Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bound and Determined
Bound and Determined by Shayla Black
Release Date: March 3 2009
Details: Paperback, 335 pages
Disclosure: Bought on
A bubbly blonde with a penchant for trouble. May be armed (with good intentions) and dangerously seductive…

Kerry Sullivan is running out of time-and patience. With her brother wrongfully accused of embezzling millions, she can’t face one more humiliating hang-up from the man she’s begging for help. Rafael Dawson may be one of the top electronic security experts in the country — and the only man who can prove her brother’s innocence — but his phone manners are appalling. Damn Yankee. Too bad kidnapping the man isn’t an option. Or is it?

There’s nothing Kerry wouldn’t do for her brother. There are lots of things she longs to do to Rafe Dawson when he’s lying tied-up and naked in her secret hideaway. Rafe is certainly something to look at, but Kerry’s brother’s life is riding on her pulling off the impossible: getting this man who’s always in control to lose it. But when the tables get turned, Kerry finds herself at Rafe’s mercy. And the only way to get her way is to let him have his way — with her…

Kerry (with a K) is in desperate need to prove her brother isn't guilty for stealing money for the bank that he works for. Which is why she needs Rafe, she's tried to get a hold of him multiple times prior to hear out her situation and hopefully offer some assistance. But Rafe (who has turned his hobby of hacking into a business -- smart man) has already decided that he has no interest to help her. So desperate Kerry comes up with a plan. Kidnap him. She's brilliant, isn't she? So she does exactly that with the help of her brother's best friend, Jason.

The books goes on with Rafe struggling with his feelings for Kerry and what he know's he can't provide for her. And Kerry struggles with her feelings for Rafe and how insecure she feels about them. The steamy scenes were indeed steamy! And a lot of the time they were followed by an aww moment. For an erotica, this book had a really really strong plot in the background. If you were to take out the steamy scenes, it would still make a great suspense story! While you're hoping that they would just out with their feelings for each other, you're also eager to know who framed Kerry's brother? And why? The clues building up make you assume who the person guilty for it is... but the ending I promise will leave you gasping in shock like it did for me! 

Favorite line:
Falling in love with someone as unattainable as Rafe made playing in traffic look downright brilliant. And she wasn't stupid. After all, he came from money, was geographically undesirable, and probably had more women clinging to him than roadkill has flies. - pg 140

Kerry had no idea why Regina would say such a thing or how to answer. "Well, he's been wonderful about helping with my brother's case. You work for a great guy."
"Indeed. Would you also tell Mr. Dawson that Alex Moza will contact him within a few hours?"
"Why would Rafe need a high-priced lawyer?" she asked herself as much as Regina.
"Hang up the phone," Rafe demanded from the doorway to the bathroom.
She whirled to face him. "I-I'm sorry. I just...It rang and I-"
"I don't care." He grabbed the phone. "Goodbye, Regina." - pg 264


  1. Great review.

    I love this book, the story and characters are great and of course it's hot.

  2. Great review, I'm a big fan of Shayla Black's books and I haven't read this one yet so I think it's time I do, thanks for the rec!