Bound By Passion

Josee Renard
Bound By Passion
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Cobblestone Press
Release Date
June 2012
Erotic Romance

It's been almost two years for Thea, two long and painfully empty years since she met Gabriel and the month they spent together the erotic and emotional highlight of her life.

And then he disappeared.

She's sick and tired of dreaming about him, of wasting her nights replaying the time they'd spent together. It's time to find him, to figure out why he left her hanging, so she can get on with her life. She'd long since done the obvious—checking the wedding announcements, the obituaries—but she hadn't ever known very much about him, except that he was the sexiest, sweetest, most amazing man she'd ever met.

Gabriel's been thinking about Thea the whole time he's been undercover. Despite the danger, he's continued to watch over her, to make certain she's okay and, yes, to console himself that she's still single. It's not going to be easy, but now his assignment's over, he's going to find his lover and make her his wife.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Jul 16, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
163 people found the following review helpful
Sensual and passionate, Josee Renard's short story immerses readers in her characters' fiery relationship from the very first scene. Though there were some weak elements, the emotions in this story are real and palpable, and the premise inventive enough to keep readers coming back for more.

Two years ago, Thea was rushing to an interview and literally ran into Gabriel on the rainy streets of Vancouver. She never dreamed that he would wait for her to return—or that their dinner date would turn into a night of wild passion that changed them both forever. The month that Thea and Gabriel shared was the best she ever had, both physically and emotionally. But then Gabriel disappeared without a word, leaving Thea alone and devastated.

Gabriel knew that he couldn't promise Thea forever, and that he would have to leave her when his next undercover case began. But he never dreamed how difficult it would be to be apart from her, or that he would go to any lengths to make sure she stayed safe—and still single. Now, two years later, Gabriel's assignment is over and he is ready to return to the woman he loves. But the question is: will she be willing to welcome him back?

This story unfolds in a series of flashbacks, and the power of hindsight gives readers a chance to see the power of the connection that Gabriel and Thea share. I would have liked a chance to get to know them better, and really explore that connection, especially because it was such a fundamental part of the story. The hints and allusions to their various kinks and desires was quite tantalizing, however, and definitely helped establish the depth of their relationship, even in the short time they were together.

Despite the brevity of this story, both characters were well-developed and intriguing enough to make me care about them and their journey together. Thea is driven and dynamic, while Gabriel is patient and methodical, but the intensity of his watchfulness makes him a powerful character nevertheless. Together, their different natures combine to make for some memorable and sizzling chemistry.

The problem I had with this book was the lack of conflict inherent in the plot. Though we were treated to some very steamy and intense memories shared by Thea and Gabriel, the actual issue at play—the fact that they were separated—was dealt with so late that I didn't feel concerned about their future, even though I enjoyed the story of their pasts. Knowing more about their time apart and the details that caused them to separate would have provided that anxiety that keeps readers flipping pages.

Though I missed that tension in the evolution of the plot, there is no argument that this was a sizzling, passionate little story with a very interesting premise. Josee Renard is a writer with a good deal of potential and I would be interested to enjoy her future works.
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