Ashe Barker
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Totally Bound
Release Date
April 2016
Book 2 of The Dark Side
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Can Eva outrun the secrets of her past, or is surrender her only choice?

Eva Byrne's first encounter with the darker side of Nathan Darke's sensuality ends in disaster. Frightened, hurt, betrayed, she struggles to regather her shattered confidence—in him, and in herself.

Desperate to continue her journey of exploration and self-discovery, Eva has to convince a skeptical Nathan that she's worth the trouble. And that she can learn to submit to him. When she is forced to reveal elements of her past she has preferred to keep hidden, both her brilliance and her vulnerability are laid bare. Will Nathan accept Eva as she is, and help her to become the woman she longs to be, or will she face yet another rejection?

Terrified and intrigued in equal measure, Nathan has no idea how to deal with the exquisitely enigmatic Eva Byrne. Should he cut his losses and run, or allow their relationship to continue, and watch as Eva's delicate beauty unfurls in his hands?

Fascinated and ensnared by Nathan, Eva longs to taste what he offers and her erotic journey continues. But how much will she have to surrender to him in order to liberate her own desires?

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Sep 08, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
163 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes the journey to enlightenment has detours, which is certainly evident in the Dark Side series. In the second installment, DARKER, author Ashe Barker played out the cliffhanger scenario from the first book.

Since this installment is the middle portion, it serves to provide additional background for the reader regarding the relationship between Eva Byrne and Nathan Darke. Submission, in relation to the BDSM lifestyle, is a key element. In order for Eva to develop her submissive tendencies, she has to build a trusting relationship with Nathan, one that has no secrets.

Much of the story focuses on a sort of tug of war between the characters. As the layers of Eva's personality get revealed, there is a strong sense of vulnerability exposed. I found myself eager to see how Nathan would react.

In order to provide a bridge to the final installment, the author adds a cliffhanger. Compared to the one from the first book, this one is very tame, but definitely accomplishes the goal of keeping my interest.
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