Review: Crave (Bonds #1) by Sierra Cartwright

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Title:  Crave
Author: Sierra Cartwright
Publisher/Year: Totally Bound Publishing 5/30/14
Length: 174 pages
Series: Bound #1

Overview

She still craved him… The sight of a collar in her boyfriend’s drawer had stunned Sarah. Panicking, she had fled. But no other man has ever been his equal.

Two years ago, the woman he’d hoped to collar and marry disappeared. So Reece McRae is stunned to find his former girlfriend on her knees, behaving as the submissive he’d always wanted.

Is it too late? He should refuse her, but an undeniable sexual attraction consumes him.

Sarah had been under Reece’s spell from the moment she met him. When she found a steel collar in his drawer, she panicked. The idea of a lifetime of his relentless demands, sensual and otherwise, suffocated her.

In the years they’ve been apart, she hasn’t met his equal. Now, convinced one last night will vanquish his memory, she sets out to seduce him.

The Reece she returns to is even more determined to have his way. Is she now strong enough, brave enough, to surrender to his love?

My Thoughts

What we have here is what felt like a novella as an intro to a series when i think that it would have been ok to be longer.  I don’t know yet though – maybe the cadence of the whole series will be better suited as these shorter installments.

the sense that i get from this story is another one along the lines of The Billionaire Boys Club which is one of my fav series – where there is a group of 4+ really close knit guy friends who are all successful in their own right and who have yet to settle down.  Their tastes are rather similar and that’s something that i feel like will continue to bring their journeys together.

In this first book we meet Reece and Sarah – a couple who has been apart from each other for 2 years after Sarah got scared of what it seemed like Reece wanted from her.  He was her first introduction into the lifestyle and what a collar represented to her was different than what it meant to Reece – causing her to run scared.

The past 2 years have given Reece time to harden towards her and Sarah’s regretted the choice over and over again.  It’s when she decides to use their mutual friend Julien as a way to get back together that things get dicey.

This short story is really about what it will take to admit to yourself that you’re still really attracted to one another and then decide whether you’re able to put the past behind you to come together or if it’s better to be left alone.  With the way that these 2 main characters are written, i think that it’s safe to say that we will see them fight for what they believe and really not let anyone else sway them from what they want.

The chemistry that we get typically from Ms. Cartwright follows suit in this series.  You can feel the sparks between them coming off the pages and what they do – their scenes and play time is hot, naughty and full of those elements that make it just a bit darker than straight up erotica.  There are moments of clear cut BDSM here that show that Reece is a dom that knows what he’s doing and we see that Sarah’s knowledge and skill at being a sub was basic before and has been perfected to what we see now.  All great bits of a story that make it even more intriguing to read.

All of that put together makes me pleased that i found this story (thank you great cover art) and i think that the journey that we take with this group of guys will be one that will keep me entertained for quite some time.  enjoy!

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