Bound (Forbidden #1) by Melody Anne

BoundSynopsis:

Relinquish Control has just opened its doors in Seattle, and already we are not shy for customers. Relinquish Control is an exclusive escort service catering to the most distinguished customers, from business magnates to foreign royalty. This proven and well-established international business offers an elite selection of women who are ready and willing to attend to your every need with no questions asked. Confidentiality is our special obligation.

Jewell Weston is homeless and desperate at age twenty-four. Two years ago, she quit her job to care for her ailing mother and her young brother; the medical bills incurred because of the cancer that killed her mother two months ago took everything the family had, and the state then took away her brother, now age fourteen. The only way for her to get the boy back is by finding a job and securing a home.

When she’s approached by a woman in cashmere and pearls who tells her she can change her life, and is handed a card with the business name Relinquish Control on it, she thinks she has nothing to lose by calling the phone number. Maybe this will be the answer to her prayers, a way to save her little brother from the nightmarish foster home he’s been placed in.

Blake Knight, known to the world as cold and without a heart, is given an exclusive membership to Relinquish Control by his devilish younger brother, who thinks it would be amusing to make his staid brother squirm. Little does this brother realize that Blake does indeed have unusual desires that Relinquish Control can cater to perfectly. What started as a joke turns out to be just what Blake needs. Though the world sees this man as deliberate and emotionless, it’s nothing but a façade. What lies underneath would shock all those who know him.

When he and his two brothers were six, eight and ten, they were tied up and forced to watch while their parents were murdered. The image has been burned into their minds, though they’ve tried to forget, leaving each of them guarded and unwilling to give their trust to anyone other than each other. No one is allowed to have their hearts. The brothers would never think of letting down their guard with anyone else, certainly not with a woman.

Follow Blake and Jewell’s journey and see if they can find a happily ever after…

 

My thoughts;

Ok this book drove me nuts. I had an absolute love hate relationship with this book. Many times I was about to put it down and never touch it again, but yet I couldn’t put it down. I loved the story behind the characters and their complex lives, well Jewell’s. While Blake’s childhood was not great and had that tragic event he has a pretty good life now. But OMG, that guy needs to be punched in the face, like all the time. He has no respect towards Jewell or any woman (I think) and totally treats her like crap with no ounce of respect. He is demeaning and threatening to return her. He doesn’t believe her and says he owns her. Umm OK , yes she might be an escort but that does not make her an object or means she doesn’t deserve respect as a human being.  Yeah, like I said he is a real winner…. NOT.

Jewell is your typical virgin run into a millionaire kind of girl, but she got spunk and talks back to him most if the time. I liked her back story and where she comes from and what she is willing to do to safe her brother from foster care. But there were a lot of times I didn’t understand her but yet I did and why she stayed, if that makes any sense lol.

Overall, I thought it was a good read and the end was kind of cliffhangerish . I just wish that for once it wcouldn’thave been a virgin in a book like that. Also, I don’t know how she can say that the sex was the best ever, I mean he was her first and what can she really compare it to?

I rate it at 3★ because while I couldn’t stand Blake and sometimes did not agree with Jewell, I liked the overall story and it kept me turning the pages.

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*I received a free ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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