Review: Tie Me (One Night With Sole Regret #5) by Olivia Cunning


Title:  Tie Me
Author:  Olivia Cunning
Publisher/Year:  Vulpine Press 6/14/13
Length:  146 Pages
Series: One Night With Sole Regret #5


His heart is tied to his past…
When Sole Regret’s rhythm guitarist, Kellen Jamison, vowed to be faithful to his fiancée and love her forever, he meant it. He never expected to lose her to cancer so early in life. He’s certain he’ll never love again, but destiny has another plan for him.

Her heart is tied to her work…
Grammy-winning classical composer and piano virtuoso, Dawn O’Reilly, is overwhelmed with music-writing deadlines, a fickle muse, and high-expectations. She doesn’t have time to find love, but chance seeks to interfere with her carefully devised plans.

They’re bound to become entangled…
From the instant Kellen hears Dawn’s latest musical composition, his spirits rise. The stirring melody and the remarkable woman responsible for its creation are impossible to resist. His attraction is undeniable; her passion unquenchable. Kellen teaches Dawn there’s freedom in bondage, while her sensuality drives him to unleash his tightly controlled self-restraint. Will the ropes Kellen uses to secure Dawn’s body be the force that binds them together or ultimately sever all ties between them?

My Thoughts

in this 5th installment we meet the last member of Sole Regret – Kelly/Kellan (Cuff) on a night that seems to be quite tough for him.  From what we already learned of him, he’s still in love with/obsessed with his girlfriend who passed away and can’t seem to move on from her.  Seeing his best friend Owen find happiness with someone now makes it even harder, and being so close to Galveston where the house that he and Sara rented for a week of bliss and he then bought makes things come to a head.

So on a night between tour stops, he makes the trip in the hopes of getting rid of her ghost, getting rid of the cuff that he wears that reminds him of her, but that never works out like he expects.  the cuff finds it’s way back from the sea to him, and during that same night a storm comes ashore and he finds himself both drawn to the stormy ocean as well the music coming from the house next door.  The sound of the music draws him in and he’s surprised by what he finds.

Dawn.  this amazingly beautiful woman who is able to make this music that speaks to his soul, and he finds that he actually recognizes her.  not as being a groupie but as being a talented grammy award winning composer.  that’s another win in his book.

so where this story takes us is down the path where Kelly isn’t sure that he’s ready to let go of Sara’s ghost yet he finds that Dawn brings things out in him that he’s really desperate to follow.  What’s even nicer is that we see a side of him where he’s giving everyhting that he is to her, and she’s really trying her best to heal him without pushing too hard, or maybe just hard enough.

We get some really steamy scenes involving rope, a grand piano and lots of passion all in tune with the raging storm outside.  i think the fact that the lights have gone out adds quite a bit of anxiety and edginess to the story that you really feel like you’re right there with them.

I really want to hope for the best for Kelly and i think that Dawn is the woman to do that.  She’s not willing to give up on him even when he leaves a ‘dear dawn’ kiss off parting letter, and that’s just another example of a strong sensual woman who knows what she has, knows what she wants, and is completely willing to go for it.

Olivia Cunning has done it again, giving us just enough, and then leaving us hanging for the next installment.  I love how each band member has his own kink, and has managed to find a woman who’s their perfect compliment.

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