- File Size: 683 KB
- Print Length: 332 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523418273
- Publisher: Lacey Black (January 26, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 26, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0190P5EPQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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**See goodreads.com/NMmomof4 for my full review with spoilers**
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Carly and Blake's story. They meet one night and end up really connecting and having a ONS. They knew it would only be for one night, and didn't exchange information. Skip ahead 2 years and Carly has a daughter from that one night, and Blake is working under cover. They both have thought a lot about each other in the past 2 years, but can't really do anything about it. They bump into each other in an way that is related to his under cover persona, so it just complicates things. There are some sweet moments, some sexy moments, some family drama, drama with Blake's job...but they get their HEA ending.
POV: This alternated between Carly and Blake's POV.
Overall Pace of Story: Not so great. This was probably my biggest complaint about the book. The book showed their ONS in the prologue, but then took another 30% to reunite them! Too slow for my tastes, and I actually started skimming a good bit.
Instalove: Yes. They both seemed to develop instalove (with instalust) for each other that first night.
H rating: 3.5 stars. Blake. I liked how he stepped up being a father right away, and lived both the h and their daughter completely. He had sexual relations during the separation, but he never got over the h and was undercover so seeking her out was out of the question.
h rating: 3 stars. Carly. She seemed like a good mom, and to really care for the H. She pushed him away (for understandable reasons), but otherwise I had no big complaints...she was just ok.
Sadness level: Low. No tissues necessary
Heat level: Moderate. I actually skimmed some of the scenes as they were kind of boring (and somewhat repetitive).
Descriptive sex: Yes
Safe sex: Yes and no. Condom use for all encounters except one where it was forgotten (H does mention thane had never been without, but h doesn't say if she had or not).
OW/OM drama: Mild, see below spoiler
Sex scene with OW or OM: No
Possible Triggers: Mild
Closure: This had some good closure and what I'd probably call a HEA ending (even though I would've preferred more of a jump into their future)
How I got it: I paid the $0.99 on Amazon.
"If I only get one night with this woman I want to be able to remember it for the rest of my life."
Carly and Blake meet in a bar. Carly is out celebrating her new job with her best friend, and Blake, an FBI agent, is out having drinks with his brother the night before he leaves his real life behind for a deep cover assignment. The minute Carly walks into the bar, Blake is completely taken with her. Carly and her friend join Blake and his brother for a drink, and they immediately click. They're laughing, dancing, flirting and enjoying each other's company, when Blake boldly asks her to come home with him. She surprises them both by saying that her place is closer, but when they arrive there, it's Blake that drops the big surprise of the night when he tells Carly that this night is all they can have, that he's leaving in the morning for a job. They share an amazing, life-altering night together, and Blake leaves the next morning before Carly wakes up having not even exchanged last names or phone numbers. A month later, Carly learns exactly how life-altering that night with Blake truly was when she discovers that she's pregnant.
"...I'm basically letting go of something that was never meant to be... crying for the loss of something I never even had..."
Two years later, Blake is deeply immersed within the hierarchy of a large criminal organization, and while he hasn't seen or spoken to Carly within that time, she's never been far from his thoughts. Carly is haunted by that night, both in her thoughts and through the daily reminders of him when she looks into her daughter's the eyes, the same piercing green eyes as Blake's. She hasn't forgotten him or their night together, and she certainly hasn't moved on from it. But maybe now is the time for her to let him go, besides, it's not like she really ever had him in the first place...
"I just hope when it all blows up, we're strong enough to come out on the other side unscathed."
Surprising them both, Carly finds herself smack in the middle of Blake's case. Not only has she been the victim of a crime, but she's learned some shocking news that changes everything she thought she knew about her family for the last 20 years. Right as she is in the midst of having this long overdue conversation, Blake walks into the room stunning them both. Later that night that, though, Blake is one who gets the surprise of a lifetime.
"I'm here to stay, dammit."
Blake and Carly spend the next month getting to know each other and realizing that the connection they shared that night is still there, stronger than ever. But Blake is keeping secrets, things about himself he's told Carly that he can't share with her yet. He's asked for her trust. Can she give it? What will happen when the case Blake has been working on for the last two years blows wide open? Will Carly forgive him for his deceptions? Is there more danger on the horizon?
"Love is just a word until the right person comes along and show you the true meaning."
I loved this book so much! Lacey Black did a fantastic job with her first foray into a suspense-centered romantic plot. It was exciting, it was fast moving and there was a lot going on. She's no stranger to writing a steamy romantic relationship, and her skills definitely shine in this sexy novel. There are many reasons why Lacey Black is one of my favorite authors and all of them are on full display in this incredible book. This is Lacey Black at her best, at the top of her game, and it is, in my opinion, her best work to date. I can't wait for the next book in this series! Well done, Lacey!
After sharing a night of passion both wished could have biome more, Blake and Carly are thrust into each other's lives two years later. Things have changed drastically with the exception of one thing...the undeniable pull they have to one another.
Surprises are at every turn in this first of the Bound Together series by Lacey, but it's an adventure that'll keep you coming back for more.
If you love suspense, a little heat, humor, and various family dynamics that are altogether endearing, then this is a book for you.
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I fell in l;of with Blake and Carly immediately. The one thing I didn;t love was that it took so long before they finally met back up.Read more