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A Firm Hand: 2 (Bound to You) [Kindle Edition]

Fallon Blake
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Book Description

Book two in the Bound to You series. Can be read as a stand-alone. 

After a painful past, Brian Donovan can't afford to get close to anyone, especially a submissive. His growing lust for a certain mouthy bartender has been easy to keep under wraps, at least until he catches her snooping through his files. Spanking her senseless is not one of his better ideas. Even worse, he entices her into a relationship based on power exchange--no sappy sentiments, no messy emotional entanglements, strictly dominance and submission. He doesn't count on Genevieve being the one submissive who makes him want to feel again.
Gen Hawthorn's life is a mess. She's always late for work, can't keep a boyfriend and has a closetful of family secrets. When her gorgeous boss offers her a kinky no-strings arrangement, she can't say no. Being dominated by the star of all her dirty fantasies sounds like what she needs. She just has to remember his most important rule--don't fall in love.
A Romantica® BDSM erotic romance from Ellora's Cave

Product Details

  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc. (June 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DP121XU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new author to love! BDSM, Love, a Journey! July 4, 2013
By Shari
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever had one of those authors you want to try but just haven't found the time? Yep, Fallon Blake is one of those for me. I kept seeing her name around and wanting to try her out, but just kept running into time issues and a TBR pile that never goes down. So when she requested we review this book for her, I jumped on it literally like an hour after I got the request. Bad of me to push everything aside, but I just couldn't resist. My impatience paid off and I got a wonderful story that left me wrung out in the end.

The story weaved me into characters I didn't want to like, but ended up loving. Gen Hawthorn is a twenty-five year old woman who wants more out of life. She is hemmed in by a mother who turned into a child when Gen's father died. While Gen doesn't take care of her mother day to day, her mother is a noose around her neck, preventing her from growing. Working as bartender at Donovan's is mostly a job to make ends meet, but it is also filled with friends she considers family. Painting and digital is Gen's true passion, which she constantly puts down as not good. After being late for work three times in a week, her boss has enough and lays down the law in some not so ethical ways.

Brian Donovan owns Donovan's Bar. It's is pride and joy, but also a way to get out from under his father's thumb. After a past filled with pain, Brian only takes submissives to fulfill his need to dominate. He isn't into bratty subs, so he is puzzled why he feels an attraction to Gen. There is a sense that she might be submissive, but in reality he doesn't know that until he spanks her for going through his file on her. Basically she has a choice of quitting or taking the spanking and keeping her job. Not quite ethical and they both know it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! September 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"Her defiance actually turned him on, which was unusual. He'd never had the patience or interest for mouthy, willful women, especially those of the submissive persuasion. Lately though, he'd grown bored an uninspired by the sweet, malleable subs he was usually drawn to. Maybe a change of pace was exactly what they he needed. Maybe Genevieve was exactly what he needed."

This story easily brings together engaging storytelling and breathtaking erotica. The author deftly takes on sadism, masochism, and a complicated D/s dynamic with a book that is edgy enough for experienced readers of the BDSM genre but could still appeal to the newly converted.

I will admit that the beginning of the book was a little slow for me; certainly not the action, the author jumps right in to the relationship between Gen and Brian. It just seemed a little familiar: Dom looks for sub and a no emotions relationship and it seems pretty clear they will eventually develop some sort of feelings for one another. BUT, a little ways in a realized I was totally taken in by the characters, their chemistry, the burning underly emotion, and the extremely well-written BDSM sex scenes. I was hooked and along for the ride, and rewarded with a fantastic story of an intriguing D/s couple: two characters that I connected with and became emotionally invested in. Most of all, I fought for this couple: laughed with them, cried with them, and felt their emotional pain, and Genevieve's delicious physical pain.

I highly recommend this book for fans of the genre. Fallon Blake has written a story that is original, heartfelt, emotional, AND has incredibly hot sex scenes. I will absolutely read more from this author in the future.

