by Nina G. Jones

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By all appearances, Shyla Ball has an enviable life: a loyal boyfriend, a great job, and family that loves her. She doesn't realize how deeply unsatisfied she is until she has an embarrassing encounter with a handsome stranger at a coffee shop. Taylor Holden, a successful businessman, takes a sudden special interest in her and offers her a job she cannot refuse. Soon after, she learns there is much more to this intensely private man than meets the eye. He is hiding many painful secrets, including why it is that he has seemingly plucked her out of obscurity for such a lucrative position. Her "perfect" world is turned upside down by her infatuation towards Taylor and in just a couple of months, her life looks nothing like it did before. While she is frightened by the changes she sees in herself, she cannot resist the lure of Taylor Holden. As Shyla slowly gains Taylor's trust, she learns of his complex history and how it has molded him into the person he has become. When elements of Taylor's secret past resurface and threaten to destroy them, Shyla finds out there may be more to Taylor's story than even he is aware of. Strapped is a story of passion, manipulation, obsession, and family secrets.

Nina G. Jones is the owner of two Boxers (the dogs, not the athletes) and a lover of chocolate.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148817697
Publisher: Nina G. Jones
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Series: Strapped Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 349
Sales rank: 1,178,205
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

By day, Nina G. Jones works for an internet startup and is a freelance copywriter. She lives with her husband and two dogs.

By night, she explores the hidden recesses of the human psyche in her writing.

Nina has a background in Psychology and uses this as a starting point for her writing. She adds depth to her characters by exploring their psychological motivations. Due to the nature of the topics she explores, Nina does not shy away from explicit language, sexuality, or violence. Despite covering some heavy topics, Nina finds a way to infuse humor into her writing as well.

She has a particular fascination with people who appear to be “normal” or “successful” by all outside appearances who are hiding a secret life.

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Strapped 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
taMEka More than 1 year ago
This book started out cute and cuddly, but ended on a dark, dirty, and naughty note. Secrets and dark pasts converge on the main characters of this book and threaten to ruin their relationship. Nina’s background in psychology helps her to create characters that are mysterious, but relatable; characters that you want to delve deeper into in an effort to understand what drives them or has caused them to be the dark person they’ve become. I felt on edge as I read this book because I was fascinated with the characters and where the story would take them. The way the book ended gave me chills. I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series, Strapped Down.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
WOW! My mind is still reeling after reading this book. It was fantastic on so many levels; a dark, gritty erotic romance with mystery and suspense, I could not stop reading. When I first started this book I felt like I was reading a mash up of The Devil Wears Prada and 50 Shades of Grey, only Miranda Priestly was a gorgeous, enigmatic CEO named Taylor "Sexypants" Holden, and he wasn't as completely closed off as a certain Mr. Grey, although he came very close. Having said this, I hate comparing novels, and even though much of what this book entailed reminded me of these other books, it stood out as an amazing read all on its own. Taylor was more than messed up, and he had a dark past and carried many dark secrets, but he still showed he had a heart with the way he plucked ambitious unknowns from the street and gave them a start in his business. Shyla (Absolutely love this name) was sweet and quite courageous in the way she dived head first into her new job, although it was very different from what she was used to. I loved the fact that she had a boyfriend. In so many of these books the female MC is a single woman, and this dynamic certainly added to the drama of the story. The complex relationship between Shyla and Taylor was filled with plenty emotion, but there was a real sense of maturity. Even though Taylor seemed to be playing head games with Shyla at first, once they admitted they wanted each other, things fell into place and they went through the motions. I do, however, wish that Shy had been a bit more forceful in her attempt to get Taylor to open up about the book she found. She walked away, only to give into her lust for him (which I can understand because their sexual chemistry was smoking) but after she left to get her head straight and he came back for her, she gave in quite easily. Out of everything that he was keeping secret, that book would have been the one thing that freaked me out the most, and I would have insisted nothing more happen between us until he explained it, and I would have reigned in my libido no matter how much I had wanted him. This book had a few twists and turns, the biggest being the introduction of Eric. I wasn't sure what to make of him, and Taylor's hate for him spurred more questions, but I never, EVER, would have expected the events that unfolded in the latter parts of this book. It upped the ante in so many ways, and then both Taylor and Shyla's actions fueled a beautiful mess of love, acceptance, and vengeance, that only two souls connected on the highest level could ever recover from. This book touched my heart and that ending was enough to make me scream for more! The next book cannot come fast enough.