ARC Review: Bind and Keep Me by Cari Silverwood

Posted August 31, 2013 by Jennifer in Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Bind and Keep Me by Cari Silverwood

5 Stars


Bind and Keep Me
Author: Cari Silverwood
Series: Pierced Hearts #2
Published by Self Published
Released: August 27, 2013
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Romance
Pages: 274
Format: ARC
Source: Author

 

“Cari Silverwood has become an auto-buy for me in a genre that has been suddenly flooded with a lack of originality and cookie-cutter characters, to be kind.” ~Under the Covers

BIND AND KEEP ME is Cari Silverwood’s second installment in her Pierced Hearts series. I absolutely adored the first, TAKE ME, BREAK ME for its edgy dubious consent, unique perspective, and intelligent dialog. BIND AND KEEP ME is no exception. I have to admit I was so surprised at the turn of events in this one! Klaus and Jodi have come to terms with their Master/slave roles at the outset, but things get hairy when they are unwillingly involved in the deaths of two acquaintances. You’ll have to read for the details, but things aren’t black and white. AT ALL. A third woman, Stephanie, becomes a third in their relationship, prompting Jodi to explore if she really has switch tendencies and Klaus to delve deeper into his sadistic nature. Consent is dubious….perhaps a touch more than dubious in ways that make you say no, but yes, but no….oh screw it, this feels too good!

I have a new reading addiction and it’s dark, complex BDSM. I love the emotions that these types of stories evoke. Make no mistake that one should be prepared for an experience that makes you question the characters’ actions at each step and what you might do in a similar situation. I had already developed a respect for both Klaus and Jodi from the first book in this series. I recommend reading that first, so as to have some insight into their frames of mind. The first person perspective, alternating by chapter which I loved before, is back. It was just as effective at ensuring I had empathy for Klaus and Jodi.

Knowing what’s going through Stephanie’s mind is key too. I haven’t read a whole lot of M/F/F stories and there is a nice variety in the scenes…the sex is HOT, but also drives the plot. Stephanie and Jodi get their share of alone time to explore, which was pretty delicious. When Klaus enters the picture, he invokes fear even in me, the reader! But I trust him as well. In case readers have their own hard limits, BIND AND KEEP ME embraces edge play, both of the knife and needle variety which was a huge plus for me. Scary for some, so beware. I read this in one day with minimal interruption. I absolutely had to see what possible resolution could come out of such an impossible situation and I was quite pleased. There is a HUGE cliffhanger, so compelling that I need the next installment!

Cari Silverwood has become an auto-buy for me in a genre that has been suddenly flooded with a lack of originality and cookie-cutter characters, to be kind. This is challenging but rewarding reading and I highly recommend it for anyone who can handle dubious consent, capture fantasy BDSM.

*ARC provided by author

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About Cari Silverwood

Cari Silverwood is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer of kinky darkness or sometimes of dark kinkiness, depending on her moods and the amount of time she's spent staring into the night. She has an ornery nature as well as a lethal curiosity that makes her want to upend plots and see what falls out when you shake them. When others are writing bad men doing bad things, you may find her writing good men who accidentally on purpose fall into the abyss and come out with their morals twisted in knots.
This might be because she comes from the land down under, Australia, or it could be her excessive consumption of wine.

Her favorite hobby is convincing people she has a basement...though she really doesn’t. Promise.
If it existed it would be a terrifying place where you would find all the dangerous things that you never knew you craved.

Jennifer

Jennifer

Guest Reviewer at Under the Covers Book Blog
I’m a 30-something medical professional by day and obsessive Crossfitter by night who’s been in love with the written word since I can remember.And that means that I read every Nancy Drew and Nancy Drew Files until I snuck Stephen King’s It from my father’s bookshelf at age 10.I was never the same… I read voraciously for years, until academic pursuits derailed me, but re-entered the fray 8 years ago when a certain teen paranormal series caught my attention.The passion back, I haven’t stopped since.When I’m not working, working out, or traipsing around for my teenage son’s hectic activity schedule, you can find me with Kindle in hand, often until the wee hours of the night.

I’m well known to be a genre hopper, who has very few hard limits.My first real romance series was J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and she still rocks my paranormal world, along with Karen Moning’s Fever series and Joey Hill’s Vampire Queen series.That being said, you’ll often see me reading erotic romance with a BDSM focus.I’m never afraid of dark and dubious reads a la Joey Hill, Tiffany Reisz and Cari Silverwood.When genre fatigue sets in, a witty historical romance never fails to satisfy me, and Lisa Kleypasand Sarah MacLeanare my auto-buys.My favorite series of all time is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlader saga, and I will fight for Jamie Fraser to the death ;). Much to my fellow romance readers’ surprise, I also cleanse my palate with popular contemporary reads.Romantic suspense.LGBT.Western.If the writing is on, I’ll dig in.
Jennifer

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