- File Size: 2503 KB
- Print Length: 364 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1544905610
- Publisher: Wallflower Publishing (April 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06ZZS483Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“…this time, he’d gone too far. He’d lost me.”
Stephie Walls has just put me through the emotional wringer and Freed cannot come quick enough. Stephie Walls is a supremely talented writer and was incredibly brave to put together a story that encompasses quite a lot of peoples top two peeves. If you do not like cheating in any form, this is not the book for you, if you take issue with a broken woman being a doormat, this is not for you either, but I beg you to take a chance, because this book was unputdownable and I inhaled every single word. The angst and the emotion were complete winners for me and while I desperately wanted to batter these two people, many, many, times, their toxic relationship was like crack and I was the junkie who willing went along for the ride.
“It was all part of the façade – the illusion of perfection – because if it looked flawless from the outside, no one would see the effed-up mess on the inside.”
I am not going to go into details at all, because this was a journey for both characters right from the very beginning and I desperately want everyone to experience the ride for themselves. You need to experience the highs and the lows for yourself because it is this rollercoaster of emotions that makes this the story that it is. There was a lot of anger, but there was a lot of love too, but it is these two opposites that fan the flames.
“You make me feel again, even though some of it’s painful and ever more of it is fear.”
Gray and Annie were soul mates and even after everything that transpired in this book, the hopeless romantic within me wants these two to make it. But, and this is a huge but, sometimes you have to let your head rule. My head tells me that these two are toxic together, without a doubt these two love each other, heart, body and soul but sometimes you can love someone too much. Their love is toxic, the kind that burns like a mother f***er and decimates everything and everyone in its wake. Your heart sees the love that they have for one and other and yet your head and your eyes read the way Gray treats her and has you questioning…does he love her at all? This is not love.
“I looked at him and realized I had only thought my world was complicated before this. I had just added a whole new dimension to the clutter in my life.”
My emotions were in a perpetual quandary reading this book, a constant battle of heart v head, heart v head, heart v head. The emotional battering at the pen of Stephie Walls was masterful and left me a reeling mess by the end. I lived and breathed this journey with Annie and Gray, I experienced those highs, highs that made my heart swell, highs that made me fall hopelessly in love with this couple but then the lows brought that all crashing down in one hopelessly crushed pile of emotions. How can something so good, be so bad?
“I didn’t want you to leave because you believed I needed too much from you. You made it clear what I could expect, and I’d rather have some of you than nothing at all.”
I adored Annie, even though her coping mechanisms left a lot to be desired I understood, a little. Annie’s relationship with Gray, again, I could understand, but I didn’t agree with. Annie was a fiercely independent woman, but her past had left their scars, bone deep ones and it is this connection with her past that had a huge bearing on her present and Gray took advantage of that whether it was intentional or not.
“I want to show you the difference between damage and love.”
I’m still on the fence with Gray, he is still a little bit of an enigma, a Jekyll and Hyde character, and one that I desperately want to understand more. I am sure that he has been economical with the truth or maybe omissions, but there must be something to make him the way he is. There is more to this story or at least I hope there is. Whether these two are right for each other remains to be seen, but I cannot wait for the ride, somehow, I feel that Bound has been a rollercoaster for kids and the big upside down, loop the loop one is still to come with Freed…would Stephie Walls be that cruel?
“…think of me as a partner instead of a crutch.”
I can’t even with this book, what to do? What to say? Gah, it is so frustrating. This is definitely going to be a battle, I know I’m vague, I know I’m rambling, I’m just so bloody confused!!! Heart v head, heart v head, heart v head…dammit, I NEED FREED!!!!!
Annie has felt pain that is so deep she never thought she would find her way out of it. Because of this, she is blinded to men. Until Gray. He captures her eye and her heart, forming an unbreakable bond.
I was seized by the prologue of this story. Who does that? On the day of their wedding! Who? One of the characters skillfully formed my Author Stephie Walls. I just knew that this story was going to be an ugly cry of epic proportions.
"It's just a dance. I won't bite you."
From the first moment that Annie met Gray Dearsley, I was a complete goner. A warehouse worker was never so hot. This man melted plastic just by being near it. Their initial interactions gave the perception that he would be the man to heal her wounds and give her hope. Annie was such a kind and forgiving young woman. I NEEDED for her to have a man that cherished her and treated her like the treasure that she was.
“You ain’t seen nothing yet, baby. I’m just getting warmed up. Now that you’ve let me in get ready. I’m insatiable. The more you scream, the more I want you. I’ve never heard a woman cry out like you did, and it was hot.”
I came undone with how insanely hot certain scenes were in this novel. I was swept up in the passion and intimacy that Gray and Annie had together, and there were moments that I panted right along side of them. Love was in the air, lust was in the libido, and sexy had never been so well written.
"Our bodies had become one with no end, and my heart got tangled in the embrace. The love and passion coursing through me were far greater than anything I’d ever experienced..."
One of the things I love the most about a book by this author is that you cannot read her words and find a lack of emotional connection. These sentiments rolled from the page straight into my soul and spilled out in tears, laughter, sadness, and delight. The uncertainty of a future for Annie and Gray, secrets that were too deep to reveal, and a mysterious undertone kept these feelings exposed until the final scene.
" I was too smart to buy his charade, but I wasn’t strong enough to call the game."
I ended the last page of Bound by flipping open the first page of Freed, because a good love story can't wait.
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