profanity, kink, and the language of BDSM—including the words "slave" and "master" in their most fetishized and politically incorrect usages, you won't stick around to see that this is really a story about love and trust as the cast struggle to find some sense of home and family in their unconventional relationships while keeping their world secure.
For all the kinky, adult themes, there is little sex in Bound. IT IS NOT EROTICA. You don't get a complete sex scene until about halfway through the book and it's short. This was intentional. Of this decision, says one reviewer: "[it] allowed the story to move along freely, without the interruption of overwhelming or repetitive erotic scenes. However, the nature of the relationships and the language which is used to both describe [them] and…the characters' dialogue make this book unsuitable for those that wouldn't normally be interested in reading erotic novels." Triggers: Bound only contains references to past sexual violence.
Murder and betrayal drive the story in Bound and Tom is just an average guy. That puts it in the crime noir/thriller category. But there's also drama and intrigue within the characters' relationships and Tom and Ginger's hearts. In that way, it is also a psychological thriller.
Bound is a revised version of The Family Trust Books 2 and 3.
After 24-year-old Tom graduated from college, his mysterious benefactor, The Arch Nathan Foundation, suddenly demanded full repayment. Without a dollar to his name, he fell right into the trap set for him and became the indentured servant/slave of two of the sexiest strong women in Boston.
The 1st book in the series, Bound, picks up at the end of that summer when his relationships with the women of The Arch Nathan Foundation have grown from exploitative to fulfilling and fun. But there's trouble in the home. Ginger and her partner, Jacqueline are struggling, and Tom thinks he is "onto" their assistant, Stella, who abuses him whenever she can get away with it. It's bad enough that he is willing to risk what has become a cushy gig to document her breaking one of the twisted little family's rules.
In the first of several twists, Tom and Ginger soon find themselves tangled with spy-turned-gangster Jimmy Connelly's underworld associates. It will take all the trust and luck the good guys can muster to keep from losing everything.
About the Author
I am a father, educator, ex-academic, and now, fiction author who writes sexy thrillers for adults that will make you think, laugh out loud, and might turn you on. Because they are packaged in a way that will appeal to men, it can be hard to spot sometimes, but everything I write has a feminist conscience. Smarter men mean safer women and a better world.
The books I love most are fast-paced, gripping thrillers with lots of twists and strong women characters. That’s why I try to fill mine with gritty, hard-boiled leading ladies who can kick your ass and men who model the confidence and humility necessary to overcome all the sexist garbage we’re taught and learn from the strong women in our lives. Still, I’m only just able to spot some of the sexism in my own thinking and work.
It’s fun to mess around with gender-role stereotypes (Tom all but wears an apron and frets when the ladies aren’t well fed), in particular. This can sometimes come across as patronizing, though. Note that the gangsters, spies, and other underworld types I choose for villains are almost always men, and when they are women, such as Stella, they’ve been misled or lied to—by men—and they’re not all bad. When it comes to violent crime, the statistics back me up on that, but it’s still sexist.
I love the noir tradition of pushing a flawed, everyday person into the role of perpetrator. Or, having the heroine make the same stupid mistake that you or I would in a given situation and then have to work her way out of it.
Another thing you’ll notice in my writing is that the protagonists are often searching in untraditional places for a sense of home and family, of belonging to something bigger than them.
In the near future, I'll be working more on crime noir with the Wicked Dark Boston Thriller Series, a sci-fi saga about Kika the Hunter, heir to the throne of Ios, an Amazon planet, who must rectify her faith with the imminent harvesting of Earth for slaves, and an Odyssey-inspired epic that starts with the truth of what I saw with my own eyes on August 12th, 2017 in Charlottesville, VA. That one is wreaking havoc with my blood pressure, but it's a story that needs to be told and fiction is the only way it will have a prayer of cutting through the noise.