Shattered Bonds

Lynda Aicher
Shattered Bonds
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Carina Press
Release Date
September 2014
Book 7 of Wicked Play
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Will the doors of The Den close forever?

When the lives and friendships of The Den owners are thrown into chaos, Noah Bakker steps in to deal with the fallout. He hasn't had a sub or participated in a Scene since tragedy changed his life four years ago. But as an investor in the exclusive BDSM club, he can't walk away from the lifestyle completely. As he works to keep the club running, he finds himself drawn to Liv Delcour, the seemingly na´ve sister of one of the other owners.

Liv didn't know about the naughty things her friends were up to behind closed doors, but when their secrets become headline news, she's more curious than shocked. As she works with Noah to keep the media at bay, she finds that his dominant strength is more than a little arousing. Soon they're exploring their mutual desires in the most wicked ways.

Liv isn't sure if she can completely submit to Noah the way she thinks he wants her toŚand Noah isn't sure he can withstand the pain of falling in loveů

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Sep 22, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
165 people found the following review helpful
I wish there was a way to give SHATTERED BONDS a 10 star rating, as it rose head and shoulders above many of the books I've read this year.

Attorney Noah Bakker's got secrets. Secrets that could play a part in destroying the lives of his best friends should anyone find out about their ownership or participation in "The Den," a very exclusive BDSM club. When a disgruntled former Dom slams his truck into a carload of 7 of those friends and puts their very lives in danger, Noah and the unscathed ones will have to battle to keep those battling for their lives out of the press' crosshairs. But while making plans and arrangements, Noah doesn't anticipate the sister of one of the club partners becoming more than simply a peripheral addition to their circle of trust.

Though Vivian "Liv" Delcour had no clue that her sister Vanessa was a Domme or that she was part-owner of a BDSM club, she really couldn't care less. What she does care about are the people fighting for their lives who stepped up and helped her with her youth center fundraiser out of pure generosity. And she's really starting to care about the soul-damaged Noah, a man who seems to shoulder the burden of sorrow and blame himself. Liv is willing to put everything on the line to help Noah and her new friends as they fight for their lives and their reputations, but she is shocked at how much she's come to care for Noah in such a short time. But Liv quickly realizes that what she doesn't know about Noah could fill a book, and in order for them to have a future, he'll have to make an effort to heal from the demons of his past.

SHATTERED BONDS is book 7 in the Wicked Play series, and while I haven't read any of the other books, Ms. Aicher gives us just enough information to feel like you know each one of the characters in this novel. It helped that Liv herself was an outsider being brought in and told things for the first time too, making for a bit less confusion on who belongs to who (though it did take a while to sort through the dynamics of all of the relationships, which only makes me desperate to go back and read the previous books in the series). This book was dark and sad and poignant but with a sheer unabashed beauty that made me fall in love with not only Noah and Liv, but with their extended "family" as well. The two of them were both "fixers," Noah as an attorney for most of the people in his circle as well as the club itself and part-owner who carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. He took it upon himself to make the tough decisions and to make sure that the media firestorm and the fallout was minimal. This may be the only book I've read featuring a BDSM club where the characters weren't all out and proud of their association with said club. With careers and kids and judgmental families, their bedroom proclivities and even their ownership in The Den were kept private.

Liv was a lovely and sweet woman who wanted nothing more than to give comfort to those in her life. She was the perfect woman for Noah, who has never healed from the suicide of his submissive several years ago. He's shut down that dominant side, his sexual side and nobody has breached it in a long time. Along comes this playful yet caring woman who makes him FEEL again, something he hates himself for. What Liv went through keeping everyone in her life in good spirits, taking care of them, helping them heal was exactly what they all needed, especially Noah. I was shocked by the lack of BDSM in this book, and by the desires expressed by Liv and Noah after their relationship became sexual. I don't want to spoil the fun for anyone, so I'll just say that their relationship evolved into something stronger and more organic for the choices that they made. Their chemistry was second to none and the erotic passion between them blew my mind. I can not wait to go back and pick up other books in the Wicked Play series if SHATTERED BONDS is any indication how amazing they all are.
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