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- Print Length: 262 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (April 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 18, 2017
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IZTCB90
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Tangled in Sin: A Bound and Determined Novel Kindle Edition
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THE STORY: Lady Cynthia Westhope finds out that her childhood friend, the daughter of a duke, has become the madam at the most notorious brothel in London. When Cynthia travels to the brothel in order to try and help her friend, she is kidnapped. She ends up spending several days with her friend's brother, James Winters. With Cynthia compromised, James offers to marry her, but Cynthia doesn't trust James and is not sure what she wants to do about marriage -- but she knows that she wants to explore the sexual attraction between her and James.
OPINION: By the end of this book, it totally felt like a Bound and Determined novel -- very sexy where the characters push their limits. The story began a little slower than others in the series -- perhaps because it was setting up a new stable of characters.
Cynthia (aka Sin) is more innocent than most of the women in this series. The daughter of an earl, she has been sheltered...but she is also not willing to do exactly what society expects. She is willing to toss over society in order to meet with her childhood friend -- even if that takes her to a brothel. (Readers of the series will know that the characters in this series are more adventurous than one generally expects in historical romance since this book edges toward historical erotica). She had a crush on James when they were children and her fascination with him has not diminished even though they have not seen one another for years. She begins as a more conventional character but by the time the book ends she has embraced her own sexuality and her own identity.
James is a character that begins the book needing to be in control. He is willing and expecting to make all the decisions. A second son, he desires to assert control where he can. And he expects to make the decisions regarding marriage especially when convention is on his side. What he doesn't expect is the willfulness that Cynthia begins to show. As the book proceeds, James has to learn to surrender -- to his feelings and his trust in Cynthia.
Cynthia and James are more conventional than most of the characters in this series and yet are willing to be more unconventional as the book proceeds. I liked their relationship especially because Cynthia makes James pay for his high handed behavior in the beginning.
While I began the book sad that we had moved on to a new phase of the series, my interest in the intrigue surrounding Madam Blanche and her family increased throughout the book and by the end, I was looking forward to the next book in the series.
WORTH MENTIONING: As the series has moved on to a new set of characters, this book sets up a whole stable of characters that could get their own stories.
CONNECTED BOOKS: TANGLED IN SIN is the fifth book in the Bound and Determined series. This book is really the start of a new phase in the series and can be read as a standalone as the series focuses on new characters.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
I really enjoyed this book, it had a much lighter feel than the previous books in the series and while I found James to be just wonderful, Cynthia not so much.
James and Cynthia aka Sin have known each other forever, Jasmine is James' younger sister and Sin's best friend. After hearing rumors that Jasmine is now Madame Blanche and the new owner of Ruby's pleasure house. Sin decides to pay her friend a visit.
Jasmine is not pleased to see Sin and tries to cut ties with her, while they are visiting James bursts in, Sin barely has time to hide and overhears their conversation. James is upset that Jasmine has taken over the house and tries to convince her to leave. Jasmine tells him in no uncertain terms that she will never leave her daughter nor will she consider giving her up. She basically tells James to leave her alone and accept her decision.
Sin returns the next day and Jasmine while still wary, is happy to have her friend back. Sin leaves promising to return, as she leaves a massive rainstorm begins and Jasmine insists that Sin borrow her cloak. Sin steps out of the house and is promptly abducted off the street.
She is taken to an abandoned cottage and left alone. The next morning James appears, believing his plan to abduct his sister is a success and he can now convince her to leave the pleasure house. He is shocked to see Sin and not Jasmine, but he doesn't recognize Sin as his sisters friend, he thinks that she is one of the girls from the house.
Because of the storm, they are trapped together and when one thing leads to another and Sin ends up ravished. Now angry, Sin reveals her identity and James immediately deems they will marry. She doesn't want a forced marriage and refuses. James decides to seduce Sin into compliance.
Sin and James share some steamy love play but without the added risk of pregnancy. They also begin to renew their friendship and things seem to be going along nicely until James' servants show up and they return to the Duke's estate. James continues his seductive persuasion and just as Sin is ready to give in, she learns the truth of her abduction.
Furious with James and herself for falling for him, she flees back to London and seeks out Jasmine. When James tracks her down, he has to work very hard to set things right with both Sin and Jasmine.
The book is well written, flows nicely, has steamy love scenes, amusing dialogue, a very sweet albeit misguided hero and a lovely declaration scene. Although this is part of a series, it could easily be read as a stand alone title.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a very steamy read and I am looking forward to more books in this series!
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