Strapped Down (Strapped Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This book is that moment. And it’s not always pretty. In fact that moment when you step outside of the all confines is rarely a moment later looked upon for it’s ease or fond memories. It’s often messy, gritty and very, very real. Coated in blood and sweat and tears. And it’s worth every minute. Because that’s what we’re all after, isn’t it? That freedom?
Taylor Holden is an excavator of human nature. He is a force to be reckoned with and in this book we see him come fully alive. That moment he says those three words for the first time in his life, and says “I love you,” to Shyla is his moment. When he sloughs the last of his ropes and soars. And the gift of being able to watch that happen is both my wildest dream and an excruciating nightmare. He has moments of such heartbreaking tenderness and then can just as easily sweep into stone cold ruthlessness depending on what is called for. He is the ultimate chameleon and with Shyla by his side? He is invincible.
Shyla continues her journey down into her darker sides but she keeps her huge heart with her at all times, even when it’s grossly out of place. She has her moments in this book where we can see her unfettered potential and she is glorious to be sure. But they are only glimpses and I cannot wait to watch this woman relinquish her self-imposed constraints and fly.
Together they have several intense and incredible moments in this book. There is a perfect combination of trust, letting go, power, love and devotion that all comes together to let these two characters come together in a way that you rarely see. It's that transfer of power, that absolute, flayed wide-open connection that happens that absolutely guts me. Every single time.
Nina G. Jones continues to prove herself a master storyteller with this book. Her pacing is a stroke of genius. There are several bombs to be dropped in this book and she takes her time with every single one of them setting them up perfectly and then gently places them right in your lap, wrapped up in a pretty black bow.
Her dialogue is even more of a joy to read in this book as she introduces a higher level of humor that serves to balance all of the other emotions running wild throughout the story. And her feast of the senses continues only amped up 11.
There are two scenes in this book that completely undid me because of their stark honesty and because the author doesn’t cringe away from pushing her characters’ boundaries all the way so that we have no choice but to go all the way right along with them.
And that is the ultimate brilliance of this book. I didn’t just watch the characters have their moments of transcendence; I got to have them with them. For a moment, totally suspended in bliss, love and trust.
Plus it’s just a bloody good story.
What really happened to the mother???
Randall knows more than he's letting on or he's a closet psychic.
Henry, Kristin was there a point to that??
WHO the $#@ was in the suit????????
This book took a much darker twist... I like dark... I really do!!
Usually when I read a book the bad guy or anti-hero is made known from the beginning.....then I either warm to him....or not. I feel like I was mindeffed here because I thought Taylor was the good guy, albeit a troubled, complicated good guy. Now I'm not so sure who or what he is. I give big props to the author for this fresh twist. See!!! I'm torn!!! Totally original, super hot sex, but more questions than answers!!!
I want, no NEED to know!!!!
5 complicated, troubled, dark stars.
PS. I deleted all my original GR profanity to post this on Amazon. That's how good this series is.
This second book is loaded with conflict and poor decisions by almost every character, making me uncomfortable, anxious, and raptly glued to every word. I often found myself internally chanting "No, no, nooo." It was like watching a potential collision: you can see it coming, but as an observer, there is nothing to be done for it but watch and tense for impact.
"This is so bad." I say. "Shhh..." he whispers into my ear. "There's no such thing if it makes you feel good."
The sex is definitely ramped up; it's edgier and much more erotic. When physically confronted with Taylor’s past of endless, meaningless, sexual encounters, Shyla becomes extremely upset and insecure. To prove his devotion to her, Taylor enacts a scene which is so sexy, twisted and stimulating, I don’t think I will ever forget it.
“It’s always been you. Do you understand? Before I even knew you, it was you. No one else. You aren’t number 36, you’re number one. You’re my first."
There is an overriding anxiousness due to mystery and intrigue while Shyla continues the investigation into Taylor's past and the C.O.S. cult. A huge secret is revealed, creating a delicious twist I never saw coming for Shyla and Taylor.
While Taylor is the hero of this series, I believe he's also the villain. To what extent, we do not know, but that's part of what's so captivating about this series. Shyla isn’t the only one questioning where she stands in regards to Taylor’s manipulation; I am as well! Some scenes are uncomfortable and a bit disturbing, but so crazy hot I’m turned on, craving more, and completely unable to stop reading.
"It's you two against the world, isn't it? I sincerely hope you can stay happy, but so often what is born from tragedy, will end in tragedy"
I think this statement succinctly demonstrates the overall theme of this series. The foreshadowing of impending doom has me extremely anxious and eager to continue with book three.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This series has so many twists and turns and literary has you on the edge of your seat.Read more
Taylor's love for Shy was so intense, it made up for all of his crappy behavior.
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