Guest Review: Bound and Determined by Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley)

Posted March 25, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 7 Comments

Guest Review: Bound and Determined by Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley)Reviewer: Tracy
Bound and Determined by Shayla Black, Shelley Bradley
Series: Sexy Capers #1
Published by Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: March 3, 2009
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Kerry Sullivan is running out of time-and patience. With her brother wrongfully accused of embezzling millions, she can’t face one more humiliating hang-up from the man she’s begging for help. Rafael Dawson may be one of the top electronic security experts in the country — and the only man who can prove her brother’s innocence — but his phone manners are appalling. Damn Yankee. Too bad kidnapping the man isn’t an option. Or is it?

There’s nothing Kerry wouldn’t do for her brother. There are lots of things she longs to do to Rafe Dawson when he’s lying tied-up and naked in her secret hideaway. Rafe is certainly something to look at, but Kerry’s brother’s life is riding on her pulling off the impossible: getting this man who’s always in control to lose it. But when the tables get turned, Kerry finds herself at Rafe’s mercy. And the only way to get her way is to let him have his way — with her…
How far would you go to prove a family member innocent? Kerry Sullivan is willing to resort to kidnapping the man that she just knows can prove that her brother didn’t embezzle any money. She tried to get Rafe Dawson to help her by contacting him over the phone but he just treated her like a crazy woman and refused to talk to her. The question is: even with the kidnapping can she get Rafe to hop on to his computer and dig around for evidence?

Rafe’s not a happy man. He wakes up in a strange house, tied to a bed and naked as a jay bird. When he realizes that the woman that kept harassing him on the phone is his kidnapper he gets even madder. The problem is, he thinks Kerry’s really hot and would like to have his wicked way with her. Rafe turns the table on Kerry as soon as he is able and she ends up agreeing to be his play thing for 48 hours as long as he promises to look into her brothers issues. But Kerry gets more and more attached to Rafe as the days go by and she’s not sure what to do with her emotions since she knows he’ll leave as soon as things with her brother are settled. And dangit, she’s falling in love with him!

I really enjoyed this book. Yes, there was a certain amount of suspension of belief involved with the whole kidnapping and then things getting turned around on Kerry. Would a man who was kidnapped really stick around after he was freed just for sex? Not in my world, but maybe somewhere! lol But despite that issue I thought it was a great story. I liked Kerry’s spirit and her loyalty to her brother. I really liked Rafe even though he was more than confused about what he wanted from his life. I thought his character developed nicely. Then there was the whole whodunit issue – was it the brother, the best friend, the boss or the wife who embezzled the money? I pretty much guessed who the culprit was by the time all was revealed but it did keep me wondering if I was right or not.

If you’re looking for a little mystery and lots of sensual, sexual scenes between the h/h this is a good book for you to read.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5



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7 responses to “Guest Review: Bound and Determined by Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley)

  1. Would a man who was kidnapped really stick around after he was freed just for sex?

    Thank you Tracy. I was wondering that myself. I guess as CJ said, certain men might 🙂

  2. I’ve been wondering about this one and wavering, especially since I didn’t care for “Decadent” so much. So you think it’s worth my time? I’ll take your word for it Tracy 🙂

  3. LOL – would a man stick around after being kidnapped for sex? really? Even certain me? IDK…no man I know. Maybe I just know the “wrong” men! lol

    This is a fun light read.

    Kris – I agree.

    Stacy – It’s very different from Decadent – I think more your style. But that’s my opinion of course – take it for what it’s worth. 🙂

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