Review: Bound Temptations by Shiloh Walker

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Published: 2012
Format: eBook
**Provided by NetGalley
Available: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

4 Kisses
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Blurb (Goodreads)

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Print edition of two previously released ebooks, TEMPT ME and BEG ME

She’s a temptation he can’t resist…

Roxanne ‘Rocki’ Monroe’s life is full of secrets and hidden heartaches. Cole Stanton would love to heal her pain and chase away the ghosts of her past, but she’s just a complication he doesn’t have room for in his life.

Or so he thinks.

It doesn’t take Cole long to realize he’s more than willing to let temptation get the best of him, more than happy to deal with complications if that’s what it takes to get her.

What he has and what he needs are two different things…and what he needs is Rocki.

Beg me…there had been a time when those words made her burn with desire. But now, there was only fear.

Once, Tania Sinclair’s life was almost perfect…But a couple of tragedies later, she’s barely holding it together. A car accident took away her husband, and an attack from somebody she should have been able to trust has shaken not only her confidence, but it’s also stripped away her fantasies and even made it painful to look back on her memories of her husband without fear.

Two years after her attack, Tania is determined to take her life back and the first step is taking back herself…her fantasies, her dreams, her memories. There’s only one person she can trust to do it, too. One person she wants enough…Drake Bennett, her husband’s best friend.

Warning: This book involves light bondage play, rape fantasy & role-playing. The acts between the hero & heroine are consensual, but they may not be ideal for all readers…

**for the digital editons, please refer to the individual titles, BEG ME and TEMPT ME

My Review

To start, I have to say that when you write stories or a story of women that were stalked, attacked or walk a very fine line and you have to be sure you don't offend the reader. I think Ms. Walker did a good job of walking that fine line.

There are two stories within this book and both I enjoyed, but the second story I was in the fence with and I'll tell you why shortly. So....both stories have the same base, where both of the female leads have lost their husbands and are looking to move on and that people is where similarities end.

In Tempt Me, you have Rocki and Cole. Rocki owns a lingerie shop and meets Cole when he & his fiancé comes into Rocki's store. There is an instant attraction on both sides.
Rocki misses her husband and wants to move on, but just hasn't found anyone who interest her and Cole isn't very happy with the woman he's engaged to. Cole has broken up Mara, his fiancé and wins a date with Rocki during a charity auction given every year in honor of he deceased husband.
Rocki ends up getting attacked again by her stalker ex-boyfriend (before she married) and Cole comes to her aid. This was a sweet, sexxy story and I like the easy relationship the main characters slipped into. There was the questioning of the where the relationship could go giving what both of them have gone through, especially Rocki. In the end, it all worked out and she and Cole ended up together. I loved this story & I loved these two characters together

In Beg for It, you have Tania and Drake. Tania too has lost her husband, but with Tania the attraction is between herself and her deceased husbands best friend Drake. This is the story that had me on the fence.
After he husbands death, Tania is raped by his twin brother and she kills him self defense. She wants her life back..her control, but just can't do it. So she ask Drake to help her by having sex with her..rough sex. Because before the rape, Tania enjoyed a healthy and consensual sex life that including rough role playing scenes.
Drake does this, but with reservations because he is in love with Tania...has always been. In the end he helps Tania get her life back...sexually and more.
Why I'm on the fence with this one is because I didn't like how she almost kind of forced him into a rape scene. In Tania's mind, she felt this would her get her control back. I had a problem with that and so did Drake, but he did it anyway.
I also had a problem with the Bitch word in this story. Too many people use it in a derogatory way and I was just uncomfortable with it in this story mainly because of what happened to Tania. I don't claim to know about what kind of help women should get after being raped, but I don't think re-enacting a rape scene is a good way to do it. Especially with someone you claim to trust or love. BUT that is just me and I'm sure Ms. Walker did some kind of research while writing this story.

Ms. Walker wrote two good stories about women attempting to move on after very harsh and damaging pasts. In the end, it's about getting you life back and being happy again and I get that. So kudos Ms. Walker for walking that fine line and succeeding.

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