Bonds of Trust

Lynda Aicher
Bonds of Trust
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Carina Press
Release Date
November 2012
Book 1 of Wicked Play
BDSM, Erotic Romance

After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members' night at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated...

At first, Jake McCallister thinks Cali has come to his club for the wrong reasons. But when he discovers she is seeking fulfillment after years of denial, he's intrigued—and takes it upon himself to initiate her into the pleasures she's been missing.

Her first encounter with Jake is everything Cali has always craved, and more; she's not prepared for the feelings he inspires in her. And Jake is just as surprised by his overwhelming attraction to Cali. As their play intensifies, so does their bond. Now, Jake doesn't want anyone but Cali—but is he ready to officially claim her? And will she submit to being his forever?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Nov 03, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
194 people found the following review helpful
How can you not fall in love with a 40-something woman attempting to "get her groove back" and finding love within the walls of an exclusive BDSM club?

Cali Renyolds is your standard 40-something divorcee looking to find her sexuality, something her ex-husband neglected to help her with for more than half a decade. Cali quickly finds her desires spinning out of control when she meets Jake McCallister, part owner of an exclusive BDSM club called The Den. The moment Jake lays eyes on Cali, he knows that she's different. And even though he's getting "the itch" to leave town again, he desperately wants Cali too, something he's never before experienced with a submissive.

Neither of them can stay away from the other, and they kinda don't even want to try. Can Jake help Cali deal with her internal shame about her sexual desires before he picks up and gives in to his wanderlust again or will Cali be the one to make him stay?

BONDS OF TRUST is the first offering in the Wicked Play series featuring a set of friends who own or play in The Den, an exclusive BDSM club. I both loved and hated Cali--loved her for her bravery and decision to own her sexuality, but hated her for constantly questioning Jake's motives and her own choices. While her feelings of shame were relatable, I hated that she felt the need to keep Jake a dirty little secret from her family and friends.

That said, I did adore the two of them together, and their sex scenes were both erotic and filled with a nice even level of BDSM elements that held my interest and made me squirm. There wasn't anything too extreme or hardcore in BONDS OF TRUST, but you still get the sensuality of a BDSM book and the atmospheric feeling of the lifestyle that envelopes you immediately. I think I would've liked a more suspenseful or dramatic nugget in this story instead of just the angsty running from demons thing, but I did feel like BONDS OF TRUST was JUST compelling enough to not NEED that addition. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Bonds of Need.
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