A steamy story that ultimately misfires.
Tied & Bound by K.M. Liss
Talented chef and entrepreneur, Chloe Redmond, is recovering from disappointment and betrayal in love. Seeking a new life, she leaves London for the Cotswolds, a place of charm, beauty and hopefully a place for healing. Romance is not on her mind, but then she meets him.
Tall, dark, mysterious and very sexy, Max. He is unimaginably hot, and possibly hers. Suddenly, she’s caught up in a whirlwind relationship, but things are not what they seem. She knows he has secrets, things he won’t tell her. But, can they survive or could another man rival Max for her affections. Could Martyn, a cocky, gorgeous, womanizing man-whore, be the one to provide love long term for Chloe?
Life and love can be confusing and overwhelming, but sometimes waiting can be worth the pain. Sometimes waiting can bring healing, love, happiness.
18+ for sexual content and language
Every genre has its fans and followers, as well as dabblers and detractors. Erotica has been a growing genre for several years, perhaps more so recently thanks to a shot of scintillation thanks to so-called “mommy porn.” (Fifty Shades of Grey, I’m looking at you!) As a reader and a blogger, I am an advocate for books, whatever gets your reading! That said, I don’t read erotic fiction as much or as often as I read other genres. But, if a book is intriguing and has a captivating story, I’m willing to read and, hopefully, enjoy. Unfortunately, I didn’t really enjoy K.M. Liss’s Tied & Bound. Not because of any failure or missed mark by the author; just because it simply wasn’t my cup of tea.
Tied & Bound is the story of Chloe Redmond. After walking in on her boyfriend and her best friend having sex, Chloe retreats to the Cotswolds from London. She starts a catering company and sets about mending her broken heart and re-building her life. Sort of. It’s while setting up for a catering event when she meets Max, the kept man of an eccentric older artist. Chloe is immediately and strongly in lust with the good-looking guy. Soon (too soon in my opinion) Max and Chloe fall into a frenzied sexual affair. It’s intense and possessive and, to me, largely unbelievable.
I think that is the crux of my trouble with the story. The sex seemed contrived and gratuitous. (Though, admittedly, the scenes are sizzling!) I’m not a prude; I don’t oppose sex in stories. I simply prefer when a story establishes an emotional connection that fuels a physical connection. To men, that connection was missing in Tied & Bound.
Chloe’s story is about discovering and rediscovering herself. But the story felt forced down a purely physical path, leaving Chloe behind while a caricature of Chloe Redmond experience a sexual spring awakening.
This review is purely the opinion of this reader. I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.