Review: Bind (The Donovan Dynasty #1) by Sierra Cartwright


Title: Bind
Author: Sierra Cartwright
Publisher/Year:  Totally Entwined Group 69/15
Length:   265 Pages
Series:  The Donovan Dynasty #1


Book one in The Donovan Dynasty series

Only one man can help her. Is she willing to pay his price?

Faced with the potentially overwhelming loss of her family’s fortune, Lara Bertrand turns to the one man who can help her, the gorgeous and powerful Connor Donovan.

She knows he’s dangerous to her on every level. Only desperation would drive her to make such a risky proposition. After all, she knows all about his ruthless nature and relentless determination to succeed.

When the classy, elegant Lara walks into his office with an outrageous proposal, Connor is stunned and more than a little intrigued. Ever since he first met her, he’s been attracted to the cool beauty, but she’s more than kept her distance.

Connor is absolutely willing to help her out. For a price. He not only wants her hand in marriage, but also her total submissive surrender…

My Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of Ms. Cartwrights, so when i came across this series, i had to see what it was about.  I have to say that it lived up to everything else that we’ve been gifted with.

We start off with characters that are not only entwined because of business, but also because of a family bond.  Lara our leading lady and Erin are really close friends, and she’s kind of the tie that initially binds – getting the two together.

Connor is a businessman who is closed off to emotions and relationships, partially because of what his parents relationship was before his father’s death and partially because he’s so focused on work and building is company.

Of course that means that we’ll have two leads that are so focused on doing the right things for their businesses that they sacrifice their own happiness.  It’s only when Lara finds herself in a jam where she needs to bring Connor into the mix in a way that’s going to complicate things both personally and professionally that things begin to get hot.

There’s such chemistry between these two, that you can’t help but to be completely engaged in all that they do.  They scene well, the fact that Connor is a D and Lara really knows nothing about being an ‘s’ – aside from the fact that she likes it a bit kinky, well i think that we’re destined for a great education here.

If i could find fault with one thing is that connor was so willing and quick to admit his preferences in the bed room and i don’t know that it’s realistic that it would have happened that fast.  In all of the other series in the genre that i’ve read, there’s been a bit of hesitancy given that its not quite mainstream, but i guess it works here since they obviously trusted each other quite a bit.

As the story progresses, we see the forming of a true relationship, even if it’s a sham from the onset, and the depth that things go once you open yourself up to the possibility.  Lara fights Connor on everything, but even so, you can see a true relationship forming and it’ll be a question of who breaks first and what it will mean.

We’re given the expected level of anxiety and stress when they realize that maybe there’s more than they bargained for, and then it’s a question of who will make the first move to bring things back full circle.  Will Lara be able to help save her family’s business, and what cost will that come to her father given that he’s the one causing all of this.  Then there’s the question of whether Connor and Lara really are compatible and what that will mean since it’s not something that they are either open to.

On that note, i’ll track down #2 and see who gets featured next.  Happy Memorial Day!

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