Stuck in Between (Book 1 Bound by Your Love series) by Blakely Bennett
Released: March 18, 2014
Genre: Erotic romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Jacqs is a twenty-eight year old woman caught up in an on again, off again relationship with Bond, who is her best friend and the one who causes her the most heartache. She succumbs, yet again, to his powerful charisma, but vows not make it into more than it is, a great night of sex.
Bond, too sexy for his own good, wants Jacqs for himself as he “dates” his way through the female population of South Florida. He selfishly doesn’t see the conflict of interest.
Red, Bond’s best friend, has watched Bond take Jacqs for granted for way too long and soon stakes his own claim on her.
Will Red and Jacqs budding relationship pull apart their tight-knit group of friends and will Jacqs survive being Stuck In Between.
Jacqueline, or Jacqs for short, is part of an intertwined assemblage of friends. Unfortunately for her, she’s had oscillating romantic connection with one of them, her best friend Bond. This relationship has never worked out well or been a healthy one for her but she keeps getting lured in with “a friend type situation.
Bond says he is in love with Jacqs but wants to continue to sleep with other people. He reassures her it’s just sex. She tried to deal with this for a bit before it because too much for her. He wants her to bend to his lifestyle choices but refuses to compromise at all for her. Bond has issues other than his relationship status with Jacqs. He doesn’t drive and tends to lean towards the melodramatic side of situations which often leads to late night calls begging Jacqs to be a good friend where he subsequently takes advantage of the situation.
To round out our three main players, is Red. He is very close with Bond but seems to barely tolerate Jacqs within the group. Only this apparently disdain is really because he likes her; it’s the adult version of pulling her pigtails on the playground. Upon getting to know him, we find out he’s a successful and ambitious business owner who will do anything for those in need.
In some ways, the three characters are quite complimentary of each other. Bond and Jacqs have a truly sweet and loving relationship whereas Jacqs and Bond are more lustful and passionate. Even after Bond’s secret was revealed I had barely more respect for the character. He does start to make more admirable decisions towards the end of the read but truly takes advantage of his bonds with the other two. Fortunately, the sexual relations between all is satisfying, dirty, kinky, and fantastic!
Parts of this book caught me by surprise. From the synopsis, I thought this would be a type of territorial battle between Bond and Red to win over Jacqs. From the cover, I assumed this would turn into a ménage type situation. In the end, both of these are kind of true as well as having a side of polyamory where it really isn’t polyamory with a small side of bdsm. Any way you look at it, this is a story with a unique blend of different lifestyles and how to make those work amongst a group of friends. I think this may turn into an exceptionally interesting series.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.