- File Size: 927 KB
- Print Length: 427 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CMUW7Q0
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,935 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bound To Ransom (Bound Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I did not like Gloria in book one. The woman was manipulative, mean and spoiled. A true villain. So I was wary when I read that she would be the heroine in Book 2 of the series. I love Ms. Taye’s work so I decided to give Gloria a chance. Of course the author did not disappoint. I still detested Gloria in the beginning of the book because of what she’d done, but as the story unfolded I warmed up to her. When she morphed into a different (better) person, only still her, she had me in her corner.
The hero, Henry, surprised me with his rather kinky ways. I wouldn’t have guessed it of him in Book 1. If you’re looking for a sweet read, this is not it. This book is jalapeno hot so beware.
What I liked most about the novel, other than the longstanding love Henry held for Gloria, was how Ms. Taye was able to keep me off balance with the twists and was able to delve deeper into the lives of the characters.
The story is well written, full of tension and passion. Ms Taye's writing style is fluid as she wrings the last drop of emotion from her characters. There is a good mixture of modern and traditional African culture, which adds to the story's allure. I found the characters to be well-rounded and interesting although my favourite character was a secondary character (whom I was happy to note gets his own story soon).
There is a whole lot of character development particularly for Gloria, who starts out as a Class A bitch. We see her fall from her high horse and learn many lessons in humility as the story progresses. As much as she has grown, I also couldn't shake the sense that the transition had left her broken. Sadly, I couldn't relate to her - neither to her bitchy self nor her humble self at the end.
Henry is relentless and a whole lotta sexy. As the story progresses you see exactly where he is coming from and why he took the actions he took. At the end of the story, I am sold on the fact that Henry loves Gloria. He proves himself to be honorable where a lesser man would have rejected Gloria after everything life had put her through. Unfortunately, I still find myself unable to accept his initial humiliations meted on Gloria's person. He may have demonstrated his love, and he may have been shamed by some events in the book, but he still didn't suffer the kind of humiliation/punishment that would have made my satisfaction complete.
Gloria is a spoiled brat, enough said right? Well yeah, for most of her life that is exactly who she is, until her father sells her away in need of covering some bad press, bad business and she's his last bargaining chip. Henry is a savvy businessman. He knows exactly what he wants and he goes after it, guns blazing. Cock locked and ready to rock, and the one thing he's always had his sights on was the spoiled princess who looked down her nose at him when he wasn't worth what he is today and told him he'd never be able to have her.
Stripped bare, literally and forced to do things she's never dreamed of doing, Gloria has to make a choice. Survive and move forward or run away and ruin not only her own life but the life of the only other person she has left, her father. Can she put aside her narcissism long enough to find happiness before destroying those she loves?
As I said in my review for Bound to Fate, Kiru Taye is a master of her craft. This story was powerful. It brought me to my knees. I wanted so bad to see Gloria fall because that's what she deserved when we left Bound to Fate, but people deserve second chances and though she's been given many, her story is definitely worth diving into.
Henry is a masterfully written, dominant, Alpha, male. He's the king of his domain and when Gloria and Henry are together the sizzle is definitely coming off the pages. The heartache, the fury, the raw emotions written here are real and will tear you open. Read with a box of tissue. But, read none the less! I can't wait to see what this masterful storyteller has in store for us next time!