The Tie that Binds by Constance Munday
Released: February 19, 2014
Genre: Erotic romance
Publisher: Xcite Books
Reviewed by Sarah
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Can a chance encounter untie the secret desires locked within?
Penny’s your average voluptuous girl next door. Still a virgin, she’s settled for dull accountant Laurence. However, Penny is about to have her Shades of Grey moment. Saved from an accident by enigmatic stranger Nicholas, she yields to temptation and agrees to his daring proposal. Can Nicholas prove to her in the space of the few short weeks before her wedding, that she’s made a mistake?
Penny’s preconceived notions of sex are challenged, as she now submits to desire and unwittingly falls truly in love with a man who loves her purely for herself.
But is it too late? Can she sever the ties that bind her to Laurence and is she strong enough to become bound by ties a million times more intriguing? In essence, is Penny brave enough to be the woman she knows she is inside as a game of hearts becomes self-fulfilment on a scale she never imagined possible?
Penny is still holding on to her V card, not because she wants to but more for the reason that she hasn’t found the right opportunity to do so. She works for an art restorer in a smaller English village and is engaged to Laurence. It quickly becomes clear the two are settling for each other instead of having a passionate relationship. To be honest, it doesn’t even seem like much of a friendship. Penny has some hang ups about her body as we get the impression she’s curvier than most. She also suffers from generalized self-esteem issues. What she wants is an escape from her normal, hum drum life. She gets her opportunity when she meets Nicholas.
Nicholas Frisk is a mysterious man who quickly propositions Penny to an illicit affair. He comes across as a very in charge, brooding alpha male--almost intolerably so but it felt required to balance out the complacency of Penny. It’s interesting to see how evasive he is throughout the duration of the story but at the same time refreshing that he focuses so much attention on Penny. As time passes, their connection increases both physically and mentally. Funny enough as much as she wants to not be a virgin, the two abstain from actual intercourse for a large part of the book. Instead the focus is on the foreplay, which in turn further strengthens their bond.
This book has a bit of a different writing style than I’ve seen. For a majority of the book, I wasn’t really sure what was happening with the plot or where the story was heading. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just an observation. By the end, I’m not even sure I knew what all happened regardless I still couldn’t put it down. I had my problems with it. For example, as a plus sized individual I can empathize with Penny’s self-confidence of feeling enormous but then finding out she’s not even large kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I also felt like she came across somewhat petulant and without a backbone in spite of this it worked with the dynamic of Nicholas. Ultimately, I postulate this is more about Penny’s journey to self-discovery.
Rating: 3 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.