ARC Review + Giveaway: Bound by Lorelei James

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ARC Review + Giveaway: Bound by Lorelei James

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: February 4, 2014
Genre: BDSM, Erotic Romance
Pages: 400


“I think fans and new readers alike will flock to the Mastered series.  I know when I pick up anything by this author, I will be thoroughly satisfied and enjoy the ride.” ~Under the Covers

I have been anticipating this book for a while now.  I love Lorelei James and couldn’t wait to see her writing an erotic romance not about cowboys. There are many things that I liked about BOUND.

1.  I love the hero.  Ronin Black is, in two words, sexy and intense.  Boy! Is he intense!  With the martial arts background, the tragic past you know it’s lurking beneath the surface, the mixed heritage…the love of tying women up.  This guy is focused to a fault, he gives his all without cracking a smile and reluctantly lets his heroine in.  But just a bit.  He’s tough one to crack!

2.  Amery is a strong heroine.  She is immediately attracted to Ronin even when it doesn’t seem wise or healthy.  But she’s always standing on her own two feet.  Not co-dependent of Ronin.

I was really impressed with the amount of research that shows through this book.  The complexity of the martial arts not as the current fascination that people have now with jiu-jitsu, now promoted in the Brazilian style. Ronin is part Japanese and what he teaches at his dojo, and what he believes in, is the true beauty of martial arts.  What they were always meant to be.  They mean something and should be used with respect.  I loved that Ms. James decided to go in this route instead of just a bunch of tough guys wanting to beat each other up!

Then there’s the BDSM aspect of this book.  I don’t think I would really want to label this book as BDSM.  Yes, this is part of the book.  But with Ronin, Shibari/Kinbaku (ropes technique) is part of his heritage.  Part of that Japanese mystique that I described above with the martial arts.  It’s another extension of who he is, without getting into the kinky that people somehow expect to read about.  Ms. James showcased it as beautiful art, that has the potential of being freeing and erotic.

This book is told from Amery’s POV.  Although I really liked her, I sometimes missed being able to see inside Ronin’s thoughts.  As I said before, he’s intense and doesn’t give you a hint what could be going through his mind.  And at times, he was utterly a jerk!  I need to see that other side.  Desperately.  Ronin Black will just leave you wanting to fix and heal him yourself!

Be prepared for an unexpected twist at the end of this story!  Just when I thought things were wrapping up nicely there was a curve ball thrown my way.

All in all, job well done Ms. James.  I think fans and new readers alike will flock to the Mastered series.  I know when I pick up anything by this author, I will be thoroughly satisfied and enjoy the ride.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Lorelei James

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances.

Lorelei's books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer's choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family...and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.


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Diana Huffer

I enjoyed reading your take on BOUND. I love the depth of Ronin’s character, even though he keeps his own counsel. I am encouraged to read this book! Thanks! 🙂

Heather Jonassen

I won this book as an ARC and I really enjoyed it. From what I understand the next book will be mostly from Ronin’s POV. It will be nice to get his perspective.


Love her and can’t wait for this one to come out!

Sabrina P

I love that you didn’t give away any spoilers but wrote the review in a way that makes me even more excited to read it!


I’m reading this right now and I totally agree Francesca, I need Ronin’s thoughts.

Amy R

I have enjoyed the Rough Riders and Blacktop Cowboy series so I am very excited to read Bound and Unwound.


i love Lorelei James books this sounds really good thanks for the giveaway

Texas Book Lover

This sounds like another great series from Lorelei that I will love…well except for the cliff hanger at the end. I am not a cliff hanger fan even though I still read books knowing they are there. Why oh why do I put myself through that?


I love Lorelie’s cowboy books and this sounds so unique but I imagine it’s good as she is a great author…and according to your reveiw, I’m right!


I’ve been reading such great reviews for this series/book! I’m definitely intrigued 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Melissa Dianne

I can’t wait to read this. Love Lorelei James! Great review.


I love Lorelei and her books, she is one of my favorite authors. I already pre ordered it for my kindle! This review just made me want to read Bound more.

Lori Meehan

Love her books. Can’t wait to read this new one.


nice character reviews

Kelsey Summer

Your review has me very curious about the twist at the end. I’m anxious to read this as I love Lorelei’s other books.

Susan T.

Love Lorelei James’ books. Can’t wait to read this one.


I love books containing martial arts themes, tragic pasts and a twist at the end. Triple Threat, yeah! Bound sounds wonderful.


I love her books. I cant wait to read this one.

Lisa W

Can’t wait– sounds like the beginning of another great series!

Karen G.

Thanks for your thoughts on this book. I also love the Rough Rider series and am excited to read more from Lorelei. I liked that you addressed the martial arts aspect and the ropes play, I have not understood the ropes play in other books but with both of these together along with Ronin’s heritage I will look harder for the beauty in it while reading this book.


Wow…great review…lorelei james is a favorite of mine so I’m glad to hear this book was so good!


I enjoyed your review and appreciate the notice that Lorelei had a new book coming out. Somehow in the hustle and bustle of life I missed that! Thanks for the heads up!

Pam C.

I love Lorelei’s books. I’m planning on enjoying this one too.

angie griffith

I love lorelie books cant wait for this omg excited
thank you for chance


I’ve never read any of her books maybe I should start – this looks like a good book

Christine L.

Guess what? I’ve never read any of Lorelei James’ books. But I’ve just added BOUND, as well as the first installments of the Rough Riders and Blacktop Cowboys series, to my TBR. Your review had me craving more … a *lot* more!

Cheryl Sanders

Great review! This book sounds great 🙂 but you don’t have to do much convincing to get me to read one of her books. She’s an amazing writer and I would read anything she wrote. Thank you for the giveaway!


I’ve never read anything by Lorelei James but after reading this review, I really want to! Wow. I’ve been missing out. 🙂


The blurbs always get me..I want it now!

Ruth S.

Great Review. I can’t wait to read Bound! Come on Tuesday!!!!

Krysten M

Love all her books, can’t wait until I can read this one!


Love Lorelie James’ books and can’t wait to read Bound.

robin the book nerd

Wow this sOunds hot!

Pansy Petal

I too am a long time fan of Lorelei James and to find a non-cowboy book. . . Well, it interests me. I was disappointed to find it not a stand alone, and thank you for that warning. Even with that, I think this and the next will be on my tbr list. This really sounds too good to pass up. Thank you for sharing.


Great review!
I can’t wait to read this one!!
Thanks for the chance to win!


Great review! I have been anticipating this book since Ms. James first mentioned it. I’m so happy it is almost here!!

adrienne samson

added it to my TBR, for sure have to read this,looks so good.Love finding new authors. thank you

Renee Brown

I love anything she has written. I love the idea of the martial arts with the ropes. I can’t wait to read it.

Sue G.

Alpha’s with strong females always make for a good read!

Leanna h

I cannot wait to read this! Lorelei James is great! All the reviews of this book have been wonderful.

Stephanie F.

Your review has me even more eager to read it. I am a huge fan of her work and can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

Kamla L.

I’ve been looking forward to Bound since I first heard that Lorelei James had a new series coming out. Now I am all out JONESIN’!! Dying to meet Ronin Black. He sounds like he could be my next BBF.

Jen B.

I am looking forward to this new series from Lorelei James. I have read everything she has written. I was really bummed to find out she won’t be writing anymore mystery so I am excited that she has started a new romance series.

Mineliz Medina

I love Ms James books and I think this new series won’t be any different than her others as in it will be GOOD. I’m looking forward to reading it.