"The blind trust she had in him amazed him sometimes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing D/s July 12, 2013
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Refreshing D/s relationship. Very much grounded in the real world. Just the right amount of emotion & romance without all the heavy angst! I was born in St. Pete and grew up in Tampa so that made the book even more special to me. Loved Gen & Brian. Gen had just enough attitude and sassiness and was still a submissive - great combo! I was quite happy to have a visit from Indie & Banner. Can't wait to see if you do a story for Jared & Sophia!! Just keep writing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional AND sexy July 6, 2013
By Annabel
Format:Kindle Edition
When I read BDSM romance, one of the things I look for in an author is whether or not they "get" the BDSM part of the equation. If they do, I tend to glom onto them because I know the BDSM scenes are going to do it for me and that's the kind of author Fallon Blake is. Her characters are always quirky and interesting, the sex is HAWT, but beyond that, the BDSM part of it feels authentic. Her doms are dom, her subs are submissive, yet they have backbone and personalities too. It's a hard balance to get right and she does, at least for me. Aside from that, she has a voice that's effortless to read. Funny, expressive, you can tell she takes a lot of time to make her work as perfect as possible (WHICH IS WHY SHE DOESN'T WRITE FAST ENOUGH FOR ME!! LOL)

In this book, we get a power exchange story that's certainly been done before (Dom is emotionally damaged and not sure he can love) but the backstories and characters are so vividly drawn and creative that the story never feels stale. I don't want to get into spoilers because I won't do justice, but you will feel for these characters and be able to relate to a lot of their struggles. The author set up some great storylines, and getting that insight into the characters' emotional make-up made the sex and romance that much hotter to me. And there is lots of hot sex. Seriously.

If you are looking for something deeper/emotional, with a sexy, alpha dom and a relate-able sub, give this book a try. Fallon Blake is a great writer with a really deft touch and I recommend her when people are looking for deep, emotional, and VERY SEXY bdsm.

(And for real, I am waiting for Master Jared's book.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional S&M Love Story
I loved it. Emotionally raw, made me cry. Both Brian and Gen were complex characters, and Gen, in particular, was easy to connect with. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Book of Secrets
5.0 out of 5 stars emotional read
I don’t give 5 stars out easily, and how I hate when books make me cry. This story just did that for me.

I simply loved both Brian and Gen. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michelle Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Firm Hand: 2 (Bound to You)
A wonderful story about love and loss and course or the lack thereof. The punishments are a bit over the top for me, but the story is a page turner and for that , I am grateful.
Published 18 months ago by Jade Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars A Firm Hand
I don't give 5 stars out easily, and how I hate when books make me cry. This story just did that for me.
I simply loved both Brian and Gen. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Daria
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing
I usually don't rate books based on grammatical errors, but missing sentences? It would have gotten 5 stars, but missing lines upset me.
Published 19 months ago by jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot, Hot, Hot
Fast moving story. Great editing. Characters well developed.
Scene at Jared`s house very sexy. Would read additional stories by this author.
Published 20 months ago by Marianne Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars Conflicted
This is one of those BDSM, heavy on the SM that keeps me on edge. On one hand, the heat between Brian and Genevieve is palpable. Read more
Published 20 months ago by bma
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some bad
The overall love story is good. I have decided I just cannot purchase and read the BDSM stories that deal so much in the SM anymore. Read more
Published 21 months ago by theatre person
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Emotional and Unforgettable
I had the pleasure of reading A Firm Hand twice. First as a crit partner and then when the final product released. Each time the story packed an emotional punch. Read more
Published 21 months ago by A. Hunter
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More About the Author

Fallon Blake loves to spin stories that explore the romance of dominance and submission or venture into the realms of the paranormal. When she's not glued to her netbook writing away, you can usually find her in the kitchen, in the gym or playing outside with her kids. She loves horror movies, gaming, and reads everything she can get her grubby hands on.

Fallon resides in Florida with her family and loves to hear from her fans.

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